Get ready to swoon as the lovely We Are The Bazeleys and Kayleigh Pope Photography show us how to do fierce bridal style. There are gorgeous Jesus Peiro wedding dresses straight from the Barcelona Bridal Week catwalks, as well as statement jewellery, natural makeup and feminine wedding hairstyles. Plus, dried flowers and props from our friends Karen at Passion for Flowers and Gemma from The Wedding of My Dreams. Not to mention the gorgeous Compton Verney in Warwickshire playing host to all this minimalist magic.
We’ve always had a soft spot for a C.D real bride, so it’s with real pleasure today we can introduce you to the new Catherine Deane Bridal Separates Collection in the hope we’ll be featuring lots more of you lovelies in these dreamy designs. Whether you like, lace, tulle or sleek styles there is a top or skirt for you. And the best part there are no restrictions to the combinations you can choose. Sounds like a bridal dream… It is!
I remember the first Rue De Seine bride we blogged. It was the gorgeous Tessa and I’d never seen a dress like it. Since then Rue De Seine have gone from strength to strength, with a global presence in bridal boutiques, huge instagram following and it-girl status when it comes to dressing brides. Their customers are stylish, bohemian goddesses who absolutely own their gowns.
It’s a real pleasure to share the UK exclusive of Rue De Seine’s latest collection today. Wild Heart encompasses everything we know and love about the brand, true to their New Zealand roots, authentic to their house style, while always channelling a wanderlust filled, free spirited vibe, I have a feeling you’re going to love these dresses…
One of the hardest things about planning my own wedding has been choosing the bridesmaid dresses. Ask me to select the venue and I’ve chosen it on the first visit. Judging cakey styles and flavours was seriously no sweat (ok I had some help from the boy here – cakes are his forté). Lighting upon the wedding theme and floral decor was child’s play, no actually it was a joy, but ask me which dresses I’ll be wrapping my bridesmaids in and I come unstuck.
It’s not like there’s nothing out there, there is a wealth of frocks in different materials, styles, colours and lengths. In fact we’re spoilt for choice with the ranges that specialised bridesmaid boutiques as well as high street retailers like Coast offer us. Ladies we’ve got it the best that we’ve ever had it!
So what exactly is the problem then?
I want my bridesmaids to look hot. Like seriously HOT. None of this I’m a bridesmaid and therefore I can’t look as good as the bride malarky. I want my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in what they’re wearing, to WANT to wear it. As a bride, ultimately you’re deciding the sartorial fate of your nearest and dearest on one of the biggest days of your life and with that comes a whole heap of responsibility.
Maybe I’m reading WAY too much into this.
Perhaps some of you gorgeous lot feel the same way…
Whatever you’re thinking I hope that the bridesmaid fashion round-up below is useful. Perhaps it will give some of you some inspiration or even confirm what you already know. If there’s one defining thing about all of the images it’s that all of these pretty ladies are rocking it. They’re OWNING their outfits and don’t they look fabulous!
Something (Navy) Blue
Over the last few months the RMW team have noticed that quite a few of our brides have selected blue as colour of choice for their sidekicks. Strong, elegant and classic, blue hues are the preferred option of those who don’t want to dress their bridesmaids in black but want the sophistication that a darker colour palette brings.
Blues – particularly towards the navy end of the spectrum – are aristocratic and flatter all skin tones and hair colours. It’s not surprising therefore that it is one of the most popular colour trends of 2012.
This concoction of photographs is proof that a darker colourway doesn’t have to be uninteresting – the red lippy and top knots of the bride and her maids in Helen Cawte’s photo show how blue can be brought bang up to date whilst uniting a bridal look at the same time.
Flowers also ‘pop’ against darker hues and I particularly adore brightly coloured shoes paired with a more sedate dress for a bit of subtle drama. On a more practical note, bluish tones look fantastic regardless of the time of year which given the state of our ‘summer’ can only be a good thing.
This is one trend that just isn’t going away and why on earth should it? It’s fun, eye-catching and incredibly freeing. I LOVE it and I’m not the only one. The essence of this theme is that can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Want the same dress but in all the colours of the rainbow? Go for it!
What about different cuts but the same colour? Sounds good to me.
Hang and blast it…you want a free-for-all? Girl I’m right behind you.
Like blue hues, this trend caters for all skin tones, body shapes, hair colours and fashion tastes because you can wear literally anything you want. Choosing an eclectic theme also lifts the pressure off bridesmaids and brides alike. You can guarantee that everyone will feel comfortable on the day because they’ve retained their individuality without compromising the wider bridal style.
The key to guaranteeing a successful ‘mismatched’ look is to make sure that you resemble a ‘team’. Shoes, bouquets and accessories are all easy and fantastic ways of bringing different looks together again. A gaggle of bridesmaids sporting contrasting frocks but with the same heels makes my heart sing as does a bridal party where each maid has her own personalised bouquet.
Bagsy the peony one!
A sister trend to ‘mismatched’, ombré dress colour palettes have been in vogue since last year and still there seems to be no sign that the popularity of this trend is abating. Literally meaning shaded (in French) we’ve seen this colour phenomenon applied to everything from nail varnish to nuptial stationery even through to wedding furniture and cakes.
If I were to describe ombré, then I’d say that it’s like a Dulux paint chart but in a totally good way. Perfect for those brides that don’t want anything too ‘matchy matchy’ but who are determined to stick to a colour theme – ombré dishes out flexibility to the bridal party by the bucketload.
For me, weddings using this type of colour theme just ooze an effortlessness, a natural quality that I can only hope to imitate. Perhaps it’s because each bridesmaid feels totally at ease in her dress. Trials and tribulations such as ‘that shade of coral just doesn’t quite work with my skin tone’ or ‘I like that dress but it’s not quite the right shade of green’ just melt away because it doesn’t have to be just so.
I also love the possibilities that ‘ombré’ provides modern day brides. Using identical dresses but in different materials in similar hues – like the gradiated metallics shown above – adds a depth to photos and is pleasing to the eye. Repeating the colour variations of the frocks in the flowers too is incredibly expressive and adds flair without unnecessary cost.
It’s clear that the influences of last year’s celebrity weddings run rampant in current bridal themes and styles. The white tones of P.Middy’s infamous frock and the gypsy glamour feel of Kate Moss’ and Jamie Hince’s nuptials is perceptibly evident in recent bridesmaid trends.
The watchwords here are ‘ethereal charm’ and ‘modern romance’ with floaty, natural chiffons, silks and cottons being the fabrics of choice. With their tousled locks and flower crowns, I want to call these bridesmaids, sprites or woodland fairies because they look so incredibly dreamlike.
But don’t let their whimsical appearances fool you – both Kates knew a good thing when they saw it, for this style and colour spectrum can be adapted to suit younger bridesmaids without compromising the fashion statement of older beauties.
Using neutral shades is not only incredibly flattering but is a surefire way to imbue your day with a distinctly modern edge too. And dressing your maidens in creams, oatmeals, fawns and off-whites actually gives the bridal party a more unified front than any other colour. They don’t call them style queens for nothing, you know.
Sexy and Flirty
Gone are the days of the dowdy bridesmaid who filed behind the bride wearing misshapen sacks. Instead sexy, sassy maidens have arrived on the scene…hello ladies.
These are the kind of dresses that you are totally wearing again on a night out. Mostly glitzy, the majority short, these dresses scream glamour with a capital G. It’s not about upstaging the bride, it’s about being a team of glamour amazons and injecting a large dose of gorgeousness into the day.
Perhaps my favourite image here is the row of city-shorted clad bridesmaids complete with pretty camisoles. It’s young, fresh and modern and utterly different. Plus this outfit brings a whole new level of meaning to the word wearability. You just know that these girls will be shaking up the dance floor later without any worries about revealing too much…
Sexy doesn’t have to mean eye-raising hemlines either – the long metallic dresses at the bottom here are divine. Actually I’m really lusting after these for my own wardrobe, not for any special occasion but you know… just because.
So what do you think girls? Which of the above themes will you be embracing for your big day – if any?
Does bohemian princess rock your boat or has it been done to death? Does ‘mismatched’ send shivers up your spine or do you love the intrigue of an eclectic look?
And what are your thoughts on choosing made to measure bridesmaid dresses rather than off the peg? I’m toying with the idea and I’m keen to hear your experiences.
If anything I’ve now confused myself even more about which direction I’m going to take and I think I need a lie down.
Love Lauren xx
As you’re all probably aware it is Fashion Week here on Rock My Wedding. That’s right! And in keeping with this week’s theme, I thought I’d share with you my bridal fashion covet list.
Yes you heard correctly… I have a covet list, specifically relating to all things weddings and I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one. In fact, I’m certain that each and everyone of you has a list just like mine, split into specific categories with prices removed. You know, just so you can’t torture yourself with the extortionate price tag of that brooch that you need so that your nuptial outfit is COMPLETE.
In the interests of research…I mean I had to make sure that I hadn’t missed anything off said inventory… I have spent a fair few hours shopping which has done nothing for my oniomania. The things we do for you lot – honestly…
Those of you who are currently shopping for or who have already found THE ONE will be fully aware that wedding dress shopping is not quite as simple as it seems.
The gown that you’ve swooned over in the magazines, that you’ve pictured yourself gliding down the aisle to is often nothing like the sheathed beauty that you end up with. Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps some of you fabulous lot knew exactly what you wanted and it suited you down to your pretty little toes.
If this is the case, then I am mightily jealous. You see what I thought I wanted and what actually looked good on me were two very different things…and so I shall live vicariously through my mood boards instead.
This fabulous array of silk, lace and taffeta reflects my aforementioned Jekyll and Hyde personality – we have Grecian style column dresses AND full-skirted frothy drama.
Shall we go and take a look…
I always held the opinion that a bride should look demure and romantic, shrouded in layers of lace and tulle. I am a sucker for the more traditional trumpet style gowns and frou-frou affairs. If it has volume then I’m already loving it. Add oodles of embellishment, signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.
It’s just unfortunate that I look like a toilet dolly in them.
In another life I would like to wear both of the fabulous designs by Jesus Piero and Monique Lhuillier. Look at the glorious train in Piero’s design; the dress is beautifully simple but you can’t take your eyes off it can you? And Monique Lhuiller’s ‘Candy’ looks good enough to eat with its intricate beading and peachy hue.
But what I didn’t know is that brides can be a little bit…sexy…too.
Spilt thigh wedding dresses, marabou capes, come to bed eyes with a dusting of rouge lips is what it’s all about for me. Capes – how I love capes! Figure hugging gowns and the barest whisper of tulle to cover the upper torso is my look of the moment. What do you think lovelies – too much?
Also top of my current lust list is backless dresses. They exude style and impact and a naked back can turn many a man to jelly – girls I am TELLING you. For many guests, the first real glimpse of a bride is of her back as she parades down the aisle, train swishing behind her so why not give them something to look at. Temperley’s Goddess dress and Claire Pettibone’s Kristene both demonstrate how back drama can be achieved in completely different ways but with equal amounts of class.
To veil or not to veil seems to be an ongoing question/ debate for many of you and I’ve found that modern day brides are split pretty evenly between the two camps.
That said most of you still want something to adorn your pretty little heads whether it be a floral crown, a gossamer light veil or something with glitz appeal.
Here at RMW HQ we’re particularly fond of headdresses of the feather variety – in fact Charlotte and I try to wear them whenever it is physically possible although sleeping in them does crush the feathers somewhat. Take it from us, don’t try it at home…
Below is a selection of my favourite head candy…
The north star blusher veil from BHLDN, made from Swarovski crystals and wisps of tulle, is not only beautiful and romantic but versatile too. The veil can be detached and worn simply as a halo – perfect for any bride wanting to make a transition from day to evening with minimal fuss.
For those girls looking for something a little edgier, then the Kirsten crystal headband is for you. Made from a sparkling navette and baguette faceted stone trim, this piece is Luxe with a capital L. The thing I really love about the Kirsten is that you can purchase it attached to either satin ribbon ties or elastic. Does anyone else have a head which elasticated headpieces gradually slide off? Just me then…well it won’t happen with this baby.
It’s the Lilium Halo that I’ve got my eye on though. Wearing this I’d feel like Titania, Queen of the Fairies, debecked in enamelled lily leaves and flowers with a sprinkling of crystal-studded pearls. It is SO pretty.
Please will someone buy it for me, I’ll love you forever…..
A Brief Dalliance
I have been spoilt.
Utterly ruined I tell you…allow me to elaborate…
You see, a couple of years ago I happened to purchase a pure silk underwear set from Marks & Spencer’s Autograph range. Yes it’s utterly impractical as it can’t go in the washing machine with the rest of the normal undies and granted you’re quite right in thinking that silk is nowhere near as durable as cotton hence the subsequent purchasing of further silky ensembles.
But ever since, I’ve developed a taste for the stuff – it’s like a siren’s call which gnaws at my soul and I can’t escape. Do you know what I mean? For some girls it’s shoes, for others handbags but for me it’s the promise of a brand new set of underwear.
And there’s something about a girl’s wedding day that really makes me want to make the effort in the lingerie department. I want to wear something that I’d be happy to prance about in on a carousel horse or leap out of a giant martini glass whilst batting my eyelashes bambi-like over huge feather fans.
I promise I’m not an exhibitionist… honestly I’m really not.
Seriously though, we are seeing a revival in the number of UK companies producing beautiful luxury underwear. The choice is endless, from cute body suits and high waisted 50s style knickers to decadent garters and elaborate lace.
I’m also crushing over the teal, lacy number at the bottom of this set of images which could be just the ticket for your something blue or could just sit nicely in your drawers with the rest of your smalls.
My favourite is the bondage style get-up from Agent Provocateur. You can tell it’s been exquisitely designed with a nod to the suspender days of old but with a healthy dollop of modern tailoring. It would also be perfect for whenever you might be having a 50 shades moment…ahem…moving on.
It’s Never Too Cold For Peep Toes
It really isn’t.
Actually with the exception of the beribboned blue flats, all of these shoes are peep-toes. It wasn’t my intention to focus purely on this sartorial style, it just happened that way.
But my gosh, this little collection packs a punch. They are statement shoes…and a half.
I won’t be alone in thinking that if you’re going to spend a small fortune on your wedding day footwear then you want to be able to strut your stuff in them again afterwards, right? So you don’t want them to look too well, wedding-ly. Well doll-faces, I still fell hook line and sinker for two beauties that are right smack bang in this category.
It wasn’t my fault – look at them. How can you resist feathers and tulle?
I’m toying with the idea of wearing a brightly coloured heel to my own wedding in October. If the grooms and ushers can sport the statement sock, then ladies we can sport some fabulous creations of our own and I am all over those red Zara numbers.
So who will be forming an orderly queue behind me and wearing some eye-watering pops of colour on their wedding day feet?
True to form, I am also a little bit in love with Jimmy’s Pair of Clues. They are super sparkly…and sky-high after all and GOLD…which brings me nicely onto the next part of this post.
If you’ve been reading my other posts then you’ll know that I’m a bit of a magpie.
Scrap that…I’m an absolute gannet for any object radiating a golden hue so my apologies now if you’re more of a silver kinda gal. I will say though, there are some absolute bargains to be had out on the high street at the moment if you’re looking to accessorise your delicious dress without receiving a nasty call from the bank manager.
Feast your eyes on this gorgeous lot…
There are A LOT of bangles in this selection probably because I really really want someone to rock a bit of cuff action on their wedding day. I am in love with the amazing contrast between a pretty gown paired with jewellery that has a masculine edge.
Are you loving the idea but worried that it might be a bit too much? Well I’ve found you the perfect answer in the form of a seed pearl cuff that has plenty of charm without compromising your style statement.
Take a look at those rectangular faceted earrings from Monsoon. Utterly divine and wouldn’t they be absolutely perfect with swish chignon for a chic do in the city? A steal at only ten sterling pounds – proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look glamorous on your wedding day.
And I had to include the ‘Loved’ ring because it made me go a little bit teary when I saw it. That and the fact that it has two 0.5ct diamonds that sit on the other side of this band. No, I jest with you. It was the inscription that made me weep and I’m thinking that I might pinch it for my own ring.
Are any of you lovelies having something engraved on your rings? We’re incredibly nosy here at RMW HQ and want to know all about it.
So what do you think? Have I persuaded you to embrace the Amazonian goddess in you and wear a fierce cuff on your big day?
Will your toes be caressed by feathers or tulle?
Grecian princess all the way or does your heart belong to a full-skirted beauty?
And will anyone be jumping out of a Martini glass as part of their wedding nuptials?
Please say yes…
Answers on a postcard…(I’ve always wanted to say that)…or in the comments box, folks.
This afternoon we bring you muchos loveliness. We know how you all love a bridal fashion shoot and today you are getting one. Big style.
During our visit to the Save the Date event in Derby last month we got talking to Jo from Shoot Lifestyle. She showed us a few sneak peaks from a bridal style shoot she had recently collaborated on with a team of super top notch industry bods, lead by Julia Harrison.
The photo’s were breathtaking and the whole shebang, without a shadow of doubt, was very “RMW” if you catch my wedding inspirational drift.
There is a very moving story behind how this team originally came together so before indulging in a veritable smörgåsbord of eye candy, please take a few moments to have read through the words below, kindly provided by Julia Harrison at Go Glorious.
How It All Began
It’s strange how things happen sometimes. Who would have imagined that the death of a baby girl would eventually bring about a consortium of wedding suppliers? Sarah Turpin lost her daughter Laura in 2007, at just four months old. In her memory, Sarah set up a floristry business, flowersforlaura.com. Whilst her business has now ceased, during its lifetime Sarah brought together a group of wedding professionals, who agreed that whenever they worked as a team, £100 would be donated to PACT, a children’s cancer charity. And so a great working relationship began. Shoot Lifestyle Photography, Go Glorious Venue Styling, Rachel Edwards Couture Cake Design and Petalis (who replaced flowersforlaura.com) joined forces with sister venues Whirlowbrook Hall and The Maynard Arms. We are all meticulously attentive to detail and work harmoniously together out of a mutual respect for each other’s high standards. It is so lovely that as a group we are able to contribute to a worthy cause, and help keep Laura’s memory alive.
Our latest venture was to let our imagination run free and do a fabulously decadent photo shoot. The inspiration, believe it or not, came from a set of china; Royal Albert’s ‘Old Country Roses’. The colours are wonderful; deep plums, pinks and apricot with opulent gilt edging. I wanted to create a quintessentially English theme with a real sense of a bygone era. To achieve this I brought in antique furniture, lace tablecloths, vintage glass, gold pearls, and sumptuous fruit and combined them with the china. In addition we styled the brides from different decades – 1910, 1920’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. The styling had a contemporary twist, as we didn’t want it to look like a costume play, and all the girls looked truly beautiful. We were so lucky as the sun shone for us on the day. We got the desired luscious rosy glow on both our models and our table – you’d never know that it was shot in the middle of January!
Thank you so much to everyone who helped pull this together. In addition to the regular team, the models’ hair was styled by Jam and the dresses were supplied by Freya Bridal. Make-up was by Julia Jeckell.
You Have Been Watching…
You Have Been Admiring…
Venue Styling Go Glorious
Photography Shoot Lifestyle
Make-up Julia Jeckell
Cakes Rachel Edwards
Dress Boutique Freya Bridal
I hope that managed to tickle your fashion taste buds this monday afternoon, if it didn’t you may just want to check your pulse!
Bye for now,
As to be honest, on this dismal Monday morning with central-heating-chapped skin and dark circles so evident that even my trusty Christian Dior Skin Flash can’t disguise their purple hue , I am feeling anything but.
So I figured that to cheer myself up ( and any of you lovelies in a similar winter woeful state) I would get out the fabulous RMW fashion wand, close my eyes tightly shut and imagine myself in one of these to-die-for Novia D’Art frocks.
Who’s with me?!
Top – Cameron: kind of pouffy, kind of ever-so pretty. Loving the removable capped sleeve bolero.
Bottom – Edurne: My, this is a sexy one, plunging admittedly but in such a good way non?
Top – Balbina: think 50’s retro chic meets Grace Kelly. I.WANT.ONE.
Bottom – Vigo: Jessica Rabbit eat your heart out pet.
Bottom – Maddi: figure hugging, feminine and ever-so frilly.
Clockwise From Top:
Jesabel – For ultimate pin-flashing. If I had hers I so would.
Trini – Fishtail but not as we know it, an unusual but delicious version of a style favourite.
Jerica – Not for the retiring wallflower but absolute perfection for the “look at me I’m catwalk-worthy” bride.
Uganda – The Devil’s in the detail, feminine folds and delicate diamante, city soiree glamour at its best.
Oh look it’s a Charlotte finale favourite. “Fantasia“, a wee bit like a very fancy lampshade…..
But y’know what?
That’s why I like it. I want to swish it around all day long.
And if you have already chosen/worn/had a wobble over your dress recently then let’s talk about this instead:
What is it about Februay that makes me consume vast amounts of really really bad-for-you treats? Just yesterday evening I polished off an entire bar of mint Aero. And no I don’t mean a normal sized bar, I mean a FAMILY SIZED bar.
This was after half a packet of chocolate rich tea biscuits and a banana cake from Pret earlier in the day.
No wonder I can’t sit still.
Big On A Sugar High Love
We see a lot of bridal gowns here at RMW HQ – it is our business to after all.
So much gorgeousness in fact sometimes it is difficult to know what to post about…
Until Rebecca and I laid eyes on the Rosa Clara 2010 collection that is.
We BOTH managed to pick a “If I got married again I would wear this one” number and squealed and clapped and generally went all girly and ridiculous over the total and utter dress genius.
This collection rocked our world.
From Top: Slinky, Sexy perfection in the “Roberta“, Just like yesterday’s gorgeous wedding the flamenco inspired “Risuena” and if you prefer ballerina style the “Rosal” may be just the ticket.
From Top of Middle Row: 20’s theme? the “Rosalin” has the ideal fringing and vintage embellishment detail, feel floaty and fashionable in the one-shoulder “Rina” or go all out BIG dress in the statement “Rodeo“.
From Top of Bottom Row: Do tradition with a twist in the “Revo” – loving the lace shrug, be boho beautiful in the “Rosalina” or all out princess in the “Rey“
Anyone tried/having a Rosa Clara gown for their Big Day?
We would love to hear about it…
See if you can guess which dresses Rebecca and I would choose from this collection – You may be in for a shocker!
You can check out the rest of the pretty at www.rosaclara.es
And one of our favourite Bridal stores Quello in Kenilworth are holding Rosa Clara designer days on the 16th and 17th of April – they are even offering £150 Quello vouchers to RMW brides that buy one of these pieces of perfection.
Visit the website www.quellobride.co.uk to secure your place – the last Rosa Clara designer day sold out in a matter of days so be quick lovelies!
Big Show Stopping Love