I love sharing inspiration shoots planned and styled by Natalie Hewitt because they are always so polished and beautifully put together. Today’s is no exception – a brightly coloured floral bonanza showcasing the stunning new barn at Abbey Farm. I adore Natalie’s idea of demonstrating that barn weddings can feel fine art, as well as rustic, and these dreamy images most definitely show that.
Did anyone catch the recent documentary The Billion Pound Flower Market? It was really interesting and I had mixed feelings after watching it. It made me proud of all of the fabulous florists we have in this country championing British grown flowers, but I also watched the workings of the Dutch flower industry with complete awe – it’s unbelievably high tech and well organised. The people of Holland have access to some seriously beautiful blooms! Lots of which are on show in today’s glorious shoot, which draws inspiration from the beautiful French countryside.
Natalia from bloemenmeisjes.com is a lady with impeccable taste – the styling and blooms here are simply beautiful.
When Charlotte asked me if I wanted to view Suzanne Neville’s latest collection as my first official RMW duty with Adam, I couldn’t say yes quick enough. When she told me the catwalk show was at the Tower of London, my heart jumped a little bit more. You see I’m a bit of a history geek so being able to combine two of my biggest passions was like Christmas had come early.
Suzanne never fails to deliver anything less than perfection with her luxurious line of bridal gowns, each with a classic and elegant edge. But I think that Suzanne’s 2013 ‘Diamond’ Collection might be her best yet.
Thirty seven decadent floor length numbers were paraded in front of us, think romantic glamour with a splash of Spanish princess. Delicate lace, luxurious silks, covered buttons and sleeved frocks predominated. And in typical Suzanne Neville style, all of the designs were beautifully cut.
Suzanne has also kindly provided us with the most exquisite sketches that she used in the creation of each of the dresses. Aren’t they divine? If I could draw like that, then I’d never stop. The photos in this post are courtesy of our lovely Mr Adam.
So what are we waiting for, here are some of our favourites…
Perfect for a modern day princess, you can literally hear this classically romantic dress ‘swish’ as it moves. I fell in love at first sight. Aptly named, this timeless number just oozes luxury and a childlike charm.
Opulence is a full-skirted beauty that softly billows behind the wearer suggesting a lightness that can be hard to find with these fuller numbers. I was particularly taken with the double neckline created by the sweetheart bodice and the lace overlay. And look girls… this dress has SLEEVES. I love sleeves – oh to have your arms caressed by the thinnest whispers of lace.
One of the loveliest features of this dress is the scalloped v-neck at the back which perfectly balances the cascading train. Combined with the thick ribbon which adds definition at the waist, it really is a vision of loveliness.
This was a particular favourite of mine – in fact this dress had me in a metaphorical faint. That said it could have been the couple of glasses of champagne that I’d consumed before the show started. Don’t look at me like that… it was a HOT day. As I was saying, Baroque is a figure hugging beauty that possesses all the demureness of Grace Kelly with a healthy dollop of va va voom.
Formed from a luxurious silk sheath underneath with a fine lace overlay, this trumpet style gown is cut impeccably. The silk bodice has a sweetheart neckline allowing the lace to continue up and over the shoulders to form a delicate panel at the back before meeting the bodice in a low V.
As with many of the dresses in this collection, a row of delectable silk covered buttons trails down the back of the dress to finish just below the derrière.
And the train…oh my, the train is delicious, fanning out sexily behind in sumptuous folds. It really is the most divine dress for those brides looking to combine vintage detailing with modern glamour.
Seductively sleeved, the name of this gown defined Suzanne’s entire collection for me. If I had to give this dress another name then I’d be inclined to call it something of a feline nature. You don’t walk in this dress, you prowl in it because it’s just so darn sexy.
Lace in a larger sized pattern sheathes an inner silk core ending in a resplendent fishtail train. I LOVE the lace used in this dress – just enough detailing to make an impact but leaving some skin on show for sex appeal.
Again silk covered buttons trail from the neck along the spine. The delicate lace collar makes this the perfect winter wedding dress for when you need a little more coverage without sacrificing the glamour factor.
Another beautiful frock that has a stunning silhouette. I adore the raw edged, capped sleeves which adds an element of delicacy to what is otherwise a very structured dress. This dress is less about the drama and more about refined elegance. I can see a bride with a tousled up-do and a bouquet of blousey roses carrying this off with aplomb.
This feather-like, frou-frou affair is Adam’s favourite….by a long way. So much so, that he just had to run his hands over it when the dresses were bought out for closer inspection after the show.
Funny what a fashion show can do to a man.
Strapless, with a luxurious silk pleated bodice and sweetheart neckline, this dress has impact with a capital ‘I’ and clings in ALL the right places. I love the asymmetric explosion of ruffled tulle that flows from the bodice about half way down the thigh. This gown is perfect for a sultry temptress who wants to inject a bit of drama into her big day.
In fact, this dress was so incredibly sensual that I wanted to dive into it, apply some red lippy and slink all the way down the runway myself.
One of the simpler gowns in the collection, the smooth clean lines of Stunning are given extra oomph by the lace detailing at the shoulders and on the bodice itself.
The classic a-line skirt is brought bang up to date by a silk gazar overlay and a wide mink coloured ribbon that encircles the waist and floats down the back.
If there was ever a dress that demanded your attention, then this lovelies, is it. I found myself suffering from a serious case of mouth on floor syndrome as it sashayed towards me. There simply wasn’t enough time in the world to drink in all the wonderful details.
This beauty looks as if it has been made for a Spanish princess with its basque waist and strapless scalloped neckline. The lower part of the skirt is a fanfare of full-skirted froth that just begs to be swooshed and intricate lace embroidery adorns the long bodice as well as the top of the skirt.
And cast your peepers on the back of this number; the low cut of the dress grazes the shoulder blades to provide drama from all angles. Lastly the veil is reminiscent of a Spanish mantilla framing the dress gracefully as a finishing touch.
All dresses from The Diamond Collection at Suzanne Neville
So what do you think…fancy becoming a flamenco dancing princess on your wedding day?
Which one of these beauties is your favourite?
P.S. Adam and I took advantage of the opportunity to go and have a gander at the Crown Jewels after the show. They’ve got some right bobby dazzlers in there – absolutely phenomenally gorgeous.
P.P.S. Did you know that there are a total of 23,578 gems in the Crown Jewels collection? I wonder if they’d loan anything out….you see I’m looking for some fabulous accessories for my big day and what they’ve got might just hit the spot.
Today we’re keeping it classic and sharing the new Beverly Lister collections with you, Downtown and Vintage. Although we love to share the big name designers found in all the big magazines, sometimes the key factor when looking for a gown is getting something you’re not going to see at every wedding you attend next year. Being a Boutique Brand that’s exactly what you can expect from Beverly Lister.
The downtown collection references the 40’s and 50’s with a glamourous edge. Shapes are sleek and sophisticated or rock a flirtier silhouette with this Ballerina style brought up to date with modern black detailing.
The vintage collection makes use of lace, and Beverly’s almost trademark hourglass silhouette with opulent sashes and timeless glamour.
For me, Beverly Lister gowns blend feminine prettiness with flattering cuts giving a timeless and elegant look. The gowns are all designed, hand-made and hand-finished in England using french lace and duchess satin fabrics and these images really highlight the quality of the fit.
* All hair styling courtesy of Hepburn Collection
To mark the launch of the new site, Beverly Lister is offering one lucky visitor the chance to win a made-to-measure gown valued up to £2,500. To enter the competition, you lucky readers can simply log on to www.beverlylister.co.uk and email their details to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you saw it on Rock My Wedding.
Our very first giveaway this week is a good one. Seriously good, and I know that I would really want to win it!
Charlotte Mills from Pretty Plum Sugar Loungerie is donating a lounge tank set to one lucky reader!
Lucky old you can choose from any of the above patterns and could be looking super pretty and stylish for your make-up and getting ready photos, come wedding day!
And what do you have to do to enter? Head on over to the Plum Pretty Sugar Facebook page and leave a comment on the wall there stating which of the three colourways you would like to receive. That is all!
Get entering – entries will close at midnight on Friday 8th and winners will be announced shortly afterwards!
I tried to think of a suitable Rock My Wedding type title for this post. Um….and found that actually I couldn’t – there just isn’t any wordage worthy in the English language.
I am not kidding you people.
When I first clapped eyes on the Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2011 Collection a series of thoughts sprung to mind:
1. It is the most deliciously sexy bridal advertising campaign I have ever seen. Fact.
Have now decided that when I grow up I want to languish idly across an abundance of silk sheets strewn with scented rose petals. I will lie there for what is possibly a considerably legnthy period of time pouting my scarlett lips and batting my long glossy lashes……… until someone notices how utterly lovely I look.
This may make me appear incredibly shallow.
I shall not be apologising for it.
2. No collection has made me wish I had done BIG or indeed SHORT quite as much as this one. Oh and SPARKLY…. how I want to do sparkly….. I want to shimmer down the aisle like the freakin’ blackpool illuminations I tell you.
3. Over the past few weeks I have transformed into a foot -stamping tantrum-throwing green eyed monster of a blog queen. I will never have the opportunity to wear one of these gorgeous frocks and I am positively drowning in envy at the fact some of you lovelies will.
It’s official. I am overcome with one or the worlds most deadliest of sins.
JEALOUSY. It’s a dirty dirty word.
I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it was to chose our top 10 Jenny Packham 2011 Bridal Collection must-haves, I have chopped and changed a few hundred times at least….
But deliver you blue polka dot pages of fashion fabulousness is what we are here to do – and do it we ruddy well shall.
Prepare to be astounded folks.
Want to get your rocks off come W-day? well I suggest you seriously consider getting your rocks firmly on with the divine embellishment details of Asteria and Eden.
If demure and delicate floats your big day boat then perhaps consider the feminine frills of Fontaine and Opera – perfection.
I don’t think I need to spell out how much I am in love with tulle. Dearest and Minerva prove that bigger is definitely beautiful.
Are you blessed with an enviable pair of pins? yes? lucky old you eh…… I suggest you flash them in feather-fringed Dido or lace layered Roberta.
I don’t usually do the whole shiny sequined thing to be honest but Belita and Cascade just made me turn a total one-eighty. I die.
If you are thinking of a Madam Packham for W-day then do let us know. I will try really hard to smile sweetly, nod politely and not just outright steal it from you…
Can’t promise though.
Big Wishing I Was Wearing One Love