Ice-creams and shades at the ready folks as this wedding at Robin Hood’s Bay is the epitome of Summer, with gorgeous coastal views, blue skies, quaint shops, and love and happiness everywhere.
Taking inspiration from the seaside town lead to the rainbow colour scheme in the marquee reception at Victoria Hotel. What a euphoric happy atmosphere that must have been for guests walking into the wedding breakfast with all those colourful hanging paper lanterns and bright blooms greeting them.
Plus Bride Pip in a Jenny Packham Eden gown and maids in white! Now you all know how we feel about these stylish looks. *Swoon*
You know when you just love everything detail of something, well that is exactly how I feel about this enchanting fall wedding. Autumn hues are undoubtedly some of our favourite colours, combining the dark and sumptuous with the crisp and vivid making one heady combination. And Sarah and Darren’s vintage wedding at Rivington Hall Barn seems to have an abundance of it.
The Bridesmaids look gorgeous in rich oxblood dresses, with the Groomsmen opting for mis-match cosy tweed, and then there’s the rustic barn…. Styled with an absolutely fabulous and eclectic selection of vintage finds. Tasselled lampshades – Beaut. Tea canister centrepieces – Adorable. And did I hear sloe gin favours – Ooh yes please.
The pièce de résistance has to be Bride Sarah though, who looks truly stunning in an ivory Jenny Packham Eden gown, adorable Juliet cap veil and handmade flower crown. The makeup junkie in me would also like to know the shade of her luscious lipstick please; such a pretty lady.
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing brides in the beautiful Jenny Packham ‘Eden’ dress. Sophisticated, chic and with just the right amount of sparkle it seems to suit pretty much any wedding theme or location. Rachael chose this classic dress for her own big day at No 6 Chad Place – a London venue with an industrial feel – and looked blinking fantastic.
It’s clear from what Rachael has to say that family is at the heart of everything that she and Matt do, be it Matt’s family dog Basil or listening to Rachael talk about her Chinese grandparents and their wedding day is no exception. They integrated everyone they cared about be they near and far into the celebrations of their wedding day; I love it and I know you will too.
Also check out the awesome photos of the pair at St Pancreas and Rachael’s exquisite bouquet. Just gorgeous!
Well this morning’s beautiful couple are one stylish pair. Bride Natasha wears the stunning Eden Jenny Packham gown and looks absolutely incredible in it and Groom Matthew looks equally dapper in his mixed tweed Ted Baker suit & bow tie.
Cleverly fusing their love for their urban city life and their country roots they stumbled across a beautiful rustic barn in an industrial location. And I have to say it’s the most fabulous venue and couldn’t be more perfect for them. Scrolling through the pictures you’ll see perfect portraits captured with picturesque rural backdrops and raw industrial beauty. It’s kinda of like getting two weddings for the price of one!
I haven’t even mentioned how absolutely amazing all the array of high street pastel Bridesmaid dresses are yet and the hand picked meadow bouquets are just beaut!
Today’s wedding is all about embracing the season.
What better for a New Years Eve wedding than a candle lit ceremony, Bridesmaids in faux fur jackets, vintage roses in metallic vases and an exclusive Dublin townhouse from which to watch the fireworks at midnight?
There was only really one gown fit for the occasion…
And that of course, was Eden by Jenny Packham. The ultimate in glamorous wedding gowns.
Probably THE dress of 2013. But rightly so – it really is eternally beautiful.
I am well and truly embracing the festivities now, have a lovely Christmas everyone!
Venues That Speak For Themselves
Emma The Bride: We wanted a local, intimate, city wedding. With no fuss. It was also important that the venues had the wow factor. This meant they spoke for themselves and required very little dressing/styling.
Our civil ceremony was in City Hall on Dame St. Once we knew it was an option there simply was no other contender. City Hall is a stunning historical building in the city centre of Dublin.
The reception was in The Cliff Town House on St. Stephens Green. The Cliff Town House is a short stroll across Grafton St. from City Hall. It overlooks Stephens Green and has fabulous views of the park. The interior is gorgeous. It was the perfect size for our wedding (86 people) and it is known for it’s top notch food and wine.
We had the whole house for the wedding, the drinks reception took place upstairs, the meal was in the restaurant on the ground floor and the party was upstairs again. The bridal party and close family stayed in the 9 bedrooms.
A Spectacular View
There was a massive New Years Eve party in the city that night and we could see the fireworks over Stephens Green from the window of the restaurant (some of the guests watched from the front door). Outside the city was alive with NY’s celebarations and we were tucked away inside eating and drinking like royalty.
Antique And Vintage
The inspiration for the look of the wedding came from my 1905 antique engagement ring which was bought in Delphi Antiques. I love old buildings, old furniture, anything antique and vintage, I find them so interesting and romantic. I wanted a wedding to match the ring and that is how we settled on the venues and outfits.
Edwina Kelly did my make up. She was very calm and professional on the day. Christian from Brown Sugar did my hair and I absolutely loved it, he did it exactly what I wanted.
Gold And Silver Embellishment
My dress, Eden by Jenny Packham, captured the New Years eve look – platinum satin covered in silver and gold embellishment. Initially I struggled to find anything I remotely liked and visited numerous shops. I held out hope for the much anticipated Jenny Packham trunk show and it did not disappoint.
The sales assistant in Sharon Hoey’s recommended I start with my least favourite and work my way up to my favourite. Eden was the first on the list. To my surprise the minute I tried it on I LOVED it and the others paled in comparison. It was the first and only dress that I got excited about. I loved how it was so glitzy and thought it would be perfect for a New Years eve/winter wedding. I also liked that it was not white or expected – though some of my friends guessed the dress before they saw it – maybe it was predictable for me.
The Perfect Silk Tulle Veil
The dress was not very wedding dressy so I wanted to wear a veil to ensure I looked like a bride. I could not find what I was looking for and so I had a dress maker make one from silk tulle, I loved how light and soft the material was and how it fell. It also worked as a train as there was not one on the dress.
I searched all over for a suitable headpiece and ended up with two. The first was sourced on Etsy and came from a designer called Doloris Petunia in California. It was made to order and the designer matched the stones and petals to the colours of the dress. The net hair band matched the netting on the dress. It worked perfect with and without the veil. I am only dying for an excuse to wear it again.
With all the looking around for headpieces I ended up finding another beautiful piece in Knightsbridge in the Powerscourt shopping centre and wore that from the first dance on.
My shoes were a gift from my very generous parents in law. My friend and I got them in Jimmy Choo on Bond Street, London. My earrings were from Loulerie, they were very simple – gold drops with a little diamond. I lost them on honeymoon and poor Alan had to buy me a new pair. Alan’s suit was from Reiss and he wore a navy blue velvet tie and white shirt.
A Very Glamorous Wedding Party
We had two bridesmaids. My sister Sarah who flew back from Australia to be there and our lifelong friend Mairead. It was tricky to find dresses to go with the wedding dress and rather than trying to match them up we contrasted the complexity of the wedding dress with simplicity.
The colours tied everything together – silver/platinum dresses, grey faux fur coats and gold and silver shoes (Buffalo) and accessories. The dresses were from Cos, they were knee length and had a low and open back. In contrast to me the girls wore their hair up with a big pale grey flower loosely pinned in.
Sophie the flower girl (my niece) wore a Jenny Packham dress which replicated the wedding dress. And Oscar the page boy (Alan’s nephew and our God child) wore a navy suit from Zara.
The two Groomsmen wore slim fit navy blue suits from Marks and Spencer , with white shirts and silver ties.
Metallic For New Years Eve
The colour palette was metallic – predominately silver with some gold – and navy blue. The metallics were inspired from the dress and the navy blue from the guys suits and the decor of the Cliff Town House. These colours were reflected in the wardrobe, invites, menus, table plans, and décor. The theme was New Years eve vintage/antique.
The two venues are so beautiful that they really needed very little added. Lighting was very important in both venues so lights were dimmed and there could never be too many candles. Inside City Hall we had a focal point at the top where there were two large candelabras and two huge urns of flowers.
Again candles and flowers were the main additions to the Cliff Town House. The three fireplaces were adorned with candles and flowers as were the tables. All flowers were the same colour scheme as the bouquets. Sparklers were placed in the menus and our guests lit them as we entered the room for the meal.
Natural And Messy Flowers
Flowers were white, purples, pale pinks – all complementary with metallics. They were natural and messy rather than perfect and structured, the girls had smaller version of mine and the flower girl had a smaller version again. The men’s button holes were particularly nice and they were all different. Noting was too matchy-matchy.
As I mentioned above, we had two massive urns of flowers in City Hall, these were then brought to the Cliff House. There were also flowers on all mantle pieces and tables. They were displayed in small metallic vases. Our florist was Mark Grehan from Powerscourt.
One Day Like This
The venue was so beautifully lit, it was getting dark and the candle light was amazing. The music was brilliant – we had a guitarist / singer and violinist – they had never worked together before but were perfect together. The music really was very moving and gave me goose bumps. The poems were read by Emer (close friend of Emma) and Adam and Zoe (Alan’s niece and nephew).
Our music choices included ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow, Katie Herzig & Matthew Perryman Jones ‘Where The Road Meets the Sun,’ an acoustic version of The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ and Lumineers ‘Ho Hey.’
We chose not to have a band due to the size of the venue. Instead we had a dj and it worked perfect. The rooms were amazing, the fires were blazing the champagne flowing and everyone was on the dance floor from the get go. The cocktail bar opened on to the reception room where the dance floor was so people could to and fro. Our first dance was to Katie Herzig ‘Dreams Come True’ followed by Calvin Harris ‘Feel So Close To You.’
A Special Cake
Our cake was baked by Sarah (Bridesmaid) and her boyfriend. We loved that Sarah and Eric made the cake (chocolate biscuit cake and ruby sponge cake) as it gave it significance and made it much more special. Mairead made the love heart cake topper the night before when the actual cake topper was sent to Columbia instead of Dublin!!
Our favours were sparklers – they were a bit of fun for people and added to the NY’s eve theme.
Simple And Elegant Stationery
Stationery was very important as I work in advertising. There was a common design for all and this helped tie things together. The design was simple and elegant – a large navy blue ampersand and Emma and Alan in silver. This worked across the invites, menu, ceremony booklet and thank you cards.
The table plan was written on an ornate silver mirror in silver pen by the very steady handed Mairead.
Delegate On The Day
Enjoy the day. You spend so much time planning it and sometimes people do not get around to enjoying it. We tried to relax on the day and enjoyed every single minute of it.
Delegate for the big day. Try not have any responsibilities on the day. You have done enough and it is time to enjoy! Make sure to spend plenty of time with your husband, the day is all about you two after all…
It was very important to us that the photos were relaxed and not posed. Immediately after meeting Peter at Explore Light, we knew he was our perfect photographer – he just got us. He understood what we wanted and the fact that we did not want to spend hours on photos when we had a room full of guests to entertain. Peter worked really hard to stick to a schedule and he actually had us back to the drinks reception early.
Emma perhaps defines the ethos of this big day best in her description of her wedding theme – ‘an English country garden meets art deco glamour kind of affair‘ and it really is folks. There’s the unrivalled serenity of a midsummer English garden – all lush lawns, Honeysuckle and Lavender – combined with the glitzy sophistication of times gone by…check out the Choo’s and the Jenny Packham ‘Eden’ for starters.
And it works. Oh it SO works.
I actually really adore this wedding. It’s luxe, it’s glamorous and oh so beautiful and it’s clear that their nearest and dearest had a brilliant time. From the beautiful florals to the dusty shale maids’ dresses, everything has been carefully and lovingly selected.
I have a feeling that you’re going to love it too.
Emma The Bride: When we started to look at venues, Notley Abbey was only the second place we visited but as soon as I arrived I knew it was ‘the one’. Even though it was pouring with rain that day, it was magnificent. There is something truly magical about the Abbey and we both felt so relaxed and at home there.
As soon as I heard about the wild parties that used to go on there (Marilyn Monroe was among the guests), I definitely knew we had found our venue. Stewart and I love a party!! My wonderful dad massively helped us out financially so that we were able to book this beautiful venue. I must thank everyone at Notley Abbey for looking after us all and making the day so special, especially our wedding manager on the day, Lisa, who totally rocked!
Chanel No 5
One of the best decisions I made was to book my hair and make up artist Claire Hanson. She was amazing and her lovely assistant Kirsty helped with my bridesmaids’ hair. I absolutely loved Claire and we had so much fun getting ready. I never really wear make up or get a chance to do my hair with a young baby at home.
Claire really did work wonders! I wanted a natural look with my make up and it was perfect. She made me feel beautiful, I can not thank her enough! My perfume was Chanel No5 which was my mum’s favourite scent (and Marilyn’s too apparently).
First Shop, First Dress
It was a case of first shop, first dress for me. A few of my closest friends had all bought their dresses from Morgan Davies in London so off I went armed with a bridesmaid. The dress was Eden in Platinum by Jenny Packham. Simply stunning. I orginally tried on and ordered the ivory version but that night when I got home I just knew I wanted the platinum.
It’s a bit different and much more me with gorgeous sparkly beads and gold sequins. I thought it would fit perfectly with Notley Abbey. Sadly my mum passed away a few years ago and I had always imagined going dress shopping with her but Katie and all the other lovely girls at Morgan Davies made it such a special day. I took my dad along for my final fitting and he was in tears, just like mum would have been!
Shoes, shoes, shoes. I LOVE shoes. Selfridges Shoe Hall is my Mecca so the only choice for me had to be Jimmy Choos. And they had to be super high and super sparkly. My best friend Celia and I had the best time trying on all the shoes and trying not to buy them all!
As the dress was so ornate I wanted to keep the accessories to a minimum. I thought Jenny Packham would know best so I took myself off to the JP accesories shop. OMG that place is AMAZE! I could have bought everything but I was good and only left with my beautiful head dress and pair of simple drop earrings. So, so beautiful and made to go with my dress.
My three best friends, Celia, Emma and Suky were my bridesmaids. They are all stunning girls and I wanted their dresses to be as pretty as they were. A friend of mine suggested J.Crew and I cannot recommend them enough. I wanted a natural, vintage colour and decided on a pale, silvery green colour called ‘Dusty Shale’.
I chose three different styles all in the same colour and my girls looked amazing. I was so proud to walk down the aisle after them, although they looked so damn good they almost showed me up haha! I also had my two gorgeous little nieces as flower girls; I bought their dresses from Monsoon and they looked so adorable.
Stew’s best man was his brother who lives in Sweden and who Stew misses so much so it was lovely to see them together and having so much fun. He had his 2 best friends as ushers, one of who flew over from Texas for the ceremony and his cousin Mark was Master of Ceremonies. Mark being a school teacher was the best choice to order everyone around and he did a fabulous job. Someone said he was like a bouncer, just what you need!
An English Country Garden Meets Art Deco Glamour Affair
If I had to describe the theme of the wedding I guess it would be an English country garden meets art deco glamour kind of affair. Stew and I are a very laid back couple and with my beautiful baby boy Arthur arriving 9 months before the wedding I never found the time to unleash my inner ‘Bridezilla’ but I hope the lack of organisation made the day feel more like ‘us’ – relaxed and fun.
Pink, Apricot And White
A friend of mine recommended my florist, Robin to me. He was such a lovely guy when I met him that I knew I wanted to use him to do my flowers and I was so glad that I did. They were stunning and exactly what I had in mind. Beautiful summer flowers in pink, pale apricot and white, including my absolute favourite peonies as well as roses and sweet peas.
All my bridesmaids had a posy each and my little flower girls had a small posy of sweetpeas to carry. There was an arrangement on each table in the reception with nightlights and the large arrangements in the ceremony and reception rooms were divine.
Big Brother To The Rescue
Unfortunately my dad had a bad fall a couple of days before the wedding which meant that he could not give me away as he was in hospital. It was a devastating blow but he wanted everything to go ahead as planned so my lovely big brother Matt stepped in at the last minute. Walking down the aisle and seeing everyone you love all there in one room is the best feeling in the world and it completely lifted me. I was so sad that my dad wasn’t there but lots of my amazing family and friends were. I’m a very lucky girl.
Most importantly my amazing husband to be was waiting for me at the end of the aisle and he looked so handsome in his 3 piece Paul Smith suit. I couldn’t wait to get to the end and marry him. Stew is the loveliest, funniest most genuine person you could ever meet. We were friends for two years before we started to grow closer and I think I fell in love with him before we even got together as a couple. He is my soulmate and my best friend, I could not be happier. One of my best school friends, Rachel, read Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare which I love and our amazing friend Debs read a piece from Captain’s Corelli’s Mandolin which just makes me weep and exactly describes how I feel about Stew.
Stew’s speech was amazing and had everyone in tears and my brother did an amazing job considering he only had 24 hours to prepare his! As I’ve already said Stew and I love a party and I couldn’t wait to get on the dancefloor. We booked The Somebodys as our band and they were awesome! really cool, young guys, I loved them.
Our first dance was to The Stone Roses, She Bangs The Drums. A band and a song we both love. We even went to see them at V festival when I was 37 weeks pregnant, now that’s dedication! I was really looking forward to raving on with my nearest and dearest and we had a ball! I didn’t want the night to end.
Notley Abbey provided all the food for the day and everyone commented on how fantastic it was. My very beautiful and talented bridesmaid Suky made my wedding cake. It was made up of lots of cake pops which she had hand made all by herself. Truly amazing and totally yummy.
The Naughty Table
One of my bridesmaids has a very talented boyfriend who is a printer and he made the orders of the day. I wanted them to tie in with the art deco feel and I helped design them. I was very pleased with them and he also printed the table pictures. I chose pictures instead of names and they were all icons past and present including some of the famous guests who had attended the wild parties at Notley Abbey over the years. My favourite table was probably the Kate Moss table. I put all the naughty people on that one!
Enjoy having all your favourite people in one place and try and savour each minute of the day as it goes so fast. I wanted to re-live the day again and again. Don’t worry if you feel like you didn’t manage to speak to each and every person for very long; they will see you having the time of your life and go home happy. Your wedding day is all about you and your love. It’s one day, ROCK IT!
I personally think that the photgrapher should be one of the most important decisions that you make. I made the perfect choice with David Jenkins. The man is a genius! Not only that, he is an awesome guy who made us feel so relaxed on the day. He was like one of the guests! So important in a photographer but even more important are the photographs and wow, they were stunning. Stew and I were in tears when we saw them and have beautiful memories of the best day of our lives.
There are some very fluttery eyelashes for you today, along with a little bit of vintage Chanel, a fabulous fur jacket and the ever gorgeous Eden gown by Jenny Packham. Jane and Duncan married at Love Lust Member Iscoyd Park. All the weddings we feature from here seem to have the most beautiful, atmospheric outdoor shots – have a look at our own Lolly’s amazing wedding at Iscoyd here.
Jane’s theme of a romantic spring day really comes through in the colourful mix of tulips and roses and in the amazing cake – it looks absolutely scrumptious. Apparently Bride Jane is an avid RMW reader and used us lots for inspiration – all the best Brides do!
Modern Touches And Elegant History
Jane The Bride: We were not sure exactly what we wanted in a venue before we stepped into Iscoyd Park. Immediately, we were struck by the beauty of the venue but also the welcoming hospitality of its owner and host Phil Godsal. Phil has created an amazing flow to the house – making the whole day seamlessly fit together. The perfect mix of modern touches married with its elegant history – make it an exceptional place to be. The location was also perfect as Duncan grew up nearby and it’s also in easy reach of Ireland for my family. It was the first and only venue we went to but we knew that it was the one. The only available weekend date they had for that year was only six months away, it didn’t take us long to confirm…
First School Dance
I wanted to go for a minimalist and classic look to go with my dress. So I bought some natural Bobbi Brown products and some red lipstick. My aunt Kate, a make-up artist who did my make-up for my first school dance was also there on the big day.
For my hair – I wanted something with a natural and feminine flair. Iscoyd recommended Louise Huxley as our hairdresser and she was amazing. She created exactly what I wanted and managed to get round more than ten ladies on the morning. I wore Diptyque’s Eau Rose on the day for a spring-like and fresh scent.
Romantic And Glamourous
My dress was Jenny Packham’s Eden dress in ivory. Before I got engaged I never had ‘the dress’ in mind but when I started looking I knew that I wanted something romantic and glamorous with no frills. With no idea where to even start looking and only six months to go, I thought Alice Temperley and Jenny Packham would be a good place to start.
The staff at Jenny Packham’s Bridal Boutique were so helpful and made it feel like such a special experience. As soon as I tried on the Eden dress, I knew it was the one – it was so elegant and pretty with a touch of ethereal glamour. It was the dress that really inspired everything else on the day and helped me come up with the theme ‘wild flowers and romance.’
Duncan wore a gorgeous three-piece cashmere navy suit from A Suit that Fits – he really wanted to have a tailored suit on the day and he looked like such a dapper gentleman! His look was finished off with shoes from Kurt Geiger and a floral spring tie from Thomas Pink.
My shoes were the hardest part of the outfit! I searched and searched for the perfect pair but with no luck. Then I came across a vintage pair of beaded Chanel shoes on Louise Paris which is run by Eloïse who lovingly handpicks each piece on her website. They came in perfect condition and had never been worn.
I also wore a beaded Jenny Packham belt with my dress and my Granny’s brooch on my bouquet. My Mum lent me her fur shrug which was absolutely perfect and so snug in the chilly air. Wanting to keep my jewellery simple, I wore a Tiffany heart bracelet that my husband gave me at our first ball and diamond studs that my step-mother lent me on the day.
Pretty And Elegant
I wanted the bridesmaids to feel pretty and elegant on the day so we eventually found the perfect dresses in Coast which suited them all perfectly. Duncan wanted the groomsmen to feel relaxed so they all wore their own suits, accessorised with bright spring buttonholes.
Wild Flowers And Romance
With the dress helping to create our theme – we stuck to the ‘wild flowers and romance’ idea and set up a Pinterest board to explore different ideas. The focus was really on creating a romantic spring day with fresh, locally grown blooms. My sister is an amazing jewellery designer and made us beautiful props for the day including a vintage box for the rings, tassles for the dance floor and Mr&Mrs signs for above our chairs. But as Iscoyd is such a stunning venue – it largely spoke for itself through its own classic elegance.
Local Seasonal Flowers
Our florist, Juliet from Thoughtful Flowers was absolutely incredible. Juliet’s enthusiasm and creativity really shone through all of the arrangements. We loved the fact that she grows all of her flowers locally and according to the season. She hung pretty jars around the marquee and made vintage pots of flowers for the tables. She created the most gorgeous bouquets and button holes for the bridal party and put scented narcissi on each ladies place setting.
The Most Beautiful Way
We had a fantastic local string quartet on the day called Sounds Interesting – they played Romeo and Juliet for my entrance in the most beautiful way. We had a very emotional exit to an Irish classic – Sweet Thing by Van Morrison. We asked some of our family members and friends to make readings for us, made up of poems that we chose.
We had a DJ for the evening and asked all of our guests to request a song on their RSVPs. Our first dance was ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, it was completely un-choreographed – we just danced around and had fun!
The centrepiece of the evening was our cake which was made by our amazing bridesmaid and chef. She made us layered vanilla lemon sponge cake with lemon and mascarpone icing and decorated it with spring flowers – it was divine!
We’re big foodies and it was a really important part of our day. Thankfully Iscoyd’s caterer is absolutely brilliant and is headed up by chef extraordinaire Rupert Frazer Worden. We had smoked salmon and Irish wheaten bread, lamb with dauphinoise and chocolate fondants with pistachio ice cream. This was topped off by macaroons and a cheese-cake for the evening food, yummy!
We spent a long time looking at table plans and finally decided on escort favour bags. Finding the right bags was the hard part, thankfully we found Debbie from Looty Bags – a local supplier who was just fantastic. Debbie makes all of her own bags and she created them exactly to our requirements. We filled them with all of our favourite treats such as bubbles, French carambars and chocolates, crème eggs and wham bars.
Stationery wasn’t our top priority – with less than six months to go we didn’t have much time to ponder on designs! So we designed our own on Hello Lucky and directed our guests to our wedding website that we created through Wedding Wire. The website was such a useful tool which we could update regularly and was especially handy for guests who lived abroad.
Stay True To Yourselves
If I was to give any advice to anyone planning a wedding it would be to stay true to yourselves and what you both want. It’s so easy to get carried away in the planning and trying to please everyone in the process. The most important thing is your love for each other! Our photographer Philippa James captured our day in the most beautiful way. She is so talented and was so supportive throughout the whole process and took pictures that we will treasure forever!
Jane has some seriously gorgeous eyelashes doesn’t she? And I love it when red heads wear a red lip. She looks stunning.
And how unbelievably glamorous to have vintage Chanel for your wedding day?? I’m off to find myself some vintage designer pieces on the Louise Paris website.
Lots of love,
Regardless of my personal faith, I never lose sight of the fact that Christmas is at it’s core, a religious celebration.
Strip away all of the tinsel, the gilded baubles and the inevitable extended consumerism and what you’re left with is a universal desire for joy, celebration and a prosperous New Year….and to give thanks to those we believe in.
Chloe Curry, the proprietor of The White Room in Sheffield sent me a styled fashion shoot recently, and in my three years of W-day blogging, I have never witnessed anything quite like it.
This is not because there is an abundance of unique DIY projects involved, a variety of the most exotic blooms or a particularly unusual location, no, it was because there was none of the above at all.
This event actually took place in a church, a magnificent architectural place of worship. There were just beautifully designed dresses and a minimal selection of statement accessories photographed in black and white, nothing more, nothing less.
Because as much as RMW is here to inspire you with the fancy and the frippery, we do appreciate that when you strip a wedding right back to it’s core it’s just about you, your boy and faith in your vows – whatever religion or location that might be.
Chloe Curry: Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives.
I had the most amazing photo book bought for me years ago, ‘Femme Fatale; famous beauties’ which showcased chic, sexy, and sophisticated women mainly in black and which, paid tribute to a century of feminine glamour, their feelings and emotions radiating through the camera to the viewer.
There is something very mesmerizing and something raw about black and white photography and something very beautiful too.
It was this, plus the work of world class fashion photographer, Peter Lindbergh that inspired me to shoot bridal in a different way.
Bridal photography is almost always shot in colour, as they are shot to sell a product, not a feeling or an emotion. I really wanted to strip all that back and use minimalistic black and white photography to capture the feeling of the woman in the gown, showing off fragility, delicate beading, powerful silks and romantic tulles.
The results? Powerful images which scream “less is more”.
We shot in the newly refurbished St Marie’s cathedral, Sheffield, literally opposite the boutique and added a little fantasy to the beautiful building by incorporating angel’s wings to the shoot, bringing a very ethereal and pure feeling to the shoot.