Let’s start the day with a little list shall we… bohemian bride, tweed suited groom, Brighton ceremony, handmade pizza, ice cream, dancing on tables (for money). Do you need any more reasons to get excited about Joel and Cara’s big day?
We’re starting the week with a seriously elegant affair.
Lucy and Michael married at Fetcham Park, with Lucy looking beautiful in a strapless, frothy Pronovias gown and Michael looking handsome (and seriously happy) in a Hugo Boss suit.
Their big day is just full of pretty gold details, I LOVE their gold glittery Mr & Mrs letters (see our tutorial on how to do this here) and Lucy’s home made badges for the wedding party are really sweet.
Lucy and Michael have both lost a parent to cancer and the way that they have included them in the day is very touching. I’m sure that Lucy’s Mum and Michael’s Dad would have been extremely proud of the pair of them – it really is a beautiful, fun and family filled day.
There’s something about this time of year that makes me seek out a whole new look – a kind of spring clean on the fashion and beauty front so to speak.
Be it a wardrobe sort-out, a spree at the Chanel make-up counter or a new haircut, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be participating in a full on hair and beauty make-over as soon as the clocks have gone forward.
And so with the return of blue skies and sunshine and the feeling of warmth on your face (I know folks, Spring might actually be here!) I have no greater pleasure in sharing the latest (and hottest!) round of glorious inspiration for your big day bonce.
Hell, why even wait? Why not try out some of these chic looks in the run-up to your nuptials – at your hen for example or even down the pub with friends.
Which one will be your favourite?
Much like the popular return to more traditional wedding dress shapes and styles à la K-Mid,we’re seeing more and more brides revisiting classic hairstyles for their big day too…albeit with a 21st century twist.
Top knots were huge last year and whilst they’re still in vogue, the lower simplistic chignon is the updo making waves right now.
The key to such a sophisticated hairstyle is to keep things sleek and smooth with the chignon finishing at the same level as the nape of the neck. Avoid integrating a parting into the styling of this look for a truly modern feel – if you find you need to include one however keeping it to one side still looks utterly chic.
Remember to keep things soft rather than pulling it back into something restricting and I promise you’ll look like a modern day ballerina. Lastly, for added interest try braiding your hair before pinning it into the chignon style – this is particularly flattering for those of you with finer hair as it adds the illusion of thickness.
I was a bride who hung loose. Ummm…although the reality isn’t as rude as that statement sounds…
No ladies, we’re talking about locks left to cascade down your back as nature intended. Granted this particular look is more suited to those with longer hair but there’s no reason why those of you with mid-length or short hair can’t emulate this look either.
There’s something truly feminine about a bride with her hair down, like a medieval maiden or Robin Hood and his Marian. If anything though, this particular style is really very accommodating – providing your hair is in good condition. Make sure you get your mane snipped regularly in the run up to your big day so you can be sure that it’s in tip-top shape.
Essentially it’s worth working with your natural hair state rather than against it – I finally accepted my curly headed state on my big day albeit brushed out slightly for a sense of volume.
If you’re nervous about your bonce appearing too flat then I’d recommend creating volume at the crown – if you’re blessed with thick luscious locks I envy you completely. Lastly if you’re keen to add a bit of interest to your flowing locks, why not add a simple headband or loosely braid your hair into a fishtail plait. Either way you can add or remove throughout the day for a different look.
Short And Sweet
A platinum pixie-cropped bride to be visited our pop-up shop in London recently and Team RMW promptly fell in love with her. She looked absolutely exquisite in our Boudica Double Headband and I was secretly more than a little bit envious that she didn’t feel the pressure to grow her hair for her wedding day.
And so I just had to include some short-haired inspiration for all of you cropped beauties.
Statement headpieces look brilliant on brides with cropped locks. Intricate headbands, floral crowns and carefully placed side combs are given the space to do their thing without interruption. Think about wearing something that reflects either the tones or material of your dress to bring the whole of your outfit together.
If you’re an edgier bride who’s keen to avoid looking overly ‘pretty’ why not punk it up instead. I love the editorial vibe that this model at the top is emanating here fresh straight off the catwalks yet it’s completely translatable to bridal too.
There’s no reason why you can’t have the illusion of an updo either unless you’re sporting a super short do that is. Pin and twist shorter sections in on themselves like in some of these pictures here for a more delicate ethereal look. Finish the look off with a beautiful necklace or two – after all you wouldn’t want your neck to get cold would you.
This last collection of inspiration is all about embellishing your bonce.
We’re talking florals, precious headpieces, ribbons, grips and strategically placed pieces of jewellery. This is for the bride who isn’t afraid to shy away from the drama.
For 2013, floral crowns have given way slightly to different floral arrangements in hair – from small clusters of blooms around a half topknot like this peony and rose combination near the bottom here or swathes of flowers scattered across the back of the crown.
We’re also seeing floral inspiration in headpieces too – in a more concrete form. Be it delicate garlands of gold or supersized glitzy blooms, I just love a bride that integrates the natural element into her wider wedding outfit aside from her bouquet. If you’re going down this route then I’d suggest that you choose pieces that compliment your dress i.e glitzy pieces for sparkly dresses and more sedate headbands for simpler gowns.
Perhaps my favourite embellishment is the pinned lace caressing the head of this model at the top here. Elegant yet fashion forward at the same time, I mean just how perfect is this look – particularly for those of you wearing lace on your wedding day. I just wish I’d had the forethought to do this at my own nuptials.
If you’ve fallen in love with this look too then it’s worth asking your dress designer for a piece of material from which your gown is made to pin into your chignon. This brings a whole new meaning to the word dressed from head to toe in lace. Utterly gorgeous!
So which of the ‘do’s’ will you be choosing for your big day?
I so would have opted for the low chignon if I wasn’t the owner of an oddly shaped head – capuchin monkey anyone…
That said I particularly love the layered kirby grip look…it’s like art deco and fashionista all rolled into one. In fact I might just try this down the pub tonight…who’s with me?
Some people don’t like the seaside – “it’s all salt in your hair, sand in your pants and a great bloody seagull swooping in on your chips”.
I like it though, a lot. Call me Mr Cliche if you will, but I do like to be beside the seaside…
For me it will always be a place for fresh air and adventure. A place where the child inside you can jump out, leg it up and down the beach for a bit and then go looking for crabs in a rock pool.
Today we have a tale of two people who grew up in a seaside town, and all the fun and energy that I associate with the seafront is plain to see in this colourful and creative shoot by Navy Blur.
Sam found himself a wooden boat (yep, the boat in the pics belongs to him) and then he found himself a Miriam. Now they are getting married!
…I’ll let Miriam fill in the gaps for you.
The First 15 Years.
Growing up together side by side but barely speaking to each other for the first 15 years of our life; We both grew up in a small seaside town called Littlehampton on the South Coast, attending the same church and school.
We were always aware of each other from a distance but it wasn’t until our teenage years that we noticed one another in a different way. The ramps at the beach were the setting of our first encounters followed by me attending several of Sam’s ska band’s gigs.
After many evenings talking into the early hours of the morning and bonding over our unique sense of humour, it was obvious that there was more there than just friendship. We officially declared our feelings for each other after an evening watching ‘never been kissed’ and the rest is history!
And So It Began.
I remember in the first week of our relationship, as I washed my hair, thinking to myself, “I think i’m going to marry him.” After our first year together we knew that we wanted to marry each other but due to unforeseen circumstances we put our engagement on hold until during our sixth year together.
Last October 2010, Sam surprised me with a birthday trip to Paris. He presented me with his home-made scratch card which revealed the eiffel tower behind the grey circles!
It was there on the eiffel tower, after a special meal over looking Paris, that out on the balcony Sam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Time stood still, as love, excitement and relief surrounded us.
To The Future.
The romance continued as we took a cruise down the river Seine and gazed up at the twinkling lights of the eiffel tower, knowing that this was only the beginning of an exciting and blessed future together. In 2012 our ‘great british seaside’ themed wedding will take place in Arundel, West Sussex and mark the next chapter of this wonderful adventure. We can’t wait!
I cannot begin to express how much I want Sam’s Blue Peter style knitwear from heaven.
So, who’s November has been officially brightened this afternoon? And who wants chips in a bag with lot’s of salt and vinegar on for tea?