This morning we’re escaping to Morocco for a fabulous, opulent wedding at The Beldi Country Club. Tabitha and Blake filled their day with white flowers, foliage and elegant sartorial choices – Oscar De La Renta anyone?
Morocco is such a magical place, endless beautiful colours, textures and landscapes and the Beldi Country Club looks like a place where the best of the country is really showcased. Enjoy this one lovelies, it’s a slice of pure wedding luxury.
This morning’s wedding comes from the beautiful Aynhoe Park, a venue that never fails to capture our imaginations. Suzie and Sam filled the stunning spaces with elegant flowers, fun pops of gold and a photo booth – which is always a hugely popular choice with guests.
Suzie wears Oscar De La Renta and looks seriously gorgeous. Her simple but elegant gown is just perfect for her.
Images come from the wonderful Miss Gen, whose romantic portrayal of a wedding day is always something special.
Be still our beating hearts…this destination wedding has been captured so beautifully by Marshal Gray. I just can’t stop looking at the images, the light is incredible, the colours are so soft and ethereal and Borgo Stomennano is such a dreamy venue. Carolina & Navneet look so in love too and are an outrageously photogenic couple, their portraits are just so romantic.
Destination weddings always make me crave being able to eat al-fresco too, and the rustic styled trestle tables underneath the trees and festoon lights just look so inviting…
Be still my beating heart. Jil’s Oscar de la Renta shoes are DIVINE. As is her Snowflake gown for that matter…double helpings of Oscar – what a lucky lady.
Jil & Will married at the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on la Côte d’Azur, and their big day is every bit as glamorous and romantic as you’d expect. An outdoor ceremony surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens, a huge ceremonial arch made from gypsophila, pretty baby pink blooms and pillar candles, guests sipping champagne and eating amazing looking canapés (look out for what can only be described as edible flower balls)…
It’s a truly stylish, luxe wedding and not only do we have the lovely images from Foxley Photography, but we also have the film from Reel Weddings, which includes a heart warming speech from Jil’s best friend – it really is lovely.
This morning we’re in Somerset for a rustic, yet elegant farm wedding. Rustic because of the glorious English countryside and outdoor ceremony on hay bales. Elegant because of the simple white decor and statement Oscar de la Renta gown.
Vicci and Jamie live in San Francisco and work for a top design agency, so they were always going to have a visually striking wedding. I love the red colour pop of the boys braces, the fun and completely personal stationery and the prettiness of the white lanterns hanging in the apple trees.
The lovely pair have a wonderful engagement story too, which I’ll let Vicci tell you all about…
As I sit here writing this post for you gorgeous lot I realise I have run away with myself.
You see this post was meant to be more of a discussion piece; instead it seems to have turned into a shopping list for the millions of bags that I’m currently coveting.
But I’ve taken the liberty of assuming that you won’t really mind feasting your eyes on the profusion of pretty that I’ve laid out for you below. Plus looking at a host of scrummy pictures might help to get your debating juices going – it’s a thought anyway.
And so to business.
Jewel-encrusted clutches, big-day purses, oversized pocketbooks and glittery miniature totes. You name it, I probably want it. Whilst shoes, for many of you, are your downfall, bags are my kryptonite.
They make me go weak at the knees and I break out into a little pony-stamping dance if I see a piece of leathery goodness and I can’t have it. I am such a drama queen.
But….somewhat surprisingly, I went bag-less on my actual wedding day. I just couldn’t be doing with holding the bouquet and then a bag on top. Instead I left my essential valuables in my room and gave my lipgloss to my bridesmaids to hold.
This wasn’t my best move…but that’s another story.
So I want to hear what you think.
Have you purchased a wedding day clutch or will you relying on an old favourite? Perhaps, like me you’re choosing to opt out of the big day bag scenario because the thought of it is too much to bear.
Either way I’d love to hear your arguments – both for and against.
And whilst we’re discussing the finer points, here’s some delectable clutches to have a look at.
I know. I know. I’m a broken record.
You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the fact that I love all things golden so I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to mix my bag lust with my favourite colour palette.
In my defense there’s something about glittery, sparkly hues that scream PARTY!
Be it an oversized clutch, a sequin encrusted pouch or a miniature boxed case complete with jewels there’s pretty much something for everyone here.
For those of who will be appropriating a bag on your big day…how big do you go? How big is too big? How small can you go before it all seems a bit pointless because you can’t actually fit anything in apart from your lippy?
FYI my favourite golden clutch here is the Bottega Veneta although I’d probably have to remortgage my house to buy it.
Admittedly you’d have to be a brave bride to opt for a huge bag in bright orange like this girlie at the top here. That said, I love a bride that makes a bold fashion statement on her big day.
I confess that this concoction of images is inspired by my current obsession with viburnum berries which take on an amazing metallically, petrol blue colour – hence the feathered teal clutch at the bottom. And then I just generally felt berry inspired (sorry I couldn’t resist!).
In all seriousness though there are so many evening bags in this colour spectrum that are available to purchase right now. I’m not sure whether it’s this time of year but it seems that all of my regular haunts are stocking clutches in reds, corals, oranges, yellows and pinks.
The world is your oyster my friends.
Don’t you just love the book inspired bag with the ‘once upon a time…’ inscription on the front. Perfect for the start of your new chapter together.
Feathers And Frills
….and studs and appliqué and mother of pearl and fur and tassels and pearls.
You name it, this board has it!
But when does so much become too much?
I’m in awe of the spiky number at the top here but I wouldn’t quite know how to hold it. For example, popping it under your arm is a definite no-no unless you want to spear yourself in the process.
I do love the frilly number in the middle too – perfect for a bride with a ruffled frock, it just oozes romance and could very easily be reused after the big day for other nights out.
Perhaps my favourite however is the circular tasseled bag and the feathered clutch which would suit girls wearing a 1920’s inspired frock on their big day. You can just imagine a fringed bride shimmying her way around the dancefloor to The Charleston whilst grasping one of these numbers.
This last moodboard is not so much concerned with the bag itself but rather your perfect recipe for its contents.
What would you pack?
Having learnt from experience I strongly recommend that any bride keep a pack of tissues as close to her person as possible. If you’re anything like me then you’ll blubber your way down the aisle all the way to the speeches and then some more if you’re lucky.
Take it from me it’s best to keep some tissues on hand.
If you want to stay ahead in the style stakes then investing in some pretty paper for this purpose is the way to go. I wished that I’d come across these equestrian inspired tissues for my own big day; aren’t they gorgeous?
Any girl worth her salt knows that a perfectly applied lip is the keystone to a glamorous look. It makes sense then to not only include your favourite lippy and blusher but also a cutesy pocket mirror too – I’m in love with this mirror from Depeapa.
Hairgrips are handy too if you’re planning to go all out on the dancefloor. Make them glittery and fun or kitschy cute to ensure you look your very best.
And lastly, a girl can never have enough pocket mints – you want to make sure that you’re minty fresh for your new spouse don’t you?!
There’s something bittersweet for me about the colour chartreuse – especially at this time of the year.
Whilst I love Autumn and trust me folks when I say I LOVE Autumn, I can’t help but feel slightly melancholic. The summer is over, along with light nights and long days, taking with it a sense of carefree abandon.
Chartreuse hues are replaced by fiery reds, burnt oranges and buttery yellows tempered by nutty browns. Now is the time for hibernation, hot chocolate and warm cozy knits.
I’m not sure if I speak purely for myself here or whether some of you gorgeous lot feel the same but for me it signifies a shelving of plans, an element of putting things on hold for next year.
You see chartreuse hues remind me of the first yellowy green buds of May, bursting with promise. Promise of things to come, of resolutions made, of the long glorious days of summer stretched out in front of you, of huge lists of projects and adventures that you’re determined to tick off.
And then somehow you never quite get to complete them all…
So, where exactly am I going with this? I suppose there’s a part of me that equates this ‘changing of the seasons’ with my impending big day this weekend.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am beyond excited about marrying my boy. I’ve been waiting for this day for what seems like forever and I’ve got ants in my pants just thinking about taking the next step in our adventure together.
In fact I’ve spent the last few nights before drifting to sleep trying to imagine what his gorgeous face looks like at the end of the aisle and I can’t help smiling as I do.
But in ‘moving on’, there is a sense of closing the door on one part of our life as boyfriend and girlfriend and this conjures up bittersweet feelings.
Have any of you lovelies felt the same way or am I a complete loon?
So this post is part inspiration and part tribute if you will. Inspiration for those brides who share a passion for this vibrant colourway like me and a tribute to the end of one story and the beginning of another.
If you’re trying to integrate chartreuse into your colour scheme then opting for blooms in greeny yellowy shades is one of the easiest ways to do this. Plus you have oodles of choice too!
The first buds of lilac or viburnum paired with catkins and luscious foliage such as Irish bells is perfect for a Spring wedding. Green hues are utterly chic and look crisp and clean when placed on bright white linen with sparkling cutlery.
I love brides who opt for a chartreuse inspired bouquet topped off with the briefest of white blooms. The key to this look – particularly if you’re having a city soiree – is to keep the bouquet loose by including tendrils of foliage amongst larger flower heads. This ensures that it feels organic rather than appearing too ‘done’.
I’ve yet to see a bride dressed in chartreuse hues. Admittedly, this may be pushing the boat out too far but there’s no reason why you can’t introduce splashes of this colour into your overall outfit if you’re a real fan.
Why not opt for a statement necklace, hairpiece or striking pair of shoes as shown here? Or better yet, choose a going-away outfit in this hue – I want, no I need, that swirly party dress pictured at the bottom of this board. I’m not sure the boy would agree however…
For a really contemporary look, it’s worth considering putting your maids in variations of this hue. I love the idea of a greeny yellow simple silk shift paired with some blocky wedges. Fashion forward and feminine all at the same time. Everyone’s a winner.
So what do you think?
Are you a chartreuse bride? Or this colour palette a touch on the bright side?
Last week we were, it’s fair to say, pretty bl*$dy excited to be invited to Browns Bride, a destination synonymous with wedding style by Mark Niemierko, London’s leading luxe wedding planner. Unfortunately it was swiftly followed by disappointment at not being able to make it down to London for the event, however, we have got what might just be the best compromise ever.
*Image credits: Invitation Design, Paper Cloud Creative; Photography, Nikole Ramsay.
Invited guests were able to view dresses by the likes of Oscar de la Renta,Monique Luillier, Peter Langner, Valentino, Marchesa and Vera Wang. Oh. My.
And you know what else? Mark chose 5 dresses to ‘show’ at the event, personally selected with his exceptional eye for style and has arranged for us to exclusively share them with you, with a unique account of why he chose them.
Feast your eyes fashionista Brides…
Oscar de la Renta.
These two Oscar dresses were showcased at my Valentine’s event. Whilst appealing to two very different Brides, both dresses have a real sense of class, elegance, but most importantly remain dateless. They are timeless dresses. The larger dress covered in flowers and with a green sash would appeal to a romantic Bride with a real sense of glamour; Whilst the more evening gown is perfectly suited to a more subtle Bride, confident enough in her own personality.
This one shoulder and beaded belt really screams elegance. You could easily see it worn on the red carpet.
Peter Langner, aside from being one of the nicest and most hard working men you could meet, is a true craftsman. Having worked at Dior, you can still see the exquisite cut and detail that has gone into this dress. The fit and structure of a Peter dress is like no other. Wearing a dress like this a Bride would instantly feel special but most importantly secure. You can’t help but keep good posture whilst wearing a Peter Langner Gown.
Monique L’huiller is the Queen of Romance, yet here she’s mixed a lot of fun into the dress. The Bride that would wear this gown has personality, colorful character and knows what she wants. Glamour is also key for her wedding day.
*Monique L’Huillier left, Vera Wang, Right.
Vera Wang is a leader at what she does and clearly with this gown, simple is best. Horizontal lines make for a clean and fresh look for any bride.
Thats some serious eye candy is it not?
*Image Credits: Top right David Willems, top left and bottom Allora Visuals.
Browns Bride is certainly a must-stop on the luxe or perhaps even just discerning brides dress shopping search, for the most exquisite designer gowns. In fact I think this gives just the tiniest glimpse of how special a Style Day with Mark himself would be, a service offered in London, Paris and New York…
*Mark Niemierko and Caroline Burstein, co-host of the party and creative director of Browns Fashion. Image Credit David Willems.
Niemierko’s Dress Fitting Service is a complete luxury experience through and through. Mark Niemierko takes the Bride to carefully chosen bridal boutiques in a chauffer driven car, offering styling advice or just a simple introduction to the designer or fitter. Also included in the day is a private fragrance consultation at Miller Harris, along with a privileged appointment at Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin to pick that perfect heel. The day concludes over a glass of champagne.
Seriously, that fantasy wedding splurge? I’m using it on this next time! 😉
Thank you to Mark for sharing both the images and his expertise with us today, and if you’d like to see more of the behind the scenes images, including some ‘celebrity’ wedding insiders, head on over to the Niemierko Facebook page later on today to check them out.