This morning it’s all about a quiet, intimate elopement to the bustling city of Barcelona. Sounds like a complete juxtaposition, and it is, but somehow Claudia Rose Carter has managed to make it look like Courtney and Jon are the only people in the whole city.
In amongst the big weddings, the DIY frenzy weddings and the chic, elegant weddings, sometimes it’s lovely to share one like this. Of course they are all celebrations of love, but for some people, choosing to do it quietly suits them better.
So here I am writing my first post as a married woman.
I had to say it twice just so I actually believe it.
You see I can’t tell you how wonderfully surreal this feels, this sense of glorious elation that I seem to experience every time I look at my boy. Every time I catch a glimpse of his gold encircled finger or that knowing look in his eye.
I’m actually somebody’s wife.
I half expected the post-wedding blues to have kicked in by now with the wedding day having scampered into the past and the honeymoon following quickly after its heels. To my surprise they haven’t though.
Perhaps this is because it all feels like an amazing dream that I’ve woken up from but which never actually happened.
Honestly I’d be half inclined to believe that if it wasn’t for the stacks of wedding cards decorating every shelf-like surface of my house, the slightly grubby hemline on my beautiful dress and the post-party discussions that I’ve had with so many of my guests who attended the big day.
In fact it was one of these conversations with RMW Blog Queen aka Charlotte that sparked the inspiration for this post. She noticed that rather than taking my veil off after the ceremony I actually wore it for the vast part of the day.
I always knew I was going to wear a veil. A cathedral length whisper of the softest net complete with sparkles cascading past my shoulders. In fact putting the veil on my head was one of the defining moments of the planning process for me.
And so I didn’t want the whole veil wearing experience to finish once the ceremony was over. So hang and blast it I was going to wear it for the whole day.
I’m aware as I write this that veils aren’t for every bride; some of you much prefer the idea of a jewel-encrusted headpiece or a wreath of blooms encircling your crown instead. Perhaps you don’t want your head to be adorned at all. And that’s ok – you’ll all look equally as lovely.
But allow me to indulge my romantic side and show you gorgeous lot a plethora of pretty veils for your delection. After all I can’t go back and experience it all again, can I?
The Statement Veil
Before we move onto the more traditional styles I want to show you that opting for a veil isn’t necessarily a conventional choice.
In fact, shrouds of net and tulle have been making an appearance of late on the catwalks of Armani Couture and Alexander McQueen amongst others, so if you’re a fashion-conscious gal then you can rest assured that you’re bang on trend.
You don’t necessarily have to opt for a veil in an off-white palette; coloured veils can look chic and modern if paired with the right dress. Alternatively think about volume, embellishments and multi-layering if you want to go all out.
I particularly love the idea of pairing a feminine veil with a traditionally masculine hat for a real style statement like the top hat pictured here or even wearing matching cropped leather gloves.
The birdcage style is a fantastic compromise for the bride that wants to wear a veil but doesn’t want to be subjected to the treacherous consequences of wearing a longer length.
Trust me for all my veil adoration tendencies, the number of times my head was yanked back as yet another male stood on it nearly drove me to distraction. So choosing a shorter length is a highly-recommended sensible solution.
The wider traditional net tends to predominate but we’re beginning to see polka dotted tulle, jewel encrusted chiffon and feathery adornments too in this style which is great for those brides looking for something a little bit different. I particularly love the BHLDN bow veil at the top of this board it’s so playful and sweet.
The key to making this a successful key look is to keep the rest of your outfit pared down and simple – let the veil do the talking rather than the dress to prevent looking like your nan down the shops in her Sunday best. Add a slick of red lippy and away you go.
I first fell in love with this exotic style when I was lucky enough to attend Suzanne Neville’s preview of her Diamond collection earlier this year. The show concluded with a catalan inspired show-stopper of a veil that flounced down the runway.
From that moment I was hooked.
Whilst I didn’t choose this style for my own big day I very easily could have veered down this path. Spanish princess is all about making a hopelessly romantic statement which just screams luxe at the same time.
If you’re as obsessed as I am with this look then I’d recommend keeping your hair and jewellery choices simple. The beauty of this look is allowing the decadent lace to have its moment. You can always up the ante later on in the day when you remove the veil by adding a statement necklace or intricate headpiece.
Blast From The Past
I’m reluctant to call this concoction of images ‘vintage’; instead this selection of images depicts a subtle blend of taking the best of the past topped off with a modern day interpretation.
We have knots and braids, polka dots and large bows, tassles, and circlets of real and fabric blooms atop wonderful veils. Seriously I don’t know where to put myself.
If you’re a bride who wants to pay homage to times past without appearing ‘old-fashioned’ then applying a modern twist to an older veil style is the way to go.
My particular favourite is the knotted veil – it just looks so chic and you can guarantee that it will actually stay on your head.
Long And Luscious
I had to save this moodboard until last because this style is my favourite.
By a long stretch.
Yes folks, I opted for a long and luscious gossamer light creation topped off with twinkly bits and I couldn’t have asked for better.
There’s something utterly whimsical about a bride enveloped in a cascade of tulle or seeing it stretched out behind her. I can only speak for myself here but I felt wholeheartedly romantic and feminine when my mum placed my veil into my hair just before I glided down the aisle.
I’m not going to witter on for much longer as I want the pictures to do the talking here. What I will say is that I so want that veil with the hood.
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.
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…
Top Left: North Star Blusher Veil at BHLDN. Top Right: Kirsten Headband by Amanda Judge at Untamed Petals. Middle Left: Diana Headpiece by DC Bouquets. Middle Right: Pearl Embroidered Veil at Jesús Peiró. Bottom Left: Dewed Vines Hairpin at BHLDN. Bottom Right: Lilium Halo at BHLDN.
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.
Top Left: ‘Rebecca’ Bodysuit at Ayten Gasson. Top Right: ‘Rebecca’ Bra and Knicker Set with Garter at Ayten Gasson. Middle Row: Katherine Bra, Knicker and Suspender Set at Agent Provocateur. Bottom Left: Marianas Knickers at BHLDN. Bottom Right: Marianas Bra at BHLDN.
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?
Top Left: Blue Ribboned Flats at BHLDN. Top Right: Red Crossover Platform Sandal at Zara. Middle Row: Feather Trimmed Heels at BHLDN. Second To Bottom Left: ‘Lia’ Sandal at LK Bennett. Bottom Left: ‘Clue’ Glitter Slingbacks at Jimmy Choo. Bottom Right: ‘Auroral Vapor’ Heels at BHLDN
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…
Top Left: ‘Fancy’ Earrings at Monsoon. Top Right: Textured Gold Band Ring at Topshop. Top Middle Left: 18ct Gold ‘Loved’ Couplet Band at BHLDN. Top Middle Right: Cyprus Coast Earrings at BHLDN. Middle Image: ‘Alberta’ Gold Bangles Set by Reiss. Bottom Middle Left: Matt Gold Cuff Bracelet at Cos. Bottom Middle Right: Paired Pearl Earrings at BHLDN. Bottom Left: Seed Bead Pearl Cuff by Topshop. Bottom Right: 18ct Gold Sea shell Enamel Bangle by Astley Clarke Colour
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.