TAG ARCHIVES:
Untamed Petals

Pin Image

Coveted.

Hello RMW-ettes.

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…

Aisle Style

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.

Shall we go and take a look…

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.

Gasp.

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.

Crowning Glory

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…

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.

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?

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.

Lustre Loves

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…

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.

Lauren xxx

{VISIT OUR AMAZING SPONSORS}
...
Pin Image

A Groovy Kind Of Love.

Rock My Wedding readers Glesni and Owain Lloyd married on the 12th of August, 2011. The ceremony was in their local church in a small and rural village called Betws Gwerfil Goch in North Wales.

When I finished looking through this submission from Weddings Vintage I realised I was suffering from severe ‘dry mouth.’

At some point early on my Jaw had dropped – and there it had remained as I soaked up not only the amazing camera work but also the stupidy gorgeous wedding stationery. You see Vintage Weddings is a collection of super creative people and not only will they shoot your wedding and make it look fabulous, they will also create you some seriously-to-die-for papercraft too.

Anyway, over to Glensi…

Vintage Style

The dress was Charlotte Balbier, Tabitha in vintage gold from Belles Bridal Boutique, Liverpool. I loved the vintage style of the shop and Geraldine the owner was so lovely, I new I had to buy my dress from this shop.

Untamed Petals

My hair piece was from Untamed Petals, and called a ‘poppy double headband’. I wanted a vintage and natural look and this headpiece gave me the look I desired.

A Comfortable Fit

My shoes were from Rachel Simpson, mimi. I tried them with my dress fitting and I loved the way they looked and they were so comfy.

A Local Do

I went to a local hair dresses in Llangollen for my wedding hair, I just needed a natural up do, no frills.

D.I.Y Decoration

I decided to do most of the floral decoration myself; the local flower shop sourced the flowers for me. My bridesmaids, mum and mother in law and I decorated the hall all Thursday. It was a lovely but very busy day with everybody mucking in.

We made our own bouquets, I was much easier to achieve the look i wanted. I’d made a scrap book full of ideas, which was a great reference book.

Less Uniformed

I had 5 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. I bought the bridesmaid dresses from a shop in Cowbridge, South Wales called High society bridal. Since all the bridemaids we’re around the same age, I wanted dresses that would suit them and choose the Lela Rose , crinkle chiffon collection in Mint and the girls decided on the style they liked and we went for 5 different styles, for a more natural, less uniformed look.

The groomsmen attire we hired but we bought them gingham ties.

Bow Tie Bliss

Owain had always wanted to a bow-tie , so we found a grey bow-tie in Topman. He looked so happy as I walked down the aisle, the whole day was perfect for us.

Lovely And Warm

I wanted a photographer that could capture the natural, vintage style I was hoping to create. The photographer was important to me and I spent hours on hours surfing the internet. Somehow I came across the Weddings Vintage website and fell in love with their previous wedding photography. I sent an e-mail, and talked on the phone to Harriet, I knew she was the photographer for me. We shared some ideas and I new she understood the feel and look I was going for.

Harriet was amazing during the wedding, she meet up with us on Thursday afternoon, and took some photos during our practice in the church. She had a lovely and warm personality and I trusted her instantly. We love our photos.

The Perfect Postcard

Finding Weddings Vintage was a blessing. Hayley the designer, helped me create the perfect wedding stationery. I love post cards, and I wanted invitations that captured the feeling of our wedding day, and the beautiful scenery of home. I took some photo’s of my church, the village hall, the field in front of my house which holds so many happy childhood memories and the trees that all the guest would drive through on the way from the church to the village hall. I sent them on e-mail and asked for a vintage postcard design. I was blown away with the invitations, they were perfect, we had so many compliments about them, and we couldn’t wait to receive the rsvp postcards. They set the tone perfectly for the wedding.

A Family Affair

My mum made our fruit cake, my sisters and I decorated it simply with lace and wooden pegs. My bridesmaid made some cupcakes and decorated them with berries, they looked beautiful.

Musical Medication

We hired a swing band Called Dr Jazz from North Wales. They were amazing a hit with young and old and just completed the night perfectly.

Groovy

My husband choose the song and played it to me on youtube, and I instantly loved it. It was A Groovy Kind of Love from Phil Collins. We’d been together for 9 years and our relationship has always been chilled and relaxed and foremost we’re great friends. Our second song was Pencil Full of Lead by Paulo Nutini, I love that song and it was great to kick of the party mood.

More Tea?

We didn’t go for any favours. I just wanted to keep it simple but I collected a cup and saucer for every guest and placed the name tags on them. It was great seeing people sharing a pot of tea and reminded me of community events when I was young.

A Village Fete Feeling

Decoration was really important to me. The village hall gave me a perfect canvas to decorate the hall as I had imagined. I’d collected a scrap book full of ideas, and decided we wanted long trestle tables to create a village fate feeling.

We decorated the tables with candles and flowers. I collected a tea cup and saucer for each guest, a hundred and thirty. I went around charity shops and asked family members – they loved that they could help.

I wanted a relaxed garden feel where people could chill in the conservatory, so we hired a company called Posh Frocks and Wellies from Chester to decorate, they bought odd chairs, lamps, bunting etc and it just gave the room character and it fitted in great with our odd and ends. They we’re great and came to finish the work the morning of the wedding, since a whist tournament was taking place that Thursday night in the conservatory.

The locals all loved having an opportunity to have a peek at their hall transformed. We hired a company called stephanotis to drape the hall and hired a company called Outside from Conwy to cater for us. Their food was amazing, we had pate followed by steak, new potatoes and salad and nickerbocker glory for pudding, followed by homemade pies and hot dogs at night.

Make A Scrap Book

Our friends and family made our day. It was so lovely to have them all together celebrating with us. My advice would be to make a scrap book, It gave me the confidence to go for a vintage wedding. Rock My Wedding was a weekly fix, and inspired so many of my ideas. Having so many people helping and contributing to the wedding made it extra special. I love being creative and loved the opportunity to be able to make our special day perfect for us.

Photographer – Weddings Vintage

Stationery – Weddings Vintage

Dress – Charlotte Balbier

Boutique – Belles Bridal Boutique

Hair Piece – Untamed Petals

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Bridesmaid Dresses – Lela Rose

Decor – Posh Frocks and Wellies

Hall Dressing – stephanotis

Catering – Outside

Entertainment – Dr Jazz

The Charlotte Balbier dress combined with the hair piece from Untamed Petals is a genius combo.

So much that I like about this wedding but I am going to hold back and just talk about my geeky passion… The stationery. What a great idea to take shots of your surrounding area to create a collection of postcards. And how beautifully executed by Weddings Vintage.

The Order of service right through to the table numbers and menu cards have had the same carefully considered treatment and they really do bring all the elements of this amazing vintage inspired wedding together.

Adam.

{VISIT OUR AMAZING SPONSORS}
+