Today we’re going to show you how to put together a DIY Cathedral Veil with two tiers and plenty of ‘pouff’ for less than £15. Although wrangling all that fabric may seem like this could be a complicated tutorial, you’ll soon see that this is incredibly easy, inexpensive and straightforward.
Stilettos, wedges, block heels. Metallic, velvety, bejewelled. Frilly, fluffy, feathered. The possibilities when it comes to what to wear on your feet for that all-important walk down the aisle (and almost-as-important sashay onto the dancefloor!) are endless. I’ve rounded up some of the loveliest footwear we’ve ever featured on the blog, and some of the most stunning wedding shoes available on the high street now. Prepare to be inspired.
Winter 2016 sees the launch of a brand new, exciting and colourful online boutique Brooklyn Bridal, specialising in wedding décor and accessories for eclectic brides and grooms. Launched by Leanne Meaney as a complimentary sister business to Brooklyn Bow – the UK’s leading supplier of luxury bows, ribbons and trims. The concept of Brooklyn Bridal was dreamt up following her own nuptials in 2014 – a truly bohemian celebration of love and life in Ibiza!
So, it would seem that we are all about the hair accessories just recently… can’t imagine why that would be… 😉
After the rather formal but very glamorous Louis Mariette taking over our pages on Sunday with glittering jewel like pieces, we now have a post of still glamourous but completely different pieces by one of my favourite ever accessory designers… ban.do.
As I write this I’m actually feeling rather guilty for this gaping omission so far on our pages of pretty, for ban.do surely has some of the most whimsical, perfectly delicious and sweet as sugar creations for a bridal head to be decorated with, but if we always shared everything in our heads there wouldn’t be anything left to blog about. I’m mighty glad today is the earmarked day for us to share ban.do with you. Sure makes a Tuesday special!
I could wax lyrical all day about how beautiful these babies are, but how about you take a look for yourself…
Um, hello to the accessory that’s a little bit sweet, a little bit tongue in cheek and totally retro fabulous, the bow.
Veil Va Voom
How much Mad men glamourama can you put into one birdcage veil? Rhetorical question, as ban.do make the perfect example.
Fancy something floral and full on fabulous? Well, whether you want to work a completely grown up chic look, or be all floaty channelling a flower child, there’s something for you…
I’m seeing #10 worn with a flowing vintage number, working this seasons seventies vibe, or 112 at a terribly elegant affair with ball gown style.
Simple and Sweet
Not looking to make a statement? Just want something simple, elegant and A.Mazing? Well we’ve got that covered too with super lovely bands…
Loving the bee hives, loving the sixtes vibe and loving the simple chic with these beauties.
And I might just die if I don’t show you the most beautiful accessory images I have ever seen. Yes folks, we are very very, naughty as this is the Couture collection, with prices to match. But with $300 translating to around £170 it isn’t necessarily out of reach.
And Yes. We Die.
Of course there was more lovely than I could fit on these very pages so you will just have to head on over to ban.do and check out the array of finery that could bedeck your maids or in fact your own fair locks for that looming special occasion…
I have only one more thing to say.
Get me those Eye Lashes!
Imagine some of the most decadent, luxurious and lavish jewellery and accessories on the planet. Then imagine those pieces of pretty being photographed by a world-renowned wedding photographer and styled by some of the most in-demand industry professionals in the business.
The ultimate fantasy right?
Well then lovelies, let us make your fantasy a reality as the uber talented Julia Boggio has sent Rock My Wedding an exclusive on the recent summer photoshoot at Hengrave Hall of the most beautiful Magpie Vintage pieces EVER.
With make-up by Kaz Fernando, styling by Kate Barbour and hair by Severin Hubert from the Hepburn Collection this is the kind of inspirational eye-candy that makes Rebecca and I literally jump up and down with girly excitement and glee…..
And not only do we get to share the romantic eighteenth century opulence of Marie-Antoinette but also a fresh modern take on incorporating an ice-cream dream of a colour palette into your Big Day with insight from both photographer Julia Boggio and Magpie Vintage’s very own Lisa Harris.
So then folks, may we suggest you take a few moments to sit down, relax, get comfortable and enjoy the show…. who knew Tuesdays could turn out to be such a feast for the eyes?
Lisa Harris – Magpie Vintage: For the Marie Antoinette hair shots we used our Bespoke necklaces which Sev pinned throughout the hair to create a draping soft look. We wanted to show the versatility of our pieces, they can be worn with jeans, a wedding dress and even in the hair!
We teamed with a 1920’s fresh water pearl encrusted ostrich feather for ultimate drama!
Lisa Harris – Magpie Vintage: Our Hollywood collection is a Labyrinth of beautiful rhinestone jewels worked into head bands, necklaces and bracelets. It doesn’t take much to show off the glamour and uniqueness of each piece which can literally be sitting around the studio awaiting complimenting pieces for years until we find the perfect match!
Julia Boggio – The Lowdown. Julia Boggio is well-known for her fun, quirky and colourful wedding photography, as well as her world-famous Vintage Boudoir (TM) photography. She has just been given the You & Your Wedding Bride’s Choice award for 2010 and won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Merton Business Awards.
Julia is also famous for having recreated the dance from Dirty Dancing at her wedding. The resulting You Tube video has had over 8 million views, with Julia and James appearing on Richard & Judy, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Sunrise TV in Australia and The Oprah Winfrey Show in the US, where Julia danced with Patrick Swayze.
Aside from shooting glamorous weddings, Julia and James run a successful portrait studio in Wimbledon.
Julia Boggio: I leapt at the chance to work at Hengrave Hall when asked by Magpie Vintage to photograph their new range of jewellery. I’d been wanting to do a Marie Antoinette-style shoot for a while, so decided to start the day with this. Of course, I had to ask Severin Hubert to do the hair. I’ve been working with him almost since I started out and knew that he’d be able to handle the complicated updos.
Also, the fabulous Terry Fox is located nearby, so they leant us a wonderful range of dresses that were perfect for the style of shoot.
Julia Boggio: I wanted to get as many images out of the day as possible, so I decided to photograph two completely different sets of models: one as a single model and one as the couple. The blonde model brought her boyfriend along to play groom; he was such a good sport on the day and really got into it, despite me forcing him to play with a pink guitar!!.
There were a lot of different looks needed for make-up, so Kaz Fernando, who I work with on a regular basis and who does the make-up at many of my weddings, came along to tackle the job.
Kate, our trusty stylist, asked Marc Wallace to lend us the suits. We wanted a very summery outdoorsy sort of look and Marc’s colourful suits were ideal for this style. Last but not least, Magpie Vintage, as always, brought an amazing array of their bespoke antique pieces to the shoot.
Afterwards, the lovely people at Hengrave Hall let us all stay the night in one of their gorgeous cottages. I’m not going to lie to you; there was champagne involved….
Lisa Harris – Magpie Vintage: For the outdoorsy fun shots we focused on our Secret garden necklaces which are a host of original vintage finds. With our love of the soft French colour hues, and inspiration from the country garden the pieces are worked together to create a soft English Rose influence with a dash of quirkiness!
Photography – Julia Boggio
Dresses – Terry Fox
Jewellery – Magpie Vintage
Styling – Kate Barbour
Make-up – Kaz Fernando
Hair – Severin Hubert from the Hepburn Collection
Flowers – Danny Preston at Tudor Rose Florist
Shoes – Emmy Shoes
Men’s Clothing – Marc Wallace
I mean seriously – how gorgeous can you get?
Make sure you go take a peek at the Magpie Vintage website for a “celebration of a past era” and the ultimate in unique vintage pretty.
And if that wasn’t enough to entertain you all for the afternoon then we also have the behind-the-scenes footage….
Big Tell Us YOUR Ultimate Wedding Fantasy Love
I tried to think of a suitable Rock My Wedding type title for this post. Um….and found that actually I couldn’t – there just isn’t any wordage worthy in the English language.
I am not kidding you people.
When I first clapped eyes on the Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2011 Collection a series of thoughts sprung to mind:
1. It is the most deliciously sexy bridal advertising campaign I have ever seen. Fact.
Have now decided that when I grow up I want to languish idly across an abundance of silk sheets strewn with scented rose petals. I will lie there for what is possibly a considerably legnthy period of time pouting my scarlett lips and batting my long glossy lashes……… until someone notices how utterly lovely I look.
This may make me appear incredibly shallow.
I shall not be apologising for it.
2. No collection has made me wish I had done BIG or indeed SHORT quite as much as this one. Oh and SPARKLY…. how I want to do sparkly….. I want to shimmer down the aisle like the freakin’ blackpool illuminations I tell you.
3. Over the past few weeks I have transformed into a foot -stamping tantrum-throwing green eyed monster of a blog queen. I will never have the opportunity to wear one of these gorgeous frocks and I am positively drowning in envy at the fact some of you lovelies will.
It’s official. I am overcome with one or the worlds most deadliest of sins.
JEALOUSY. It’s a dirty dirty word.
I can’t begin to tell you how difficult it was to chose our top 10 Jenny Packham 2011 Bridal Collection must-haves, I have chopped and changed a few hundred times at least….
But deliver you blue polka dot pages of fashion fabulousness is what we are here to do – and do it we ruddy well shall.
Prepare to be astounded folks.
Want to get your rocks off come W-day? well I suggest you seriously consider getting your rocks firmly on with the divine embellishment details of Asteria and Eden.
If demure and delicate floats your big day boat then perhaps consider the feminine frills of Fontaine and Opera – perfection.
I don’t think I need to spell out how much I am in love with tulle. Dearest and Minerva prove that bigger is definitely beautiful.
Are you blessed with an enviable pair of pins? yes? lucky old you eh…… I suggest you flash them in feather-fringed Dido or lace layered Roberta.
I don’t usually do the whole shiny sequined thing to be honest but Belita and Cascade just made me turn a total one-eighty. I die.
If you are thinking of a Madam Packham for W-day then do let us know. I will try really hard to smile sweetly, nod politely and not just outright steal it from you…
Can’t promise though.
Big Wishing I Was Wearing One Love