Style Files: Solange Knowles Best

26 Nov

1  I. Can’t. Even.

Seriously though, I don’t even know where to start with this style file.

Solange, girl, you NAILED IT.  (Yeah, we’re on first name terms, and what!?)

All white errthang (bridal party, guests, bikes… Literally everything!), more outfit changes than the cast of a Westend musical, striking gold accents and pretty much just bustin’ wedding tradition in favour of something alternative. Needless to say, we LOVED IT.

Just incase your eyes are yet to see the beauty of this wedding, prepare yourself for sheer class…

3 Image by Rog Walker 8 4 11 9 Image by Rog Walker 5 Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson - Rehearsal Dinner So, capes are clearly  a seriously good move for brides right now, hey?!

Almost all of Solange’s outfits featured either a cape of a flared sleeve. From the floor length caped Humberto Leon for Kenzo dress she wore to the ceremony (ja-freakin’-dore!) to her asymmetric Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture jumpsuit for the pre-wedding festivities…

Man I wish I’d hit up a cape or a jumpsuit for my wedding…

That’s excuse enough to renew your vows, right?!

Of course, we haven’t even touched on the stylish guests (definitely not to be overlooked!)…

7 10 Statement gold pedicures, bright crimson lips, a floor length feathered skirt (Oh hey, Jenna Lyons, you’re my new style icon!) and a faux fur slung over one’s shoulders (the only way to don your jacket this season).

The details were everything and Solange was delivering some major inspiration on that front too…

14 Image by Rog Walker 6  The gypsophilia, the wide gold cuffs, THAT RING… OH, the ring!

So, how do you get yourself some of this serious style? Well, we’ve pulled some of our favourite pieces together for you while chanting our new style mantra on repeat…

‘Solange Knowles Best. Solange Knowles Best.’

28 First up, THAT RING.

Who else would we look to?! Artemer always delivers the goods. (Yes, y’all know I’m biased, but you can’t deny it!)

This ring is totally next on my wishlist…

30 29 31 Or, if you fancy a diamond alternative, maybe something rough cut, take a look at the work of Point No Point Studio on Etsy.

This rose gold cuff ring features one natural black rose cut diamond and one white rough diamond.

Gorgeous, hey?

15 16 And those simply striking gold cuffs Solange owned? Yah, we got you covered!

I wore a super wide cuff on my wedding day and I have to say never did it cross my mind to wear identical cuffs on each arm (I wore a delicate bangle and stringed bracelet on the opposite wrist), but I am SO in love with this concept; it makes for such a beautifully balanced look!

Bold, simple, statements…

34 35 Now, let’s talk dresses or jumpsuits, as may be the case!

Loved Solange’s ever-changing silhouette, but thinking it’s not feasible or maybe a little beyond the constraints of your budget? Well, you’re gonna just ADORE the shifting shape of this jumpsuit by Daniela Tabois on Etsy…

36 37 39 38 We just LOVE how the jumpsuit transforms from ceremony-perfect to evening-reception-chic with the loss of the peplum skirt.

I’m pretty sure your guests:

a) Won’t see the jumpsuit thing coming

and

b) Will find the evening transformation equally stunning!

Want something equally gorgoeus, a little more androgynous (major trend, we’re hooked!) and featuring a jaw-dropping plunge neckline? (Thanks for encouraging this daring trend again, Solange!)

Russian based Etsy shop, Baby Doll, have seriously killed it with these clean lines…

33 32 OK lady, so you’ve already bought your dress, but have just fallen head-over-heels for the cape trend…

This delicate, sheer cape accessory is totally for you. A slightly more effeminate take on the trend with a boho edge that we’re swooning for.

22 23 24 Or how about a reception dress?

An asymmetrical flared sleeve (a subtle nod to the cape) coupled with a simple, chic tulip skirt and curved hem…

Understated drama; our favourite oxymoron right now!

25 26 27 Of course, with a super chic bride, you couldn’t have anything other than a crazy stylish flower girl or little maid!

We’re going totally CRAY-CRAY over the amazingly sophisticated mini pieces by designer Catteliya.

Clean lines, simple and non-cutesy designs make for one seriously cool little maid!

17 18 Clearly, leopard print Docs are the only shoes your flower girl should be donning!

  19 Take a seriously elegant cue from Solange and her beau and own the white-on-white-on-a-little-bit-more-white trend.

I’m gonna put this out there and say this may be one of my favourite celebrity weddings ever…

What do y’all think? Do you feel you could pull off this trend?

Holla at me!

Peace + Love

Clare X

Molly and Danny’s Pre-Wedding Photo shoot….

25 Nov

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Afternoon Peeps,

Hope you’re all having a good Tuesday.

We have a gorgeous shoot to share with you all today.

If you mix autumnal countryside with lots of smiles, a soon to be married couple who just ooze chemistry and some fun loving photography the result will be Molly and Danny’s gorgeous pre-wedding shoot captured perfectly by Dan of  D&A Photography.

What I love the most about any pre-wedding shoot, whether it be an engagement shoot or just an opportunity for couples to channel their inner Zoolander (magnums on a postcard please!) is that it gives both the photographer and the couple an opportunity to get to know each other ahead of the big day. If you’re a bit camera shy or uncertain about how you are going to capture those all important couple shots then a pre-wedding shoot is the perfect way to practice, build your confidence and become more comfortable with your photographer. It can also be a hell of a lot of fun as Molly and Danny illustrate.

Dan from D&A Photography tells us about the shoot…..

Do What You Normally Do…..

Molly & Danny always said they wanted to keep the shoot nice and local to where they live, and Molly’s parents live in a converted farm house in the middle of lots and lots of fields and beautiful surroundings, I was more than happy to drive from my studio in Colchester to meet these two as I knew it would mean a lot to them. M&D loved my style of photography and when I asked them what kind of stuff they wanted me to shoot they just said to me “Do what you normally do” so after initial jitters they really got into the shoot and they both said they really enjoyed themselves, which was great to hear!

Why a Pre-Wedding Shoot?

I do the shoots because obviously we get some lovely photographs but the real reason is to meet my couples, see how they behave with each other, learn what they do and don’t like or feel comfortable doing and then use that information on their big day, and hopefully when the wedding roles around, I am just a guest with a camera, I am part of the day and the couple as cliche as it might sound are my friends and feel comfortable around me!

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Two Cool Cucumbers…

M&D are just two cool cucumbers, nothing fazed them, I could express my idea’s and my visions and they would go along with it and these are the couples photographers dream of, they allow us as professionals to express ourselves, I don’t go into a garage and start telling the mechanic how to fix my car, and I love when I am given free licence to shoot how I love to! M&D are just so much fun, always laughing always smiling and there is a real connection between them which I hope I have captured in the photo’s. I always say silly stuff behind the camera to make my subjects giggle at each other and with these two I didn’t really need to do a great deal!

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Over to Molly and Danny….

How did you guys meet?

How we met was a bit of a coincidence. During the summer of 2007, we both holidayed in Zante, Greece with our separate friend groups. We met in a bar called ‘Ghetto Bar’ and I bought Mol a Piña Collada… Which she hated!

Who proposed and how?

I proposed to Molly on her birthday in December 2011.  We have a favourite restaurant so taking Molly there on a date made her non-the wiser as she assumed it was for her birthday. At the table I handed her a small bag with a book in it. In the book I’d written a reason why I loved her on every page. When she got to the last page it said: ‘And I want to spend the rest of my life with you’ …By this point I was on one knee in the middle of the restaurant!

When and where are you getting married?

We are getting married at Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, Devon on May 28th 2015; a small, relaxed seaside venue with unbelievable views and amazing hospitality.

Can you let us in on any more details of the wedding?

It’s not going to be your traditional wedding… They’ll be a BBQ, lots of drinks and dancing on the terrace! We are praying for some good weather.

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Tell us a little bit about your pre-wedding shoot and the photographer you chose…

Our pre wedding shoot was set at Mol’s parent’s house… It was, as expected, relaxed and fun with an amazing photographer. We found out about Dan (our photographer) through a girl that Molly went to school with, Dan’s girlfriend, Sarah.

We couldn’t have chosen a better photographer. We’ve never met somebody so passionate and enthusiastic. Not only a lovely guy, but an exceptional photographer!

What was your favourite moment?

There were a few favourites moments during the shoot. Piggybacking Mol over the cow field to dodge the poop. And also the photographer telling us to whisper into each other’s ear every now and again!

The whole experience was great fun… Cannot wait for the day now!

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Advice From D&A Photography…

 If I can give any advice it’s to embrace it, some call them cheesy, however it’s a great opportunity to see your photographer in action before the big day and if your backdrop is somewhere important to you that’s a great touch because it has so much more meaning to you, for instance, M&D in the background is the house they kind of grew up together in as kids when they were dating and I love the realness of that!

We didn’t have fantastic weather, in fact it was raining all morning, this isn’t a problem, use that to your advantage, get photographs of rain drops and wet grass as it’s all part of the shoot!

I would suggest every couple have a pre-wedding session because the feedback I have had is that it made the couple feel so much more relaxed on the big day, because not only did they feel confident in the job I would do as they had seen some lovely images from their pre-shoot but we became a lot friendlier and that always helps to break the tension of having your photo taken.

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The Line Up

Venue: Molly’s Parent’s Farm House
Photography: D&A Photography
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