Natures Dream: A Whimsical Bridal Shoot featuring Curious Fair Headpieces

18 Apr

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Happy Friday Peeps!

Finally the long weekend is here! I don’t know about you lovely people but I for one have been gagging for this bank holiday weekend……………not to mention the many Easter treats that I am planning to eat! One of the great things about being pregnant is you have the perfect excuse to over indulge (within reason of course) so pass over those mini eggs and lets get cracking!

We have an absolutely stunning and unique bridal shoot to share with you today. Think unicorns, abstract headpieces inspired by nature, stunning hair and make-up, whimsical meets boho wedding dresses and some beautiful photography and you will pretty much have summed up Natures Dream.

Put together by the talented duo that is Lucy Davenport Photography and Jo Irving from Love Hair and working in collaboration with a Curious Fair, Natures Dream is an eclectic mix of bridal beauty with a dramatic theatrical edge. The styling gives the shoot a dreamlike quality and the animalistic headpieces by Curious Fair adds a fairy tail element that echoes the stories of The Grimm Brother’s or Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. It is a lovely shoot and we are very excited to be sharing these exclusive images with you.

Lucy explains the ideas behind the shoot…..

I stumbled across Curious Fair on Instagram and knew immediately that I had to collaborate with them on a shoot.

Myself and Jo Irving at Lovehair got together to brainstorm, and we both took inspiration from Aynhoe Park, one of the wedding venues where I am a recommended wedding photographer. Aynhoe is constantly changing, but they currently have a Unicorn in their Orangery so Jo and I decided we wanted our own Unicorn to shoot!

With Natalie from Curious Fair on board, we gave her the brief to create pieces based on the Unicorn, and other aspects within nature – we wanted dreamy, inspiring pieces.

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Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine – Louvre Dress; Ring: Stylists own; Head dress: Jenny Packham, stylists own.

Natalie at Curious Fair said:

We are creators of all things unique & handmade. Our bespoke headdresses & masks are perfect accessories for alternative weddings.

Our headdresses & masks are adorned with real feathers, dried flowers, vintage jewellery, antique lace, handmade paper & other natural materials. Each bespoke headdress & mask is made to order with great care and attention to detail ensuring no two headpieces are ever the same!

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Wedding Dress: Kelsey Genna – Garden; Necklace: Isobel Vintage Chunky Necklace £36 from Rose & Aster; Head piece: Wild Feather Woodland Headdress

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Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine – Harper Dress

Jo, the hair stylist said:

I wanted to create pretty, feminine hair styles that could be worn at a wedding or a festival.

The model already had a pink wash in her hair but I enhanced that with flashes of bright pink using extensions. Tiny plaits look great and add a really wearable yet festival feel to any hair length and the accessories were just amazing so didn’t need much styling so I went for staple soft ‘boho’ waves to compliment the head pieces. I then got creative with plaits and used fishtail, regular, french plaits and knotting techniques to add texture.

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Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne – Deco; Head piece: Unicorn Hair Headpiece

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Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne – Deco; Head piece: Unicorn Hair Headpiece; Cape: Feather cape by Eaton Nott

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Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne – Deco; Head piece: Spring Bird Nest Crown

On make up was Ana Ospina who is so creative, and having worked with her so much already, I knew she’d see our vision and help bring the look together.

Ana says: The Make Up Looks I designed to go with these fashion stories were not your typical Bridal Make Up Looks, the inspiration for the shoot was to showcase some beautiful Bridal designs in a more edgy and contemporary way. We wanted to go for something a little more editorial in style to give inspiration to those fashion savvy Brides that aren’t afraid to try something a little more daring. The main thing I wanted to translate on camera was a very dewy look to my models skin. I started of with a natural look using pale gold sheens on both eyes and lips. I kept cheeks a soft coral in tone and applied a full brow and false lash application. This created a make up style that was not only natural and soft but also quite dreamy.

For the next look I then introduced more colour using airbrush foundation by Temptu and even used their adjusters and shimmers on eyes and on cheeks to create a cut crease on the lids and a contour and highlight on the cheeks. I worked with a gold, copper, pink and plum palette.

For a final look I wanted to create some art on the face using a stencil and again a mix of the plum and copper layered through the stencil using my airbrush gave a little dimension to the roses design I applied. My models looks and face shape lent itself to the pixie/baroque style we ended up with. As with all artistic collaborations the looks evolved and we expanded on them all until we created an end result I can truly say rocked. It was amazing being part of such a creative team for this shoot.

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Wedding Dress: Charlotte Casadejus – Maude; Head piece: Snow Hare Headdress; Choker (worn as bracelet): Lace and crystal choker £30 from Rose & Aster

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Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine – Louvre Dress; Head piece: Spring Bird Nest Crown

Line Up

Photographer: Lucy Davenport 
Head pieces: Curious Fair
Hair stylist: Jo Irving at Lovehair 
Make up: Ana Ospina
Dresses: Luella’s Boudoir
Jewellery: Rose & Aster
Cape: Jess Eaton
 
Please note, Roadkill Couture™ has a very strong ethical code and absolutely no animal was, or ever will be harmed or killed for the making of the collection.
 

Big shout out to Lucy and Jo for sending in this stunning shoot and to Curious Fair for such innovative head pieces – we salute you ladies!

If you would like to see more work from Lucy and Jo then take a look at this gorgeous Boho Inspired Hair and Beauty Shoot we featured in January.

Big Easter Love

Festival Brides xxx

A Boho Reception: Key Style Notes

16 Apr

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Good morning and happy Wednesday!

I think that best way to start this article is to just say it outright; there’s no bigger trend than boho when it comes to interior and event design this summer. Phew, glad I got that off my chest, see y’all next week… But, seriously, all things boho are massive this year, which is music to our Festival Bride ears! The bohemian style is kinda busy: lots of amazing fabrics, textures, floor adornments, wall adornments, hanging adornments… you get the idea, which can make it a little overwhelming to coordinate in terms of a wedding reception. However, Bohemia also represents freedom and flexibility, which I believe extends into this decor trend. So, whether you employ all of our key notes, or just one or two, they’ll make for a perfectly free-spirited reception. Let’s jump right on in and take a look at the Festival Bride’s key style notes, shall we?

First up is what I’m affectionately coining as the ‘Throne’. Yes, all bohemian gods and goddesses need an elaborate, perfectly embellished throne and our favourite right now? The peacock chair. Arriving during the late 19th century in the West, Peacock chairs were imported from East Asia and primarily used as porch or garden furniture. Also (and for this post,rather aptly) known as the ‘Peacock Throne’ or the ‘Hour-Glass Chair’, they regained popularity in the 60s and 70s and after a brief hiatus, have again come back into fashion. They add the perfect dose of regality to your reception, framing you and your groom perfectly for any dinner/speech shots and they’re the most amazing keepsake; the one from our wedding is one of my favourite pieces and I’ll let you in on a little secret, I picked it up for £4 on ebay. One man’s trash is another very excited bride-to-be’s treasure!

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You could go for something neon, or paint them a light pastel shade, add pompoms, tassels, drape them with richly coloured fabric or add a sheepskin… However you do it, they’re astoundingly beautiful and an essential for a bohemian queen and her king.

Now, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but a bohemian reception wouldn’t be complete without a tent. The possibilities are unfathomably endless and pretty much anything goes; tipis, tents created from linking scarves or sarongs, little dens for putting wedding gifts in, large spaces as chill out areas or simply as a prop for your bridal portrait… Like I say, quite literally anything goes, and they’re all absolutely marvellous. Think mismatched patterns, a rug covered floor and an abundance of  cushions for that effortlessly cool, carefree environment!

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Now, you may already know that Festival Brides has a long-standing love affair with rugs (didn’t know that? Find out more here) and they’re most certainly another of our key style notes for a boho-themed reception, but I’d like to challenge how you see them. Yes, they look divine on the floor, and yes the more eclectic and diverse the better, but take a note out of the Nomad Styling book and try to look at rugs in a different light. Madness, I know, surely a rug is a rug, right? Wrong, they make perfect throws, wall hangings, backdrops and balustrade covers, or just try layering up several on the floor. As the guys over at Nomad said: ‘Styling is all about seeing things through new eyes, just because something was originally made with one purpose in mind, doesn’t mean you can’t use it for another’. Check it out…

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And if your budget’s a little on the smaller side, but you’d love to embrace this trend, take a look at those last 2 rugs… Not only have H&M given you rugs for £19.99, but the collection also includes cushions and throws in a similar style, making those gorgeous mexican style fabrics affordable!

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Fully embracing the bohemian reception would mean taking on this next arrangement: floor level seating. Potentially tricky to undertake in some dresses, you might want to pre-warn your guests if you’re gonna take the plunge with this one, and it’d certainly be something to consider when choosing your wedding dress. Nevertheless, we love  this dining style and believe it’s totally worth the extra attire consideration! Simple to orchestrate, it works in a meadow, woodland and most definitely on a beach. Adorn tables with lanterns, provide a stack of cushions per guest and maybe a blanket or rug wouldn’t go a miss to prevent any unwanted grass stains! It’s casual, but it’s chic and that epitomises the laid back nature of boho. We LOVE.

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Just how ace are those palette tables?! I can feel a summer garden party coming on! If you love this trend, but you’re not sure it’ll work in a dining capacity, then why not consider a little outdoor cinema? I love this concept, it’s a dream of mine to set one of these up for a party, and I reckon it fits beautifully into the bohemian scene. Floor level cushions and little low drinks tables and you’re away! You could show your favourite indie movie, or a slideshow of nostalgic film pictures of you guys growing up, or maybe even set something up to keep your younger guests happy into the later hours of the reception. Again, it’s trés cool, super chill and therefore totally boho.

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So, now that we’ve been through the base level keys to bohemian styling, let’s talk finishing touches. Just as essential, attention to the finer details will really finish your reception off and add a level of sincerity to the bohemian feel of your theme. First up, all bohemian decor entails some form of hanging adornment, it’s just a must, okay? We’re loving full bodied ribbon garlands (i.e. a lot of ribbons, with rough edges and in an abundance of colours, textures and widths), handkerchief bunting (sheer, gently contrasting hues blowing in the breeze – just divine) and of course, the ever-magnificent festoon style lighting (you just can’t go wrong with a festoon). Hang them low and certainly not uniformly and you’re doing it right!

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OK, so this really is a finer detail, but I think it’s kinda important. If you’re gonna go boho, I reckon you need to drink boho too. We’re talking casual bottles of unusual ciders thrown nonchalantly into a worn tin wheel barrow, or richly coloured glassware, mismatched in style and jewelled tones. It’ll solidify that laid back feel that you’re trying to emanate and add a burst of sumptuous colour to any table!

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For something a little more desert wanderer cool than flowers at the centre of your table, for a truly bohemian take on greenery, we’re head over heels for the succulent. Use striking cacti as centre pieces, provide mini succulents as favours, or choose oversized pieced to add height and interest to an area of floor level dining; they’re the perfect not-too-delicate alternative to flowers for your bohemian reception.

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Finally, the finishing touches are all important and choosing a bohemian motif is a fine way to add a little je ne sais quoi to your decor. Perfect for injecting that top level of texture, colour and delicacy, our top three motifs are (of course) feathers, tassels and pompoms. Think garlands, little hung clusters, DIY cushion additions or simply scattered across a table – they’re the pièce de résistance of  your boho temple!

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Bohemian decor can be a little overwhelming to orchestrate, but between these key style notes and my closing tips I’m sure you Festival Brides are gonna rock this trend for your reception, just remember: it can’t be too colourful and in this case, more is more!

Much love,

Clare xo

The Little White Dress…..

15 Apr

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Afternoon peeps and what a gorgeous one it is too!

In fact the weather couldn’t be more fitting for today’s post from the lovely Rachel of Bride By The Beach wedding blog. Forget those little black numbers ladies – 2014 is all about the LWD: pretty short white dresses that would look perfect on a sun kissed boho bride or bridesmaid. Would you dare to go short on your wedding day?

Rachel is the founder of Bride by the Beach wedding blog which is a beautiful amalgamation of all things beach wedding pretty. If you want to channel your inner sun-kissed beauty then Bride by the Beach is where you should be looking.

So without further ado, I am going to hand you over to Rachel and her tips on how to rock the LWD…..

Hello there pretty ladies!

Well let’s just say my life has kicked up a notch shall we! I’m in the final 10 weeks before W-day and life has gone mental. Not only are we trying to manically tick things of the to do list, squeezing in wedding dress fittings and working out like a beast to get into that bikini but we also stupidly decided to put our beautiful flat on the market. We are cray cray.

However, I have managed to cross of one of my things off the list – I’ve found my LWD (Little White Dress) that I’ll be signing the papers in here in the UK. Unfortunately you can’t get legally married in Ibiza unless you are Catholic and get married in a church or you are a resident of Ibiza. Since we don’t want to get married in a church and sadly do not reside in Ibiza, we’re having legal bit here first and have the proper “wedding” in Ibiza.

We’re not making a big deal of signing the papers here because in our minds we’re just signing a piece of paper but there’s no harm looking nice right?

I knew I definitely didn’t want a long dress but a short white lace dress would be perfect. I found these beauties in my search – what do you think?

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Isn’t the lace to die for?! The Lola dress from Spell is twice the fun as I’ve seen it being worn with the low back on the front and it looked HOT.

If you wanted something a little more casual – what about flashing a lil of the shoulder?  I think a flash of skin on the shoulders can be incredibly alluring and ever so pretty. Teamed with a cute flower hairband and some chunky bracelets it’s the perfect boho bride dress.

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How about a little late and little of the shoulder action a la this Marrakech Dress from Stone Cold Fox?

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And what about bringing some colour to the day? Absolutely loving the brightness of the embroidery detail on this stunner from Freepeople:

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And if that is a little too bright, how about this sweet number? Loving the subtle cutouts all over the dress.

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If I had the money, I’d buy them all right now. Again, sorry I can’t show you mine, it’s a surprise for the Boy. All I will say is that it’s white and it’s short and I can wear it again on honeymoon. Bring on the sun!

Until next time lovelies xxxx

Sarah and Simon’s ‘A Reflection of Us’ Wedding

14 Apr

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Happy Monday Lovely People!

Hope you all had some fun in the sun this weekend. Baby bump and I managed to steal a few hours away from blogging to sit in the sunshine and chill with an elderflower pressé  in one hand and baby book in the other! Currently reading the chapter on the choices I have on giving birth and what to expect during labour………..hmmm…..we’ll leave it there shall we!?

Sarah and Simon married on the 21st July 2013 at Southwell Minster followed by their country style reception with an eccentric twist at home on their farm. They wanted their wedding to be relaxed, simple and fun and for the decor, style and vibe to be ‘a reflection of us.’

From dressed up mannequins to tractors, pom poms, hay bales, cheese, roofing slates, fairy lights and fresh cut flowers…..Sarah and Simon really did have a mixture of everything at their wedding which makes it all the more endearing and interesting. They even shared their couple shots with a group of cows just because!

Like most of the weddings we like to feature on Festival Brides, Sarah and Simon did things their way and the result was a day that was full of eclectic charm and a hell of a lot of smiles.

Enjoy….

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A Reflection of Us…..

Our wedding was a simple reflection of us. Our guests arrived at 11 am at the farm and were served breakfast and coffee. They were taken to church on the tractor and traliors of which we had a convoy of 5 teams. We were married at the stunning Southwell Minster which is a special place to me. I arrived by horse and cart (beautiful shires) which were again very personal to me and my family. After the ceremony we took the five mile journey to the farm with Simon and I on the horse and cart with our immediate family and then the wedding party on the team of 5 tractors and trailors. Each traloir was armed with waitresses and 50 litres of pimms so the guests were merry!

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Tears, Laughter and Cheer….

When we arrived at the farm we had a champagne reception and canapés in the garden whilst we enjoyed a few photos and catching up. We sat down for the wedding breakfast late afternoon and ate wonderful food and drank wine for the next few hours. We then had the speeches between the main and the cheese course where the marquee was full of tears, laughter and cheer!! After the meal we had our first dance and then danced the night away with a huge circular bar it was a HUGE PARTY. We supplied dancing shoes (flip flops) for our guests with sore feet!

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Ham Hock, Pea Soup, Beef, Cheese and Edible Flowers….

I run a deli / restaurant called The Old Theatre Deli and my team catered for out wedding. It was everything we love and more!! Fir our starter we had home made ham hock with piccalilli followed by a shot of fresh pea soup. For the main  course full ribs of beef with all the trimmings that were carved at the table. We then had a cheese course as the milk from our dairy farm makes stilton, followed by coffee and home made truffles with edible flowers and a huge dessert buffet of our favourite puds!!

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Favourite Moment?

Getting on the horse and cart with shire horses and riding home with my husband and the fact that the whole of the day had been perfect!!

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The Line Up

Photographer: Caro Hutchings
Ceremony Venue: Southwell Minister
Reception Venue: Bride and Groom’s Farm
Flowers: Home Grown
Decor and Styling: DIY
Catering: The Old Theatre Deli
Cake: Home made by Bride
 

Big shout out to Sarah and Simon for sharing your wedding with us and to Caro for capturing it so perfectly. Loving the mannequin outside the toilets with her skirt caught in her knickers! Genius!

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

Festival Brides Love: Fiona Kelly Photography

10 Apr

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Morning!

Only 2 more sleeps till the weekend peeps and I’m telling you, Mr Sun better get his shine on as I am in desperate need of a bit of vitamin D!

We are very lucky at Festival Brides to be promoting some awesome, and I mean AWESOME wedding suppliers and today is no exception.

Allow us to introduce you to Fiona Kelly Photography. She has been a sponsor of our festival pages for a while now so we thought it was about time we put her in the spotlight so you, dear readers, can get to know the people behind the pretty little adverts that grace our blog and directory everyday.

Booking suppliers for your wedding isn’t just about liking the products or services they’re offering. If you are going to let them be a part of possibly the biggest (and in some cases the most expensive) day of your life then you might want to get to know them a bit better. What makes them tick? Why do they do what they do? What will they bring to your wedding day?

We want to give you a chance to get to know the people behind the adverts because, quite frankly, they all rock!

With this in mind, we asked the lovely Fiona to tells us a little bit about herself, her photography style and why she loves what she does…..

A little about me……

Hi, Im Fiona and I am the person behind Fiona Kelly Photography. Originally from Kendal in the Lake District, I have since made my home in London, have married a Londoner and have a son who is fast developing a South London accent. I’m slowly giving up the battle to teach him northern vowels!

A bit of silly stuff you might be interested to know!

I am more than a little attached to my skinny jeans, I have a bit of an obsession with stripey tops, coral is my favourite colour, I qualified as a fitness instructor when I was 26 (whilst having a career dilemma), I’m a trained graphic designer and art director, I was born near Manchester, anything ‘disco’ is guaranteed to get me dancing, one of my favourite TV shows is Gavin & Stacey, I have seen the film Some Like it Hot more times than I can remember and I got married in Las Vegas in a midnight blue full length evening dress.

I’m creative, independent, easy going and possibly the most organised person you will ever meet!

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Why Wedding Photography?

My first foray into photography was at school. I was lucky enough to have a dark room at my school so started learning about photography when I was doing my A-Level art. Back then I used my Dad’s old fully manual film camera so I learned all about processing film and developing my own prints. It all seemed really magical! I have always been a bit of a science geek as well as a creative person so think the combo of a photographic image being a visual and chemistry thing really appealed.

Fast forward a few years and after completing a Graphic Design degree I ended up working in retail as a designer and photographic art director. I was responsible for creating the concepts behind shoots for top high street brands, organising photo-shoots and directing the photographers and team. I did this job for 14 years and was lucky enough to travel the world doing it.

Around the time of my own wedding I was getting a little disheartened with the job I was doing. The thrill was disappearing and I was no longer finding it a challenge. I bought myself a digital SLR camera to take away on my honeymoon and the passion for photography came back on that trip. Without really realising it I had learned an enormous about from being immersed in the work of fashion, interiors and lifestyle brands as an art director. I knew the kind of style of photography I liked and it felt so natural to do it myself.

In 2008 I got married in Las Vegas, amongst a small group of friends and family. It was this amazing day, and our honeymoon road trip round California that really pushed my photography love affair to the next level. It was a scary thing to take that leap into a new business and a whole different career, but one of the best decisions I have made.

I have always thought that life is to be experienced fully and every challenge, no matter how scary, should be met with excitement at what might be round that first corner. It was this rather crazy attitude that finally pushed me into making photography a career and I am so glad of it. There’s never a dull day, no work day is the same and I love meeting and getting to know the wonderful people who welcome me into their lives for their most special day.

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My Photography Style….

There are certain things that really rock my world when it comes to wedding photography. Beautiful natural light (particularly soft back light when I get the chance), real & natural reactions, having fun, recording the lovely details (not just the flowers & shoes, but all the little things that happen) and telling the story of the day.

My photographic style is relaxed, candid and modern. I take inspiration from my fashion and lifestyle background and love photos that capture something of the person or people in them.

I love using natural light where possible and shooting in a way that really conveys the moment and all the details of the day. There is so much thought that goes in to a wedding day, the decisions, the details and most importantly the people. I love to capture all of that, as it is on the day. My couples get a real moment in time, a memory to have for years to come.

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What to expect if you booked me….

When I started photographing weddings one of the main things that I felt was how important it was to be relaxed about the whole day. A wedding day can be a stressful thing for all involved, with emotions higher than normal, and I didn’t want to add to that stress.

For me, it’s so much more than simply being the photographer. By the time of the wedding I have got to know each couple, I care about them and their day and it becomes really personal. Because of this they are relaxed and trust me to get on with what I am doing on the day. I want to create something that instantly takes a person back to that moment. When it comes to a wedding its photographing the small details as well as the people and the big story.

It’s so important to remember that every couple is unique and their wedding is just as unique. This is what I capture when photographing a day. It’s not just the details, but getting a feel for how the couple are together, and how they are with family and friends. The fun time, the laughter, the tears and everything in between. Every wedding really is different and capturing the essence of the day is a wonderful thing to be able to do.

On someones wedding day I firmly believe that they should have a good time. I work in a way that doesn’t infringe on the festivities or monopolises too much time, but I encourage every couple to enjoy themselves. I love having a time out with my brides and grooms to photograph some lovely moments between the two of them. My main feeling is that it’s their job to get on with being in love and having fun and mine to capture the events in a candid and emotive way.

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Best advice for choosing a Wedding Photographer….

Choose a photographer that you want to hang out with and will understand what you want and what’s important to you. Of course its important to budget for what you can reasonably afford, but make sure you love the persons work and feel comfortable with them.

If you would like more information on Fiona Kelly, her photography style and how to book her for your wedding then please visit her website.

Happy Thursday peeps!

Bob and I have our first birth plus class tonight. We are going to learn how to get this little person out of my belly and into the real world. It’s all getting very real now……..only 7 weeks to go! Think we better start buying some baby stuff don’t you!?

Big Love

Festival Brides xxx

Ombré Tones: the 2014 Bridal Guide

9 Apr

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Morning favourite people!

This fine Wednesday, I want to take y’all back to a trend that’s been buzzing around for the past couple of years and which I (mistakenly) thought might have been on the edge of disappearance… Oh how wrong I was. I am, of course, going to  be chatting about l’ombre. To you and me, it’s ‘that dip dye style’ trend that swept across the catwalks and through many a bottle of hair bleach maybe a year ago, but I have news for you: this versatile colour technique has some serious staying power, and is still very much a fave in the boho world. So consider this your up to date, all encompassing and (I’d like to think) definitive guide to all things dip dyed for your 2014 wedding. Grab yourself a cup of joe, and let’s talk ombré.

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First up, let’s talk dresses. I have quite a serious conviction when it comes to dip dyed dresses, it goes a little something like this: they’re freakin’ AWESOME. Researching this post gave me the classic ‘If I could do it all again’ moment, and I’m telling you I would definitely have gone for an ombré dress. Like, for sure. I mean, how sweet is this bride from 100 Layer Cake? And that’s it exactly: a dip dyed dress produces this perfect balance of sweet, sultry colour and, on the flip side, an edgy bohemian look that just says: ‘ Yeah, I just thought I’d dip it in some colour for the hell of it, make things more interesting’. From this rich orange, ethereal hand dyed violet by Stone Fox Bride, a custom pop of neon pink by Ryan Roche for Jenny Ueshisa to a subtle shade of pale blush, this trend is begging to be rocked by a Festival Bride. But, seriously check them out…

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I know, right!? So gorge, I can’t even handle it! That last splash of deep, jewelled teal is just beach bride perfect, it’d look killer next to an expanse of pale sand, don’t you think? And it’s also such a great way to tie your dress into your colour scheme: feature hints of your chosen ombré colour throughout your wedding decor, not so much that it’ll overwhelm your dress, just enough to subtly echo the striking burst of your dress.

Now, if a dipped dress is a little too daring for you, a super easy way to embrace this trend is in your paper goods. Be it your invites, or your escort cards a burst of graded colour on paper is a super cool way to show off the ombré trend. By Martha Stuart’s definition, ‘In the lexicon of Proust and Monet, ombré means “shaded”… subtle gradations of colour from light to dark.’ which, in my mind, means we can confidently blur the line between ombré and splashes of watercolour as they both fit the bill (and they’re both totally rad). Check out our picks, they’re pretty much all DIY-able too, so get your paints out kids!

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What an incredibly vibrant piece of snail mail, hey?! Splashed with rich water colour hues or airbrushed with a subtle pastel, anything goes, everything works and they just scream ‘effortlessly cool’ from corner to corner.

Next up, I wanna get seriously fun on you and take a look at the latest ways to incorporate an ombré into your wedding reception. First up, let’s talk cake. Inspired by the divine Bespoke Bride’s ombré DIY yesterday (they reveal the incredible secrets to this amazing look here), I’ve hunted down the Festival Bride’s top picks of the shaded cake world. Add an oversized poppy, embrace several colours of icing with no further embellishment needed or get your sugar high from an ombré variation of the classic Macaron. However you get your fix, edible ombré makes for a serious show stopper.

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What? No, I wasn’t drooling.

Next up; tableware. One of my favourite subjects right now (Anthropologie’s tableware has me in a constant day dream at the moment) there are some incredible ombré concepts cropping up for your tables this year. Totally DIY-able, we’re talking simple white napkins becoming seriously ace dipped pieces of art, ugly trestle tables transformed into surging tides of flowing purple table cloth and homemade tassels (yes, I know, Clare always mentions tassels, I can’t help it!) becoming rad dip dyed napkin rings… Obviously don’t apply all of the above or your guests’ll be tripping left right and centre, but just one tasteful burst is all the impact you’ll need. Festival Brides (like, seriously) LOVES…

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You know what I think makes ombré so great? I mean obviously everyone loves a burst of colour, it’s beautiful and super versatile, but the real charm of an ombré is in its inexact outcome, especially if you have the pleasure of creating your dip dyed piece yourself. By the very nature of its creation, it’s free-spirited and, as y’all might know, we’re kinda into that. 

Ok, so if you’re thinking Ombré is the way to go for your wedding lounge then girl, do I have some treats for you. I stumbled across the lovely Elisabeth Nicole on Etsy while researching ways you guys could get some ombre on your walls, and her cute little chevron garlands are just the thing. Delicate and a subtle nod to this gradation trend, they’re available in a variety of shades and they’re all ridiculously cute. Rec 14 a Rec 14b Rec 14c

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However, if like me you’re still out-of-your-mind crazy for tassels, you might want to consider creating a series of dip dye tassel wall hangings for your venue. This is a major DIY must for me when I next get a free weekend (ha, like that ever happens!), wall hangings are my absolute vice and if they’re made from tassels… Are you kidding? You simply have to hang them in your woodland or adorn the walls of your tepee with them; simple, but oh-gosh über cool.

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Last, but certainly not least, I’ve saved one of my favourite ideas to last (here’s hoping y’all made it this far!). Perfect for a chilled outdoor wedding lounge,  they make for beautiful ceremony seating and are just plain awesome as drink/flower/candle tables; let your eyes feast upon the beauty of the ombré block stool. DIY-able (maybe get the man cub involved), versatile, mobile and so original; we’re head over heels.

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Now, look me in the eye and tell me that isn’t insanely cool.

Hoping I’ve brightened your Wednesday and inspired your inner wild child to let your colour loose!

Much love,

Clare xo

A Most Curious Wedding Fair – The UK’s Coolest Wedding Show Comes to Norwich!

8 Apr

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A Most Curious Wedding Fair is the bridal show for the style-savvy couple. Forget white chair covers, forget taffeta bows and roses with diamonds, this is the wedding event of the year for couples who are creative, expressive and love fashion and design.

We have been a huge fan of A Most Curious Wedding Fair here at Festival Brides ever since we first visited their London show back in 2012. The event just oozes cool and prides itself as being on top of the latest lifestyle trends and style. If a supplier’s product is beautiful, fresh, quirky and fun then we can pretty much guarantee that the ladies behind A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be showcasing them. It is THE show to visit if you are looking for something a bit different and  most importantly, something that inspires and represents your own creativity. Most Curious encourages you to be individuals and to use suppliers and products that celebrate who you are as a couple.

On Saturday 19th April 2014, A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be bringing its unique brand of wedding cool to St Andrews Hall, Norwich in the heart of the city. You can expect to find uber cool suppliers such as the amazing Eclectic Eccentricity (who we LOVE), Miss Violet Felt BouquetsSamantha Walden Head Pieces, Poppy’s Cake Toppers, Argent and Sable and Camilla Felgate Photography to name but a few. This will be the 5th time the show has opened its doors in Norwich and promises to once again mirror the city’s love for creative, innovative and imaginative events.

As part of the shows promotion, Becky Hoh-Hale (founder of Most Curious), Beth Moseley (co-organiser of Most Curious) and wedding photographer Joanna Millington put their creative minds together and created a sexy, sassy and edgy shoot to compliment the shows ethos and to showcase some of the suppliers who will be exhibiting at the show.

Here is that very shoot in all it’s lustrous glory.

Make sure you read on for more details about the show and also a chance to win some free tickets!

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45 Exhibitors and Easter Treats…….

There will be over 45 exhibitors at the show, plus live entertainment and a vintage tea room with lots of yummy Easter orientated treats. There will also be some amazing en trend floaty 70′s vintage wedding dresses on show from the Big C Cancer Charity Stores which are all priced between £35-£100. Flipping bargain if you ask me!

A Most Curious Catwalk

Like most wedding shows, Most Curious will also be hosting a catwalk show but there’s promises to be packed full of gorgeous alternative wedding dresses.  Jennie Cross will be showcasing her pretty vintage inspired classic pieces and Andrea Hawkes, a very cool Hackney based designer, will be displaying her range of fashion-led pieces that epitomise that simple modest look that is going to be en vogue this year and beyond!

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Win A Pair of Free Tickets!

A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be giving away 2 pairs of tickets, picked at random to anyone that tweets ‘I’m going to the #Norwich A Most Curious Wedding Fair on 19th April, 11 am – 4.30 pm, at Andrews Hall & I can’t wait! @CuriousParties #AMCWF‘.

The deadline to tweet is 15th April and the lucky winner will be able to collect their tickets on the door.

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St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Street, Norwich, NR3 1AU
Sat 19th April
11am – 4.30pm
www.amostcuriousweddingfair.co.uk
@curiousparties
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It is always a great event with a lively and welcoming atmosphere so if you are planning your wedding and are at a lose end on the 19th April then get yourself to the show and be prepared to be inspired.

Shoot Line Up

Photography: Joanna Millington, assisted by May Chung
Dresses: Delphine Manivet
Shoes: Sezane Paris
Flowers: Jo Flowers
Make Up: Bella Simonsen
Hair: Sophie Morter of Flint Salon Norwich
Jewellery – Eclectic Eccentricity
Stars: Betina Bianculli of La Bicicleta
Silver Skirt and cream top: Lizzie O Boutique
Silver arm cuffs: DC Bouquets
Feathered Cape: Rogue Pony
Styling – Becky Hoh-Hale of A Most Curious Wedding Fair
 

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

Laura and Rhys’ Relaxed Country Forest Wedding

7 Apr

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Laura and Rhys married on the 30th August 2013 at the gorgeous New Park Farm, a collection of stone country cottages surrounded by countryside near the Cumbrian village of Ireby.

They wanted an intimate wedding with all their closest family and friends around them having fun. They wanted it to be a relaxing, easy going day which they were both going to enjoy and love.

Being the outdoorsy type, they wanted this to reflect in their big day so they used elements of the outdoors in all of their decor and styling from the table placements to their guest book. There was a lot of DIY elements too with all of the stationery, bunting and flowers put together by Laura. She even made the gorgeous multi-coloured hula hoops that were intertwined with Gerber’s and hung from the top of the tent.

What stands out about Laura and Rhys’ lovely wedding is the simplicity of everything. Sometimes less is definitely more and their wedding illustrates this. Its clear to see that the focus was on them as a couple and the people they love and the result is a relaxed and endearing country wedding.

Laura tells us all about it….

A 30FT Boulder and One Knee…..

Being a climber Rhys chose to propose to me on top of a 30ft boulder called The Agglestone in Purbeck. After making me climb to the top he got down onto one knee (almost fell over) and popped the question, making me the happiest girl alive.

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Great Grandmothers Crystal Necklace….

My dress was not a known designer. Because of the late notice I had to go to a bridal store and pick up a dress off the peg. My blue shoes were purchased from Amazon and were only £6! My headpiece was from John Lewis, my veil was borrowed from a friend and my necklace was my great grandmothers crystal necklace with pearl earrings which were given as a present from Rhys.

My hair was curled and put half up and down by a family friend and for my make up I wanted to look like me so decided to do my makeup by myself.

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An Orange Hermes Tie….

Rhys wore a Charles Tyrwhitt navy suit with white shirt and an orange Hermes tie which I gave him a a wedding present on the morning of the wedding.

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Royal Blue Dresses…..

My Bridesmaids wore Royal Blue House of Fraser Dresses which they all looked gorgeous in. I wanted them all to be 100% comfortable on the day  so they were told to do their own hair and makeup and to chose their own accessories and shoes.

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Watering Cans, Glass Bottles and Lanterns….

A lot of friends and family helped with the decor and preparation for our wedding. We used wood chopped by Rhys for the table placements and table plan, filled watering cans and glass bottles with flowers and placed lanterns around the venue which were lit in the evening and created a lovely ambiance. We put bowls of sweets on the tables with a pick a mix bag for every guest.

All of the stationery was purchased from WH Smith or Paper Chase and everything was done by myself, from the place settings to the guest book.

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Relaxed Photography with a Creative Touch….

We knew our special day needed to be captured by someone as relaxed as us but with a creative touch. Choosing New Forest Studio was the best decision we made. Our photos were fun and creative and a fantastic reminder of our wonderful day!

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Bucks Fizz, Small Snack and Afternoon Tea….

After the blessing we had bucks fizz and small snacks while photos were being taken. Everyone then sat down to Afternoon Tea, which was a lovely selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, scones, jams and cream. Served with tea, coffee or bubbly. In the evening we then had a hog roast with a selection on salad and pastas which was done by the local scout leaders.

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A Playlist, A Barn Dance and a Hip Hop Disco….

We had our own playlist on the laptop for the whole day and then in the evening we had a barn dance which got everyone dancing and really was the highlight! This was done by a friend from Scouts and was a blast! This was then followed by a hip hop disco including old favourites from Dr Dre and Eminem.

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Favourite Moment?

Saying I do J followed by our generator cut out half way through our first dance stopping the music and all our guest sang the remainder of the song while we danced. It was so wonderful seeing all our family and friends having such a good time!

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Any Advice for Couples Planning Their Wedding Day?

Take it easy, relax and remember what’s important. Your marriage is what will have forever and not the day! Only do what you want to do and make sure you enjoy it… make sure you remember your day as being the most fun you’ve ever had. We will always!

The Line Up

Photographer: New Forest Studio
Venue: New Park Farm
Bride’s Shoes: Amazon
Bride’s Jewellery: Headpiece – John Lewis, Necklace & Bracelet – Brides Own
Groom: Suit – Charles Tyrwhitt 
Bridesmaid Dresses: House of Fraser
Flowers: DIY
Decor and Styling: DIY
Catering: Homemade
Hog Roast: Family Friend
Cake: Homemade by Bridesmaid
Music: DIY
 

Big thanks to Laura and Rhys for sharing their wedding with us and to Sam from New Forest Studio for capturing it so beautifully.

I think I may have to book myself into one of the cottages at New Park Farm – they are gorgeous! What a lovely place to get married.

Happy Monday Peeps.

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

Free Spirited Friday – A little bit of Grace

4 Apr

140206Graceloveslace04_27039-copy-683x1024 Happy Friday everyone…

The sun has graced us this week and everyone seems to have a spring in their step (It’s hiding again at the moment though – gggrrrr)

We wanted to share this lovely shoot with you. Sheree from Captain and the gypsy kid (coolest and cutest inspiration for freespirited folk) got all dressed up for a shoot with her beautiful daughter. She looked stunning is Grace loves lace. (One of our favourite Aussie brands!)

Sheree said ‘I had never put on a wedding dress before so when the Grace Loves Lace team asked if I wanted to put my spin on bridal I thought why not, beats being creepy in a wedding boutique. To my surprise wearing a wedding dress has a certain je ne sais quoi. I couldn’t go as far as the veil, small steps people, but there is something undefinably special about them. Either that or it had something to do with softly scalloped french lace and tumbling silk like tulle or the beautiful freedom of these gentle and feminine creations. I thoroughly enjoyed from a style point of view looking at an old age tradition in a different light. It got me to thinking about my wedding and what will Sugar think of my dress when she is a grown women and it belongs to her. Thank you GLL for the inspiration, reflection and chance to play x’

We are totally in love with her style and isn’t her little girl the cutest. Totally inspiring my free spirited day with little one!! So can a lovely UK bridal brand give us a call and recreate this shoot for me….

Photographer/Kane Skennar::Makeup+Hair/Charlie Kielty::Art Direction/Hayley Talbot:: Assistant to everybody, good sport and child wrangler/Vicki Ellen

Dresses by Grace Loves Lace worn with traditional and contemporary North American Indian jewellery from Four Winds Gallery. Dresses layered with One Teaspoon denim jeans and 3.1 PHILLIP LIM leather jacket. My little angel wears Tea Princess dresses with antique children’s pieces from Four Winds Gallery. White fur from MLM and multicoloured fur by Winston Wolfe.

Read all about it and see all the images here xx

 

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