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Festival Brides Does London Bridal Fashion Week 2015

2 Jun

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We had a lovely time checking out the new launches from some of our fave brands at London Bridal Fashion Week at Old Billingsgate Market on the 17-19th May, with fashion and wedding ‘tog Natalie J Watts in tow. Some collections had not even been shot at the time so you could say our images are exclusive sneak peaks!

First up we saw the total babes Alice and Hannah, that are the award-winning cult womenswear brand Belle & Bunty – before we even saw the dresses the whole deal was on point. Palm wallpaper, Fleetwood Mac playing, a peacock chair – can these guys be any more bridal cool?

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The new bridal collection, a mixture of gowns and separates which launched at the show, is called A Piece of My Heart. It continues their much sort after elegant cool style with overtones of soft meets sexy that their signature look exudes, but with plenty of nods to 1960’s and 70’s rock genre style icons. Think Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell meets city bride and you’re on the money.

As the girls say…

‘Combining clean fluid lines and clouds of silk, the collection encapsulates the aesthetic of a free-spirited Bride that is carefree and bohemian in feel yet still retains an air of confidence, romance and mischievous charm.’

Sound like anyone you know??

Belle & Bunty’s model tried on a few new peices for us, including the loose lacey Babette that can be changed up depending on what colour slip you wear.

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Then the Brooke top and Scarlett skirt, modest from the front but with a beautiful scooped back.


We fell in love with the embroidered Birds of Paradise detail on the Marlowe dress too. So beautiful.

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Prices start from £1450. Get involved guys!

We think you are going to be SUPER into the lookbook images as well. Nailing it left right and centre ladies, stepping into the zeitgeist between boho and grown up chic in your cowboy boots rather perfectly!

Luna Dress full Luna Dress hat Brooke Top & Scarlett Skirt

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Terry Fox had some new whimsical fairytale-like treats with the Siren Song 2015 collection. Check out the embroidery on this gown (dusty pink no less) and beautiful tiered bolero. A slammin’ ceremony show stopper that would translate into the evening with ease, for flopping and flouncing around a meadow at dusk, like a perfectly overdressed Rolling Stones WAG. Wonderbar!

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Next up was a new find for us that had our jaws on the floor! Ritva Westenius merged the modest simple look with the embellished and beaded dream with two piece numbers like the silk and sequins combo, entitled Mauritious seen here. Pictured with uber cool RW team member!

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Alongside billowing kimonos, graceful lace skirts and flirty open silk shirts, we spied and particularly loved this beaded back chain detail too.

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Another must mention is Charlie Brear’s brand spanking new collection that was a lesson in the simple relaxed look with t-shirt dresses, cropped separates and pocketed skirts. It was launched at the show and we loved it! We were also a bit too obsessed with the graphic motif raffia screen but now is not the time..

Their model rocked a few numbers for us with ease, with a little ad hoc styling of cropping the slip top under the latest loose lace Augustine overdress, for a bit of midrif action.

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Hard to decide which was our fave – the ankle length washed satin t-shirt dress (named Paita) with powder blue heels?

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Or this dropped waist skirt with Palm embroidery and matching top? (Both entitled Livonia if you want to get googling)

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I think it’s gotta be the drop waist palm leaf look – it created the type of stirrings of wanting to wed again that have never happened before in a whole 7 years!

As if by magic, walking past the stand was a completely arresting Spanish hottie in this crocheted gown.




After stealing her for a few images, we followed her around the corner which lead to the Barcelona-based Yolan Cris, the creator of this knock out dress!

The range is a veritable wonderland of glam boho drama and bling, as well as some completely fresh white cotton pieces too including fringed sleeveless waistcoats, rope tie wedges and skirts called Frida – need we say more.

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The sun shone as the model showed us a few more looks.

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Last but by no means least we visited the accessories hall where we were drawn like moths to a flame to the hanging cacti and clean lined wood and cork frame stand of AM Faulkner Millinery.

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This girl just ‘gets us’ ya know. The lovely Ann Marie is half British-half Filipino and a little something exotic permeates through her work as well as uber simplicity and a focus on geometric forms and inspiration from the natural world.

Less is often more with her work, with minimal veils and tiny head bands as well as a smattering of more statement pieces such as succulent fascinators and goddess-like headdresses.

A newbie on the scene, Ann Marie launched the alternative bridal wear company in December 2014, which includes hats, head pieces and veils. She is currently working on her 2016 collection, inspired by the film The Wicker Man and will include wheat, tulle and preserved flowers. Sounds like something we want to be on board with, watch this space!

All show images by Natalie J Weddings

Accessorising a Romantic Lace Wedding Gown for Spring with BHLDN

13 May


Every festival bride knows that her wedding day look isn’t just about what she wears; it’s about how she feels and the ambiance she creates: romantic, unique and free-spirited. She embraces her individuality and expresses it through both her own ensemble and the special touches that she incorporates into her wedding day.

When it comes to finding a wedding gown with this same relaxed, Bohemian feel, vintage-inspired lace makes for the perfect choice. Here to help Festival Brides find the perfect romantic lace wedding gown and accompanying accessories is one of BHLDN’s expert stylists, Claire Stepherson.

“Whether it’s head-to-toe lace, eyelash trim, or intricate lace applique, this ultra-femme fabric can be key to creating an ethereal, boho-inspired look,” says Claire. “The Marivana Gown and Matilda Jumpsuit are examples of two different all over lace styles that can serve as a blank canvas for creative accessorizing. The Georgia Gown and Mia Dress, on the other hand, need only a few special accents to create a complete bridal look.”


The understated elegance of this all over lace gown by Tadashi Shoji is a classic. Pair it with a statement bracelet, an eye-catching headpiece and a great pair of strappy sandals for a look that is elevated yet relaxed…..


For the festival bride who pushes convention aside, the corded lace Matilda Jumpsuit is a breath of fresh air in the bridal world. Its deep-v scalloped halter neckline and wide-legged, toe-skimming hem create the perfect foundation for adding just a few refined accessories.


A great pair of chandelier earrings, a pair of closed toe pointed pumps and a simple sash (for some added waist definition!) are all you need to bring this boho chic look full circle.


With a touch of Old World romance, the Georgia Gown features an illusion neckline, lace applique, tulle overlay, and delicate scattering of sequins. Its soft silhouette and eyelash lace lend a feminine air that pairs perfectly with delicate pearl jewelry and sandals.


Festival brides are meant to stand out in the crowd. The tiered, ivory lace and gold metallic overlay of the Mia Dress make it a refreshing, of-the-moment showstopper she’s bound to fall in love with.


To maintain its majestic appeal, try pairing this dress with a gold accented headpiece and nature-inspired clutch. For brides looking to add a little more sparkle to their wedding ensemble, opt for a delicate crystal bracelet or shimmering heel.


For more information on how to purchase these beautiful boho products, or to view BHLDN’s amazing range of wedding dresses and bridal accessories, please visit their website.

Many thanks to the fantastic team at BHLDN for sharing this guest post with us today. You all rock!

Have a lovely sunny Wednesday peeps.

Big Love

Laura xxx



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