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The Beauty of Coconut Oil : One Bandwagon You Don’t Wanna Miss

12 Mar

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Morning my sassy brides!

So, you might’ve heard the gentle buzz of twittering ladies at work, or noticed that your girlfriend’s been smelling remarkably like a Hawaiian beach recently, or maybe you’ve wondered (like every girl in the world) just how Miranda Kerr keeps her hair so luscious, her skin so radiant and her booty so slim. Two words for you, darlings: Coconut Oil.

This stuff is so hot right now, everybody’s talking about it. I’m here to tell you that whether you’re a blossoming bride-to-be, a budding bridesmaid, or (hell, let’s be honest here) a gorgeous groom who likes a bit of a pamper, you need coconut oil in your life. If you’re watching the pennies right now, bear with me here, I’ve got your back. At up to £6 for a 300ml jar this stuff might not sound the most cost effective solution at first glance, but with its multitude of uses (I’m talking 1 product replacing at least 5 everyday essentials) and guaranteed results (no, really!) coconut oil will give you that boost from within, ensuring you not only look like a wholesome, energised beauty, but feel it too! Show me a bride that isn’t gagging for some o’ that!

I hope you gals are ready for this. This pure, white goodness is gonna change your life!

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So, remember back in the 90s when somebody told you fats were bad for you? They said if it wasn’t ‘fat free’ you shouldn’t go near it, and you definitely shouldn’t eat it. Well, welcome to 2014, where avocados are accepted for their wonderful health-providing qualities and where coconut oil, whether you put it on yourself or eat it, is a top health kick for 2014. Now, before y’all race off to the shops to get a jar (kudos for being keen) there are a couple of super important things to note when buying coconut oil. Firstly, shop around: I’ve managed to get free postage and buy bigger tubs for cheaper online. Get your girlfriends involved and get buying in bulk! Secondly, whichever brand you buy, look for the following on the jar: it must be organic, cold-pressed and unrefined; ingredients should simply read ‘Organic Virgin Coconut Oil’. We don’t want no added nasties here, thank you very much! The shot below is of my jar of choice right now, purchased via Amazon. I kid you not, there are 5 jars in my house alone right now, not to mention the one I gave to my lovely pregnant sister-in-law the other day. What can I say; I’m an enthusiastic converter!

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Ok, so let’s get into the ‘how to’ of this Holy Grail product. First up, I want to chat to you about the benefits of coconut oil for your bod. The downright dirty of this? You need to be smothering (and I mean smothering) this stuff everywhere you can, as often as you can! This white oil is solid at room temperature, but take a teaspoonful into your palms and it’ll melt easily into the best body moisturizer out there. Not a fan of oils? Yeah, neither was I. However, the divine fragrance and high absorbency rate of coconut oil makes it a true treasure. A couple of little tips for body application: a teaspoon heated up with 2 tablespoons of milk and then whisked together makes a gorgeous bath soak. The milk stops the oil from simply floating on the surface of the water, whilst indulging in a couple of drops of lavender oil will leave you a super soft, super chilled bride to be! Another great idea to see you through what’s left of this colder weather is to moisturise your body with the oil pre-shower; dehydrated winter skin is banished forever, a great bit of prep for a spring bride. Oh, and incase that’s not enough, my fellow eco hippie types will be chuffed to know you can eliminate a few more chemicals from your shower routine by using this oil in place of a shaving cream; hello, silken pins!

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Here at Festival Brides, we love a natural beauty, I mean like a true ‘I woke up like ‘dis’ beauty. It’s no secret that we boho brides crave that truly ‘au naturel’ facial look, but it can be somewhat elusive and it sure is hard to achieve with makeup. So we’re going out on a limb here by advocating a genuine glow that comes from taking great care of your face, which will hopefully allow you to employ a ‘less is more’ approach to your wedding makeup. First, and easiest of all, is the use of coconut oil as a lip balm: just a couple of dabs over night will see you with chap-free lips in whatever weather. Outdoor brides have no fear, we’ve got you covered.

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Aside from the fact that coconut oil is a great facial moisturizer (I use it daily, without fail), it also makes a super gentle eye makeup remover. Now, when I say ‘super gentle’ I mean it’s one of the kindest things you could apply to that delicate skin around your eyes. However, if we’re talking mascara-removing-power: this oil is the toughest remover out there, effortlessly lifting heavily waterproof eye makeup with ease. That’s right, ladies; say ‘no’ to repeated eye rubbing, and ‘yes’ to fresh, sparkly eyes with reduced lines.

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This last one is great for reducing the amount of ‘cover up’ you’ll need to get you picture perfect on your wedding day. The totally rad girls over at Free People’s BLDG25 have come up with this fabulous overnight treatment, using coconut and tea tree oil. The serum formed when these two oils are combined will help keep your pretty lil’ face blemish free and reduce any general redness, as well as that of scars. I told you, this stuff is worth its weight in gold.

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Next up, we’re talking Oil Pulling. Still a topical application of coconut oil, this one’s a little quirkier, but the benefits are incredible. This is one of those moments when I’m gonna ask you to believe the hype, ‘cause I’m about to ask you to swish coconut oil in your mouth… for a whole 20 minutes… daily. Ok, pick your jaw up off the floor and hear me out. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayuverdic practice, whereby you swish a teaspoon of oil (coconut oil is of course my preferred choice) around your mouth for 20 minutes. The ‘sticky-ness’ of the oil allows it to draw and trap bacteria and toxins from places your toothbrush can’t reach as it travels around your mouth, turning it from a clear liquid oil, to a waterier, white liquid which you must then spit out. Sounds a little odd, hey? Believe me when I say this though: it’s surprisingly tolerable, in fact I’d even go so far as to say that I kinda like it now (2 months on). And I mean, hello? Did you see the list of benefits? If it promises whiter teeth and a detox, I’m game.

A couple of little tips as you embark upon your pulling journey: when you’re done, spit the oil out into the toilet or waste bin, we don’t want any clogged pipes! The best time to pull is first thing in the morning, before eating anything or brushed your teeth; it’s supposedly when there are the most toxins in your mouth. Post pulling, I like to give my teeth a good brush and drink a glass of water. I’ve seen my teeth brighten a few shades, feel more thoroughly clean throughout the day as well as experiencing reduced sensitivity and an overall improvement in the hydration of my skin. Good times.

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Our last topical treatment with this oil is for your hair. Coconut oil offers a multitude of benefits to both your scalp and the shafts of your hair, making it a great all rounder. One of very few oils that can be absorbed by the shaft of hair itself, coconut oil makes a great conditioning treatment for that long bohemian mane of yours, penetrating the hair shaft and promoting luscious, healthy locks. Massaged into the scalp, coconut it encourages hair growth and has been known to relieve dry, itchy scalps. Oh, and did I mention it smells ace?! So simply melt a tablespoon in your hands and apply throughout the hair and to the scalp, leaving for anything between 5 and 20 minutes before gently combing through (use a wide tooth comb) and then thoroughly washing out.I’ve also read this amazing stuff can can be used to encourage fuller eyelashes by simply massaging it gently into the hair follicles at night; those false eyelashes you were debating just fluttered out the window, didn’t they? All hail the wholly natural, beautiful bride!

Ah, and whilst we’re all it, a tiny amount melted across your fingers and applied sparingly can work as a fabulous smoothing serum, banishing dryness and fly-aways in one swift manoeuvre.

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Finally, I want to encourage you future brides to ingest coconut oil daily. It sounds like a bit of a scary prospect, especially if you’re trying to slim down for your wedding. However, coconut oil contains a type of fats called triglycerides which research has shown can lead to efficient energy burning as a result of the process the liver employs to break these fats down. Put that into the real world, and you’ll find a study that followed a babe who ingested 2 teaspoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks, not only did she not gain weight, but she lowered her stomach fat, which is a super difficult place to lose fat. Suddenly those tummy-baring two-piece gowns are sounding real plausible, right?!

Set that (major) benefit aside, ingesting coconut oil can be a real game changer across the board. A spoonful can give you a natural energy boost, and if taken 20 minutes before a meal, can really aid digestion. Not only that, eating coconut oil can help prevent and cure headaches and migraines; that’s right, no stress headaches for our holistic-loving brides! And last but not least, coconut oil will seriously boost your immune system, which (trust me, I was sick as a dog on our wedding day) is an absolute must for any busy bride-to be!

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As ever, these are just my pick of the seemingly endless uses for coconut oil, so if you’re curious get out there and read more – we’d love to hear of your findings. I hope I’ve sold it to you, or at least made you curious, as I can’t think of any beauty product I would recommend more highly to you, my beautiful, blossoming brides. It’s totally boho, it’s got that hippie holistic edge and best of all it’s uncomplicated!

One tub; huge benefits. Get on this bandwagon!

Much love my favourites,

Clare xo

The Crescent Moon Crown… Flower Garlands for an Alternative Bride

26 Feb

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Afternoon gorgeous people!

We’ve finally reached the hump day, if you guys can conquer Wednesday, then rest assured the weekend is the next big thing! I’m pretty stoked to be bringing this seriously hot new trend to you guys today; it’s original and totally off the cuff so, as I’m sure you can imagine, I’m totally IN LOVE with it! Without any further ado, let’s do what we Festival Brides do best; let’s talk flower crowns.

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If I could tell you just one thing about weddings, it’d be this: anything goes. Your wedding is your licence to bend the rules and express yourself, and here at Festival Brides we wholly endorse a hefty dose of originality. Now I’m sure, as a bride who loves a bit of boho chic, you’ll be well acquainted with the much loved flower crown. Allow me to be a little controversial here though, when I say it’s nothing new. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than to see gorgeous brides adorned with flourishes of romantic petals, but you’ll have probably realised by now that I like to mix things up a little. Enter: the Crescent Moon Crown. Haven’t heard of it? Yeah, that’s probably ‘cause I’ve coined that name for it! That’s right, this trend’s so fresh, it hasn’t even been labelled yet. So whether you’re into gold leaves embellished with delicate pearls, a twist of asymmetry or just something a little more low-key, I’m pretty sure this new style with reveal something you’ll love!

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Nothing says ‘aesthetically gorgeous’ like a bit of asymmetry. It can take a bit of confidence to carry off this look sometimes, but it adds a whole dose of elegance and sophistication the moment it’s embraced. So to break it down, we’re simply talking about either an incomplete circle of flowers that sits on one side of the head, or a complete ring that is more substantial or prominent on one side, creating this off-centre look.

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The asymmetrical halo works brilliantly with real flowers. Softening the addition of colours, there’s nothing intimidating or overwhelming about this off centre crown. It gracefully poises itself on the side of the head, producing an effortlessly romantic look. We love the above images, the surge of purples really enhance her beautiful blonde hair and, of course, we adore the tones of Pantone’s colour for 2014: Radiant Orchid (seriously ladies, look that colour up. Divine).

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It’s worth noting that this trend works particularly well with two hairstyles: the loose one-sided braid and a twisted knot at the nape of your neck. With the braided look, position the more substantial side of crown on the same side as the braid falls, don’t try and balance out your braid, embrace the asymmetry entirely! While a loosely twisted up do is perfect for the half-Crescent, as the ends of the crown can be nested in the twisted hair, giving you the best of both worlds: the perfectly dishevelled up do we all crave, with subtle hints of a flower crown. In so many of these instances, it’s about engineering a floral hairpiece that will compliment your desired hairstyle.

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Now, if flowers just ain’t your thang, I have the perfect solution for you: the Grecian Crescent. Think luxuriously warm tones of gold, weaving their way from the back of your tousled locks, but not quite touching at the front… it’s pure Greek gorgeousness! At the edgier end of the scale, this is the most obvious way to showcase the Crescent crown. I love the flexibility of this crown: it can be worn with the leaves nestled at the nape of the neck with the opening at the front, or as more of a halo sitting across the front of one’s head, but placed back from the hairline. Equally dreamy, yet equally dramatic, these Grecian Crescents are showstoppers, especially for the brunette bride. Dammit, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: I wish I’d had one!

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Bring this look back to its roots, and you have a natural rendition of the Grecian Crescent. The vibrant green of these leaves works amazingly in all hair colours, creating a beautifully earthy crown that is quite simply everything. Woodland brides, I think this one’s for you, there’s something so humble about the leaf, but so striking; own it, ladies!

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Whilst we’re here, gazing adoringly at these pieces, the thrifty brides among you might be interested to know that both of the above leaf Crescent crowns are DIYs, just click the links to find out more.

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I don’t know about you girls, but I am a huge fan of the half up, half down hairstyle. This final trend couldn’t be more perfectly suited to that laid back look and gives a subtle nod to our old faithful, the flower crown. There are so many brides that this look would suit: those unsure of a front heavy crown, those concerned that the reverse of their hair is a little plain and oh-my-goodness every beach bride would look killer with this little burst of floral; it suits the lot! Whether you go for surf-chic hibiscus, a little white poppy (I just died it’s so pretty) or a cluster of daises, this reverse Crescent is the playing-it-cool of flower crowns.

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The goddesses of bridal style, Stone Cold Fox, have embraced this reverse Crescent crown atop their veils. Starting at the nape of neck, the veil falls from a half-wreath of elegant greenery and delicate flowers. The reasons I love this look are twofold: it effortlessly softens the starting point of the veil without the need for an overly structured up do, whilst also highlighting the sensual, feminine nape of the bride’s neck. Yes, it’s ticking all my boxes.

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So, that’s my take on the Crescent Moon Crown. We’ve taken a trend that’s made a fantastic resurgence over the past couple of years and given it a new life. To the bride that isn’t sure of the flower crown: girl, I hear you, and I implore you to do it your own way, the sky’s your limit. Be inspired by the ever-popular floral halo, but remember that free-spirited heart of yours and break the rules a little.

Much love my favourites,

Clare xo

How To Achieve Tousled Waves And Beachy Locks….

22 Jan

Happy Wednesday Lovely People!

If you’re anything like me then you will be pretty rubbish with styling your hair. I’d love to be one of those ladies who can just whip up a cool looking hair style in a matter of minutes but unfortunately the most I can come up with is a plait (and not even a fancy one at that) or a simple blow-dry. I just don’t have that creative stylist streak which is why this guest post from the lovely Jo from Lovehair is perfect for me. It’s a guide to choosing the correct products for your hair to help you achieve that tousled beach look that would be perfect for a boho or Festival Bride.

Over to Jo….

If you are going for the cool, undone, beachy hair look on your wedding day there is definitely no need to book a stylist, but let me help you to choose the right products to help you get the look you want first time.

So, whether you are going for soft waves, glossy waves, textured straight or all out salty mussed up hair it’s the products that are going to give you the look you want and these are the boys you need:

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Bumble & Bumble, Surf Foam Wash Shampoo

A gorgeous shampoo full of natural minerals and sea botanicals. Cleanses the hair of impurities, gives bounce and encourages curl in a ‘just got out the surf’ kinda way. Smells good too!

Percy & Reed, Volumising Mousse

Not a mousse as we know it- this stuff is light and doesn’t leave a residue or crunch! Best used brushed through your hair whilst dry then blow dry and style to create soft volumous hair with stay-ability, perfect if you are thinking of pinning hair up. Great used as it was meant to be too, on hair that needs volume – apply to damp hair and rough dry.

Oribe, Surfcomber Mousse

This mousse creates textured yet touchable hair, for admirers of beach waves without the grit. Oribe is available at Space NK , I thoroughly recommend this brand (And yes, it smells incredible)

L’Oreal Professional Serie Expert ,Volumetry SOS Volume Spray

Good for fine hair that needs volume. It removes any excess oils and leaves a powdery matt finish that still feels soft to touch. Ideal for the soft waves that are looking to be big in 2014. This product is better on blondes in my opinion plus comes in a small bag size can (I’m not blondist I promise!)

Percy & Reed, No Oil Oil.

All that textured goodness and salty beach waves needs to be evened out every now and again and for thick hair this stuff is great. It’s a serum without the greasy residue and can be used from root to tip. Great for smoothing flyaways, it contains pro vitamin B5 to strengthen and nourish the hair AND it has heat protection. A must have!

Percy and Reed, Dry conditioner

Product overload? Gone too far? Try Percy and Read’s Dry Conditioner to get back to being able to put your fingers through your hair without actually washing and starting again. Matt, textured hair is all well and good but deep down we all love glossy waves right?

Oribe, Dry Texturizing spray

This stuff is a dream come true and smells divine but at £38 a bottle it’s not cheap.

Create sexy tousled hair and volume, simply spray into blow dried hair. I love it for half up styles too that need a bit of oomph! It feels invisible and soaks up natural oils like a very cool dry shampoo. I cannot live without it for the scent alone. Perfect if your stylist has told you not to wash your hair the day of your wedding – Wash it the night before and use this to freshen and add grip on the day. BOOM!

Toni and Guy, Casual Rough Texturiser

LOVE this stuff, definitely my go to product for adding texture and without it going TOO crunchy, it gives more of a soft powdery finish and it smells AMAZING (Yes I do love a product that smells good)

Spray through tousled hair for desired effect

L’oreal Professional, Fresh Dust

This a powder that works by adding texture and substance to the hair allowing you t pin it up in ‘undone looks easier. Think of it as backcombing in a pot – I love using this for unstructured beehive looks. Nice and easy to get quick results if you like a bit of Va-va-voom

Steer clear if you are after glossy waves this guy adds a serious matte finish.

Bumble & Bumble, Surf Spray

Want to go all out surf chick? You can’t beat Bumble & Bumbles salt spray, simply spray at your hair and watch the beachy texture appear. Magic. Or looking for more waves? twist into knots, hold the ends and push up with your other hand to create texture, let go and voila! Great for prepping hair ready to pin up too

Or just do it properly and go for a surf the morning of your wedding! Refreshing, fun, stress relieving and surf chick hair-afying! Bliss..

If you are still looking for a hair stylist for your wedding then we couldn’t recommend Jo enough. Here are just a few examples of the gorgeous looks she can create for your wedding:

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Beautiful.

For more information on Jo and her styling services please visit Lovehair’s website.

Big Love

Festival Brides xxx

Boho Inspired Hair and Beauty Shoot Featuring Kelly Spence Hair Accessories

17 Jan

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Happy Friday Lovely People,

To brighten up this wet, miserable and cold winters day, we thought we’d share with you a beautiful shoot put together by Lucy Davenport and Jo of Love Hair. The focus of the shoot was to showcase the gorgeous Kelly Spence hair accessories and to provide hair style inspiration for those of you who are hoping to channel your inner boho beauty on your wedding day.

“For this shoot we wanted a real boho feel with soft textures” Lucy Davenport explains. ”From a photographic perspective, I wanted to create fresh, clean and beautifully simple images in order to showcase the hair, make up and accessories.

The model choice was key, we wanted to shoot with two models, with contrasting looks, but ensuring that when the images were pulled together, they worked as a set.”

The shoot features some of Kelly Spence’s most popular pieces and a handful of accessories from their new Gilded Woodland Collection. This new collection is inspired by sunny woodland walks and features golden autumnal leaves, spring blossoms and water droplet jewelled web strands.

MUA Susan Yates and Hair Stlyist Jo from Lovehair talk us through each look…..

Our Blonde Model

To get this minimal and no-fuss look, makeup is kept fresh and clean with no hard lines. 

A light mix of a peachy and taupe colour (Urban Decay Naked) is washed over the eyelid with a small amount of highlighter in the inner corner of the eye to make the eye pop. Black eyeliner is blended into the lash line followed with layers of mascara. Cheeks have a natual flush (Shu Uemura) and lips are filled in with a nude lipliner (Mac Suburgatory) topped with a coat of clear lipgloss.

The Plait

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“For this look I wanted to create a plait with a difference.” say’s Jo of Lovehair “So I inter weaved different styles of braids to create this beautifully intricate style. I love how the accessories enhance the structure and show the direction of the hair. I used Percy and Reed’s ‘Volumising Mousse’ blow dried into dry hair before starting to give the hair substance and Casual ‘rough texturiser’ by Toni & Guy for just that.”

Hair Accessories

Image 1: Sprig Hairpins @ £130 for 5 – Ultra delicate pins of golden leafy branches accented with a small cluster of freshwater pearls.

Image 2: Delilah Pearl Hairstrand @ £135 – a long silver flexible tendril, jewelled with tiny freshwater pearls secured with hairpins or tied with an organza ribbon. This versatile piece can also be worn as a choker.

Wedding Dress: Darcey by Belle & Bunty from Bridal Path

The Curls

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“With our model’s gorgeous pink hues this style has a real wanderlust, perfect for a ‘Festival Bride’. Central parting, relaxed roots and brushed out disco curls. I used my hands to create volume and Oribe’s texturizing spray to give it a powdery and voluminous finish.”

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Thea Comb – @ £270 – a statement comb of dazzling Swarowski diamantes in a sunburst design that sits closely against the curves head radiating forward.

Wedding Dress: Darcey by Belle & Bunty from Bridal Path

The Up Do

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“Hair was curled and given plenty of volume before gently pinning and twisting in to the nape of her neck. We added a middle parting to stay on trend and keep the front simple. The hair accessory is the focal point here. It makes me think of ‘The Never Ending Story’ like she may or may not have a unicorn waiting to give her a lift home.”

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Gin Fizz Hair Necklace @ £195 – A silver and Swarovski diamante beaded central motif held on the forehead with a web of sterling silver strands with temple droplets of freshwater pearls and a pearl dotted parting chain

Wedding Dress: Darcey by Belle & Bunty from Bridal Path

The Beehive

“For this look we changed the Make-Up” Say’s Susan. “To get the 1960′s vibe, a darker shade (Prescriptives- Burgundy) is blended into the socket line and under the lower lash line. A thicker layer of black gel eyeliner (Bobbi Brown) is applied to the top lash line and completed with a set of false eyelashes. Lips are as before, filled with lipliner  (Mac Soar) for longlasting colour and topped with a clear lip balm (Kiehls).”

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“For the hair with this look we went for more of a sixties feel with a modern edge. I loved this look with the pink candy floss hair and all the ‘nesty,’ messy texture with a lovely solid edge. Totally over the top, but oddly wearable at the same time.”

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Evette Mother of Pearl Combs @ £210 for 3 – Mini combs of mother of pearl and Swarovski crystals

Wedding Dress: I Dreamed a Dream by Stewart Parvin from Bridal Path

Our Redhead Model

“It’s all about the smoky eyes here, with skin kept glowing (Sleek Face Form) and lips kept clear of colour. For eyes (Dior Nightgolds) sweep a dark colour along the upper and lower lash lid and from the inner corners blend out a small amount of a gold colour for instant vintage glamour. Line the upper lashes with black pencil and apply several layers of mascara to complete the look.”

The Braidy bunches

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“I love plaits, especially French plaits and again they have a very bohemian feel.  But often from the from front you can’t see the detail so I divided the hair into 2 and plaited both sections with a middle parting to give a symmetry and add a little innocence.”

Hair Accessory

Larksong double comb hair chain @ £210 – Two small Deco inspired golden Swarovski accented combs connected by a twinkling chain of Swarovski diamantes draped across the forehead.

Wedding Dress: Faye worn with Illusion tulle jacket with lace appliqué both by Sassi Holford from Bridal Path

The Crown Braid

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“For me the plait around the crown is the classic festival boho hair style. It’s extremely flattering due to the hair being pulled off the face at just the right angle but still leaving all important height.  I used Label M’s Power paste to seal the hair and give wonderful shine.”

Hair Accessories

Image 1: Bramble Gold & Pearl Hairstrand @ £190 – A strand of tiny golden leaves and freshwater pearls nestled cross the hairline.

Wedding Dress: Darcey by Belle & Bunty from Bridal Path

Image 2: Harvest Comb @ £265 – A stunning comb of cascading golden leaves highlighted with budding tendrils of freshwater pearls

Wedding Dress: Darcey by Belle & Bunty from Bridal Path

The Half Up Half Down

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“We wanted more of a relaxed undone look for the final 2 shots as the hair accessories speak for themselves.  I added and scrunched in Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray to add structure to previously loose waves.”

Hair Accessories

Image 1: Betulah May Hair clip @£225 – An extremely versatile accent piece of golden leaves and scattered freshwater pearl petals held in place with tiny invisible clips that hold securely anywhere on the head even on the finest of hair!

Wedding Dress: Faye by Sassi Holford worn with Olivia jacket by Sabina Motasem both from Bridal Path

Image 2: Veil – Bowes Vintage Style Nape Gathered Veil @ £155

Wedding Dress: Faye by Sassi Holford worn with jacket by Sabina Motasem from Bridal Path

Image 3: Provence Lace Cap with Silk Flower @ £143

Wedding Dress: Faye by Sassi Holford worn with jacket by Sabina Motasemboth from Bridal Path

The Line Up

Photographer – Lucy Davenport 
Hair stylist – Jo Irving of Lovehair
MUA – Susan Yates
Hair Accessories – Kelly Spence
Dresses from Bridal Path Wedding Boutique
 

Thank you so much to Lucy and Jo for sharing this lovely shoot with us.

How amazing was that plait! Wish I had seen that when I was planning my wedding as I would have been all over it!!

Have a lovely weekend peeps and we will see you on Monday.

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

Wedding Veils Unveiled…….

19 Nov

Morning!

And how is everyone today? Sun in shining and I’m nice and toasty in my slippers so I’m a happy lady!

We have some exciting news to share with you all today. We have a new recruit and she is more than a little bit awesome!

You may remember back in October we featured a beautiful woodland wedding that was held at our secret venue in Kent. Well the lovely bride aka Clare Pattinson impressed us so much with planning her inspirational wedding in just 9 weeks that we had to offer her a job!

You see, throughout her planning process she was posting all her ideas and inspiration to her Instagram page and we were hooked! Each day she brought a new creative idea that she showcased either through video, slideshows or images and we loved what she was doing so much that we just had to have her doing the same for us. So, she is!!!

Clare is now in full control of our Instagram page and already she has been posting brilliant inspiration from quirky favour ideas to cool little videos with things I know you Festival Brides will love. She’s also promoting our daily blog posts by sharing little teasers to what’s either already on our festival pages or what’s coming up.

You can check out all the wonderful things she’s doing by following us on Instagram.

Clare will also be sharing some of her ideas and passions here on Festival Brides which leads me nicely to this gorgeous post she has done on veils.

So without further ado I am going to hand you over to the lovely Mrs Pattinson………….

Never thought of yourself as a veil kinda girl?  Ditto.

I always wanted to keep my wedding look casual, maintaining that boho edge. In my mind, a veil might look too cutesy, too traditional (not my thing thing at all) or maybe just a little too expected. Well, let me assure you, the veil trends buzzing around right now are certainly not what your guests will expect! My post-wedding veil research has left me wishing I’d bitten the bullet and indulged in one of these beauties. I can guarantee I’ll be green with envy of any bride that embraces one of these amazing looks. So here’s the line up:

Think chic Carey Mulligan in this year’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, only in your imagination, she and DiCaprio actually walk down the aisle and she dons the most amazing hair piece… enter the Juliet Cap veil.

For those willing to fully embrace this 1920s trend, a Juliet cap fitted to the head sees this style at it’s most distinctive. Look for scalloped edges, perhaps an oversized flower to the side and lightly polka-dotted tulle. It’s also worth noting the stronger colour palette and luscious lashes adorning these model’s eyes, they really sing next to the cap veil.

Melinda Rose Design’s Dotted Bridal Cap:

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Image Credit: Altas & Elia Photography via Etsy

It meets the brief and so much more, allowing sight of a stunning up-do at the nape of the neck too.

Megan Therese Couture’s Renaissance Skull Cap:

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Image Credit: Megan Therese Couture for Etsy

I love the one-sided drop from this veil- it softens the cap, and in a delicate champagne lace? It’s too good.

For those that love this idea, but fancy something a little less structured, a little more ‘oh-I-just-slung-it-on’; you’ll welcome the looser Juliet cap with open arms. Look for lightweight tulle with edges adorned with a striking lace trim and wear them sat back on the head to get that ‘cap’ effect.

The Foliage Trim:

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Image Credit: Amy Oliver Photography 

A gentle, yet distinctive symmetrical foliage trim embellishes this real bride’s soft veil. Perfect for woodland inspired weddings – hell, I’d theme the whole darn thing around that trim!

Now that I’m done gushing over Carey Mulligan’s styling, lets go even more boho… let’s talk about the head wrap. Using sheer, light tulle this style is a subtle nod to the veil, whilst proving an increasingly popular alternative to the flower crown.

These headbands work amazingly for those looking to wear their locks down and long for their wedding day. They give that ‘touche finale’ to your disheveled look. Go for textured, full-bodied hair and wear the head wrap just slightly down onto your forehead.

Johanna Johnson’s Wheat Headband:

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Image Credit: Johanna Johnson

A simple, but oh-so-elegant ivory tulle tie band gives this look a super cool edge that seems to be just pouring out of Australian designers right now.

Grace Loves Lace Sansa Headpiece:

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Image Credit: Grace Loves Lace via Etsy

No words, right?! It’s just everything we want and more. Grace Loves Lace nailed it!

Mata Haris Daughter’s Angelique Headpiece:

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Image Credit via Etsy

Just incase you’re still not convinced: Tassels and feathers. Need I say anymore?

This next concept takes something traditional: the Spanish Mantilla veil and knots it. Not sure what I mean? Let me show you the humble, earthy elegance of this effortlessly cool DIY trend:

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Image Credit: 2 Brides Photography 

A simple over-hand knot, sitting beneath this bride’s gorgeously low-seated up-do creates a stunning, feminine addition.

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Image Credit: Taylor Clarke Bridals 

Note the delicate polka dot making a reappearance again here. This stunning, shorter version of the knotted veil is arranged with a looser fit over the bride’s head, enhancing the dotted texture of the sheer fabric.

Now, if I still haven’t managed to sway your wild spirit into the idea of a veil, these photos just might…

Grace Loves Lace strikes again with their Jasmine Veil:

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Image Credit: Grace Loves Lace via Etsy

Kristi Bonnici’s gold dot drop veil

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Image Credit: Kristi Bonnici

It’s safe to say that the veil is the ultimate in photo props. Whether you’re dancing in the wind with your super long style, or creating a hazy portrait shot with a simple drop veil, the fluidity of the sheer fabric makes for astounding shots, who doesn’t want that?!

So, we’ve taken one of the most definitive features of the traditional bride, then capped it, tied it and knotted it into a style that screams ‘Festival Bride’.

Whether it’s 1920s Gatsby, hippie-love headbands or the graceful nape-of-your-neck knot, the old school veil has been unveiled as a major trend for 2013/2014.

Clare xx

How gorgeous is that over hand knot veil from Taylor Clarke Bridals - love love LOVE!

For my wedding I wore a beautiful Juliet cap veil handmade by Charlotte from Wilden Bride London. The veil was embroidered with vines of lace and daisies scattered down the edging with different shades of handpicked blue crystal beads sewn into the lace. It really was stunning and completely unique. I loved it so much that I didn’t take it off all day!

You’ll be able to see pictures of my veil next week as I will be posting our full wedding on Festival Brides. Can’t wait!

So are you planning on wearing a veil or do you think you’d rather go for a feather headdress instead!? We’d love to know!

Big Love

Festival Brides xxx

Look what the postie brought us…………!

30 Aug

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Kelly and I were very lucky to receive two very cool and very pretty hair accessories from the lovely people at Crown and Glory this week. Just in time for us to wear them at In The Woods Festival this weekend – bring it on!

What makes these two hair accessories that extra bit special is they have been specially created by the wedding blog queen herself – Rock N Roll Bride – hair candy just got that little bit cooler!

You can view the full range here but in the meantime here’s Kelly looking beautiful in her Emma Bright Floral Headband and moi dressing up my tresses with the Rachel Bunny Ears – these bad boys aren’t coming off!!

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Have a great weekend peeps.

Big Bunny Ear Love

Festival Brides xx

Ps They’re really not coming off!

Alternative Flower Crown/Garland Inspiration

15 Jul

Doesn’t this weather just make you want to put on your floaty dress and walk barefoot through a flower meadow?!!? Well if you do the best accessory is a flower crown or garland. Now we are a big lover of this trend but there are so many options to choose from. As much as we love a soft ring of beautiful roses we are more keen on off centre and lop sided flower crowns!! Take a look at our inspiration x

 

Don’t think you have to wear your hair down when wearing a crown.. They look super cool woven into an up do or placed over a high pleat!!

We also love the idea of wearing a full on crown for an alternative accessory look. You can think about attaching feathers and flowers to a jewelled number. The more eclectic the better!!

 

Our Latitude bride will be wearing a pretty awesome off centre flower crown for her wedding this weekend at Latitude.. We can’t wait to show you.. It’s going to be bright and beautiful!! xx

Festival Brides Love: Lucy Jayne Make-up

31 Jan

Lucy Jayne is an award winning makeup artist and one of our favourite MUAs to collaborate with!! She is always up for a shoot in the middle of a muddy woodland or field often in the freezing cold! She has also been known to work in some pretty dusty barns! She’s an extremely passionate artist who can turn her hand to pretty much any look or style.
When it comes to bridal make-up Lucy prides herself on creating her brides vision and her interpretations have always been spot on.
Lucy says ‘What I have learnt from my brides is that they don’t want to look back at their pictures and think ‘what was I thinking?’ They want a look that is timeless, that captures their natural beauty and also their personality.
Lucy always tries to have as many pictures of varied make-up styles for brides to look through and be inspired by. Lucy loves that bridal make-up isn’t so traditional any more, ‘brides like to push the boundaries especially as they see celebrities on the red carpet looking glamorous and are becoming a lot braver with their own make-up.’
Lucy Jayne’s bridal make-up tips:
1. Your skin is the most important thing for your make-up to look flawless, so it needs to be looked after. Cleanse and moisturise and think about booking some facials in the months leading up to the wedding.
2. Your make-up is an important part of your overall look so if you are not confident when it comes to make-up and don’t have a make-up style in mind, look into celebrity styles that you like or you think will suit you. Your make-up artist will help with inspiration! They should take into consideration your dress, personal make-up style, wedding style, colour themes, your natural colouring and facial features to create a make-up look that is perfect (and of course making sure you still look like you!)
3. Be constructive, remember you are paying for their service so if you are not happy with anything then say so. A good make-up artist should factor in time to make changes and tweak things until you are 100% happy with your finished look.
4. Try to coordinate your hair and make-up trial on the same day so you can see your finished beauty look together (try to wear a colour close to your wedding dress because anything patterned or bright can be distracting).
5. Don’t panic about timings on the wedding day, your make-up artist, hair stylist and photographer should give you a timetable so the morning flows nicely and is as enjoyable as possible… All you need to worry about is getting up and what time you will be opening the champers!
Prices:
Bride consultation £45 wedding Day £80 = £125
Bridal Party (per person) consultation £20 wedding day £35 = £55
 T: 07969 619934   E: info@lucyjaynemakeup.co.uk

The Best of 2012 – Part One

2 Jan

Well I think it is safe to say that 2012 has been one of the best year’s Great Britain has had for a long time what with the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee. When I was watching the new year build up on the BBC and then the incredible firework display, I felt so overwhelmed and proud of how much our country has achieved and believe me, I’m not usually that patriotic! It also made me think about how much Festival Brides has grown over the last year into something that both Kelly and I are extremely proud of. Balancing a full time job, planning my own wedding and my personal life with the blog has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to overcome in 2012 but I’ve done it and on reflection, I’ve loved every single second of it – even the times where I’ve felt like I’ve not coped. Sometimes it’s the bad/tough experiences that make us stronger and I for one have learnt how resilient I can be and that if I put my mind to it, I can always push that little bit harder. Starting Festival Brides was one of the best things I’ve ever done and when I look back over 2012′s posts, it makes me even more excited about where 2013 may lead and how many more amazing people I’m going to meet! Cool people like you who are planning festival style weddings!!

So, without further a do – here are my personal favourite posts from 2012!

Enjoy lovely people x

If you go down to the woods today - Woodland wedding inspiration for those of you who want to channel your inner Robin Hood and Maid Marion!

Image Credit - Stone Crandall Photography

Dressing Your Wedding Chairs - Quirky ideas on how to dress your wedding chairs and I promise there isn’t a bowed chair cover in sight!

Image Credit – Elizabeth Messina

Hannah and Tim’s WedFest - An amazing festival wedding packed full of cool ideas on how to incorporate festival elements into your wedding.

Image Credit – David Burke Photography

The Mix Match Bridesmaid Trend - This was one of our most popular posts of the year! You guys loved the idea of mix matching your bridesmaid dresses in different colours or shades of colour. This post is well worth a look if you want something a bit different than the norm for your bridesmaids.

Image Credit – Our Labour of love

Coloured Glass - An inspiration post on how to use coloured glass to brighten up your wedding decor.

 

Rhian and Toan’s DIY Festival Wedding - The most smiliest and infectious wedding we’ve featured in 2012! Rhian and Toan had so much fun on their big day and it was shot beautifully by Shell De Mar Photography.

Image Credit – Shell De Mar Photography

Meadowfest Look 2 – 2012 saw Kelly and I embarking on our first ever styled wedding shoot! We worked with some fabulous suppliers and the end result led to a feature in Perfect Wedding Magazine. Look 2 was my personal favourite – I so want a feather headdress for my wedding!

Image Credit – Kirsten Mavric

Festival Themed Wedding Tableplans by Marty McColgan - This man is very talented and designs some of the coolest wedding stationery we’ve seen to date.

Signs of Love - An inspiration post on how you can use quirky signs to create some cool wedding photos.

Image credit – Katie and Sarah Photography

The Braided hair trend - Oh I do love a plait or two and this post was full of them!

 

Autumn Wedding Inspiration – This was my favourite mood board from 2012. I love autumnal colours and some of the images and tones in this mood board are beautiful.

Alternative Buttonhole ideas - It’s no secret that Festival Brides is predominantly a blog focusing on brides so in October, I thought it was about time we put the grooms in the spotlight! This post was all about alternative ideas to traditional buttonholes and you guys loved it!

Image credit – A Bride Less Ordinary via Etsy.com

Charlotte and Josh’s Glastonbury Inspired Wedding - Another awesome wedding with lots of festival wedding inspiration and ideas. Charlotte also donned a pair of bright yellow Hunter wellies which I personally think rocked!

You’ve got to pick a posy of two – Part 1 and 2 – Last but not least a post all about the many different style of bouquets from hand picked posies in different colours to alternative bouquets – this post covers them all.

Image Credits 1. Belathee 2.Caught The Light 3. Kimberly Hurst 4. Loreta Blog 5. via Ruffled Blog

So there you have it, my favourite blog posts from 2012!

Kelly will be sharing hers tomorrow so we shall see you then!

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

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