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.
So there you have it, my favourite blog posts from 2012!
Kelly will be sharing hers tomorrow so we shall see you then!
Festival Brides xx
Happy Thursday Peeps!
So I realised yesterday that it’s just over 6 months until our wedding – 6 MONTHS! How can that be possible? It’s gone so quick and we still have so much to do! We need to book a florist, sort out the bridesmaid’s dresses, book our bands, sort out a bar, find a lovely talented MUA to do hair and make-up and sort out our invitations! Not panicking just yet though as all the ideas are there and I’m sure it will all come together! Is it wrong to feel this laid back about the wedding………..!?
So yesterday, I thought I’d better start doing something on the long list of things to do and that something was Wedding Hair. We’ve talked a lot about the messy bardot, knotted locks, pleats and loose plaits and braids on Festival Brides but out of all those gorgeous styles, the braided up do has to be my favourite and is definitely the look I want for my bridesmaids. Of course, being a festival wedding they’ve got to have a flower or two in their hair right – goes without saying!
Below are some of my favourite braided up do’s especially the first image which I think I’m going to use as the inspiration for my bridesmaids. I just love the way the flowers follow the plait to the back of the hair – it’s beautiful….
I hope these images bring you inspiration!
For more wedding hair inspiration please take a look at our pinterest board.
So 1 thing down, just a million to go! Wish me luck!
Festival Brides xx
If you haven’t come across the deliciously delectable BHLDN yet, then ladies you are in for a treat!
BHLDN is the bridal brand belonging to the very cool bohemian label, Anthropologie and as a result carries the same passion for experience and creating one-of-a-kind moments. Inspired by the Dutch word for “to keep,” BHLDN aims to recreate the traditional elements that every bride must have with a more forward thinking feminine and unique twist. From the dress to the shoes, BHLDN does it all and they do it oh so well……….
“We want, more than anything, to help a woman create an event that reflects her own unique perspective… to a tee. We want to give a bride that edit she’s been searching for—with heirloom-quality wedding gowns, artisanal hair adornments, footwear, and lingerie.”
From top left:
- Luella Gown – a dreamy dress of finely ruched tulle and a lacy skirt
- Lita Gown (my favourite) – a graceful luminous silk charmeuse dress with beautiful beading and an embroidered coverlet. This dress is perfect for a festival bride
- Divine Downpour Gown – a hippy chic soft sheer chiffon dress with hundreds of hand-applied glass crystals and handmade flowers. S-t-u-n-n-i-n-g!
- Cascading Goddess Gown – float down the aisle in layers of fluid silk chiffon – just lovely!
From top left:
- Nicosia Gardens Gown - Little birds and flowers flutter in the midst of intricately embroidered and hand-beaded wreaths and garlands on sheer organza. A beautiful dress for a boho beauty.
- Dulcinea Gown - Appliqued flora, flourishes of embroidery, and eyelet scallops ring the hems and capelet of this fluttering gown. This is the perfect dress for a barefoot bride.
- Avante-Garde Gown – This pale peach dress is just the thing for brides with a free-spirited and deeply romantic nature.
- Aiguille Gown - Elegant, sophisticated and chic are the best words to describe art deco sequined dress.
Bridal Cover Ups
Although BHLDN are based in the US, they do supply to the UK. If you have fallen in love with one of their stunning wedding dresses but are anxious about buying a dress that you haven’t tried on, take a look at their excellent online fitting guide to help ensure you order the right size and style for your shape.
Now where did I put Bob’s credit card………………….
Happy Tuesday Peeps!
Festival Brides x
” ….Adorn yourself with a Feather Tree creation and feel a sprinkling of magic….”
If like me you are beginning to become a little bored of the traditional wedding attire (as beautiful as they may be they’re not for everyone) and are struggling to find accessories that are festival related, unique and beautiful enough to wear on your wedding day – well we may have found just the thing!
When the lovely Lissa and Bo from The Feather Tree got in contact to tell us about their feather accessories, I breathed a sigh of relief. For one, they offer some awesome feather hair pieces that are perfect for brides looking to add some subtle festival style to their wedding look. Secondly, they are two girls who are incredibly passionate about what they do and this shines through their beautiful feather accessories.
Sown this year and already growing at an exciting pace, they have a stunning selection of genuine feather hair extensions, earrings, pendants and rings. With a gorgeous array of colours (some so bright that they speak for themselves) to more delicate natural tones, they have colours and sizes for every head, occasion and mood. All their Feathers are skillfully sourced from the very best farms and lovingly hand dyed for you by the girls themselves.
The very best of friends – Lissa and Bo are the works behind The Feather Tree. With endless ideas and minds that think alike creations are always flowing.
“We are truly feather crazy and go out of our way to make sure everything we create is unique and perfectly formed. The Feather Tree is currently supplying numerous boutiques through out the country and the on-line shop is keeping us on our toes. Not to mention all the stages, performers and celebrities that have proudly worn and loved our feathers!”
I can just imagine these beautiful hair pieces interwoven in a bride’s plait, casually falling down the center of her back. The colours would be beautiful against the white/cream/ivory of a wedding dress.
The feather accessories would also make perfect presents for your bridesmaids or, even better, for everyone to wear at your hen do!
We have a feeling that using feathers as part of your wedding attire is a trend that is going to be huge in the next few years. Whether you wear them in your hair, wear a feather headdress, have them as part of your bouquet or adorn your bridesmaids with them – they will most certainly add a more natural and unique element to your wedding style.
The Feather Tree’s hair pieces range from as little as £5 to £15 depending on the colour and amount you require. Most packs come with 7 feathers ranging in length and width. If you require something more bespoke, then please contact the girls to discuss your options.
If you’re planning on visiting any festivals this year then you most definitely need to be purchasing some feathers! Check out the girls gallery which has tons of pictures of their uber cool accessories at festivals.
Festival Brides xx