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The Top Festival Trends of 2014

13 Aug

Morning sweet people!

So, August 13th and we are in full festival swing, so now seemed as good a time as ever to chat about some of the huge trends on the scene this summer!

So obviously, these trends are just straight up awesome, but we’ve specifically looked those that’ll take your wedding day to a whole new level of awesome! Whether it’s adorning yourself with beautiful bindis and sparkle (yes, that trend is stronger than ever and we’re STILL loving it!), sipping on bubble tea post ceremony or totally pimping your bridesmaid braids with bright chalks – you’ll find it here.

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Tapestries + Chalk

If you haven’t met them already, let me just change your life with this introduction: meet Bleach London and their hairy festival tipi. So, these guys are all kinds of hot in the hair world and their latest festival looks are just killer… Enter the hair tapestry. Yes, you heard! This’d make such an original, boho look for your maids or a great option for you guests to have done at your reception. Hair is pinned into an embroidery hoop, sectioned and woven with your choice of embroidery threads to produce these gorgeous little works of art!

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Now, hair chalks have been around a little while now, but the gals over at Bleach London are still totally acing this instant colour look and the life and fun they can bring to a twisted or braided style just scream ‘festival vibes!’ Create a temporary dip-dyed look (that blue is to die for), or enhance braids with a single coloured strand.

All sounding a bit too hippy for your ceremony? No worries, hair chalks can be so quickly applied that adding an extra dose of ‘festival’ to your evening look couldn’t be easier!

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Sparkle, Like Everywhere

That’s right, this trend is not going anywhere! You might remember we had a good chat about all things body art back in our ‘Dare to Sparkle’ post way back in December, well ladies it’s safe to say that with festival season at its peak, this trend is stronger than ever and the sparkle is spreading!

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Of course, not ones to leave you girls high and dry, our Festival Brides directory now features our favourite body-adorning babes: In Your Dreams. These gals totally know how to add that beaut festival sparkle, experimenting with placements and materials (think oversized sequins and gold leaf) and pushing the level of gorgeousness to a whole new place! The shimmering mermaid look below… I mean!

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…We are just head over heels for the placement of that bindi on her neck… Seriously, why didn’t we think of that?! Subtle and just straight up lush.

Show Your Straps

It’s taken me a little while to come around to this one, then Free People’s blog posted these pictures and I was all like, ‘SOLD!’ It might go against every grain in your pretty little body, but exposing your bra straps (albeit, your super cool geometrically arranged straps) is one of the biggest trends at festivals in the  US this year, so you can throw yet another traditionally faux pas outta the window!

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Whether you dare to incorporate this into your bridal look (we think it could be a totally rad addition to an otherwise minimal dress) or let your maids rock some seriously nonchalant black straps under a sweet little gypsy number, we love the truly effortlessly cool vibe it creates!

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The Only Welcome Drink of 2014

Yes indeedy; this is Bubble Tea. The latest addition to the foodie festival vans this year, Zhen Zhu Nai Cha which literally translates as ‘pearl milk tea’ originated in Taiwan and consists of a flavoured, usually milky drink with the addition of tapioca pearls which is then shaken to enhance its flavour, producing a bubbly foam. Don’t be mistaken in thinking the ‘bubble’ aspect of it’s name is in reference to the tapioca pearls, it merely refers to this foamy top!

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This little beverage is sure to be a seriously fun welcome drink for your guests and make a great talking point as they guzzle their flavoured (maybe even alcoholic!) bubble tea, getting a pearl sized tapioca surprise with every slurp! Seriously though, how fun?!

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So, that’s our top 5 festival trends of 2014 complete! We can’t wait to see y’all rocking your bra straps and hair chalk, while your guests get their hair tapestries and enjoy a bubble tea.

Don’t ever say we don’t keep your wedding inspo fresh here at Festival Brides! ;)

Peace + Love,

Clare X

Festival Brides Loves LeFlowers Bridal

1 Aug

Morning gorgeous brides to be and happy August to all of you!

This fine Friday I’ve been given the privilege of introducing you boho babes to the incredible Sabina of LeFlowers Bridal. This absolute darling introduced herself to us a few weeks ago and, my goodness, one glance at her website and I just knew you guys would love her. Like seriously, we’re in the realms of full on ADORATION for her beautiful collection.

Your lucky Festival Brides can also get a 10% discount by using the code FESTIVALBRIDES14 at LeFlower’s website check out until the end of September! So get yourselves over to her website this instant!

Now, prepare yourselves for images that just ooze prettiness and elegance, all handmade by the sweetest designer!

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Tell us a little about yourself

Established in 2010, LeFlowers Bridal specialises in handcrafted, bespoke floral headpieces, vintage sashes, unique garters and other accessories. I have always had a passion for design and love to be creative. I absolutely love my work, which occupies most of the day and sometimes weekends and nights (I’m dedicated to my cause!). I’m just so grateful to be doing what I love, thanks to my family, husband and 2 my daughters the joy of my life, as they support me and allow me the unrestricted freedom to express myself.

If you had a chance to go to any music festival, which would it be?

Given the chance, it’d have to be Glastonbury! It’s just so huge and diverse, totally my kind of festival.

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What inspired LeFlowers Bridal?

The Victorian era, the era of elegance and my absolute favourite. My passion resides in fashion museums, where you’ll find costumes and accessories from the 17th right through to the 20th century exhibited. Rich with embroidery, completely hand-sewn in delicate lace; this is no ordinary work, but masterpieces of art. They reflect the fantasies and incredible imagination of the people of these eras. These extraordinary handmade creations inspire me every time!

Tell us a little about your products

A collection of chic wedding accessories with that shabby edge, a rustic charm inspired by vintage pieces; that’s the essence of LeFlowers.

I love to create limited edition accessories. Often with the materials I employ, there is a limited quantity of the chosen lace or embellishments, making them wholly unique and impossible to recreate, I love one-of-a-kind feel, it’s so special for a bride.

All the flowers are carefully crafted by myself: each petal is hand cut and hand singed one-by-one. The majority of the lace pieces I bead myself and almost all of the  headpieces and sashes are entirely made to order.

What can I say?! I just adore what I do!

Incredible, so what sort of timespan can brides expect?

All pieces are made to order, so it takes between 1 and 2 weeks to hand craft them, plus delivery time.

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Do you have a favourite item in your collection?

Right now I must say, I’m besotted with my new collection; Vintage Sunshine. Strongly inspired by nature,  it’s awash with floral and leafy elements, soft, organic shapes that sweep across the hair.

The Vintage Sunshine collection is made from lace and Swarovski crystals, with beautiful opal crystals in soft greys and champagne tones. It also features luscious pearls and antiqued silver details, it’s sheer boho bridal gorgeousness!

If I had to pick a favourite, it’d be one of the hairpieces with branches, leaves and rhinestones. I love how natural they look!

Finally, what’s your favourite, inspiring quote?

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working - Pablo Picasso

And my life’s mantra is simple; just do everything with love.

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All images courtesy of Shoop

Ladies, I mean… WOW, right?! A simply beautiful ethos, inspired by the vivid fantasies of ages gone by and the natural world around us; what more could you ask for in your bridal accessories!? We’re head over heels for Sabina’s lovely work.

You can visit LeFlowers Bridal at The National Wedding Show in London this September. Sabina would love to meet you and she’ll be showcasing her 2015 bridal collection on her stand (D62) . Make sure you get yourself along and meet this absolute sweetheart – and if you get to try on some of her collection, drop us an @mention on Instagram – we’d LOVE to see these gorgeous pieces in action!

For now though, I’m gonna get back to lusting after her entire website collection… See you there!

Peace + Love,

Clare X

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