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Badass Bride | Five Steps That’ll Take You Over to the Dark Side

8 Apr

14 Like, WOAH.

Prepare to have your pretty little mind blown this morning ladies. We’re talking bridal style and we’re taking it over the dark side!

Still keeping things strictly bohemian, you know us, we know what we like, but we’re adding a huge serving of sass, a handful of nonchalance and just a sprinkling of attitude to give you 5 looks that just have that edge, you know?

That ‘I’m-too-cool-for-a-traditional-bridal-look-and-I’m-gonna-let-y’all-know-it’ edge.

A bit badass, insanely cool and with all the sexiness you could imagine, today’s bridal styles are next level gorgeous, and taking just one of these five little steps could completely transform your look. If you bought the dress already, don’t worry, if your hair just isn’t long enough for a faux hawk, no problem, this a pick n’ mix scenario and one of the 5 styles is bound to be a goer!

So, if you’re looking for some not-so-prissy bridal inspo, you better walk this way, girl!

The Faux Hawk

Kickin’ things of with this hair style: if you have long-ish (um hey, extensions!) hair and you were considering a braided look for the occasion, then a is Faux Hawk is the one.

No really, EVERYONE’S talking about it for this Spring/Summer.

Exactly as it suggests, this style mimmicks the mohawk with no side shaving necessary (Phew! I mean we’re not quite that badass, yet!).

Arriving in a number of forms, from a hair-down style that simply sees volume created in the top centre area of the hair, pulling this hair back off the face, and then scraped-back sides to imitate the mohawk shape, to braided up dos consisting of smaller (sometimes cornrow style) braids on the sides of the head, and a larger, braid down the centre… This style rocks, however you execute it.

Case. In. Point.

17 16 12 15 Left: Style Me Pretty  Right: Off Beat Bride 

18 I mean! Somebody, braid my hair, this instant! Please!

It suits any hair colour, it’s super flattering to the face, and um hello?! It’s ridiculously cool.

Don’t be intimidated by this style either, more often than not the stylists use hair pieces/extensions in these shots (because really, who actually has that much hair?!) and some of the step-by-step tutorials available to create something akin to this look prove simpler than you’d imagine!

Just for the record: we heart, big time.

All Smoked Out

Yes! Yes! YES!

Ok so, another way to rock a large dose of sassiness on your wedding day?

Two words, gals: Smokey Eye.

Now just hold on a second there, don’t you go skipping out this section just ‘cos you’re like: ‘Nah, just can’t see it, Clare. Big black smokey eyes just won’t do for my wedding day’

…Who said anything about black?

We are ALL about the natural smoked out eye! Go for whatever compliments your colouring, dusty warm browns, or cooler bluey greys and then smoke it out!

We are totally obsessed (OBSESSED, I tell you!) with the Naked palettes for this job. Take Naked Basics for a warmer look, or their Basics 2 palette to create cooler tones.

31 33 27 32 Left: Things Which Inspire  Right: Kelly Reilly

28 30 24 25 Left: Burnetts Boards  Right: Huffington Post

29 See? Not a panda eye in sight!

A smokey eye can sound so intimidating and kinda overdone when it comes to bridal style, but with the right complimentary shades and a tonne of blending (like seriously, blend blend blend! There’s nothing worse that harsh lines in your shadow!) and the smokey eye is just pure sex appeal.

Your man will LOVE it.

…And ultimately he’s the one you’re dressing for!

The Fierce Fedora

Ultimate it-girl cool.

I really don’t need to say any more, (but you know I’m gonna) if y’all are still stumped on the veil/flower crown/head piece debate and just nothing feels quite ‘you’ enough then girl, you know it’s a hat you’re looking for!

The hats we know and love on the festival scene are beginning to emerge more and more in styled wedding shoots and we are just *dying* to see a few more boho brides nail this look.

Such nonchalance. We’re ALL over it!

23 21 19 20 36 40 35 Like really, though.

Is there a more badass statement?!


OMGSH. This is the holy grail of necessity for summer brides:


A tricky one to master, to be sure, a lot of brides attempt the sunglasses thing in their moment of squinty-need on that gloriously hot (perhaps unexpectedly so!) summer’s day…

All I’m gonna say to you gals is this: plan ahead.

The sunnies you rock on a daily basis might be the hottest thing on the high street right now, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right style to compliment the shape of your up do, or maybe they’re just not quite right with your dress.

Forethought is required, ladies, because when sunglasses and your LWD are paired correctly, oh my! THAT’S when the magic happens.

Ultra-feminine, easygoing cool is just one pair of sunnies away…

11 37 41 43 Left: We Heart It  Right: Shop Style

42 44 45 …And you know if you wanna take things super boho, a pair of Lennon style shades are the only way to go!

With that dress? And that fringe? SWOON.

Dare to Bare

Last, but by no means least, maybe this one’s kind of a given, but if y’all wanna do something a little bit sassy and rock a look with a bit of attitude, then you know daring to bare just an inch of extra skin is just pure gold.

Whether it’s merely the suggestion of skin in a sheer gown, a peep of midriff in a cheeky separate or if you wanna seriously sass it up and get your gorgeous pins out… A little extra skin is so (so so) scandalous, and utter heavenly badass!

Hearts for eyes.

1 2 38 MH_CARDS 8 13 Side note here: check out the model’s hair in the above shot by designer Rime Arodaky, we swooned SO hard over this.

Cornrow style braids on just one side of the head?

Utterly badass. Utterly feminine.


10 26 9 6 4 5 And, of course, still as badass as ever?

The backless dress, baby!

Work it with an incredible feature body chain like the babe above, your own tattoos (we LOVE when brides showcase their ink, ultimate statement of individuality, power to you!) or a super-low back with a funked up Mara Hoffman style design.

So rad and always sure to be a show stopper.

22 And that’s it! 5 little moves that’ll let your badass self shine on through!

Hoping this leaves you feeling empowered to be totally original and totally you on your wedding day! Tell us what you think in the comments below, mwah!

Peace + Love

Clare X

2015 Boho Bridal Veils: We’ve got you Covered

4 Feb

BT6 What up dolls!

My goodness am I excited to kick off today’s post. ALWAYS a topic hot on the lips of brides-to-be, often the the subject of fierce debate with opinions reaching both ends of the scale, new trends for 2015 are in abundance, so the only question is: to veil, or not to veil?

So, I’m just gonna put this out there, I didn’t and I guess I’ll be forever wondering if I should’ve (nature of the job an’ all that!).

We see a lot of editorials and look books from some of the hottest bohemian bridal brands opting for veil alternatives: flower crowns, feather headdresses, golden hair pieces, or (as is most favoured right now) opting for no hair piece at all and simply focusing on the brides divine locks. That said, still a huge number of real brides opt for a veil, why? ‘Cause there’s a very strong argument that they complete the bridal look and feel, and because hello? There are some to-die-for styles out there that prove simply irresistible!

Whelp! Whatever you decide is right for you, when it comes to 2015 veil styles (of which there are several and, FYI, they’re all GLORIOUS) we’ve got you covered. (Yes, that pun is wholly intended, there’s no point denying it!)

Prepare to be converted to a pro-veil bride!


The Barely There Veil

So this trend is huge for 2015 brides, and in its various forms, it’s perfect for the gal looking for something subtle in her veil. As opposed to a full on, statement piece, these fabrics are so sheer and so lightweight that they’re really more of a suggestion of a veil, catching the sunlight at your neck.

Any heavier detailing is placed close to the head, appearing more prominently as a hair adornment, whether that be a bohemian band or an adorned cap style, while the veil itself remains ultra subtle, just a whisper of the traditional bridal statement.

BT3 BT4 BT15 BT5 The amazing Bo and Luca have got this subtle style totally nailed. Their Lola veil (above) is formed from a super fine, soft tulle, attached to a woven headpiece of hand cut silk petals and small stones. It’s a beautiful hybrid of the hairpiece and veil and the veil’s positioning, primarily at back of the head, makes it all the more subtle. We LOVE.

This bohemian headpiece-veil hybrid is also seen in Bo and Luca’s West Azur collection (If you haven’t already, go check out their lookbooks, insanely gorgeous and super inspiring!). These styles almost make you double take: is it a headpiece? Or is she wearing a veil? Truly the best of both worlds, they’re that perfectly understated nod to the veil tradition.

BT8BT9BT10And lastly, the barely there category sees the ‘double veil’ trend that’s hit the catwalks for 2015. Again, employing an ultra fine tulle, the veil is a attached with two combs, behind either ear, allowing it to swag, in Grecian-like elegance, down the back.

It’s a beautiful statement style. Again, off the head, focusing on the appearance from behind, from a face-on view the double veil remains barely there; how we like our veils best for this year.

BT12 BT13 BT7-14 Left: Jannie Baltzer  Right: Utah Bride Blog

Aren’t they just incredible? Their super sheer nature makes them almost spiritual, it gives them a life of their own as they move fluidly at your back.

So, SO gorgeous. We’re swooning all over the shop here!

Next up…


The Ethereal Drop Veil

This style is here to stay! Getting even more magical, the mystery of the drop veil has gained more intrigue and interest for the 2015.

The ultimate portrait shot accessory, these coverings of fine silk tulle add the perfect dose of allure to your bridal ensemble.

Brides are often intimidated by this traditional style of veil covering the face, but there are SO many pros to wearing this style. First up, these bridal portraits are just to die for, no?

ED5 ED6 …Dreamy, hazy and simply sublime. Drop veils create a real sense of magic, moving away from the chaste imagery they originally carried, they now symbolise a certain sultriness that we. just. adore.

Secondly? Choosing to adorn yourself with a drop veil means you get that oh-gosh-beautiful moment of being ‘unveiled’ to your groom and guests… Like, really, there’s no bigger wow moment!

ED13 ED1-15 Left: TheLane  Right: Wedbook

ED9 ED2 ED12 ED3 For real. They’re just so beautiful. We can’t deal!

We love the woodland, almost nymph-like feel of wearing a leaf crown atop the drop veil, but for the ultimate ethereal goddess look, the drop veil is best left to its own devices; simply placed over the head, allowing the veil to become a part of your movement and being.

Beautiful, celestial and simply exquisite.

ED4 ED10 ED11 ED14 Seriously though, beach brides need to jump on this trend and ensure their photographer takes their portrait at sunset… This shot is just EVERYTHING.

On to our next, slightly more controversial (of course!) styles…

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The Anti-Veil Veil

Is it even a veil?!

No, that’s a bandana.

It’s made of feathers isn’t it?

But, it isn’t white!

…Basically, designers have totally thrown the rule book outta the window, and my gosh, do we LOVE them for it.

From employing blue tulle, and rebelliously forming it into a cross-forehead bandeau style…


…To this almost masquerade-like piece; perfectly sexy and mysterious…


…To these alternative styles: veils knotted at the side of the head, formed of feathers (SWOON) or Minna’s Ruth or Suki veil, which totally remind us of macrame (which can only EVER be a good thing!)

‘Cause who said a veil had to be sheer?

AV2-9 Left: Burnett’s Boards  Right: Jannie Baltzer

Ruth Suki Gorgeous, right? Like, beyond gorgeous!

And, of course, you can always count on Grace Loves Lace to completely obliterate the rule book (which we just ADORE about them) as they push boundaries with this veil-as-a-turban beach style…

AV12 AV13 So original. This style takes guts, but we know you guys will totally ace it!

Finally in this category we’re challenging the western white/cream veil ideal and simultaneously getting our wanderlust on. From heavily embellished bronze pieces, to a sheer tie-dye…

No one said the veil had to be white.

AV10 AV1-15 AV14 AV16 Does it get any more sultry? Love love LOVE the addition of a forehead embellishment also, it’s the perfect accompaniment.

Absolute boho goddess.

And, finally…


The Edge Orientated Veil

Yes. We thought we’d end on this here-to-stay style. A heavily embellished edge remains one of the top contenders for the 2015 bride and this year, really, the heavier the better (think a tasseled fringe… Oh yes!)

AE6 AE2 AE3-5 Left: Laure De Sagazan  Right: Kimberley Dadds

Worn slightly lower over the forehead, that tassel edge is insanely good, no? It adds a supremely bohemian spin on this style.

Or, of course, you could add a central feather to the front of your scallop-edge veil for an sultan-style queen vibe (you know the kind, right?!)

AE1 AE7 Just incredible.

Whether y’all had your minds set to veil or not at the start of this post, I hope you find yourselves enamoured by these beautifully boho styles. Here at Festival Brides we’re totally besotted with the 2015 trends, we really think the veil is having its day in the bohemian bridal world.

Buck the trend: wear a veil and play with this tradition!

Remember, there really are no rules!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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