When the bride works for Ralph Lauren, you know her day is going to be full of contemporary-cool and classic style. Sarah & Tim’s black-tie celebration at the stunning Nooitgedacht Estate in Cape Town simply oozes sophistication. I adore their monochrome palette with pretty touches of blush in the prettiest bouquets and flowers, the groomsmen in traditional English morning suits for the ceremony and chic black-tie for the evening affair. Sarah wore a bespoke dress from a local designer, I’m just loving the lace sleeves and back, I think Ralph would approve! The whole thing was perfectly captured by Christine Meintjes, whose crisp contemporary style is the perfect match. Oh, I do love this one.
Morning lovelies! I’m so excited to share the gorgeous fashion from our Lavender & Honey Style Guide! Isn’t this petal blossom dress from Luella’s Boudoir just SO insanely pretty?! A custom design by Emma Tindley features hand-appliquéd blooms over a sheer bodice and boat neckline with a gently sweeping back for an oh-so elegant look. The soft A-line skirt is made of the most divine floaty chiffon, making this the perfect dress for an outdoor summer wedding for pure romance and whimsy! Picking up on the chiffon detail, we completed the look with Victoria Fergusson’s ‘Moondance’ headpiece, a delicate beaded design on a tulle tie which looks gorgeous tied around a loose bun as we did here, or used as a sash on a plainer dress. We love!
Hello lovely readers! I hope you all had a lovely weekend? It’s coming to the end of a super busy wedding season, are there many 2014 brides left out there?! I’m loving the variety of styles and colour palettes out there this year (less vintage pinks and sage more bold coral and mint, yay!) so for this week’s inspiration board I’m going for something a bit different; terracotta & mint. A shade between coral and red, terracotta is a fab choice for warming up on-trend mint! This combo looks fresh enough for summer and cosy enough for winter (just add loads of candles), and is so versatile it would suit almost any venue! For a desert, beach or destination wedding add more succulents, air plants and natural tones. In the Mediterranean pick a setting among the cobbles streets, string fairy lights and go for rustic wooden details. For a sophisticated English country manor add pewter vases, and elegant tableware to really add some glamour! Oh, so much love for this versatile palette!
In other news, this weekend’s been all about recovering from a rather epic shoot for You & Your Wedding at the end of last week; teaming up with a dream team of suppliers to help a 2015 bride with a rather interesting design dilemma, so make sure you grab a copy when it hits the shelves at the end of September!
Earlier this year Jessie from Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events and I met up for coffee and cake for a conversation that meant just a few month’s later we’d be launching Flourish & Prosper, a brand new and totally unique resource for the wedding industry! If you’re a regular reader or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have seen the tweets and updates but may still be wondering what it’s all about. Well, today I’m spilling the beans and sharing the pics from our very pretty launch shoot with Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography and a tonne of pretty, pink and glittery props!
So far this week’s been all about country-side style with my Rustic Romance inspiration board, and the second instalment of our Lavender & Honey Style Guide. So Lucy & Mike’s pretty pastel countryside wedding in the Cotswolds fits in perfectly! Her maids set the colour palette in a mix of muted pastels, shades picked up in the stationery (designed by this multi-talented bride!), flowers and bouquets. And Lucy proves a girl can never have too many shoes, pairing her classic Sassi Holford dress with a pair of fabulous metallic Miu Miu’s AND Chanel pumps.
Afternoon my loves! As promised, we’ve got a pretty download from our Lavender & Honey suite ready for you to print & use at your own wedding. This month Catharine from Itty Bitty & Bijou has provided the Save the Date, RSVP and a cute social media sign!
Yay! It’s time for another instalment of our Lavender & Honey Style Guide. Last week we swooned over the Mediterranean influences on this look, with touches of lavender and a summery palette of soft, buttery yellows and sweet lilac and lavender shades making it a beautiful choice for a countryside wedding (whether the fields of Provence, or somewhere closer to home!).
Hi lovelies! Well, it’s been a busy weekend at b.loved HQ helping out fellow stylist Jessie Thomson at a gorgeous garden wedding in the Cotswolds, followed by a cosy Sunday lunch avoiding the storm! Oh my, the Cotswolds is just wedding heaven for the romantic bride, with the prettiest villages, churches and venues at every turn. I’m hooked!
Not long ago I was lucky enough to a shoot at one of the Cotswold’s star venues, Barnsley House, so today I wanted to share the inspiration behind the shoot for all you rustic romantics out there! Pretty muted pastels are just perfect for English country garden weddings – think blush, sage, and lavender with pewter. Make the most of seasonal summer blooms, giant blush dahlias are stunning at this time of year, paired with David Austin roses, eucalyptus foliage and feathery-light astible they make for a totally swoon-worthy display. Create a relaxed vibe with luxurious linens and touches of lace teamed with elegant details, calligraphy and rustic touches.
Love this? Keep an eye out for the shoot soon!
I’m a little obsessed with wedding stationery (just incase you hadn’t already guessed!). I love the way a Save the Date or wedding invite sets the tone for your entire day, it can convey a style, mood or tell a story! From their trend-setting laser-cuts to elaborate pop up designs, Cutture is certainly the perfect choice for the fashion-forward bride. And you’re just going to LOVE what they’ve come up with now… an incredible collaboration with Chapter 7 Scents combining exquisite stationery and personalised scents that are a completely immersive experience for your guests. And I’m SO wishing they’d already invented scented internet round about now!
Owner and designer Helen Sharland spills the beans…
Planning a honeymoon but not sure where to head? I’m so excited to welcome travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith to b.loved where as our newest contributors they’ll be sharing their expert knowledge, top destinations and favourite hotels with us every month! With more 950 hotels in their global collection, boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith know a thing or two about romantic travel, they’re my go-to brand when I’m looking for something a little bit special and they never disappoint! This month I asked Smith’s honeymoon specialist Ellis Fuller for her top September sunshine picks.