I’m thrilled to share just a few lovely images from one of our UK beauties, Abi, married this spring in Kristene. Her wedding is featured on one of my favorite blogs, Love My Dress. So be sure to see the whole story with tons of gorgeous images photographed by Annamarie Stepney here.
The Art Deco theme is expressed in fabulous details throughout, and our bride looks absolutely gorgeous from head to toe! Love her groom dressed in his family’s tartan…so handsome!!! This wedding is full of the personal touches and thoughtful planning that makes a wedding truly memorable. Congratulations to Abi & Adam, and thank you for sharing your amazing day!
Featured on Love My Dress
Photographer - Annamarie Stepney
Venue - Eltham Palace
Fur Shrug - Annie’s Vintage Clothing store
Brides dress – Kristene by Claire Pettibone
Brides veil/headpiece - Agnes Hart
Brides shoes - Emmy
Groom – Family Tartan
Bridesmaids - Maids to Measure
Flowergirl - Gilly Gray with sash by Maids to Measure
Florist - Violets and Velvet
Cake – Carolyn’s Cake Company in Lancaster
Favours – homemade Chutney in jars from thejamjarshop.co.uk
Entertainment – woodwind, ceremony & drinks reception + Scottish ceilidh band for the evening
Hair Stylist - Severin Hubert
Makeup Artist - Make up by Katy
Catering Company - Relish
A beautiful bride came to our Trunk Show this weekend to purchase her dream gown, Kristene. She pulled out the most amazing vintage shoes to show me, and I freaked out! I hope I didn’t scare her (I don’t think so, she ordered the gown!) but they are just too special, I couldn’t’ contain myself! Hand embroidered and entirely encrusted with tiny seed beads…even tiny sprays of flower and leaf on the back of the heels! She found them on Etsy, in mint condition, and a perfect fit…what are the odds?! Well, I see a lot of beautiful shoes from our brides, but these are a true treasure!
I think part of my excitement, is that I just introduced my new “Windsor Rose China” collection, which is inspired by my grandmother, who used to make just these sorts of precious heirlooms. It’s kind of uncanny how the embroidery on these shoes so perfectly matches the vintage jacquard waistband on Waverly. I have just now come out of my creative cocoon having put that collection together, and to have it literally walk in the door was so amazing!
It is the little things, the unexpected surprises in life that are sometimes what slay us, aren’t they? The obvious, big things are wonderful, but sometimes the small, special, and truly personal gifts and moments are the ones that mean the most. Sometimes I see a bride have such an emotional response to one of my gowns…maybe it reminds her of someone dear who is no longer with us, maybe it’s a childhood memory that she doesn’t even recall, but somewhere in her soul, the gown whispers to her…
Who knows why we love the things we do, but it sure makes life delightful!
You know I love my outdoor, romantic garden, rustic ranch, dreamy under-the-petals, walking-through-the-meadows weddings…well, here’s a little trip to the dark side! Some of our UK friends decided to style a shoot with none of the usual “bridal” elements…no cake, no antique linens, no chandeliers hanging from an oak tree. I do love those things, but I have to say, these images featuring my Mystere gown are pretty hot, no?!
Nick Tucker: This shoot was very much a full blown collaboration with Hannah Gooch of The Ebury Collection. We wanted to create a darker, moodier, edgier, more overtly fashion shoot, than maybe your typical bridal stories. Bright, sunlit shots of model brides tripping along flowery pathways have become very familiar lately and we wanted to do something a little different. Not least because when I shoot weddings myself the brief is always really to capture the warm, light, radiance of the day (as of course it should be). So here was a great chance to go ‘off-trend’ and do something unusual, and have fun!
Hannah Gooch: I’ve worked on styled shoots before and wanted to try and create something completely different, with a moodier feel and much more editorial and fashiony. I’ve admired Nick Tuckers photography for some time so thought I’d approach himabout a collaboration and was delighted when he agreed!
The Mystere gown is part of my“Rock n Roll Bride” collection, so she is no stranger to a good party and some smudgy eyeliner. Of course, she also makes for the most romantic of weddings, but you all know that…
Photographer – Nick Tucker
Stylist – Hannah Gooch
Venue – Fetcham Park
Make-up – Sara Vaughan
Hair – Holly Andersen
UK Stockist - Blackburn Bridal
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