Shall we dance?

Fonteyne Pin by Victoria Fergusson Accessories

Happy Friday beautiful brides! It may have been a short week, but we’ve crammed lots in here at b.loved HQ with a heap of beautiful submissions approved, wedding designs signed off and some exciting decisions made too!  We’re wrapping up the week with a beautiful ballet-inspired shoot from b.loved fave Victoria Fergusson and Lydia Stamps Photography.   Combining Victoria’s beautiful sparkles with stunning (stunning!!) dresses from The Secret Dress House, gorgeous hair & makeup and an actual real-life ballerina this one’s for all the ballet-loving brides.

Flamenco Comb by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Cabaret & Coppelia by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Flamenco Comb by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Flamenco Comb & Follies Bergere by Victoria Fergusson Accessories

The ‘Shall We Dance’ Collection was inspired by The Ballet, Cabaret and Hollywood musicals, so naturally the shoot was inspired by these things too. All beautiful, glamorous and ‘other worldly’ which to me go hand in hand with weddings. When you think of ballet your mind instantly fills with images of satin ballet shoes, tulle skirts, lots of soft ivory and delicate pink, hair pulled back in a bun and that amazing eyeliner shape unique to ballet/theatre make-up. Cabaret and Musicals conjure up the sparkly and glamorous side of dance; I wanted to combine the two for a feel of romance and glamour.

Funny Face Bow Comb by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Funny Face Bow & Josephine by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Ginger Hair Pins by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Gisele & Romance by Victoria Fergusson Accessories

A neutral colour palette was chosen with the additional hints of soft pink and mint, silver and gold. The intention was to keep everything soft and subtle, the perfect backdrop to the accessories. The accessories are all from the latest 2014 ‘Shall We Dance’ collection. A mix of headdresses, hair combs, and hairpins. The use of silk tulle in some of the designs is a direct influence from ballet and the amazing headdresses worn by the chorus line in Hollywood musicals. The use of sparkly gems and pearls is the enduring ingredient of bridal accessories. I always enjoy making a few pieces with some subtle colour. The Romance headdress combines some very beautiful natural pink freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals in sand opal, the Coppelia headdress features gorgeous large oval Swarovski gems in Golden Shadow. These soft tones always add a pretty vintage feel. The bridal dresses were chosen for their versatility. I absolutely fell in love with the Voulaire dress by Charlie Brear when I saw it at The Secret Dress House. Another favourite is Elizabeth by Katya Katya Shehurina – I do love a high neckline and sleeves. The Annasul Y gowns had voluminous layered lace and tulle skirts which I knew would lend themselves perfectly to the ballet theme.

Moondance bridal belt by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Fonteyne Pin by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Rachel Simpson Shoes Romance by Victoria Fergusson Accessories

The hair styling was designed to show off the hair accessories to their best, in up-do’s influenced by the ballet; the ballet bun has long been a favourite for wedding hair, a true classic. By contrast soft curls worn loose illustrated a more relaxed alternative, and show how one accessory design can be worn to different effect. It’s always important to illustrate the versatility of the accessory designs. The make-up too was in keeping with the themes. Beautifully soft and natural and very flattering; something brides could easily imagine and create for themselves on their wedding day.

Songbird Pins by Victoria Fergusson Accessories Rose Garden Jewellery by Victoria Fergusson AccessoriesRomance by Victoria Fergusson Accessories

One of our models is a dancer so we asked her to bring her ballet shoes – naturally! We also had some gorgeous shoes on loan from Rachel Simpson. I’d spotted a pair of gold peep toes in a magazine and thought they looked like beautiful dance shoes so when I saw they were called ‘Ginger’ I knew we had to have them!

Victoria Fergusson Accessories

More ballet-inspired wedding ideas here!


Accessories, Hair & Makeup: Victoria Fergusson // Photography: Lydia Stamps Photography // Dresses: Charlie Brear, Katya Katya and Annasul Y from The Secret Dress House


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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