styled shoot: urban eclectic {styled by Pocketful of Dreams}

It makes such a difference to work in an industry where your colleagues are also friends.  I am so proud to say that the wedding industry is one of those places, with such a positive, friendly and supportive environment.  One such friend, who I met early on in my blogging journey, is the super lovely, stylist and passionate Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams.  Since we began our blogging journeys (almost simultaneously!) early last year, and each ventured into styling, I am so proud of what Michelle has achieved.  She plans and styles the most amazing weddings, runs a hugely successful and inspiring blog, and creates beautifully styled shoots.  Pocketful of Dreams ranks among my favourite daily reads for unique, stylish and contemporary wedding and lifestyle inspiration.  So today I am hugely excited, and honoured to feature a uniquely different, creative and inspirational Pocketful of Dreams styled shoot, with beautiful images from the wonderful FO Photography.

Over to Michelle for the details ~

When I began designing this inspirational shoot I felt very strongly about creating something quite different, something that wasn’t classically bridal or vintage-inspired as I really wanted to showcase my own style sensibilities. I am so very much influenced by fashion, art and interior design so I wanted to provide inspiration for similarly minded style-savvy couples.  The idea was to create an edgy and stylistic vibe, taking inspiration from interior design as well as the urban surroundings of the City.  I also wanted to demonstrate how beautiful the juxtaposition can be of a feminine and romantic bridal style against a cooler industrial backdrop. Mixed in with flashes of eclectic pieces and lots of contrasting textures to create a really rich and chic style that still has that cool factor about it.

The colour palette was made up of muted shades of grey to reflect industrial steel and concrete, mixed in with softer blush and cream colours. The added surprise was a dash of vibrant purple here and there which really added the final pop to the styling.

For the bridal styling I wanted a soft, romantic look yet with an urban edge. I saw my muses as those style-savvy women who aren’t afraid to try something new, they have a love of contemporary fashion, but will always stamp their own personality on a look with quirky jewellery or a statement accessory. To realise this vision I imagined lots of ruffles, chiffon and feathers would create a really textural feel to the styling and work so well against the harder industrial backdrop.

We paired the ruffly Enzoani Gloria gown with bold metallic jewellery for a stylish, urban look. The Eclectic-Mix belt, fabric flower headpiece, and blush pink shoes completed this chic City-bride look.  The bridesmaid’s look followed the theme with a feathered skirt dress from ASOS. I asked the wonderful Rene Walrus to create some bespoke pieces for me, I wanted to create something that would have a really industrial feel to them, each one is made up of wire mesh and various nuts and bolts to really home in on the industrial concept.

Jo-Anne Bilham worked her magic with the make-up taking my brief to create something dramatic and edgy which would work in contrast to the softer textured hair in loose plaits and soft waves.

Shoes are a huge love of mine and I just knew I wanted something chic yet edgy for the shoot. I’m not a huge fan of bridal shoes, so I wanted to show how great coloured shoes can look with a wedding dress. You can see a number of gorgeous styles featured here, from the cage-like shoe-boots completing our bridesmaid look to the studded blush pink sandals which were the perfect accompaniment to the ruffly gown.

The stunning florals were designed by award-winning florist Becky Hay at Blossom Flowers in Chorlton. She chose echeveria, which has qualities of an air plant but is a little softer in texture and colour.  Roses, ranunculus, and cyclamen were all chosen for their colour as well as the ‘ruffle’ quality of their petals, while the orchid was chosen to be a more edgy and darker element. The coral fern was chosen for it’s structural form and sprayed silver to tie in with the shoot.

Thank you to the whole team for creating such an incredibly styled and unique shoot!



Design & Styling: Pocketful of Dreams // Styling Assistant: Rebecca Scott // Photography: FO Photography // Bridal Gowns: The Wedding Shop, Alderley Edge // Make-up: Jo-Anne Bilham Make-Up // Hair: Kizzy Edkin, Charisma Hairdressing // Flowers: Blossom Flowers, Chorlton // Cakes: Cakes by Beth // Stationery: Kate Ruth Romey // Models: Olivia Firth and Jo Bilham // Jewellery and Accessories: Eclectic-Mix Accessories, Martine Wester, Rene Walrus, Oceanic Jewellers, // Decor Pieces: Rowen and Wren, Ebury Home and Garden, Rockett St George, Pom Pom Factory


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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