Wild Romance Part 2: The Bridal Looks
We are still swooning at our recent feature with the most beautiful muted blush pink concept by Charlotte Nichols Weddings and Sarah Hannam Photography! Today Charlotte talks us through the two chic bridal looks and trends for 2018!
“Fashion and exquisite styling was at the forefront for me which is why the bridal look was such an important part of this Wild Romance styled shoot. This shoot was all about giving a nod to some of the key trends for the coming year, as well as illustrating how to craft an event and design concept that is free from unnecessary fuss, yet overloaded with understated style.
Floral embroidery dominated the Spring 2018 wedding dress collections at bridal Fashion week and Halfpenny London is yet again ahead of the curve. Kate is one of my all-time favourite British designers who is known for her vintage inspired gowns for the modern bride. I knew instantly that she would be the perfect designer for this laid-back luxe shoot that was all about texture, wild botanicals, and incorporating subtle vintage touches whilst retaining a minimal and modern feel. We featured two dresses in the shoot, including the gorgeous Ebony from the Standing on Stardust Collection and the Clemence dress from the Wild Love Collection. Both gowns featured a 3D applique floral design and the Clemence gown perfectly complemented the muted and romantic blush and dusty rose colour scheme.
We created two bridal looks to complement each of the gowns. For the first, the hair was long and sleek with a subtle wave pulled over to one side showing off the beautiful open back in the dress, and for the second we went for a very loose and undone updo decorated with blousy florals. The makeup was soft and flawless with brown smokey eyes, statement brows. For the second look we also went for rich berry lips to tie in with the darker tones in the overall design and to create a strong contrast with the lighter dress.
With such delicate and intricate detailing on the dresses, I knew that we didn’t want to overshadow that with the choice of bridal footwear. Freya Rose is fast becoming regarded as one of the UK’s leading shoe couturiers, creating one-off designs for the discerning woman, and her bridal collection is no exception. The gorgeous Micola Champagne features her signature Mother of Pearl heel in a powerful block, contrasting an elegant and luxury closed-toe shoe in champagne suede. For me, this pair provided the perfect amount of style and simplicity to complement the gowns, whilst at the same time the added pearl detail really characterised what I call “the understated wow.”
Although I am a big fan of the oversized, statement jewels that were taking over the bridal catwalk this year, it is important that your choice of jewels complements, or even accentuates your bridal look. For the accessory styling in this shoot, I felt that less is certainly more and so decided to go for subtle luxury. Emma Clarkson Webb is known for sourcing the world’s best diamonds and for handcrafting one-of-a-kind bespoke engagement rings and tailor-made jewellery. She also has a gorgeous Bow Collection, with a range of pieces that are the perfect accessory for a contemporary bride looking to complement her outfit with delicate and understated detail. My absolute favourites from her collection are the bow cocktail ring the bow cuff. Other pieces to make up our bridal jewels included the bow hoops and a selection of bow stack rings.
Something I am hearing more and more of from brides these days is that they want a very ‘un-bridal’ look when it comes to their hair and make-up. This is really speaking to the continued trend for weddings that are stripped back of old-fashioned formalities and overdone styling, and to the fact that brides really just want to be themselves on their wedding day. Pipa Cross has been working as an editorial hair and makeup artist for many years and has recently launched Be You Weddings, working with brides who are hoping to achieve that stylish, effortless bridal look. With her extensive experience in the beauty, fashion and commercial world I knew she was the girl for the job and would be able to achieve the effortless, natural and flawless look needed to complete the bridal look for this shoot.”
- Photography: Sarah Hannam
- Design Concept, Styling & Coordination: Charlotte Nichols Weddings
- Venue & Styling Assistance: BLOVED Hive
- Floral Design: AESME Flowers
- Table Runner: Silk & Willow
- Hair + Makeup: Beyou Weddings
- Cake: Milk Street Kitchen
- Furniture: Virginia's Vintage Hire
- Stationery: Pale Press London
- Bridalwear: Halfpenny London
- Bridal Jewellery: Emma Clarkson Webb
- Bridal Shoes: Freya Rose
- Model: Hannah Janes