Old-school basics to identify your wedding style

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Bridal style, Wedding style, Styling, Wedding mood board, Succulents I was having a design concept session recently when, going through some bridal magazines, the bride saw a picture of succulents and told me that she doesn’t like them. Shame on me (!) my first reaction was: “You’re the first bride who’s told me she doesn’t like succulents”. Perhaps I should have elaborated more on that split second thought process behind my reaction, because that was not a very clever or tactful thing to say at all (so sorry lovely!), but it was the first thing that came to mind because season 2013/14 has well and truly been the season of succulents, and one way or the other, everyone seems to have fallen in love with them.

Personally I love succulents. They are incredibly versatile and work beautifully both with weddings that have a playful, modern or boho feel, as well as weddings with a much more classical, elegant, stylish theme. As a planner, I constantly train my eyes to look beyond the obvious and find stylistic and aesthetic affinity even where others might see none. And, while trends do play a part in the styling work we do, generally creative wedding planners and stylists prefer to *make* trends (sounds big-headed, sorry!) rather than follow them.

Here is the thing: brides don’t look at magazines the way we (planners & stylists) do. And, what this bride has taught me is that just because succulents are in, and just because a bride might not look at succulents in the versatile way that I/we do, she should not cave in to the trend if it’s just not her thing. A bride that knows at the very least what she doesn’t like, and even better, what she DOES like, is a rare gem, and working with her makes the life of a planner 10x easier, as it’s unlikely that you will find yourself changing supplier briefs at the last minute.

However, lots and lots of brides find the ever-changing, sometimes impossibly beautiful wedding trends really confusing, and among the thousands of incredibly beautiful pictures they see on Pinterest, they find themselves struggling to identify their style. If that is you, my lovely bride, then I suggest going old-school and trying the following tried and tested method:

  1. Identify all the immediate No-Nos: go through several wedding magazines. Do you see anything that immediately makes you go “No way, I’d hate that!”? Then put a post-it note or bookmark the page using a page sticker to reinforce your resolution that that style or that floral arrangement, or that wedding dress etc. is just not for you
  2. Identify the immediate: “Awww, I’d love that!”: as you go through the magazines, use a different colour sticker to highlight anything that straight away makes you wish you could have/wear that for your wedding
  3. Review your likes and dislikes: it is very easy to confuse your head when spending hours and hours looking at magazines, so after having done this process with 3 or 4 magazines, detach yourself from the exercise for a couple of days, then go back to your magazines and have a look at the images you have identified with the same colour stickers, both the “No way!” and the “Awww, I’d love that!”
  4. Identify patterns: do you see similarities among the images you have highlighted? For instance, have you found yourself putting a sticker repetitively on lace dresses, floral arrangements with roses, Chiavari chairs, and venues with painted ceilings and ornate interiors? Perhaps “timeless elegance” is the style that best describes you… Or, are muted colours, wild flowers, boho dresses, wooden decorations, and outdoor ceremonies what you have highlighted the most? Maybe you are more of a whimsical, outdoor bride who clearly loves an earthy, organic feel
  5. Consolidate the learnings with a Pinterest session: Now that you have started getting an idea of what kind of bride you are, and you have a clear indication of what your likes and dislikes are, you are ready to move on to 21st century and spend more time on blogs and Pinterest to gather inspiration. Create boards for various aspects of your wedding (Ceremony / Bridal dress / Table decor / Stationery / Bouquets / Table centrepieces / Groom and groomsmen / Bridesmaids / Hair and Makeup / Fun reception ideas) and pin detailed images that nail your style. Don’t just pin anything! If you have done the paper exercise properly, by now you should have a clearer idea of what you like and the style you’re after, so go after it! It’s better to pin less, than fill up a board with things that “are not quite right, but hey, you know, that’s pretty”!

Bridal style, Wedding style, Styling, Wedding mood board, SucculentsPlease note, as a planner, I use Pinterest as my first port of call, but my initial inspiration sessions are *always* non-wedding related because I tend to draw inspiration from colours, patters, travel, fashion etc and then look for ways to translate it into a wedding theme. If you, lovely brides, go to Pinterest too soon, however, you will end up pinning hundreds of images to then only struggle to remember why you have pinned some specific images in the first place, and having no idea of how to narrow down your style preferences.

So focus on the basics – figure out what kind of bride you are using the traditional mood board method of ripping pages off magazines or using sticker notes to identify some key style preferences, including the big No-Nos! It worked for all of us who got married 5+ years ago when Pinterest didn’t exist and wedding blogs were a rarity, so it can work for you too :)

xoxo
Betta

If you need any help with identify your style, Linen and Silk Weddings offers design concept and mood board designing services. Feel free to contact me at elisabetta@linenandsilk-weddings.com

Credits: succulents vases by Pflanzenfreude.de via decor8blog // succulents and roses bouquet via SMP, image by Sargeant Creative

Bags + sample sale = ♥

Posted by / Every Day Life, Style

Brit-Stitch, London Fashion Week, Sample Sale, LFW, #LFWsamplesale, Milkman bag, Leather bag, Fashion accessories, London Style (3)I’ve been after a Brit-Stitch bag for a while now, but it was never the right time, until… Just a couple of days ago I was happily wasting some time on Facebook when my eyes caught sight of this picture (below) and saw the hashtag #LFWsamplesale… Give me colourful leather bags and throw in a super discount and you’ll have me clicking on that Pay Now button before your browser has even managed to load up this entire page! It took me about 30 seconds to decide that the ‘Half Pint Stormy Sea‘ model would be perfect for me. A bit darker than the Dusk Blue model below {update: my eyes were tricked! Having just received my satchel, I can confirm that the one below is the Stormy Sea model!) it seems like the perfect Autumn colour, adding a splash of colour and softening head-to-toe black outfits (in true Milan girl style, that’s what you’re likely to find me wearing in autumn/winter!). And reduced down to £35 it was a bargain I couldn’t miss!

Brit-Stitch, London Fashion Week, Sample Sale, LFW, #LFWsamplesale, Milkman bag, Leather bag, Fashion accessories, London Style (2)In the past I used to wear maxi-bags only. It might be planners’ default behaviour, but bringing make up, a diary, a notebook, two phones (don’t ask!) and an iPad had become a regular habit for me, until an accident in October 2012, when I ended up with a whiplash that took me far too long to ‘shake off’ (you never quite do, it seems!) and that totally changed this unhealthy habit of mine. I got used to bringing less and less because of the tension on my shoulders, and now, believe it or not, I don’t even carry a wallet unless I really have to!

So this 20 x 17cm little beauty is going to be added to my collection of small bags I so badly rely on now. Mine is due to be delivered tomorrow. Once I receive it I might even take a couple of outfit pictures with it and show you what it looks like ;)

Brit-Stitch, London Fashion Week, Sample Sale, LFW, #LFWsamplesale, Milkman bag, Leather bag, Fashion accessories, London Style (1)Don’t you just love this Buckle Jazzy red bag too? Available on the sample sale is the Full Pint version. Had I not gone for the Half Pint Stormy Sea, this one would have definitely been my next choice!

xoxo Betta

{PS: this is NOT a sponsored post. I just love these bags and really fancied sharing the love}

 

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Timeless elegance | an Olivier Laudus bridal shoot by Fiona Kelly Photography

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Back in December I had the privilege to work with a fantastic team of suppliers on a commercial shoot for Olivier Laudus. A bridal accessories boutique for discerning brides with an appreciation for elegance and style, Olivier Laudus asked me to give them a hand styling their “Great Glamour” collection – a range of bridal accessories inspired by the glamour of the 1920s. I love this collection. Without pretending to be ‘vintage’, it is actually the epitome of the timeless elegance that 1920s fashion did so well and that, to this day, we are still influenced by.

Ever-resourceful Sangeeta had managed to secure the stunning Massimo Restaurant of the Corinthia Hotel in London – the perfect backdrop for this art deco inspired photo shoot.

Having worked with photographer Fiona Kelly on previous shoots, I knew it would be just fabulous! So with Fiona behind the camera, Ana Ospina behind the make up brush, and Joshua Altback behind the hair brush, the Olivier Laudus beautifully came to life!

Styling dresses by Sabina Motasem and Ellis Bridals and flowers by Bluesky Flowers, we created two distinctive bridal looks: a glamorous, art deco look for the bride that loves an authentic classic style, and a more relaxed, romantic look, for a younger but discerning bride.

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A fairy tale bridal shoot by Serena Cevenini. What kind of bride are you?

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Linen and Silk Weddings, Fairy tale bridal shoot, Serena Cevenini, Polka dot bridal dress, Woodland bridal shoot, Romantic inspiration shoot (19)Buon giorno spose! I have some fabulous inspiration for you today, and it comes from a talented team of Italian suppliers who, with this shoot, have found a way to mix that Italian je ne sais quoi with a strong independent bridal style and fairy-talish inspiration.

Inspired by conceptual photography and shot by Italian photographer Serena Cevenini, the idea behind the shoot was to create a sort of fairy tale in the woods, where the bride wears a different dress (by Nadia Manzato wedding couture) every time she meets a new animal. The various dresses represent the soul of the bride, more aggressive and decisive when she meets the moose; sweeter and romantic when she meets the rabbit.

Florist Jessica Di Giacomo tried to get across this message by alternating different floral compasitions: a bouquet of big camellias before, and then a delicate, pastels-coloured bouquet. Every prop and shot, from the bird cage, to the dress that is raised by an imaginary wind, to the smoke through the trees, has been thought out to bring you into a surreal and fabulous dimension where every bride can identify and inspire her to be true to herself.

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A day at Emily Quinton’s Makelight Photography workshop

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IMG_6328-2.JPGThese last few weeks have been crazy and exciting, with work trips to Egypt and Italy twice, a few fun days and off, and then… last Saturday…  I’ve finally treated myself to a photography workshop. I know, who goes back to school as a present to herself?! Well, I do! I’ve been dying to attend one of Emily Quinton’s Makelight workshops for a while, and early September turned out to be just the perfect time!

I knew of Emily from her past career as a successful wedding photographer; however, as she no longer does weddings, these days Emily defines herself as “a photographer, blogger, mother of four and a maker“. But of course, there is a lot more to her, as she is also a book writer (release in Spring 2015!), a teacher, and more than anything, an inspirer.

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I went to Makelight because I desperately wanted to improve my photography skills, so I could take better pictures to use for my blog and my social media feeds, and I could document wedding preparations and small details that photographers don’t always have the time to capture.

Emily’s workshops claim to be practical, realistic and adaptable to any camera you might have. And believe me, the one day workshop I attended proved to be just so. There was no rushing through topics, no snobbery about our equipment, no incomprehensible photography words that weren’t thoroughly explained and practically demonstrated. And more than anything, there was support and encouragement both from Emily and from the lovely bunch of ladies that attended, all pros in their own fields but slightly confused about how to find the best light (and use our cameras!) to give our images that beautiful aura that you always see on someone else’s instagram, but never yours!

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Makelight, Makelight photography workshop, Photography workshop, Training, Blogger training, Wedding planner training, iPhone photography training, Canon 60D, Washi tape, Styling, Lifestyle styling (7)All the images you see above and below are from the studio set up. Emily is also a ‘maker’, remember? So she has a huge range of super useful and pretty props she uses at home to style her images and that she brings to the workshop so that students can learn styling tips and tricks and improve their composition skills. Part of the practical side of the workshop is to use her props to practice the techniques we have just learnt about.

By the end of the day, I felt that I had picked up a lot of tips on how to find the best light and compose better pictures, and I concluded that my laziness (i.e. ‘can’t be bothered’ to pick up that object and move it to a part of my house where the light is better) is the only, real hinderance to me not being able to take decent pictures. Everything else can be learnt.

And, while I will never take pictures like Emily (I also believe that photographers are artists that somehow see beauty where the normal eye sees none), there is a lot *I* can and must do to take better pictures!

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Makelight, Makelight photography workshop, Photography workshop, Training, Blogger training, Wedding planner training, iPhone photography training, Canon 60D, Washi tape, Styling, Lifestyle styling (9)Oh, and did I mention there was tea, coffee, home-made lemon drizzle cake, and wait for it… PIZZA too?! Have never had a better lunch at a workshop before!

Thank you so so much Emily for the wonderful day and for sharing your knowledge with us! And thank you for the gorgeous Laura Ashley basket and all the super pretty styling goodies in it!

To find out more about Emily’s Makelight Photography workshops, visit makelight.squarespace.com/workshops. Here‘s is also her blog post about last Saturday’s workshop :)

Lots of love!

x

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A multi-cultural Cambodian-Canadian wedding | by Bonnallie Brodeur Photographer

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Linen and Silk Weddings, Multicultural wedding, Bonnallie Brodeur Photographer, Quebec wedding, Cambodian wedding (3)If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably know that multi-cultural weddings totally tickle my fancy. Throw in a bit of a gold overdose, and you’ll have me hooked to those images! So when Bonnallie Brodeur – Photographer sent me this Cambodian-Canadian wedding of Anne-Maly and Elias, I couldn’t say no. I utterly adore the vibrant colours of Anne-Maly’s serval outfits, and I’m mesmerised by traditional elements, including guests queuing with wedding gifts to present to the bride and groom!

I love these traditions that are so different from what we are accustomed to, but which no doubt must have made the day so much fun!

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