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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 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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A vibrant wedding with splashes of yellow and blue | by Pepper Nix Photography

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Linen and Silk Weddings blog, Real wedding, Yellow, Ranunculus, Ranunculi, Yellow wedding flowers, Yellow ranunculus, Utah wedding, Mormon wedding, Nix Photography, (23)Yellow makes me happy! It’s the colour of the sun (well, sort of!), it makes you smile, and brightens anything up! This wedding, submitted by wedding photographer Pepper Nix Photography, is an explosion of yellow. Fully planned by the lovely bride and her mum, Jane planned an elegant yet vibrant wedding, introducing yellow ranunculi and touches of blue as her colour scheme.

Over to Jane who tells us a bit more about her wedding day and Pepper Nix Photography that tells us the story with her beautiful images :)

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An American backyard inspiration shoot by Dani Fine Photography

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Inspiration photo shoot, Wedding photo shoot, Bridal shoot, USA inspired shoot, USA inspired bridal shoot, Backyard style shoot, Styled shoot, Dessert table, Wedding popcorns, Wedding cocktails, Swimming pool at wedding, Brazil World Cup 2014, Bride in swimming pool, Dani Fine Photography, (24)So lovelies, the World Cup has well and truly started and unless you have a groom who cares nothing about football (erm… tell us where you’ve found him, please!), if you are based in the US , you’d know that today its going to be feeeever! :) USA is playing against Ghana, so to keep the fever going, Linen and Silk Weddings is giving you an American style backyard inspiration shoot with a traditional palette of red, white and blue, beautifully shot by dani. fine photography and designed & planned by the creative planners at Engaged Connecticut, Kia Martinson & Jennifer McAdam.

Over to Dani who will tell you more about the inspiration about this shoot.

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Wedding trend: lace cakes

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Hello my lovelies, I’ve spent some time looking at wedding cakes over the last few weeks. Whenever I work on a shoot or a client’s wedding, I invariably spend hours and hours on Pinterest looking for the right cake, the perfect details, matching colours, shapes and decorations. I am in complete awe at the cake designers, who with their hands, are able to create such masterpieces. Any bride who’s ever gone through the ups and downs of wedding planning will tell you that every little detail matters, and everything from the floral decorations to the table setting can be crucial to the overall look and feel of the wedding that has been so meticulously planned. When it comes to throwing an elegant wedding, you plan every detail to exude sophistication, down to the delicious cake that’s set to be cut at the end of the reception.

A sophisticated wedding cake perfect for an elegant wedding

Wedding cakes are often an event all in themselves, with most cakes being reflective of the couple’s personality. For an elegant wedding, a beautiful, plain, white or off-white cake with lace detailing can serve to be a wonderful centrepiece. Very little is needed to make the cake table stand out, as the cake on its own, with its intricate lace detailing, is enough to draw attention.

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Lace detailing can also be done on differently colored cakes, as seen in this cake from Dream Day Cakes, adding an elegant twist to modern cakes. The style of the lace can also project a more modern approach, perhaps picking up on patterns or designs of other elegant elements of your wedding, such as your dress!

20140606-002518-1518121.jpgWould I attempt making a lace cake? Hmmm… probably not… I wouldn’t even know how to do the icing, let alone a whole lace cake. However, if you are a baking queen, while lace cakes may seem incredibly difficult to create, and even more expensive to buy,  it’s actually relatively easy to make them. This video tutorial from Bronnie Bakes shows just how easy it is to make a vintage wedding cake with lace detailing, all with the help of some simple tools.

You can use a wonderful pattern to give your fondant a lace finish, which you can then apply to your plain cakes. Stacking several laced cakes with dowels will help give height and structure to your wedding cake. Ali Rodham, product developer for Marks & Spencer, has also come up with a quick tutorial for using dowels to support contemporary cakes:

And, of course, the lace themselves can also come in different colors. Bold-colored lace bears a striking contrast to plain-colored, white cakes, allowing you to incorporate whatever color theme you have in mind for your wedding as well.

As I’ve fallen in love with lace cakes, I’ve actually commissioned one for my next destination wedding. So watch this space, as hopefully I will have images to show very very soon! ;)

Lots of love

xx Betta