Thursday Treats: A Bridal Fashion Week Special

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With my gorgeous friend and fellow blogger, Nu Bride

This week was a big one in the British wedding industry. It was time for The White Gallery and London Bridal Fashion Week, two events that run simultaneously in the capital. Bridal fashion week is the same as ‘normal’ fashion week really; designers exhibit their new collections to the press and boutiques so we know what to talk about/ stock for the coming season!

Here are some of the best things I saw…

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Clockwise from top left, dresses by: Sassi Holford, Claire Pettibone, Terry Fox, Charlie Brear

That Sassi Holford rose dress, oh my goodness! I hope I’ll see a real Rock n Roll bride in that soon. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really enjoyed fashion week that much in the past. I always found it a litttttle bit boring and the new designs all very same same, but this year I totally stand corrected, it was awesome!

I mean, just check out all the shoe prettiness. Boring, ivory satin these are not!

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Clockwise from top left, shoes by: Charlotte Mills, Charlotte Mills, Harriet Wilde, Rachel Simpson

Be still my beating bridal heart!

OK, does anyone need a bit more distraction? Here, are some lovely links that I hope will do just that.

PS I have some really exciting (and scary) magazine-related news to share with you soon. Watch this space!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

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Free spirit garden wedding
♥ Romantic seaside bridal
♥ Pineapples, palm frond and tiki glass table spread – yes, someone needs to do this for their wedding
Modern black and blue bridal inspiration

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Steampunk Themed Wedding with a Traditional Mayan Ceremony

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Fer and Jou had a wedding in two parts; a traditional Mayan ceremony one day and a steampunk themed celebration party with their friends and family on another. They live and were married in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

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“We met when we were both were studying in Spain”, the bride explained. “Fer asked me maaaaany times to go out, but it was on until he invited me for Guatemalan chocolate and bread that I agreed! We were married three years after that.”

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How To Make Your Wedding Make Up Last All Day

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There’s been a lot of chatter in the private Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group about wedding day make up, specifically from DIY brides asking about what products to use. So I thought a little update on some of my hero cosmetics items would be a fun way to while away a Wednesday afternoon. If you want to do your own make up for your wedding but still have it last all day (and night!) long, here’s my advice and current favourites.

Skincare

The first thing you need is a good skincare routine. Even the most expensive make up products will look terrible if your skin is dehydrated and neglected. I’ve tried a lot of lotions and potions (of various expense) over the years and I can safely say that the most spendy ones are not always the best!

I also don’t like to go overboard with a very lengthy and laborious routine – ain’t nobody got time for that! However the key is that you have some kind of regular routine, even if you’re only using purse-friendly brands.

Make sure you remove your make up before bed and never use face wipes (they’re full of nasties that dry out your skin apparently. I was an addict before and very sad when I heard this too, believe me). I now remove my make up with Coconut Oil which not only leaves my skin suuuuper hydrated, is really cheap and does the job better than anything else I’ve tried. Some people find it can clog up their pores though so you might only want to use it to take off eye make up if you find it does that to you.

At the moment I’m really loving Neal’s Yard and REN products, the latter of which you can buy from ASOS, Space NK, Liberty and good old Marks and Spencer! They certainly aren’t the cheapest, but I don’t think they’re too overpriced either.

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After washing my face I use a few pumps of the Wild Rose Beauty Elixir as a radiance booster. Its packed full of lovely things like wild rosehip, vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid (not as scary as it sounds, its GREAT for hydration!) and smells like a divine rose garden. My moisturiser of choice right now is the REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream. Every few days I’ve also been treating my skin with the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial or the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I love them both!

It’s worth noting that my skin is on the dry side so these products might not be quite right for you, but do some experimenting yourself and see what you like and what works for you!

Base

OK, onto the actual make up. It’s a really good idea to prime your skin before putting any foundation on. A primer will smooth your skin out and leave it lovely and soft, making your foundation not only go on a lot better, but it will last much long too. Bonus! I never used to bother with this step, but I was given some samples of the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer primers (the hydrating one was my favourite) and the MAC sent me a bottle of their Prep and Prime and now I am hooked! I would definitely recommend both of these products.

When it comes to foundation, again its all about trial and error, seeing what you like and what suits you. I currently rotate between Make Up Forever’s HD High Definition Foundation (great for everyday wear), Illamasqua Skin Base (which is slightly heavier coverage) and MAC Mineralize. The latter is a really lovely soft finish and if you’d rather look dewy and glowy rather than matt and perfect then you’ll love it!

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Conceptual Rainbow Bridal Shoot

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I have something a little different for you this morning. I fell in love with this styled wedding shoot for one main reason – the use of colour! I am obsessed with how everything matches so perfectly in each image, even going so far as to match the models’ hair and make up! Isn’t the result so great?

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Rock n Roll Garden Party Cook Out Wedding

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McKenna and Tyler married on 4th July 2014. They designed and pulled together the entire day themselves, wanting it to be a true reflection of their everyday style. The wedding was held at Raleigh Wine and Design and the groom’s father officiated the ceremony.

“The inspiration and theme for our wedding was the idea of a garden party cook out”, said the bride. “We were drawn to this because it allowed us to incorporate tons of colour and flowers. The venue that we chose, despite the great view, was a total blank canvas which is why we loved it. We knew we could transform our it into an unforgettable scene that truly reflected our unique style.”

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“In keeping with our theme we went for cook out style food provided by Durham’s finest food truck ‘Only Burger‘ and Raleigh’s best ‘The Flying Biscuit’. Only Burger provided guests with delicious burgers and veggie burgers as well as the tastiest fries and onion rings while our dear friends at The Flying Biscuit whipped up some of our personal side dish recipes. There was SO MUCH FOOD! All of the leftovers where donated to our local Rescue Mission.”

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Rainy Ness Creek Wedding with a Homemade Dress

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Just one thing went through my mind when I first laid eyes on Melissa and Joel’s wedding – THAT DRESS! I had to find out all about it…

I am a clothing designer so naturally I was very excited to design and hand make my own dress”, Melissa told me. “I also made the bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses, the ring bearer’s outfit and the vests, ties and bow ties for the guys. I even made the outfits worn by our mothers and things for lots of the guests! I had lots of help from my mom, sisters and friends thankfully!”

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“My dress was three pieces and it converted to four completely different looks! The first look was a sweetheart strapless dress with a pin up style collar and button detail with a very full skirt. The skirt was made from many fabrics in different prints and textures, but all white and black. The full skirt was removable to reveal a white pencil dress with a black ruffled mermaid skirt. The mermaid skirt could also come off to transform the dress to a short pencil dress with ostrich feather trim. But that’s not all! The pencil dress is fully reversible to a plain black side (which I did end up wearing for about five hours the next day. I have worn the dress a couple times since, I plan to make the mermaid skirt into a circle skirted pin up dress and am probably going to make the big skirt into a comforter for our bed!”

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