Gatsby’s Garden

Gatsby’s Garden

“IN HIS BLUE GARDENS, GIRLS CAME AND WENT LIKE MOTHS AMONG THE WHISPERINGS AND THE CHAMPAGNE AND THE STARS.”

– F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

During my spare time I love to trawl through Pinterest Wedding boards, I’m obsessed with the newest styles and always looking for something fresh and a little different, which is when I came across Carol Hannah’s bridal collections.

Carol Hannah Whitfield is a self taught designer living in New York whose hobby of sewing blossomed into a profession – and it’s obvious as to why.

Her designs are a combination of romance, elegance and vintage with a real focus on detail, and each collection gets bolder and more sophisticated.

The dress I came across was Pemberley from the 2013 Gatsby Collection (I love the name), a 4-ply silk crepe with hand cut lace and open back:

A useful element of the website allows you to see the gown worn by real brides like Aäna who gives us a glimpse of her picturesque rural wedding in Minnesota wearing Pemberley:

 

I then moved onto her latest collection 2016’s Siren collection:

“I MUST BE A MERMAID. I HAVE NO FEAR OF DEPTHS AND A GREAT FEAR OF SHALLOW LIVING.”

 -ANAIS NIN’

Which includes showstoppers like Dynamene, an Iridescent silk sequin tiered gown in Mist:

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And Naia a rose gold sequined skirt with blousy silk crinkle georgette top and
leather macrame strapping (I am huge fan of separates):

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New York Bridal Fashion Week: Naia

I can’t wait to see whats in store for the 2017 collection…

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First Dance

 

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This week Tom Odell’s long awaited new album Wrong Crowd launched and it got me thinking to the many songs he has written/covered that would make perfect first dances…

  1. Grow Old With Me 

Grow old with me
Let us share what we see
And oh the best it could be
Just you and I

2. Till I Lost – this will forever be one of my favourite Tom Odell songs (though maybe a little sad for a first dance)

Just wandering town with you…Would be enough

3. Real Love (The Beatles cover)

It’s real love 

4. Video Games (Lana Del Rey cover) – Tom Odell sang this for Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood’s wedding

It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you

FYI I love Tom Odell…

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First Dance

Penny & The Quarters are a “lost” soul band which came to prominence in 2010 after an unreleased demo of their song “You And Me” was used in the film Blue Valentine. Despite the sad context of the film, the song is incredible and perfect for a first dance.

If you love a soul more than fame and gold, and that soul feels the same about you,
It’s a natural fact, there’s no turning back, and here’s some advice to you:
You’ve got to say it’s, You and me.

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Ice Princess

Ice Princess

January is often associated with the blues; no money, it’s dark, it’s cold and there are another 11 months until Christmas again.

I was born in January and am a total winter baby. I love a crisp cold walk through the snow (not that we see much of it here in the UK), and warm cosy nights in under a blanket. Which is why Winter is my favourite season for weddings.

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Center Parcs Woburn Forest, January 2016

Winter weddings allow for gorgeous accessories, picturesque scenes like the above shot from Woburn Forest (who wouldn’t want to get wed in that winter wonderland!), and the chance to jet off on a romantic honeymoon during one of the most depressing months of the year.

Here a selection of my top picks for Winter Weddings…

  1. Eliza Jane Howell’s beautiful Sibella accessorised perfectly with a faux fur shrug:
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Eliza Jane Howell London

2. Because you can’t guarantee the English weather, Wedding Wellies are a great daytime alternative to Jimmy Choo heels:

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I DO Cream Wedding Wellies

3. Nice Knits – who could forget Olivia Palermo’s chic green cardigan over her long sleeved separates?

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Jenny Yoo

4. Beautiful cold colour palettes:

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5. Warm Wedding Favours like Hot Chocolate in a jar, gloves, a cosy blanket or a mini hot water bottle:

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All Party Favours on Etsy
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The Paper Stash via Etsy
Lil’ Shorty

Lil’ Shorty

One bridal style which is a firm favourite of mine is a tea length gown which puts a pair of stunning shoes proudly on display.

One British bridal designer who seems to share this opinion is Vikki McCarthy at House of Mooshki. The ever growing designer collection has some of the most exquisite tea length gowns on the market today.

Their ethos is simple “One You, One Day, One Dress”, and there is sure to be that One Dress as the range satisfies every taste; from tulle to satin, scalloped to illusion necklines, cap sleeves to strapless.

It’s impossible to pick just one favourite!

 

To view more from House Of Mooshki, visit the website here.

Bridesmaid Beauty

Bridesmaid Beauty

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Long gone are the days where bridesmaids would be forced to wear the puffiest, pinkest, most outlandish gowns a la 27 Dresses.

The styles on offer for bridal parties now are incredible, and 2016 is no different.

The bridesmaid market is a notoriously difficult one for retailers, with many couples choosing to cut costs by purchasing gowns from the highstreet or online. Brands such as Jenny Yoo from The Dessy Group are trying to change this. The latest collection offers 21 unique styles in an array of colours, something for every woman, and trust me – you’ll be in pastille paradise.

The collection even incorporates one of the biggest growing trends in bridal; separates.

Yoo’s goal is to give bridesmaids a quality gown to last forever, using “rich and luxurious silks, chiffons and cottons to create an elegant, feminine and refined look”. Here are a few of my top picks:

See the full collection on the Jenny Yoo website here.