When the Heavens Open – Love in the Rain Wedding Editorial

When the Heavens Open – Love in the Rain Wedding Editorial

Rain! Boy has it rained some recently! When you are planning a wedding, frantic weather report watching in the run up to the day can become a bit of an obsession and stress. Thing is, truthfully, even with all the best laid plans, the weather will always show up and do exactly what it wants and we have no control over it. You may feel a bit sad about it, if it’s not what you had in mind but rather then let it ruin your day, adapt and embrace it!  I mean really embrace it, dance in the rain, kiss in the rain, get epic photos in the rain, splash in the puddles, seek out the rainbows and own it.

When talented and very lovely Sheena Shahangian Photography got in touch with these beautiful images, I was in love. Real life couple Julia and James are just gorgeous and you can see their love captured by Sheena. It’s such a beautiful outdoor setting with cool California boho vibes. The weather showed up…..so when the heavens opened, they just grabbed an umbrella and each other and embraced it!

 

This styled shoot was part of the Reset to Rise workshop in Atlanta, Georgia USA. What really drew me to be a part of this shoot was the west coast bohemian California styling, and the hope of combining that style with my darker, moodier brand of photography to create something unique. 
bride and groom in the rain
bride and groom in the rain

The shoot took place at Whittier Mills Park in Atlanta, a historic Atlanta landmark dating back to 1895. The park contains a gorgeous open field along with remnants of the cotton mill that used to sit on the land. With these images, I aimed to capture the mixture of old meets new: the modern boho bride and groom getting married in a location with such a rich local history. 

Place settings with boho cake
Place settings with little wooden heart favours
Place settings with little wooden heart favours

In the middle of the shoot, it began to rain pretty heavily. I absolutely LOVE a good storm so naturally I was very excited to photograph this lovely couple cozying up under an umbrella and really embracing the moment. While this is a styled shoot, these two are married in real life, and you can truly see the love in their eyes as they adventured in the rain with me.

Place settings with little wooden heart favours
Place settings with little wooden heart favours
In the middle of the shoot, it began to rain pretty heavily. I absolutely LOVE a good storm so naturally I was very excited to photograph this lovely couple cozying up under an umbrella and really embracing the moment. While this is a styled shoot, these two are married in real life, and you can truly see the love in their eyes as they adventured in the rain with me.

Huge thanks to Sheena Shahangian Photography for these gorgeous images and the talented team behind all the details, be sure to check them out below

with love

Photographer – Sheena Shahangian Photography  | Venue – Whittier Mills Park | Bridal Designer – Ivy and Aster | Bridal Shoes –  Bella Belle Shoes | Hair – Bre Stephens | Make Up – Beatriz Dallago | Decor and Rentals – Presentime Rentals | Brides Bouquet –Marie Schendzelos Design  | Paper Goods – Ellie Alexandra | Banner – Rosalynne Love | Cake –  Meringue Delight | | Greenery – Balloons Over Atlanta | Workshop – Reset to Rise |

 

Win a Emma Beaumont Dress – Wild at Heart Foundation Charity Showcase

Win a Emma Beaumont Dress – Wild at Heart Foundation Charity Showcase

I have exciting news about the chance to win an amazing wedding dress by Emma Beaumont. Emma is hosting a fabulous charity event later this month in aid of the Wild at Heart Foundation, where she will be gifting one lucky bride at the event with a stunning wedding dress via a raffle at the luncheon. These beautiful inspirational images were created to accompany the charity bridal event and I’m delighted to share it with our readers.

It was shot on location by Marcus James Photography at new wedding venue The Roebuck which is also host location for the Bridal showcase. Emma’s stunning designs, along with divine accessories by Nichola Ruby and beautiful blooms from Living Colour Floral Design have created a modern fashion led inspirational bridal shoot in this beautiful location.

Emma Beaumont has teamed up with this group of wonderful kindhearted wedding suppliers, all donating their time and services to raise money and awareness for the dog rescue charity Wild at Heart Foundation.

Taking place on 21st September at 12.30pm, tickets are just £25.00 for the bridal luncheon with limited tickets available. To attend this exclusive bridal showcase and luncheon at the idyllic Roebuck Inn, Mobberley you can contact the venue directly to book.

Sarah, Emma’s sister told us a little more about the event;

We are hoping it will be a really magical event full of flowers, music and whimsical fashion. Ticket holders will receive a complimentary gift bag upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and canopies on the terrace with bohemian melodies from Gypsy River Band.  They’ll also have the chance to explore the recently restored grade II listed building and tiered garden, a newly licensed wedding venue.

The showcase will conclude with an amazing raffle supporting the Wild at Heart Foundation, with a chance to win a wedding dress by Emma Beaumont, an overnight stay at the Roebuck, Dinner for two people at The Church inn and a couture headpiece from Nichola Ruby.

The venue you will be dressed with floral arrangements by Heather at Living Colour Floral Design to complement the exquisite bridal garments and accessories by Cheshire and London based designers, Emma Beaumont and Nichola Ruby.

They’ll then enjoy a two-course meal prepared by the chefs at the Roebuck Inn, with chocolates and coffee to follow and the chance to speak with the designers.

The showcase will conclude with an amazing raffle supporting the Wild at Heart Foundation, with a chance to win a wedding dress by Emma Beaumont, an overnight stay at the Roebuck, Dinner for two people at The Church inn and a couture headpiece from Nichola Ruby.

Definitely a date for your diaries and an exciting new venue to explore too. Best wishes to Emma and the team for a successful event and don’t forget to book your tickets via the venue.

with love

Charity – Wild at Heart Foundation | Photographer –  Marcus James Photography | Venue – Roebuck Inn Mobberly | Bridal Designer –  Emma Beaumont |  Brides Accessories –  Nichola Ruby | Floristry – Living Colour Floral Design | | Entertainment at Event –  Gypsy River Band |

Behind the Scenes at Adored Bride – A Personal Post

Behind the Scenes at Adored Bride – A Personal Post

Okay, so I’m just going to come out with it. I have seven year old triplets. There, I said it.

That’s them being themselves at my in law’s wedding.  They really know how to be themselves, no hiding from it!  When I started the blog in January, finding my voice, I was worried that if I let the world know that I was a mum, that revealing the real me was in some way not going to align with ‘the brand’. Silly really as it has no bearing on the dedication I have for this blog, for weddings and my styling work.

I am a mum, Adored Bride is my job and my passion alongside Pretty Creative my styling business. But first and foremost with no competition, I am a mum to three amazing creatures. Amazing, funny, infuriating, exhausting, creative, joyous, demanding, bright, wonderful creatures.  Any of you who are parents, particularly if you run your own businesses from home with children will understand that it is a constant juggling act. That we are exceptionally dedicated people but that sometimes life happens. It does not mean we are unprofessional, in fact we are the guys you need on your team. We are usually pretty amazing at logistics, thinking round problems and finding creative solutions to make stuff happen…we get on with stuff in the face of adversity and it’s often sticky chocolate covered fingers.

I never laughed so hard as when the kids gatecrashed that dad being interviewed live on TV,  it was my life. We all have our ‘live on tv’ moments. The first week of half term my phone went, it was an important call that I wasn’t expecting..I thought, ‘I’ll quickly take this, the kids are in another room, will be fine”. BIG MISTAKE. As I answered at that very moment the kids came screaming  into the kitchen in triplicate demanding the ice-cream I’d promised them. NOW, right now! No, not in a minute mummy, right now, as I gently tried to slide their little collective advance away from the freezer, with one arm while trying to hold the phone and conversation with the other.

My kids can sense my panic, the weakness and go for the kill. Never has there been so much background noise in the history of a phone call…ever. Period. Never. I stepped outside the kitchen door, shoe less and in the rain to try and finish the call. They promptly locked me out to show their disgust at my lack of mini chocolate magnum and fab lolly provision.

Trying to keep up with the cool kids was always going to be a silly race to enter. Yet I think it’s normal for parents to feel that they may be viewed as unprofessional, unreliable if they admit to needing to be there for their kids. Raising triplets is pretty full on and I do my best to be super human, but I need to admit I’m not, I live in the real world and sh*t happens. This sh*t got real a few weeks ago and left me playing serious catch up.

Life gave me a ruddy great nudge and reality check, forced my hand, outed me so to speak, to make me admit the wonder woman outfit is just a disguise. Working as your own boss, working from home is amazing, but equally it’s a balancing act and the scales tipped full towards being a mum. Four days after the two week Easter holidays (which its almost impossible to work through anyway)  all three of the kids got chicken pox.

Not just any old chicken pox, oh no, the proper no sleep, dangerous temperatures, visits to A&E, copious antibiotics and 5 trips to out of hours docs kind of chicken pox. It started on the 28th of April and without a break, one after the other overlapping with the hideous pox, finally ending on the 25th of May, 28 days later…..isn’t that some zombie film? How appropriate, as I felt pretty post apocalyptic as we got through the 5 weeks (7 if you include surviving Easter) just 2 days before the two week half term break. Perfect.

The panic building, screaming internally at the lack of time I had to do my work, something I had no control over, I had to explain what was going on. Reflecting on the past few weeks, I realise it’s okay to tell the truth, to admit I’m a mum, to explain why things have slipped. We’re all humans. The crucial things, the immovable things happened. I didn’t let anyone down horribly. I still helped my friend with her wedding day that we’d been planning for a year, I supplied all the elements of a styled shoot I’d promised and I made it to London for White Gallery (on 4 hours sleep)…but still I was there! I was there for my kids. So anyone else out there that has had a few weeks like me, I know I’m not alone, give yourself a break, we’re human, you are doing a great job.

 

So hello I’m Rebecca, (you can call me Becs, Becca, Becci)  I love my kids, I love weddings, I love this blog, I write from the heart. I’m totally dedicated to supporting amazing wedding suppliers and inspiring awesome couples. Beautiful photography that shows real life, that inspires, that celebrates diversity is what I’m about. I just ask you to spread the word about Adored Bride and enjoy the blog and occasionally I might ask for your patience when real life happens behind the scenes. You’ll often find me late at night answering emails, sometimes I might go a bit awol for a day or two, it’s not because I don’t care, it’s because I do.

Main Image Credit  – Tuuli Platner | Other Images – Adored Bride |

Whimsical Heritage Inspired Bridal From Wilderness Bride

Whimsical Heritage Inspired Bridal From Wilderness Bride

If you are a vintage soul at heart, you will adore this heritage and vintage inspired bridal collection by the super talented Stephanie Mitchell of British designer label Wilderness Bride. From her studios in Cheshire, Stephanie designs and creates stunning bespoke and collection pieces for the bride who is creative and free spirited. She was a pioneer of bridal separates with her gorgeous lace overlays back in 2014, so is a girl with a keen eye on style as well as listening to what brides want.

I was drawn to these images as I can feel Stephanie’s own design, heritage and cultural influences coming throughout the whole shoot, there is something Pre-Raphaelite about these, beautiful and wild. Working with artistic Leeds based due Martyn and Chloé of Fox and Owl Photography, the whole shoot has an ambience that is compelling and ethereal. Set in the most beautiful place, Didsbury Parsonage Trust, a secret garden, a capsule in time.

Didsbury Parsonage
Didsbury Parsonage heritage bride looking through window
Beautiful stained glass window with wilderness bride
beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride collection

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Stephanie studied Fashion Design and Garment Construction at Chester University. Working in the bridal industry for many years, she gained a wealth of experience from listening to and styling brides. Designing her own collection was a natural progression with friends asking her to design their wedding dresses. In 2014, Stephanie launched a small but successful collection of bridal separates under her own label, Wilderness Bride. Today the collection has grown and she continues to run Wilderness Bride from her flagship studio in Knutsford, Cheshire.

I’m definitely a no-fuss kind of person. My parents were free-spirited and interested in folklore and the natural world. All these influences can be seen in Wilderness Bride. If I’m not designing or dressmaking, I’m researching the 1800s, 1930s or 1950s through literature, art, fashion and photos. I feel very lucky and I love what I do.

beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride collection

I’m definitely a no-fuss kind of person. My parents were free-spirited and interested in folklore and the natural world. All these influences can be seen in Wilderness Bride. If I’m not designing or dressmaking, I’m researching the 1800s, 1930s or 1950s through literature, art, fashion and photos. I feel very lucky and I love what I do.

beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride heritage collection
Beautiful stained glass window with wilderness bride
beautiful wilderness bride collection
Beautiful stained glass window with wilderness bride
beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride collection
VINTAGE HERITAGE INSPIRED DESIGN

Stephanie is passionate about creating handcrafted bridalwear, with designs that are influenced by all things natural, vintage and heritage. Taking inspiration from classical literature, folklore and the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.

We work with vintage-inspired fabrics to create simple shapes and flattering silhouettes. We focus on intricate and enchanting details, with hidden heritage in every choice of cut, lace, bead and button.

beautiful wilderness bride collection
Beautiful stained glass window with wilderness heritage bride
beautiful wilderness bride collection
ABOUT THE BRAND

About five years ago, I was walking through the grounds of a beautiful stately home with a friend. We were discussing the name for my new label. At exactly the same time as deciding ‘Wilderness Bride’ was perfect, I tripped over a set of antlers! I took it as ‘a sign’, and they became my company emblem.

beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride collection
beautiful wilderness bride collection

Thanks to Stephanie for this beautiful glimpse of her stunning collection of heritage based bridal wear. Be sure to discover more over at Wilderness Bride where you can see long and tea length wedding dresses, mix and match separates, jackets, collars, veils and accessories too.

Thanks also to Fox and Owl Photography who’s work is gorgeous.

With love

Photographer – Fox and Owl Photography |  Bridal Designer – Wilderness Bride | Venue –Didsbury Parsonage Trust |

Summery Amanda Wyatt Dress for White and Green Inspired Garden Edit

Summery Amanda Wyatt Dress for White and Green Inspired Garden Edit

With May turning to June, we’re pretty spoilt for gorgeous, luscious gardens and natural blooms. It’s all that sunshine mixed with rain!  Stevie Jay Photography pulled together this pretty garden shoot with a stunning Amanda Wyatt gown at the heart of it. Taking advantage of all the natural blooms, the Rhododendrons, wisteria and foliage of the garden at this time of year.

With a beautiful sunny day at their disposal Stevie and the team created this stunning green and white inspired shoot in the grounds at Cannon Hall Museum. Let me hand you over to Stevie to tell you more about their inspiration;

Amanda Wyatt
When I was planning the shoot, I approached Elenor Rose Bridal to be involved and we selected this beautiful dress, it’s called “Promise” from the “Promises of Love” collection by Amanda Wyatt. As soon as I saw this I fell in love with it and knew it would be perfect! The dress is very floaty and summery, which matched the theme exactly.

 

Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
With green and whites being the colours of the moment, we wanted to create a table set up that was very simple.. something that wouldn’t go out of fashion and also that wouldn’t compete with the natural flowers of the gardens. We complemented with stationery by Cardus Creative with just a dash of copper. It coincidentally complemented our model Charlotte’s beautiful hair colour with stunning make up by Gemma Edwards.

 

Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Place settings with little wooden heart favours
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Light up LOVE letters by Typical Type with band in front.

The flowers were in full bloom, the sun was shining.. I really wanted to take advantage of that and create something really pretty.

We tied the white and green theme in with the bouquet and flower crown, by adding simple white flowers, all of which were created by talented Woo B Woo. We also had a vibrant cake by Debbie Gillespie Cake Design, which echoed the branches of the Rhododendrons perfectly.
Amanda wyatt

The shoot took place with the flowers were full bloom and the sun was shining. I really wanted to take advantage of that and create something really pretty. I think the style of the shoot reflects the way I shoot and the style of bride I like to attract,  with a relaxed, natural and romantic style.

Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Place settings with little wooden heart favours
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Light up LOVE letters by Typical Type with band in front.

A big thank you to  Stevie Jay Photography and to the team of creatives who worked on this pretty summery shoot. I adore that floral crown! Just beautiful.

If you’ve been inspired by these wonderful suppliers, a full list of credits can be found below, do go and check out their other work,

with love

 

Photographer – Stevie Jay Photography  | Bridal Designer – Amanda Wyatt at Elenor Rose Bridal | Model – Charlotte Brown | Make Up – Gemma Edwards | Flowers and Table decor – Woo B Woo | Stationery – Cardus Creative | Cake –  Debbie Gillespie Cake Design  | Venue – Cannon Hall Museum and Grounds

A Ballet Inspired Bridal Fashion Edit – Felicity Cooper Authentic Luxe Collection 2018

A Ballet Inspired Bridal Fashion Edit – Felicity Cooper Authentic Luxe Collection 2018

If you are currently pinning designers and dress ideas like crazy, in search of the perfect dress…. let me gently nudge you towards British Designer label Felicity Cooper Bridal and this ballet inspired shoot. Fiona, the designer behind Felicity Cooper has been creating bespoke pieces for brides since 2010 and last year launched her own collection to bridal boutiques at London Bridal Fashion Week.  It was a massive success and today I’m exited to share with you her latest designs from the 2018 Authentic Luxe Collection. They are a little bit gorgeous.

Images Lucy G Photography. Behind the scenes film Paul Kyte Photography

Fiona is a good friend of mine and I’ve been so excited to see how the brand has just sky-rocketed in the past year and it was great to work with the team behind this shoot. I sourced a venue for the shoot, a gorgeous high vaulted ceiling ballet studio, with huge windows, so we used a little bit of ballet to inspire the shoot for the collection.

Fiona’s dresses are beautifully made, with divine lines, gorgeous cotton lace, flowing chiffon and silks with beaded details, they are so versatile too and look epic in every setting from a tipi wedding, a country house, a wedding in NYC and everywhere in between.

Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal

The dresses appeal to the relaxed bride, fun loving and fashion thinking bride. The bride who knows her own mind and style, who wants to be comfortable yet look breath-taking.

Felicity cooper
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Felicity cooper
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Felicity cooper
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Felicity cooper
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper

These images were captured by our very own Lucy G Photography, flowers supplied by Chloe Robinson Designs, the behind the scenes film by Paul Kyte Photography, stationery by Hattie Boo Designs, styling by Pretty Creative at Adored Bride and delicate cake by lovely  Marie Antoinette Cakes.

Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper

I asked Fiona to tell us a bit about the collection;

It’s been really well received by the boutiques and brides and I’m so excited about our upcoming trunk shows. The dresses appeal to the relaxed bride, fun loving and fashion thinking bride. The bride who knows her own mind and style, who wants to be comfortable yet look breath-taking.

Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper

The 2018 collection has a relaxed feel, I have taken inspiration from so many things including interior design trends, bohemian fashion and the brides I meet. I’m really happy with this collection and cannot wait to see all the gorgeous brides wearing them on their wedding days.

Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper
Barm decorated with bunting for the meal
Felicity cooper
Felicity cooper

If you’ve fallen in love with these gorgeous dresses you can catch the collection at the Felicity Cooper Trunk Shows and meet designer Fiona. The next one is this weekend at The White Yard on Monday 1st May and then at Kimberley Ann Bridal Boutique  on Saturday the 8th and Sunday 9th July.

You can also see the collection at their other lovely stockists including Frock n SoulHalo and Wren The White Boutique, Millie Couture Bridal and Brides by Zoe.

Photographer – Lucy G Photography | Bridal Designer – Felicity Cooper | Photo Film – Paul Kyte Photography | Styling – Pretty Creative | Cake – Marie Antoinette Cakes  | Floristry – Chloe Robinson Designs  | Stationery – Hattie Boo Designs |

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