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 |

A Natural, Bohemian Luxe Cornish Coastal Elopement

A Natural, Bohemian Luxe Cornish Coastal Elopement

I’m sharing with you today a Cornish elopement, a breath taking, natural, wild and authentic coastline inspired shoot. It’s filled with beautiful imagery, stunning landscapes, delicate florals, a stunning dress and pale blue detailing. There is something so magical about the setting of the Cornish coastline, the light, even on stormy days is incredible.

These gorgeous photographs are from Irina and Chris who are amazing wedding photographers from Germany who love to travel. They love to photograph, in Irina’s own words, ‘couples crazily in love’. So I just knew I was going to adore their work!

With this evocative bohemian luxe elopement they have captured the light, the love, the connection between the couple and created some truly gorgeous images.

Lovely Irina explains about the inspiration behind the images;

When we planned backpacking a little bit through Cornwall, I knew that would be the perfect place for an aquamarine, natural, bohemian intimate wedding elopement. A coastline inspired wild and back to the roots elopement, that was our vision.

When we planned backpacking a little bit through Cornwall, I knew that would be the perfect place for an aquamarine, natural, bohemian intimate wedding elopement. A coastline inspired wild and back to the roots elopement, that was our vision.

couple embracing on beach
bride on beach with bouquet
coastline
bride stood on rocks
coastal elopement

We just love natural coastlines and I particularly love that aquamarine water colour that you can find in lakes, usually in the mountains (we found them in the Rocky Mountains in Canada). So when we discovered the greenish blue hue at the beach lakes of Cornwall when the tide is in, we really wanted to shoot on location. I collected brass candle holders and soft blue candle sticks in advance, knowing some day I would realise the vision in my head, which I’d had for some time.

coastal elopement
couple embracing on beach
bride stood on rocks
coastline
bride on beach with bouquet
coastal elopement

It all came to realisation with the fabulous effortless look that the dress and the floral bouquet gave to the scene. The dress is handmade by a German designer we know Light and Lace Couture. It is perfect for the beach; lace and chiffon and a backless design, so alluring and elegant too.

coastal elopement
coastal elopement
coastal elopement
couple embracing on beach
bride on beach with bouquet
coastline
bride stood on rocks
couple embracing on beach

We found florists Becca & Maz from The Garden Gate Flower Company through Instagram. They are true artisans. Their bouquets are pieces of art. They look so effortless as if you picked them yourselves at the fields and still they are so nicely composed. It totally matched the easy breezy flair of our shoot.

coastal elopement
couple embracing on beach
coastline

Our model couple, Emily and Tom, are a true Cornish couple. They are actually engaged and so, though it is a styled collaborative shoot, it has some true story in it: True love of two people who appreciate each other and embrace their life by the Cornish coast.

Huge thanks to the talented team involved in bringing us this beautiful shoot, the wonderful Irina und Chris Photography, Garden Gate Flower Company and Light and Lace Couture. You should be super proud of your stunning and amazingly natural shoot.

Are you planning an elopement? You may also enjoy reading this,

best wishes

| Photography – Irina und Chris | Bridal Designer – Light and Lace Couture | Florist – Garden Gate Flower Company |

A Bright Burst of Spring Blooms for Woodland Shoot by Camilla J Hards

A Bright Burst of Spring Blooms for Woodland Shoot by Camilla J Hards

Aw, it’s been such a beautiful spring weekend, I love this season as it really comes into it’s own and the hot spring sunshine was such a welcome surprise. I’m really happy then to be sharing with you this bright spring inspiration shoot by lovely Camilla J Hards.

spring blooms
beautiful bouquet

Camilla enlisted the help of a real married couple to model and ensure the chemistry on camera was for real. She then pulled together the talents of Petal & Wild Flowers to create the gorgeous and vibrant spring florals, Audrey Ashley Wedding Dresses for the stunning separates wedding dress, Jade Violet MUA to create the brides look and Pippa Davidson Wedding Cakes for the amazing cakes.

They headed out last month in the March sunshine to Shorne Country Park to create these vibrant spring images. Camilla tells us a little more about the shoot;

flower crown
bride

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to do a bright and colourful whimsical woodland boho wedding shoot in the spring. As a result of some new years resolutions to do more of the things I love,  I thought this would be a perfect place to start!

cake
button holes
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery
Beautiful rustic cake by The Frostery

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to do a bright and colourful whimsical woodland boho wedding shoot.

As a result of some new years resolutions to do more of the things I love,  I thought this would be a perfect place to start!

spring blooms
bride and groom
flower crown
bouquet on bench

Often with every styled shoot I do and participate in I tend to use a lot of the same suppliers. After working in the industry for some time you begin to know who you work well with and know what suppliers styles match your own, so it was lovely to work with this team of creatives. I am so happy with the results.

flower crown
bride and groom
flower crown
bride and groom

Huge thanks to lovely Camilla and team for sharing this beautiful colourful spring inspiration shoot with us this morning.

Photographer – Camilla J Hards  | Floristry – Petal & Wild Flowers | Bridal Designer – Audrey Ashley Wedding Dresses | Make Up –  Jade Violet MUA  | Cakes – Pippa Davidson Wedding Cakes | Venue – Shorne Country Park |

 

 

 

 

 

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