It’s decadence all the way today with a snippet from this stunning new collection from La Poésie Bridal! Think sumptuous silks, intricate detailing and beautifully cut simple gowns with a hint of screen goddess glamour. The brand new collection from Paris-trained fashion designer Monika Kashimbaya, caters for brides looking to capture a romantic, graceful and elegant look. I adore the delicate scalloped lace cross back detail on the Elodie dress below – so feminine and pretty!
All of these stunning dresses are made to order and take approximately 8 weeks.
As Monika explains… ‘The result is stunning, each bridal gown is beautifully finished using decadently luxurious silks and laces. No polyester in sight, dresses are lined in flowing silk satin so that they look and feel amazing.’
La Poesie’s studio is based in East London where all of the gowns are beautifully designed and developed. I love the fact that all of the dresses are then manufactured in London town, supporting the good old British manufacturing industry! You can also customize the dress by adding your own unique details to existing styles with the semi-bespoke service available. Or, if you have your heart set on a particular colour, well that’s possible too!
Prices range from £980-£1640 and include all alterations and fittings. To find out more and to view the full collection head on over to La Poesie.
Mrs White x
It’s the final day of The Wedding Collective series which concludes with my stationery board! It’s been such fun transporting ourselves around the world with this fun collab and sharing so much clever inspiration.
Decorative patterned rugs, hand-painted tiles and the traditional crafts of Morocco combine with strong geometric graphics from the distinctive Navajo textiles to provide the focus for the stationery elements.
A soft, hazy palette of coral and peach blended with an array of aqua tones and highlighted with deep cerise pinks and olives mix well to create an early sunset vibe.
Tropical heraldic crests painted or etched with palms and exotic flowers containing your wedding date or initials work perfectly for your save the dates, and set the tone of whats to follow. Or create your own naive block printed stamp monogram by taking geometric shapes and combining with your initials to be used throughout your stationery from envelopes to cocktail menus.
Credits (from top left: 1. via 100 Layer Cake | 2. via Oh Lovely Day | 3. Mark Rothko | 4. via Martha Stewart | 5. via Once Wed | 6. Sycamore Street Press | 7. via Nomuramaya | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. The Weaver House | 10. via Style Me Pretty | 11. via Style Me Pretty | 12. via Julep | 13. Lovely Little Details
For the invitation suites, take graphic Navajo elements and shapes and give them a softer edge by blending with watercolour bled techniques. Alternatively, collect old souvenir postcards of your choice or take your own photographs and use these as a backdrop to overprint with solid geometric patterns and text. Add a touch of luxe by printing with metallic or gold foil shapes instead. For envelope linings – marbling techniques in muted pastel tones create a dreamy map like pattern, or for a quirky, fun vibe use colourful hand-painted zebra prints instead. Decorate envelopes with vintage cactus and palm printed stamps or get involved with some good old cut and paste with geometric shapes to mirror those used in your invitation patterns.
The tile influence comes into play with your escort cards by printing names onto small tiles with table numbers displayed beneath. Continue this element through to your table numbers by using mis-matched patterned Moroccan tiles overprinted with colourful or metallic opaque numbers.
Use offcuts of the marbled paper to create hand written name tags at each guest’s place setting. Playfully anchor them with miniature safari animal models sprayed with a metallic gold finish.
Guests are invited to leave well wishes and travel tips for the newlyweds on geometric printed cards, which are then placed in huge sand filled shells.
Thanks for joining us on our journey this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these inspiring ideas. It was such fun working on this with so many talented creatives and designers and thanks so much to all those involved. By the way, if you missed any of the mood boards earlier this week you can take a peek by clicking on the links here… The Scene Setter by Whiter than White & Knot & Pop, The Dress by Belle & Bunty, The Decs by Knot & Pop, The Flowers by The Flower Drum.
Have a great weekend guys!
Mrs White x
Day four of our ‘Wedding Collective’ series and today chief flower enthusiast and girl in the know on all things floral, Holly Hipwell from The Flower Drum compiles an explosion of flowery goodness in her mood board. Holly is the go to florist out in Sydney where she creates floral works of art and beautiful bouquets for brides to be.
Blooms in every colour of the rainbow from every corner of the earth.
Old English garden roses, orchids flown in from Indonesia and night blooming cerus. Marigolds strung together to create hundreds of meters of garlands and pots of rose petals are simmering away filling the air with sweet syrupy fragrance.
Credits: 1. via Wedding Gawker | 2. via Pinterest | 3. Particular Poetry | 4. via Le Decor Que J’adore | 5. The Flower Drum | 6. via Bohemian Sense | 7. Flickr | 8. via The Lane | 9. The Flower Drum | 10. Flirty Fleurs | 11. via Pinterest | 12. via Back Seat Stylers | 13. via Wedding Chicks | 14. Bjorkheim | 15. The Flower Drum
Inspired by the upcoming journey through Morocco, South Africa, Bali & the Navajo Nation the flowers take on a nomadic and organic turn from the traditional wedding flower style. Wild & Unstructured. Loose flower heads are piled up high in abundance, old-fashioned perfume bottles found on previous adventures are filled with hand picked garden blooms and structures are made from existing growth of bougainvillea climbing along the archways. The flowers are everywhere… wrapped around the brides ankles and in her hair, hanging from the trees and clustered on every table, there’s edible flowers in the food and hibiscus infused in the cocktails. At the end of the night every guest takes home armfuls of beautiful blooms so they can continue to enjoy the colour and life of the amazing evening.
Oooh, super pretty and inspiring!
I’ll see you all tomorrow for the final day of ‘The Wedding Collective’ which concludes with all of the paper goodies I have uncovered in my stationery board!
Mrs White x
Yay!! We are half way through the week and today the Knot & Pop ladies share their fun ideas for the decorations board in this ‘Around the World’ themed wedding.
I met Susie last summer as her and Claire were just embarking on the Knot & Pop journey. Since then this clever duo have created some seriously lust-worthy bespoke events and styled shoots, with fun, originality and creativity always at the heart of all they do!
Over to Knot & Pop to tell you more…
Drawing from the many lands that this couple will visit, we wanted to channel the sense of wanderlust and feature the wealth of local artisans within each country.
Credits: 1. via Contemporist | 2. via The Lane | 3. Raj Tents | 4. Etsy | 5. via Ruffled | 6. Beads Paper Ink | 7. Etsy | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. via The Lane | 10. Fig & Fauna | 11. Etsy | 12. via All Posters | 13. via 100 Layer Cake | 14. One Canoe Two | 15. Trading Phrases
A traditional style marquee, sides opened to the elements, and Moroccan lanterns casting a warm glow as if at sunset, sets the scene for the travel loving couple and their adventure ahead. For décor, we looked to Morocco for their tile-tastic finishings that appear as individual drinks coasters along table-tops, or grouped together to form the most visual of table centres. Clusters of potted plants and cacti dress tables, nodding to the arid desert-scapes of both Morocco and the Navajo region, with tapered candles and gold candle-sticks dotted across sociable banquet tables. Rich in texture, rugs line the ceremony aisle and sit beneath the sweet heart table, with lounge areas featuring low level rattan seating, in neutral shades of the purest white and straw, and the quintessential hammock for early morning slumbers.
Furthering the sense of local craft that each area is famed for, a backdrop of woven plates from South Africa form the photobooth back-drop with floral Balinese neck garlands, African masks and Indian head-dresses used as props for the fun photos. Escort cards appear as zebra-like striped feathers, nettled into sand with a small tag with name and table attached to each. Feathers re-appear both as garlands draped across the marquee and as name cards, placed in the centre of Navajo print plates, with later dessert and cake served from banana leaves.
For favours, each guest receives an African beaded bracelet placed around a soft grey linen napkin, or an animal ornament of one of the many they’ll see on their travels. The guest book cements the sense of their journey ahead with an antique globe painted, and a calligraphed message for guests to ‘Wish The Couple Well On Their Life-Long Adventure Together’.
Just too many lovely ideas, if only our English weather would play ball so we could all dine beside the beach to a beautiful coral sunset backdrop! To see more pretty from Knot & Pop check out their lovely site!
Tomorrow, the amazing Sydney based florist Holly from The Flower Drum has put together a floral explosion of loveliness in her flower board – see you then!
Mrs White x
Welcome back to day two of our exciting week long collaboration. If you missed our story behind The Wedding Collective and scene setter inspiration yesterday then click here to hear all about it!
I for one am a huge fan of London based designers Hannah and Alice’s wedding label Belle & Bunty, every time I peruse their lovely website I just wish I could get married again! These girls most certainly rock with their super pretty and ultra glamorous vintage inspired bridal collection. Understated elegance is at the core of all they do and each and every one of their stunning gowns is created and made within the UK (we like that!). Not only that but the clever ladies have recently won the ‘Bridal Designers of the Year 2013′ by the Tailored Bridal Awards! There really is no one better to put together our dress mood board for the latest edition of the ‘The Wedding Collective.’
I therefore leave you in the very capable hands of Hannah from Belle & Bunty as she explains her inspiration behind this gorgeous mood board…
Dreamy sunset colours form the palette, with shades of soft coral, cerise pink and dusty orange sitting alongside highlights of turquoise as clear as the ocean. Inspired by a relaxed travelers vibe the Brides look is effortlessly laid back with a nod to Boho.
Credits: 1: Brigitte Sire | 2: via Oh Mai Darling | 3: Belle & Bunty | 4: via Style Blazer | 5: Belle & Bunty | 6: via Glamouria | 7: via Bliss | 8: via We Heart It | 9: via Highlanders Poems | 10: Etsy | 11. via Fora | 12. Belle & Bunty
Two wedding dresses allow the bride to indulge in her love of beautiful fabrics seen in Balinese & Moroccan markets. The daytime dress combines delicate ivory lace with blush silk satin while the evening gown plays on the sunset mood in a shade of coral. A pastel pink feathered cape inspired by exotic African birds adds drama and starts a running “feather” theme with a fun headdress and delicate handcrafted gold earrings adding natural beauty. Shoes that peak out from beneath the hem of the dresses have a fun element of hand crafted gold heels mixed with animal print as seen on African safari’s. On her wrists she wears a layered arm party of bracelets all collected from past explorations and each of which hold memories. Statement rings of turquoise and gold add a splash of vivid colour mimicking intricate Moroccan patterns. Bridesmaids wear carefully selected hues of bold colours from the palette in hot pinks and orangey reds with fun oversize bows.
Glimmering shades of gold like the sunshine give a subtle glimmering natural make up, with gold leaf eyes for added sparkle in the evening to compliment the coral dress. A bright matt coral lip works well with a coordinating bright nail colour for a fresh, new bridal look. Loose waves in the hair give a relaxed, carefree feel with small tribal plaits for a fashionable, boho edge.
What a gorgeous colour palette and I’m so in love with that coral dress! Thanks to the ladies at Belle & Bunty for creating such gorgeous inspiration and don’t forget to check out their beautiful dress collection right here!
Stop by tomorrow for the next installment as event planners Knot & Pop talk decorations…
Mrs White x