Wedding Inspiration Wednesday – Pretty Monochrome

Carolanne & Luke Wedding Day-426

Last September, Miss Bush MD Emma attended a very special wedding; that of Make Up artist Carolanne at Fetcham ParkClick here to view the post from earlier this year and prepare to swoon over the stunning images from Juliet McKee Photography!

Carolanne’s wedding was packed with stylish personal touches and we particularly loved the addition of bold black and white stripes – very on trend for 2014 weddings. Carolanne accessorised her Jesus Peiro gown with a dramatic bespoke sash which was made inhouse at Miss Bush, complemented by a matching ribbon on her Bloomin’gayles bouquet.

Moving away from stark minimalism the new monchrome look is both contemporary and pretty; a look that can be achieved with the addition of beautiful mixed florals and subtle styling.

Black and white stripes wedding inspiration

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1 – Jesus Peiro dress with bespoke sash by Miss Bush Bridalwear, image by Juliet Mckee / 2 – Striped table runner, via 100 Layer Cake / 3 – Striped kitten heels, Zara / 4  + 5 – Bouquet with striped ribbon detail by Bloomingayles, images by Juliet Mckee / 6 – Printed menu with striped ribbon detail, via Elizabeth Ann Designs / 7 – Black diamond ring, Itay Malkin / 8 - Black and white striped straws, party HQ on Etsy / 9 – Polka dot and floral Save the Date card, Berin Made

Will you be incorporating monochrome into your theme? Let us know in the comments below!

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Be My Forever – Cathryn + Jake’s wedding film

For a supposed ‘bad-ass’ I am actually just a massive softie! Wedding films just make me cry. Cathryn looks incredible, that was never going to be in any doubt. Petite, auburn-haired & girl-crush pretty, Cathryn styled her wedding to be equally lovely. Peachy tones, gorgeous flowers, handsome men & cute kids – I just melted.

What I love about a wedding film is that it captures the nerves, the preparation, the tension, the love & the ‘off camera-moments.’ As a wedding professional I also thrill at  seeing our dresses in action & being admired. Cathryn’s dress is Violet by Maggie Sottero; it’s tiny capped sleeves & low V back channel this season’s trends whilst remaining classic. I can’t imagine looking back at this & wondering what one was thinking! It also features Maggie Sottero’s legendary corsettry – now with buttons & loops on most dresses.

I feel a weird kind of maternal pride that Miss Bush helped someone choose,  style & fit their dress to perfection. I think I need to watch a wedding film a day to remind me that the fruits of my labours are truly significant in our clients lives. I would urge, if budget allows, commissioning some kind of film. It brings another dimension to the lasting memories of a day that goes too fast.

 

Thanks to Cathryn & Jake for being kind enough to share their wedding. Wishing you a marriage as beautiful as the day.

Video by John Harris Wedding Films.

Emma xxx

Emma Meek, MD of Miss Bush Bridalwear
Miss Bush Bridalwear is Surrey’s leading designer bridal shop

Real Bride – Lindsay in Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham Bride at Forbury London - wedding dress from Miss Bush Bridalwear Surrey - wedding photography by Babb Photo (42) I wrote a blog post about Miss Bush bride Ellen (link) trying to describe with some clarity how I would develop my social media marketing to attract more ‘Ellens’. Having read extensively, listened intently & consulted all & sundry on the subject I decided to adopt a strategy similar to the one advocated by Laura Caudery here (link). In a major presentation that she gave, at the Social Media World Forum no less, Laura described how her wedding venue business was defined on social media from the outset.

I knew the tone of voice was going to be very important too: no bland corporate statements but something with a real personality – my own. I’m also happy to share a certain amount of my personal life through my accounts as it’s just as important that people get to know ‘me’ as the business – it reinforces the connection people feel with the house (Fetcham Park wedding venue). Whilst it may not be appropriate for all businesses, giving your business a human voice on social media is key to building that conversation.

The idea of attracting a ‘connection’ with like-minded women before, during and after their wedding with whom you can converse on all matters, not just dresses, seemed the most logical use of Miss Bush’s social media. I can’t, and don’t want to, sell a dress to everyone I have neither the desire nor the business acumen to become David’s Bridal. Neither do I  have the location or the connections to be Brown’s. Dressing & styling women in one of their  lifetimes most significant outfits is a great responsibility & a very great pleasure. The pleasure is magnified for both my client & I if we get on.

I have faced steely faced groups of women on some Saturdays that approach wedding dress shopping & shops as if ‘we’ were pickpockets & charlatans. They grip their handbags close & defy me to show them something they’ll like. I have done twenty years on the shop floor & it seems a shame to spend an  appointment hour working hard to prove my credibility when you could learn a little about Miss Bush & I beforehand to see whether an appointment was worthwhile.

Jenny Packham Bride at Forbury London - wedding dress from Miss Bush Bridalwear Surrey - wedding photography by Babb Photo (41)

I have had Lindsay’s photos for a while, Jenny Packham discontinued the dress Eve and inevitably it would lead to lots of disappointed enquirers. Today though I am bringing out the redheads for some Miss Bush bolstering. Friend of Miss Bush, Annabel Beeforth of Love My Dress published a discussion post about bridal shops ‘charging’ for appointments. It proved rather explosive and I feel quite a lot of readers may fall into the ‘steely faced’ group that think ‘we’ are parasitic peddlers of over priced pretty.

This is simply not true & one, mercifully deleted comment, accused me of being a PR disaster bride hater. Clearly I don’t hate brides. I crucially don’t define my customers as, simply, ‘brides.’ First & foremost they are intelligent, fabulous & quite over achieving women. This is why I don’t mind giving my own opinion, my human voice as Laura Caudery would have it. My clients, that-happen-to-be-brides-to-be, should know that the Miss Bush philosophy is ‘style & expertise with integrity.’

Sometimes I will get a backlash as yesterday. My three fabulous redheads that paid for an appointment with me on Saturday had a  ball!  Miss M has written ‘Thank you for making the experience so great’. They have their gift vouchers & huge strides were made towards defining their personal style & removing wedding dress apprehension.

Jenny Packham Bride at Forbury London - wedding dress from Miss Bush Bridalwear Surrey - wedding photography by Babb Photo (17)

I hope that, like beautiful Lindsay, one or more of Saturday’s three redheads will become Miss Bush brides. I hope I can quite surprise them as I did Lindsay  with a choice of dress that is as individual as it is gorgeous. I hope that we keep in touch periodically across social media like I occasionally Tweet Lindsay. I hope to be more stylist than sales person. I know my clients recognise that worth – even though sometimes it involves me telling them that their hair trial up-do was ageing – sorry Miss C!

Jenny Packham Bride at Forbury London - wedding dress from Miss Bush Bridalwear Surrey - wedding photography by Babb Photo (37)

I loved seeing Lindsay’s pictures, I love seeing how her story progressed, I loved being a character in her story.

 

…one of the key things businesses need to understand about social media: it’s not just about you telling your story, it’s about getting other people to tell it for you. Laura Caudery

 

Jenny Packham Bride at Forbury London - wedding dress from Miss Bush Bridalwear Surrey - wedding photography by Babb Photo (35)

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Credits

Photography: Babb Photo
The Dress: Jenny Packham ‘Eve’ from Miss Bush Bridalwear
Brides Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes
Flowers: Longacres
Reception Venue: The Forbury Hotel
Transport: London Legend
Hair and Make Up: Amy Brandon

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Emma xxx Emma Meek, MD of Miss Bush Bridalwear
Miss Bush Bridalwear is Surrey’s leading designer bridal shop