27 Apr

Royal Wedding week: Chic London bridal style

categories Wedding Wardrobe

We thought this shoot would get us all in the mood for planning or attending or dreaming about a modern English wedding. Putting aside the usual idea that England is gloomy, rainy & stuffy, Mary from Forever & Ever Events set out to show off the more modern, pretty, and traditionally quirky side of English bridal style, and so she teamed up with some of the best London-based wedding vendors (like photog Aneta Mak) for a gorgeous inspirational photo shoot in the historical and quirky area of Bloomsbury, London.

It’s also worth mentioning that although these vendors are based in London, most if not all will travel across the globe for clients. Good to know, right?

Though the royal weddings of yesteryear mostly featured poofy, over-the-top gowns, modern English brides actually prefer a more timeless, chic, elegant look – like these to-die-for Delphine Manivet numbers below.

When talking about UK bridal style, you can’t not talk about hats. Hats!  English women are expected to wear them at more traditional affairs, but it’s not a super strict requirement these days. That said, more and more young, hip ladies are opting to don their own unique versions of hats and hairpieces – especially at the more offbeat weddings. We love these designed by Edwina Ibbotson.

All so gorgeous. Fabulous job to everyone involved.

Event Design, Planning & Styling: Mary Lee Herrington of Forever & Ever Events / Photography: Aneta Mak Photography / Dresses: Delphine Manivet / Headpieces/Millinery: Edwina Ibbotson (all bespoke and made to order!): edwina[dot]ibbotson[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk / Flowers: Chantal Flores Design / Makeup/Hair: Amy Brandon for Claire Hanson Makeup & Hair Team / Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Socks & Knee-highs: Tabio / Locations: all in Bloomsbury London, England. The British Museum, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury Square, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury Lanes, The Charlotte Street Hotel.

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  1. Gorgeous!!!! I absolutely love this! So English and so understated and chic. Well done guys! Can I please have that bow bracelet?

  2. Aneta, you take the most timeless photos. I love them all. Cute styling too, Mary!

  3. Beautiful work, everyone involved! Love the styling and the pop of red.

  4. How exciting to see my wedding planner on 100 Layer Cake!!! Mary’s the lifesaver for my wedding next summer and she’s also super cute and smart to boot. I had my heart set on Jenny Packham, but after seeing these dresses, I’ll have to extend my dress search! Love you, Mary!

  5. Wow, she is stunning. I love the headpiece and the bright red flowers, too.

  6. Beautiful shoot, I love the unexpected pop of red with the bouquet!

  7. Omg I love the shoes and hats! Speaking of which, check out the royal wedding hats I picked out on my blog! http://ifzombiesweresupermodels.blogspot.com/2011/04/royal-wedding-party-hats.html

  8. Wow! Well done for showing off the best of British. I NEED those shoes!

  9. The bouquet in this photo shoot is so striking and unique…I love it! Also, the photographer did such a wonderful job capturing the beauty of an English wedding!

  10. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! Aneta was a joy to work with! She is one of the few photographers in the UK who shoots on film, and as you can see, it’s effervescent! I can’t tell you how amazing it is to work with the likes of Delphine Manivet and Edwina Ibbotson – artists! And of course Chantal Flores and Claire Hanson’s Amy Brandon never fail. Thanks so much to Jillian, Amanda and Kristina for featuring us! M. xxxxx

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