It’s approaching the 1 year mark since my last ‘before Covid’ wedding. I cannot believe how fast and slow the time has gone if that makes sense…I love everything about weddings from the planning to the actual day. It has been a long time of missing sharing and capturing my couples big days!
I was fortunate enough to photograph one lucky couples day in October 2020 when the restrictions relaxed which was really magical, teamed up with my videographer (Neil at NDR Films http://www.ndrfilms.co.uk) we could not wait to get back to doing what we love even if for only one day!
During the first lockdown, I decided to create a series of social media posts detailing the most popular styles of every aspect of a wedding day from my clients that previous season.
Now in the third lockdown I thought it would be lovely to put it all together to celebrate and show off the wedding trends on what was our last normal wedding season and hopefully to give inspiration and hope to all couples waiting for their future wedding day…
I looked at wedding dresses, Groom style, the cake, the shoes, venue styling and decorations, Bridal hair and make up, the flowers and the Bridesmaid dresses. I really loved this project, I hope enjoy…
My beautiful Bride’s in their dream dresses…the dress is always one of the most talked about and wow factors to all wedding days…from surprising your parents and Bridesmaids, to walking down the aisle and seeing your guests faces and finally the most important look – your Husband to be!
As you can see, there are many different styles and materials, some with lace, some with sleeves, beautiful ornate crystal details, open back etc…There is no typical style anymore and always a wonderful surprise to everything.
A lot of my clients have told me they had an idea of what they wanted and came out with something totally different! So make lots of dress appointments, try on different styles, have fun with the girls, drink the bubbles and you will know when you find your perfect dress as there will not be a dry eye in the dress viewing room.
The talk may always be about the dress but I definitely wasn’t going to leave out the handsome Groom’s and the effort they put into their own styling and wardrobe for their big day.
I love that the traditional suits have been adapted to be in a range of colours, materials and cuts to show a Groom’s individual style and personality whilst of course complimenting the wedding colours and theme. Popular colour choices that season were white, black, navy and grey with white shirts and matching some matching waistcoats.
Accessories were a big focus point from designer cufflinks and watches to personalised pocket watches and cufflinks. Some big luxury brands of the season were Rolex, Tiffany and Mulberry. Their looks were complete with a stunning miniature piece of the wedding floristry in a button hole on their jacket.
I can still remember the wonderful sweet smells of icing and flowers as I photographed them…aren’t cakes just a work of art now, a real feature and talking point at your wedding. A lovely treat too for you and your guests later on. Traditionally the top tier is frozen by the Bride and Groom then defrosted and eaten on their first anniversary or their 1st child’s christening.
Bride’s are spoilt for choice in Essex as we have some truly amazing cake creators! I noticed 2 main styles – ornate and intricate detailing of lace and flowers on traditionally iced cakes and the naked / rustic cakes with fresh fruit, treats and flowers. They are all so beautiful aren’t they!
Your dress may cover your shoes most of the day but what woman doesn’t feel amazing in stunning statement shoes – how gorgeous are these!
From Louboutin’s, Jimmy Choo, Sophia Webster and Ted Baker to personalised wedding designs by Charlotte Mills to high street brands and personalised converse…last season was all about making a big statement with sparkly shoes,
I always advise Brides to have a flat pair of flip flops or sandals on hand just in case for walking around the venue for the photos, wet weather, sore feet or dancing. It’s also a good idea if your venue has a lot of grass, and you have thin high heels to get high heel protectors. They slide on over your heel to prevent damage / sinking into grass.
VENUE STYLING AND DECORATIONS
With so many talented suppliers in wedding hire and styling in and around Essex, your dream wedding can become a reality. Here are some of my favourite styles and decorations – stunning aren’t they!
Some popular and stunning looks with my clients were light up signs and letters (great for special photos) flowers and trees, arches, styled table cloths and drapes, lighting (oh I just love beautiful lighting) flower walls (these make great backdrops for your top table) wooden chairs with non traditional covers…even the guest place settings have been glammed up with plate chargers and options for names signs.
I really love where the styling was last season, so beautiful to photograph.
BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKEUP
I feel Bridal hair and makeup has really changed over the past 13 years of being a photographer – following on from traditional hair up dos and make up, there are so many more lovely styles to suit each Bride individually from glam, to boho, to natural and everything inbetween.
Many professionals in the industry say that Bridal styling is to enhance your natural beauty and not to totally change you. It’s advised to choose your styling based on how you already like to have your hair and make up and enhance that for that for the wedding. I will never forgot one Bride many years ago who said to me after her wedding that she has no idea why she chose a hair up style when she never wears her hair up and she regretted it.
Here are just a few of my beautiful clients – shimmer shadowing, highlighter and flawless contoured skin along with messy up dos with small details like flowers or headpieces and long flowing waves were the hot looks!
Your flowers will be in most of the photos until the evening so it’s important to choose flowers that you personally love and to compliment your theme and colours. There are so many options to choose from your florist will guide you through the process and create your dream bouquet.
Pastel and white collections as well as seasonal bouquets were my clients favourites last season.
Traditionally the bouquet is thrown in the evening to the women who are not married yet however now with bouquet freeze drying and framing services and the lovely tradition of taking the flowers to a loved one at the cemetery the following day, I only photograph this every now and then as more Bride’s choose not to do it.
As with Bridal looks, the options for the styling your Bridesmaids has a changed a lot over the years from the traditional satin dresses in every bright colour to the style/theme that fit your wedding as well as making your girls feel and look amazing!
How incredible do all these women look! I have loved the recent years styling for Bridesmaid dresses!
Some of my clients personal favourites have been all white (I absolutely love this look it’s so fresh to photograph) the multiway dresses, slim fitting styles, pastel colours especially dusky pink and themed dresses. I love the boho style smart white dresses for something different and the little flower girls in their 1940’s theme…so cute.
I hope you enjoyed looking at all of these stunning weddings and will join me in praying and crossing your fingers for a normal return to the wedding industry as soon as safely possible so all of the couples who would love to marry their soulmate can do so with their family and friends and so the wonderful industry can repair itself and keep on doing what we all love…