Modern Takes On Traditional
Weddings are funny old things. Whilst couples are striving to create the freshest, most unique styling that's completely personalised to them and their story, they're simultaneously trying to nod to tradition and incorporate elements that are as old as time. Merging the two of these seamlessly can seem really difficult without acceding and just whitewashing your wedding, but frettle not, petals - it can be done, and it can be done well too. There are loads of ways to keep your wedding styled and sumptuous whilst also retaining all the bits you've dreamed about since you were younger, and all the bits you'd like your older generations to see you do. Here's some modern takes on classic components of the wedding day:
A pink veil
Avail yourself of a veil, but not a veil as you know them. For some brides, the veil is a key part of the wedding - the part of the dress fitting where they finally feel like it's real, the part of the ceremony where the symbolism is realised, and the part that they know will get their parents right in the feels. However, they don't have to be plain, stiff, or stick out at awkward angles that make you look like you've come straight out of a family photo album that hasn't aged as well as your mum hoped it would. Heather from Sash + Veil creates the most amazing veils in beautiful fabrics, with stunning, intricate design and the final finishing features that make it magic. We especially love the Gemma veil, lovingly named after the stylish bride who created it, in all of it's blush tulle glory. No-one can look at this veil and think it's boring or dated - instead they'll wish they chose to date you, you fashionista!
Lace is synonymous with bridal style, but that doesn't mean you can't play with new looks. If you want a lacy number, there are some incredible styles out there that have all the whimsy and softness of traditional lace but on closer inspection have a really cool and graphic edge. We l o v e love the Jungle Fever dress from Lucy Can't Dance, with it's gorgeous palm print pattern.
Neutral and Natural Flowers
There's no prizes for telling you that nowadays your bouquet doesn't have to be made of flowers, but what if you do want flowers, but just don't want them to look the same as everyone else's? Enter the next-level colour palette of whites, greys, and greens. Move along blush pink and step aside peonies - this über chic, über cool palette is romantic and dramatic. You may think they'd looked washed out but that couldn't be further from the truth final product is absolutely swoon-worthy We adore this stunning arrangement by the queen of über chic and über cool The Flower Arranger!
Glitter makes you fitter
On your wedding day, you want to feel like an even more banging version of yourself. And if yourself is a glitter fiend, why should this be toned down for your big day? There's no need to go all-out Woodstock on your wedding day, but adding little bit of glitter as part of a gorgeous natural make-up style not only adds some sparkle to your face but also sparkle to your eye. Natural and glitter shouldn't go together by definition, but they so definitely do! We love this glittery bridal inspiration from our very own Amy George Make-Up Artist.
We've not exactly been quiet about our love for natural, documentary-style photography, but there's good reason. Whilst the older generations may sing the praises of getting posed photos of every combination of relatives under the sun, why not take posed photos of a handful of combinations, and leave the rest of the time to capture said relatives when they're enjoying themselves, naturally and unencumbered by the awkwardness of a camera obviously in their face? Candid photography magically captures the best bits of your wedding anyway, leaving you with all the memories you'll treasure forever, rather than the same line-ups you had a photo with at your 21st birthday party. Exhibit A: the photo below. Becki from All You Need is Love Photography captured this incredible scene, and was only booked for this wedding a week before the wedding day - sometimes, things are just meant to be. (Check out this whole wedding for more candid, DIY fun and laughter.)
So, there you have it, folks. You can seamlessly blend the old with the new, and the traditional with the less traditional. It doesn't look awkward, or weird, or mismatched - it can be absolutely perfect, and just what you need.