Image by Swanton Morley Studios.
I really love today’s feature… Not only because we get to look at some pretty sweet bridesmaid inspo and dream of balmy days, but also because we get to go on a little tour of the glorious gardens at Swanton Morley House in Norfolk. From forest to meadows this venue has it all, so if you’re currently coveting an outdoor wedding then this is probably for you. Plus you get to see how to dress your best girls to boot.
Notes from Swanton Morley
On a very hot July day last year, we welcomed Holly from Willow & Pearl who designs and makes stunning multi-way bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. The shoot was planned to celebrate the launch of Willow & Pearl’s new colour ranges which included Periwinkle, Blush, Sage, Heather and Wisteria and whilst these colours looked stunning together Holly and her stylist Kate (By Kate Elizabeth) decided to create four different sets to showcase the new colours whilst making use of different areas of our gardens and grounds.
The team also included Penny from Crown House Flowers who created some rather special florals for each shoot, and Lanoi Hansakda and Jeahan Tuddenham who provided stunning hair styling and make-up for our gorgeous models Emma, Liz, Hollie, Sophie and Lanoi.
The first shoot entitled “Provence” featured Willow & Pearl’s beautiful Periwinkle Pearl gowns which are a lovely soft blue and looked gorgeous against all the lavender which was in full bloom in our gardens. We also had a bride, Emma, for this shoot who wore her own elegant wedding dress from her actual wedding which was just the week before!
Penny created a beautiful bridal bouquet and bridesmaids posies which included lavender, rosemary and poppy seed heads. The elegant look was completed with lavender fizz and delightful afternoon tea treats.
Images by Julie Michaelsen Photography.
When I heard that this particular brand were launching their first wedding collection, I may have been just a bit too excited. I sadly couldn’t attend the recent Press Day (I was gallivanting in a wood taking photos for a new venue!) but the gorgeous Julie Michaelsen Photography popped by to capture the pretty.
“Designed for the modern bride, Whistles Wedding will comprise of seven limited pieces in a range of versatile silhouettes including stepped hems, strapless, contemporary one shoulder and a refined high neck dress alongside a timeless jumpsuit.
Adorned in beautiful fabrics; delicate lace, organza jacquard, embroidered tulle and luxurious silk, and featuring internally boned bodices, each style is elegantly designed with subtle detailing including; scalloped edges, detachable trains, modem ruffles and finished with beautifully tied feminine back details…”
Images by Lydia Stamp Photography.
It’s always a pleasure writing about beautiful things…
From venues to boutiques, luscious florals through to treasured trinkets to wear on your big day; sometimes I’m overwhelmed that this is job is mine.
Now, Victoria has been a go-to for us for some time and you can read her full story here, but today we’re just diving straight in to this gorgeous little lot!
Swoon over the below styled images, then be inspired as Victoria tells us which pieces she’d choose for Brides marrying at three of her favourite venues on Coco.
Notes from Victoria Fergusson
The Treasured collection is designed to offer exquisite stand-alone pieces with the option to combine multiple pieces together; so creating either subtle or high impact looks.
Inspired by classic tiaras and jewels from legendary design houses such as Tiffany & Co, Cartier and Faberge, the Treasured collection comprises of wedding embellishments that can be set as combs, clips, hairpins, brooches, headdresses or even dress appliques.
We’re trying out some weekend features on the blog and to kick off proceedings we’ve got something special for all you fellow magpies. Yes, we’re talking all things golden, sparkly and just a little bit tongue-in-cheek.
Alex Monroe is known for his much-loved and much-coveted bumble bee necklace – a cult-product of this English jewellery brand. Established in 1987, Alex set up his first studio in South London to make great quality, wearable jewellery, which was originally designed and well priced. Many years on, the demand for Alex’s jewellery is global – with waiting lists forming across the UK and Europe, and across the seas in Japan!
Alex’s inspiration, right from the beginning of his career has been to use nature as a metaphor or tool to pull out themes of nostalgia and Englishness, with the delicacy of a bygone age. Alex Monroe jewellery is very personal, the pieces often mean a great deal to the wearer, and Alex always designs with this is mind. The simple beauty of nature features throughout Alex’s collections, with his love of wildlife transcending into instantly wearable pieces, which are always right on-trend.
Bringing things right back around to our wedding venues there was a particular Alex Monroe collection that caught my eye, the new Beyond the Sea collection. This collection would be the perfect memento of your Coastal Cool wedding, whether as a gift for your Bridesmaids or as a token of love from your beau.
I’m particular loving the crabs…
Beyond The Sea
“Set sail for a long voyage across the ocean and discover this delicate, sentimental and at times humorous collection of jewellery – Beyond the Sea.
Billowing ships will guide you to your destination, but be sure to drop an anchor to keep you from drifting. Dive to the depths to discover Moby the whale, and the cheeky diamond-stealing crab, and unearth intricate treasures revealing charming engravings to a sweetheart left back on dry land. Take hold of the ship’s wheel to become the captain of your vessel, and let the swooping swallows guide you home…”
We’re scrubbing up and getting our Classic on this morning with a twist on the traditional. Think Bridesmaids in bold blue, flashes of gold stripes and a smattering of fresh pale green.
Does this palette tickle your fancy…?
Coco Colour Palette # 24
Top Row Left: Image by Aaron Young Photography via Ruffled. Top Row Middle: Image via Vogue. Top Row Right: Image by Fallon Chan via Style Me Pretty. Second Row Left: Image via Absolutely White. Second Row Middle: Image by Mango Studios via Style Me Pretty. Second Row Right: Image by Michael Radford Photography via Wedding Sparrow. Bottom Row Left: Image via InStyle. Bottom Row Middle: Image via Brides. Bottom Row Right: Image by Geehae Jeong via Style Me Pretty.