Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Nieve Dress

Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection

I’ve had huge admiration for Rachel from Luella’s bridal for a long time. When The Wedding Community launched back in 2009 Rachel was on our expert panel providing bridal wear advice. I was therefore very excited when Luella’s Bridal launched their first beautiful collection of wedding dresses. Now I am delighted to share a fabulous new collection of five distinctly different dresses… the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Bridal Collection.

The Island Pod Rings crafted by Trinidadian jewellery designer Sarah May inspired the new collection. Sarah’s original engagement ring and her subsequent life journey inspired the rings, named Happy, Love, Dream, Believe and Abundance. It’s lovely to see a bridal collection designed to complement a piece of jewellery; it’s usually the other way round!

The Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection includes a selection of low plunging backs, soft flowing skirts, stunning hand beaded lace and Luella’s signature pleated skirt. Each dress is handmade in the UK using a selection of the finest French lace, silk, satin, tulle and beaded appliqués, in a blend of soft ivory, cream and blush tones. Designs feature a mixture of simple, understated and intricately beaded slip style dresses, and beautiful lace and tulle gowns. Each dress has an element of sparkle, so even the simplest styles still look and feel special.

“It was such a pleasure to work with Sarah on this project. I have known Sarah for many years and have always wanted to work with her. Sarah’s unique collection of Island Pod Rings is perfect for our more relaxed type of customer and complements our slightly more modern style of dresses.

“I think my favourite dress from the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection has to be Isla. I love the simplicity of the bias cut design and I fell in love with the beautiful beading as soon as I saw it. Each appliqué is handmade to order, and I love the subtle ivory and blush tones. I also think it’s a really versatile style of dress and will work well for lots of different styles of wedding – everything from a chic city affair to a relaxed beach style wedding.” – Rachel Attwell, Owner of Luella’s Bridal

These are the five beautiful dresses in the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection, and the rings that inspired each dress…

Amber, Inspired by Dreams Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Amber Dress

Dreams Ring by Sarah May

Amber is a modern, backless design made from cream Japanese handmade silk, and features Luella’s trade mark pleated skirt. It includes a racer neckline and stunning beaded straps in a mixture of milky white, blush and ivory tones.

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Bride holding out shawl on beach on Cumbrian Coastline in Lake District for Wild Spirit wedding shoot

Wild Spirit – Natural Wedding Inspiration in the Lake District

We are so fortunate in the UK to have some of the most incredible landscapes in the entire world. If you are looking for a UK wedding destination with a killer backdrop, then the Lake District is just perfect. This ‘Wild Spirit’ wedding inspiration shoot shows just what a dramatic backdrop the Lake District could provide for your wedding or elopement.

The natural beauty of the surroundings is the perfect setting for wild and rustic styling. The concept is simple yet elegant, and so beautiful. Much of the styling is designed around the beautiful calligraphy wedding stationery created by By Moon and Tide. This stationery has exquisite calligraphy on rustic paper and, in keeping with the surroundings, there is even a rustic picture of a mountain to coordinate for the second part of the shoot.

For the beach shoot, the elegantly styled tablescape, with a wonderful wild foliage covering, beautiful silver candelabra, cut crystal glasses, ribbon-tied silver cutlery, also features a calligraphy written menu. The whole styling is natural and rustic, yet elegant.

I adore the bride’s styles. A cool, boho style trouser two-piece with crop top works impeccably with the first beach setting. I love her relaxed curled updo with boho braid, finished with a pretty hair vine, and a pretty ribbon-tied bouquet with thistles complements her look.

Bride holding out shawl on beach on Cumbrian Coastline in Lake District for Wild Spirit wedding shoot

The second style is dark and moody, perfect for the mountain setting. Against the rocky backdrop, the bride wore a strapless navy lace wedding dress, with blush under-slip. She wore her hair down and messy with a jewelled hair comb, and the bridal bouquet is oversized, wild and rustic.

This shoot has so many beautiful elements that each help to create this amazing wedding styling concept. If you are looking for rustic wedding ideas then I hope you get loads of inspiration from these fabulous pictures by Oobaloos Photography.

Wilderness, Tranquillity and Drama

“The Lake District is an incredible setting for an intimate wedding or elopement. Our Wild Spirit shoot centred around organic calligraphy elements, with bespoke stationery suites designed around the landscapes of the English Lakes and Cumbrian coastline. The look combined wilderness, tranquillity and drama.

“Whether you’re marrying in a traditional venue, barn or marquee, or outdoors near the sea or surrounded by countryside, let the environment set the scene for your day.

“Sheryl Fish of Oobaloos Photography travelled to the Lake District for the shoot. Sheryl’s images have a uniquely artistic feel to them, and her photography style couldn’t have been more perfect. She looks for emotion, laughter, love, and the subtle, natural beauty in every image, and captures the spirit of a place and moment so beautifully.”

Bride walking on beach in Cumbria

Bride carrying bouquet across beach

Bride walking on grass by beach

Bride wearing bridal separates holding bouquet

Bride by beach in Cumbria

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Ultra Violet Wedding Table Styling with Wheat and Lavender Bunch

Ultra Violet Wedding Ideas from Shropshire Petals

2018 is going to be a wonderful year for colourful weddings if the Pantone colours for spring are anything to go by. The one colour that stands out is the colour of the year, Ultra Violet. Vibrant, playful and bold, lots of couples will want to incorporate this intriguing colour into their wedding day. From choosing Ultra Violet as your main colour scheme or simply adding hints of the colour, there are plenty of details to choose from for your wedding day. Shropshire Petals share their dried floral Ultra Violet wedding must-haves.

Throwing Confetti

A wedding wouldn’t be complete without the magical confetti moment. When it comes to finding a confetti mix for an Ultra Violet wedding you can choose a block colour, a mix of different purple shades, or a purple shade combined with ivory or white to make the colours stand out more. Amethyst and Midnight Bloom are two delphinium petals that work wonderfully as throwing confetti for an Ultra Violet wedding. Use our online pick and mix tool to create your own unique confetti mix.

Hands Holding Amethyst Confetti Petals

Confetti Packaging

How you display your confetti before the all-important confetti throw is up to you and your personal styles…

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