June 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Have I got some eye candy for you lovely lot today! The lady behind this (fabulous) wedding dress is nothing if not versatile. She’s also extremely talented and a rather lovely person at that. I know. I’ve met her, and see these beauties in real life.
Step forward Kelly Redhead of KMR Bespoke Bridal. One to watch and superstar designer of the future, she’s here to present her 2015 Whiting Collection to Brides Up North. You saw it here first girls (oh, except from on the pages of Vogue Italia – yes, that’s exactly how we roll!).
Images by Folega Photography.
Kelly says: A collaborative literature vintage themed shoot at Cusworth Hall, Doncaster brought together a talented group of suppliers. Cusworth Hall was a fantastic venue to hold the shoot with many of the shots taken in the Library, in keeping with the literary theme.
The little details from the various suppliers involved with the shoot worked perfectly with my designs and the fresh approach of the photography by Sarah really did make this shoot romantic and full of love.
The Whiting Collection is my debut 2015 collection of bridal gowns. The collection is named after my late Grandmother who inspired me from a young age to become a designer. Three of the collections gowns were used in this preview shoot at Cusworth Hall; Grace, Ivy and Annie.
Grace is an elegant floor length bias cut ivory silk crepe and guipure lace gown. A high illusion neckline is finished with bound silk crepe detailing and delicate cap sleeves. A KMR signature of a keyhole back opening paired with a detachable lace train creates a stunning back. The gown is finished with a silver crystal embellished waistband.
Ivy is a stylish ivory embroidered lace and silk crepe backed satin gown. Elegant lace sleeves and a deep V-shaped neckline at the back of the gown are finished with a delicate scallop lace edging. Creating a figure enhancing silhouette the gown has a bias fishtail skirt with a train to add a feminine touch. The gown is finished with delicate covered buttons and rouleau loops down the back.
Annie is a sophisticated strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline. The elegant circle skirt is made up of layers of silk taffeta and silk chiffon with a beautiful train. The bodice is finished with delicate pleated silk taffeta, a plunging back and fastened with rouleau loops and covered buttons. The gown is finished with a stunning silver crystal motif on the waist.
There are three other gowns in KMR’s 2015 bridal collection. As this was a preview shoot of the collection the final three gowns will be revealed soon.
Sarah at Folega Photography says : I used the beautiful dresses, the location and the natural light to create beautiful images that would showcase everyone’s exceptional talents.
María, from Simply Something Blue Bespoke Wedding Planning and Event Management adds: I was in charge of styling the sets and creating a calm and attractive atmosphere. With such magnificent surroundings, colourful flowers and gorgeous gowns not a lot of detail was deemed necessary, and Cusworth Hall’s library, salons and gardens took centre stage in this cold spring day. Vintage details, such as the typewriter, old and upcycled books and library pockets with romantic quotes from some of my favourite books were sourced or handmade for the occasion for a subtle and unobtrusive literary theme.
Jenni Hughes of Make Up By Jenni explains: I created a modern vintage fusion look for this shoot inspired by the couture dresses of KMR. Focusing on flawless porcelain skin, expressive eyes and bold lips, I used: Smashbox Primer, Crownbrush, HD Brushes, Chanel Blush in Rose Initiale, MAC Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, Givenchy Lipliner Lip Rouge 5, Chanel Allure Lipcolour in Passion and Coromandel, Eylure Lashes, Dior Blackout Mascara and MAC Gel Liner.
Alison, from Alison Jenner Hair says: Due to the style of the venue and the dresses the hairstyling was kept simply elegant and classic, but still quirky and on trend. Sleek updos, with swirl detail complimented with an abundance of shine. Ranging from a very high neat stunning roll to low, clustered back detail, with lots of over movement.
Again with the down dos the emphasis was on shine and texture, creating a more natural feel during the outside shots. We added flowers too, which is always a huge hit, adding instant opulence to any style.
Lauretta, from Paeony Floral Design says: As a florist who occasionally makes funeral pieces of letters I was wondering “Wouldn’t it be lovely to use this method for weddings?”. I thought about using letters made from oasis and creating a different style using textures and a beautiful and unusual choice of flowers.
For the LOVE letters the flowers I chose were Miss Piggy Roses, Splash Sensation roses, green Cymbidium Orchids, Celosia and Abifloral textured with Moss and Galax leaves. Brides and grooms could use this idea as a setting in front of their registrar or venue top table.
Also for the literature theme I came up with the idea of a prayer book spray which was in fashion 20 years ago: brides would hold a bible in their hand and flowers were designed on top of the book. So I came up with a modern version using ribbon. I used spray roses, Splash Sensation, Galax leaves and Theslpi Bell touched with Asparagus Fern.
The gorgeous grouped bouquet of Miss Piggy Roses, Celosia and Abifloral was an idea I wanted to show future brides that rather than the pretty country style look which is everywhere at the moment they could go bold and bright which is perfect for those who are choosing bridesmaids in teal coloured dresses.
Finally – the cascading bouquet - I’ve been dying to make one of these after seeing so many beautiful images recently. So my version teamed Eucharis flowers – which is a flower not often used in weddings – with Lysmachia and Asparagus Fern which went perfectly with the dresses supplied by KMR Bespoke Bridal.
Little Black Book:
Photography: Sarah at Folega Photography
Photographer’s Assistant: Misty Rowe
Wedding Dresses: Kelly at KMR Bespoke Bridal
Location: Cusworth Hall, Doncaster
Flowers: Lauretta at Paeony Floral Design
Set Styling: Maria at Simply Something Blue
Hair: Alison at Alison Jenner Hair
Make up: Jenni at Make up by Jenni
Headpieces: Lottie at Lottie Loves Vintage
Cake: Emma at Bibbidy Popity
Models: Blake Model Management, Safia, Ellen and Danni
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…