Wedding Inspiration and Ideas

Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair at Bristol Zoo

There’s less than a week to go until Bristol’s original and best Vintage Wedding Fair. Come down to the Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Sunday, 16th March, 2014 between 10.30am and 4.00pm for a feast of vintage style wedding inspiration. I’ll be there with a selection of couture wedding dresses from all of my collections as well as some new separate pieces, flower girl dresses made from my favourite bridal fabrics, beautiful vintage veils and brand new accessories from Klaire Van Elton and Nickie Portman. Other exhibitors will be displaying original, vintage items as well as vintage inspired pieces. Have a look at the Bristol Vintage blog to see who else will be there. The £1 entry fee includes a raffle ticket for the prize draw so make sure you get there by 2.30pm for your chance to win fantastic prizes from all the exhibitors including Hotel du Vin, Bristol ( I wish I could enter!). All the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.  And if that isn’t enough of an incentive you can tie it in with a trip to the Zoo… go see the Red Pandas they are so cute!

Flowers for Eddie and Jessica Charleston!

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Having a window to dress has got to be one of the most exciting things about opening a bridal shop! Having a super-talented, incredibly generous and enthusiastic floral stylist to help makes it even more exciting! Amy is brimming with ideas and creative ways to bring a touch of nature’s bounty into my windows in a way which beautifully complements my wedding dresses. In the short time that Jessica Charleston Couture Wedding Dresses has been open, Amy has created two sumptuous seasonal displays for my window as well as two gorgeous festive wreaths for the door. Amy is a joy to work with and I cannot wait for more collaborations to come in 2014.

Flower combBridal bouquetSweet peasAmy’s approach to wedding flowers is equally inspiring, she understands how to capture nature at its best. She works closely with brides throughout the entire creative process from consultation to demo to produce beautiful flowers on the day itself providing a completely bespoke experience. Working from her tiny floral space on the outskirts of Bath, all Amy’s floral designs are natural, seasonal and delightful. And she’s just the sort of person I would want to help me plan my wedding.

To see more of Amy’s wonderful work or to make an appointment to discuss your wedding flowers have a look at the Flowers for Eddie website.

Wedding Dresses for a French Style Wedding

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Monique has very kindly featured my Fleurs Sauvages collection of couture wedding dresses on her beautiful blog, French Wedding Style. Being a lover of all things French this is a real honour for me. The blog features loads of brilliant ideas to Frenchify your wedding and there are lots of recommended suppliers and real weddings to inspire you. So if you’re getting married in France or just love French style then I can certainly help you find the perfect dress for your wedding day a la Francaise! To have a look at the feature click here.

Jessica Charleston Wedding Dresses Raspberry Wedding Style

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I was so happy when Emma and Mary from Raspberry Wedding recently asked if they could feature my Libelule and Orchidee dresses in their latest styled shoot. They had the most stunning location, Sennowe Park in Norfolk, previously used by Tim Walker and Tatler among other high-profile clients. You can see from the pictures that it was the most amazing day, reminding us of the scorching summer we’ve just had. They paint a picture of a truly romantic and intimate wedding in a spectacularly majestic setting where nature comes right to the door of this historic property.

The Libelule wedding dress, which was essentially inspired by a meeting of Japanese and European Edwardian styles, has been cleverly styled to evoke the Jane Austen era with stunning success!

Thank you to all the team and especially Amy Lewin who is clearly a very talented photographer.

For the full story have a look at the Raspberry Wedding blog.

 

 

Last chance to buy Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding Magazine

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Following our beautiful photoshoot at Leigh House near Bradford on Avon with the super talented Hattie Ellis, you can get hair and beauty tips from experts Katy Pfeiffer and Victoria Lovell in this brilliant article as well as some stunning pictures of models Sophie Andrews and Meaghan Hunter in their Jessica Charleston wedding dresses from the Fleurs Sauvages Collection.

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I’m thrilled to see Hattie Ellis’s photos of Sophie Choy wearing my Libelule and Orchidee dresses in this month’s issue of South African Vintage Living Magazine. Have a look at the ‘Here come’s the bride’ feature on page 92. It’s such a beautiful magazine with loads of inspiring fashion features. http://vintagelifestylemag.co.za/the-magazine/

Curious and Wonderful Wedding Fairs

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Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of wedding fairs with a difference. First came Bristol’s brand new Weird and Wonderful Wedding World Show which showcased a whole range of unusual suppliers from corsetieres to taxidermists! Then London’s A Most Curious Wedding Fair over an entire weekend at the ubercool Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. I’ve met some brilliant people, inspiring wedding creators from all over the UK and lots of lovely brides and grooms to be. It’s always exciting to get out of my studio and take some of my creations out and about and I’ve returned a little tired but inspired and refreshed and buzzing to create more adventurous wedding dresses.

Each of the shows was so epic that they most definitely deserve reviews of their own. So watch this space for more details and images from the host of talented photographers on hand at both shows.

Jessica Charleston Wedding Dresses at A Most Curious Wedding Fair London

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I’m really excited about exhibiting at A Most Curious Wedding Fair and spreading my wings and my wedding dresses to the big smoke of London to reach ‘expressive, style savvy and fashion-forward couples’.

I couldn’t put it better myself, so here’s how Becky and Gemma describe their show: ‘A Most Curious has a love affair with fashion and evolves and follows it wherever it may go. A Most Curious has taken a solemn vow to bring brides and grooms the very latest fashions, with the foresight to be changeable, en vogue and never tired or standing still. If it’s beautiful, fresh, fun and cool or just about to be cool, we will incorporate it into our wedding fair so it can, in turn, be incorporated into your big day. Most Curious and it’s handpicked exhibitors draw inspiration from the lifestyle trends around us, your lifestyle trends, not weddings trends, weddings shouldn’t have trends, they should be about you having fun and being creative, dreaming big and most importantly an expression and celebration of who you are as a couple.’

With fashion shows, entertainment, styling, activities, music and performance this should be a really fun and inspiring event. So pop along to the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane, London on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st April 2013. For more information have a look at  www.amostcuriousweddingfair.co.uk

Bristol’s First Weird and Wonderful Wedding World Show

New-Branded-Button-GeneralI’m really looking forward to exhibiting at Bristol’s first alternative Wedding Show on Saturday 13th April from 6pm-11pm. The show is being organised by the inspirational duo of  Ali from Bristol Vintage and Emily from Fishee Designs photobooths.

There’ll be a host of wedding dress designers offering corsetry, 50s retro and gothic inspired gowns also appearing at the show. I’ll be showing some of my Japanese inspired pieces as well as a few brand new designs. I’ll also be on hand to talk about bespoke commissions however weird and wonderful. Share your ideas with me and I’ll come up with some unique wedding dress designs to help you express your true self and stand out from the crowd on your wedding day.

The show will be held at the @Bristol Science Museum. Entry is free if you pre-register or £5 on the night and you’ll receive a free glass of Kir Royale on arrival. You don’t have to be getting married to enjoy the show as there’ll be entertainment throughout the evening and some of the best alternative fashion labels  in the country. You’ll also get to play on some of the exhibits in the museum and watch a star canopied fashion show in the Planetarium. This promises to be a wedding show unlike any other and a fun evening for all!

For more information about the show, to pre-register and to see a sneak preview of the amazing promotional photoshoot go to the weird and wonderful blog.

Origami Inspired Wedding Dress Photoshoot with Hattie Ellis

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November was a very busy month for photoshoots. I was very lucky to work with the uber-talented photographer Hattie Ellis who has been passionate about photography from a very young age. She is also super creative and made these amazing paper headresses for the shoot which accessorised my kimono inspired wedding dresses perfectly. Our model Sophie Choy looked stunning and was a joy to work with. Her impeccable make-up was done by the brilliant Katy Pheiffer a fashion shoot and wedding make-up specialist. The stylishly neglected Orangery at Blaise Castle, a wedding venue near Bristol provided the perfect setting for an unseasonally exotic photoshoot!

To learn more about Hattie Ellis have a look at her Facebook page here.