WEDDING TRENDS

30 November 2017
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Working With the Best

Recently, Seeking Myrtle collaborated with Canberra based wedding photographer, Lauren Campbell; Canberra wedding bloom boss, Lauren from Laurel and Lace; and the talented Director of Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup, Sonia Allen, to create a styled shoot based on what’s trending in weddings right now and into the new year.

The styled shoot took place at Pialligo Estate in the Farmhouse, which recently succumbed to a devastating fire. Fortunately, resilience and determination have prevailed and the wonderful team at Pialligo have not had to miss a single function owing to their other beautiful event spaces.

Wedding Trends

Your wedding is a reflection of your personal style, but as trends change, so do the ways in which we express our taste. Achieving timeless wedding styling is the goal but with each new bridal mag comes some divine idea to lust over and it can all get overwhelming – fast!

Myrtle has made it easy by gathering some of the hottest wedding trends for the coming season, all in one place.

Bohemian Chic

Two words that are sure to be gracing bridal magazines over the coming months. A look that beckons the carefree flower child of the 1970s while giving a nod to glamour. Drawing on inspiration from nature and maintaining a relaxed feel with its unstructured designs, it lets the couple’s personality quirks shine through. Think lace, flowing designs, feathers, woven rugs, tents and sprawling florals.

STYLING DETAILS

Dress – “Lady Wren” gown by Odylyne The Ceremony, available at Babushka Ballerina
Earrings – Scarlett Stud by Sofia Roe
Ring – Eclipse ring by Waldemar Jewellers
Photographer – Lauren Campbell Photography
Florals – Laurel & Lace
Fashion Styling, Hair & Makeup – Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup using Alterna Hair Care, Jurlique Skincare and MAC Cosmetics.
Location – Pialligo Estate
Model – Devojka Models

You are GOLD!

Glitz and glam continues to be the trend for all elements of wedding styling with gold, particularly rose gold and brass, remaining firm favourites. Pair with clean white or ivory flowers which allow your metallics to stand out and opt for geometric designs. Copper is still lingering but some stylists say it’s on the way out (although it might be a winner when paired with a Moscow Mule in a cocktail bar).

Fine Art

For those not feeling La Vie Bohème, this more traditional look is emerging as the new version of the vintage trend that’s been popular for years. Incorporating all of the old world charms of calligraphy and fine china, it evokes a rich, Victorian feel. Emphasis is placed on curating high end artisanal pieces throughout for a truly elegant vibe.

STYLING DETAILS

Dress – “The Marley” gown by Moira Hughes
Earrings – Bell Frankie + Co
Wedding Band – U shape claw set wedding ring by Waldemar Jewellers
Engagement Ring – Halo engagement ring by Waldemar Jewellers
Shoes – Laura Striped Sandal by L. K. Bennett

Photographer – Lauren Campbell Photography
Florals – Laurel & Lace
Fashion Styling, Hair & Makeup – Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup using Alterna Hair Care, Jurlique Skincare and MAC Cosmetics.
Location – Pialligo Estate
Model – Devojka Models

Lace, embroidery and velvet

Lace is a perennial favourite for wedding gowns, but this year sees it incorporated more fully into décor as well – think elegant table runners. Pairing beautifully with embroidered details, such as detailed linens on tables and flourishes on stationery, brides can create a look of opulence with a careful layering of these textures. To top off the decadence, weave in warm toned velvet in larger quantities for colder months and mere accents when it’s sunny.

Sleeves

It has been a long time since brides have been comfortable with sleeves, but the preference for bohemian styling is bringing back all kinds of long sleeved bridal gowns. Whether they are tailored or flowing, the look is feminine and tied in with floral patterns. Capes or capelets are also popping up everywhere.

STYLING DETAILS

Dress – “The Primrose” by Temple by Bo &Luca
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Earrings – Bell Frankie + Co
Engagement Ring – Single stone with diamond band engagement ring by Waldemar Jewellers
Wedding Band – Single claw set wedding ring by Waldemar Jewellers

Photographer – Lauren Campbell Photography
Florals – Laurel & Lace
Fashion Styling, Hair & Makeup – Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup using Alterna Hair Care, Jurlique Skincare and MAC Cosmetics.
Location – Pialligo Estate
Model – Devojka Models

Fabulous florals

The trend for large, relaxed bouquets continues with brides seeking arrangements that are organic in shape but still feel opulent and abundant. Luxury roses are always desirable but more eclectic mixes of flowers are being added for a unique look. Brides are taking either the colour route, with a bold spray of hues, or going with a clean white option featuring oversized blooms that allow other organic accents to stand out. Men are also getting into the action by incorporating cute bohemian pieces into boutonnieres, like feathers and gumnuts, for a hipster vibe.

Leafy greens

Lush foliage and tropical prints are everywhere this year. The floral walls of recent times are being replaced with more free-form pieces where the foliage actually plays the lead role. Foliage chandeliers hanging decadently and intermingled with lighting are predicted to be seen in all manner of combinations. Brides can embrace palm leaf motifs for a fun, summery cocktail party vibe, or go for a sea of deep green in the cooler months. Succulents are still firmly involved but play more of a supporting role than a few years ago.

Splash that pink

Both Paris and New York Fashion weeks were awash with pink and this year will see a return of brides using this hot shade to brighten their day. Florals are where pink will have its time in the spotlight but don’t be surprised to see it in bridal and bridesmaid gowns too. It can also add a hot flash of colour to your table styling. If subtle is more your thing, try a ballet inspired look with blush, nude and… ruffles.

FUN!

Similarly, couples are keen to pump up the entertainment factor at their wedding. Gin and cocktail bars are still big with ‘Pimp My Prosecco’ stations becoming popular and donut walls show no signs of disappearing. Share platters and other informal meal service ideas are in as well as unconventional menu items like gourmet fast food. Late night food stations (the likes of which have been popular in Europe for decades) can also be coupled with sensational lighting displays that signal the start of the ‘after party’.

STYLING DETAILS

Dress – “The Melanie” gown by Divine Atelier, available at Babushka Ballerina
Shoes – Laura Striped Sandal by L. K. Bennett
Ring – Stylist’s own
Earrings – Starburst Stunners by Sofia Roe

Photographer – Lauren Campbell Photography
Florals – Laurel & Lace
Fashion Styling, Hair & Makeup – Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup using Alterna Hair Care, Jurlique Skincare and MAC Cosmetics.
Location – Pialligo Estate
Model – Devojka Models

Less… but more

Couples are opting for smaller, more lavish parties where they can really splash out on food and styling. Weddings of under thirty guests have the advantage of being able to hire restaurants which don’t otherwise cater to large functions. Some couples may even go for the at-home-wedding which proved a popular trend last year. With so many catering options available, a backyard wedding need not be the demure affair it once was with high end street food trucks offering a simple but gourmet option.

Read Seeking Myrtle’s Guide to Hosting a Small Canberra Wedding

STYLING DETAILS

Dress – “The Marigold” gown by Bo & Luca
Earrings – Pearl earrings by Waldemar Jewellers
Ring – Three Stone Engagement Ring by Waldemar Jewellers
Shoes – model’s own

Photographer – Lauren Campbell Photography
Florals – Laurel & Lace
Fashion Styling, Hair & Makeup – Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup using Alterna Hair Care, Jurlique Skincare and MAC Cosmetics.
Location – Pialligo Estate
Model – Devojka Models

Styled Shoot

Seeking Myrtle is mad about the local talent on offer in Canberra and its surrounds. We were honoured to work on this styled shoot with such creative, passionate and dedicated wedding business bosses in such a pristine wedding destination. Keep an eye out for a feature dedicated to each of these talented women in the coming weeks.

Photographer Styling Details

Lauren from Lauren Campbell Photography is an adventure-loving photographer whose ability to bring out the most stunning elements in a subject will leave you breathless. She has a gift for composition, an intrinsic understanding of the interplay between colours and a sense of deep emotion in each picture.

Working with Lauren on the shoot, it was hard not to lose concentration as we watched her float through the venue providing creative direction and producing the featured shots that speak to her talent.

 

Floral Styling Details

Canberra floral design house Laurel and Lace is behind all the floral masterpieces in the styled shoot. A work of art was constructed by Lauren each time she styled a wall, table or, of course, a phenomenal bouquet.

Laurel and Lace draws on the unstructured beauty nature offers and uses it to invent the type of wedding blooms over which couples pine.  This Canberra floral and event design studio transforms a wedding day with an aesthetic that is captivating and unique.

Fashion Styling, Hair and Makeup Details

The team at Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup is led by international makeup artist Sonia Allen who also works in fashion, advertising and film/TV. They travel throughout Australia and pride themselves on being supremely organised, professional and passionate about bridal makeup.

Sonia’s makeup application matched the model’s features impeccably while remaining light and seemingly natural. Beyond the aesthetic, the quality of her flawless work was evident in the length of time both hair and makeup lasted, withstanding heat, wind and a delicious Pialligo Estate lunch.

Venue

It is with heavy hearts that we learned Pialligo Estate‘s elegant Farmhouse, home to this shoot, succumbed to a terrible fire not long after we were there. Many a couple will attest to the joy of having their reception their with its roaring fireplaces and rustic pleasures.

There are, however, still many options available for couples looking to wed at Pialligo Estate. Celebrations of all sizes are catered for year round; in private dining rooms and terraces, garden pavilions or the 200-guest Glasshouse, serving up a paddock-to-plate dining experience.

 

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