“Spring is like a perhaps hand…changing everything carefully” – e. e. cummings
From the stylist:
As we entered the new year and a new season of creating, I was inspired by the coming change of seasons from winter to spring. Just as spring brings new life, we wanted to create inspiration based on a theme of new life: new beginnings, and new creation – just as two become one to create a new family in marriage. Our florist foraged and saved dried materials from winter, and contrasted them with lush, fresh blooms from spring. She created a stunning installation that represented beauty in both old and new seasons. It framed the couple as they shared smiles and sweet kisses. Our table was set with bright blooms in lively colors. The place settings were kept simple with a ceramic plate, sleek modern flatware, and hen of the woods mushrooms to bring in a touch of earthiness. The result was organic, light, and just in time for Spring!
Photography Meiwen Wang | Stylist Natalie Choi Events | Floral Design Tiffany from The Loved Co. | Dress Lena Medoyeff | Hair & Makeup Sharon Y Park | Paper Goods Alley and Co | Linens La Tavola Linen | Ring Susie Saltzman | Groom’s Suit The Black Tux | Models Gretchen and Yves
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We love sharing beautiful inspiration with you. We also love sharing practical information about wedding topics to help make your day easier! The best is when a gorgeous shoot is accompanied by great info – such as this beautiful shoot from Bella Belle Shoes. We asked Veronica from Bella Belle to share some trend info and wedding shoe tips with us:
How has the bridal shoe trend changed over the years?
Bridal shoe choices have changed drastically from the past. No more dye-to-match your bridal dress options. Today’s bride is lucky to be able to choose fashion forward footwear inspired by the latest trends. Stylish and sophisticated brides are now yearning for fresher options. Shoes no longer need to match your dress – they can be nude, black, ivory, gold, or any color you dream of wearing! With these changes, your shoes become a great investment since you will be able to wear them after your wedding day. Today’s brides are embracing changes, buying a heel height that works for them – from high heels, to more comfortable kitten heels or flats (yes, you will be on your feet most of the day).
How is the thought process of purchasing bridal shoes different from other shoes?
Understandably, you will be more discerning in picking your wedding shoes than any other shoes. After all, an average bride spends 6-8 months preparing for her wedding and wants her wedding details to be the best reflection of her aesthetic. So you will need to take into account your venue, wedding theme, and the rest of your wedding outfit(s). Since you will have higher expectations, be sure to spend more time doing your due diligence prior to making the final decision. Photography is an important element of your wedding day, so you will want to consider how photogenic your shoes are as well.
What should a bride look for in wedding shoe design?
At Bella Belle, we love a shoe with a fine artistry quality about it. It can be conveyed through beadings, embroideries or textural play. We love designs that celebrate femininity unabashedly. Look to the runway for inspiration and then find a beautiful interpretation of it. A pair of shoes only has several square inches of real estate to convey the vibe of the shoes. You know the phrase “perfection is when there is nothing left to take away”? It is especially true in well designed shoes. Each detail needs to be on-point.
What is the best wedding shoe?
There isn’t one answer to this question. But once you have narrowed your heel height, here are some suggestions. Bridal flats should be feminine, not frumpy. Wedding sandals should be dressy, not casual. Embroidered details should be modern, not traditional. Comfort should be balanced with sexy curves. If a shoe has toe cleavage and bare mesh material, we love seeing that juxtaposed with lower, more stable heels. On the other hand, if there is a thinner heel, we like to see straps that adequately secure the feet to make them shoes comfortable and wearable all day long.
Shoes Bella Belle | Photography Laura Gordon | Styling Joy Proctor | Floral Design Tulipina Design | Dresses Lee Grebenau, Hayley Page for JLM Couture, and Liz Martinez | Makeup Vivian Hu Makeup | Hair Niko Beaute | Venue Jardin De Buis | Fashion Styling Gabrielle Hurwitz | Bridal Boutiques Spina Bride and Kleinfeld Bridal | Engagement Ring Trumpet & Horn from J Birnbach Jewelry | Ring Box The Mrs. Box | Accessories Jennifer Behr, Lunabea Bride, Enchanted By Atalier by Liv Hart | Model Eydis Evensen of Silent Models NY | Calligraphy Written Word Calligraphy | StylingBoard Simply Rooted Surfaces, Heirloom Bindery | Floral Florabundance | Additional Flat-Lay Mallory Joyce
From Jessica Rose Photography:
In anticipation of my upcoming photography workshop, I wanted to share this shoot. The idea behind it was a well curated, French elopement for a young, modern couple who envisioned a non-traditional and spontaneous celebration of their love. For styling, we were very inspired by the natural atmosphere of the chateau.
After studying the venue, we decided on nuanced tones and minimal modern design. The grand doorways and staircases throughout inspired us to include movement shots of the couple as the story progressed; and the exquisite details of the rooms encouraged shots that seemed almost out of a still life. Our young couple embodied youthfulness and excitement, and we couldn’t have been happier with the pure and authentic way their personalities came through in this shoot.
I could not be more thankful for my stylist and the dedicated team of artists that made this shoot a reality. It was such a great experience that I cannot wait to be creating with them again this June 18th-21st at my workshop at the St. Giles House in England!
The Photographers Way, a Jessica Rose Workshop
St. Giles House, England | June 18th – 21st
Join this wonderful team there!
Gatherist, Soil and Stem, Refine Studio, Jessica Rose Photography, Emily Newman from Once Wed
Vendors for this shoot: Photography Jessica Rose Photography | Stylist Emmily Jones of Gatherist | Floral Design Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelier | Dress Emily Riggs | Makeup Ylva Langenskiold | Venue Chateau Moissac Bellevue, France | Paper Goods Tara Spencer Calligraphy | Models Axel & Max of Enjoy Models Agency