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Autumn and winter are finally being recognised by brides across the globe. Increasing in popularity compared with the most popular time of year, summer. (About time, am I right?) Over the next couple of months, we will be throwing ourselves headfirst into alternative wedding dress options for a variety of seasons. Whether you plan to wed in snow or in crunchy orange leaves we've got your inspiration covered from dresses to invitations. This shoot will be covering the latter, waving goodbye to the beautiful warm Autumn we've just had in true The Wedding Crowd style. 

Ok, so I completely understand why everyone loves summer so much, but how many of you out there are complete Autumn/ Winter lovers like me? That period in the year where everything begins to transform into shades of burnt sienna and the skies are filled with jaw-dropping sunsets. The blankets come out and the mulled wine placed on the stove, or microwave if you’re not living in the dark ages like myself. We planned this beautiful styled shoot to say farewell to the breathtaking Autumn and throw ourselves a tad over enthusiastically into winter. Even with the strange change in seasons and what seemed to be a very delayed drop in temperature, we wanted to portray an alternative option for wedding dress styles and varying seasons. Something that could be switched up relatively easily and provides brides with another option and price range. Influenced by an amazing shot of the "Papillon D'amour" collection which includes use of a bridal jumper. (Image Below)  We chose to pair this beautiful look with a wool jumper from H&M, keeping it neutral in colour to let the flowers do the talking. 

Collection by designers Alexandra Fischer- Roehler and Johanna Kuhl

Firstly, onto the skirt. E & W Couture is a designer who currently lives in Cardiff. Sophie makes an amazing array of unique dresses, some with applique designs and some with colourful summery patterns. It was her skirts which caught our attention this time, in particular this full and flowery Isla. Though the patterns on this skirt lend themselves to a more summery look, we wanted to expand the boundaries a little, ensuring that brides were not limited by a particular pattern, season or colour. Sophie has also designed a collection of lovely tops which co-ordinate perfectly with her skirts. Why not have one underneath the jumper for an alternative style for the evening? No sticky armpits on the dance floor and another alternative wedding dress option.

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Skirt: E & W Couture

You know that moment when you turn around during a shoot and the photographer is pushing the model’s behind into a tree? No, wellLou Griffin is one of those great photographer’s who pushes the boat out, if she has an idea she will roll with it and we just love that. Lou is a photographer who covers the NW and Cheshire and is one our newest suppliers on The Wedding Crowd. What we love about Lou’s style is her fun and interactive take on photography. It is evident that she loves what she does and this conveys itself through her unique photography style; she managed to perfectly capture the feel we wanted for this shoot. 

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Photography: Lou Griffin Photography

And onto the flowers and floral crown. Kayleigh is another one of our latest suppliers and we are already a little too obsessed with her alternative eye for floristry. She made the most stunning bouquet, going beyond the brief we had set. She mixed brown autumn leaves with stunning foliage, roses and other blossoms. Kayleigh even surprised us on the day with the floral crown which perfectly topped off the entire shoot, bringing the whole look together. 

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Floristry: Flower Girl Kayls

We do harp on a little too much about this supplier, but we don’t particularly care. Natalie of Particular Designs makes some seriously gorgeous stationery. She paired autumn leaves with pumpkin illustrations and perfect calligraphy, tying them up with cute little leaf place names to top-off the picnic setting.

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Stationery: Particular Designs

Sweet Pea and Little Wolf hand select and source an amazing range of luxury teas. They cater to wedding favours especially, and can craft their teabags into the cutest little favours for your guests. Stay tuned for our next shoot where we will be featuring some of their newest winter themed designs. 

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Tea Favours: Sweet Pea and Little Wolf

You may have read about Noctua in our first #meethemaker blog post. Britt makes the most stunning and intricate jewellery. A self- taught silversmith, she recently brought out a new collection featuring tiny little bees and a new selection of stacking rings. The gold bee necklace tied in perfectly with the entire feel of the shoot and accentuated the jumper perfectly. As for the stacking rings, if you are not aware, we LOVE rings. The more the merrier and so of course we featured them all. 

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Jewellery: Noctua

Hope you love it as much as I love pumpkins and cinnamon.

Ro x 

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