Introducing The Wedding Collective

I am super excited to share with you today (drum roll please)… ‘The Wedding Collective.’ An inspiring team of collaborators put together especially for you by Whiter than White and wedding planners, Knot & Pop. As you may well know, we love nothing more than a beautifully collated mood board to inspire your celebration and it got us thinking, lets gather a rather special team to showcase the very best of a theme and the most creative of wedding concepts. We took one fun idea and asked a collective of four talented collaborators to each compile a mood board putting their own spin and signature style on things. Including everything from flowers and fashion to decorations and stationery, we’ve got it all covered.  
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings - Knot & Pop - Belle & Bunty - The Flower Drum  

The Wedding Collective includes wow wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty, flower goddess The Flower Drum, event designers, Knot & Pop and Whiter Than White Weddings.
 
We are kicking things off today with a ‘Scene Setter’ mood board, colour palette and story collated by Knot & Pop and yours truly. Every day throughout this week, each of the collective will be sharing their own interpretation of the theme across their own mood board, providing you with lots of interesting and intriguing inspiration to explore. The super stylish girls from Belle & Bunty have the fashion side of things covered tomorrow with their dress board followed by Susie and Claire from Knot & Pop decking out the decorations board on Wednesday. We are then heading on over to Australia for a floral explosion from Holly at The Flower Drum before concluding on Friday with lots of paper prettiness in my Stationery board. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat as these mood boards are super gorgeous!
 
So, what’s the theme?
We’re all longing for a bit of sunshine right? Well, on this imaginary couple’s Around the World trip, that’s exactly what we get. The theme is set around the couple themselves; uber cultured and with a love of travel, they have long dreamed of taking a sabbatical from work and what better time than after their wedding, when they can embark on the most ultimate of honeymoon’s – a trip Around the World taking in some of their most lust worthy locations. With this life-long dream that they’re now sharing together, we wanted to theme the wedding based upon this exciting adventure.
 
Theme: Around the World Wedding
The wanderlust couple have their sights set on lands full of culture, scenic beauty, delicious local foods and endless explorations. Starting in Morocco where their senses will be set alive with the busy markets – the smell of exotic spices igniting the senses, the Moorish architecture and the beautiful traditional mosaic tiles. Vibrant colours reminiscent of an African sunset pervade the colour palette as burnt oranges and rich reds mix with golden hues and sea aquas. From the tip of Africa to the toe, the couple continue to South Africa for a Safari. Their love of animals take them to a park for endangered species, where they stay with the sanctuary in Safari tents under the vast South African sky and stars. After South Africa a flight to Bali to see the undulating rice paddies of Ubud and relax at a yoga retreat. A time to unwind, Bali will be spent immersed in the unique Balinese local culture and the Hindu rituals. The famed wood carvings and gold and silver crafts on the region will also be sampled, with visits to local artisans to see the hand-crafting. The final destination will be America to see the sights of the Navajo Nation to see the unparalleled beauty of the region, it’s historical monuments, tribal parks and intricate crafts. The bright light of Los Angeles then beckon, before flying back to England.
 
The scene is set and here it is, the first of five dreamy mood boards heading your way this week that have inspired all of our creative collaborators…
 
The Wedding Collective ! Scene Setter Moodboard | By Whiter than White Weddings & Knot & Pop

Credits: (From top left) 1: Tablescape | 2: Fairy lights | 3: Floral Motif | 4: Dress | 5: Chromogenic Print | 6: Black/ White Beading | 7: White Garland | 8: Rug | 9: Globe | 10: Spices

 
Make sure you pop by tomorrow to see the gorgeous fashion board from the lovely UK wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty. The journey begins… Mrs White x

Rubicon Bridal Collection

I cannot wait to share these astonishingly beautiful dresses with you today from New York City based wedding dress company Rubicon. It’s not that often that I’m completely and utterly blown away by every single dress in a collection, but this one gives me goose bumps! It ticks all the right boxes, ultra feminine yet edgy, delicate, modern and fluid, all cut in the most luxurious of fabrics. The photo shoot for the collection encompasses all of this with a dream like quality and a touch of drama – I love! Plus I talk to Creative Director, Lee Anne about the background of the brand, her inspirations and most importantly this beautiful collection.
 

Aurora Dress by Rubicon
Aurora dress by Rubicon
Daphne dress by Rubicon
DAPHNE- DRESS BY RUBICON3
 
‘Rubicon celebrates the complexities, truths, and freedoms of modern femininity. Inspired by vast natural landscapes, anthropology, and the concept of transformation, Rubicon aspires to empower modern feminine identity and sexuality through the fundamental idea of clothing. Founded in 2013, Rubicon is designed and made by hand in New York City.’
 
Lily wedding dress by Rubicon

When did you start designing bridal wear?

The collection started very organically. Last spring I walked into a bridal boutique in Manhattan to explore their vintage collection. I happened to be wearing a dress I had made and the owner loved it. She asked if could make bridal gowns as well. Two weeks later I brought in a few samples and they purchased two pieces on the spot! Rubicon really just evolved from that single experience. It is exciting to be finally creating a collection that is my own vision and I am really thankful for this time of creative freedom.
 

Lily dress by Rubicon
Lily lace wedding dress by Rubicon
Charlotte dress by Rubicon

What has inspired your bridal collection?

Femininity is the starting point for everything I create; Rubicon is inspired by female truths and transformation. Specifically for my current collection I am looking at a lot of David Hamilton’s photography, particular his book Dreams of Young Girl. I am also in love with the work from Italian design house, Studio Peregalli. The Roman Sculpture Court in the Metropolitan Museum of Art feeds my soul; ‘The Three Grace’ is a work that will never cease to inspire me.
 
Rubicon Wedding Dress Collection
Georgia wedding dress by Rubicon

Where do you seek your inspiration and what inspires you?

Galleries, museums, anthropology, books, films, music, flea markets, long conversations with dear friends late into the night. I find inspiration in everything. I keep boxes full of images that I have gathered over the years, and use them to create massive mood boards whenever I am working on a new body of work. This process is something I have done my entire life, it really motivates me.
 
Rubicon Wedding Dress Designer New York
Scarlet dress by Rubicon
Scarlet Wedding Dress by Rubicon
Scarlet wedding gown by Rubicon

As you are based in NYC, are there any plans to stock within the UK anytime soon?

I would love to eventually stock in the UK, but currently both of Rubicon’s lines, Bridal and Collection, are only sold in NYC.

Do you offer a bespoke dress service?

Yes, I do offer a bespoke service, but only to clients who are in the New York metro region.
 
The only downside for us Brits, is at present Rubicon only sell these dreamy gowns direct from their design studio in NYC!! So unless your planning a little shopping trip (now there’s an idea!) then it could prove a bit tricky getting your hands on one. Watch this space though, with a collection like this I’m sure it won’t be long before these beauties are gracing the rails in a boutique near you! As for all our American readers you have no excuses, head on over to her design studio and get trying on some of these gorgeous gowns!
These stunning dresses start at $1990 and further prices are available upon request. For more details or to arrange an appointment you can contact Rubicon here.

Coming to the blog next week… I have a very exciting collaboration to share with you, brimming with beautiful inspiration and daily posts. Watch this space!
Mrs White x

Beautiful, Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding

I have a stunningly beautiful wedding to share with you today. Rebecca and Mark said ‘I do’ last Spring in rural Cornwall in the hopelessly quaint church of St Endonoc. It was a magical day, full of traditional values and was perfectly captured by the incredibly talented photographer Alan Law. The photos of Rebecca getting ready are so dreamy and utterly ethereal in her gorgeous dress and veil! I’m sure the couple will treasure these timeless images for many years to come! I just adore the beautiful floral arch outside the church and those bouquets…

 
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Gorgeous wild flower arch | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
‘My dress was from Morgan Davies in North London. I knew it was the one because I instantly felt relaxed when I put it on. I wasn’t fiddling with it or trying to adjust any part of it, it just felt so right. I wore a full length veil with a lace trim, also from Morgan Davies. I loved it as much, if not more, than the dress! My hair was very simple; it was styled in a bun with daisies in (my second name is Daisy!).’

 
Quaint Cornish Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
‘The heel of my shoe got stuck in the grids right by the church and it took my four bridesmaids and my uncle to dislodge it. My bridesmaids were panicking but I was laughing; at that point I couldn’t have cared; I just wanted to see Mark and I was ready to walk down the aisle bare foot!’

 
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
THE CAKE: ‘Fee Turner made us a tier of chocolate brownies which she decorated with flowers -it looked amazing!’
 
Quaint Cornish Wedding | Incredible chocolate & flower cake!| See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
REBECCA & MARK
DATE: 11th May 2013

GUESTS: 120

 
THE PROPOSAL: Mark proposed while we were on holiday in the Lake District. It had rained all day but as we were driving back to our hotel after a meal out, Mark suggested we stopped by the lake and had a walk. Initially I tried to dissuade him (we had eaten so much at dinner and I was hoping we could get straight back to the hotel so I could get into my pyjamas!) It was a beautiful evening; the sky had finally cleared and no one else was about. Right by the lake, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect. He had asked my Dad’s permission the week before too which was something that was very important to me.

 
THE VENUE: Mark and I are both quite traditional so a Church service was the obvious choice. We were married at St Enodoc, Trebetherick, Cornwall. My parents were married there (35 years ago) and I was christened there too!

Our reception was held at Trefelix (a private garden) a 2 minute walk from the church. We had hoped to have the marquee in the garden of my holiday house nearby but due to the slope of the garden, this wasn’t possible. I did however stay in my holiday house the week leading up to the wedding, wake up in it and get ready there so that was very special!

 
STYLE/ THEME: We were keen for a marquee rather than a hotel, barn or manor house because it meant we had control over the layout and general look and feel of it all. It made it more personal for us. We didn’t have a specific theme or style but we simply hoped to create a relaxed fun wedding with lots of good food and drink!

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: I found Alan Law online and he was coincidentally also the wedding photographer for a friend of my brothers the very weekend I spotted him online. He was brilliant; so unobtrusive on the day. The photos were beautiful; we have so many framed!

 
HAIR: I had a family friend do my hair. Fortunately she is a hair dresser so knew what she was doing! Initially I didn’t know how I wanted to have my hair styled but she was great at giving me ideas. I normally always wear my hair down so I was a bit apprehensive about having it up. However after careful consideration I decided it was probably wise to have it up as the Cornish wind has a way of messing your hair up very quickly! I loved the final result and think (or hope!) it gave me the classic look I wanted.

 
THE FLOWERS:  I wanted classic, pretty flowers including bluebells and daisies rather than anything extravagant. Fiona Hammond was recommended to us and she completely understood the look we were after.

 
DECOR + DETAILS: Mark and I wrote personal messages to each of our guests and these were also used as their name places and wedding favors. They took a long time to do but it was our way of thanking each and every guest for being a part of our day. Each table was named after a beach in Cornwall (Mark grew up in South Cornwall so he chose the beaches he grew up on, in and around there and I chose beaches I spent most of my summer holidays on, in North Cornwall) We printed pictures of each of the beaches on one side of the card and the name of the beach on the other side.
 
FIRST DANCE: Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band called Electric Planet. They were brilliant; so many people asked us how we found them.
 
CARRIAGES: Due to the church being on a slope and in the middle of a golf course, arriving in a vintage car wasn’t possible, so my uncle drove me in his 4×4. He put a cream ribbon across the bonnet of the car and it was really lovely being driven by him!
 
THE HONEYMOON: Isle of Skye – it’s one of the most beautiful places!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Most of the morning rushed by in a blur but I do remember standing in front of the mirror, after my Mum and all the bridesmaids had left for the church, waiting for my Dad. It was such a surreal moment; I felt like a little girl and yet I was about to walk down the aisle – such a grown up thing to do! I remember feeling really excited and emotional as my Dad called from the landing if he could come in. I started faffing with my veil, telling myself not to cry. It was such a special moment between the two of us and I will remember it forever. I also remember when I first saw Mark’s face as I walked down the aisle; he looked so happy and I couldn’t wait to stand next to him and say our vows!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Just enjoy it, the day goes by so quickly! There probably will be a few things which go wrong in the lead up (the weather in the days before our Wedding was awful; strong winds and rain which resulted in our marquee blowing away the day before the wedding! Luckily the marquee team managed to get a new one and put it up in time!).

Also, don’t lose sight of what the Wedding is all about; marrying the man you love.

 

CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Alan Law Photography | Church: St Enodoc | Venue: Trefelix  | Florist: Fiona Hammond  | Dress: Morgan Davies  | Groom: Moss Bros | Bridesmaids: Coast  | Catering & Cake: Fee Turner Catering | Entertainment: Electric Planet

 

Such a pretty day and so charming!! Congratulations to Rebecca & Mark, wishing you every happiness and thanks for sharing your special day with us!

Don’t you just love the shots of the guests walking on the hill at sunset too?! A huge thank you to Alan Law for sharing the beautiful images and congratulations on your recent award of ‘Best Reportage Wedding Photographer 2013′ too – very well deserved!

Love, Mrs White x

 

Gold and Garnet Decadence

Happy New Year!!! Hope you all had a smashing evening celebrating. Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback, and comments over the past year. I really am so grateful and wish you all a year ahead filled with love, happiness and health. We have some exciting plans for 2014 here at Whiter than White and I look forward to sharing more ideas and inspiration with you over the coming months. Lets kick things off with some dreamy and decadent gold and garnet inspiration. Golden hues, sparkles, champagne and the deepest and darkest burgundy blooms…

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Truro Fabrics | 2. Photo: Miguel Varona | 3. Odessa May Society | 4. via HellAnne | 5. Susie Tsang | 6. via Fos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Houzz | 2. Photo: Kari Herer | 3. Eye Poetry | 4. via Wedding Chicks | 5. via 199 | 6. Zuhair Murad

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via DavaDip | 2. 100 layer cake | 3. via Decor Pad | 4. Andreas Lagos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Jose Villa | 2. Jenny Packham | 3. via OneFabDay | 4. via Poise Boston | 5. Shannas Creations | 6. BrideBop | 7. Photo: Trent Bailey

 
A very Happy New Year from Mrs White x

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre

With Christmas just around the corner and the weather so cold, let’s transport ourselves for a minute back to the heat of those summer days with this super pretty August wedding. Loved ones gathered in a beautiful old amphitheatre in the centre of Amsterdam for this flower filled, bohemian wedding. It was a relaxed affair filled with colour, fun, some seriously cute flower girls and one sexy bride. The stunning images are taken by the lovely Eliška of Khiria Photography. I am completely in love with this bouquet too…

 

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
I wore a long veil and a crown of fresh flowers in my hair. I borrowed earrings from my best friend and wore heels (I absolutely loved the pistachio colour of them!!).
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Our aim was to have a relaxed, colourful, cozy and bohemian wedding, almost like a mini festival! The ceremony was held in an old outside amphitheater at Rijk van de Keizer in Amsterdam. It was so, intimate and very personal, we prepared some words for some of our loved ones.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
For our favours we chose wooden spoons with our initials engraved, we tied our favourite recipe to them (homemade Buma BBQ sauce) and a red pepper!
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
My dress was from Cymbeline and was the first one I tried on! It was originally long at the front as well, but we cut it out. I wanted to feel comfy in the dress but also be able to dance like crazy in it! The dress was elegant, romantic and flattering, yet super sexy at the same time.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
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Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Instead of a cake we had a buffet table full of a variety of small deserts, all made by our friend Nicoline.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
In the evening we had small open fires where our guests could sit and eat marshmallows. There were hundreds of small candles and little glass vases filled with just a couple of field flowers.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings

 

SHARON & TEUN
DATE: 24 August 2013

GUESTS: 210

 

THE PROPOSAL: It was Christmas day and we were on holiday in Udaipur, India. Teun got down on one knee in a beautiful Maharadja palace garden. Very romantic!!!
Our friends kindly made us a small rocking bench that was covered in flowers for the ceremony.
 
THE VENUE: Luckily the amphitheater was all part of our venue, which meant the day flowed beautifully from the marriage itself to drinks, diner and dancing. The venue was incredible, it had a rustic ambiance, great views and so much greenery considering it was in Amsterdam! It felt like we were abroad surrounded by all the beautiful flowers and scenery. Plus the staff were amazing!
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: We chose the incredible Eliška from Khiria Photography. We love her work and in Netherlands her style is very unique. Eliška traveled 1000 km from Prague to Amsterdam on the day!
 
BRIDESMAIDS: In Holland the parents tend to arrange the outfits for the flower-girls and page boys themselves. Most of their outfits were handmade or from Zara kids!
 
THE FLOWERS: We wanted field flowers, a little rustic and wild with lots of colour! The venues florist did an incredible job!
 
DECOR + DETAILS:  Our friends made the festival style wooden signs that were displayed throughout the grounds. Most of the decorations were organized by the venue but we brought some giant balloons and made some lanterns with long ribbons attached.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band during the reception drinks when we served homemade punch and lemonade followed by another band and DJ in the evening.
 
THE HONEYMOON: Morocco!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony itself and all the speeches and movies our friends & family put together for us – it was hilarious yet very moving!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Don’t forget to enjoy the planning as well as the day itself and don’t be afraid to let people arrange things for you if they are willing to help!
 
CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Eliška + Aneta Trajerová of Khiria Photography VenueRijk van de Keizer | Florist: Rijk van de Keizer  | Dress + Veil: Cymbeline | Brides Shoes: Supertrash | Groom: Tailor made, Belgium |  Bridesmaids: | Zara 
 
What a beautiful day, I love the relaxed vibe of the bride and groom and those adorable flower girls and page boys. Wishing Sharon and Teun every happiness together and a great big thank you to Eliška + Aneta for sharing this stunning wedding with us.

Love, Mrs White x