November 13, 2016

A beautiful set of images by Koby Brown, of Archetype, taken early one very cold winter’s morning…….

Model Jeni is wearing the ‘Krysanthe’ dress and ‘Medici’ robe

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November 9, 2016

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The ‘Gismonda’ dress, a nod to Prague’s most famous artist of the Art Nouveau, Alfons (Alphonse) Mucha.

Created in a pale gold French lace, this wedding gown was named for the poster that Mucha designed for Sarah Bernhardt’s appearance in the play of the same name….it was his first of many collaborations with the greatest stage actress of the era, and it was this poster’s appearance all over Paris on 1st January 1895 that first bought him to prominence….

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September 5, 2016

A huldra (from the root meaning ‘covered’ or ‘secret’) is a creature from Norwegian folklore, also known as the skogsrå or Tallemaja (Pine tree Mary) in Sweden, or Ulda in Sami mythology

Another darkly atmospheric shoot in Norway with Mona and Barbro (the Dag Drømmerne creative force)……

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September 4, 2016

I first met Norwegian photographer Mona Moe Machava last year in the South of France at a wonderful photography workshop hosted by charming Lisa of the Norwegian Wedding Blog. This was a fabulously creative few days led by JFD faves Koby and Terilyn of Archetype Photography…..a chance for photographers to meet, socialise, learn, and share ideas in an idyllic setting in the hills outside of Cannes.
Anyway, I have been following Mona’s work via Facebook since then and have fallen in love with the magical images she captures in the forests and fjords of Norway with her creative partner Barbro, collectively known as ‘Dag Drømmerne’, or the Day Dreamers.
I was so thrilled when they asked if I’d like to collaborate on a shoot or two, and jumped at the chance to send some gowns over to Norway earlier in the summer.
These delicious images are the first results of that collaboration…..

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August 23, 2016

Part IV of the ‘Into the Woods’ shoot captures the classical beauty of the ‘Tadema’ design, the structured gilded lace of the warrior queen bodice offset by the suppleness of the cobweb soft tulle and silk chiffon skirts…

Photography; Jacqui McSweeney
Hair accessories; Isobel Hind Couture

Florals; Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium

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July 27, 2016

 The third set of images in our ‘Into the Woods’ series captures the romanticism of our ‘Tennyson’ dress, a slither of softest French lace (custom tinted to a delicate seafoam) and pale celadon silk satin. Hanging strands of ivory guipure lace flowers  accentuate the neckline and hem, and flutter in the evening breeze. An intricately beaded band holds back those tumbling locks.
This lady, Anne-Charlotte, gazes out over the lake of waterlilies from her stone escarpment, catching the last of the sun’s rays before wandering through the wood to make a rustic halo of  vines and ivy to wear on her journey to find her elusive knight……

Photography; Jacqui McSweeney
Hair accessories; Isobel Hind Couture

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July 27, 2016

Part II of our ‘Into the Woods….’ shoot with Jacqui McSweeney Photography, this episode featuring the ‘Gainsborough’ gown in olive green silk satin overlaid with soft nude tulle embellished with floral motifs in the prettiest shades of rose and lavender. For the shoot we wanted to lightly reference those lush Thomas Gainsborough portraits of luxuriously clad Georgian beauties set against darkly wooded parklands.
That magnificent hat is the creation of milliners Lomax and Skinner, and as before, the elaborate plaited and knotted updo and delicate porcelain make-up look were created by Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair and Harriet Rainbow.
The lush florals were supplied by Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium.
Our Titian haired muse is Anne-Charlotte @ MK Model Management

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July 27, 2016

One midsummer’s day we headed into the woods to capture some images of a few of the latest designs…..
I’ve been fortunate (and forward thinking!) enough to have the most fabulous photographer as a best friend, so I always look forward to these opportunities to work together.
I love collaborative shoots where a group of like-minded creatives come together to exercise their talents and have fun creating some beauty, and we had a crack team on this occasion as usual!
Photography; Jacqui McSweeney
Hair accessories; Isobel Hind Couture
Model; Anne-Charlotte @ MK Model Management

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July 17, 2016

 A wonderful set of images by photographer Martin Fryatt, taken at magnificent Allerton Castle in Yorkshire, as part of a styled shoot organised by Jen Brook and Walter’s Wardrobe.

Model Arielle is wearing the JFD ‘Krysanthe’ gown in gilded guipure lace and metallic silk organza
Headpiece; HF Couture
MUA; Abi Pulleyn
Stylist; Jen Brook for Walter’s Wardrobe

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November 8, 2015

The gilded bronze-gold guipure lace of the structured bodice flows into the metallic gold silk organza full skirt of this dramatic ballgown style.

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