Ever fancied your hand at some fancy hand lettering? Hey, nows the time!  Here’s Brahmin Lettering Co telling you all about their modern calligraphy workshops .. starting again towards the end of the Summer :

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Caitlin’s modern calligraphy workshops are a fun and informal two-hour introduction to pointed dip pen calligraphy, perfect for brides-to-be, bridesmaids, mums and anyone else helping with wedding planning. Workshops start with an introduction to the tools and how to use them, including assembling the calligraphy pen, using inks and understanding ink flow and pressure. You then move onto how to make basic shapes and strokes, gradually building towards creating letters and words, using Caitlin’s sample modern calligraphy alphabet as a guide. By the end of the workshop you should be more confident and ready to dive into adding all those special handwritten touches to your wedding!

Each attendee receives their own calligraphy starter kit to use at the workshop and take home with them afterwards – including a beautiful personalised clipboard.

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Caitlin currently runs workshops in Glasgow’s MANY Studios and various locations in Edinburgh. Places sell out fast so get yourself on her waiting list to get an advanced heads up on new workshop dates and ticket sales:
 
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Follow Caitlin along on facebook + instagram for a ton of pretty paper inspo and news of upcoming workshop dates later this Summer!!
All images by Katy Melling.

Big thanks to our lovely intern Cara for getting to know our Suppliers + creating this little blog series for y’all.
Take it away, I said.

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The Wedding Collective would be absolutely no where without our beloved suppliers who help to push the whole industry forward with their ever-growing, unique and creative input. Firstly, we’re going to take a look at some of our wonderful jewellers who spend countless hours debating ideas, designing and crafting beautiful alternative wedding + engagement rings for you all; one of the most important, beautiful and symbolic elements, which is why we only have the best to showcase for you.

EBBA GORING //

First up we have Ebba Goring who has been pioneering her technique of working with casting textiles since graduating in 2009 with a BDES (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland.

Ebba and her small team currently work from her studio/showroom in an architect restored railway platform building in Burntisland on the Fife Coast of Scotland. What a creative, funky and unique workspace to create some alternative engagement rings for you lovely, lucky clients.

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Her inspiration stems from a love of traditional needlework and a passion to translate textile skills that have been handed down through generations into a new material that will preserve them forever.

“The simple repetition of a stitch, like double crochet, can be inspiration in itself — but I am also fascinated by historic jewellery, costume and textile motifs, especially from the Jacobean and Elizabethan eras for my latest collections.”

In terms of craftsmanship, Ebba stitches her designs in a small, delicate cotton stitch and crochet, then casts them into solid precious metal.

“I enjoy this sort of alchemy process, the organic undulating stitches are captured in metal and transformed into solid precious jewels. The finished pieces have an almost ancient treasure look to them, especially the gold pieces studded with precious gemstones.”

We absolutely adore Ebba’s designs and I’m sure we’ll only have more gorgeous work to share with you in the time to come!

Photo credits: Ebba Goring

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Marquise Stitch Ring in gold: aquamarine and diamonds

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BRAZEN STUDIOS //

Sarah from Brazen Studios is a true artist, putting a modern, unique and beautiful twist on the “traditional” wedding ring. Her work completely radiates the passion she has for what she creates. Her attention to detail and communication with each client to create something they love is a huge part of her work, and is one of the solid foundations of why she sticks out from the crowd. We absolutely love her work over here at TWC! She has so much to offer and has created some beautiful alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings over the years. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!

Below, Sarah explains some of her beautiful pieces:

“Here I’ve created a 18ct yellow gold encrusted engagement ring. The client I was working with wanted something less traditional but with enough statement. He also wanted to include 3 old cut diamonds from his grandmother’s ring which are also featured. We went for an Autumnal colour palette and combined white diamonds, yellow diamonds, spessartine garnets (totally gorgeous vibrant orange) and orange sapphires to create the look. They were set in a hand carved asymmetric wide gold band with lovely contouring.”

“A classic 3 stone / trilogy diamond engagement with lovely high spec (GIA – DVS diamonds) set above a fine yet structural balcony.”

Yellow gold, ‘romantic’ themed engagement ring which has an element of baroque scrolls to set off the marquise cut Tsavorite garnets and diamonds.”

We can’t wait to share more from Brazen Studios in the near future! 

KATIE LEES //

Katie Lees’ designs never fail to blow us away through her contemporary pieces – I mean, totally blow us away! 

If you’ve not heard of Katie and her work before, her inspiration and passion for what she creates is largely based on the study of industrial, engineered and structural landscapes found in her hometown of Glasgow.

“The language is drawn not only from the beauty of the pragmatic forms and robust engineering, but also from the remnants of the shipbuilding industry that once defined the industrial aesthetic of the river and my city.”

Absolutely smashing it is Katie. Her work is beautiful, intriguing, meaningful, precise and represents such a big part of who she is. We’re lucky to have her with the team and it’s been a pleasure showcasing her alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings! You certainly won’t be disappointed with any of her pieces. BEAUTIFUL.

Photo credits: Gabriela Silveira

SCARLETT ERSKINE //

Scarlett’s jewellery is inspired by her love for textures and working with gemstones and she works with precious metals to create contrasting textures, heightening the wearers sense of touch. It is then further enhanced through her intricate use of stone settings using precious gemstones adding colour and elegance to her jewellery.

We absolutely love the contrast in style, colour and appearance in Scarlett’s work! There’s really something for everyone and we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store for her in the near future.

“I love working with my clients to design their dream rings whether it be a customisation of one of my own pieces or a design the clients have imagined.”

We heart Scarlett!

Photo Credit: Scarlett Erskine
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That was 2016s work from those guys – The year of beautiful jewellery! Think 2017 can top it? HELLS YEAH.

BIG THANKS TO CARA FOR GUEST BLOGGING FOR US!
You can see some of Cara’s photography work in Januarys market gallery HERE x

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📢 CALLING ALL THOSE WHO HAD THAT QUESTION POPPED AT THEM THIS FESTIVE 📢

popper or poppee .. THIS is where to start your wedding plans in 2017!
we’ve gathered together the cream of the scottish wedding crop over on our online wedding directory to help you find the suppliers of your wedding day dreamzzzz + this month – this brand new spangly year month – we’re hosting a ton of them under one roof to showcase their insane talent + meet you newly engaged couples for all the fresh chat about your exciting wedding plans + wishes ♥️

SUNDAY 29th JANUARY
The Glue Factory
11am – 3pm

Follow us on instagram for news + supplier line up! @weddingcollective.co
And grab your £4 early bird tickets here

Whatever stage of the planning process you’re at, our market can offer just what you’re looking for. You’ll find unusual venues, ridiculously creative and inspiring wedding planners and helpers plus relaxed, stylish and film inspired photographers. Pinterest worthy inspo at every turn from Florists, Stylists, Caterers, Jewellers – you name it, you’ll find it all under The Glue Factorys super cool old warehouse roof.

Scrap the cruddy exhibition style traditional wedding fair + come down for an avo of easy, breezy chats + coffee with some of the industrys leading wedding folks in a relaxed, chilled atmosphere.
That’s our vibe 😎 Ain’t no stressin’ here.
Start your planning right with #teamTWC 🎉










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WELL GUYS THE END OF 2016 IS NEAR!!!! Who doesn’t love the clean slate of a new year + looking forward to all thats a-comin’?!

We’ve been chatting a lot recently about wedding trends and how the wedding industry can be slow on the uptake with integrating modern styles. But with the birth of high-street wedding dresses and quick access to online fashion + stores, we think there’s a change afoot! You creative lot are much more keen to marry your daily style into your wedding celebrations, so with that in mind, here’s our take, our edit, on the fashion trends in 2017 you’ll see sneaking their way into your 2017-18 plans!

• STREET STYLE  L A Y E R S

Inspired by the street styles of London, NYC and those stylish Scandinavians. Think tone on tone layering and mixed textures. Keys pieces: sheer tee‘s & polo necks paired with spaghetti or chunky pinafore straps.

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• S H E E R

Sexing it up in a modern & stylish way. Adding an element of sheer, softens the silhouette , adds an element of intrigue – it can be girlish with an underwear undertone, a big fat dose of diluted colour or an understated way to play with texture, pattern & volume.

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• A U T H E N T I C

The trend of no trend! Styling that comes from the heart will always be in fashion but this time round its all about shaking what your mama gave you. Showcasing the skin you’re in. This plays across so many parts of wedding style – going for hand-written notes rather than contrived graphics, playing that weird depressing music you love instead of the top 40, choosing a vegan menu, having a menu mostly made of pies, having no menu at all and just serving tequila. Get all your pals involved with a huge bridal party gang or focus on a bit of solo self love. Get married in a huge fuck-off dress in your local wetherspoons on curry night if you want. Wedding celebrations have never been more alternative than they are right now – now is the time to embrace it.

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• R U F F L E S

Ruffles 2 ways! Layer upon layer of total fluff & texture or bold ruffle details. Mix with a white or pastel palette & a sequin crust. Keys pieces: ruffled bell sleeves & cuffs, full length tiered ruffles.

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• P A T T E R N

A great way to add detail and modernise a classic pale palette. Fantastical florals and bold stripes get our vote! Creating pattern with 3d appliqué. Mix with a nude or block colour or pair pattern on pattern for the brave. (hello clash n’ match bridesmaids!)

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• S U I T 

Trousers for the ladies. A feminine tux that’s sleek & sexy or a slouchy pyjama number. Either way its the best power play. Mix n’ match textures – velvet, silk, wool but keep it a strong look head to toe with played down hair & beauty.

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• L E N G T H S

Return of the vintage lengths with a fresh twist… Maybe a fluffy circle midi with a strong personality shoe? A bold 60s mini with a fussy top. For 2 pieces, match the big & bold with the sleek & simple.

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• M A X I M A L I S M

This one is all about the show-stopping. Big & Bold that says hey if I cant wear this on my wedding day, when can I wear it?!

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Thank you to the wonders of Pinterest for allowing access to all these beautiful images. For all the sources head to our Pin Boards!

We can’t wait to see how all you creative couples bring some personal style into your celebrations this year!
Go wild.

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We have the most amazing tribe of Suppliers lined up for this Sundays Bridal Market + as usual will be providing all you modern wedding-havers with a crap ton of creative + original wedding inspiration from the Gurus you need to make it all happen.  No boring small talk + forced smiles from these cool cats. We’ve handpicked the most sought-after, talented, friendly Supplier posse in the country  – who love what they do, love your individuality + genuinely want to create something special with you on your W day. Come and chat and make some plans in a chilled, taco+music-filled atmosphere.

These guys live for this shit. And you’ll be able to tell as soon as you sets sights on the space.  Our events are where these wedding crackerjacks let their creativity run as wild as they fancy, with stands that will catch your eye + inspire. If you’ve not heard us say it yet (😏) It’s Pinterest come to life.  And there’s no competition here! No barging, no bitching – just a bunch of talented talented creatives who love working together + want you to love working with them. We want matches made in dream wedding heaven.
And on Sunday WE ARE PLAYING CUPID. 💁💘

30th OCT. 12-3. ST ANDREWS IN THE SQUARE. MERCHANT CITY. GLASGOW. 💥
Tkts available here 👉 http://weddingcollective.co/glasgow-wedding-fair/ 👈

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