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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Hello!
Happy Winter-time to you all.
We’re back with our Supplier Spotlight Series finally!​  And first up is the newest Florist to join The Wedding Collective ranks…

TUPELO TREE GARDEN

Let’s hear it from the lovely Natasha – to be found with tea and biscuits at all times it seems…
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1/ business:
  Tupelo Tree Garden
you: Natasha
where:
 Central Scotland

2/ describe your workspace:


My workspace is my home, I have a cosy wee room with a big desk, lots of floor space and a cupboard filled with wire, scissors, ribbon, boxes – you name it i’ve got it! I spend most of my ‘online’ time in my living room overlooking the fields and occasional deer jumping around. Wherever my workspace is however, I will always find snacks to hand 🙂

3/ where did it all begin?

Would you believe, i applied for a floristry job whilst drinking too much wine!! Its a funny mr bean type story of how I got the job but as soon as I started, I fell in love quickly and my mind started expanding with flower names, techniques, possibilities and colours. I worked there a while but felt very stunted in working for someone else so gradually started to take on my own weddings and eventually went full time with Tupelo Tree Garden, and I’ve been the happiest version of me ever since!

4/ favourite work to date?
Favourite wedding to date is most definitely Ilse & Omar’s wedding up in the hills of Aberfeldy this August, in a teepee overlooking the Schiehallion hills. They wanted a mass of pastel peaches and green shades all around and so so many succulent plants! It looked stunning.

5/ who/what inspires you?

The great outdoors! My inspiration comes from many places, I follow and read a lot of blogs online and I’m more so inspired by photographers images of nature and trees. But most of my ideas and inspiration stems from the Scottish woodlands, tall trees and wild flowers. They make me want to create.

6/ describe a typical day:



A typical day with Tupelo Tree Garden involves taking my basket, a small flask of tea, my pocket handbook of Scottish wildflowers and going on a wander to see what I learn and find. I like to know medicinal uses of local flowers too. Then I will do some online work, if I’m creating arrangements for weddings or photoshoots, you’ll most likely find me in the garden picking flowers and bits of trees for wild bouquets or garlands… Without a doubt, I will always have a cup of early grey tea and too many biscuits nearby. If I have time after designing, I will do some blogging and research – always looking for new projects. At this time of year when wedding season is almost over I like to plan for collaborative photoshoots with artists, photographers and designers. Then more tea.

7/ where’s your favourite place to go?
The botanical gardens in Edinburgh – there is a Tupelo Tree growing in the gardens I like to visit 🙂 I really enjoy seeing what is growing throughout the year to better my knowledge on flowers and seasons, and know how to use them. The botanics is awesome for letting me do this. I’m also in love with the store in Edinburgh, Anthropologie! I can loose myself in the amount of crazy detail and beautiful themes everywhere, my perfect day involved arranging something into an Anthropologie mug or bowl!

8/ favourite wedding venue:

Not a venue, but the outdoors, in a peaceful woodland ceremony or teepee somewhere in the woods!

9/ best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:

Enjoy the little things. When all the ‘big’ things don’t go right or things are stressful or you’re tight with money, enjoy all the little things – the amazing stretch when you wake up, watching a leaf fall, watching someone talking, enjoying a new bar of soap…. really little things, but appreciating them has made me appreciate everything else better.

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Watch out for an upcoming shoot featuring Tupelo Tree Garden florals on the blog soon.. a shoot which has already been shared on VOGUE ITALIA! What?! Yes. Vogue.
Coming soon….

Meanwhile to see more from Tupelo Tree Garden and get Natashas contact details, check out her Profile in our Directory!


A very stylish heads-up ladies…

GHOST MELLE CLOCHE

The beautiful Ghost Bridesmaid range has arrived at Melle Cloche.

This collection consists of flattering bias-cut satin dresses from tea length to floor skimming and in 13 colours ranging from soft pastels to statement shades of cobalt and jade, all dyed to order. The range even includes a shawl that can be dyed to co-ordinate with your dress .

These gorgeous Ghost gowns are exactly what we’ve been looking for from the world of bridesmaids, moving away from any frilly chiffon numbers towards something modern, sophisticated and ever so elegant. They’re so gorgeous, your maids will want to wear them again and again!

Sizes range from XS (6) to  XL (16)

6 weeks delivery

Call or email the boutique to make an appt to view and try on. 

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also..

We’ve just found out the one of the dresses is featured in the new James Bond film (Spectre) worn by the new Bond girl – you can see it in the trailer briefly!

BOND GIRL BRIDESMAIDS? um…. YES!

Melle Cloche are also exclusive stockists of Twobirds, Bari-Jay and Veromia bridesmaid dresses . . make an appointment for you and your ‘maids to try on some of these SUPER-stylish dresses.
Exclusive is such a great word…

Head over to the Melle Cloche profile in our Directory for contact info & more details.
Happy shopping girls x


Team GWCs Solen Photography, inspired by the wares on show at one of our GWC Bridal Markets, joined forces with some crazy-talented makers to create this clever & super-stylish inspiration shoot showcasing the change in wedding styles over the past ten decades…

Featuring accessories & outfits by fellow GWC-ers Rene Walrus, Rowanjoy, Cotton & Thyme, La Belle Epoque & Three Isles Designs

Solen & make up artist Cory, styled looks from back in the day to present …. wedding fashion inspiration at its very best!

First up … The 1920s:

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Headdress by Rene Walrus

Pearls by Skinny Pig

Dress photographer’s own

1930s:

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Veil and lace skull cap by Love by Susie

Pearls by Skinny Pig

Dress by Those Were The Days Vintage

1940s:

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Pillbox hat by Cotton & Thyme

Dress by Those Were The Days Vintage

Earrings model’s own

1950s & 60s:

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50s:
Bow Alice band by Sally-Ann Provan

Diamonte necklace Skinny Pig

Dress by Rowanjoy

60s:
Feather alice band by Sally-Ann Provan

Dress by Those Were The Days Vintage


1970s:

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Silk flower headdress by Three Isles Designs

Dress by Those Were The Days Vintage

1980s:

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Headdress, lace gloves, cuffs by La Belle Epoque

Necklaces by Skinny Pig

Dress by Those Were The Days Vintage

1990s:

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Pearl collar and earrings by Skinny Pig

Corset by Love by Susie

2000s:

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‘Wifey’ slogan necklace by Bonnie Bling

Pearl leaf motif broach in hair by Skinny Pig

Dress by Rowanjoy
2014:

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Fresh flower headdress by Rose & Ammi

Dress by Those Were The Days Vintage

 

WHAT A SHOOT!  They sure nailed the styling across the decades… I can’t choose a favourite! Amazing to take a look at the trends across the years!

All credits to:

Photography
Solen Photography

Makeup
Makeup by Cori using Mac products

Hair
Robbie Purves at ArtHausHair

Models
Emily Fulton and Viola Marx at Model Team

Photographer’s Assistant –  Jess Shurte

Styled by Solen Collet with Cori Burnett

Love Team GWC x