Peace of the wild… new collection shoot – behind the scenes preview 💕

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Had a gorgeous afternoon in the New Forest today shooting with super photographer Charly Woodhouse & beautiful model Emily Pauley for my new collection lookbook… here’s a few behind the scenes snaps! 💕 Love!

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THE PEACE OF THE WILD – new collection design sketchbook & moodboards for This Modern Love SS2019 🍃

Inspiration

American poet Wendell Berry’s collection ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ caught my eye earlier this summer and I’ve taken inspiration from this beautiful poem to influence my latest designs…

Connecting with nature

Berry’s poem particularly resonated with me: we live such a hugely fast paced, disconnected life where we feel we ought to be constantly ‘on’. Anxiety is so commonplace and it’s effects are so far reaching – it’s as though we’ve lost our ability to find peace.

Connecting with nature is such an important part of our lives, it’s a powerful means of regaining balance and improving wellness… when I feel a little overwhelmed and run down I try to spend as much time as possible away from screens and go outside instead: to feel my feet on the soil, I feel grounded. To listen to the waves crashing on the beach, to breathe fresh air, to connect with nature: to find peace in the wild.

Design resources

I took a mini break to Portland, Dorset, at the start of the summer with my family. Exploring the tranquil coastline of Chesil Beach was the perfect starting place to sketch some design resources for my collection. It made me consider the beauty of the natural world all around us; and it re-affirmed how important it is to connect with nature in all its forms: natural rugged coastlines, awe inspiring forest scapes, lush, verdant foliage, the bright blue sky and the deep blue sea.

As well as sketching my own design resources I compiled collage images which sparked my interest from my favourite glossies… I like to include couture & editorial resources in my design moodboards as I love the creativity they employ in their shoots. My moodboards also reference a broad range nature inspired resources; the ripple of waves, the delicacy of petals, the light of the skyline. These resources help to inspire my designs in a variety of subtle ways: the movement of a skirt, the detailing of a bodice, the fluidity of materials…

Design sketches

I’ve put a lot of thought into my 2019 collection; building on the strengths of my previous collections but also pursuing new, challenging design ideas. There will be a blend of daring low backs, sweeping chiffon trains, delicate spaghetti straps, light, airy tulle and intricate petal appliqué.

The collection will comprise of 5-6 pieces, all within a soft, neutral colour palette of nude, blush and ivory. ‘The peace of the wild’ designs have a key theme of being relaxed and simple, as well as being elegant, feminine and natural.

Looking forward to creating the next few pieces of the collection next month and arranging a natural light, fine art style photo shoot out in the wild!

Stay tuned for new collection photos 💕 x

A year in the making: 2018 bridal fittings at the Modern Love studio 💕

It’s been a wonderful (and very busy!) wedding season here at the house of Modern Love 💕 huge thanks to all the gorgeous brides, bridesmaids & mothers of the bride who chose This Modern Love gowns for their weddings this year 💕

Here’s a few behind the scenes snaps of the bridal fittings and the making here at my studio in 2018… 💕

The biggest bridal trends this year were the low, cut away back design and the colourful floral embroidery lace used in my Fleur design…

My other popular designs this season have been Victoria, Cecilie, Susannah, Delphine, Rachel, Sophia, Elektra and Claudia.

I’m currently designing my new collection for next year & look forward to meeting brides to be over the coming months and developing 2019 trends! 💕

Helena bridal kimono robe – featured in French Wedding Style – elegant styled shoot in Provence 💕

Here’s some more of the gorgeous gallery from the Chateau De Roussan shoot by the incredible Paula from Hello Sugar Photography… I LOVE this delicious fine art shoot, and I’m so thrilled to be working with Paula again in August! My lacey Helena kimono is currently en route to Belfast for the next dreamy shoot… ❤️

Featured on gorgeous bridal blog, French Wedding Style…

Credits:

Venue: Chateau de Roussan, St Remy de Provence @chateau.de.roussan

Photographers: Anneka Seraphina @anneka.seraphina.photography

Paula Puchacz @hellosugar_photography

@jobradburyphotography @roshniweddingphotography

Ellie Hicks @eleanorrosehicks

Hair: Annette Carr @englishhairdresserinfrance

MUA: Mel Kinsman @melkmakeup

Dress: @joflemingdesign

Models: Lucy Alice Winterbourne & Hayden

Kimono robe: @This_Modern_Love_Bridal

Cake: @makemeacake84

Ring: @london_victoria_ring_co

Stationery: @emmajostationery

Styling: @127weddings

Real weddings 💕 gorgeous brides & bridesmaids wearing This Modern Love…

Gorgeous girls wearing This Modern Love! ❤️

💕 Ashleigh’s bridesmaids are wearing bespoke lace bolero tops with blue crepe full length skirts

💕 Olivia wears the Helena guipiere lace kimono to get ready on the morning of her wedding…

💕 Alice wears a bespoke Delphine floral lace bolero top over her bridal gown…

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos – I love seeing them! X

The Wedding Crowd 💕 summer flowers

Love the latest styled shoot by The Wedding Crowd 💕 – it’s wonderful for This Modern Love to team up with E&W Couture as I adore their style… 💕

Credits:

Instagram/ Facebook

Collective: @theweddingcrowd / @Theweddingcrowd

Photographer: @cheshireweddingphoto / @Amanda Balmain Photography

Floral Dress: @this_modern_love_bridal/ @This modern love bridal

White Dress: @eandwcouture / @E&W

MUA: @aistetic / @aistetic

Stationery: @turretstationer / @Dragonfly Couture Stationery

Floral Styling: @feathersandbark / N/a

Cake: @wildflowerssecretbakehouse
/ @the wildflowers secret bakehouse

Jacket: @paintedwilduk / N/a

The most wonderful time of the year… 💕

It’s the most wonderful time of the year🌲🌲🌲no silly! Not Christmas. But summer! Wedding season; ❤️ the magical time when all these beautiful people tie the knot… and after months of hard work over here at a This Modern Love HQ, designing and cutting and sewing and creating bridal gowns I’m lucky enough to get to see my GORGEOUS Modern Love brides rock their bespoke bridal gowns on their special day… ❤️

Brides featured in this post:

💕 Stephanie wears a bespoke ivory corded lace Sadie gown – photography by Angharad Thomas Photography

💕 Sarah wears a Cordelia corded lace gown with cream tulle skirt – photography by Theresa C Photography

💕 Katie wears a Cordelia corded lace bodice with sage green silk crepe and tulle skirt

Thanks so much to my beautiful Modern Love brides for sharing your photos, I absolutely love seeing them!❤️ x