Fine art styled shoot in France… featuring This Modern Love lace kimono… ๐ŸŒฟ

Huge thanks to Fine Art Photographer Pattie Fellowes for her gorgeous styled shoot at Chateau de Brametourte at their enchanting bridal suite… here’s a sneak peek at the shoot featuring my โ€˜Helenaโ€™ bridal lace kimono…

Credits:

Photography: @pattiefellowesweddings

Venue: Chateau de @brametourte bridal suite

Wedding dressing gown: @this_modern_love_bridal
MUA: @macmouche 
Hair: @englishhairdresserinfrance 
Flowers: @sarahmenagerdeco 
Model: @sol_rbb 
Wedding rings: @bijouterie_mohedano 
Earrings and bracelet: @distinctlycaitlindesigns 
Backstage video: @katyfendalldesign 

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This Modern Love – real brides ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Love this time of the summer when photos come rolling in from my gorgeous real brides ๐Ÿ’—

๐Ÿ’— Here’s beautiful bride Kate at her romantic elopement in Scotland this summer. Kate is wearing the Claudia gown lined in blue silk which she’s styled beautifully with a Lotus Floral Art gypsophila crown…

๐Ÿ’— Here’s beautiful bride Andreia wearing the Edith gown…

๐Ÿ’— Here’s beautiful bride Moon-Moon at her forest themed wedding on the Isle of Wight. Moon-Moon is wearing a bespoke tulle Josephine gown with floaty sleeves and the Alexa floral veil…

๐Ÿ’— Lindsey wears the Claudia lined in blue silk for her romantic lakeside wedding

๐Ÿ’— Anna wears the Alexa veil for her romantic woodlands wedding

๐Ÿ’— Taylor wears the Alexa veil for her stylish summer wedding in the States…

Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous photos ladies, I LOVE seeing them โค๏ธ

Xxx

โœ‚๏ธ Meet the Maker ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

Hello! Iโ€™m Anna and Iโ€™m the designer and dressmaker behind This Modern Love ๐Ÿ’• I work from my home studio on the seafront in sunny Worthing (near Brighton) – here I’m sharing my behind the scenes story for the March #meetthemaker challenge!

๐ŸŒฟ How I got started…

I fell in love with sewing in my 20s. I loved the idea of creating something simple using beautiful fabrics, rather than settling for what the rather uninspiring high street had to offer. (Back then it was all fussy, garish print viscose and too short dresses made in China ๐Ÿ™„). I started my dressmaking journey making pretty floral print, cotton tea dresses and selling them at Camden Lock and Portobello Road markets in London – I experimented with chiffon and lace and when a friend saw my new design she asked me to make the bridesmaid dresses for her wedding, and that’s how This Modern Love began! ๐Ÿ’• I was really drawn to the bridal aesthetic of soft, muted colours and delicate, exquisite laces and I loved translating my relaxed, bohemian inspired designs to bridal wear…

๐ŸŒฟ Do what you love & love what you do…

We spend a lot of our lives at work, and for many of us our work defines us and gives us a sense of our identity – it’s really important to do work that motivates and inspires you.

I was creative but my degree was in law and my 9-5 in corporate human resources was pretty unfulfilling… I wanted to change direction and decided to re-train. I studied Fashion & Costume Design with Central Saint Martins and womenswear pattern cutting and professional sewing techniques with London College of Fashion and gained as much work experience (London Fashion Week, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House) and mentoring (Career Shifters, Prince’s Trust Youth Enterprise) as possible to get This Modern Love started.

๐ŸŒฟ What it means to be a maker…

I was aware of the wasteful and exploitative nature of the fashion industry – most garments we buy on the high street are produced unethically with sweat shop labour and for the most part the clothes end up in landfill. I wanted to work with textiles but I didn’t want to be part of the problem: mass production of ‘fast fashion’. Being a dressmaker means creating a gown that is exactly what the customer wants; her choice of style, colour, fit, fabrics – the materials are sourced responsibly without waste, and crucially the finished garment is worn, loved and cherished.

๐ŸŒฟ Favourite to make…

Has to be my HELENA ivory guipiere lace bridal kimono, designed for the bride to wear on the morning of her wedding and throughout her honeymoon… I love working with this elegant lace, it’s light, delicate and drapes beautifully ๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒฟ Inspiration…

As a bridal designer I take inspiration from a range of different sources… sometimes watching a play or visiting a gallery can spark off an idea for a design, a project or a creative collaboration. I’m a big fan of artist Clare Elsaesser and her wonderful paintings adorn the walls of my studio; her vibrant use of colour and female subjects lost in contemplation really speaks to me. I often use colour in my bridal designs for a contemporary twist on the classic bridal look: colour is a wonderful resource to convey a message and help reflect the bride’s story and personality through her dress.

๐ŸŒฟ Customers…

My gorgeous real brides make This Modern Love – I love it when brides visit my studio for a consultation and blend together different elements of my designs to create their dream dress, it’s really wonderful to bring their ideas to life and create something bespoke and individual for the most special occasion with their loved ones ๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒฟ Photography…

I usually shoot my designs here at my home studio. For my lookbook shoots I work with brilliant photographer Beth Steddon and for my Etsy store I shoot the images myself with an Olympus PEN and edit with VSCO and Colour Story. I am very low tech. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Many of the gorgeous images in this post are from creative collaborations with these wonderful photographers: Sarah Kriner, Ira Gelormino, Vicky Lamburn, Steffi Schroeder, Anja Schneemann & Chelsea Hall ๐Ÿ’• endless thanks to these talented women! ๐Ÿ“ท

๐ŸŒฟ Can’t live without…

An obvious one for a dressmaker, but my Singer sewing machine, Janome overlocker, Fiskars shears and the the most crucially important piece of kit – a seam unpicker! โœ‚๏ธ I’d also be lost without Classic FM – I always listen to this when I’m working in my studio.

๐ŸŒฟ Helper…

If by help you mean ‘destroyer of everything and first class scamp’, then I’d have to give a shout out to my daughter Eva who is 3 and a half. She can usually be found rummaging through my fabric stash and running off with my stationary.

At the moment I manage all the design and making myself, but as the business is growing I’m looking to recruit an assistant to help with making and studio fittings… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

๐ŸŒฟ Creative friends…

My creative friends have helped me enormously: Victoria JK Lamburn (an excellent fine art photographer) captures my designs beautifully in the soft natural light and really brings them to life with her relaxed styling, and Lou (a fellow designer and Etsy creative) behind the lingerie label Brighton Lace is an excellent business mentor, we regularly meet up to share ideas about our lacy projects!

๐ŸŒฟ Achievements…

I’m super proud of the awards I’ve won – โญ๏ธ Elle Magazine’s Talent Spot Award โญ๏ธ (here’s a few pics of my paper sculpture installation and my sketchbooks from my Saint Martins days) โญ๏ธ Finalist at the UK Wedding Awards โญ๏ธ and most recently winner of โญ๏ธ Best Bridal Designer & Dressmaker at the 2018 &2019 Wedding Industry Awards โญ๏ธ Its always such an honour when This Modern Love is featured in magazines and wedding blogs, take a peek at my press page to see details…

๐ŸŒฟ Goals…

I adore the fine art aesthetic and I’d love to work on my photography skills to try to capture my designs with better lighting and styling to reflect that. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to attend a workshop at the end of the summer, but for now it’s back to the making! I’m working on 5 gorgeous bridal gowns next month โœ‚๏ธ #weddingseason ๐Ÿ’•

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little about the story behind ThisModern Love! ๐Ÿ’•

Anna

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What should I wear in my hair? ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

Modern Love brides often ask me this question when they visit my studio for their dress fitting, so I thought Iโ€™d share my favourite pieces here on my blog! Hereโ€™s my styling tips for what to wear in your hair on your wedding day…

๐Ÿƒ Dried flower crown…

My talented friend Katie at Lotus floral art makes beautiful dried flower crowns… I know that most of my brides love a flower crown to compliment their bohemian look, what I love about dried flower crowns is that they last! It makes wedding planning & preparation a tiny bit easier not having to worry about a fresh flower crown which can wilt in hot weather… I also love the scale of the dried flowers, they’re smaller which gives a more subtle boho look…

Hereโ€™s beautiful real Modern Love bride Katie at her stylish town wedding in Lewes last summer wearing her Lotus flower crown…

๐Ÿƒ Sparkly hair vines…

I met lovely Debbie Carlisle when we exhibited together at the Etsy Wedding Fair and completely fell in love with her sparkles…

Next up, Australian brand โ€˜Bride la Bohemeโ€™… I bought their Delphine piece a few years ago and use it LOTS in my lookbook photoshoots…

Another excellent Etsy find; Anna Marguerite Couture What I love about Anna Margueriteโ€™s designs is the glamour of a sparkly head piece fused with the natural beauty of a flower crown, with these pretty, understated, leaf detail vines.

๐Ÿƒ Gypsophila, fresh flower crown and foliage crowns…

So simple and understated and ALL the pretty, love these… gypsophila crown

I’m a big fan of foliage crowns, for a fresh, modern look… here’s photos of beautiful real Modern Love brides Amanda and Anna wearing foliage crowns made with laurel leaves and fern…

๐Ÿƒ Last but not least, fresh flower crowns

Hereโ€™s beautiful real Modern Love bride Jess rocking her real flower crown at her romantic woodlands wedding… Your florist will be able to combine your bouquet flower choices with your crown to tie the whole look together…

Which style would you choose? ๐ŸŒฟ

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New new new ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ ready to wear collection…

โœจโœจโœจ New new new! โœจโœจโœจ Iโ€™ve been busy making lots of new โ€˜ready to wearโ€™ gowns which Iโ€™m adding to the Modern Love Etsy shop over the next few days… Exciting! Stay tuned for all the newness ๐Ÿ’—

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป I receive soooo many messages from lovely brides who want to order a Modern Love gown but canโ€™t make it to Worthing for a fitting, so Iโ€™ve created a new range of โ€˜ready to wearโ€™ gowns which can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in the world!

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Buying your wedding dress online can be daunting… I think itโ€™s so important to be able to try a style on to see how it suits you, and the styling of your special day, how the materials feel, and to make sure that you love it and feel like the best version of yourself…

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป My โ€˜ready to wearโ€™ gowns are non bespoke, which means you can try them on at home to check the style and the fit and if you donโ€™t love it you can return it! Stress free wedding dress shopping. Youโ€™re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜˜

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Iโ€™ve started out with a collection around 15 pieces in a 8-10 & 10-12 but have looaaaads more designs and more sizes coming later in the year ๐Ÿ’—

Take a peek here… https://www.etsy.com/shop/thismodernlovebridal

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Relaxed and beautifully boho – real bride Daynaโ€™s wedding featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ

https://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/stanford-farm-wedding/

Congratulations to gorgeous couple Dayna & Gareth ๐Ÿ’— their gorgeously boho wedding has been featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings! Take a peek at the article for more of their perfect day…

Here’s a few behind the scenes snaps from the fitting at my studio with beautiful bride Dayna & her gorgeous bridesmaids ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

What kind of underwear should I wear with my backless wedding dress? ๐ŸŒฟ

Modern Love brides absolutely LOVE my backless bridal designs; theyโ€™re such an elegant feature in a gown and perfect for summertime bohemian weddings – the only snag is that you canโ€™t wear a normal bra.

โ€œWhat kind of underwear should I wear with my backless wedding dress?โ€ is the question my brides always ask when visiting my studio for their design consultation so Iโ€™ve put together my top tips for underwear options…

How backless is the dress? If itโ€™s a v at the back but not all the way to the waist then you might find a bodysuit is a good option. Theyโ€™re leotards with low backs, straps and full cups… they have a high elastane content which is great for giving a little tummy control (think Spanx) and they have poppers at the gusset so you can go to the toilet. Win!

I recommend Maidenform, Ultimo & Pretty Little Thing

Is the dress cut away right to the waist? You may find that a bodysuit is too high at the back so you could try the U-plunge bodysuit which is lower at the back…

Stick on cups – so many options available! Some of my customers swear by them while some donโ€™t like the adhesive… itโ€™s trial and error to see what works for you but here are some ideas to get you started.

Daisies and body tape – ideal if you donโ€™t need support but just want some coverage.

Stitch in cups – At your dress fitting its possible to stitch in moulded cups (think t-shirt bra) – this does not provide lift/support but it does add shape

Wonderlift – adhesive tape which provides lift and support… these look like they actually give a good amount of support which can be hard to find in a stick on bra… as thereโ€™s no straps or joining in the middle these are a great option if your dress is cut away at the back and low cut at the front.

โœจ Remember your underwear should always be nude coloured and seam free – think t shirt bra and Bridget Jones knickers โœจ