The Juno & Joy ethos is that a couple getting wed should take ownership of their day – that a little of their personality should be in every element. For a Bride it’s important to channel a look that’s, well, you – it’s no good turning up on the day and not being recognised by your groom because your hair looks so utterly different from how you normally wear it or the fresh-faced beauty he’s fallen for is caked in heavy make-up. Be the best possible version of yourself. Be your own icon.
A lot of this may come down to the gown you choose, its style, cut and how it makes you feel but you can go so much further by choosing the right accessories – these can be used to compliment your dress and add statement style. The extra snippet of you that sets the whole ensemble apart from anyone else…
To quote Greek Philosopher Epictetus “Know first who you are: then adorn accordingly”.
Here’s a few ideas on how you can channel your signature style through your wedding accessories:
And the Bride wore…flowers
In recent years brides have been bolder in their choices (hurrah!) and have turned towards alternative ideas for bringing colour and interest to their wedding ensemble. Fresh flowers are a great way of doing this particularly if you’re on a budget as a few seasonal blooms can make serious impact. A lot of brides now opt for a floral crown or some loose blooms fitted into their hair – though we are also seeing an emerging trend of floral wrist corsages being worn by brides…and have even noticed images of bohemian brides wearing ankle corsages at beach wedding celebrations too!
Behind the veil
Most Brides aim to add an element of nostalgia to their day – it’s an emotional celebration after all and it’s nice to create your wedding in a way that won’t date in photographs or on film. A great way of including a family heirloom is in your accessories and veils are by far the most popular way of doing this…did your grandma wear a lace cathedral length veil you can borrow? Or your Mum a 60’s frou frou? And if not then there’s an abundance of vintage inspired and contemporary veils out there offering serious statement style. Think Duchess of Cambridge or Grace Kelly – iconic bridal romance.
Keep it clipped
We’re not just talking hair clips here, though those which are bejewelled and twinkly are very worthy of a mention but brooches and pins also. These can be ingeniously worked into a wedding scheme, whether it’s a piece of treasured jewellery used on your husband-to-be’s buttonhole or a number of sparkly beauties clustered together to make an heirloom bouquet – and if you’re wearing an outfit offers a peek of your shoes then “shoe clips” are a wonderful way to add interest to a pair of plain Mary-Jane’s.
A luxe look that’s very art deco and enormously popular is the Great Gatsby-esque hair adornments which are currently so en vogue. A rhinestone cap is not for the fainthearted – it screams statement style and worn with an Oscar’s-worthy dress would probably go down in wedding history amongst your guests, but if you’re not quite willing to brave such dizzy fashion heights on your big day, go for a delicate forehead band/circlet and attach a large feather to the back ahead of your evening celebrations if you want to look like an authentic flapper girl. And in contrast boho beauties planning a festival themed do could look to Coachella and Glastonbury for their inspiration – Native Indian style headdresses have been worn by Brides as well as ornate rustic crowns made of twigs, pinecones and even shells.
Gone are the days when it was only acceptable for a bride to wear a white bolero over her wedding gown without drawing a gasp from the traditionalists. Things have moved on and whilst classic bridal cover-ups still endure and have their place, if it’s are simply not “you” there’s no need to wear one. Feathered cape’s and animal print cropped jackets are popular winter wedding cover-ups whilst embellished caplets and denim jackets have been spotted on Brides from across-the-pond, so we’re waiting with baited breath to see if the trend catches on over here!
It’s a shoe thing
Are you a keen horsewoman who lives his her riding boots, is your wedding an outdoor event in a field or are you a Strictly Come Dancing queen who’s dream is to perform a post-ceremony tango? Then wear a shoe that fitting of your day! Think of the fabulous photo opportunities of a winter Bride in her beloved snow-boots…or a barefooted Bride on the beach…it’s the perfect way to execute your own style in a subtle yet impactful way.
So there you have it. A few simple tips on how you can own your wedding day style.
Will you be pushing any bridal style boundaries?
//Credits: Feature image: KLJ Photography for Gibson Bespoke//Bride in hat Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings//Flower crown Alexandra Wallace via Juno & Joy// Polka-dot veil Lara Hotz Photography via Burnetts Boards//Capped veil We Are Alchemy via Polkadot Bride// Feathered cape Britt Chudleigh Photography via Style Me Pretty//Pink converse Mary Meghan Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic