A Joy Forever – Beautiful Bridal Inspiration with Edwardian Era Wedding Dresses
I have such a truly beautiful bridal fashion inspiration shoot to share with your today. With exquisite wedding dresses and bridal accessories from the Edwardian era, captured beautifully by ruudC Fotografie, full of soft light and positively brimming with romance I just know you are going to love it!
The Edwardian era or Belle Epoque has always been a favourite of mine, and it seems in Nathalie, the lovely lady behind NamaNama I have found a kindred spirit! – “Although vintage dresses and bridal looks from the Art Deco era and bohemian 1970s are often used as a source of inspiration for today’s brides aspiring to a vintage look, Edwardian and especially the Belle Époque era are lesser known and sought after. I think it is a real pity as dresses from this era are extraordinary and show true craftsmanship. Therefore with this shoot I wanted to inspire brides to consider an Edwardian look for their wedding by showing them how graceful and timeless these dresses are!”
I couldn’t agree more and I hope you have your pinning finger ready ladies, because this simply styled but oh so lovely shoot shows perfectly just why you should be considering a wedding dress from this most romantic of eras. With layers of of exquisite lace, graceful silhouettes and fetching necklines they are the perfect way to create a uniquely stylish bridal look with bucketloads of vintage romance. Nathalie says “I love how the old and the new can perfectly co-exist and how each element can enhance the beauty of the other, taking it to the next level: a perfect synergy, illustrating how ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever.’”
By the way, isn’t the venue stunning? Nathalie explains how she discovered this hidden gem “When it turns winter in the Netherlands, shooting outside in summery bridal gowns is not really an option. Therefore, I was beyond excited when the photographer, ruudC Fotografie, showed me the images of this stunning 1890s mansion, currently a showroom for modern interior design, called Loft 76. I was instantly head-over-heels with the gorgeous stairway, the stained glass window, stunning detailed ornaments and the small attic that showed the signs of wear and tear, giving us a hint about the life of days gone by. I felt it was the perfect setting for a timeless bridal portrait session featuring a classic Belle Époque and Edwardian look (the 1st and 2nd dress respectively).”
Seriously swoonworthy don’t you think? Here’s a little more from Nathalie about NamaNama “My shop began with the intention to sell vintage pieces that are in great condition but fit in contemporary life as well. I carefully select the wedding gowns of NamaNama for their subtle beauty and divine fabrics, very often covered with gorgeous floral patterns. And there is something about these dresses, a story that they tell, a secret they carry with them, that makes them so special. As a bride you become a part of, and allow that story to continue.”
A big thankyou to Nathalie and the whole creative team below, and especially to ruudC Fotografie for capturing everything so perfectly, and for allowing me to share it work with you. You can see more of his wonderful photography on his website www.ruudc.com and you will find him Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.
And, if you loved this and are looking for more romantic vintage wedding inspiration do take a look at this rustic but elegant Woodland affair, this romantic shoot infused with Edwardian details and this Secret Garden inspired shoot!
Photography ~ ruudC Fotografie
Vintage Wedding Dresses & Bridal Accessories ~ NamaNama
Hair & Makeup ~ Charlotte’s Visage
Floral Design ~ Florino Bloemcreaties
Venue ~ Loft 76 in The Netherlands
Model ~ Liselotte Kockelkoren