Complete Bridal Looks from Petite Lumiere’s Florence Collection
It is no secret that I am a big fan of on-line marketplace Etsy for enabling small boutique designers and independent creative businesses to reach a worldwide audience, and for helping brides to find anything they could possibly want for their big day – be it a wedding dress, veil, invitations or accessories. It seems I find a new store to love each and every time I visit, and today I would like to introduce you to my most recent discovery, the lovely Petite Lumière…..
Anna the lovely lady behind Petite Lumière, and all the gorgeous designs you will see here today, has such a refreshing way of looking at bridal attire. Believing every wedding dress should be just as unique and special as the bride wearing it, she creates capsule collections of bridal separates and fabulous vintage inspired accessories, that allow you the bride to mix and match to your hearts content, and create an outfit that truly matches your own individual style.
Anna says of her little store “I have been drawing and designing clothes for as long as I can remember, but the idea came about for Petite Lumière when I was helping a friend find her wedding dress. Going through one bridal forum after another, and talking to numerous brides-to-be, I discovered that they were sick and tired of the limited choice they had. The dresses were expensive, uncomfortable, and many felt like they were wearing a ‘costume’, rather than having the best day of their lives. It soon became clear modern brides are looking for something fashionable, something less conventional.” And so from a desire to create something unique and innovative, to fulfil the needs of today’s modern brides, Petite Lumière was born.
Anna’s stylish designs have an undeniably vintage romance about them, but aren’t defined by a specific style. Instead, her collections are designed around a theme, resulting in each one being distinctive and completely unique. This collection, the “Florence“, was inspired by her love of art history and its namesake city, the world’s art capital – home to the Renaissance masterpieces and the noble and powerful Medici. Soft and lightweight materials such as ivory silky chiffon and lace, have been used to enhance a bride’s every movement, flowing with her down the aisle, like Botticelli’s Venus emerging from the water. Whilst countless freshwater pearls and seed beads have all been lovingly hand-embroidered by Anna, with great attention to detail, to create beautifully romantic embellishments that enhance the feminine silhouettes. And the striking floral lace motif, not only adorns the delicate accessories, but also gently envelopes the garments like the dance of the Three Graces’.
I absolutely love every single one of the looks that Anna has created, from the lace strapped tops worn with long, full skirts to the flirty and fun short layered skirts and the show stopping capes. Each piece has been designed to compliment and complete another, to create a real statement look, but for a more understated elegance, would be equally beautiful worn alone.
With these collections of stylish separates and accessories, comes the ability to not only create beautifully personal outfits, but also to alter and adapt them to create the perfect look for every part of the day. For instance you can walk down the aisle in a long elegant dress, and trip the light fantastic later in a short sassy number!
And I can just imagine these pieces being worn again, and again – even after the big day. Especially the gorgeous Thalia cape above, can’t you?
‘As much as I design for wedding day beauty, I also design with longevity in mind so all of the separates can be used in many ways on the day itself and afterwards as well. Clients have taken pieces from their outfit on honeymoon or simply worn them on a night out!’
You can see much more of this collection in the Petite Lumière store on Etsy, alongside Anna’s striking new collection “Spring in Kyoto“. And you can follow on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest collections, offers and Petite Lumière news.