You had me at the words ‘glitter’ and ‘styled shoot’. I mean, come on!! How perfect is this!! Stunningly editorial, which hits me square in the heart for starters, but also completely transferable to real life. Some of the things I love, as you know, dance in the realm of dreams and fantasy and you have to pick elements out for the more everyday context, but this here is that perfect harmony of ‘next level’ styling and doable. You will love this.
Set in and around the streets of Kuala Lumpur, this is an editorial that walks a line between grunge and glamour. The urban setting, with its grit and grime, adds an edgy energy to the contemporary styling. The sequins and silks in particular are fabulous against this backdrop, with the sequins glinting light into the darkness, and the satin lending its softness to the hard concrete greys.
As we know, and lament, the wedding industry still predominantly leaves behind people of colour and focuses mainly on white-skinned brides and grooms. It is a complete puzzle to me as to why. Like, honestly WTF?!
Luckily, we have awesome challengers in the form of Nova Reid of Nu Bride and Joyce Connor, a leading make-up artist, who are absolutely not taking this sitting down. Frustrated with a shortfall of make-up artists confident with darker skin tones even within the industry, they’ve devised a masterclass filled to the brim with expertise, amazing tips and training, ready to share with industry colleagues.
Here’s Nova with how it came about!
“Can you recommend a make up artist that can work with black and Asian skin tones?”
At first I thought this was a bit of a contrived question to ask.
After all, one would assume that all professional make-up artists have the skillset and also the toolkit to work with an array of skin tones, wouldn’t you think? I did, and learned very quickly that this was not the case.
As an editor, I’m approached by industry, brides, and indeed grooms, to recommend make-up artists who can work with black, Asian and darker skin tones, on a regular basis. Readers often come to me, either after having had a bad experience, or feeling concerned because they find it exceptionally difficult to find inclusive wedding make-up artists online and at wedding shows. Others have had make-up trials and ended up looking embalmed. They frequently discover make-up artists who, for whatever reason, do not have experience or evidence that they can work with different skin tones, because a diverse body of work is not being demonstrated in their portfolio.
Some news! Way Out Wedding is moving mainly to Instagram for a bit. Long story short, I’m a parent carer and as such my time to work on the blog is dictated by the needs of my lovely children. Just lately it’s been increasingly impossible to work at all. With blogging, you wear all the department hats of any small business: commissioning; writing; marketing; advertising; finance; etc. And when it’s just you on your own with minimal outsourcing, well that there is a full-time job and then some. People think it’s a lovely hobby, but it is a job like any other! And one that’s really difficult to balance with children, let alone if they have extra needs.
So, brains have been well and truly wracked here as to what to do… I don’t want to fold the blog completely. It’s growing all the time, organically and steadily, and I’ve really settled into my style after four years of doing this. I’ve made so many friends with inspirational creatives in the industry, many of whom I count as close friends now. And I’ve been nominated and highly commended in a fair few industry awards – well proud of that! It’s been a blast. So yes, not up for folding it!! But I do need to go with the flow and that flow is a tidal wave just at the moment rather than surf waves.
Going over to social media mainly for the time being will allow me to keep delivering what I know you love best and that’s modern and style-led wedding inspiration. As you know from my blog posts, I’m more a visual person than a writer – although I seem to be waffling a fair bit at the moment ha! – and these platforms will let me quickly and regularly bring you gorgeous and inspirational images, plus share via Facebook posts from other blogs I know you’ll love.
I’ll be finishing off some already scheduled posts, and from time to time I may feature quicky posts, if time permits. But for now, I leave you with an increase of Instagram and Pinterest images to delight you! I shall return…
As Marty McFly says…
All right guys, this is a blues riff in ‘B’, watch me for the changes, and try and keep up, okay?
I’ve had Hermione de Paula on my heart-eyes radar for ages, and thought it was about time I showed you in full just what I love about her modern designs.
I adore the playful details such as the wedding day date embroidered right there into the design, as above, and the confident sexiness of that thigh-high split (below) dealing an unexpected sucker-punch just when you thought it was a reasonably conservative dress.
On her website, it sums up her ethos better than I can:
“Working more as an artist than a typical fashion designer, Hermione celebrates the flora and fauna of the landscape around us: secret messages combine with flowers in disguise and paradisiacal prints for you to find.”
And Harpers Bazaar US said,
“Her flair for ‘Romantic Surrealism’ results in designs that surprise upon closer inspection.”
Now if that doesn’t leave you aching to see more, I don’t know what to do with you.