I’ve just returned from a beautiful country barn wedding up in Cheshire; the sun was shining, the prosecco was flowing and the bride looked absolutely stunning. Watching one of my best friends get wed, coupled with the exciting/scary knowledge that my own nuptials are less than a year away, has accelerated me into wedding mode. I’ve already bored you with some (many) of my favourite gowns but recently my thoughts have turned to another essential part of the wedding prep…. hair.
Photo credit: Nicola Thompson Photography
This weekend, Gemma wore her hair in the simplest, loveliest way: loose and natural, the way she wears it every day. Which meant that even in her gloriously extravagant princess gown, she looked like herself on her wedding day. For me, this is what ‘wedding hair’ is all about; making you look like the very best version of you. And thankfully the heyday of the scraped-back Croyden face lift seems to be well and truly over, this year’s bridal shows awash with messy braids, flowing waves and loose knots. Given my boho wedding theme (and that my idea of an up do is a very messy bun, the fewer grips and less hairspray the better), I couldn’t be happier! Below, I’ve gathered together some of my favourite images and inspiration for ‘non-wedding wedding hair’…
Long and loose
And off the catwalk…
At Ines di Santo and Zac Posen’s 2015 shows, messy waves made way for retro glam curls, a more polished look that would work so well with a long silk vintage gown.
And then Theia (above) spoke directly to my ongoing quest for volume with OTT bouffant styling (by the way: if anyone else shares the depressing combination of fine, flat locks and an obsession with voluminous hair, you have to try this miracle in-shower product. It genuinely does work and it only costs a tenner).
Fishtail plaits, intricately twisted buns, cascading french braids – this summer, plaited hair is ubiquitous on Instagram, fashion/beauty blogs and anywhere there might be some sort of festival going on. With braids no longer restricted to the aisle, this has become a more natural look and the obvious starting point for a wedding up do.
Some more braided beauties
Loose ponies and messy buns
Not just for tennis, ponytails can absolutely work for brides too – just stay away from the aggressively slicked back buns of old. I loved Claire Pettibone’s low-lying braided interpretation with wispy stray strands, creating a vibe that was less sports field and more boho fairy (two pics below).
And off of the runways:
Who doesn’t love a floral crown? That said, if full-on Midsummer Night’s Dream is a bit much, there are so many subtle options to choose from. I personally love the idea of a thin strand of ivy or leaves woven through a braid but a chain of small pearls would work just as nicely for a more glamourous look. Carolina Herrera dotted her Fall 2015 bridal ponies with oversized pearls, like fabulous baubled Christmas fairies, while Marchesa wove tiny diamante flowers through the models’ loose waves.
Or for something more Gatsby, I still love the way Jenny Packham finished her up-dos in the 2014 shows – with silver floral headbands. There’s that low pony again…
Some more ideas from hours of Pinterest procrastination below.
The images above (and the featured image at the top of this post) are from Burnetts Boards, a dangerous rabbit hole of wedding ideas. I can lose myself for hours on this website. The styled shoots are incredible – I defy anyone not to feel inspired after browsing these!
So many choices and only one wedding ! Sigh…
Images from Pinterest and Spring/Fall 2015 bridal shows. Click on Pinterest images for original links.