I cannot even being to understand where 2017 has gone. Can someone please explain?
At the end of every year I love to take the opportunity to pause. To reflect and think about some of the blogs special moments, from favourite couples to favourite suppliers and events. It always takes me so long to curate these posts as there are just too many heartfelt moments and opportunities on this blog.
So to all those who read, support, share, follow and build community with Nu Bride, to my secondary audience, suppliers and business owners who care about representing, celebrating and showcasing diverse love stories and support Nu Bride’s ethos – thank you from the bottom of my heart, without you this blog would have been laid to rest many years ago.
Without further ado – here’s my favourite 10 from 2017, ok 11 – I just couldn’t narrow it down!
This designer is going from strength to strength and this year I had the absolute pleasure of hosting and project managing her debut bridal collection at RSA house in March including live opera and dance, with an absolute dream team of suppliers including our catwalk and look-book photographer Cecelina Photography, Miriam Faith Flowers, De Winton Paper Co, Urban Cinematography and more! It was such a delightful evening and to top it off we secured press in over 17 publications – (oh yes we did) and the Rita Colson brand continues to be popular with stylish brides and the occasional celeb too – it’s a delight to see talented suppliers flourish and Rita is a wonderful all round human.
This stunning elopement at Edinburgh Castle was a beautiful reminder of the strength resilience and sacrifice military couples make for each other and the country they serve. Such a stunning and heartfelt couple. Captured beautifully by Elemental Weddings
You know me, I don’t shy away from discussing important topics that most people want to ignore or pretend they aren’t issues!
Loved doing this piece and hearing honest thoughts from some of my favourite industry pro’s including Ian Stuart and Charlie Brear on the current issues we have with size-ism in the bridal industry and how we can overcome them. It is refreshingly HONEST. Picture here from Charlie Brear for The White Closet Curve Collection | Nicola Thompson Photography
It was the leather jacket by Wolf and Rosie that got me! What a stylish bride! The wonderful union of Kristina and Tony in the wonders of Marrakech is simply delightful and refreshingly different. Love, laughter, dancing, fireworks. Beautifully Captured by the wonderful Anesta Broad
I will never forget what it felt like to talk about my experience being black in the UK, in the wedding industry and beyond at the very first wedding conference dedicated to wedding equality in the UK. The overarching message of the day was how we ALL have a responsibility to better represent minority couples, not only to increase client base but in turn and more importantly empathise with inequality and humanise difference. Not a dry eye in the house. Speaking openly and head on to educate about diversity matters and race equality will always be a passion of mine. I had the pleasure of not only hosting, but delivering an opening keynote session and panel in conjunction with Catalyst Wed Co; #unconventionlondon at JJ Media in Shoreditch. I LOVE working with Catalyst – the are wedding equality legends and they just ‘get it’ I’ve made life long friends and superb allies in creative director Jen and Carly. It was also great because I got to hang out with some fab industry pros including Smashing the Glass Rock N Roll Bride and Bridechilla Podcast to name a few.
The author of the article that broke the wedding industries back in May on The Pool – millennial, black feminist, wife-to-be and founder of black ballad Tobi is extremely intelligent and a force to be reckoned with. She spoke to me about why she was inspired to write this strident article: ‘excluded by the wedding industry, black brides turn to instagram’ about the lack of representation of black brides in the wedding industry and also shared her own thoughts on marriage, christianity, journalism and adoption. Capture by Tracy Watson Photography, who of course Tobi found on instagram 🙂
I LOVE THE DANCING! This joyful Turkish-English celebration marked the fusion of two cultures and two communities – deaf and hearing. Beautiful union. It also marked the debut of wonderful photographer Becky Bailey on the blog too!
This wonderfully stylish and beautiful fusion wedding of Nargis and Stephen started off 2017 with an absolute bang from Miki Photography . Beautiful couple, so many women taking the mic and giving awesome speeches and pure joy!
Nu Bride couple Africa and Jermel’s epic Romeo and Juliet inspired wedding at The Asylum Peckham is like nothing you have ever seen, seriously – if you haven’t seen it. Click now. Utterly incredible and captured by the amazing Caught The Light Photography Video by Clark and Palmer Films
I tried so hard to keep it to 10 – but this couple, goddam!
An engagement shoot AND a surprise proposal with the backdrop of these beautiful blossom trees in spring. Utterly Stunning captured by the lovely Emma-Jane Photography aren’t they impeccable – disclaimer – they are a real couple. Not models. 🙂
This London couples infectious smiles and their joyful Notting Hill Carnival inspired wedding and pure love for each other had me (and you, as one of your favourite real weddings this year) at hello! Carnival, steel pans, London joy and new Jack Swing on the dance floor. Epic. This was also the debut feature for incredible photographers Marshal Gray Photography on the blog.
There is SO many more moments that I would love to share. All unique in their own way. But wow. What a year. Thank you for the inspiration and to all of you have shared your wedding or love shoot to inspire others – thank you xxx
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays