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    Once upon a time, mothers of the bride were expected to wear matronly dresses in Easter-egg pastels or washed out shades of beige. Thankfully, that’s in the past. Now MOBs are free to express their sartorial sensibilities, all of the fashionable choices can be incredibly overwhelming.


    In early December 2014 I was preparing to shoot SS15 with Suzy Mitchell Photography my brief was to create a shoot that reflected my understated styling. Moving away from over top flamboyant millinery styles often worn by MOB and race goers to something more stylish but still striking.Many MOBs come to me complaining there is a gap in the market, they want stay true their style and not take on the cliched mother of the bride mantle. So here are few tips to help you on your way.


    Let the Bride Be Your Guide

    If you take away only one tip, let it be this one: Follow the bride’s cues about style, colour, and degree of formality. She and the groom set the tone for the event, whether that means a casual country wedding or a formal black-tie event. You’re an  important member of the wedding party and you’ll want to look the part. So, ask your daughter for some guidelines and follow suit.


    Take Colour Cues from the Wedding Party

    Traditionally, the mother of the bride’s dress should complement the wedding party’s colours.

    Bloom(though not necessary match). Therefore it’s best to wait until your daughter chooses the bridesmaids’ dresses before you begin shopping. See if you can get a swatch of their fabric to take with you — it will be really helpful when searching for a harmonising hue.

    If your daughter decides to forego the uniform bridesmaid dresses in favour of individual outfits in a similar shade, stick to one or the other. For instance, if she asks her attendants to wear black cocktail dresses, you might want to choose something in silver or grey. Or if her girls are going in cobalt blue, a navy dress would pair perfectly.

    There’s only one colour not to wear say the experts: Avoid anything in the same colour as the bride’s dress. Though you deserve to look stunning, the bride should stand out as the star of the show.

    Borrow from the Venue, Too

    It used to be that mother-of-the-bride dresses followed a kind of uniform — today, almost anything goes as long as it’s appropriate for the event. So, while you probably wouldn’t wear a strapless dress to a church wedding, it might be just the thing for a beach.


    Whatever kind of wedding it is, you can never go wrong if you these three words come to mind: elegant, understated, and appropriate.


    Time It Right — and Communicate Your Choice

    According to bridal experts, you should start searching for your dress no later than three moths before the wedding to allow time for special orders and alterations. You may choose to look in department or specialty stores for your dress, but don’t pass over traditional bridal salons. Many have options for the mother of the bride, as well!

    It is customary for the mother of the bride to buy her dress first and to then share her choice with the mother of the groom. The mothers’ dresses don’t have to match (unless that’s what the bride wants), but they should complement each other. Remember, you’ll be taking lots of pictures together and the only person  who should stand out is the bride.



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    This season collection takes its inspiration from the stunning Horst exhibition at the V and A. I have tried to create a collection that is timeless with pieces for every type of hat wearer.

    Shot in Yorkshire by the exclusive Ilkley wedding photographer the shoot was throughly northern affair! MUA created the look. Main Boutique Addingham and Lovebird Brides provided the clothes.


    ”Throw out the rule book because Justine Bradley-Hill just Changed what you thought about fascinators and Hats.  Striking whilst still being classically understated”

    Marie Claire June 2014


    Our bespoke millinery service will ensure your headpiece is the perfect match for your outfit.


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