From the liquid folds of Prea James Bridal’s column gown (so tactile, it seemingly ripples across the body like light reflecting an unbroken wave) to the gathered dimensions of A La Robe’s enveloped tulle train, the distinctive focus on form is offset by the simplicity of bare feet on the sand. Refusing to over-embellish the styled tranquility, By Gemima’s fine jewellery adds another quietly tactile tier to the layered landscape.
Lost in Ethereality
Photography By Benjamin Wheeler
Nestled in the depths of the sun-toasted dunes of Camber Sands, ‘Lost in Ethereality’ transcends its organic surroundings. Set to the tone of crashing waves (forming a rolling backdrop of indigo and chalk white) and the whispering green reeds which punctuate the beach, the editorial returns back down to Earth with a delicate landing of tulle and silk.
'A visual ode to the power embracing the rawest parts of one’s self, the ethereal designs of A La Robe and Prea James Bridal embody this message through an out-of-this-world paradigm of material, movement and magic.'
'Both looks have been sourced and styled by bridal boutique Amare, the result of founder Lyndsey Gibbons’ unparalleled balance of contemporary ethereality.'
Sharing her styling process with TSO., Lyndsey’s otherworldly aesthetic is achieved through a focus on ‘understated silhouettes’ such as: ‘Clean lines, romantic silhouettes and falling silks for effortless modernity.’
‘A “less is more” look provides plenty of scope for statement handmade adornments to inject a bride's unique personality,’ Lyndsey shares. ‘Touches like raw edge silk veils, layers of silk organza, ethereal tulle overskirts or even chic blouses and oversized bows (layered over a bias slip dress to bring some drama to the aisle) can be a playful way to transform the look throughout the day.’
‘Modern cuts, plunge necks, open cowl backs and splits can also curate a striking look. The key is to balance the drama with simplicity, so as not to take away from how striking a minimal bridal look can be,’ she adds.
Other pointers include exploring perfectly undone hair (reflecting the ‘natural’ ambience of the look) and a natural, dewy-skin-and-balmy-lips beauty combination, demonstrated beautifully here by hair and makeup artist Quelle Bester.
‘Lost in Ethereality’ is defined by its acceptance of the natural world. Very few aspects of the editorial could be controlled, making it as fluid and organic as all the elements which shaped it. A malleable example of untamed existence, it yields into the liberation of being true to yourself. ‘This year, more than any year before – be the bride you want to be,’ Lyndsey concludes.