To some people, the word “bridal” has cringe-worthy associations of rock-solid hairsprayed up-’dos and meringue shaped dresses. That’s where a look book like Mariana Hardwick’s – for her Bridal Luxe Collection – comes in. The dresses have plenty of traditional wedding dress clout, from their palette of pure white and icy grey to their cuts – some flowing, some bodiced. But the look book’s presentation swathes them in simplicity. The shimmer of silver eyeshadow and hair left to hang unfussed with, sometimes even a little tousled and messy, gives everything a laid-back air. Hardwick’s bride may be wearing an intricately beaded couture gown, but she’s not the kind to ever appear high strung.
Matched by pretty and equally intricate headpieces, Mariana Hardwick‘s ‘Luxe’ collection is bridal wear with balance. You can view the full collection by clicking on the thumbnails.