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  • Ethical, recycled, organic wedding days

    Chris Cowley asked me to help with an exciting new project he was working on in confunction with Ventnor Botanical Gardens.

    Can a wedding be totally ethical, recycled or organic??

    So much money is spent on a wedding these days and a lot is then thrown away and wasted.

    Chris wanted to challenge all his supplier chums to see how they could rethink their wedding day products and services.

    The food was all locally sourced and cooked to perfection

    The flowers were either silk, so can be kept or used again, or types of flowers which like to be picked to encourage new growth, dahlias and sweet peas for example. ( All from the Ventnor Botanic Garden)

    The make up and hair products were all ethically and organically produced.

    My contribution was to remodel old or charity shop find frocks into new, modern and flattering dresses.

    I hope you like my attempts!!!

    No 1

    A medieval charity shop find.

    The top of the bodice was removed and the trim used as straps. (Saved the sleeves for later!!!)

    The satin skirt panel removed and some of the skirt lining too. This made for a lighter and more boho feel.

    The trim was also used as a headband for another design (Never throw anything away!!!)

    No 2

    Another charity shop find but this time I added to the bodice using the sleeves from the medieval dress (see!!!) I enclosed the back in the lace and made lace flowers and a gathered cowl for the front.

    The top layer of chiffon on the skirt was gathered at the sides to form a bustle style. It became late victoriana styling which fits the Ventnor historical feel!!!

    No 3

    This was a biggy!!!

    Late 80 /90s styling so lots of fabric to play with here.

    I removed the top collar and used the lace and pearl motifs to create a shoulder strap. I kept the other side simple. I took away the front panel of the skirt and repositioned it to decrease the amount of fabric. A lot lighter and now longer. (was a bit short!!!)

    The central skirt motif was then used as a headpiece with a pearl embellishment from the original bust decoration.

    All in all 3 really challenging projects but a good chance for me to be extra creative.

    Cant wait to see what Chris throws at me next!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chris Cowley- photographer

    Sarah Matthews- Floristry

    Tina Wiliams-Make up

    Charlotte Back- hair

    Venue and food Ventnor Botanic Gardens

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