12 Wonderful Wedding Heirlooms to Pass onto the Next Generation

One of the most wonderful things you can do post-wedding is protect or pass on precious items to the bride and groom. Many of us don’t get to re-live the magic of generations before us with heirloom gowns, suits, tiaras, rings and garters and instead have to make do with all those pretty memories captured in old photographs.

When I was due to be married, I had hoped to include something special from my own family – a bauble, an accessory, a trinket. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be…so I started my own collection.

After I wed my beloved husband, I made sure I put aside my wedding dress, wedding veil and bridal jewellery for my daughters to wear on their own special day. So often we forget to save meaningful things to pass on to our next of kin, which I think is a great shame.

Below you’ll find some brilliant ideas to kick-start the heirloom process yourself. Like the saying goes: “Something borrowed, something new” – a winning wedding day combination!

1. Bridal Veil 

Bridal veils are timeless and have barely changed throughout the eras. A good example is the retro birdcage veil which is still popular today. Cathedral and mantilla veils are classic accessories that can be passed down through the generations. Just remember to wrap up all that delicate tulle and store away carefully!

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Shop our French Chantilly Lace veil here – Photo by Jon Cu

2. Bridal headpieces

Stash that bridal headpiece away for your daughters, cousins or nieces. Better still, match a La Belle hair accessory like the Mae Chignon Hair Wrap or the Chloe Golden Bridal Comb with your grandmother’ precious antique brooch or earrings.

Chloe gold bridal comb from @La Belle The Label

Shop our Chloe Gold bridal comb here– Photo by Jon Cu

3. Ring

From gifting engagement rings to bequeathing wedding bands, passing down jewellery is an emotional moment for all involved. Brides and grooms love to cherish special rings from passed-over loved ones, so make sure you keep yours clean and polished.

Image via The Mrs Box

4. Jewellery

If you aren’t lucky enough to own a ring from a long gone grandmother or grandfather, a vintage piece of gorgeous jewellery will always suffice! Think pearl necklaces, elegant chains, tie pins, and slender bracelets.

5. Silk Handkerchief

A delightful keepsake for your son, cousin or nephew, a silk handkerchief doubles as a pocketsquare and can easily be slipped into a suit jacket. Alternatively, gift to a favourite bridesmaid to slip into a handbag.

6. Wedding Ribbon

Easy to store before passing down to younger generations, a wedding ribbon can be utilised in a number of ways including securing in the hair or tying around a wedding bouquet.

hand dyed silk ribbon by Froufrou chic

Hand dyed silk ribbon by Froufrou chic 

Soft and romantic wedding bouquet with a touch of silk ribbon by Kelly Kaufman captured by Jose Villa

Photography by: Jose Villa  |  Floral design: Kelly Kaufman  |  Wedding gown: Inbal Dror

7. Wedding Gown

Don’t underestimate the power of a vintage wedding dress! Not only will you save your daughter, cousin or niece a ton of hard earned dollars, they may absolutely love its cut, fit and colour! A retro dress allows a bride to carry on family tradition. What’s more, plenty of older gowns boast a beautiful bohemian vibe and incredible fabrics from yesteryear.

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Inca Gown by Grace loves lace– Photography by Majesta Patterson

8. Ring Bearer Cushion

A lovely little hand-me-down for a child ring bearer at the altar. Wrap in plastic and store away for your next family wedding. Alternatively, a cherished family Bible also makes an ideal presentation platform. Leather-bound or gold-leaf trimmed – the older the book, the better!

9. Champagne Flutes

Rarely going out of style, the classic champagne flute is an heirloom for everybody. Bestowed to both men and women, it’s the unisex gift that keeps on giving!

10. Garter

Intimate, sentimental and ever so pretty, the traditional bridal garter is a perfect present for a special woman in the family. If your dress is not required, this timeless accessory surely will be. Brides simply love slipping on this good luck charm, which will then be tossed to the unwed male guests!

11. Wedding Favour

Passing on a secret recipe for delicate little wedding favours is a must for any bride and groom. Maybe you’re hiding a secret love heart cookie formula or better still – chocolate mousse! I bet your grandmother holds a treasure chest of tried and tested recipes. There may even be one for a wedding cake amongst the mix – ring her and ask her!

12. Wedding Vow

Book Carry on a time-old tradition by gifting romantic inscriptions in a wedding vow book. Generations can pen vows and musings on the pages as a continual living document!

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Vow books by Seniman Calligraphy

Any other wedding heirlooms you think we’ve missed from the list? Be sure to jot down some more ideas for our readers in the comments box below.

xo

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‘I Dreamed a Dream” Boho chic wedding styledshoot in Surry Hills, Sydney

“Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart.”

Ladies, step into a wedding wonderland!

Recently, La Belle was invited to be a part of a high-style bridal shoot, organised and photographed by Pictures and Hearts Photography. The shoot featured on the gorgeous White Magazine Blog (an online mecca where romance and artistry collide).

Brought to life in a minimalist studio in leafy Surry Hills, Sydney, the day was awash with the brightest whites, complimented by caramel hues, powder pink trinkets, and a spray of native Australian foliage. The bride captivated in lacy lingerie, floral hair adornments, and an ethereal full-length veil by yours truly – La Belle, whilst bridal dress virtuoso Karen Willis Holmes provided truly spectacular gowns.

ALC Events decorated the venue with romantic accompaniments such as emerald botanicals, ornate silver dishes (The Wedding Collector), delicate glassware, antique books, and an array of old world furniture (Willow Tree Vintage). Talented makeup artist Yen Xinn painted the bride (note earthy shimmering eyelids and peach tinted lips), whilst paper artist Stuart McLachlan and calligrapher Teresa Ling crafted sublime wedding invitations.

I am so very thankful to our favourite vendors for making this dream a reality! It’s time to fantasize. See it all unfold below…

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Credits:

Photography Pictures and Hearts

Styling ALC events

Hair + Makeup Yenn Xin

Gowns Karen Willis Holmes

Lingerie + Veil La Belle

Silver Props The Wedding Collector

Furniture Hire Willow Tree Vintage

Calligraphy Teresa Ling

Illustration-Paper Artist Stuart-mclachlan

Model Alina Timofeeva

xo

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THE ART OF FLAT LAY PHOTOGRAPHY | BRIDAL FASHION | BRIDAL STYLE | BRIDAL HAIR ACCESSORY | LA BELLE THE LABEL

Flat lay photography is all the rage right now. One peek at your Instagram feed and you’ll notice highly stylised images jam-packed with fashion items, trinkets, and other dreamy goods. Here at La Belle, we love a good flat lay picture. It’s a clever way to curate all your favourite items and tell a story whilst you’re at it.

Recently, La Belle collaborated with Dominique Flowers (a Sydney based botanical art and design studio specialising in romantic arrangements and creative direction for editorial shoots, weddings and events), and We Are Origami (a Sydney photography studio run by visionary soul mates David and Belle).

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Be inspired by our flay lay wedding shoot and pick up some handy tips and tricks along the way.

HOW TO MASTER THE ART of FLAT LAY PHOTOGRAPHY:

1) Select items that are cohesive. Telling a story through aesthetics is relatively easy if you marry your items to a single theme and pleasing colour palette.

2) Shoot in a square. This means no cropping come presentation time. All your gorgeous items will be visible through the camera, or on your cell phone screen.

3) Composition is everything. Think carefully about how you’ll place your items. Do you seek a minimalist look or an over the top vibe? Sometimes it’s smart to select a feature item and cascade the others around it.

4) Find good lighting. Natural sun makes metallics and gemstones to shimmer and allows colours truly pop! Inside lights can cast a soft and beautiful glow over the shoot. Play around until you find the perfect balance.

5) Cheat a little with filters. Or if you’re a real stickler for perfection, jump onto Adobe Photoshop if you are using a DSLR camera, for a little touching up. Alternatively, if you are using an Iphone or Android, there are plenty of free apps you can use to edit your photos like: Snapseed, A Color Story, VSCO, etc. I hear Afterlight is a great app for Iphone users!

6) Snap away. A bird’s eye view will serve you well. If you’re feeling a little artistic, angle the camera ever so slightly.

Dream big. Have fun. And if you’ve got any clever tips and tricks for styling the perfect flat lay photograph, please share them with us in the comments box below.

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Signing off from snap land!

xo

www.labellethelabel.com

A BOHEMIAN SEASIDE BRIDE: OCEAN INSPIRED BRIDAL HAIR, HEADPIECES, and WEDDING VEILS | BEACH WEDDING | A DAY AFTER THE WEDDING SHOOT | LA BELLE THE LABEL |

Hearing the call of the ocean as your wedding day approaches? Seeking unique bridal inspiration that takes the best of bohemian style and covers it in salty seaside kisses? Look no further ladies, have we got a treat for you!

La Belle recently had the privilege of collaborating with some true style masters of the wedding industry on a simply divine one-on-one fine art photography workshop with Brumley & Wells, featured in Magnolia Rouge magazine. Littered with everything elegant – think Australian beach, heavenly veil, beautiful bridal hair and headpieces, and fine art wedding details, this Dominique Flowers and We Are Origami styled event was artfully accompanied by La Belle accessories and lovely undergarments by SJ Lingerie.

Grecian Gold Hair Wreath

Swoon over the lush green foliage and bright blue botanicals of Dominque Flowers’ big day bouquet. Take in the shimmering diamante detailing of henna inspired foot jewellery. Fall in love with sea urchin candle holders and hand-penned notes cast across craggy rocks. Hanker after a taste of that wedding cake – triple-tired and part coated gold!

 hand crafted of delicate gold leaves and roses - a gorgeous wedding headpiece or for garden parties all summer

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The lovely bride modelled a selection of La Belle’s handcrafted bridal wreaths, tiaras, and veils; enveloping herself in scalloped edges, translucent tulle, and beautiful botanical embellishments.

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beautiful vintage engagement ring

Embroidered floral and beaded juliet veil by La Belle

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Make your beach wedding vision come true with a seaside celebration! And if you’ve already got hitched against a backdrop of crashing waves or gently lapping shores, we’d sure love to see your big day snaps.

What’s in store in forthcoming blog posts? La Belle is eager to reveal featured artists, clever bridal tips and advice, a gorgeous hair tutorial, and an exciting newsletter sign up.

Stay tuned. Coming soon…

CREDITS:

WE ARE ORIGAMI & BRUMLEY & WELLS

DOMINIQUE FLOWERS

Lace robe &veil & floral crown: LA BELLE

FOREVER SOLES

S J LINGERIE

SILK & WILLOW

CATHY TOLPIGIN

TESS RAVIEZ (SCOOP MANAGEMENT)

THE MRS BOX

WRITTEN BY HAND

CAKE ARCADE

xo

www.labellethelabel.com

 

DESERT WEDDING | THE PINNACLE OF PERFECTION | BRIDAL HAIR ACCESSORIES | WEDDING VEILS | WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SHOOT | LA BELLE THE LABEL

Here at La Belle, we love nothing more than a wedding. We also love it when our favourite couples up the game and celebrate their anniversaries in high style! Meet Brooke and Jarrod. They did just that when they wandered into the vast, natural wonder of Australia’s breathtaking Pinnacles (a desert landscape located in Nambung National Park, famous for its jagged rocks, golden sand dunes, and sparkling blue Indian Ocean).

Photographed by the visionary Katie Grant, Brooke transformed into an ethereal goddess thanks to a dramatic embroidered and beaded gown by MXM Couture, hair and makeup by Ham Creative, an exquisite native bouquet by Natural Art Flowers, and a translucent veil and botanical crown by yours truly, La Belle (note the delicate jewelled blooms dancing on dainty crooked branches).

Plume Calligraphy penned the ever so elegant invites and name cards which were made even dreamier by granules of golden sand that drifted across them thanks to the gentle sea breeze.

Warm rays of sunshine cast an otherworldly light across the whole affair, emphasizing the luxurious colour bleed of Brooke’s floaty train, and her rich cocoa tresses enveloped by our sublime silk tulle veil. If only every anniversary could look this magical!

MXM Perth couture wedding gown

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Bridal makeup by Ham Creatives

tulle veil and light in Nambung National Park

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real engagement couple shot by Katie Grant Photography

 Unique handmade bridal crown

Bridal hair accessory by La Belle

wedding anniversary session by La Belle & Katie Grant

embellished gown by MXM Couture

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xo

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10 SWOON WORTHY WEDDING VEILS YOU NEED TO SEE | BRIDAL VEILS | CUSTOM WEDDING VEIL | BOHO WEDDING VEIL | LA BELLE THE LABEL

The wedding industry flourishes yearly, overwhelming brides-to-be with selections of veils, tiaras, and other gorgeous hair adornments. Just browsing through a favourite bridal magazine or blog can leave one feeling totally inspired, if not a little overwhelmed! La Belle makes shopping your big day a cinch with a glamourous and romantic selection of vintage inspired wedding veils, exclusively deigned, hand cut, and handmade in our studio.

Bequeathed names that match their fairytale vibe and boasting the most beautiful aesthetics (think full length cathedral or chic and short birdcage), our collection of bohemian bridal veils hark back to an older world where delicate detailing and divine drapery was the look du jour! We’re you one stop solution shop.

At La Belle all things boho bloom to life. LET’S TAKE A LOOK:

10 SWOON WORTHY WEDDING VEILS

1) Grab your girlfriends and swoon over our Isabella Mantilla Bridal Veil, fashioned in a perfect circle from feather soft tulle and scallop-edged lace.

knee length Mantilla wedding veil

Photo by: Jon Cu

2) Fall in love with the Ariel Veil, with its alluring drape that fastens at the back and tumbles gracefully to the floor.

Boho wedding veil by La Belle

Photo by: Jon Cu

3) The versatile Estelle Veil is ideal for brides who hanker after a retro wedding aesthetic. 80 sublime inches of ivory silk tulle finished with scallop edged French Chantilly lace. Simple secure with a hair pin.

10 swoon worthy wedding veil you need to see for your wedding day

Photo by: Jon Cu

4) Indulge in the Eleanor Two Tier Blush Veil with it’s stately appearance, multiple styles, and super fine Italian illusion fabric that catches the light.

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Photo by: Jon Cu

5) Adore the Love Me Blossom Bridal Veil – an ultra-feminine, hand gathered veil that melds tradition and spontaneity with its cathedral design and scattering of silk flowers.

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Photo by: Jon Cu

6) Looking for a minimalist classic? The Allure Veil is 108 inches of pure cathedral silk tulle, single tiered, ever so elegant, and finished with a gold or silver hair comb.

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Photo by: Jon Cu

7) For translucent, mythical beauty, treat yourself to the most ethereal of bridal accessories with our Jacaranda Bridal Veil, crafted from the finest French Chantilly lace and imported English tulle.

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Photo by: Jon Cu

8) Swathe yourself in florals with our Cherilyn Circle Wedding Veil (the perfect alternative to the fascinator) which boasts statement bloom detailing and contrasts against the tresses.

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Photo by: Jon Cu

9) Marvel at the Old Hollywood stylings of our Moselle Juliette Cap Veil that offsets glossy tresses with dainty lace flowers before cascading down in a display of ethereal English tulle.

JULIETTE CAP SILK TULLE BRIDAL VEIL

Photo by: Jenny Sun

10) Seeking full-on yesteryear glamour? Why not indulge in our Dior Cathedral veil, the ultimate multiple-layer bridal accessory for your moment at the altar.

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Photo by: Jenny Sun

All of our veils can be paired with any style of wedding gown – short and sexy, beautifully boho, clean and contemporary – and are the crowning glory of any wedding day look. Now it’s your turn to select your favourite. Which one do you love?

xo

www.labellethelabel.com

DRESSING GOWNS FOR EVERY OCCASION | BRIDAL LACE ROBE | BOUDOIR ROBES | BRIDAL ROBES | LACE ROBES | LA BELLE THE LABEL

A robe is more than an accessory for a single celebration. It’s a statement item and a wardrobe staple for an array of occasions. From your wedding day to your maternity period, La Belle believes that special times require an added splash of romance! Allow us to walk you through each memorable moment where one of our gowns will be a perfect match!

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Rosemary Chantilly lace robe– photo by: Katie Grant

WEDDING DAY and NIGHT:

Your wedding day and night is the most precious of affairs. A dressing gown lends sophistication and romance both pre and post event. The morning of the ceremony is an exclusive and private time when hair and makeup artists literally transform the bride! Allow the photographer to capture you, swathed in the willowy folds of one of our gowns. Come evening, in the suite, transform into a gorgeous femme fatale.

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Acacia Chiffon robe– photo by Jon Cu

ROMANTIC + LUMINOUS BRIDAL BOUDOIR SESSION

Photo by: Carrie King Photographer

HONEYMOON:

Unwind in style on a tropical island, or in a magical international city. Your dressing gown will add a touch of glamour behind the scenes, in the privacy of your hotel room.

Boudoir bridal seesion, a heirloom wedding gift from bride to groom

Bridal boudoir on wedding morning

Photo by: Romance Weddings

BOUDOIR:

Envelop yourself in a beautiful gown for sensual evenings in the bedroom. Alternatively, slip on before dressing for true Old Hollywood elegance. Wondering what to gift your groom on your wedding day? Boudoir prints are an ideal present!

feminine boudoir session with a French lace robe

Photo by: Caroline Tran

Lavender maternity robe for mum to be photography

Rihanna Boudoir lace robe- Kimono style I Photo by: Katie Grant

MATERNITY:

9 months of precious time when baby is blossoming inside you. Our gowns are perfect for maternity photo shoots that capture expectant mothers in all their natural glory. Special moments deserve special garments. Think of it as both an investment and an heirloom.

maternity-boudoir by Laura Gordon

Photo by: Laura Gordon

SHOP LA BELLE’S BRIDAL ROBES COLLECTION: HERE.

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MOANNA PERTH WEDDING SHOOT | BRIDAL HEADPIECE & VEIL | BRIDAL HAIR INSPIRATION | LA BELLE THE LABEL

Exquisite hues of ivory met lush green foliage and show-stopping blooms in a shoot for Hello May magazine – an exciting professional bridal blog and magazine. La Belle’s ethereal silk tulle veil and flower studded hair adornment featured prominently in a collection of truly impressive images, captured by master photographer Katie Grant.

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Besides an alter resplendent with trailing ivy, and lit by the incandescent flicker of pillar candles, our beautiful bride transformed into a gorgeous goddess, thanks to glam squad Kristy Ellen (makeup artist), hair guru Kayla Marshall, and bridal gown maker Tegan Tyrell. Fastened above a plaited chignon, the bloom strewn golden branches of La Belle’s opulent hair accessory added glitter to the big day look, whilst our fine and floaty wedding veil contributed to an air of old world allure, cascading gracefully to the floor.

Shot at the historic Moana Chambers – a prominent gallery and creative space in Perth, WA – talented wedding stylist Stacey Clark artfully arranged a reception table with simple vanilla crockery, stylish silver cutlery, fern frond detailing, and a creative dinner menu by stationer and calligrapher Michaela McBride. We’re still swooning! What about you?

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xo

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AUSTRALIAN BRIDAL COUTURE WEDDING | BRIDAL VEIL | GOLD WEDDING CIRCLET | PALLAS COUTURE | LA BELLE THE LABEL

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Recently, La Belle took great pleasure in being featured in a haute couture photoshoot, seen on the blog Green Wedding Shoes, and shot in the dreamy natural setting of the Australian bush. This sublime bridal spoltlight showcased one of our favourite shades: navy blue (check out those super sweet macaroons). It’s safe to say that the photographs remain some of our all-time favourites!

Under fragrant eucalypts, amongst ethereal native grasses, La Belle’s boho inspired golden foliage wreath and silk tulle veil accompanied a duo of incredible Pallas Couture wedding gowns – modelled by the beautiful Ebony from Vivienne Model Management, under the watchful eye of Bali based wedding stylists Paper Diamonds. A gorgeous table setting was brought to life with artful hand lettering by Plume Calligraphy, whilst the supremely talented Katie Grant – professional photographer – captured every minute of magic with her lens.

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Crowning a mane of lustrous chocolate hair, our bridal wreath shimmered brilliantly in soft copper-hued sunlight that filtered through the overhead foliage. Freshwater pearls shone with subtle iridescence. Diamante jewels dazzled.

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photography: Katie Grant Photography

planning + design: Paper Diamonds

wedding dresses:Pallas Couture

paper goods: Plume Calligraphy

tableware: La Luna Seven

fabric: Silk & Willow

hair: Kayla Marshall

makeup: Odelia Sarre

headpiece: La Belle The Label

model: Ebony of Viviens Model Management

The La Belle team hopes this shoot inspires your big day. Without further ado, we’re off to have a macaroon!

xo

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