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    Great Gatsby Bridal Fashion – Sabina Motasem

    Coinciding with the cinema release, a Great Gatsby inspired bridal fashion show was held by Sabina Motasem and Kelly Spence at London’s Waldorf Hotel on the 19th May. The event was an opportunity for wedding bloggers, magazines & other wedding industry folk to have an exclusive sneak peek of Sabina Motasem’s elegant dresses and Kelly Spence’s exquisitely designed hair accessories and veils. The models were given a 20s look with a modern twist with hair styled beautifully by Johanna Irving of Lovehair and flawless make up by Ana Ospina. The historic Waldorf Hotel, dating back to 1908, became famous in the 1920’s for its orchestra and ballroom – making it the perfect venue to host a Gatsby inspired evening.

    Sabina Motasem, a womenswear label of luxuriously understated elegance, showed dresses which can be transformed to create different looks with French cord lace bodices, crystal beaded silk georgette over-dresses, art nouveau beaded belts and a choice of three colours (ivory, blush and cream). New pieces shown included: Ava (a strapless dress with a soft draped skirt), Lina (a sleek strapless column dress), Elsa (bias cut satin dress with A-line skirt in champagne) and Lily (a Swarovski beaded silk georgette dress), as well as existing dresses: Josephine, Isadora, Mistinguett, Zen, Emillienne, Cleo & Bella. Each dress celebrates the style and beauty of an iconic woman from the turn of the century to the 30’s.

    The dresses were accessorised by Kelly Spence Bridal Accessory Design, whose latest collection includes a range of intricately hand-beaded, vintage-inspired hair pieces on removable ribbons which can be worn in the hair, around the wrist or as a belt with evocative names such as Sunset Cocktail, Meet Me By The Lilypond and Moonlight Tango, 1920s inspired veils, including Juliet veils, lace caps and bandeau style silk veils embellished with blousy silk blooms as well as a range of back necklaces and delicate hair chains, this season’s must have accessory.

    Guests were treated to goody bags filled with ivory feather boas, beautiful art deco inspired  decorated cookies in gold & Tiffany blue from Anais’s Sweet Boutique and divine canapés. The evening was photographed by Cristina Rossi, a highly respected wedding photographer and the venue was styled with beautiful Gatsby inspired flowers of pinks and creams from Wildabout Flowers.

    Background information about the designers –

    Sabina Motasem Bride  specialises in luxuriously understated, elegant dresses with the glamour and sophistication of old and new Hollywood, geometry and simplicity combined with simple shapes, using the finest silks and a superior innovative cut. The dresses are customisable with optional designer details to choose from, like choice of beading designs and colours (ivory, cream and soft blush). The 2013 collection consists of 12 pieces: Elsa, Mistinguett V, Isadora, Zen, Emillienne, Josephine, Belle, Colette, and Cleo with three new Gatsby inspired pieces – Lily, Ava, Lina and Evelyn. Each dress is named after inspirational female icons from the turn of the century to the 30’s.


    Kelly Spence Bridal Accessory Design Elegant touches for the bride with uncompromising attention to detail. Kelly’s designs can often be seen gracing the pages of the top British bridal magazines. Kelly has designed pieces for celebrities and the aristocracy and is renowned for her attention to detail. She is the designer of choice for discerning brides wanting the same level of couture design service for their hair accessories and veil as they receive for their dress. Kelly’s exquisite collections include contemporary and vintage inspired hair accessories & jewellery as well as one of the country’s most extensive selections of gorgeous and fully customisable veils in diaphanous silk or superior Italian tulle. New for 2013: beautiful hand-beaded hair accessories evocative of the glamorous 20s & 30s, vintage inspired veils & lace caps and a selection of hair & back necklaces.

    Make-Up Artist Ana Ospina has been in the Beauty Industry for 20 Years and has experience in all aspects of Make-Up including TV, Editorial and Fashion but now specialises in Airbrush Bridal & Special Occasion Make-Up application. In the past few Years her Bridal Business has really taken off due to the demand for Airbrush Specialists from Savvy Brides wanting long lasting and flawless Make-Up. Whatever your style, theme or colour options Ana will design a Make-Up Look for you, as individual as you are, so that you look and feel like a more Beautiful you! 

    Johanna Irving at Lovehair & Co Not just Lovehair’s founder and creative director, Jo is also a hands-on stylist passionate about creating beautiful wedding hair. After opening her own Salon at the age of 20, Jo has worked as a stylist everywhere from Jersey to Knightsbridge, Westminster Abbey to Capri.

    Wildabout Flowers With two fabulous London stores and a reputation for excellence and creativity, wildabout is firmly established as the first choice florist for the discerning city dweller” Our mission is simple – create innovative and beautiful floral designs using the finest quality flowers. They have an incredible team of home grown and international florist’s working their magic here at wildabout, celebrating the creativity that this diversity brings to their designs.


    Cristina Rossi is a Wedding and Portrait photographer, who loves photography with a passion and have done so since she could remember. Her dad gave her the first SLR when quite young and as a consequence became the official family paparazzi. This naturally progressed into becoming what she can now say is her dream job and honoured to be able to capture emotions and memories that tell someone’s story, treasured memories that only photographs can bring back in an instant after years have passed by. Cristina lives in London with my lovely husband and her three gorgeous dogs.


    The Waldorf Hilton Hotel – Situated on the verdant, tree-lined thoroughfare of Aldwych, The Waldorf Hilton hotel enjoys a fabulous Covent Garden location in the heart of London’s theatre district. One of the capital’s most iconic hotels, The Waldorf Hilton London hotel showcases every imaginable 21st Century comfort against a backdrop of genuine historic splendour.

    Thankyou to Sabina Motasem and her team for this fabulous show and the beautiful gowns and styling. Can’t wait to see these collections on real brides. Bye for now, Jenny.

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