Lockdown reflections / Community over Competition

Has it really been a year? Since life seemed to just stop overnight. Plans for the future put on hold. And yet, from that time also came such positivity. I for one found the gift of time gave me a chance to explore my designing style and hone in on my brand and what I wanted Rebecca Anne Designs to become. Through that, I found myself networking with a whole host of wedding suppliers.

For me, 2020 was the year that pulled the industry tighter together with a huge sense of community over competition. In our bid to remain visible and give confidence to our couples, wedding suppliers supported one another like never before. My first experience of this was my very first styled shoot since taking my business full time. It may not look like much compared to the more elaborate shoots I have been involved in over the past year, but it holds so much sentiment.

Photographs by: Kate Cullen

beautiful bridal veil: a wildflower meadow embroidered on a bridal veil
Close-up detail shot of Wildflower Meadow embroidered bridal veil

I have been a member of the Nurture & Bloom group for who knows how long! Kate Cullen, editor of it’s quarterly lifestyle digital magazine and founder of it’s community (to name but a few of the many hats this creative styling genius wears!), is someone I have followed since my days of managing bridal boutiques. Even then, I was lucky enough to work on some shoots with her as well as sell my veils on her previous online platform The Fine Art Wedding Boutique.

beautifully embroidered script veil: embroidered script on a bridal veil
The first look in 2020 of the Script veil collection

So when Kate felt inspired to set up an isolation styled shoot from her home I jumped at the chance to get involved. “I’m not a professional photographer...” she warned. And, of course, no one listened because we held faith in her styling and were itching for some focus within the world of uncertainty that lockdown had brought. Members of the group were feeling excitement at the opportunity to make some 'Isolation Creations'!

I had something up my sleeve: Wildflower Meadow. The first embroidered veil of my first embroidered collection. A staple favourite now but back in Spring 2019 it was something I was holding close to my chest. I had been working really hard on finding my own deign style. Lockdown had gifted me the time to do that in my own little bubble but with that came the worry of whether anyone would even like what I was creating.

Kate's May shoot brought Meadow to life for me. Having these photographs helped me begin to showcase my work online and begin the rest of my 2020 journey which became a whirlwind of real weddings and epic styled shoots - both of which I can't wait to keep sharing with you all.

But for now, enjoy these images which brought calm during a storm and represent a turning point for Rebecca Anne Designs.

Styling & Photography / Kate Cullen

Planning & Community / Nurture & Bloom

Dress / Wilden London

Veils / Rebecca Anne Designs

Candle & Soaps / MYTHYN

Hairpiece / Judith Brown

Florals / Corky & Prince

Stationery / Laura Elizabeth Patrick