Sabina Motasem and Kelly Spence – Gatsby Glamour Sneak Peek

Today I am thrilled to share a Gatsby Glamour sneak peek at the latest Gowns of Designer Sabina Motasem and her collaboration with Accessories Designer Kelly Spence.




Coinciding with the cinema release, a Great Gatsby inspired bridal fashion show was held by the pair at London’s Waldorf Hotel recently.

The event was an opportunity for 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 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.
Also 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.
Jo Irving of Love Hair works on Violets hair in prepation for the catwalk.
Emilliene Dress in Ivory with art deco beaded neck and worn with Filigree headdress
Elsa Dress in Champagne worn with Boheme Silk Bandeau Veil.
Emilliene Dress worn with Filigree headdress, Emmerson necklace and ostrich shrug.
Josephine Dress with Moonlight Tango hair ribbon.
Josephine Dress withe Fern Headdress.
Lace Misinquett Dress worn over Elsa Dress and Wink hair necklace.
Cleo Dress with Provence Lace Cap with Silk Flower.
Lina Dress with lace bodice, worn with Meet me by the Lilypond hair ribbon (left)
Cleo Dress with Art noveau beaded detail, Provence Lace Cap with Silk Flower (right)
Lina Dress with Lace bodice worn over top  with Meet me by the Lilypond hair ribbon
Lily Dress worn with Lavinia Headband.
Ava worn with Olivia lace bodice, worn with Evangeline mother of pearl comb.
Dresses left to right:-
Ava worn with olivia lace bodice, Lina with lace bodice, Lily and Cleo.
Accessories left to right:-
Moonlight Tango Hair Ribbon (worn as a belt), Meet me by the Lilypond Hair Ribbon, Lavinia Headband, Provence lace cap with silk flower. 
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.  
Kelly Spence Bridal Accessory Design Elegant touches for the bride with uncompromising attention to detail. 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.
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.
Wildabout Flowers With two fabulous London stores and a reputation for excellence and creativity, wildabout  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 at Wildabout, celebrating the creativity that this diversity brings to their designs. For more information
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 she is 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.
Anais’s Sweet Boutique cakes is of upmost importance as is the elegant finish.
To achieve an exclusive finish on special occasion cupcakes, they cover buttercreamed cupcake with a thin layer of royal icing to create a lovely rounded and smooth dome; perfect for intricate sugar decorations.
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.
Thank you to all involved in this stunning event and to Sabina for allowing me to share her work and the work of these fantastic wedding creatives.
I particularly love the Ava Gown with its flattering lines and the lace overlay, simply stunning!


UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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