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Gather round… it’s story time! with Legend Bridal and the Asrai collection

Has anyone else seen Grimm? The last week of my life has been spent working 16 hour days with an hour of dark fairytales from Amazon Prime before bed – I love it! I’ve also been reading a collection of Irish myths and legends picked up at the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin (highly recommended!) so what could be better to share with all of you than a bridal collection introduced with a proper fairy story – the kind I love! This is from Legend Bridal – I love it and I hope you do too! Gorgeous gowns, creative designs and something really different and beautifully alternative to set hearts racing…

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Legend Bridal Collection 2014

We have been designing and creating bridal gowns for over 10 years. We LOVE taking our brides’ ideas and turning them into reality. We adore the varied inspirations and eclectic design ideas and have been fortunate to make wedding dresses that we are both excited and inspired by. However, it has always been our ambition to design and create a full bridal collection and after an invitation to design a collection for Manchester fashion week we decided now was the time to take our dream and make it real. www.legendbridaldesigns.co.uk Legend Bridal ZT Photography (2) Bringing out our own collection has been one of the most exciting, rewarding and ever so slightly indulgent processes we have ever had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in. To take some of our ideas and influences, create embellishments and choose fabrics, colours and textures simply because we love them has just been amazing. The result is our Legend Collection; a series of 3 mini collections inspired by myth and folklore. Legend Bridal ZT Photography (3) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (4) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (5) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (6) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (7)

Let me introduce you to the Asrai:

The Asrai are small and delicate female faeries who melt away into a pool of water when captured or exposed to sunlight.

Legend

One moonlit night, a man was out fishing on one of Cheshire’s deep meres when he felt something unusually heavy in his net. Hauling it on board, he was amazed to find in its meshes a beautiful girl with long, green hair, and delicate features. Recovering from his initial shock, he recalled having heard tales of the Asrai, a race of shy, gentle water spirits which inhabited the deepest lakes; who only grew by the light of the full moon, and who only surfaced once a century. He had always discounted such stories as myth, but now the evidence lay before him, tangled in his net, struggling to get free. Indeed it, or she, appeared to be trying to tell him something, and was pointing in some agitation to the moon, which was by now setting. But her speech, which was soft, like ripples in the water, was incomprehensible to him, and though her evident distress caused him some discomfort, he could easily imagine the value of such a find. If nothing else, his children would be delighted to see it, but more, he might be rewarded with hard cash; the owner of the local hall would pay him handsomely to be able to exhibit such a creature in his fishponds. The Asrai seemed to guess his intention, and put her hand on his arm, appealing to him, but her touch was so cold it hurt, leaving a red mark. The contact appeared to harm her also, for she drew back and curled up in the bottom of the boat, pulling her long hair over herself and weeping. Remembering how the Asrai were said to be afraid of daylight, he covered her with rushes, and rowed for the lake shore, turning a deaf ear to the creature’s faint cries – which were growing fainter by the minute – until, by sunrise, he arrived back at his jetty. However pulling back the rushes revealed nothing but a pool of water; the Asrai had vanished, and he was left with nothing but the mark on his arm to show for his night’s exploits. Legend Bridal ZT Photography (9) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (10) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (11) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (12) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (13) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (14) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (15) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (16) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (17) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (18) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (19) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (20) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (21) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (22) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (23) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (24) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (25) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (26) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (27) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (28) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (29) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (30) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (31) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (32) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (33) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (34) Legend Bridal ZT Photography (35)

The Collection:

The Asrai collection has been designed to capture the dark spirit and delicate nature of the Asrai. Our 7 Asrai; Laila, Lucine, Chandra, Esther, Loreli, Naida and Cynthia are feminine and delicate, yet dramatic in their design. We have chosen fabrics that shimmer and glow and pool around the silhouette like flowing water; glittering accents that look like moonlight dancing on water and cool silvers and dark greys that reflect the luminescence of the moon in contrast to the vastness of night.

The shoot:

We are really proud of the team we worked with on this shoot and absolutely love how everyone worked together to turn our ideas into reality. The shoot was held at Witton Country Park in Blackburn. The overgrown formal gardens and ornamental pool were perfect for the esoteric and elusive nature of the Asrai. We worked closely with Kerry and Jolene on makeup and Duncan and Rachel on hair. We wanted to create luminescent and dewy complexions with glistening eyes and sleek and shiny tresses to capture the water nymph perfectly and we absolutely LOVE how Zoe captured the essence of the Legend.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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