I made my way to a couture bridal trade show yesterday clad in inappropriate shoes (heels, to which I am unaccustomed to wearing – slippers being my more usual footage attire). I was also clad in other garments I hasten to add, should you have a mental image of bloggers traipsing about trade shows in the altogether. The point being that I came back from the aforementioned trade show with feet like sausages, cursing both the day that high heels were invented, and myself for allowing vanity to overrule saneness when one was expected to assail the pleasures of a train trip, an underground trip, a bus trip, a trek about, a surveying of a number of catwalk shows, and a good old gossip with various wondrous bridal designer folk. Putting high heels to one side, my overall point (for I really do have one) is that IT WAS WORTH IT. I saw so many delightful concoctions, all of which I am very keen to share with you. So, in the spirit of eking out my various discoveries (I know, what a tease), I’m starting off a ‘dress of the day’ slot.
Sanyukta Shrestha (a rather wonderful Nepalese name) was one of the designers I discovered yesterday – beautiful beautiful dresses.
Matthew Williamson is new to the bridal market (though not to fashion), but wow. If you’re looking for style but don’t want to be traditional, he’s definitely worth a look. And kudos for the stunning, easy to use website too. Take a look »
…go dragonfly themed with these earrings & this bracelet from Swarovski Crystallized…
Plus size brides often seem to have traumatic and even humiliating experiences trying to find gowns to suit their curves, especially when bridal shops often only carry gowns in smaller sizes. And if you think about it, that must indeed be very crappity crap – when an experience is supposed to be wonderful, and it turns into poo, that really is crying into your pillow stuff. But take heart – there are some bridal lines out there specifically designed for plus-size brides, and some really stunning gowns among them.
Veromia have a plus-size line called Sonsie (I particularly like the gorgeous pink they are using on some of their gowns).
Benjamin Roberts have a new ‘Gorgeous with Curves’ line which is stunning (in the inimitable Benjamin Roberts way).
Special Day Bridal
Special Day Bridal have a plus size collection called Beautiful Bride Plus.
The gown on the left is very VERY pretty – Alfred Angelo Plus Size Bridal »
Sincerity have a lovely plus-size range, and extremely lovely photos (I love dark moody backgrounds for wedding gowns).
If you know of any others that should be listed here, please do leave a comment! – Keren
If you fancied the dress that Pippa Middleton wore as a bridesmaid at The Wedding (which was indeed very nice – so nice in fact that it raised the blood pressure of many men across the globe), why not pick up a similar(sort of) one from Motasem here» (at only £695, it seems a bit of a bargain). – Keren
The wedding dress on the left is a fairly simple sheath, but the sheer over-dress thingie is sheer genius (sorry, couldn’t help it). Seriously, it turns the gown from average to haute couture on one stroke. Stunning. And the neckline of the dress on the right ain’t half bad either. Want to see more? Check out the Mon-Cheri website » – Keren
I got an email through ages ago from a company who makes all kinds of delicious smelling whatnots. They also offer a bespoke wedding scenting service. Now after initial read-through, I thought it was a little gimmicky, but it’s really stuck in my mind. Smell is undoubtedly evocative. The idea is that you have a special scent around at your wedding, and then send your guests home with a candle of that same scent so that when they light it, they remember your wedding. How cool is that?!
So anyway. If you’re interested, check out their website – they’re called NEOM Luxury Organics ». – Keren
Kate Middleton may well have changed wind patterns at the collective universal sigh of satisfaction at the sight of her wedding dress – it was everything it should have been and then some. Exquisite, simple, clean lines in only the way seriously wonderful designers seem to achieve; beautiful lace, and modest yet sexy. Very fine indeed. And her evening dress was just as beautiful in a similar way, minus the lace. Well done, Princess William of Wales (and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen).
(Sorry, I don’t know who the original credit for these pictures go to – let me know if you know…)
…beautiful hats and headpieces from Jane Taylor Millinery, and photography that makes you go ‘ahhhhh’ (as in sigh of satisfaction, rather than scream of agony). Apparently available at Harrods, both in store and online.
If you’re looking for an outrageously feminine 50’s wedding gown that manages to cover off lace, flowers, frills and pouffiness but still stays well within the realms of good taste, (and in fact is downright gorgeous), I may have just the wedding gown designer for you. Naomi Neoh is new to my radar, but has some very lovely gowns (see below). See more loveliness here »