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Charlotte Simpson Bridal – Modern Stylish Wedding Dress Sample Sale

Charlotte Simpson Bridal – Modern Stylish Wedding Dress Sample Sale Saturday 10th September, London

Designer Charlotte Simpson is one of my favourite London bridal designers. The designs are incredibly chic, understated, modern and sophisticated. For those with a more minimal modern appraoch to their bridal style this is one designer to take a look at.

The sample sale will be on Saturday 10th September at their Marylebone boutique, 92 York Street, London W1H 1QX from 10am until 5.30pm.

First come first served, no appointment necessary.

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Hermione de Paula – Couture Bridal Artistry in London

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Photography Hermione de Paula & London Bride

Feminine, modern and utterly unique, Hermione de Paula designs hand-crafted and embroidered floral inspired couture bridal heirloom wedding dresses bespoke to each bride.

Hermione de Paula Couture Bridal

I’ve been following and admiring London based couture bridal designer Hermione de Paula for a little while now (their Instagram is insanely beautiful) and quite frankly the designs blow me away. Each exquisite dress is a unique piece of artwork carefully designed with the client. An intricate and detailed process and in fact a journey of discovery as it’s created. The designs reflect true craft, and are feminine, playful yet sultry and understated. Utterly modern, and utterly unique.

As a graduate of Central Saint Martins, with experience working for designers such as Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior Couture and Giles the brand has organically expanded since launching back in 2008 with exotic prints and lifestyle ranges into couture bridal.

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Delicate Vintage Style – London Designer Sally Lacock’s New Bridal Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Photography by Jeff CottendenWedding Dresses by Sally Lacock

Esme by East London Bridal Designer Sally Lacock

I recently met with Sally and spent WAY too long admiring her dresses on her stand at the recently held National Vintage Wedding Fair. As bloggers it’s very easy for us to post pretty pictures but when you see the dresses in person and meet with the designer it really does cement the connection.


The detail and the beautiful silk and lace fabrics really stood out to me, and her love of vintage shows through the dresses not just in the design but in the craftsmanship as each one is individually handmade in London.

Sally Lacock is a London wedding dress designer known for her beautiful, timeless, lace and silk wedding dresses and excellent bespoke service. All of her commissions are skillfully and individually handmade in London. Inspired primarily by her love of vintage wedding dresses and antique lace Sally’s work is imbued with lightness, delicacy and an attention to detail rarely found in today’s world of mass production. Her creative vision is one of respect for time-honoured skills combined with romantic vintage appeal. Sally’s current collections include her signature vintage inspired wedding dress collection and new bridal separates collection.

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BHLDN + Catherine Deane London Trunk Show UK

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, PLANNING, Events Calendar


A short but sweet post today as I myself am pretty excited to hear that BHLDN are coming this side of the pond to the UK, and to London for the first time! If you are a fan of their beautiful romantic style bridal gowns but were wary about ordering online then worry no more…

BHLDN and London designer Catherine Deane will be holding their first UK trunk show at the Kings Road Anthropologie store with the new collection. At the time of writing this post there were appointments in late Feb and through March (so, basically hurry!).

BHLDN are renowned for their beautiful designs which are feminine, intricate but with a more modern twist.

The collection is by London based designer Catherine Deane, whom’s designs use traditional techniques with a modern twist of simplicity with everything design there is always a balance of textile and craft, strength and fragility and old meeting new. The exceptionally crafted designs are wearable, feminine and unique. 

Born in Ireland, raised and educated in South Africa, and based out of London, Catherine Deane’s designs are culled from her nomadic lifestyle and her passion for long forgotten craft techniques. She established her women’s wear label in London in 2005, employing traditional techniques with a modernist twist of simplicity.

Traditional techniques with a modernist twist of simplicity form the foundation of Catherine’s work and are fuelled by the continual search for new methods from around the World.

Here is a quick look at some of my favourites from the collection, I do love the intricate details, especially the incredible sheer backs on some of these gowns which give the most beautiful femininity to them. This one below, The Zoe particularly gets my vote! You can see the full range of styles available here.







For further information on the UK trunk show and to book an appointment visit the BHLDN website here.

Elizabeth Stuart Bridal – The Enchantment of the Seasons Fall 2014 Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Behind The Scenes at Elizabeth Stuart SS14 Show - Moonflower

Today, I have never been so pleased to be sat at my desk. The last week has been a hectic blur of lace, fizz and black cabs as I embarked on a week of client catch ups, supplier meetings, networking, bridal showcases, wedding fairs – oh and if you follow me on instagram, you’ll see I squeezed in a fleeting but magical stay at A Room For London (nothing to do with weddings, but quite possibly the most wonderful night in London I’ve ever had).

I can now verify that those attending London Fashion Week are genuinely entitled to moan about the hectic schedules of the days with back to back shows and press events because I’ve just been a part of that whirlwind these last few days as bridal fever swept over London as many of the bridal designers big and small, luxury and boutique showcase and unveil their new collections to the bridal world and us bloggers are lucky enough to be invited for a seat on the front row.

First up, I’m excited to share with you the forthcoming Fall 2014 new collection ‘The Enchanment of The Seasons’ from British designer Elizabeth Stuart Bridal. I’ve featured Elizabeth Stuart designs before as I love how they encapsulate the modern femininity of a bride. Her designs are glamorous, with intricate detailing and fantastic silhouettes and it was a pleasure to attend the first independent runway show unveiling the designs.

As well as the dresses being very much up my street, the show itself was a fantastic event as it was in support of Cancer Research UK and was planned and styled by fellow wedding planner and blogger, the fabulous Penelope Cullen of Love Scarlett and was most definitely a fun way to enjoy taking in the atmosphere and the designs.

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The exquisite silk organza and tulle fabrics create a modern and soft silhouette, with stunning scalloped lace highlighting the beautiful designs of the gowns. By incorporating delicate laser cut flowers to embody the blooms of springtime, and the delicate nudes and pink silks to represent the changing of the leaves, the fabrics adorn and bring to light the beauty of a woman’s feminine curves.

And here is your first look…can we all take a minute to just say a big hello to ‘Moonflower’ below, this is definitely the most chic, stylish yet adorably feminine wedding design I’ve seen in a long time with the cropped boxy overlapping top and full flowing skirt (but yes, a flat stomach may well be required).

Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Moonflower - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Hollis - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Aspen - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Dara - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Hazel - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Moonflower - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Linden and Hollis - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Petal - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Petal and Primrose - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Primrose - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Rowan - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Rosemary - Fall 2014 Elizabeth Stuart Bridal - Willow - Fall 2014 Catwalk Photography by Catherine Mead 

 Dresses from top to bottom: Moonflower / Hollis / Aspen / Dara / Hazel / Moonflower / Linden / Hollis / Petal / Primrose / Rowan / Rosemary / Willow

Elizabeth Stuart has harmonized modern, elegant designs with the most luxurious fabrics and quality, to ensure that any bride radiates a glow from within on her most unforgettable and magical of days.

Elizabeth Stuart is very proud and excited to make this transition with Cancer Research UK, by designing ‘Vines of Hope and Love’ wedding favour pins which represent the joining of two people in love. These pins will allow the happy couple to commemorate their special day, whilst celebrating a friend or family member surviving cancer, or to remember someone close to them. This event will serve as a platform to celebrate this wonderful partnership and create awareness.

There was a great team involved in the event, and I have to say I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous goodie bag so thank you to everyone involved, it was a pleasure to attend!

Event Credits: Elizabeth Stuart / Atmotion / Boothnation / Balance Me / Catherine Mead / Creighton’s Chocolaterie / Dermalogica / Digby Fine English / Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design / Freya Rose / Ginger Jar Food / Hannah May / HairSupreme / High Society / I Do Bridal Range / James Brown London / Kai Fragrance / Lola & Blush / Love, Honour & Be True /  Matt Maurice / Makebelieve Beauty / Pamela & Andrea Make Up / Rio Lounge / Shaken and Stirred / The Abigail Bloom Cake Company / Urban Soul Orchestra / White Light / Wildabout / XOVA / Yahire

Belle and Bunty – Insider Style

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the super stylish ladies Alice and Hannah who are the designers behind elegant British ready-to-wear and bridal label Belle and Bunty a few times and I’m also a big stalker fan of their Instagram feed as they document their ever so stylish goings on and outfits. So as two very chic ladies themselves, I thought it would be fun to see how they would style their favourite Belle and Bunty dress to give brides a little designer insight!  Here are the ever so gorgeous results which I hope inspire any future B&B ladies…

The Silk Satin Darcey Dress is delicate, demure and charming, with a sweetheart bust line and high neckline in beautiful lace, trimmed in Silk Satin binding and elbow length slim lace sleeves. The lace back finishes in a stunning diamond keyhole as the perfect back detail, with small satin covered buttons running down the back as a finishing touch. A very flattering shape on all figures, The Darcey has a slim band to accentuate the waist, which then flows beautifully into a panelled fit and flare skirt with small puddle train to create a real showstopper. 

I adore the shades of amethyst and metallic bronze and gold tones which work so well with this dress, elegant and luxurious. The oxblood nails are so on trend and the jewelled details on the shoes add a touch of glamour with the metallic hint. In all honesty it’s all about the floral and jewelled hair accessories from Dolce and Gabbana, definitely something for the fashion forward bride. I hope to see more of this!

Belle and Bunty The Darcey Wedding DressCREDITS clockwise from top left: The Belle & Bunty Darcey / Oxblood Nails Source Unknown / Jewel Detail Shoes Bonnie Tsang / Amethyst Earrings NotOneSparrow on Etsy / Jewel Embellished Hair Accessories Dolce & Gabbana via Style Bistro

The Petal Dress [a London Bride favourite!!] is a sassy, modern take on the classic column dress style. The understated Art Deco graphic panelled lines are offset with pretty layered handcrafted silk petal detailing and stunning low scooped back. Slim fitting and high necked, The Petal offers an elegant ladylike look with risque, striking back in true Belle & Bunty style. 

I’m definitely a fan of having some killer heels for the wedding, after all this beautiful leopard print pair would most certainly get use after the big day! The clusters of layered pearl necklaces add an elegant touch to the high neckline of the dress so the all important knockout back detail is left untouched. A latte coloured natural nail is a chic shade and to add a bit of colour a beautiful oversized bouquet of dahlias and chocolate cosmos, which adds that element of drama to the florals.

Belle and Bunty The Petal Wedding DressCREDITS clockwise from top left: Christian Louboutin Leopard Print Shoes via InStyle / Layered Pearl Necklace Orange Photography via Glamour / Belle & Bunty The Petal / Chanel Particuliere Nail Polish / Oversized Dahlia and Cosmos Bouquet  Sue Wong via 100 Layer Cake, styled by Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings via Burnetts Boards


I wanted to find out a little more about the designers behind the scene, so here Hannah and Alice spill about their keen hoarding habit, trapeze skills and why they’d want to turn Gwyneth Paltrow into a Belle and Bunty fan…

Q. What do you love about working with brides?

It’s amazing to be involved with such a special day, and with the dress being such a big part of that day we love being able to produce a brides dream dress and make them feel super special. It’s a really happy time in peoples lives so its lovely to hear all the stories that surround the big day, see people’s enthusiasm and see how each bride is going to style their Belle & Bunty dress. Each and every bride has their own sense of style and how they want to look on their wedding day so its brilliant to see their take on styling up our designs.

Q. How do you find working together, do you each have different skills?

We have worked together for 10 years now, our Ready-to-Wear collection launched in 2003 and our Bridal in 2010, so we each have our set roles within the business to be the most productive, plus we are lucky to have a great team. Creatively we both work closely together and have very similar tastes, Alice bringing a more classic, elegant side and Hannah a more fashionable, feminine feel – the true “Belle’ and “Bunty” mix that defines our style.

Q. If you could design a Belle and Bunty dress for anyone who would it be?

[Alice] Kate Middleton, I love the fact that she is quintessentially British and so graciously feminine.

[Hannah] Gwyneth Paltrow is a natural beauty with a flirtacious edge, you know she’d wear a Belle & Bunty dress in such a great way!

Q. What’s your creative process, how do you find inspiration?

Inspiration can come from anywhere and anything! As a creative you never switch off from looking at all aspects of your life in a creative way. So it could be anything thats sets off an idea. Sometimes the best inspiration comes from non fashion arenas such as interiors, art, film and photography. We both have a habit of collecting things we find inspiring too, so our studio walls are covered with images, prints, fabric swatches and photos that we like and find interesting. People watching is also a fantastic source of inspiration – we could spend hours with a coffee watching what people are actually wearing on the street and how they put looks together.

Q. Who are your style icons?

[Alice] Miranda Kerr always looks so well put together, whether she’s dressed up or down she has a classic style and alwys looks great.

[Hannah] I love the laid back look that Clemence Poesy has. Anja Rubik also has a natural effortless style (it obviously helps that she is a gorgeous supermodel!!)

Q. When you’re not designing, how do you spend your time?

[Alice] Designing is actually a very small part of what we do day-to-day! Running a business encompasses so many things that we are constantly busy with all other aspects of the label and are very hands on with all our customers. Outside of work my latest fun hobby is static trapeze classes but my favourite thing is to spend time with my daughters Mae & Darcey.

[Hannah] Having your own label is a juggling act but it’s fun and interesting to constantly be working on something different, you have to switch hats depending on what part of the business you may be discussing but I like that! I’m also a big gym bunny [weird as it sounds] I really like to work out, plus it’s a great de-stresser! 

If you haven’t already, do visit their website to see more of their beautiful bridal and ready-to-wear collections. Thanks to Hannah and Alice for the fab insight into the Belle and Bunty world!