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The Best Modern Minimalist Wedding Dresses For Fuss Free Brides

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Modern and minimalist wedding dresses for fuss free brides, we think these styles keep things simple yet elegant for stylish brides looking for a clean and modern bridal style.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress | Designer Charlotte Simpson Bridal

I thought I’d do a round-up of the best dresses for those looking for a stylish but simple, elegant and minimalist wedding dress. Whilst there are always undoubtedly going to be boho brides that are lace lovers, romantic dreamers of layers of floaty tulle and glamorous magpies that want all the sparkle, not every bride wants to be overtly girly or to coin a term overly ‘bride-y’ as some of my own clients have said… not sure if that’s a term but we all know what it implies.

By minimalist, I’m talking clean lines, sharp structures, simple silhouettes and not too much embellishment, frill or ‘fuss’. Simple definitely doesn’t mean boring, in fact like many things the simpler the design the harder it is to get right, as it’s ever more important for the fit, cut and fabric to be perfect. Here are some of my favourite styles and designers that I think are getting it oh so right with the perfect balance of simple, elegant and definitely chic.

This post would have been a lot bigger/longer but I decided to keep it to designers or styles that are (to my knowledge) available in London or the UK, nothing more annoying than seeing a dress that’s only available in Australia… yes Pinterest, I’m looking at you!

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress - Orion by Elizabeth Dye

Orion Gown | Elizabeth Dye (available at Heart Aflutter, London)

A refreshingly understated beauty. This dress is soft luxurious knit fabric which has a bit of stretch which skims and hugs curves in all the right places and a full train adds a touch of drama. The beautiful high boat neckline is elegant and sophisticated whilst the low and open back are alluring and modern. Also long sleeves are just my favourite right now.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress - Harper by Charlotte Balbier

Harper | Charlotte Balbier

This is a youthful, sexy but paired back look, the Harper slipper satin wedding dress with shoestring straps and low shaped back looks great on it’s own, or perhaps worn with a lace top overlay for more coverage for the ceremony or throw on a feather jacket for a winter wedding. I’m loving it teamed with the casual half up top knot.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress - Sylvie by Sabina Motasem

Sylvie Dress | Sabina Motasem (available at Heart Aflutter, London)

A seriously gorgeous silhouette, and a dress that I think, would pretty much suit ladies of all shapes and sizes and for all styles of wedding. With a lovely V neckline, this dress features an extra low square back to the waist, a flattering bias cut skirt with contrast waistband and the delicate button detailing on the back with puddle train. The beauty of a simple dress is that you can add accessories, shoes and even style your hair and make up in so many different ways without being limited. Anything goes.

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BHLDN + Catherine Deane London Trunk Show UK

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BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOW

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.

BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOWZoe

BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOWWaterfall

BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOWAngel

BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOWZahara

BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOWWinnie

BHLDN UK LONDON TRUNK SHOWSian

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

Love Affair With Lace – Katya Katya Shehurina

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Katya Katya Shehurina ElizabethElizabeth

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting in person Latvian born Katya Shehurina who is the very talented designer behind Katya Katya Shehurina bridal which started in 2011. With a boutique in what is fast becoming a popular hub for vintage inspired bridal designers in London’s Kingly Court just a skip from Carnaby Street, and with new stockist and London Bride favourite Luella’s Boudoir recently stocking some of the popular collection I thought as the brand was growing it was about time to introduce you to Katya and her very prominent and oh so perfect love affair with lace with these beautiful bridal gowns from her collection.

For me, what makes these designs stand out is their highly unique flexibility to alter the dress with detachable slips worn beneath the lace which allow for a totally separate look at the ever so simple change of a slip. From ivory to fuschia or perhaps from coffee to black – you can effortlessly yet dramatically alter your style between your ceremony to the evening which makes these dresses so versatile and I think highly appealing to brides especially given their already affordable price tag which ranges from £550 for some of the shorter styles to £1800 for the longer lace dresses.

They allow you to be a little braver without taking any huge risk, and whilst you may think it would be rare that you’d ever get the opportunity to wear your wedding dress again, this would certainly be more of an investment than most with the option of turning it into something far more evening gown further down the line. Bonus!

Our delicate, vintage inspired gowns are handmade in our studio and we use fabrics such as French lace, Italian silks and microfiber to create them. We value comfort just as much as versatility, therefore most of our gowns have detachable slips, which allows our brides to have two separate looks for different parts of the day.

Katya Katya Shehurina EloiseLoise

Katya Katya Shehurina Alessandra and RamaniAlessandra // Ramani

Katya Katya Shehurina BelindaBelinda [with Chou neckpiece]

Katya Katya Shehurina Malina and AlessandraMalina // Alessandra

Katya Katya Shehurina LolaLola [with Chou neckpiece]

Katya Katya Shehurina Noela L and MalinaNoela L // Malina [with Chou neckpiece]

Katya Katya Shehurina RamaniRamini

Katya Katya Shehurina Noela L and Luella Noela L // Luella

Katya Katya Shehurina MorganMorgan

Katya Katya Shehurina Simona and LindaSimona // Linda

Katya Katya Shehurina PharaPhara

All the designs are just so elegant yet fairly understated, and if you are a lace lover then surely there is something here for you. The high necks, long sleeves and simple silouhettes add that classic element but in such a feminine way. I absolutely love the shades of latte, nude and deep pink but I also think it could be worth exploring pastel shades such as blush and duck egg for an ever so subtle hint of colour. The above Phara is stand out amazing as a gold and bronze shimmery spectacle [it’s my favourite, can you tell?], perfect for a bride who is looking for a non ivory wedding dress, but then I am a bling queen and will always love a hint of metallic! I also love the slightly retro 60s feel to Malina with the structured shoulders and thicker lace and the completely romantic Ramani too with it’s slight silvery-ness. I also love that you can add the lace collar or sashes to suit your style and shape.

Click here for further details on making an appointment at the Katya Katya Shehurina flagship boutique in London, or you can now visit brand new stockist Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon too.

Would love to hear your thoughts on changing your look on the day and if there is a standout dress in your eyes… or all of the above?