Cora and Michael had a wedding combining the traditions of the East and West at the Landmark London followed by an amazing Chinese Banquet reception, which customary to tradition, the bride wore a number of wedding dresses too!
I absolutely love the contrast of a grand and elegant traditional London ceremony at a luxury hotel with portraits of the couple nearby, with the relaxed reception at the couple’s favourite Chinese restaurant. I’m not surprised Cora couldn’t decide between her two wedding dresses, she looks just stunning in both and have to say, why not wear two?! In fact she did much more and went on to have 5 further outfit changes, including the incredible red traditional Chinese suit which I have to say might be my favourite. The hand embroidery and detail is just incredible and they really do ‘pop’ in the beautiful photography by Sarah Gawler (do check out her beautiful new website!).
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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.
Alessandra // Ramani
Belinda [with Chou neckpiece]
Malina // Alessandra
Lola [with Chou neckpiece]
Noela L // Malina [with Chou neckpiece]
Noela L // Luella
Simona // Linda
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?