Posts Tagged: Wedding Dresses

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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Designer Spotlight – Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection

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Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - ISERE SKIRTisere skirt

This year, amongst the couples I’ve worked with to plan and style their weddings, I’ve had 4 of my lovely brides (with impeccable taste!) all choose British designer and stylist, Charlie Brear (note: not to be confused with my own name, though they are strangely similar!) Considering all the designers out there, that’s a pretty good rate and I have to say, I’m not surprised.

The latest Charlie Brear 2015 collection is incredibly savvy and sophisticated. Inspired by iconic decades of style, the designs are flawlessly combined with Charlie’s own contemporary aesthetic (as seen in her ready-to-wear line). Beautiful cut silouhettes, layers of soft tulles, chiffons and romantic lace can all be combined with the innovative ‘Additions’ as each bride has the opportunity to create her own unique style. A simple crepe, satin or chiffon dress can be layered with anything from sequinned overdresses (these are wow, let me tell you), sheer lace backs, incredibly feminine tiered skirts, plus silk sashes or soft shrugs to add that finishing touch all fully customised to each bride effortlessly.

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Augustine lace & Hurrel cape Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - AURELE SKIRT Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Voulaire Overdress & Pettine Versailles Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Mongolian Gilet & Manira Skirt Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Casimir Overdress Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Versailles Jacket & Catroux Jacket Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection -  Etoile Sash Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Tavaline & Fayette Overdress Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Voulaire Top &  Demi Voulaire Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - CHAPELLE

From top to above: augustine lace & hurrel cape / aurele skirt / voulaire overdress & pettine versailles / mongolian gilet & manira skirt / casimir overdress / versailles jacket & catroux jacket / etoile sash / tavaline & fayette overdress voulaire top &  demi voulaire / chapelle

As a formal stylist, Charlie Brear created what was formerly known as The Vintage Wedding Dress Company back in 2005 after sourcing many a vintage wedding gown for a photo shoot. Since then amongst her love of vintage, Charlie grew the collection to include a capsule bridal offering of made to order gowns, using details and accents of decades gone by as inspiration for a contemporary take on vintage glamour.

Since then, the company was re-launched as Charlie Brear and as well as bridal collections, she also has ‘Additions’ which is a collection of unique pieces to compliment the made to order gowns, such as lace sleeves, over skirts, lace shrugs and this is what makes her designs so sought after as effectively this enables the bride to customise her own bespoke gown with a few small additions to suit the individual.

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Haliton & Chartres Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection -  Corio Jacket Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Deco & Tiulis Top Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - NERU Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Sada Chantilly & Arlette Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - HURREL Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Anselme Top & Oribe Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - TIRA LACE SKIRT Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Cassell & Sabine Top Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Safna & Neru Jacket Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - VENTOUXFrom top to above: haliton & chartres / corio jacket deco & tiulis top / neru / sada chantilly & arlette / hurrel / anselme top & oribe / tira skirt / cassell & sabine top / safna & neru jacket  / ventoux  

All the collections are produced in the UK using a diverse range of hand selected fabrics and trims. In the beautiful flagship London boutique tucked away off  they also offer original one of a kind vintage dresses as part of their Original Vintage Collection.

Haivng visited the flagship boutique in Fitzrovia earlier this year, I was blown away by the fabrics, the cuts and most of all the excitement that comes of being able to tailor your dress to suit you and make the most of both your style and your figure. If you aren’t London based there are a number of other stockists available throughout the UK, which you can see listed here.

I literarily wouldn’t know where to start if I were trying these on, though I’d say the ‘Aurele’ tulle skirt with glittery sequin overlay would likely be a good place to start…

If you want a little look behind the scenes you can see a pretty cute little video here (in case the images above weren’t enough pretty for you!) and I also highly recommend you follow Charlie Brear on instagram, it’s a beautiful and inspiring feed!

House of Mooshki – Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses

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Mooshki Bridal - Holly Wedding Dress

The love for vintage inspired wedding dresses is going nowhere it would appear. The romance of peek-a-boo lace, the swish of the 50s tulle skirt, the candy colours and big satin bows…they all make for perfect lady-like details on a wedding dress and House of Mooshki has these in spades.

House of Mooshki are bespoke wedding dress designers, and with their own collection brides are able to customise each dress to make it truly unique. Not only do they offer a great service in terms of timeframe [they welcome last minute brides and generally turn dresses around in a month!] but also their very reasonable price tag with the collection ranging from £1350-1950. They offer a crazy 80 shades of colour so if you are looking for an unusual wedding dress from blush pink, emerald green or even black then these are your go-to ladies.

“All of our dresses are made to measure and finished to a very high standard. They all come with inbuilt corsets/bra’s to offer the best possible structure and support. Each of our gowns is created with pride, from the very first sketches right through to the finished dress.

We source some of the best fabrics from around the world, from satins and silks, to chiffons, taffeta and organza’s. Recently, we have noticed a huge increase in brides turning their back on the traditional white wedding gown in favour of a more modern dress that can be worn time and time again. Vintage wedding dresses are also in huge demand with us at the moment taking inspiration from classic eras and characters in history.”

Particular highlights from their collection for me are Mae, the Dior inspired off the shoulder calf length dress in heavy lace is incredibly stylish and classic and Audrey, a tea-length dress with scalloped edge neckline, cap sleeves and the prettiest spot tulle and floral appliqué. Cute as a button! As a lover of stripes I couldn’t not mention the Holly too!

Mooshki Bridal - Rhian Wedding DressRHIAN // Spot tulle tea length dress with elbow length sleeves and daisy lace trim 

Mooshki Bridal - Zara Wedding DressZARA // Tea length tulle skirt with beaded open necked bodice with long fitted sleeves

Mooshki Bridal - Sarah Wedding DressSARAH // Tea Length full lace wedding dress with cap sleeves

Mooshki Bridal - Kathryn Wedding DressKATHRYN // Calf length tulle and lace wedding dress with lace bodice and key hole back and cap sleeves

Mooshki Bridal - Vera Wedding DressVERA // Full tulle gown with delicate lace bodice and short sleeves

Mooshki Bridal - Mae Wedding DressMAE // Classic in design from a bi-gone era where Dior ruled the catwalks.

Mooshki Bridal - Lou Lou Wedding DressLOU LOU // Strapless A-line Tulle and Lace Gown

Mooshki Bridal - Audrey Wedding DressAUDREY // Short Swiss Dot Tulle and Lace 1950’s Wedding Dress

Mooshki Bridal - Deborah Wedding DressDEBORAH // A beautiful full A-Line full tulle skirt with delicate heavy lace falling from the waist

Mooshki Bridal - Mae Wedding DressMAE

Mooshki Bridal - Grace Wedding DressGRACE // Lace tea length full circle skirt gown with long lace sleeves key hole back and mandarin scallop edge collar

Mooshki Bridal - Tiffany Wedding DressTIFFANY // Column satin 2 in 1 wedding gown with detachable skirt and train

Mooshki Bridal - Elle & Abbie Wedding DressELLE // Tea length circle skirt sleeveless gown in duck egg blue overlaid in damask devore silk

ABBIE // Strapless blush pink vintage tea length tulle and french corded lace gown

Mooshki Bridal - Holly Wedding DressHOLLY // Tea length full circle skirt of satin and organza striped sleeveless wedding dress

Mooshki Bridal - Darla Wedding DressDARLA // Tulle and lace vintage inspired calf length gown with elbow length fitted sleeves.

With branches in London [Havering] and the North East, they also welcome brides from further afield and have a number of UK stockists which you can see here. House of Mooshki also specialise in custom made bespoke wedding dresses, so to get in touch about commissioning a design please visit their website here.

So much pretty for a Monday morning! Would love to know which ones you are coveting…

Love Affair With Lace – Katya Katya Shehurina

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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?

Elizabeth Stuart – 2014 White Label

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Elizabeth Stuart Bride Aurora

I’ve featured dresses from UK designer Elizabeth Stuart Bridal’s previous collections, and on my recent visit to the White Gallery [it’s a bit like London Fashion Week but for bridal] I spotted the beautiful additions in the new White Label 2014 collection and I just had to share them with you too. I’ve always liked Elizabeth’s modern and clean but feminine designs, with beautiful silhouettes and luxurious fabrics and this collection encapsulates all this but with just the right hint of elegance.

Personally, I love the tactile but clean lines of the designs with the mix of fabrics. I also appreciate the fuller coverage on the shoulders with additions of sleeves and illusion necklines. Here are a few images straight off the catwalk… London Bride favourite has to be the off the shoulder effortless chic of Aurora [above], with the graceful Celestina a close second, especially with THAT veil. Now that’s how to accessorise…

Elizabeth Stuart Bride AmeliaAmelia

Elizabeth Stuart Bride AntoniaAntonia

Elizabeth Stuart Bride AuroraAurora

Elizabeth Stuart Bride BereniceBerenice

Elizabeth Stuart Bride Celestina Floral Veil Elizabeth Stuart Bride CelestinaCelestina + Floral Veil

Elizabeth Stuart Bride Celine Elizabeth Stuart Bride CelineCeline

Elizabeth Stuart Bride CharlizeCharlize

Elizabeth Stuart Bride FiorellaFiorella

From Elizabeth Stuart Bridal “Lovely ethereal lace, romanced by fine alluring leather, blissfully join together, in timeless harmony, through the extraordinary vision of Elizabeth Stuart Bride, to bring to life the most exquisite designs of pure perfection exemplifying a classic beauty, of sophistication and luxurious elegance, with delicate refined lace intricately detailed with roses, leaves, and graceful curving stems, emphasizing the beauty of the feminine silhouette, that is captured around the waist by leather’s gentle embrace of a lambskin sash of the highest quality.”

If you’re looking for a modern, feminine designer then do check out Elizabeth Stuart – you can see UK stockists here and for those London Bride’s amongst you, you can visit local stockist [and all round fabulous boutique] Luella’s Boudoir.

Tobi Hannah – Modern Classic Wedding Dresses

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Tobi Hannah 50s Tea Length Dress

Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, whether that was relaxing in the sunshine (shock horror) or doing some wedmin things! Mine was spent on boring house DIY bits and pieces which let me tell you wasn’t exactly relaxing! Needs must though…

Anyway, when I spotted a previous London Bride wearing a cute short 60s inspired dress I thought how often I read or hear of brides not wanting something too fancy, or big or traditional. If that sounds like you, then you must check out bridal designer Tobi Hannah who is renowned for tea length and short wedding dress collections. Fusing classic inspiration but with a modern twist – these designs are flirty, fun and dare I say it practical! Great for the runaway bride or for someone just looking for something a little more fashion-led and fun for their big day. The dresses with traditional touches such as lace, brocade or boatneck necklines are fused with high hemlines, ruffles, floral elements and a little bit of cheekiness (especially those with the plunging necklines!). Perfect to inject a bit of individuality into your wedding and at a very affordable price with the range starting from £600!

Tobi Hannah Bratt Short Wedding DressBratt – £600-800

Sleeveless high neck scalloped hem lace short wedding dress with rose petal belt at natural waist

Tobi Hannah Dawson Blush and Ivory Lace Wedding DressDawson (Blush & Ivory) – £801-1000

Blush or Ivory Pink Tea Length lace v neck wedding dress with three quarter sleeves, full 1950s style skirt and satin underlay

Tobi Hannah Running Wedding DressRunning – £800-1000

Short to Long Wedding dress featuring a sweetheart neckline, ruched taffeta bodice, and all over satin rose applique on arched hem skirt

Tobi Hannah Illusion Boat Neck Wedding DressIllusion – £801-1000

Boat neck satin short wedding dress with contrast brocade skirt layer and band

Haruki Wedding Dress by Tobi HannahHaruki – £600-800

Deep V Neck blush pink and ivory ruched chiffon short wedding dress with black contrast chiffon band at waist

Tobi Hannah Julianna Wedding DressJulianna – £600-800

Deep V Neck ruched chiffon short wedding dress with lace modesty panel and arched tiers on skirt

Tobi Hannah 50s Tea Length DressTai – £801-1000

Boat neck tea length wedding dress with brocade bodice and satin full skirt

Tobi Hannah has a central London studio where you can make an appointment, or check here for stockists. I’d love to hear if you are a Tobi Hannah bride or if you are thinking about a short dress. Good for dancing and showing off the shoes, that’s for sure!

So Sassi Bridal Collection – Peplums, High-Lo Hemlines and Bows!

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Earlier this year I featured the 2012 collection from British bridal designer Sassi Holford. Sassi’s collections are always classically beautiful and timeless but this year the design team, led by Sassi Holford has now launched the So Sassi collection which is the ‘esprit brand’ and is for the younger, more fashion forward bride. Still all handmade in England, the dresses are for the bride wanting something a little more fashion led that won’t break the bank as prices range between £1,000-2,000.

The immediate modern touches such as high-low [or is that hi-lo – clearly I’m not down with the kids!] hemlines and bang on trend peplum make a cute statement whilst some of the other dresses feature tulle and lace for the more feminine modern bride. I love that these designs are fun and fresh, and I can imagine a killer pink lipstick wrist gloves or bright shoes working with these for a super girly look.

I think my particular favourite has to be the 3D floral embellished Bobbie [below] but I do also love the silouhette of the peplum detail Bianca also complete with cute as bow, love the back of this style!

 So Sassi Collection from the top: Bianca [back], Bobbie, Bianca [front], Bonnie, Lucianne

These are just a few of my favourites, and you can see a few more little sneak peeks from the range in the video from the launch at the White Gallery earlier this year…

If you want to find out more about stockists you can follow So Sassi on Facebook or email