Today we are bringing you six of our favourite ethereal wedding dresses for 2015. These include an abundance of lace, layers, rushing, cute cap sleeves and sparkles, and palettes of ivory, white and gold. We will be creating a whole feature on 2015 wedding dresses very soon, so watch this space!
Do you remember Carrie Bradshaw’s Vivienne Westwood wedding dress from the first Sex and The City movie? Of course you do. Well today we are featuring the fabulous wedding of super cool couple Sashy and Dashy, photographed by Anna Hardy Photography, and Sashy wore the Vivienne Westwood dress.
We love everything about this wedding, from the amazing dress (of course) to the beautiful brooch wedding bouquet, the male ‘flower girls’ in shorts to the abundance of gold.
We know you’ll love this week’s fun and quirky real wedding.
“My mum and I have always loved over-the-top gold gilt, so when planning there was an obvious golden finish to almost everything! As our wedding was at the Crab & Lobster, a venue that is already so beautifully decorated, there was a slightly nautical feel throughout. All our stationery had anchors on and the favours were displayed in scallop shells that we’d spray painted gold, to give a more glamorous Louis XV feel.
“The main inspiration for the wedding was the outfits I had picked out. I’m a big collector of Vivienne Westwood clothes so I was excited to dress my bridal party up in them! I actually fell in love with the gown I wore when I was just 17 years old, so the first thing I did, before even proposing to Dashy, was buy the dress! The shape of the hemline on the dress reminded me of a scallop shell, which seemed to work so well with the venue. The print on the bridesmaid dresses is Westwood’s iconic Salon Print, a photograph of the opulent interior of a stately home. The print worked as a beautiful colour palette and inspiration for all things gold gilt!”
Last weekend was the first of The National Wedding Shows for 2014, so I took The Wedding Community’s newest team member, Freya, off to London to check out what the show had to offer this year… we were not disappointed!
When we arrived at the show we were taken to the Champagne bar to have some bubbles (always a good way to start the day), meet the team behind the show and chat to other press and media people. We then had front row seats in the VIP area to watch this year’s catwalk. Now, this is my favourite part of the show as it’s our first glimpse of what is set to be hot in bridal wear throughout the year. As predicted, there was a lot of lace, etherealness and lots of sparkle, and The Great Gatsby trend is still going strong. You can see the full collection of catwalk images below.
After the amazing catwalk we then took in the full show; WOW, what a show! It was full of beautiful wedding cakes, creative wedding stationery, cool wedding photography, pretty floral displays and so much more. We love to go to The National Wedding Show as we get to see so many wedding suppliers we work with, and the show is a great opportunity to go and say hi and find out what they have been up to. It’s always lovely to meet lots of new wedding industry suppliers too (after a full day of talking to lots of people, I then had no voice for three days! – I think the team were quite pleased actually!).
Last year, we ran a competition to win an amazing wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture. Our lucky winner was Hannah Barnecut who got married in July this year. Hannah chose the stunning No.9 Bridal Couture dress ‘Olivia’, and we are sure you will agree she looked amazing.
What I felt when I won the competition…
When The Wedding Community told me I had won, I couldn’t believe it! I’m never that lucky, this sort of thing never happens to me, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I was not going to spend much on my wedding dress, so when I found out I had won one I was so happy and excited.
Why I chose the dress Olivia…
I looked through all the dresses in the No.9 Bridal Couture collection and Olivia stood out; I’ve never seen a dress like it and thought it was lovely. I thought it would look good on me and it was different to all the other dresses I have looked at.
How I felt when I put the dress on for the first time…
When I first put the dress on I felt amazing and couldn’t stop smiling; I knew straight away it was the dress for me. I didn’t want to take the dress off and I couldn’t believe how much it suited me.
Additions to the dress…
When I went to try the dress on, Linda from No.9 Bridal Couture suggested having a petticoat built in to the dress to make it bigger, and she also made a matching veil for me which was really long and pretty.
What I felt like when I walked down the aisle…
I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. It brought a tear to my eye, and I felt amazing. My husband also had tears in his eyes when he saw me.
Our thanks go to No.9 Bridal Couture for providing this amazing prize.
As you know, The Wedding Community gets very excited when it’s National Wedding Show time. The main reason is we love to see the catwalk, and what the bridal wear trends are going to be for the following season. The catwalk this autumn was just as spectacular as we had hoped, and with front row seats we were able to witness the splendour in all its glory!
There was and abundance of glitter, lace, ruffles and ruching, which are all set to be hot trends for bridal wear in 2014. If you are going for a picnic style wedding, there were beautiful outfits for the glamping bride and groom By Hazaar of London, Lucy Bennett and Moss Bros, and there were also bold shapes on this autumn’s catwalk, such as the statement ‘hourglass’ dress with shoulder detail by Atelier Hanny Bienkowskiej.
We’ve been busy updating our Bridal Collections 2014 section on the blog, adding lots of stunning collections from top bridal designers. So, If you’re looking for your dream wedding dress, or just want to see what the hot dress styles are for 2014, check out the latest collections from the following designers (more collections will be added as and when they are released)…
‘My Perfect Big Day’ is a new tool from Simply Be which takes you through the process of what style of bride you are looking to be, focusing on timeless trends and inspirations.
Shopping for the perfect dress and the perfect accessories can be a minefield for a bride. ‘My Perfect Big Day’ wedding guide goes through the current trends that are in all the wedding magazines and blogs. Set to inspire through colour, key dress shapes, the perfect accessories and shoes suggestions, as well as invaluable tips on the right underwear for you and your dress needs, the tool makes suggestions based on body shape and style, tailoring the experience. It is a one-stop guide to how to look amazing on your big day.
With the launch of their new Bridal Boutique, Simply Be has thought of everything to ensure the bride and their bridesmaids look truly incredible on a very special day.
This weekend Ellie Sanderson Oxford will be holding a Gatsby inspired vintage weekend. They will have a massively extended collection of vintage inspired wedding dresses, for one weekend only.
From Jenny Packham glamour to Claire Pettibone soft vintage lace, topped off with a splash of gorgeousness from Eliza Jane Howell. There will also be an incredible collection of Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville dresses that are simply on trend for this inspiring day.
Complete your look with a gorgeous 1930’s style feather hair clip or a birdcage veil – so very Sassy. They will also bejewel you in their latest Jenny Packham vintage jewels and some glorious Yarwood-White pieces.
This event runs from Friday 31st of May to Saturday 1st June in the Ellie Sanderson Oxford store, 26 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HU.
To book an appointment with one of their stylists call 01865 558 444.
Special Offers and Discounts
There will be special offers on the day including 10 % discounts on selected dresses and some sale dresses which fit the theme.
A few weeks ago, top bridal and groomswear designers took to the stage to showcase their latest collections on The National Wedding Show spring 2013 catwalk. Stunning wedding gowns, stylish suits, flower girl and pageboy outfits, gorgeous accessories and beautiful occasion wear was all on show for a catwalk The National Wedding Show described as their “best catwalk show yet”, and we have the pictures to share with you…
Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique has launched ‘The Dressing Room’, a completely new customer service experience for it’s brides. Located in Beaconsfield old town, a short walk from their main boutique, The Dressing Room takes service to a whole new level, with a dedicated fitting, styling and post sales environment over two floors.
Bride’s who purchase their wedding dress from the boutique will be invited to visit The Dressing Room, stocked with a myriad of bridal accessories and a huge collection of designer wedding shoes, beautiful veils, fur wraps, garters and more. They will enjoy an individual bespoke styling appointment, where the advice surrounding the accessories, shoes and the ‘look’ can be given to fit the bride’s vision for their special wedding day.
The Ellie Sanderson experience ensures not only the selection of the dress is a day to remember, but for every visit back to Ellie Sanderson afterwards the bride is getting the very best attention, in a gorgeous, dedicated space with the widest range of quality bridal veils, accessories and shoes, and knowledgeable friendly sales consultants.
Ellie says “After 6 years of operating in this industry we have a very good idea of what is important to our brides. The fitting of the gown is top of the list so we have invested heavily in this new space which will give us a best in class service level in the UK bridal industry and keep us ahead of our competition.”
Ellie Sanderson – The Dressing Room, 11 London End, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2HN