Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Nieve Dress

Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection

I’ve had huge admiration for Rachel from Luella’s bridal for a long time. When The Wedding Community launched back in 2009 Rachel was on our expert panel providing bridal wear advice. I was therefore very excited when Luella’s Bridal launched their first beautiful collection of wedding dresses. Now I am delighted to share a fabulous new collection of five distinctly different dresses… the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Bridal Collection.

The Island Pod Rings crafted by Trinidadian jewellery designer Sarah May inspired the new collection. Sarah’s original engagement ring and her subsequent life journey inspired the rings, named Happy, Love, Dream, Believe and Abundance. It’s lovely to see a bridal collection designed to complement a piece of jewellery; it’s usually the other way round!

The Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection includes a selection of low plunging backs, soft flowing skirts, stunning hand beaded lace and Luella’s signature pleated skirt. Each dress is handmade in the UK using a selection of the finest French lace, silk, satin, tulle and beaded appliqués, in a blend of soft ivory, cream and blush tones. Designs feature a mixture of simple, understated and intricately beaded slip style dresses, and beautiful lace and tulle gowns. Each dress has an element of sparkle, so even the simplest styles still look and feel special.

“It was such a pleasure to work with Sarah on this project. I have known Sarah for many years and have always wanted to work with her. Sarah’s unique collection of Island Pod Rings is perfect for our more relaxed type of customer and complements our slightly more modern style of dresses.

“I think my favourite dress from the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection has to be Isla. I love the simplicity of the bias cut design and I fell in love with the beautiful beading as soon as I saw it. Each appliqué is handmade to order, and I love the subtle ivory and blush tones. I also think it’s a really versatile style of dress and will work well for lots of different styles of wedding – everything from a chic city affair to a relaxed beach style wedding.” – Rachel Attwell, Owner of Luella’s Bridal

These are the five beautiful dresses in the Luella’s Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection, and the rings that inspired each dress…

Amber, Inspired by Dreams Ring

Luella's Bridal Expectations 2018 Collection - Amber Dress

Dreams Ring by Sarah May

Amber is a modern, backless design made from cream Japanese handmade silk, and features Luella’s trade mark pleated skirt. It includes a racer neckline and stunning beaded straps in a mixture of milky white, blush and ivory tones.

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Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 Bridal Collection - 8940 Dress

Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 Bridal Collection

I’m taking you to wedding dress heaven today with the beautiful new Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 Bridal Collection. The latest collection starts with a fresh take on 1950’s and 1960’s silhouettes. If you are looking for a classic wedding dress with a modern twist then look no further.

The Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 collection breathes fresh air into classic wedding dress styles. The collection is full of modern, clean styles, stunning illusion bodices, surprising cut-outs, beautiful matte lace, abstract beading and daring black accents. Classic brides will adore the tonal beadwork and rich fabrics of this collection, featuring crepe, matte mikado, jacquard, and buttery satin. These subtle yet striking details will make any bride shine as they walk down the aisle.

Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 Bridal Collection - 8940 Dress

Justine Alexander believes that it all begins and ends with romance, so creates every dress to make you feel your most romantic and radiant on the big day.

The Spring/Summer 2018 wedding dresses feature some of the most stunning lace backs I have seen for this season. From full all-over lace detailing to illusion backs with delicate lace edges, they are so romantic and so beautiful. Justin Alexander has also created some of the prettiest straps you will ever see; from intricate beaded spaghetti straps, to delicate lace-trimmed wide straps with beautiful lace gently falling onto the shoulders. I just love these delicate details.

But the thing I love most about the Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 collection is the number of classic full ball gown silhouettes. Brides looking for a traditional style dress with a big full skirt will fall in love with these beauties…

Style 8970 – Silk Dupion Ball Gown with Plunging V-Neckline and Keyhole Back

8970 Wedding Dress from the Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 Bridal Collection

This is my favourite ball gown wedding dress in the Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Just look at it! I adore the rich dupion silk in the stunning silver colour of 8970; this really will shine as you walk down the aisle! The plunging v-neckline and sexy keyhole back give this dress a modern feel.

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Rita Mae 2018 Bridal Collection - Paris Dress

Rita Mae 2018 Bridal Collection

Oh I do love a tea-length 1950s style wedding dress, and I’m blown away by the fabulous dresses in the Rita Mae 2018 bridal collection. The latest collection is full of flirty numbers, plus lace, polka dots, petticoats and even a blue wedding dress!

A beautiful collection of short wedding dresses from renowned design house Alan Hannah, the Rita Mae 2018 collection is pretty, feminine and quirky. Designer Marguerite has used a variety of fabrics and colours, and each dress is available in three lengths – short, tea-length and long.

Rita Mae 2018 Bridal Collection - Paris Dress

The 2018 collection breaks away from tradition. I adore the cheeky polka dot skirts with full petticoats teamed with classic 50’s strapless bodices. It’s also lovely to see another bridal collection with a burst of colour. The blues and pinks give a striking vibrancy and instant hanger appeal to the dresses. Floral embellishments create a spring filled vivacity and freshness to the new hi low styles, and there is a sassy confidence in the fitted dresses, which have beautiful figure hugging lace to the low hip and then bustling out into a full tulle skirts.

“I especially love Marseilles. Marseilles is a clean and classic shape with a bell shaped skirt that works especially well as a hi lo dress. This adds an element of fun and irreverence, which is what I try to achieve in Rita Mae.” – Marguerite Hannah, Designer

There really are some fabulous dresses in the Rita Mae 2018 collection. Just look at these three for starters…


Arizona Wedding Dress from the Rita Mae 2018 Bridal Collection

This is a truly unique wedding dress. If you’re going for a 1950’s feel to your wedding, what better homage to the era than this spectacular red polka dot tulle dress? If you don’t fancy the bold red polka dots, Arizona is also available with white dots.

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Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 Bridal Collection - 4787 Wedding Dress

Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 Bridal Collection

The brand new Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 Bridal Collection is sophisticated elegance at its best. Every season Paloma Blanca strives to incorporate current fashion trends with their signature elegant simplicity, and this season is no exception. Their latest timeless designs invoke romance and glamour – they are all so beautiful.

Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 features captivating, sleek silhouettes, daring low backs and stunning necklines. Intricate lace and appliqué uniquely adorn these beautiful wedding dresses, and removable belts, coloured lining options and intricate spaghetti strap designs make this collection as versatile as it is elegant.

Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 Bridal Collection - 4787 Wedding Dress

Known for their high-quality designs and craftsmanship, Paloma Blanca has once again used only the highest quality fabrics with intricate hand-detail and embroidering. Each dress is made with impeccable attention to detail, innovative styling and fit.

The thing I love most about the Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 wedding dresses is the diverse array of styles. Whether you’re looking for sexy figure-hugging wedding dress, or an elegant, timeless silk ball gown, you are sure to find your dream dress.

As well as some beautiful full ball gown wedding dresses, the collection also features some beautiful ruffle skirts. We are seeing more of these styles for next season and I love them. The floaty layers of tulle look incredible and the layers move gracefully as you walk. These ruffled skirts work so well with the elegant figure hugging bodices.

Style #4799

4799 Wedding Dress from the Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 Bridal Collection

Before I show you some of the amazing ball gown dresses, I want to share my favourite dress in the new collection, style 4799. Just look at the sleeves – I adore the cute lace flower detail. The detail also looks incredible around the neckline, and I love the cuff detail too. Just stunning.

Now I want to focus on some of the ball gown designs in the Paloma Blanca Spring 2018 collection. Ball gown silhouettes have long been an elegant, timeless style choice for brides. Although we have seen less of them in recent years, I am delighted the ball gown is making a comeback. I mean, come on, just look at these dreamy dresses and tell me you wouldn’t feel a million dollars in one of these!

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Mikaella Spring 2018 Bridal Collection - 2188 Dress

Mikaella Spring 2018 Bridal Collection

The Mikaella Spring 2018 Bridal Collection is here, and it is a very sexy collection of wedding dresses. These soft, floaty, glamorous designs with gorgeous silhouettes and feminine style are the perfect match for spring and summer brides.

Deep plunging necklines feature heavily, along with deep cut sexy backs, delicate spaghetti straps and sheer midriff panels. If you are looking for a beautiful dress to show off your figure, then a dress from the Mikaella Spring 2018 collection is the perfect choice. Individual and edgy, I don’t think you’ll find another bridal collection with such sex appeal.

Mikaella wedding dresses are designed for brides with a young, modern spirit looking to add a little fun to their wedding day style. The Mikaella Spring 2018 dresses are a perfect balance between classic silhouettes and the latest bridal trends.

Mikaella Spring 2018 Bridal Collection - 2188 Dress

The aim for this season’s collection was to design glamorous wedding gowns that are attractively affordable without abandoning the luxury and quality craftsmanship Mikaella is renowned for. Each dress displays the attention to detail and effort that goes into creating such masterpieces.

“Here comes the bride… Who is she though? Mikaella’s 2018 collection has given much attention to this notion. Today’s bride is often one who seeks to make a statement through her style, and doesn’t want to have to sacrifice this on her most special day.

“This season’s collection has taken some non-traditional steps to provide our brides with a modern, unique, free spirited collection. Guipure lace, Italian tulle embossed with delicate splashes of pearls or beading, as well as sheer midriff designs, racer back, and intricate spaghetti strap backs give our edgy, style conscious brides an endless selection of design features to choose from. Removable belts and a variety of coloured linings will also entice brides who seek the need for their own individual style input.

“We hope that you enjoy our Mikaella Spring 2018 Collection. Made with love in Canada and, hopefully, worn with love universally.” – Paloma Blanca

Here is a quick glimpse at some of the beautiful dresses available in the latest collection.

Style #2187

Back of 2187 Wedding Dress from the Mikaella Spring 2018

I can’t remember the last time I saw a wedding dress with a race back, but ‘2187’ is so beautiful. I love the shape of this dress. The fitted Guipure lace bodice with sheer neckline and beautiful appliqués sits perfectly atop of the incredible full tulle skirt.

Available colours: Natural with Natural Lining, and Natural with Pearl Lining.

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