A Very Vintage Affair

Working with super elegant bride Daniell was like discovering my style twin!  Danielle had a clear idea of wanting a 1930s inspired gown, but became frustrated by 'off the peg' options which drowned her in tiny frame in swathes of fabric, and her long list of must-have just not being fulfilled in one dress.  Creating this dress was a real journey as the final design was so far from the ideas that we discussed during the first consultation.  Like any bride it was important to Danielle to make the best of her fabulous features and disguise those areas that make her feel less confident, so that she could truly shine on the big day!  From initial ideas of a plunging neckline and minimal embellishment, I was able to advise Danielle on a silhouette so that together we created this one shoulder style, flattering her from all angles.  We decided that making a feature of her beautiful dancer's back would be an elegant way to show off her figure, and since wedding guests spend a good 30mins starting at a bride from behind we wanted to be sure to give them something to look at!

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The wedding itself took place at North Yorkshire's stunning Middleton Lodge, and the setting couldn't have been more perfect.  This private country manor set in leafy countryside on a crisp february day saw the first snow of winter minutes before Danielle walked down the aisle; picture perfect!  Guests were asked to dress in black tie, and so we went for a 30s bias cut eveningwear look for the adult bridesmaids also.  In soft grey complemented by a divine vintage silk print, Danielle's supporting cast sported vintage furs sourced from America, and we were delighted to be able to bring the Mother of the Bride in on the act dressed in sumptuous midnight lace!

The dress itself was a feat of engineering whilst retaining a soft whispy ethereal feel, all hand embroidered using fine lace and beaded trims sourced in London.  Heavy crepe-back silk served as a luxurious foundation dress on which satin-faced chiffon was overlayed, twisted and gathered to wrap around and flow into a full train at the back.   Heavenly!