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The Case of the Curious Bride - quirky wedding dresses with a vintage edge

The Case of the Curious Bride opened in April 2013 and aims to provide stylish and quirky dresses with a vintage edge. Owner Melanie dreamed of creating a quirky boutique selling reasonably priced wedding dresses with real style. Brides who bought her bespoke head wear at Ivory Tuesday were also looking for unique and affordable vintage-inspired dresses, so The Case of the Curious Bride was born!

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Image credit Johnboy Wilson www.johnboywilson.com

This bridal shoot from Cheshire’s Arley Hall features stunning wedding dresses and accessories from The Case of the Curious Bride. Dresses are by Erica Stacey and The Case of the Curious Bride. Accessories are by the wonderful Ivory Tuesday.

Four fab wedding photographers were involved in the shoot: the lovely Martin Hambleton, Andrew Billington, David Stubbs and Johnboy Wilson, all wedding photographers in the north west. Please do have a look at their work if you’re looking for a UK wedding photographer.

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

The two dresses used were Manhattan which is from Orange Blossom and Pearls by The Case of the Curious Bride (left), and Rebecca from Erica Stacey (right).

Manhattan is a dress for the fashion-savvy bride. Featuring a 1920’s dropped waist and a low back with mocha lace and a chiffon skirt this dresses oozes Gatsby and Downton appeal.

Rebecca is close fitting layers of silk and lace with godets helping form the sweeping train and also features a delicate overlayer top which is made of almost-sheer fabric, trimmed with beautiful pearl beads which sway with movement.

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Image credit Martin Hambleton www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

The model above wears the deliciously art deco Gershwin hair accessory:

Gershwin is a 1920’s-inspired forehead band, generously designed with fabric and crocheted roses, sitting on a floral applique base, studded with a wealth of Swarovski Crystals and Freshwater Pearls.

Ivory Tuesday was founded in 2011 and designs Original, Vintage and alternative Bridal Head Wear and Jewellery.  Bespoke orders are a specialty. Hand made with loving care in the North West of England.

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Image credit Johnboy Wilson www.johnboywilson.com

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Image credit Johnboy Wilson www.johnboywilson.com

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Image credit Andrew Billington http://documentary-wedding.com

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Image credit Andrew Billington http://documentary-wedding.com

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Image credit Andrew Billington http://documentary-wedding.com

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

The Sultry Birdcage Veil is designed to be worn a number of ways and clips easily into the hair. Featuring teardrop Swarovski baguettes and pearls on ivory satin leaves.

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

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Image credit David Stubbs www.davidstubbsphotography.co.uk

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Image credit Johnboy Wilson www.johnboywilson.com

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Image credit Martin Hambleton www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

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Image credit Martin Hambleton www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

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Image credit Martin Hambleton www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

Last but not least, I adore the cap veil worn by the model in the images below. The Niamh Lace cap veil is the cutest 1920’s cap veil featuring fabric roses, delicate crocheting and Swarovski pearls and crystals.

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Image credit Martin Hambleton www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

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Image credit Martin Hambleton www.hambletonweddingphotography.co.uk

In creating The Case of the Curious Bride, Melanie longed to create an environment that was comfortable and stylish so that every bride could have the experience they deserved when choosing their wedding dress, no matter what their budget. She also stocks actual vintage wedding gowns. All wrapped-up in a beautiful, friendly boutique in Sale, Manchester.

To find out more visit www.thecaseofthecuriousbride.com

With thanks to Martin Hambleton, Andrew Billington, David Stubbs and Johnboy Wilson, all wedding photographers, and to Melanie from The Case of the Curious Bride and Ivory Tuesday.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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