Wedding gowns UK 2019 Phillipa Lepley on English Wedding Blog (4)
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I am in awe of today’s feature bridal collection by renowned London designer Phillipa Lepley. These beautifully tailored, bespoke one-of-a-kind luxury wedding dresses are to die for – perhaps not within the average dress budget (take note before you fall in love with one of these, my lovelies!) but oh so dreamy to see and admire the intricate detailing and beautiful craftsmanship in every wedding dress. Admittedly these are the kind of dresses you’re more likely to see in Hello! than in You & Your Wedding… but I simply couldn’t resist sharing this with you and I hope you enjoy a little wedding indulgence with me today!

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At Phillipa Lepley, 2018 marks the arrival of a large number of new, distinctively feminine, fabulous couture wedding dresses that you will never have seen anything like before. Each dress is delicately handcrafted in London at the Chelsea atelier using fabrics of the finest quality, from luxurious Italian Duchesse satin and intricate French lace to tulle uniquely embroidered as delicately as lace and in-house designed embellishment, displaying unparalleled artistry.

Designer bridal wear for 2019 Sanyukta Shrestha on English-Wedding.com (3)
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A huge movement will come to the bridal and wedding industry over the next 10 or 20 years – ethical, vegan and world-friendly fashion and styling. Leading the movement by several million miles (in our humble opinion at least) is luxury bridal designer Sanyukta Shrestha. Not only are her exquisite creations unique, handmade and beautiful: they’re helping communities of women and keeping traditional crafts and skills alive.

Which leaves me at a loss for where to begin today’s blog post: Sanyukta combines two seemingly impossible worlds with grace and ease. Her bespoke wedding dresses are pure luxury, made with the most wonderful fabrics and innovative silhouettes and styling. They’re also made from hand woven and hand loomed fabrics, such as organic cotton, hemp silk and bamboo lace, made by and supporting women in rural Nepal.

As if all of that wasn’t wonderful enough, Sanyukta Shrestha’s 2019 collection – Entwined Love (Chapter 2) is a tribute to her brides, literally – with dresses named Sarah, Francesca, Jamie, Maddy, Chloe and Martha to name but a few! The designer’s compassion and empathy extends to her clients, whose needs, dreams and insecurities about their wedding dresses are taken into consideration when creating their perfect wedding gowns.

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I promised you a wedding dress feature – so here it is! What I didn’t mention earlier this week is that these dresses are all under £1,000. Wedding dress shopping can be tough – it’s easy to fall in love with a design which is out of your price range. (Thanks a bunch, Pinterest!) But don’t be discouraged. There are stunning dresses around which are more affordable than most, and you’ll still look a million dollars on your best day ever.

We love these bridal designs from Kelsey Rose, one of our favourite British bridal and bridesmaid brands. The dresses are ideal for modern brides, with a contemporary approach and beautifully crafted details, made with love in Kelsey Rose’s London studio.

Style 18703 in Crepe & Lace – Available in Ivory and White

 

Classic elegance meets luxurious detailing. In our signature fit & flare shape, this dress features beautiful long sleeves and illusion back detailing. Layered lace gives the illusion of a Bardot neckline with long sleeves. In sumptuous crepe and lace, this dress combines texture with delicacy and lightness.

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There’s a blog post on the Kelsey Rose blog right now which I absolutely loved reading – about creating “timeless magic at affordable prices” – and I absolutely love them for that. In the wake of a royal wedding and with a trend for luxe, opulent floristry and wedding styling on the rise, I do love to see a more affordable, but still beautiful, bridal collection. Kelsey Rose’s Ivory Collection for 2019 ticks all the boxes – the dresses are stunning and with a timeless appeal. We introduced their bridesmaids collection on English Wedding a few weeks ago – now it’s time for their beautiful bridal gowns to make an entrance!

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The 2019 Ivory Collection from Kelsey Rose is sleek and classic, with tactile beauty for a contemporary bridal look.

Speciality beading adorns divine satins, soft chiffons and luxe organza across the collection. Expert fabric combinations add a tactile beauty to these bridal gowns, with delicate lace and crepe styles a key feature of the Kelsey Rose 2019 collection.

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How is your weekend going so far? I’m about to start teaching my calligraphy workshop in just under two hours, and super excited – but I had to share this lovely collection which landed in my inbox just recently. Ellis Bridals specialise in wedding dresses with classic shapes and detailing – think modern princess and you’re there! If your dream is to walk down the aisle and take his breath away with a stunning, classic wedding gown then you will adore this new collection.

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Billed as ‘an ode to the silhouette’, Ellis Bridals 2019 wedding dress collection is designed to perfectly sculpt the female form.

Dramatic fishtails and exaggerated mermaid shapes, corset bodice details and contemporary lace up backs promise a divine fit. Ballgown shapes are updated with off-the-shoulder detailing and dramatic pleating. Crafted in unique laces, harmonious crepes and sweeping chiffons, the Belgravia Collection is softly sensual.

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A gown called Wanda is taking bridal fashion by storm. Australian designer Anna Campbell has created a captivating, floaty-light and beautiful collection for the modern boho bride, with shapes and styles to suit every woman. Every design in the Wanderlust collection – and oh, how we ADORE the name! – is different and unique. Anna has beautifully combined brocades and silks, corded lace and sequins, raw cut ribbon and glass beads to create the most exquisite wedding dress collection around.

If wedding dresses were dreams, we’d never want to wake up from this one.

Maybe it’s the name itself – Wanda is THE dress from the Wanderlust collection we’re head over heels in love with. Maybe it’s the thousands of tiny, sparkling glass beads which catch every glimmer of sunshine and spin it into a tiny dream. Maybe it’s the way Wanda will flatter every figure, spinning sunbeams from the moment brides walk down the aisle to the second they hit the dance floor as the band starts up for the evening reception.

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The boutique I like to think of as my ‘local’ is Julia Tasker‘s stunning designer wedding dress shop in beautiful Windermere. Julia is a stockist and passionate advocate for Sassi Holford wedding dresses, and through her I have become just as much of a fan. Sassi Holford’s collections always take my breath away, and 2019’s Enchanted Collection is no exception. With Sassi’s signature silhouettes and modern luxury fabrics, this latest launch from one of my absolute favourite designers is as enchanting as it is Enchanted.

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Sassi Holford’s captivating 2019 Enchanted Collection is inspired by nature and romance and focuses on texture and light.

Designed to reflect the many facets of the Sassi Holford bride, the collection remains true to classic Sassi Holford tradition – celebrating the female form and enhancing the bride’s unique individuality.

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We’d like to wish a heartfelt Happy Anniversary to Jenny Packham – so many of our beautiful English Wedding brides have worn her gowns on your best days ever, and since our own launch in 2009 we’ve become huge fans of Jenny’s inimitable bridal gowns.

Jenny’s classic dresses – relaunched to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Jenny Packham brand – ooze film star grace and splendour: they’re intricate and beautiful, softly glittering and breathtakingly elegant.

We’re delighted to announce the best selling styles to be reintroduced in celebration of this milestone year are Willow, Eden, Azalea, Clare, Joy and Aspen – all available now at the brand’s London flagship store.

To find out more visit www.jennypackham.com

Follow Jenny Packham on Insta: @jennypackham

To book your appointment please contact bride@jennypackham.com

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Today’s blog feature is brought to you by fate. You know sometimes life falls into place in such an incredible way? Everything comes together and something beautiful happens…

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The dresses are just divine – they’re by lovely Phiney from Poppy Perspective. Phiney designs bespoke wedding dresses and we’re incredibly excited for the launch of her first collection in 2019. The images are by fabulously talented Sheradon Dublin Photography, based in Kent and London. He’s pretty damn awesome.

None of these images would have existed if not for a magical twist of fate and a healthy dose of spontaneity from Sheradon and Phiney. The venue became free at the very last minute (and just days before it was due to be sold); Instagram and local connections brought together a brilliant group of creatives, and the results are just breathtaking…

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Hey lovelies! I suspect some of you may be discovering the English Wedding Blog for the first time, after all, ’tis the season for popping questions! Welcome!! So the third in our ‘favourites’ series this Christmas is all about wedding dresses. We love to support independent designers; we know so many of you are looking for a dress which is unique, different and beautifully you. So this little list of our top favourite wedding dress designers for 2018 is here to help! In no particular order….

1. Joanne Fleming

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Joanne’s dresses are the most breathtaking creations you could dare to imagine. With intricate hand embroidery and stunning detailing, these are designer dresses to die for.

London

https://joanneflemingdesign.com

2. Caroline Castigliano

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A long time favourite for classic brides, Caroline’s signature flare skirts and belts are some of our favourites. Perfect for the dance floor, in classic silhouettes with a modern and unmistakably Castigliano twist!

Stockists nationwide

http://www.carolinecastigliano.com

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Soooo… wedding dress shopping. Have you begun? Are you on the ideas trail, glued to Pinterest and swooning over wedding mags and beautiful editorial shoots? If there’s one thing I’d love the English Wedding Blog to be, it’s a hub for discovering UK designers to fall in love with. Emma Victoria Payne is one of my favourite couture dress designers, whose collection for 2018 is simply breathtaking.

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This year Emma Victoria Payne has relocated to a beautiful new boutique at 6 Park Walk which is fantastic! “We really love our new boutique, it is such a wonderful space to work in! We have so many ideas for the window displays!”

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Take a moment this chilly Tuesday lunchtime to discover Emma’s beautiful new 2018 collection images. We adore the interchangeable layers designed for you to change your look from daytime into evening, and the sublime fabrics which ooze elegance and femininity. Oh, and did I mention pockets?! Because – pockets!!! LOVE!

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Discover more: www.emmavictoriapayne.com

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by Ailsa Munro Dressmaker, Cornwall

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It seems like it’s fairly common knowledge that wedding dresses “run small” compared to high street shops.

If shopping for the most important dress of your life wasn’t stressful enough, a lot of brides are then also faced with the horror of being squeezed into too small samples, pinned at the back with your bra showing, and having to show your bridesmaids and Mum while trying to imagine what it’ll look like in the right size.

As a dress designer, I wanted to explain why this is so common, and what you can do to avoid getting overwhelmed by it.

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Sizes are just numbers

First of all- it’s important to remember that sizes are just numbers. They help the industry codify bodies, which come in all shapes and sizes and heights and proportions, into roughly 6 standard sizes. The system is imperfect, not least because it appeals to the side of our brain that wants to put things in boxes and say “okay so if I’m a size X I must look like Y“, or worse “I can only be happy if I’m a size X” This brings about what is often referred to as “vanity sizing”, where high street shops make their sizes fit a slightly bigger body in order to make them feel good and therefore buy the product.