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Happy Monday morning, beautiful! For those of you who haven’t yet decided on your wedding dress, those of you with a love of glamour, romantic design and breathtaking style, I have a very special feature for you this morning!

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The 2017 Bellissimo Collection by Stephanie Allin

Stephanie Allin’s 2017 collection has been inspired by luxe glamour and sophistication with an Italian edge. Her 2017 bride will be drenched in sunshine, glamour and romance.

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This season’s style is contemporary but classic. Lace, sequins and beads feature throughout. Soft metallic tones and muted shades contrast with soft tulles and floaty chiffons. Long sleeves and high necks, separates and show-stopping gowns make up the fabulous 2017 Bellissimo Collection.

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“Stephanie Allin is one of Britain’s best known bridal fashion designers and a trend-setter in bridal fashion. Her handmade collections give the brand a unique flexibility. Stephanie spends a great deal of time with her brides and this gives her a deep understanding of what a modern girl is looking for.

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One of those designers we all admire from afar, swooning over the sheer beauty of every graceful silhouette and deliciously styled detail, Phillipa Lepley is one of London’s leading couture designers.

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I’m delighted to be able to share a selection of Phillipa’s exquisite couture wedding dresses with you today. This is the latest look book from Phillipa and I know you’ll be enchanted by these: some of the most incredible, luxurious and – let’s be honest – perfect – wedding dresses you’ll ever see.

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Book an appointment with Phillipa Lepley at No. 48 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London by calling 020 7590 9771 or email: info@phillipalepley.com

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Charlotte Garratt – owner and designer at Charlotte Bridal – sent me this guest blog post about copyright in wedding design and I knew it had to be on English Wedding Blog. Have you ever asked a wedding supplier, “I’ve seen this on another website: can you do one similar?” It’s not a good idea. Charlotte explains why – and she does it thoughtfully and eloquently.

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Hello lovely readers! Recently I’ve been getting a lot of requests along the lines of “I’ve found my dream dress but it’s way out of my budget…could you make me one similar?”. I understand that weddings are really (sometimes stupidly) expensive and every couple should look at ways they can make savings, but I have to tell you this is not the way to do it. There are a number of reasons why.

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I’ve been learning about wedding dresses this week, viewing some beautiful designs in a top bridal store and finding out a lot about trends within the industry – what are the designers doing – as well as trends for brides – which designs are popular for real brides.

More of that later, but for now I’ll share this with you: the latest catwalk show by Caroline Castigliano, which was held as part of the brand’s 20th anniversary celebrations at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London.

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This is a very fashionable wedding dress, perfectly on trend for 2011 with a figure hugging bodice and skirt flaring below the hips - strapless, fitted and elegant for a bride who will be the centre of attention on her wedding day

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A beautiful embroidered wedding dress, figure-hugging and literally shimmering with crystals and detail. I love the sheer sash which contrasts with all the detailing on the gown

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A daring wedding dress in Caroline Castigliano's 2011 collection, this is very contemporary and great for willowy brides