"My Little Wedding Shop was recommended to me by several local people who knew that I wanted something unique. When I met Jenny and George I showed them pictures of designer dresses that I loved and they came up with my wonderful dress by combining ideas. The service was great from start to finish and I ended up with the perfect dress that complimented the theme of our wedding perfectly. " Sarah
We were absolutely over the moon to be commissioned to create a bohemian version of our 'Love in Amber' bridal gown last Summer for our beautiful Bridgnorth bride Sarah.
Sarah had collected together images of different bohemian style wedding gowns which we used to create a mood board of Sarah's style. Sarah had tried on 'Love in Amber' from our Jane&Edward couture label and had fallen for the soft champagne Sandwashed silk and the vintage rose ivory lace with it's delicate gold thread. However, Sarah wanted her gown to reflect her wedding day which was to be relaxed and informal. With this in mind we started to develop a design for Sarah's perfect dress. Initially we looked at having more lace in use, covering the shoulders and making use of the beautiful scalloped edge of this lace.
This design was lovely, but it did not feel right for Sarah's wedding day. Georgina and I went through the design influences and felt that the gown needed to have a softer feel. Also, to get the Boho styling that Sarah loved so much, we felt we needed to incorporate different laces which could be layered to introduce texture and variations to the detail of the dress.
From here I developed the second dress design, which became the foundation of Sarah's bridal gown.
The final design that we all agreed would look perfect for the boho feel had a bias cut skirt in champagne Sandwashed silk which gave a beautiful slinky silhouette. This silk was then overlaid with layers of soft tulle, cut fuller so they draped over the skirt. We kept one panel of the vintage style lace that Sarah loved at the front of the dress and also used some of this on the bodice, using the soft scalloped edges to draw the eye into the waist.
We finished this front lace panel with a heavy corded and beaded lace edge which added weight and detail to the hem of the dress.
The bodice of the dress was in the sandwash silk and was fitted but not structured. The front was hand finished with a small piece of a delicate, nature-inspired Guipure lace which complimented the style of the dress perfectly. Originally we had planned to make thick lace straps which would sit wide on the shoulders, however, during the making process we opted to shrink these down to a narrow scalloped edge that we hand cut from a wider lace, leaving the leaf detailing to keep the influence of nature and to break the line of the straps.
These straps then fed through loops in the back of the dress, forming the criss-cross lace feature which fastened the dress together.
The back of this gown is the real feature with the original vintage style lace forming a bustle. We edged this lace bustle in a heavily beaded Chantilly lace to add texture and sparkle to the dress. We then used a vintage lace motif with drop pearls to form a feature at the waist of the dress.
Georgina then hand cut additional delicate lace trails which we attached to the back of the dress and extended down into the train.
Sarah's completed dress ready to wear on her wedding day.
I know you will agree that Sarah looks absolutely beautiful and Georgina and I were so proud to be a part of Sarah's preparations for her wedding day.
A huge thank you to Sarah for sharing these images with us and for her lovely comments. We wish Sarah and Si every happiness.