4 Style Insiders Share The Stories Behind Their Wedding Dresses

I’ve never been one of those girls that goes gooey over weddings, but I do always love hearing brides share the stories behind their dresses. And as the summer wedding season draws to a close for another year I thought I’d ask four style insiders to share the stories behind their wedding dresses. Here’s how they knew they’d found “The One”….

Thank Fifi Wedding Dress

The Preloved Winter Wedding Gown

Wendy Gilmour, style blogger @ Thank Fifi: “I didn’t like any of the dresses in my local bridal boutiques. Crystals, big skirts and strapless bustiers aren’t my style at all, so I did a lot of research online and fell in love with the ‘Corzo’ by Manuel Mota for Pronovias gown. The guipure lace dress wasn’t available in Scotland, so I must have typed the name into Google over 100 times before I found a preloved ‘Corzo’ in Mexico.”

“I enlisted the help of a Spanish-speaking friend to check the measurements, and eventually took the plunge and ordered it, trusting that it would be The One. I’ve never been so nervous trying on a dress before! But luckily it was everything I imagined, and worked perfectly for our wedding in the snowy French Alps. On the morning of the wedding I surprised myself by opting for a birdcage veil, which I made myself at the last minute.”

Milly Tomalin Wedding Pearls and Poodles

The Timeless Country Wedding Dress

Milly Tomalin, beauty blogger @ Pearls and Poodles: “My dress was completely and wholeheartedly the style I had imagined wearing ever since I got engaged. I have always been drawn to the timeless elegance and prettiness of lace, and I felt a fishtail would flatter my figure. However, there was one wavering moment when I tried on a typical princess dress with a nipped waist and full tulle skirt. All I could think about was the endless twirling possibilities, but I’m happy I remained faithful to my first instincts.”

“As the theme of our wedding evolved – a laid-back, Summer country wedding with lashings of Pimms and bunting – I knew my dress would fit in perfectly with the style of our day. It was classic, elegant, light and easy for me to wear in the heat of the afternoon. I also decided to customise it slightly by adding the blush-pink, satin ribbon round my waist.”

Sophie Kennedy Wedding Dress

The Unconventional Two-Piece

Sophie Kennedy, fashion PR: “I had no idea what style of dress I wanted when I started planning my wedding. However, I knew exactly what I didn’t want. My personal style is quite minimal, so sparkly and fussy gowns were complete no-goes. I visited six stores and tried on close to 30 dresses before I finally committed to my two-piece ‘moonflower’ design by Elizabeth Stuart. It’s not a typical bridal gown by any means, with a full skirt worn high on the waist and a cap-sleeved crop top – meaning there were slivers of midriff and back exposed.”

“As soon as I tried on the ‘moonflower’ I knew I had found The One. Nothing made me feel as ‘myself’ as it did, and the reactions from my bridesmaids sealed the deal. We got married in Islington Town Hall and our reception our reception was held at The Tab in Shoreditch, so elegance and simplicity were the two buzz words for our wedding. And, to me, my dress was exactly that.” {Photo by Benjamin Wheeler}

Daisy Knights Boho Wedding Dress

The Bohemian Bridal Dress

Daisy Knights, jewellery designer:As a jewellery designer I always assumed my wedding style would be more about accessories than the dress. So I wanted something that wouldn’t look too over-the-top when I added jewellery. I wore a full skirt by Delphine Manivent with a Paul and Joe dress, which I had cut into a top for the big day. And I tied my great great grandmother’s veil around my head like a pirate bandana, which was awesome. The look was relaxed and bohemian, and I felt really comfortable all day.”

“My father – who taught me how to make jewellery – surprised me on the morning of my wedding with a silver and citrine daisy chain to wear on my head during the reception, and it’s now my most treasured piece of jewellery.”

How did you know your wedding dress was The One? And, if you’re not married, do you already have your dream dress in mind? Leave a comment and let me know.

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  1. Ellie Ramsay says:

    I love his post! It’s wonderful knowing the stories behind some peoples wedding dresses, and all these dresses are so unique and beautiful!xxx

  2. Lola Byatt says:

    I remember being a lot more excited about the whole thing as a child than I am now. I do love the two pieces, they look so pretty!

  3. Ah I love this! Always love hearing people talk about their weddings! I took the more unconventional route with my dress and totally remade a second hand evening dress into my wedding dress (you can see it here) It was my ‘one’ because I wanted the challenge and spent way too many man hours on it to not love it! But I do think that there could potentially be lots of dresses I would have loved just as much- sometimes you have to make a decision and stick to it! Plus, I think a lot of what makes the dress perfect is how it fits with the rest of your day, like Millie said. Certain dresses just work with certain types of wedding!


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