When Martha e-mailed us with her AOP, not only was I blown away by the venue, the smiling, the love, the general beauty and fabulousness, I was also knocked for six by that BEAUTIFUL black wedding dress. Back when Ines from Source Images paired a black Agent Provocateur corset with a fabulous, huge black tulle skirt I thought I’d died and gone to bridal fashion heaven…that happened all over again with Martha’s dress.
‘My dress was found by pure chance and was only the second dress I looked at in my search! When you are only looking for black dresses, the wedding dress hunt narrows down somewhat! After being sneered at by several snooty wedding dress shop owners (“what? A black dress? No dear, we don’t do alternative weddings here…”) I met my wedding dress angel, Fiona Brown from Accent Originals in Newcastle. I felt we hit it off straight away and I spent many a happy afternoon popping in to see her and playing around with fabrics and beads. Often I forgot what I was there for and we spent much time gossiping about non-wedding things, but eventually we got down to business. Fiona is without doubt the most amazing sales assistant I have ever met! She recently graduated from my employer, Northumbria University’s School of Design, after studying fashion marketing, and so she immediately put her sewing skills to good use. I was lucky enough to have been given by Fiona the bolero jacket she submitted for her Fashion degree, which she accessorised with some black beading and lace petals. She also helped me mix and match accessories, making the big belt flower and altering the hairband (£4 from New Look!) So, all in all, it was a one-off dress and the fact that it was “home grown” and unique made it all the more special to wear!’
Whilst white/ivory/eggshell/bright white/diamond white is the most popular and probably the most accepted choice of colour for a wedding dress, the demand for other colours is growing. It doesn’t need to be the whole dress either! I had a little hunt around and found some GORGEOUS options- if Bella hadn’t found the designer of her dreams in the luscious Sue Wong I was going to put all my efforts into convincing her to go green with this beauty…
I’ve seen many shades of pink recently, there was the angelic Reese Witherspoon in her pale pink gown, looking nothing less than perfect. I think in terms of pink, princess is best. Big skirts, loads of tulle and a nipped in waist-why not go for it?
If I did it again, I think I might wear blue… specifically this shade of blue. And specifically this dress…(in a parallel universe where I have a decolletage as amazing as hers…)
A coloured wedding dress needn’t mean you look like your bridesmaids either…the recent favourite ‘short, sweet and light’ would work well if you were rocking a coloured dress…
Of course, as much as we’ve embraced the ‘nothing-can-possibly-match-EVER’ trend (erm, I plead ‘Guilty’, Your Honour!) there is still so much to be said for co-ordination and *shock horror* matching…How about one of these to go with the bridal frocks above?