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A Rhapsody in Ruffles

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Badgely Mischka’s cascade of ruffles adds a dynamic twist to this form-fitting gown.

Step into Elyse and you’ll never leave the spotlight. Gorgeous, dramatic, romantic, and playful, this full-length mermaid gown is sure to wow your wedding guests with her sweet, bold floral embroidered lace bodice, plunging sweetheart neckline, sexy low back, and that heavenly, soft organza and tulle skirt

Elyse from the Badgley Mischka 2021 Collection - £3,125

Feathers create the volume in place of ruffles in Ronald Joyce’s sleeved design.

This glamorous beaded and feathered gown also features a low-v illusion back and is available in sizes 6 - 30

Derina dress for Stockist Details

Modern two-piece with cute sleeve details by E&W Couture.

Dylan is for the brides who want a little classic meets cool girl! The perfect blend of traditional fabrics and structure with an untraditional cut and pattern. The skirt is a full circle silk dupion with organza overlay and the crop has ruffled sleeves with a sheer back and button detailing

Dylan Separates by E&W Couture, £1,920

Leanne Marshall serves up layer upon layer of whipped silk.

Available in cream or bright white silk gazar, this dreamy gown features a structured bodice and plenty of ruffle detail. Bonus points for the eco-lining and clear measuring guidelines on the website – a must when buying online

Acadia gown, from around £2,850

This Curve design from Maggie Sottero is a study in romance.

“Yuri by Maggie Sottero is a modern princess wedding dress with a tiered sequin tulle skirt. Not only is it whimsical and romantic, it is fit for a modern princess”.

Yuri by Maggie Sottero, POA

Heart-stoppingly beautiful from the divine Kate Halfpenny.

“Meters of luxurious silk organza make up the Moon full-circle overskirt. It features a gathered hem detail and a dramatic, flowing train. It’s shown here with our Issa organza shrug. Oversized, dreamy frills drape off the arms and create a stunning back detail.” Kate Halfpenny

Moon skirt: £2,200

Issa shrug: £1,050

Cosmic dress: £2,300

Nicole Milano has created a fantasy of a gown for Pronovias this season.

The Nicole Milano collection celebrates fluidity and light volume, taking inspiration from the Italian Renaissance.Harmonious, proportionate necklines, accordion sleeves, delicate tulle and a richness of lace and applique over the corset and onto the hips of an elegant and princely bride who wants to be protagonist of an Italian fairy tale. The Nicole Milano collection

Style number: NI12157

Morilee’s hemmed ruffle skirt is creating the volume of our dreams.

“Morilee’s Kori gown from our Julietta Collection is a wonderful horsehair edged ruffle tulle mermaid gown. Designed by the award-winning Madeline Gardner this is a totally lush dress for the confident and glamorous bride. It is super flattering with a high sweetheart neckline and capped sleeves. Available in sizes, 16 – 32.”

Kori Dress, £1,400

A more subtle take from Suzanne Neville; statuesque and elegant.

“I wanted to create a chic one shoulder gown that still felt bridal, so adding the boned bodice it gives the dress more structure and presence”. Suzanne Neville

Sentiment by Suzanne Neville, from £3,200

Exquisite and yet very current, a well-named masterpiece from Rolling In Roses.

This resplendent gown is made using ethical organic peace silk which is made the traditional eco-friendly way (without chemicals and with utmost care for insects and the environment). Scattered with subtle gold lamé flecks which catch the sunlight it is lined with a bamboo-silk blend charmeuse. This flounced tiered skirt takes more than 13 metres of fabric to construct. The train of the dress has a concealed wrist-loop so it can be easily carried around. All Rolling In Roses pieces are available in any size.

The Rejoicing Dress

Fairytales can come true, as Catherine Deane proves here.

“This silk chiffon gown is fit for a golden goddess. Romantic, dramatic, and ethereal, the twist front bodice with off the shoulder sleeves accentuates shoulders and neckline. The voluminous chiffon skirt creates an illusion of walking on water as you glide across the floor.”

Timberly Dress, Catherine Deane £1,050


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