I’ve known dress designer Tobi Hannah for years. We met at a wedding show and hit it off instantly. She’s one of those incredibly inspirational, self-made business women who, as soon as you meet, you want to be her best friend.
I’ve followed her journey eagerly since then. From designing dresses for celebrities and custom crafting beautiful gowns for brides up and down the country from her Marble Arch studio. But Tobi really found her passion when she started specialising in short wedding dresses. While she loved designing the longer gowns, it was the knee skimming ones that really got her creative juices flowing.
This year, Tobi has decided to take that passion and share it with as many people as possible – through her self-penned book, The Short Wedding Dress. This hardcover beauty is fit to bursting with wedding ideas, dress inspiration and eye candy galore!
The book takes it’s reader on a journey, starting with the inspiration that fuelled her passion (from the 1920s right up to the present day). There are profiles of celebrity short wedding dress fans and the book finishes by showcasing some utterly beautiful real life brides.
“When other women express their anxiety about going short it’s often because of what people will think rather than what they really want”, Tobi wrote for The Guardian newspaper recently. “I point to Audrey Hepburn and Yoko Ono as examples of how to do whatever you want, go short and look fantastic.”
“Your wedding day is a time to show your friends and family the love between you and your significant other through the merging of your lives. This is not the time to experiment or to try to be something you are not, because you simply won’t feel comfortable. Your wedding dress should reflect as much of this as possible.”
The Short Wedding Dress is full colour and meticulously detailed. If you’re planning on having a short wedding dress yourself, or are still looking for some inspiration, you simply have to nab yourself a copy.
The book is available for purchase exclusively through theshortweddingdress.com, costs just £25 and can be shipped worldwide. The perfect stocking filler or what?