London undoubtedly has some of the best wedding dress shopping on the planet, so when it comes to finding your dream wedding outfit, it’s certainly worth planning a shopping trip.
The great thing about visiting the big smoke for this is that being the capital, London bridal boutiques stock a vast selection of styles. Whether they’re a single brand boutique, or they host other designers, you’re sure to get that princess moment when you step inside.
With so many possible places to visit, t’s very easy to get overwhelmed though so today we wanted to introduce you to three of our favourites.
KATYA KATYA London has been creating romantic boho dresses and making brides’ dreams come true for 10 years this year. The brand opened their first store in the heart of London in 2011 and since has grown out to be a popular brand amongst brides looking for a unique wedding dress. To celebrate this incredible landmark, KATYA KATYA is having an astonishing up to 80% off sample sale on the 7-8th May at their Chelsea boutique.
This amazing sample sale is the perfect opportunity for brides to join a wonderful group of ladies and find their dreamy, timeless KATYA KATYA wedding gown. Dresses will be available in a range of sizes and from multiple collections, so everyone can find the perfect fit and the style that truly matches their personality.
To allow everyone plenty of time and keep brides safe, the sample sale is by appointment only. Go to their website, send them an email on email@example.com or call them on 02073514359 to book your slot. Appointments are £15, however if you find your dream dress this is completely redeemable.
Travel lovers Valentina and Daniele chose an abandoned church near Città di Castello in Perugia, Italy, as their wedding ceremony location. Choosing to elope meant they could hike to their chosen spot with just their photographer in tow, and then have the intimate ceremony that they really wanted.
“For us, making the decision to spend the rest of our lives together meant starting an adventure and facing a risky and charming challenge which will turn into a wonderful one”, the bride writes. “That is what we thought about as soon as we got engaged and so that’s also the way we wanted our wedding day to feel.”
Brittany and Joseph didn’t really set a budget for their September elopement, but as soon as they found their photographer, Henry Tieu, on Pinterest, they decided they would spend whatever it cost to have him shoot the day. Keeping things small and COVID-safe kept all the other costs down anyway. They also hired Rain and Pines to help organise the day, do the décor and officiant the ceremony.
The ceremony was held in cute and cosy A-frame Cabin in Packwood, Washington. Located next to a riverbed and about 30 minutes from Mount Rainer, it was a truly idyllic spot for such an intimate day.
If you want to hire suppliers who are inclusive, diverse, anti-racist, pro-LGBTQIA+ and thoughtful about how they run their businesses then black business owner Autumn Rabbitts has lots of great advice and things to think about/ ask your potential suppliers.
Picking your suppliers is one of most fun and important things to do when organising your wedding. Your day needs to feel like it is 100% tailored for you, your partner and family. If they are raging racists, homophobic or climate change deniers and you are not, then you might have a problem. However, most suppliers don’t tend to advertise that they are these things on their websites, so how can you be sure you’re giving your hard-earned cash, and putting your day in the hands of people whose values you align with?
You need to look for certain behaviour to ensure your photographer and/or videographer can capture the day beautifully no matter who their subjects are. Although having a handful of people with different skin tones in a portfolio is lovely to see, remember to look at how and when they were added. Does it seem like they were added as a knee jerk reaction to the newly supported global Black Lives Matter movement, or were they regularly featured pre-June 2020? If the former, have they almost immediately gone back to posting only white, cis-gendered and non-disabled people once the noise on social media about BLM died down?
Is the editing on darker skin tones as well executed as on lighter ones? You want to make sure you are hiring someone who can capture you in all of your beauty. You’ll soon see a pattern.
Rachelle and Christopher chose Chateau De Jalesnes in Loire Valley, France as their venue for their September wedding. With its stunning scenery and amazing architecture, it made for the most incredible backdrop, one that didn’t really need too much by the way of extra décor. Choosing a neutral colour palette of black and white kept things simple and elegant.
Their emotional ceremony was held outside, on the lawn in front of the chateau. Rachelle wore a sleek dress by Blush and Ivory Bridal and carried a simple bouquet of white roses. Arriving in a horse drawn carriage, she was met at the bottom of the aisle by her emotional husband-to-be, who wore a white tuxedo jacket.
It shouldn’t be radical for a wedding magazine to showcase the fact it’s not just able-bodied people who get married. Even though real strides have been made towards inclusive sizing and more POC representation in recent years, disability is still often left out of the diversity debate.
For our May/June issue I wanted to create a beautiful editorial using two disabled models. Gemma, who’s on the cover, and Renee were such a dream to work with and I’m thrilled beyond belief to finally be sharing this issue, and this shoot, with the world!
Working with disabled models is actually something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Of course, we have published weddings where one, or both of the couple have a disability, and we’ve shared a bunch of articles with advice for planning a wedding with disabilities in mind, but creating our own editorial was proving tricky. Not least of all because we had to find the models.
That was until I discovered Zebedee Talent Management who have the most incredible selection of models with varying disabilities (wedding pros, you need to check them out for your styled shoots!)
When you’re disabled, planning a wedding can feel even more daunting than usual, especially when it comes to figuring out what to wear. With this dreamy editorial we wanted to give you some fun options that scream Rock n Roll Bride through and through. Sequin kimonos, Swarovski crystal boots, big princess dresses and iridescent inspired make-up… all these things can be yours, no matter what your body looks like.