ELOQUII, a US brand known for their trend driven, fit obsessed fashion designed for size US14+ have today launched their first ever bridal collection and we are so here for it! Designed to be the ultimate bridal wardrobe, the collection features over 50 styles for every wedding event from bridal gowns to cocktail dresses and white suiting to elevated party looks.
The thoughtfully designed collection features exquisite dresses and looks to suit every bride’s taste at an accessible price point. With separates starting at $49 (US), dresses starting at $89 (US) and all items under $900, the collection is just as affordable as it is stylish!
“As a brand that listens to customers, we’ve been getting requests for bridal since day one!” CEO Mariah Chase says. “As we saw more and more customers wearing ELOQUII styles in white for their special day, it became clear our customers were ready for an official ELOQUII bridal line!”
“Our customers know and trust our amazing fit, fashion-forward designs, quality, expertise in dresses and attention to detail. It became a natural progression for us to officially enter the bridal market. We want to meet our customers wherever they are in their lives and dress them for all of life’s occasions. Getting married is a special time, and we want to make sure they have a breadth of styles for all of their wedding moments – from cutting edge fashion to the definitive ‘princess’ dress.”
If pastels and glitter aren’t really your vibe, if you’d prefer to going over to the dark side for your wedding day, then a gothic themed wedding is going to be right up your street. First and foremost, you’ve probably considered your outfit, and as well as finding your perfect unconventional dress, the accessories you choose to go with will make or break your vision.
Whether you’re going full-on vampire, or just adding a touch of goth to the proceedings, we know you’re going to love these Rock n Roll Bride approved, goth-loving suppliers!
The story of Carbickova Crowns began 30 years ago in eastern Slovakia. When designer Anna was a small child, her parents started making rosaries by hand. She would steal glass beads from them and make sun decorations for windows. Today, she still loves symbols of the universe: the sun, moon and stars, and likes to weave them throughout her incredible creations. Together with her husband, she produces crowns for goddesses from their studio in the north of the Czech Republic.
Their halo crowns are made of filigree, pearls, jewellery components and minerals. The crowns are made with love, positive energy and carry authentic their handwriting. Khloe Kardashian is even a past customer!
“It will be a great honour for us to make the crown for your special occasion”, Anna writes. “We love to stand out from the crowd and we know that you too.”
Holly Winter Couture
Holly Winter Couture is a bijou bridal design and dressmaking house specialising in styles a little off the beaten bridal track. With an atelier on the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders, the brand has created made-to-measure masterpiece dresses, separates, jumpsuits and veils for hundreds of brides around the world. Part of the ‘slow fashion’ revolution, lead designer and dressmaker Holly Winter and her team make every piece made to order.
Holly Winter Couture’s ethereal embroidered veils are legendarily beautiful – have you seen the collection of moon-phase veils on her website!? She spent much of lockdown designing and making FREE wedding dresses for NHS brides who had postponed their weddings because of Covid-19. What a babe!
Holly says, “My brides know their own style and what works for them and don’t find it in traditional boutiques. Whether the result features innovative sculptural silhouettes, bespoke embroidery or unexpected flashes of colour, I start with how each bride wants to feel when she sets foot on the aisle and then uncover the individual elements that will make that a reality. It’s a very intimate, holistic process playing with beautiful fabrics, wild ideas and lots of brainstorming and chats over cups of tea. Lots of tea.”
Bridal designer Bowen Dryden wanted to create a laid-back but beautiful shoot to show that relaxed, comfortable bridal wear can still be edgy and fashion forward. The shoot was created to celebrate the launch of their online-only Rebel Rose collection which features relaxed but modern looks that are heavy with embroidery, sequins and intricate details to create a luxurious look.
Shot at the orangery at Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire by Rebecca Carpenter, the team wanted to make the most of the natural light that fills the space and play with texture and layering to create modern bridal looks. From clashing prints, to layering up textures like sequins and spotted tulles with different floral patterns – more is definitely more in the Bowen Dryden camp!
This shoot, organised to launch Javier Quintela’s 2019 collection, was inspired by flowers – the scent, the emotion and the beauty of them. The editorial is surprisingly simple yet incredibly striking, letting the clothing take centre stage.
British clothing brand Needle & Thread, known for their elegant embellishments and flowing tulle skirts, has just launched its very first bridal collection… And with prices starting at just £105 I don’t see them being available for very long! If any collection is sure to sell out lighting-fast it’s this one.
Graphic Rose Maxi Dress, £350
Chiffon Rose Gown, £550
Ribbon Rose Top, £200
Ribbon Rose Maxi Skirt, £450
Floral Gloss Gown, £850
The collection features short mini dresses, fashion-forward separates, and long, elegant gowns, all of which are perfect for Rock n Roll brides.
Looking for cute, quirky, comfortable and affordable shoes for your wedding can seem like an impossible dream. That is, until you discover Melissa. I’ve been a fan for years, ever since they did their first collaboration with Vivienne Westwood in 2008. In fact those shoes are still probably one of the most popular options for alternative brides. I bought myself a yellow pair with black hearts, and as someone who doesn’t wear heels, well ever, I was surprised at how comfortable they were!
This season Melissa are BACK with oodles of awesome footwear styles in tow. So many of them are perfect for brides and bridesmaids too that I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favourites with you.
The J.Maskrey for Melissa wedding line has just launched with two models precisely decorated with Swarovski crystals in the shape of fireworks. Whether you prefer heels or flats you need to own a pair.
They also have a similar style, also designed by J Maskrey, which are available in white, black, pale pink and red. These would look awesome on bridesmaids!
The shoes that made Melissa a household name have got to be the heart shoes designed by Vivienne Westwood. The now infamous original design has been given a makeover for 2015, with the heart now being stamped with the Westwood logo. I’ve just ordered myself the sky blue and pink pair (shhh!) because they’re just too perfect to turn down! They cost £160, and for me, are worth every penny.
When I heard about brand new online indie bridal boutique, Ceremonia NYC, I was super excited! Their collection of exclusive dresses and accessories looks so damn good, and really different from the usual wedding dress fare. Their offerings are anything but traditional!
“The bridal industry is really fun right now”, said photographer Sheena of UNIQUE LAPIN Photography. “There are so many new and unique styles emerging. Brides today have so many options both aesthetically and price-point-wise. Along with being inspired by decades past, we wanted to make sure we captured the new spirit of the rapidly changing bridal landscape with this shoot.”
Alfred Angelo, America’s oldest and largest family-owned and operated bridal company, was founded by Alfred Angelo Piccione in Philadelphia. Since 1933 they have been designing wedding attire for brides of all tastes, styles and budgets. So when they got in touch asking if I’d like to showcase some of their quirkier styles on my blog, I jumped at the chance. After all, that’s what I do best!
Their range is extensive (250 dresses and counting!) so it really wasn’t that difficult for me to find dresses that would please even the pickiest of alternative brides. Oh I do love my job.
Even the most Rock n Roll amongst us do sometimes dream of being a princess for the day – there’s no shame in that! If a big beautiful ballgown is what you’re after then feast your eyes on these beauties. Add some Alexander McQueen skull suede pumps, a Butler and Wilson skull tiara and oddles of black leather jewellery and you’re ready to rock my friend.
When Theo & Lisa started an online campaign to get Craig David to perform at their August wedding, they never really thought they’d pull it off. But if you don’t ask you don’t get and all that…and with the help of their YouTube video that went viral, Mr David did in fact show up to the wedding and perform to their astonished guests! “We met in Oceana nightclub”, began Theo. “Lisa thought I really had the movement of a dancer! Craig David’s music brought us together and having him there at the wedding was literally a dream come true.”
“Our wedding was inspired by everything we love”, continued Lisa. “Music, fashion, friends and family. It really was a giant party. We didn’t want anyone to pay for anything apart from their travel there. For us, this was a party to celebrate everything our incredible friends and family have done for us over the years. We had a free bar which was one of the best things we did. The wedding was held in my dad’s back garden and we also had a camping village at the bottom of the garden where 90% of our guests camped-including myself and Theo! We sent a ‘tent tag’ with our invites, and asked everyone to deliver a tent to our house one week before the wedding. We then put them all up so they were ready for everyone when they arrived!”
Bridal fashion doesn’t have to be boring or ordinary. Oh no, why not take those old-fashioned ideas and flip them on their head?! Antlers, coloured gowns, cardigans, plaid… the possibilities are endless!
“The main inspirations for this shoot were the gorgeous gowns (mostly vintage!) and my desire to incorporate some unexpected elements into the styling”, explained shoot stylist Jessica Santos Gallo of Fine and Fleurie. “Some of my favorite elements were the hand-crafted antlers and the bold-yet-boho cranberry gown.”
“It was important that we highlighted the change of seasons in the color palette of the shoot and made the most of our heavenly location. I also wanted each looks to serve as inspiration for brides and bridesmaids who are looking for something different. In my opinion, interesting details, vintage touches, plus a little element of surprise is the recipe for a perfectly styled bride or bridal party!”
Honestly? I’m not going to pretend that I really understand this shoot… but for some reason I just really love it. It must be the weird juxtaposition between designer handbags, shoes on a roof, giant bunnies and bondage… and hell, I’m not adverse to a bit of randomness!
Taking place at Big Ben Farm in Bulacan, The Philippines, Jay De & Clarissa wanted a shoot with some attitude. As lovers of vintage styling they wanted it to have this vibe, but with an edge. They wanted their shoot to be much more than teacups, cupcakes, lace or pearls. They wanted high fashion! With the help of stylist Feliz and photographer Jay Jay they pulled together five iconic looks which showcased various parts of their personalities. Ranging from high fashion to cute and cosy to dark, each set was a real labour of love and very ‘them’.