1940s style wedding dress Bette, elegant real bride Terry.

Dear Reader,

1940s style wedding dress Bette worn by lovely elegant bride Terry;

Often, my brides have no clear idea what they’re looking for. They love the romance of vintage wedding dresses, or the glamour. Sometimes its the timeless quality of vintage that appeals. Beyond that, they have no picture of which decade or style is right for them.
That’s absolutely fine – showing the many options that vintage offers is always enjoyable. But there’s a special pleasure that comes when I meet a bride who has a clear sense of her own style, and knows exactly what she’s looking for.

Lovely Terry was just such a bride – a very elegant lady with clear style ideas. Terry came to me knowing exactly how she wanted to look for her Brighton wedding: simple, elegant… and gorgeous.

So we adapted the 1940s–inspired Bette dress, from my Heavenly Collection. It’s already a very elegant shape, and we made it just as Terry imagined by raising the skirt a little to show off her lovely jewelled Harriet Wilde shoes. We slimmed the A-line silhouette too, for a very slender line…

The silver beaded trim used for the belt and neckline was a one–off, a vintage find that perfectly suited the dress.

The same attention to detail went into the choice of dresses for bridesmaids Carli, Sian and Rhian – a different Alfred Sung design to suit each bridesmaid but all in Terry’s favourite Bluebell colour.

And of course, the same colour threads through the wedding – from the groom’s tie, to the pretty delphinium in the bouquets.

Thanks go to Terry for showing us your lovely seaside wedding. We love your style!



Heavenly Vintage Brides

Photographs with thanks to Brian Handford Photography

Hair by Terry’s dear friend Mavis

Wedding Flowers: Dazzling Decor

Bride’s Bouquet and Bridesmaid Posies: Ginger Lily Floral Designs

Bride’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde Wedding Shoes

Bridesmaids’s Dresses: Alfred Sung by Dessy