Our best Alternative Bridal Catwalk yet!

or so we’ve been told. Did you see our Alternative Bridal catwalk at the Great Northern Wedding Show at Bolton Arena last weekend? It’s quite a production and an undertaking not for the faint hearted. It’s also one we couldn’t do without the support of the Little White Books team. For us planning starts 6 months before the event, a whole 6 months! and goes through several stages… designing new dresses, developing themes to showcase our designs, selecting music that fits the theme, is lyrically suitable and easy to walk to, creating a model running order, finding out we need to create more or different dresses, creating choreographies, holding rehearsals, collaborating with friends in the industry to finish the looks (more about that in a mo). Oh and maybe adding a couple more dresses to the ‘to create’ list. Organizing a catwalk is a massive undertaking but also very rewarding, and one that has to come second to us actually running our business and helping our brides get ready for their weddings. This is why it means so much when brides-to-be and peers alike tell us they enjoyed watching our show. So here is a closer look at our catwalk Continue Reading →

Jo & Gary’s amazing rainbow wedding!

You know when someone describes their wedding to you and you get way too excited for your own good? Well that happened when Jo got in touch back in January. The more we talked about her ideas the more we knew we HAD to make dresses for her and her bridesmaids. With just 7 months to the wedding and having already closed the order books for this summer we would normally have had to decline Jo’s request. However Jo’s ideas were really cool and we could already imagine how awesome her and her 5 bridesmaids would look. We knew we couldn’t turn the wedding down. Instead we pushed up our sleeves, worked longer hours and started the hunt for sewing room assistants (but that’s another story). Fast forward 7 months and Jo and Gary are now Mr and Mrs Keane. You have no idea how excited we were to see a link to their wedding images in our inbox! Well, here you can see why. We’ve picked out a few to share with you here but you’re able to see more of Jo & Gary’s wedding via this link to Brendan Beelby Photography on Facebook Jo Designed her own dress. Continue Reading →

The Legend Bridal Alternative Catwalk – Great Northern Wedding Show

So, It’s August Bank holiday weekend which means it’s just 3 weeks until our catwalk at the Great Northern Wedding Show at Bolton Arena on the 18th September. We’ve been exhibiting at the Great Northern Wedding Show for a good few years now and I think this is the 4th time we’ve done our own alternative catwalk. It’s always such a talking point and so lovely to inspire so many of you to be your own quirky selves on your wedding day. So what can we expect this time? Well, we have our Legendary girls; our diamonds who bring their awesomeness and strut their stuff on the catwalk. We have TWO award winning stylists, Sonara Parker (Make up artist) and Duncan Fisher (Hair Designer) working ALL DAY behind the scenes to get our girls catwalk ready. These super talented artists are the perfect team to add that extra bit of drama to compliment our dresses. We work with these guys a lot. You just need to check out a few of our shoots to see how amazing these guys are. A collaboration with Paragon Floral Design. We LOVE their innovative floral design and have been working with them on an Continue Reading →

Boho babe meets Rock rebel in ZT Photography’s LEVEL UP workshop

I can’t believe it’s the middle of July and we haven’t yet had chance to share this gorgeous set of images from LEVEL UP… Back in April we helped our good friends Zo and Liam on their LEVEL UP project; lending dresses for their unique styled shoot idea… “Ultimately Level Up! was designed to create opportunities for photographers to get creative and build a portfolio of shots to attract the right kind of clients for them! Our first session had a bridal concept, with two different bang on trend styled brides with plenty of cool and creative scenarios to shoot.” Zo ZT Photography We have never been involved in this kind of shoot before. When we usually get involved in shoots it’s right at the beginning of the process and have a hand in developing the concept and style direction. We then create pieces specifically for that shoot. . On this occasion Zo had a very clear idea of the vibe she wanted to create and the dresses were already in our collection. Zo and Liam pulled together some awesome creatives to help with their vision, and this is where the Boho Babe Vs Rock Rebel concept came together: Venue: Ashfield House, Wigan Continue Reading →

Michelle and Martyn’s NYC elopement

We’ve known Michelle a few years. In fact she’s modeled for us on a couple of occasions over that time (here you can see the Sidhe shoot and the Wycollar shoot). And you could be forgiven for thinking these beautiful images are part of another styled shoot, but no, this is Michelle and Martyn’s real life wedding… Michelle approached us right at the beginning of her wedding planning process. She had a firm idea of what she wanted her dress to be like and had started to book the other aspects of her wedding. We were so excited to hear all her ideas and to be involved. A few short weeks later, Michelle and Martyn decided to bring their wedding forward 6 months to elope to New York and get married in secret; and what a beautiful time they had, just them, their gorgeous family and their amazing photographer Teresa C Photography. Michelle’s dress was unlike any we’ve made before; several layers of different laces all working together to build a beautiful deep texture, not only layered to create a unique lace of it’s own but several layers of the combination working together to create a multi-layered, vintage inspired and Continue Reading →

Grunge Biker Wedding inspiration to die for

So, 2 minutes ago we were on the run up to the Great Northern Wedding show and looking for models. All of a sudden it’s June… JUNE!!! May has been, without a doubt, our busiest month so far. It seems to be taking over most summer months as the choice for weddings. Maybe it’s the double whammy of Bank Holidays or maybe it’s just because the weather tends to be quite beautiful; either way it meant we were pretty much locked in the sewing room for the whole of May. As a result, everything non-imminent wedding related has been put on hold – planning our autumn collection (yeah totally out the window), getting involved in shoots (delayed until after wedding season), keeping up with the world (what – there’s stuff happening outside our door?), buying light bulbs (yes, seriously need light bulbs!). It’s also meant that we have a backlog of gorgeous we still need to share with you… Grunge Biker Wedding Inspiration Back at the beginning of the year, when Kate and Lisa of Paragon Floral Design got in touch asking if we wanted to be involved in a collaborative shoot we knew instantly we would say yes. We Continue Reading →

Would you like to model for us?

We are not like other bridal shops. You know this. You know that we design and make everything ourselves and that every dress is unique. We are constantly taking images of our work, details and snippets throughout the process, but never share any of it… I’m terrible at taking pictures; blurry, over exposed (yes I can do that with an iPad) and ALL the jaunty angles they are working photos to help us remember what’s going on, they’re not styled or staged beautiful detail shots we NEVER share pictures of actual brides wedding dresses until after the wedding – in which case pictures of their wedding day are much more interesting. This means that in order to show you what we can do we need to create styled photo shoots. Our ideas vary wildly; sometimes we want to create an ethereal woodland fairytale, sometime and edgy and contemporary showcase and sometimes, we just get an idea of a scene and just need to bring it to life and we often work with other wedding suppliers to bring together an idea. As such are always on the lookout for models for various projects. If you are interested in getting involved, either Continue Reading →