Sometimes an image can never really capture the details of a beautiful dress and it’s not until you see it close up that you really appreciate all the exquisite details. At a recent styled shoot we were lucky enough to have a dress that captures the feminine and romantic spirit of designer Lusan Mandongus with fabulous detailing and a classic style.
Isabella Grace were kind enough to lend us the dress for the shoot, that made the front cover of Your Kent Wedding Magazine, and we’re so glad as Lusan Mandongus dresses really are as beautiful as they look.
Beginning as a small bridal house based in Hong Kong, Lusan Mandongus now has more than 100 stockists, including Isabella Grace at Tunbridge Wells. They have been creating gorgeous gowns since 1991 with a passion to design every girl’s dream for her wedding day.
Here are a few of our favourites from the latest collection.
Featured Image by Rebecca Douglas Photography with styling by Kent Wedding Planners, all other images by Lusan Mandongus
Everyone’s talking about the series, Mr Selfridge, and we’re no different! We’re loving it and are putting our feet up this evening to catch up on the latest episode after a long and fun-filled weekend at the Bluewater Wedding Fair.
If you fancy having a little bit of Selfridges Edwardian style for your wedding, The Empty Box Company, who made 100 white and green Hat Boxes for the series have a 15% discount off any box order made online until midnight on Valentine’s Day! As well as wedding dress boxes you’ll find all sorts of boxes to use to pack up some of your most treasured wedding memories.
As they say “Let your love and your wedding dress, last for a lifetime!”
Use code VAL13 in the shopping basket to claim your discount. There’s a minimum order value of £30 to qualify. For more info check out their Facebook page!
Capped sleeves in our opinion are making a welcome come back within wedding dress design. If like us you love a different neckline to choose from then the range from Justin Alexander will be perfect for you. The new style has been easily captured in one fab blog post from the designer which says, “capped sleeves add a touch of vintage glamour you can’t get with any other accessory. This very ladylike feature frames the face and bust perfectly to achieve a modest, chic, and very elegant bridal look”. We couldn’t agree more. Check out the full blog post here.
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Kent suppliers include Bell’amore in Bexleyheath and Tantrums & Tiaras in Sittingbourne.
This blogging business means you literally spend hours at the laptop looking through wedding sites and fashion blogs. So it only stands to reason that occasionally your concentration slips and you click a fashion advert by complete mistake. Once there things just seem to fly into the shopping basket and you’ve checked out before you can say “I really was researching blog posts honest”.
This week though I’ve come up trumps as whilst
online shopping carrying out my research I’ve found newly launched wedding dresses from high street stores TK Maxx, Monsoon and Phase Eight that are scrumptious. I’m not totally in love with all the dresses but there are some absolute gems hidden in the ranges at fantastic prices. Here are my top picks to get you started – you’ll then need to carry out your own….ahem…research.
TK Maxx, £269.99
Monsoon Annabel Dress, £249
Monsoon Nina Dress, £229
Monsoon Petruska Dress, £399
Phase Eight, Mariette, £650
Phase Eight, Saphia Dress, £495
Last week we had the chance of a close up look at some of the gowns from designer, Lyn Ashworth, who lives and works right here in Kent. Lyn designs from her home studio overlooking the Kent countryside and says ” People often ask where I get the inspiration for my dresses. The answer is – all around me. I wake up in the morning, look out of the window and think I must be the luckiest person alive.” We know exactly what she means.
Take a look at just some of our favourite dresses from her latest collection.
Local stockists include Froufrou Bridal in Tunbridge Wells, Abigail Brides in Headcorn and Fross Collections in Uckfield.
Today we’re sharing with you our three favourite gowns from the 2013 collection of Monique Lhuillier. All the gowns in this collection have a really soft, elegant feel with lots of lace and gorgeous details, but they still manage to pack a punch in the wow factor stakes.
The collection isn’t available in Kent though ladies so it’s a trip into the big smoke to stockist Browns Bride, London.
Images from Monique Lhuillier
I know everyone’s already onto 2013 collections but I’m loving this one from Enzoani’s 2012 collection. The Ginger dress has a beautiful lace cape that has a low V-back and beaded applique on a ribbon belt. It’s vintage inspired shape it just gorgeous and I love the idea of the cape to cover up in those Autumn months.
Kent Stockist : Isabella Grace
At the Wedding Dolls we have really different styles. Whilst Joanne loves a strapless dress I can’t stand them, but only on me that it. They can look absolutely fantastic on the right frame but for me they just don’t seem to stay where they’re supposed to and I’m forever pulling them up. So I’m quite pleased to see more bridal gowns with higher necks and straps coming through.
Not everyone wants a strapless number and over the last few years this style has dominated the bridal boutiques. But the Royal Wedding has had a huge influence and now more brides want to cover up with softer feminine looks. So if you’re looking a designer that encompasses all different styles then head over to Elizabeth Stuart. Here’s just a small selection of her bridal gowns now available.
Nearest stockist: Mathilda Rose
All images Elizabeth Stuart
Claire Mischevani is an award-winning designer whose bespoke bridal service has featured in Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Brides and You & Your Wedding amongst others.
Claire says “At your first consultation we will talk to you about the type of dress you would like and we recommend you bring along cuttings from magazines that you find inspirational. Your measurements are taken and we can then mock up your design in a toile (cotton sample of the design). The toile will be fitted and any alterations will be made so you get the absolute picture of what your gown will look like when it is completed.
When you are completely happy with the design and fit of the gown, the pattern will then be adjusted and the gown cut in the fabric of your choice. Fittings will be done and any further alterations made. When the dress is completed, any design detailing will be added and a final fitting will be completed.”
Prices start from £1295. Contact Claire for details of how to book your appointment!