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ABSOLUTELY WEDDINGS WHITE BOOK

ABSOLUTELY WEDDINGS

WHITE BOOK ISSUE 05

THE SMART WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE

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C O NTENTS ISSUE FIVE • 2019

10 • ABSOLUTELY LOVE From cool shades to the perfect floral crown, ten things we love

13 • RUNWAY TRENDS Eight key directions for the seasons to come

Fa s h i o n s h o p p i n g

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20 • WE ST END Wedding finds in fashion central

26 • SOUTH-WE ST LONDON Our pick in the capital's bridal heartland

34 • CITY & NORTH Brilliant London designers and iconic bridal boutiques

39 • DOCKLANDS & SOUTH Chic designer names and go-to spaces for smart bridalwear

jewellery 47 • London treasures for glittering bridal jewels and finishing touches

venues 56 • GRAND HOTELS The capital's smartest for a grand wedding

64 • LANDMARK VENUE S Fabulous historic properties for a celebration

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74 • LONDON OUTDOORS Perfect alfresco party places

84 • COUNTRY SPLENDOUR Classic mansions for timeless style

t r av e l 93 • Our pick of honeymoon specialists for your dream trip

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White Book of Bridal Fashion & Jewellery is a special publication from the team at Absolutely Weddings, the leading London magazine for planning your luxury wedding. Find inspiration for your wedding day at absolutely-weddings.co.uk GROUP SALES DIRECTOR Craig Davies

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FROM THE E D I TO R

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elcome to Absolutely Weddings’ White Book, our insider's guide to planning the perfect celebration. Our fashion section is organised by London area – from West End and Chelsea bridal stars to exciting showrooms spanning the north and east of the city. Nearly all operate an appointment system – the way to guarantee space and time to browse – so do check websites and book ahead to make the most of your shopping experience. We’ve also thought of jewels, curating famous names and bespoke specialist designers. Venues are as unique as couples and our guide covers everything from grand hotels to contemporary spaces. After the party comes the VIP after-party and, whether your ideal honeymoon is a perfect white sand beach or exotic adventure, our round up of travel specialists can deliver your dream. Don’t forget to follow us at absolutelyweddings.co.uk for even more inspiration on planning your unique celebration. Happy wedding planning!

F R O N T C OV E R & A B OV E

LIBBY NORMAN Editor

Samara gown & Selecto jumpsuit by Rosa Clará Couture rosaclara.com

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HOT TICKET

Just remind them with this leather ticket holder from the Noble Macmillan collection. It's silk lined and with room for a photo too. £20; noblemacmillan.com

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GOLD STANDARD

Arabel Lebrusan makes beautiful jewellery, and every element – from gems to gold – is ethically sourced. This Amy filigree design is from her bespoke collection. POA; lebrusanstudio.com

LOVE THINGS WE ABSOLUTELY

From this season’s hottest shades and a fabulous bridal crown to perfect petals, here are 10 things we absolutely love

Sweet joy Rosalind Miller’s indulgent vegan collection includes this Dew Drops cake, available in two delectable flavours and topped with gold leaf and flower petals. What’s not to love? £95; confectionbyrosalindmiller.com

SHARP CUT

Slick tailoring is a key bridal trend for 2020 and the Lexi gown ticks all boxes for chic with its chunky belt, covered buttons and sexy front split. alanhannah.co.uk

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Party perfect We’ve got a crush on Daalarna, a red-carpet and bridal label created by Hungarian designer Anita Benes. With ethereal fabrics and wildly romantic details, it’s now available in select stores across Europe, and with a flagship in Budapest. daalarna.hu

EYE CANDY

Every bride needs knockout shades and Aretha from Blacks Eyewear in jazzy red zebra fit the bill. They can be fitted with prescription lenses. From £177; blackeyewear.com

TOP BRASS

LAYER UP

London bridal label Belle & Bunty has a collection in collaboration with Muru Jewellery. Pieces in silver and gold vermeil are perfect for layering and gifting. From £32; murujewellery.com

MAGICAL FLOWERS As chosen by Disney for the romantic first-meeting scene in the Aladdin movie, Shropshire Petals’ rich reds create a starry beginning for newlyweds. £16.50 a litre; shropshirepetals.com

Hester heels by Freya Rose are works of art with their polished brass and mother of pearl block heels. Made to order, they have flattering ankle ties. £495; freyarose.com

CROWN JEWEL

Channel your inner princess with Emmy London’s light gold halo from the Porto collection. It works brilliantly with an up do or loose tresses and is also available in silver, £350; emmylondon.com WHITE BOOK  ISSUE FIVE  11

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Fashion • 2020 TRENDS

HEAVY METAL

Metallics and glittering elements are adding glamour – in spades – to bridal gowns and separates in 2020. This chic twist on white works wonderfully for evening and ballroom celebrations. Many of our favourite designs combine sparkle with shades ranging from dove and gunmetal to black.

Above & left : Shimmering metals from Isabel Sanchis

8 RUNWAY TRENDS FOR 2020 From top coats and fantasy sleeves to oversized bows and lashings of glitter, here are key 2020 bridal trends spotted at Barcelona and London Images: London Bridal Fashion Week & Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

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COOL COATS

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Luxe tailoring is big news in 2020 and one of our favourite additions is the bridal b ridal coat. It’s appearing iin n multiple styles – from bomber b omber and fitted jacket to full-length glamour – adding style and drama with a contemporary flavour. It’s also an eminently practical addition where venue or season means you really need an extra layer to ward off the goose bumps.

BSS by Safiyya Babayeva

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Fashion • 2020 TRENDS

BIG B IG BOWS

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Bows range from Bows oversized o versized to massive this sseason eason – appearing at neckline, waist or even as a corsage. Some designers are channelling a 1950s flavour, while there’s a Victorian velvet or softer pussy-bow style in chiffon for others. Undeniably feminine, this is a trend we love for adding show-off style and fun to bridal.

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While belts are always a popular part of the mix, there’s a twist this season. Chunky and waist defining, our favourites have distinctive buckles to add attitude. They look great paired with this season’s tailored gowns, but equally chic in combination with the flowing and boho ensembles shown by designers such as Yolancris.

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BOLD SHOULDER

Angular lines by Rosa Clará

The runways previewed a bold array of off-theshoulder styles. These range from Bardot-style affairs to wide, collarbonerevealing cuts. Topping a slimline gown, this angular neckline creates a flattering silhouette that also works with almost any length of bridal hair.

Cinched in chic by Inmaculada Garcia

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RAINBOW BRIDE

Colour is a strong fashion story for 2020, with designers featuring gowns in a rainbow of colours, ranging from pink and lilac through to yellow, navy and red. We love the scope for brides to do different and our personal favourites are the lovely marine hues – somewhere between blue and green – showcased in several collections.

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FANTASY SLEEVES

Rounded, ruched, ruffled or padded, it’s all about tthe he fantasy sleeve. Leg-of-mutton L eg-of-mutton styles aare re particularly popular, appearing in multiple collections and ranging from Victorian prim to oversized puffball. Pronovias has included wonderful Dynasty-style shoulders – we predict this 1980s diva look may be a stronger theme in 2021.

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SHARP TROUSERS

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Trousers have been de rigueur in designer collections over several seasons, but this year they are sharper and even sassier. You’ll find neat variations on palazzos, flares and skinnies. We also love the new season crops – perfect combined with a tailored jacket, a tunic or a split-front gown.

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SHOPPING West End p.20 • SW London p.26 • City p.34 • Docklands p.39

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WEST END

The West End is not only epicentre of the fashion scene, but also location of UK and international bridal stars, plus smaller boutiques with a great range of labels

BRIDAL ROGUE GALLERY

20-22 Chiltern Street, W1 • 020 7224 7414 • b r i dal roguegall ery .co .uk

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ith three branches – including this store in Marylebone – Bridal Rogue stocks international labels such as Rembo Styling and Pronovias. House designer Catriona Dowse offers madeto-measure. You’ll also find accessories, including shoes by British designer Rachel Simpson. Labels: Catriona Dowse, Eliza Jane Howell, La Sposa, LouLou, Olvi's, Pronovias, Rachel Simpson, Rembo Styling

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nternational stars, including Ines Di Santo and Galia Lahav, grace the Hinde Street Store of this West End fashion institution. You will also find choice accessories, including lovely wedding heels by Emmy London. Labels: Alice Archer, Elizabeth Fillmore, Emmy London, Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo, Lela Rose, Lihi Hod, Marchesa, Mira Zwillinger, Monique Lhuillier, Peter Langner, Romona Keveza, Viktor & Rolf

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ate Halfpenny has styled the stars (Kate Moss among them) and brings the same high-glamour approach to dressing brides. Her look is contemporary, but with a generous dollop of Hollywood stardust. The Woburn Walk atelier is the place to see her collections, including separates with endless styling possibilities.

Rachel Simpson at Bridal Rogue

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Fashion Shopping • WEST END

The Wedding Gallery 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 • 020 7380 1699 •

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This one-stop shop for wedding planning and styling offers British and international stars. Labels: Bo & Luca, Brides Do Good, Elie Saab, Gemy Maalouf, Halfpenny London, Inbal Dror, J’Aton, Lee Grebenau, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Romona Keveža, Saiid Kobeisy, Sassi Holford, Suzanne Neville, Suzie Turner, Valentini, Vera Wang

Iconic bridal designer Vera Wang, exclusive at The Wedding Gallery

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39 Blandford Street, W1 • 020 7935 4242 • js co u t u r e .co m

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his Marylebone boutique on Blandford Street stocks a wide choice of wedding gowns, including designs by Enzoani, Dutch label Modeca (left) and classic British labels Ellis Bridals and Ronald Joyce. You’ll also find dresses and shoes by Badgley Michka. Labels: Allure Couture, Badgley Mischka, Ellis Bridals, Enzoani, Grace Philips, House of Mooshki, Modeca, Nicole Spose, Ronald Joyce

JENNY PACKHAM

3A Carlos Place, Mount Street, W1 • 020 7493 6295 • jennypackham .co m

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enny Packham has made countless brides shine over the years and her signature look is always elegant and timeless, making it perfect for glamorous dayto-evening celebrations as well as destination weddings. The Carlos Place, Mayfair flagship is the place to view wedding and evening collections in one smart location. You need an appointment for bridal, but not for eveningwear.

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PRONOVIAS

94 New Bond Street, W1 • 020 7518 8470 • pronovias .co m

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he London flagship of Barcelona’s leading bridal design export offers two floors of heavenly gowns. It’s the place to see the party and cocktail gown collection for honeymoon or glamorous guests/bridesmaids, alongside the Atelier Pronovias and Pronovias main collections. No appointment is needed to view and try on occasion gowns, but do book ahead for bridal.

RITVA WESTENIUS 28 Connaught Street, W2 • 020 7706 0708 • ritv aw estenius .co m

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his niche London bridal house founded by the pioneering designer Ritva Westenius, and now led by her daughter Chenca, specialises in timeless bridal silhouettes influenced by art and dance, with every piece impeccably tailored.

SUZANNAH

3 New Quebec Street, W1 • 020 7258 0782 • suzannah .co m

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uzannah Crabb’s occasion outfits have earned loyal fans, and she also dresses brides who want a less formal look. Tailoring is superb and you can choose RTW or bespoke. It’s an open-door boutique, but for a one-to-one style consultation book an appointment.

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Suzannah's occasion outfits have won her countless loyal fans – brides who want a chic look also head here

TEMPERLEY LONDON

27 Bruton Street, W1 • 020 7229 7957 • t e mp e r le ylo n d o n .co m

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lice Temperley’s chic gowns with a boho twist are perfect for modern brides who want a light and flowing gown. At the Bruton Street flagship, you can book a bridal appointment to see and try on the collection, as well as viewing occasion pieces.

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WEDDING GOWNS,OCCASION & EVENING WEAR 82 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HR : 020 7584 1532 : london@sassiholford.com

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anish designer Britta Kjerkegaard creates bridal gowns using an intricate couture process. Ranging from sculptural and form-fitting to fantasy fullskirted creations, these are distinctive and one-off designs that feature exceptional fabrics.

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he Mews is the place to find à la mode and bohoromantic pieces from French bridal designers such as Rime Arodaky, Margaux Tardits (above) or one of the other select names on its books.

Labels: Caroline Takvorian, Delphine Manivet, Donatelle Godart, Isabella Boutin, Laure de Sagazan, Mademoiselle de Guise, Margaux Tardits, Rime Arodaky

6 Davies Street, W1 • 020 7629 3757 •

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he ambassador for British fashion, known for her punk and new wave influence as well as her superb tailoring, offers edgy bridal gowns from the Davies Street atelier. Made-to-order is available, typically created within three months. You will also find a bridal collection by her husband and design partner Andreas Kronthaler.

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SOUTH WEST

From the lights of Knightsbridge and Chelsea’s bridal quarter to chic hotspots south of the Thames, London south west is pure gold for wedding shoppers AMANDA WAKELEY 175-177 Fulham Road, SW3 • 020 7376 3739 • am andaw akel ey .c o m

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his swish Fulham Road bridal showroom is the place to find the full collection of elegant bridal gowns by British designer Amanda Wakeley. There are also lovely outfit options for wedding guests. An appointment with a stylist is the best way to explore the full collection.

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8 Richmond Hill, Richmond-uponThames, TW10 • 020 8948 2340 • boa-bout i que .c o.uk

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heila Harding’s beautifully crafted eponymous collection, and her ability to spot a winning gown from leading international labels, make this a destination to seek out. Its location, in the heart of Richmond, also makes this a relaxed shopping experience. Rosa Clará’s superb Alma Novia collection is a London exclusive and she also stocks Lyn Ashworth. All this plus a great selection of bridesmaid and occasion outfits and accessories.

Labels: Alma Novia, Freda Bennet, Ivory & Co, Louise Bentley, Lyn Ashworth, Olvi’s, Sheila Harding

BRUCE OLDFIELD 27 Beauchamp Place, SW1 • 020 7584 1363 • bruceo ldf ield .co m

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egendary British designer Bruce Oldfield offers exceptional tailoring and has many high-profile fans. He creates couture wedding gowns from his Beauchamp Place atelier, alongside mother of the bride and guest outfits.

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CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO

154 Brompton Road, SW3 • 020 7590 9120 • c aroli nec asti gli ano.co m

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aroline Castigliano has a reputation for glamorous but relaxed gowns, with integral corsetry and fine tailoring to give brides confidence and a superb silhouette. Choose a collection or custom gown or go for the full couture experience at her Knightsbridge flagship. Red carpet and cocktail gowns are also a speciality.

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CATHERINE WALKER & CO 65 Sydney Street, SW3 • 020 7352 4626 •

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atherine Walker is a hallowed name in British couture defined by superb tailoring – and was a great favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales. The atelier remains in Sydney Street and is run on Parisian lines, so this is the place to have a wedding gown designed around you. It’s also a stellar choice for chic mother-of-thebride and guest outfits.

DAVID FIELDEN 241 Fulham Road, SW3 • 020 7351 0002 • dav idfiel den .c o.uk

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avid Fielden’s flagship Fulham Road store is the place to see his ethereal handmade bridal and occasion gowns, many inspired by his background in dance, choreography and designing for theatre. High-profile fans include Sheridan Smith.

EMMY LONDON 74 Fulham Road, SW3 • 020 7704 0012• emmylo ndo n .co m

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mmy London’s Fulham Road store is bedecked with elegant heels (plus matching bags and accessories) you’ll want to wear long after your wedding. If you love the design but want a different colour or heel height, check out her bespoke service. Her occasion shoes are just as covetable – popular with mothers of the bride and wedding guests and with brides who can’t resist buying a second pair of heels or flats for wedding day or honeymoon.

Bridesmaids at Ghost

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LALAGE BEAUMONT 58 Beauchamp Place, SW3 • 020 7584 9977 • la la g e b e a u mo n t .co m

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120 King's Road, SW3 • 020 7581 8607 •

alage (pronounced La-laghee) Beaumont worked with iconic British names before establishing her label in 2005. Mother of the bride and occasion outfits are superbly tailored and feature luxe fabrics, many of them exclusive to her. All the pieces are eminently wearable for business events or parties after the wedding, so smart investment shopping. She also offers fabulous handbags and hats.

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23 Caxton Street, SW1 • 020 7222 2877 • ianstuart- ble wco a t .co m

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he fabulous flagship store is as lavish as Ian Stuart’s occasion and wedding gowns. Choose from the collection – including Blewcoat exclusives – or a full couture service with the designer.

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his Ebury Street branch of the Italian label offers a choice collection of romantic wedding gowns using fine silks and laces. Gowns are fitted in London but made to measure in Milan, with lots of options to customise your look.

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lowing satin and georgette dresses with a contemporary vintage feel are Ghost’s speciality. It's a look that is timeless and the dresses are always popular with bridesmaids. The label is also worth considering for brides who want a relaxed wedding-day style or need more than one gown. The dye-to-order service extends the range of colours on offer and you’ll also find pretty designs for flowergirls in the same colour range. Chic accessories and wedding guest outfits are also on its rails.

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atya Shehurina’s ‘modern vintage’ gowns for brides and wedding guests can now be found in Chelsea. Bespoke and made-to-order are available alongside collection pieces. She also creates choice bridesmaid and occasion dresses featuring her trademark flowing lines and romantic details.

Little Bevan

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Unit 3F, Hewlett House, 5 Haverstock Terrace, SW8 • 020 3802 7603 • li ttl ebe van .co .uk

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arah Colfer, the designer behind Little Bevan, is a go-to if you are seeking delicious occasion outfits for flowergirls. She can also dress other members of the wedding party – right up to teens and adults. You'll find a selection of her lovely pieces on her website, but book an appointment at her Battersea studio to discuss your bespoke ideas.

or all things bridesmaid, head to the Chelsea HQ of this specialist in modern party gowns. You’ll find a great range of styles and colours to fit your colour theme and suit your crew’s taste. Book an appointment and you can shop with a stylist and a glass of bubbles. The store also stocks covetable heels by Freya Rose.

PHILLIPA LEPLEY 48 Fulham Road, SW3 • 020 7590 9771 • phillipaleple y.co m

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ong-established London couturier Phillipa Lepley is renowned for exceptional cut and craftsmanship and her gowns are stunning. At her Chelsea atelier, you can choose from her bridal collection or opt for an original gown.

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anyukta Shrestha’s designs are made of organic fabrics and utilise traditional skills from her native Nepal. Non-traditional pieces such as jumpsuits are in the mix and she also creates lovely occasion gowns in rich colours.

SASSI HOLFORD 82 Fulham Road, SW3 • 020 7584 1532 • s a s s i h o lfo r d .co m

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assi Holford creates gowns with exceptional structure, fabrics and details – and she created her first collections back in the 1980s so has dressed a lot of happy brides. Alongside classics, her collections include fashion-forward and relaxed pieces for destination or chic city brides. Everything is designed and made in Somerset and her Fulham Road store is the place to explore the full collection, alongside modern mother-ofthe-bride outfits and glamorous red-carpet dresses.

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STEWART PARVIN 9 Motcomb Street, SW1 • 020 7838 9808 • st e w artpar vin .co m

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tewart Parvin has a Royal Warrant for his superbly tailored outfits and also offers glamorous wedding gowns, custom or bespoke, in his elegant and discreet Belgravia atelier.

SUZANNE NEVILLE 29 Beauchamp Place, SW3 • 020 7823 9107 • suzannen e ville .co m

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ritish designer Suzanne Neville creates luxe bridalwear, as well as glamorous numbers for redcarpet goers. She is a master of the ballgown, but also produces edgy and more fashion-forward styles that are incredibly flattering – priding herself on producing collections with a look for every style of bride.

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10 Yeoman’s Row, SW3 & 37 Thurloe Street, SW7 • 020 7581 9540 & 020 7581 0500 • the wedding - club .co .u k

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wo London showrooms (plus a third in Birmingham, B1) offering some of the brightest stars in bridal have made The Wedding Club a destination for brides from across the UK and much further afield. You will find UK exclusives on names such as Berta (above), Naeem Khan and Zuhair Murad. It regularly showcases new and exciting names and hosts lots of special events for brides. You’ll also find select bridesmaid gowns and accessories in the mix. London labels: Atelier Pronovias,

Berta Couture, Bliss Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Costarellos, J’Aton Couture, J’Aton Valentini, Made With Love, MUSE by Berta, Naeem Khan, Savannah Miller, Steven Khalil, Temperley London, Victoria Sanders Studio, Zuhair Murad

ZAEEM JAMAL 309 King’s Rd, SW3 • 020 7100 2072 • z a e e mja ma l .co m

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aeem Jamal is a London designer to check out if you want something exquisitely different for your wedding. He creates ethereal pieces – many featuring fine hand embroidery, beading and appliqué. Signature accessories include fabulous crystal heels and statement clutches.

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This quarter of the capital is a hotspot for fashion-forward brides, with classic and edgy London labels, brilliant boutiques and go-to designers for bespoke bridalwear

ANDREA HAWKES

ANGELICA BRIDAL

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A pared-back and modern design aesthetic, couture techniques and fine silks and laces are the design hallmarks of Andrea Hawkes’ lovely gowns and separates. Her British designed and made collections are also characterised by exceptional finish and attention to detail – and with lots of bespoke options when you book an appointment at her Clerkenwell studio.

This Camden institution carries a varied collection of international names, including Elbeth Gillis, Liz Martinez, Marylise, Rembo Styling and Karen Willis Holmes. It includes a good selection for curvy / plus-size brides and also offers custom-made veils and jackets.

65 Amwell Street, EC1 • 020 7837 0759 •

18 Camden Passage, N1 • 020 7226 7823 •

Marylise at Angelica Bridal

Labels: David Fielden, Elbeth Gillis, Essense Of Australia, Gali Karten, Gozde Karadana, Justin Alexander, Karen Willis Holmes, Liz Martinez, Madi Lane, Martina Liana, Marylise, Raimon Bundó, Rembo Styling, Tara Keely, Temperley London

BELLE & BUNTY 45a Brecknock Road, N7 • 020 7267 3322 • belleandbunty.co .uk

Charlie Brear

The cool duo behind Belle & Bunty are London College of Fashion alumni Alice Shreeve and Hannah Coniam-Thompson. Theirs is a distinctive bridal look with chic vintage elements – feminine, flattering and made of beautiful fabrics that flow and flatter. All collection pieces are designed and made to order in Britain and you'll also find a great range of occasion pieces for after party and honeymoon.

CHARLIE BREAR 35 Lonsdale Road, NW6 • 020 7637 4898 • ch a r li e b r e a r.co m

With a contemporary luxe aesthetic, Charlie Brear’s gowns and separates have won plaudits and a loyal following among fashion-forward brides. The look is feminine but never fussy, and the clever Styling Additions collection – and main collections – give endless options for a customised wedding-day look.

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Grace Loves Lace 58-59 Charlotte Road, EC2 • 020 3487 0000 • gra celo veslace .co m .au

The Australian label that created such a stir among brides when it arrived on the scene chose London as location of its first European showroom. Try before you buy with the help of a stylist. The look is glamorous and bodycon, using stretch laces and silks – so perfect for brides looking for a destination or high-summer gown.

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79 Haverstock Hill, NW3 • 020 7224 7888 • j oy c ey oungc ollectio ns .co .uk

Joyce Young OBE is renowned for occasion outfits that are flattering and beautifully made, attracting fans such as Michelle Obama and Judy Murray. Her grown-up wedding gown collection includes everything from sexy sheath dresses to ballgowns. Everything is made in her own Glasgow workrooms and her Belsize Park and Glasgow stores are perfect for bride and mother-of-the-bride joint shopping expeditions.

MIRROR MIRROR LONDON 56 Penton Street, N1 • 020 7713 9022 •

MORGAN-DAVIES 25 Agdon Street, EC1 • 020 7253 3007 •

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London College of Fashion alumni Jane Nicolls and Maria Yiannikaris have fashion in their blood. They began by creating couture dresses back in the 1980s and offer a wonderful collection of in-house designs. Choice international names include Gemy Maalouf. Labels: Anna Kara, Cymbeline, Eliza Jane Howell, Gemy Maalouf, Hayley Paige, La Sposa, Mirror Mirror London, Naomi Neoh, Pronovias, YolanCris

At this City showroom you’ll find well-known names such as Jesus Peiro and Indbal Dror, alongside exciting new talents such as Lee Petra Grebenau. You will also find gowns from London designer Alan Hannah and leading Welsh bridal designer Stephanie Allin. Labels: Alan Hannah, Alon Livne, Anna Georgina, Ersa Atelier, Inbal Dror, Jesus Peiro, Lee Petra Grebenau, Novia D’Art & Fara Sposa, Sottero & Midgley, Stephanie Allin

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