I have asked my older sister Alana, to be my Maid of Honour when my big day finally comes. However, unfortunately last week we temporarily said our goodbyes to Alana and her boyfriend as they made their big move to Aus. So, as my sister won’t be able to experience the whole ‘wedding dress shopping with me‘ lead up now, we thought it would be a super fun girly day for me, Alana and mum to go wedding dress shopping all together, the only time we’ll all be able too! I loved every second of it and I wanted to share my favourites so far with you all. If you go down to the gallery at the bottom you can view some of the others that I tried on too.
I really went all out trying on as many styles, colours and varieties as I could to get a real idea of what works and what doesn’t to give me an idea of what to look for. Unfortunately these photos really don’t do the dresses any justice at all! As the lighting wasn’t its best, but of course they all look breathtaking in person, whether thats on a person or simply on a hanger. Bare in mind every single one of these dresses were far to big for me and so they had to be pinned the best they could.
I really wanted to get you all involved so I would love it if you could all leave a comment voting on your favourite gowns and who knows, maybe the most voted will win!
NUMBER 1: Starting off at a beautiful shop near my home in North London, walking through the pouring rain all day we made our way to Hampstead Heath’s Joyce Young bridal store! Originally, I had my heart and head set on a fitted dress that shows off my hourglass figure, just like I see on all of these beautiful Instagram brides. Little did I know, that the complete opposite looked much better on me. It turns out that high boat necks really suit me and are much more flattering than low cut. And I absolutely fell in love with the simple classic plain bridal gown, dress number 1 style is definitely in my top favourites.
Our second shopping experience was something completely different as we visited the Andrea Hawkes bridal store in Angel. These dresses are stunningly effortless but unfortunately they just weren’t the type of dresses for me. As a bride, I want a little more detail with the wow factor. Personally, I felt as though these would make perfect evening dresses for an event or perhaps bridesmaid dresses. Andrea Hawkes designs are great for the beautiful boho, flower head piece look. I wasn’t able to take photos here, but definitely have a look at their website.
Lastly, we visited the most beautiful store; Mirror Mirror in Angel. It was absolutely filled with such a large variety of beautiful wedding gowns and the service was unbelievable. It’s a family owned business and we were seen by Natasha who knew exactly what she was talking about every step of the way. Natasha offered such a great insight and guidance into every gown that I tried on and I loved that she made suggestions for me too. Brides to be, I can’t recommend this place enough. Every single dress I tried on I fell more and more in love with.
I never thought that I would like the puffy dresses, but this one with an ivory detailed body looked amazing. I felt like an absolute princess and a true bride. I felt like this had an Italian look to it and I loved it. But as I want a beach wedding, is something like this practical?
This stunning tight fitted dress with a beautiful train is perfect for a beach wedding. It was very simple, with a sweetheart neckline and diamante detail around the edges.
This gown was covered from head to toe in beads, sparkles and rhinestones with an elegant draped off the shoulder look. It really is dreamy as it twinkles with every move. This dress was the most expensive out of them all and you can see why.
There was so many different types of veils and although I liked the Spanish lace ones, I prefer the plain and simple ones with a subtle satin ribbon finish.
I wasn’t as keen on the front of the of this dress however I absolutely adored the back. It can be worn draped with detail; pearls, beads, diamonds etc. which is quite Arab inspired, or it can be taken off all together and worn beautifully backless. I prefer the simpler look so I think less is more but its so great to have the option.
It was such a tiring day (believe it or not) but I absolutely loved every second of it.
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