September 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Is there anything more romantic than blooms and botanics? Whether blousy, trailing or dainty, we love to see them blossoming throughout all elements of a wedding. Most would automatically think of flowers taking centerstage in terms of bouquets, buttonholes and table centres, but the floral detailing we’re spotlighting on the blog today comes in the form of gorgeous wedding gowns!
Currently a lead trend in bridalwear, there are lots of ways to introduce an au naturale twist to your big day attire, be it intricate embroidery to the bodice, understated embellishments, or delicate appliques speckled across your train and skirt.
And let’s not forget about the impact of colour in embodying all things garden-inspired. For a truly show-stopping moment, think about introducing subtle accents of pastel hues like pink or lilac, or even bolder shades like red to really bring your wedding gown to life. Perfect, too, for the bride who wants to break from tradition and deviate from the minimalist, and shall we say it, more predictable palettes of plain ivory and white.
If you’re looking for a sweet and ultra-romantic bridal look showered in pretty flowers and leaves – the following designers come top of our list when it comes to nailing this ever so beautiful and enduring bridal trend. And the good news is that a floral gown isn’t just for the summertime boho wedding, it’s perfect all year round.
Main feature images, Savin London.
First up, we’re showcasing Claire Pettibone’s graceful gowns, which are best described as a true vision of nature’s beauty. The gorgeous Maia dress is the true essence of this collection, combining a delicate tulle gown with soft yet colourful embroidered roses, leaves and hydrangeas, not to mention the brand’s signature illusion back and neckline. The Papillon gown, meanwhile, is adorned with beaded floral embroidery and tinted butterfly appliques for an ultra-feminine bridal look that’s got us dreaming of secret gardens and sunnier climes. Continuing along a similar vein is the Santorini which comes in dreamy shades of porcelain, almond or mocha, adorned with beaded silk flowers, all beautifully offset by luxurious pearls and stones. By contrast, a Dutch floral masterpiece comes to life in the Raven gown which – as the name rather nicely alludes to – features shimmering silver sequin lace and black tulle tempered by painterly pink and red roses – an exquisite palette for a winter’s wedding, if we do say so ourselves!
Galia Lahav’s Florence by Night collection is something quite extraordinary, delving into the world of scents and perfumery and the role each bud, petal, herb and leaf plays in creating the perfect fragrance. These dresses, in turn, showcase the brand’s interpretation of this intangible world in the most fantastical of ways. We think you’re going to fall in love with these creations. The Casablanca Lily, for example, brings together a ballgown with 3D rose motifs, a sheer corset, pleated skirt and ruffle detailing to the shoulder. Another favourite of ours is the Rose Water gown with its dainty silver beads and crystal stardust effect for a real fairy-like princess moment. Leaf motifs, organza flowers and a hand embroidered neckline are the gorgeous details to take note of from the Bryony gown, perfectly paired with a low back and plunging sweetheart neckline for something a little more sultry. And we couldn’t feature Galia without mentioning the Cinderella gown from its La Reves Bohemian collection, an ice blue dress complete with sheer corset, divine appliques and off the shoulder details. Simply stunning!
Ian Stuart’s aptly titled Le Jardin collection is peppered with wonderful nods to the world of florals and plants. The Babylon dress comes in pale blue, honey and even rose, blending mutli-coloured flowers with an asymmetric waist to create a super flattering silhouette. For something altogether more striking – the Bluebell – ticks all the boxes, with this taffeta metal, dark blue, A-line gown adorned with a plumage of delicate flowers. If you’re seeking a skirt with the wow factor though – look no further than the Mardi Gras gown with its ruffled layers of sumptuous organza and signature dropped waist – coral, lilac and rose are just three of the six elegant hues you can choose from. Other highlights from this designer include the mermaid style Tokyo gown with plush applique lace and the Le Jardin gown itself, featuring soft satin, tulle and butterfly embroidery for a dress that’s the epitome of modern day sophistication.
For the bride after a wedding gown that’s somewhat edgier and contemporary – Naeem Khan should most definitely be on your radar. His designs are unlike anything you’ve probably seen sashaying down the wedding aisle before – think flapper-esque fringing, feathers and, yes, flowers. The remarkable Rialto has a gothic feel to its design, with this long-sleeved dress featuring brightly coloured flowers embroidered all over. Upping the ante when it comes to the colour stakes is the Riviera – a ballgown style dress with a bright peplum bodice beautified with a medley of pink, purple and yellow flowers. Not one for the shy brides out there! A retro twist comes courtesy of the Trevi gown – another multi-coloured patterned number with a natural waist and cute bell sleeves. If you really must wear white though – ruffles and multi-layered tiers take centre stage in the Sahara gown, for something that’s not quite as much ‘out there’ as other gowns from Khan’s collection, complete with striking floral embroidery and metallic threadwork.
Last but by no means least is Savin London, renowned for elegant and timeless gowns with creative and contemporary flair. The Amelia is a Pinterest-worthy ballgown brimming with ethereal feels. Beading and florals create a breathtaking dress sure to impress on your big day and make you feel like a real-life enchantress. From the front, the Adalyn, meanwhile, is a deceptively simple dress but the reverse is where the wow factor lies. Luxurious appliques embellish the shoulders and back bodice, complemented by beautiful button detailing. In a word: love! As for the Paige and Ava gowns – these are another two highlights from the collection to look out for, too, if you’re a fan of attractive floral detailing to the back, perfect for wedding photography that’ll be capturing you and your beau from all angles!
Of course, these are just a few ideas to get your wedding dress planning underway. But for something truly exceptional and stylish – bridal day fashion with floral or botanical detailing is just that little bit different and well worth exploring among all you budding brides out there.
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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