Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

lookbook: bardot bride

November 7th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Marchesa

The bardot-style neckline has been a mainstay on the high street this summer, so we’re not surprised to see that it’s transcended into the world of bridal fashion too, and put simply – we absolutely adore this trend!

Off-the-shoulder dresses are both romantic and demure, creating a beautiful silhouette that accentuates a bride’s décolletage and neckline. The style is sweet with an air of innocence, but with straps ‘tumbling’ off the shoulder, it also hints at a bride’s more vivacious and flirtatious side too.

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Marchesa

What we love most about the look though is its versatility. From straight-cut straps and mini V-necks, to sweetheart necklines and ruffled bell sleeves – there’s an off-the-shoulder style to make every bride swoon.

Looking at collections from some of the industry’s top designers, off-the-shoulder detailing is making an appearance in a variety of bridal creations; from fit and flare numbers and traditional A-line gowns to structured mermaid and carefree boho dresses.

When it comes to the fabric, elegant lace, semi-sheer tulle, layered chiffon and flawless silk, are just a few that work beautifully with the trend, adding a whimsical and ethereal twist to current collections.

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Oscar de la Renta

Designers who are advocates of the trend include Oscar de la Renta, with the new bridal collection boasting pretty draped sleeves and exquisite sequin detailing: the stuff fairytales are made of!

Marchesa is also doing its bit for the look with numerous attention-grabbing dresses stopping short of the shoulders. Perfect for those wanting to make a statement, there are opulent designs embellished with pearls and crystals, as well as dreamy hand cut petals and striking 3D roses. The colour palette gives brides the opportunity to make a bigger statement still, with romantic nude and blush pink options in addition to traditional white and ivory tones.

For something more classic, Carolina Herrera’s vintage-inspired gowns are like works of art with intricate floral embroidery and sheer off-the-shoulder fabrics subtly highlighting a bride’s neck and shoulders. Justin Alexander’s collection also features the bardot neckline in a range of elegant and feminine styles, complete with delicate lace applique and sparkling beaded detail.

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Breaking Dawn, A Real Wedding – Bella & Edward – A Parody

December 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The Twilight Saga is one of my guilty pleasures.  Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner included.  So, when newlywed Bella Cullen emailed me with her Real Wedding photographs, I couldn’t wait to share them on the wedding blog… you’d think she would have other things on her mind, wouldn’t you?!

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Indulge me.

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Over to Bella:  We got engaged in the Summer of 2008, after Edward refused to turn me into a Vampire or even to sleep with me before we were married.  Those are both things that I am, like, obsessed with (wouldn’t you be?) so I agreed to his proposal.  I must admit that I had a touch of cold feet (I have this really hot friend, Jacob, who was literally hunting me down) but in the end I decided that Edward was my forever.

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We were married on 18th August 2008 in the woods outside Edward’s family’s home.  Edward’s sister, Alice, organised the whole thing – right down to my dress and shoes.  Boy, does she know how to throw a party.  The Cullens also paid for the whole thing.  Carlisle sure must make a lot of money as a doctor. 

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I wore a Carolina Herrera gown, with no less than 152 buttons down my spine.  The dress was made from French Chantilly lace and crepe satin.  I also reluctantly squeezed my tootsies into a pair of bejewelled Manolo Blahnik heels, although I would much rather have been wearing my Converse.  That’s me!

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Apparently, Carolina designed the back panel of the dress (which was custom made to fit me and worth $35,000 – again, paid for by Carlisle) as a romantic surprise.   

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After saying our vows and an inappropriately long snog at the altar, we sat down with our friends and family for the wedding speeches and our wedding breakfast.  Luckily one half of the congregation refrained from having the other half for main course. 

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We honeymooned on Edward’s mother’s private island near Brazil, the Isle of Esmee, where we messed up the bedroom and terrorised the locals. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to remember to pack birth control in your honeymoon luggage if you want to avoid little surprises…

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Want to see what the newlyweds got up to next…?

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Ooh, and a flash of Taylor Lautner’s chest!

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Congratulations Bella & Edward! HEART

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  – Images © 2011 Summit Entertainment via Marie Claire

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