Now I’m here to talk about two of my favourite EVER subjects – wedding dresses and wedding venues. I mean, what’s not to love there? So, with Emma selecting an iconic venue from each of the Coco style categories, I’m selecting the perfect wedding dress designer whose gowns work with the style and vibe of the venue in question.
OK, let’s get on with the good stuff, shall we?
The Boho One
The first style category has to be Bohemian Beats and The Fire Pit Camp just has to be the perfect boho base for your wedding. Laid back, relaxed and flexible, The Fire Pit Camp gives you the chance to be yourselves with no rules and no formality.
For a wedding at this venue, I’d just have to choose a Rue De Seine gown. As you might expect from this label’s name, there’s an effortless romantic style in these gowns that I just love. This a super chic collection and if you’re looking to fly a little in the face of tradition, you’ll love this label. Check out the delicate lace, the luxe fabrics and the hand beading – boho can still be super indulgent and these dresses prove that.
Once you’re worn a Rue De Seine wedding dress, you’ll know just what I mean!
The Rustic One
Next up, let’s go for some Rustic Romance.
Eden Wedding Barn in Cumbria is all about giving you a location for a fun, relaxed and enjoyable wedding in a beautiful setting. So, with that in mind, you need a beautiful wedding dress and Cherry Williams London has to be the name to know.
I love the modern take that Cherry puts on traditional and timeless silhouettes. This is ‘classic bride with a twist’. Layered fabrics, on-trend separates, yummy tulle and gorgeous laces, Cherry Williams is definitely fashion-led but with a softness that’s just ideal for a rustic setting.
The Luxe One
Now let’s go luxe shall we and delve into The Luxe Edit at Aynhoe Park.
Unique, unmissable and just a little eccentric, Aynhoe Park is a contemporary take on traditional luxury. It’s also utterly cool which makes it the perfect partner for a Rime Arodaky gown. Just like the venue, this designer is all about breaking barriers. There’s an edgy sexiness to these designs and if you’re looking to be a bride with a bit more grrrr, this is label for you.
Fierce and cool, Rime Arodaky mixes quality and sophistication with a Rock ‘n’ Roll sensibility.
The Destination One
Heading overseas to a Delicious Destination, we find ourselves at Chateau de Redon, the quintessential romantic French venue in the gorgeous Dordogne. A wedding venue like this calls for a dress that’s all about unashamed romance.
Bo & Luca is a very special label – they’re not obsessed with convention or trends but come with their own fashion-forward feel. Dyed and embroidered by hand, a Bo & Luca gown is beyond beautiful and they’re still on our ‘best kept secret’ list so shhhh, don’t tell everyone…
The Vintage One
Fawley Hill is a cool and quirky pick from the fabulous Modern Vintage category. This private estate near Henley on Thames, has been described by Country Life magazines as ‘the most bonkers estate in Britain’. For such a special venue, I simply have to recommend Otaduy – a label that’s anything but ordinary.
Delicate, strong, sensitive, beautiful and brave, Otaduy creates the coolest wedding dresses around. If you’re a free spirit who wants edginess with romance, this is the designer you’ll just love.
The City One
For a cool East London hangout that’s pretty much the epitome of City Chic, let’s step into Beagle. Honestly, a venue that’s in three gorgeously restored Victorian railway arches always gets my vote as does London designer, Kate Halfpenny.
OK, so Kate doesn’t give you lots of flourishes and embellishments but these gowns do give you a cool beauty that speaks volumes. If you want sleek, stripped back beauty and on-trend style that’s so darned perfect, I just can’t describe it, check out Kate. You won’t be disappointed.
The Coastal One
For the windswept beach, the ultimate coastal cool wedding venue is, without a doubt, Crear in Scotland. It’s a real escape – completely private, luxuriously understated and relaxing, Crear is a special place.
For that reason, the only designer I’d recommend is Anna Campbell. These incredible silk gowns are custom made and fully customisable so your dress will fit you in way you can only dream off. The embellishments are exquisite, the overall look is exceptional and Anna is, quite rightly, a new icon in the wedding world. No one gives us gowns quite like Anna Campbell.
Toughen the look up for the rugged Crear coastlines with your fave lived-in boots!
The Classic One
Finally, we need a palace and Blenheim Palace is magnificent.
It is, quite honestly, a masterpiece that was designed to be impressive and is just that. Romantic, charming and classically elegant, a sophisticated venue like this needs a British wedding dress for a glamorous couture gown.
Suzanne Neville is known for her beautifully made gowns that feature structured bodices that create astounding silhouettes. The collection is also wonderfully diverse – slim fit bias-cut gowns to huge and romantic dresses which are ideal for making a statement at a venue like Blenheim Palace.
And there we have it – the marriage of venue with dress. Let’s hope for a happy every after!
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