by Emma Hla

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Image by Jessica Abby Photography.

Anyone else felt confused as hell this week? So much so I actually missed a blog post on Wednesday because I thought it was Tuesday. Thank God it’s Friday! Still with me?!

To ease you into the weekend we have a lovely bit of dress inspiration for you from Australian bridal designer Cathleen Jia. We first met Cathleen last year at the Aussie Bridal Salon, hosted by Knot & Pop X Town Hall Hotel, and her designs were breathtaking. This talented lady is known for her romantic, vintage inspired gowns that unify contemporary elements for the modern-day bride.

Her latest ready-to-wear collection, Poetic Soul, draws upon Cathleen’s maturing experience as a designer to incorporate the elements that brides worldwide have come to know and love about her designs. The pieces blend vintage style lace with modern silhouettes to infuse refreshed life and style into quite classic looks.

Cathleen Jia’s understanding of dressing for any body shape shines through, with her use of luxurious materials, draping, fabric manipulation and non-traditional detail applications creating truly stunning and flattering vintage inspired looks. A bit of clever draping is right up my street!

Poetic Soul builds on the strong foundation of her previous two bridal separates collections, Love Struck and Wild Romance. The mix and match layering nature of the collections allows brides to combine their favourite pieces from any of the collections to create a truly unique bridal look, true to their individual style.

Cathleen says “The latest collection is one of my favourites yet. It’s taken what I’ve loved from the previous two and married them with new techniques that I know brides will absolutely love!” Cathleen continues “We want our brides to feel liberated. Our collections are for women who don’t want to compromise on their uniqueness, values or integrity to have the dress of their dreams…”

Discover & Visit

You can discover more about Cathleen Jia, including her previous collections, at or over on Instagram. Or if you’re now desperate to try one of her designs then you can head to the insanely cool Heart Aflutter in East London or brand new stockist White Leaf Boutique in Brighton.


Photography Jessica Abby Photography

Dresses Cathleen Jia

Hair & Makeup Artist Sophie Knox

Styling The White Files

Accessories Isabella May

Location The Riverstone Estate

With thanks to Model Poet from Brazen

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Emma Hla

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Emma Hla

Emma is the founder & curator of these award-winning pages. Passionate about venues, interiors and a good Whiskey Sour. You'll also find Emma working as a Creative Director consulting for wedding venues around the UK.

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