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Written by confettiadmin Last updated: September 14, 2011
Thank you so much to everyone who entered September’s Love My Dress competition. We’ve had some fantastic entries, stories and stunning pictures. The best bit has been discovering the variety of wedding dresses and styles that brides fall in love with. The deserving winner is Claire Shaw of N.Ireland. Congratulations to her and all those shortlisted.
And so it came to be… our June wedding… three patient little flowergirls Jessica, Isobel and Sofie, one little pageboy, Michael sat on the bottom stairs… waiting… waiting… for the first glimpse of the bride (that’s me, Claire). Then I appeared, composed and serene, wearing a stunning wedding gown by English designer Sassi Holford. The gown, ‘Beatrice’ is ivory silk with a classic full skirt, Audrey Hepburn style bateau neckline, deep plunging V at the back, nipped in at the waist with a satin sash and bow, decorated with a beaded brooch. A full length ribbon-edged, sheer, ivory veil floated behind me and a vintage beaded hairband completed the look.A handtied bouquet of Sweet Avalanche roses and soft pink peonies and hydrangea added a touch of summer colour.The sun shone and it was a perfect day from dawn to dusk. I bought my dress in a beautiful Bridal shop, Bows Bridal, in Belfast where Chris, my husband of three months, and I both work. Now we are house hunting so the excitement continues!
WINNER Claire Shaw, N.Ireland
And the runner-ups are:
Well where do I even start to explain why I love my dress so much… to me it is perfect in every way! It is Maggie Sottero’s Fiorella, and every time I see it I let out a sigh and can’t stop staring! The beautiful wrapped effect around the bodice, the detailing on the one strap, the way the skirt is caught up with crystals… fabulous! I first saw it on a TV programme in April 2009 – over a year before I got engaged! I said to myself there and then, ‘That is the dress I am going to get married in’, so when I eventually got engaged in October 2010, I knew exactly which dress I needed to track down! I called round over 200 suppliers of the designer, desperately trying to find the gown, so that I could put it on and finally meet my dream dress face to face! I travelled all over the county to Wellingore, Hull, Harrogate, Leeds and Nottingham and each time the dress size was not quite right, and I couldn’t get an accurate idea of what it would look like! People persuaded me to try on other dresses, just to be sure, but none of the others really had that wow factor. Finally, all of my phone calls paid off and I found the dress in Hatfield! I raced over there with my mum and sister, and what can I say, I was speechless (very unusual for me!) Still struggling to come to terms with only being able to wear it just ONCE… I’m sure every anniversary I can find a spare moment to slip it back on again hehe…
I decided to pop out one day to have a browse – no intention of finding or falling in love with any dresses. But then I saw it in a shop window. The assistant really didn’t want to take it out and get it off the mannequin but after some persuasion she did. I put it on and that was it! I love the fact I can take the straps off if I want to. I love the details and the beautiful flowers sprinkled all over and the attention to detail that has been given on the train. I love the way it makes me feel. I love the lace work. My mum’s wedding dress was lace and unfortunately she passed away 10 years ago but I know that on the day I tried it on, she was there with me in that room and smiling.
I love my wedding dress because it made me feel simply amazing! The wedding is booked for September 2012 and dress hunting was the first job on the list. The theme for the wedding is vintage and the dress is covered in lace with the most beautiful vintage looking broach at the bust so fits the bill perfectly. I saw it on the Maggie Sottero website and loved it, it was one of the first I saw and it was perfect so I ordered it into my local bridal shop and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. I think it’s classy and elegant and just beautiful!
I found my dress in the first shop I went to, and it was only about the third dress I tried on but I fell in love! However I was unsure about the colour, and a few weeks after my first visit the shop contacted me to say they were having a designer day and were getting the dress I liked in the ivory.
But, when I tried it on it had nowhere near the same impact as the ‘dusty blue’ in the same style, that I had originally tried on! I am not a very self confident person, but being in my dress I felt amazing, and I had the most amazing day. We had a small intimate wedding of 17 family members (including ourselves!) on Christmas Eve 2010. It snowed the night before, but we had bright blue skies, and crisp clean snow on the day – totally amazing.
Mrs Natalie Smith
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my dress. I got married in July, and I had known for years what dress I wanted. I had a picture that I had pulled out of a friend’s wedding magazine, long before I even met my hubby. When the time came to buy my dress I hunted around the country for it and refused to try anything else on, in case I changed my mind! Eventually I found a shop that was willing to order it in for me. It cost £60 just to get it delivered but it was worth it. As soon as I saw it on the mannequin i knew it was going to be amazing on – and it was – it fitted perfectly and was a little on the expensive side but I had been saving for this for a while so I was well prepared! The lady in the shop even made me a head piece out of the same jewels that were embellished around the dress, to go with my laid back hippy theme. I still get my dress out now and try it on and prance around the house, I just wish that I could wear it again. The dress is Valetta by Jenny Packham.
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