Vintage lace, classic wedding dress

Kate is a bride especially close to my heart - my brothers wife!
Now, this could be considered a daunting task indeed - the make your sister-in-laws dress, but Kate is so wonderfully laid back, I wasn’t nervous at all.
The only thing that worried me was that sometimes I felt that Kate was afraid to ask for exactly what she wanted, I could sense that she didn’t want to be too much trouble - but believe me, nothing would have been.

When we first spoke, Kate knew that she’d like a lace dress with vintage-style elements, and from this moment, I knew that I wanted to do some extensive embroidery, cutting up elements from french lace and embroidering them onto the dress in a way that enhanced Kate’s curves, decorating the top edge of the corseted under bodice, the waist and hips, and creating a sweep down to the hem, and onto the train.Adding embroidery in this way gives a couture feel to the lace and adds extra prettiness. It’s not really my style to take a sheet of lace and simply cut a dress from it.

I should add that, Kate wanted a corseted bodice, but didn’t want a lace-up fastening. It’s difficult to use a zip, as the bodice must be close fitting, and can cause problems, so instead, I used a strip of hook and eyes so that the opening was as inconspicuous as possible.

As the shape developed, Kate spotted a picture of a dress I had made for a previous bride, which had a lace over-bodice and little capped sleeves, which Kate really loved. This made a really lovely addition to Kate’s dress, and it gave me more opportunity to embroider tendrils of french lace flowers on the decolletage and the shoulders.

Kate also wanted a waist detail, and I made some chiffon and satin roses on a pale gold silk ribbon with a cute and simple bow at the back.
The Crystal Motif which we had originally chosen as the waist detail, I chopped up and made a pretty comb for Kate’s hair, mixing the crystal pieces with lace from the dress, as well as vintage metallic silver lace, and a Chantilly lace decorated with pearls.

I’ve posted some of my favourite pictures from the day, not only to show off the dress, but some moments which were really special too.
Kate’s first teary moment was when her amazing friends Shelley and Claire surprised us all by arriving with Kate’s horse Tom, with pretty flowers is his bridle.
Myself and Kate were having our picture taken together, Kate grabbed my hand, and then, I felt that Kate was happy with me and her dress.
There are lots of lovely pictures of Kate with my brother, but I especially love those above. I love that Edward looks so pleased to be marching off with his beautiful Katie.

Photography Martin Beard Photography
Venue Haughley Park Barn, Suffolk
Flowers Victoria Martin