Trying on beautiful lace dresses at Katya Katya Shehurina…
So the newsflash right now is, I’ve ordered my wedding dress! And while I thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of lovely wedding dress designers, and trying on gowns from all sorts of designers, I cannot tell you how relieved I am to have finally picked ‘the one’.
While I’m not ready to unveil my dress quite yet (sit tight readers), I’m going to show you a couple of high contenders which came before I made my final decision. One of those is Katya Katya Shehurina – a boutique shop in Soho which is not only run by a lovely bunch of people, but the designer herself is an inspiration to those brides who want, well, something that’s just a little bit different to your traditional wedding gowns.
If you read my Q&A with Katya, you’ll know that her dresses are vintage yet contemporary, and romantic yet avant-garde in their design. I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous French lace that she uses and the incredibly light feel of them – perfect for a wedding in the Caribbean.
Each dress comes with a separate underslip made from microfibre which makes the dresses incredibly sleek and breathable to wear. The lovely thing about this is they offer slips in various colours – including, white, nude, red and blue – which means you can have more than look on your wedding day! I was instantly drawn in by the idea.
The first dress I tried on was the Serena – a very romantic dress with scallop sleeves and a very flattering neckline.
It felt quite traditional and simple but pretty at the same time, and the flowing train added the hint of the ‘wow factor’ which brides are often looking for. I didn’t need any help putting it on and it was the most comfortable wedding dress I’d tried on! (No corsetry here). The embellished belt was really cute too.
The Violetta dress drew me in the moment I saw it, more so than the Serena, so I had to try that one on next. It had that almost 70s feel about it in the way the lace was quite bold and created striking patterns over the nude slip. And in some ways, it reminded me of my mum’s wedding dress.
Then I’d take a second look and it would feel really contemporary and trendy. I liked the 3/4 length sleeves and delicate lace neckline. I still look at this dress now and feel completely captivated by how unique it is.
The train on this one is incredible too and I adore a dress that ties with a bow at the back.
Here’s the Serena with the white slip underneath. You can’t believe it’s the same dress, right?
The final dress I tried on – The Floriana – perhaps had the most striking train. This one has a finer, more delicate lace with long regal-like sleeves and a tie bow waist band and slight v-shaped back.
Just look at that train!
The whole experience at Katya Katya Shehurina is lovely. You can have a glass of sparkle if you like and it was a very one-on-one private appointment where the lovely Kat talked me through each dress.
If you love lace, a romantic and vintage feel and want to feel light and free on your wedding day, I highly recommend you visit Katya Katya Shehurina. You can visit them in their Soho shop or find a range of UK stockists on their website. Either way, I think you’ll agree, these dresses are hard to say no to. And as I experienced, they’re also the kinds of dresses you won’t want to take off!
Until next time x