As you will know, I have now found my wedding dress which is incredibly exciting. But before I found ‘the one’ I also discovered some other great designers in London and I feel that it is only right to share some of them with you lovely readers who might still be on your journey to finding the perfect wedding dress. One of the designers I discovered on my wedding dress journey was Catherine Deane, whose gowns I discovered at Brides magazine‘s Catwalk Show at The Corinthia Hotel. If you haven’t heard of her, Catherine Deane is a Irish-born designer (South Africa raised) who launched her label in London in 2005.
With a luxury womenswear label available in various department stores, Catherine Deane also has a popular Bridal collection which is inspired by her nomadic lifestyle, distinguished by a passion for ‘long forgotten craft techniques and femininity’ and described as a combination of ‘old meets new’, designed to be ‘worn forever’.
My eye was caught by the lovely vintage-style lace and jewels that are used in many of their dresses. I also loved the figure-hugging and lightweight feel of many of the gowns (perfect for a destination wedding in a hot country). And after a chat with their lovely team, I went along to the Catherine Deane design studio in East London to try some of their bridal collection on.
Here are some of the highlights:
This one here is the Ashton Dress – one of the most figure-hugging gowns you’ll find in the Bridal Collection. As you’ll see it is covered in floral lace detail and has a very pretty trim at the end which delicately falls just behind you, leaving a subtle train. The ‘floating’ line of buttons makes for an eye-catching back without being too revealing and the sheer fabric holds the dress up at the front, offering an illusion of a strapless dress. It’s certainly one for the brides who want to feel sexy on their big day.
The next dress had a very distinct ‘fairytale’ design and you may have seen it on the Oh So Hitched / Oh So London instagram page. It’s called ‘Cascada’ and while I’m not sure whether this dress is still available, it certainly gives you an idea of how inventive wedding dresses have become.
It’s such a simple design – there’s no fussy detail and it’s ever so easy to wear because it’s so light, but the cascading layers create a dramatic and whimsical effect. With a sparkly ‘interstellar’ Catherine Deane sash, this dress would be perfect for a woodland or Boho countryside wedding. While I knew this dress wasn’t for me, I definitely felt like a princess.
Here’s the long and flowy back.
This next dress, ‘Charlotte’ is one of the most eye-catching but simple gowns you will find on the rails at Catherine Deane. It’s one I remembered most from the Brides catwalk event and reminds me a little bit of my mum’s own wedding dress in the way the top is shaped. Again, it’s ever so light to wear and I adore the retro style lace detail in the top and at the bottom of the skirt. Its straight style and lack of train makes for the ideal understated look, but you could easily dress it up by adding in a veil or dramatic hair pieces and accessories.
I don’t actually have the name of this next dress I’m wearing in the picture below, but it has the pleated style skirt which I have seen in a number of boutiques and is a style which many designers recommend for hot climates. With the strapless effect front and very light, almost Grecian-style skirt, it would easily fit a beach wedding. It’s also a good one if you don’t want to go too tight on your bottom half and creates a feminine silhouette that isn’t too over-the-top.
Here’s the back with floating buttons and we decided to try it with a very long and dramatic veil!
Going back to the figure-hugging shape, I tried on the very sleek Yasmin. It has a deep v-shaped back as well as a v-shaped tattoo-style neckline. I loved the vintage style belt that was paired with this dress and the fact that it is head-to-toe lace.
Lace-loving brides, this could be for you.
Finally, those brides-to-be who love lace but are looking for a more conservative look – perhaps for a church wedding – this high-neck Bridgette gown offers head-to-toe vintage style lace that will wow any groom. While I concluded that a high neck and sleeves might prove to be a little too warm for my destination wedding in Jamaica, it was a really nice experience to try on such an elegant vintage style wedding dress. I don’t think you can get any classier than this and I love the simple ribbon around the waist.
That’s it for my Catherine Deane wedding dress experience. As you will see, she has some very lovely dresses for brides looking for a feminine look with a hint of vintage. Thank you to the team at Catherine Deane for inviting me to try on their dresses.
For more information about the Catherine Deane Bridal Collection visit CatherineDeane.com and go to the Bridal section. You can also follow her on twitter @CatherineDeane, Facebook, Pinterest and instagram.
Until next time x
What do you think about the Bridal Collection by Catherine Deane? Are you considering it for your own big day? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!