"Bridal fashion is continuously evolving towards thoughful yet elegant pieces that transition across multiple occasions such as the wedding day rehersals, wedding breakfasts, reception dinners and beyond. Our modern bride Lyndsey's sheer bridal top created a look that was uber cool yet not sacrificing the desire for an elegant approach to feeling special on her big day". Cynthia
The shift in attitudes and fashion influences has a positive outcome as modern brides feel less pressured to look like a traditional bride. And there is nothing wrong with that given that many of the brides that we meet each year, say exactly that. Most women don't want to feel 'trussed up', but more like themselves - only ten years younger and drop dead glamorous.
Thoughtful sustainable wedding dress pieces [that is the traditional wedding dress style deconstructed] can be worn well beyond the big day and are no less elegant and sophisticated as traditional gowns but with a more laid back approach - of which we are huge fans, particularly if the wedding venue is laid back, chilled out and less formal - such as the Bel and Dragon Berkshire - where our bride celebrated the big day.
Then, add in the opportunity to mix and match pieces from the wedding day alongside your everyday wardrobe with a view to re-wearing elements of the bridal trousseau post wedding day, and we are literally jumping for joy.. We have been strong supporters of sustainable design since forever.
We LOVE it! And find as many ways as we can to encourage our brides towards thoughtful considered designs with a purpose. We know the concept is not for everyone, but where possible, I think it brings so much joy each time you pull something out and remember with fondness the first time your wore it and how it made you feel.
One such example is our lovely bride Lyndsey (who tied the knot last year) having purchased a simple ready-to-wear gown elsewhere, who then panicked after the purchase feeling she had made a huge mistake and that her dress lacked the personality and style that she had dreamed of.
Lyndsey, btw, would not be the first bride who experienced feelings of falling out of love with her dress. " with so much unsurety this appears to be the norm post lockdown which we are seeing more regularly. "With too much time to think, some brides do lose their confidence".
Whilst some brides start again, many can't afford to and naturally want to exlore alternative options in a more considered way to address their unique problem - often combining simple pieces into a glam transitional wedding day looks that feel a little more special – without going all out ‘bridally’ (if you get what I mean) - for the big day.
The end result was that we invited Lyndsey to attend the studio bringing with her everything that she hoped to wear on the day. After the initial fitting consultation, we decided to re-cut the fit of the pre-purchased bridal gown. The re-cut made a huge difference – vastly improving the original shape as well as feeling Lyndsey with confidence and faith in her trusted style.
We created a simple sheer wedding top with lantern sleeves and a high collar for a modern bohemian touch to Lyndsey’s wedding day look. The bodice was finished with handsewn pearls for the finishing detail.
Cynthia Grafton-Holt Couture is a highly respected British Couture wedding dress designer. Her bridal studio is located in North London close to the Alpertons Piccadilly line Station. The wedding gowns in the atelier are sources of inspiration - each piece uniquely and intricately handmade in London with Cynthia personally overseeing every aspect of from concept to completion.