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Markle’s Timeless Sparkle

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So now that every fashionista and royalist has analysed and reported on “The Dress” of our beautiful new Duchess (this still makes me really smile) What were our thoughts?

We all sat on the edge of our seats awaiting Meghan’s arrival and WOW she did not disappoint! A beautiful combination of simple elegance and class. With all the press surrounding her big day, what a fantastic ambassador and inspiration she was for brides everywhere.

THE DRESS; designed by British acclaimed designer Clare Waight Keller, for us, epitomised true timeless elegance. With Waight Keller becoming the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy- this had its own story and we are sure Meghan wanted to celebrate and recognise this.

The stunning open bateau neckline gracefully framed the shoulders and perfectly drawing down to emphasise Meghan’s gorgeous, slender sculpted waist. Sleeves are growing evermore popular with our brides, and Meghan also chose a slim three-quarter length to add that note of refined modernity.

THE VEIL; well where do I begin? We specifically have our veils handmade for each of our brides because we adore a good love story and believe those personal touches are so important. You can imagine our excitement when Meghan’s veil was revealed!

5 metres of exquisite silk tulle with a full trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.

The inspiration was taken from Meghan’s wish to have all 53 countries of the Commonwealth represented on her journey through the ceremony. Much time was spent researching the 53 individual floras to ensure each were unique and delicately designed within the spectacular floral composition.

Meghan also selected 2 personal favourites – Wintersweet; which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace and the California Poppy; the State flower of her birth place. Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil crops of wheat were perfectly embroidered to symbolise love and charity.

It’s been reported that workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep everything pristine! As I’m writing this I am chuckling to myself as to which of our fabulous brides is going to give our Cherilyn the biggest veil challenge yet! (Sorry, not sorry Cherilyn!)

We love that Prince Harry picked flowers to add to Meghan’s bouquet – true romance!

Since the Royal wedding, we have had numerous brides return to store to raid our sparkle cabinet for tiara’s – understandable we’d say! Having the Queen as her new Grandmother in Law certainly paid off for her “something borrowed”.

“Markle’s Sparkle” was utterly stunning and timeless. There is something about a brides’ “sparkle” that just compares to no other – I guess thats why we love our jobs so much because we are privileged to be part of your love story and guide you in creating your own sparkle.

Was it what Alice Rose predicted? – Not exactly (although some predictions were much closer than others hehe)
Did we absolutely love it and watch the wedding back 157 times between us?- YES!

Donna x
Alice Rose Bridal


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Say Yes to the Dress!

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In September we visited the gorgeous town of Harrogate in search of a brand new bridal label to compliment our other designers.

After heading North in the car for a few hours we began the task of scouring the halls looking for something special. Imagine the biggest bridal exhibition that you could think of with halls and halls full of dresses and accessories. I know it sounds like fun, and it is, but it’s also incredibly hard to choose!

I always like to begin by visiting our current designers and then, full of excitement and anticipation, I begin to select styles. I think about what our customers have asked for more of during the past year and look for something which is so much more than ordinary! I didn’t have any trouble choosing. Opulence had excelled with stunning train detail, Eddy K couldn’t fail to wow us, Jessica Grace amazed us with style at incredible prices and we had already selected our brand new vintage inspired Ellis collection.

After a quick break at the champagne bar we headed to the luxury aisle. As we scoured the hall something caught my eye. And there it was, the Dando London Stand.

The dresses were being shown by the presenters of Say Yes to the Dress UK and we chatted with the designer Christine Dando. I literally felt the excitement in my bones, these dresses are special. Crepe featured highly with the most beautiful back detail and lace trains. There was nothing not to love, the only difficulty being choosing the dresses themselves. Eventually, after seeing the dresses on the models, we chose our collection. We are very proud to now call ourselves a Dando London stockist and even more excited to have this incredibly stylish collection in the boutique for you all to try on.

Luxury design at its best! See the collection by clicking here.


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New, New, New

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We now have the very latest arrivals from Opulence and Eddy K with us and super swoon, they are amazing!!!! There is every style from beautiful ballgown to fabulous fishtail and we love them all.  How to choose??????


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To veil or not to veil?

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To veil or not to veil that is the question!

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