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White Gallery 2016

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White Gallery… well, where do I begin to describe to you dear reader how you REALLY need to read this beautiful post?

Let’s just say when I received my obligatory sparkly work diary in my Christmas stocking the first dates I marked off in it are those when White Gallery is being held.

Now, for those of you wondering what the heck White Gallery is and what makes it so special; it’s the UK trade event where bridal boutiques from across the continent come to order the latest gowns from world renowned bridal boutiques.

rosa clara at white gallery

As White Gallery is restricted to trade and press only generally there is no way brides to be can attend. However, knowing that you stylish lovelies would want to see the latest bridal sartorial choices coming your way, I took along the wonderful Emma Pilkington Photography to capture the pretty and compile this very post for you.

With over 70 designers showcasing their wonderful designs it would have been impossible to visit them all for this post and so I attempted to choose those I felt stood out to my fashion loving heart and who you wonderful readers would love.

The say a picture paints a thousand words and for that very reason I am going to keep my words to a minimum and let you really indulge in the gorgeous pics Emma captured.

rosa clara

The first stand we visited was that of Spanish design house Rosa Clara. Having visited them earlier in the year I was reminded just why I fell in love with them in the first place… Beautiful cuts, divine embellishments and sumptuous fabrics, they truly are exquisite and available at CocoMio and One1 Bridal.

rosa clara wedding dress

Fiona of Felicity Cooper was very much the new kid on the block when I met her last year. Having a vast experience of being a bridal boutique and observing what brides were looking for Fiona decided to launch her own designs {which are divine} and it’s truly a thrill to see her business is going from strength to strength… I have so much love for the peplum number below…

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Emmy leading lady of Emmy London enveloped us with a big when we caught up at her stand. Her shoes and bridal accessories just blow me away each and every time I lay my eyes on them…

I know for some brides at first glance the price tags may seem high end. But I will say this; the craftsmanship and materials used throughout the Emmy London collection in my opinion are frankly unrivalled.

emmy london white gallery 2016

With a myriad of colours and a bespoke service available I also feel the brides that chooses Emmy shoes is wise to the fact that they would look just as wonderful paired with a chic frock or jeans after the big day and it’s all about cost per wear.

white gallery london emmy

Just across the way from Emmy we paid Charlotte Balbier a visit. White Gallery is always a busy time for Charlotte with her previous shows proving to be exceptionally popular with bridal boutiques. This year was no exception, however, we did manage capture a few of her glorious floral gowns and bridal seperates which One1 Bridal will be stocking shortly.

charlotte balbier white gallery 2016

For those of you seeking out something a little different and forward thinking then you are going to be rather smitten with Lebanese designer Gemy Maalouf.

gemy maalouf

Certainly not for the faint hearted, with a strong focus on heavily embellished fabrics in hues of pinks and blush there certainly were a fashion lovers dream and he nod to the 70’s style with fluted sleeves made my heart sing too.

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Muscat has been very much on my radar since I met designer Kevin at A Most Curious Wedding Fair earlier on his year. Perfectly contemporary for the confident bride to be I was rather enchanted by his latest collection.

muscat white gallery 2016

Shoe designer Charlotte Mills can always be relied upon to bring the sparkle to the party and this year she most definitely didn’t disappoint!

charlotte mills shoes white gallery 2016

With glittering block heels, heart embellishments all finished off with a signature sixpence {traditionally a good luck charm for brides on their wedding day} the designs are both playful and charming. It was wonderful to see the range extended to include matching clutch bags too.

charlotte mills bridal shoes white gallery 2016

On the subject of shoes, we’ve collaborated with Freya Rose on a number of projects this year and these beauties are all about glamour and sophistication. I particularly worship the mother of pearl heels whoever I lay eyes on them and last week at White Gallery was no exception!

freya rose shoes

Karen Willis Holmes is a designer I first discovered at White Gallery in 2014 not long before these wedding blog pages launched. I instantly swooned over her talent and this year I adored the refined elegance of the entire collection…

karen willis holmes white gallery 2016

that tassled bridal jacket above also has to be one of my ultimate favourite pieces from White Gallery this year too.

karen willis holmes at white gallery

In keeping with my adoration for bridal jackets the swing coat from Savin London was perfect for a sophisticated winter bride and THAT feather gown below is also to die for!!

sanvin london white gallery

Close by was the stand of Hampshire based designer Ruth Milliam Bridal Couture. Chatting with Ruth over on Instagram has been an absolute pleasure and I have been coveting her creations for some time. Unsurprisingly her stand was constantly jam packed with avid fans so we only managed a quick pic with the model.

Ruth Shaw designer of Harriet Wilde shoes was another lady I was keen to catchup with. With intricate jewelled heels and fancy floral shoes it was easy to see why her stand also proved to be a constant source of attraction!

harriet wilde white gallery

Zaeem Jamal has the most wonderful metallic embroidery and I adored the modest cuts and the way the fabric draped in the most flattering of ways.

zaeem jamal

I make no secret of the fact that I love championing Welsh talent and when aussie designer Jack Sullivan let slip that his father is welsh I must confess to falling in love with his designs a little but more. The refined ballroom design below caught my eye and the aptly named Sian gown also shone through for me.

jack sullivan white gallery 2016

For those of you struggling with dresses for your little ones then may I point you in the direction of Nicki Macfarlane. Designer of the most gorgeous flower girl dresses, they were the the choice for the royal wedding and one peek at the pics below will tell you why.

nicki macfarlane white gallery

I’ve shared many snapchats and Instagram posts about my visit to Katya Katya Shehurina and was super excited that Emma Pilkington was here to capture them in all of their glory.

What I adore about this designer is her gowns are so light for brides to wear with interchangeable slips underneath them making it easy for brides to change up their look from night to day.

katya katya shehurina white gallery

I was introduced to Ivory & Co accessories by the lovely Aoife of CocoMio and their collection of magnificent bridal accessories really is extensive and having seem them up close I can testify to how truly beautiful they really are.

ivory and co

Having heard so many wonderful words about Jesus Peiro, it was a real treat to get up close and personal with these dresses. The craftsmanship on these gowns really is something very special.

jesus peiro white gallery

I had so many favourites at this stand it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to which gowns the model would wear for us. Oh, and that gorgeous sequin bridal cover up above… I NEED it in my life.

white gallery 2016 jesus peiro

Having only recently featured designer Sabina Motasem’s gown in a photoshoot last week it was a treat to meet the lovey lady in person at White Gallery. Sabina’s gowns are perfect for the understated bride and I really admired the fluidity and movement of the fabrics.

sabina motasem white gallery 2016

One of my absolute favourite discoveries at White Gallery this year was Poppy Dover. Based in Chelsea, this talented lady is without a shadow of a doubt one to watch – I visited her stand three times as I literally couldn’t get enough.

Poppy Dover White Gallery London

With hand sewn embellishments, intricate beading work and fresh designs, it was impossible not to fall head over heels and I would very much adore to feature some Poppy Dover real brides on these wedding blog pages.

poppy dover 2 white gallery

Yolan Cris pulled out all the stops to provide the wow factor; fanciful floral details, bohemian tassels, illusion necklines and tattoo lace really set my heart aflutter at their stand.

yolan cris white gallery

Another “social media fave” of mine is Andrea Hawkes. We’ve had many chats across social media and so it was wonderful to meet her in person this year. Each and every gown we laid eyes on was so incredibly elegant!

andrea hawkes white gallery 2016

When Atelier Emelia explained to me that this was their first time at White Gallery {they are a french brand with lots of experience behind them} I couldn’t help but feel we will be hearing a lot more from this brand.

Atelier Emelia white gallery

Delicate ballroom gowns, sumptuous fabrics with an array of laces their designs really stood out to me!

Atelier Emelia white gallery 2

Inmaculada Garcia was actually pointed out to me by Emma and they had my head turned immediately. Everything about the brand screamed “cool, fashion forward bride”

inmaculada garcia white gallery

Sassi Holford provided the most wonderful pops of colour through floral embroidery as pictured below and Raimon Bundo also had splashes of colour in his collection too with muted tones of blush and blues.

white gallery 2015 sassi holford and ramoin bundo

Stephanie Allin is an absolute star and as she also has her studio in Wales we do bump into each other on a regular basis throughout the local welsh wedding scene. Stephanie is the absolute master when it comes to putting a contemporary twist to a classic design!

stephanie allin white gallery 2016

Last but not least we rounded off our visit to White Gallery with a nosey at Catherine Deane’s latest designs and they were very beautiful indeed. Ethereal fabrics merged with delicate embellishments made them simply magical!

catherine deane white gallery

I really hope you have enjoyed looking through lots of wonderful designs in this post. White Gallery has definitely been a highlight of 2016 for me and it truly was wonderful to meet so many talented designers in once place.

Huge thanks has to go to my photographer friend Emma Pilkington who worked her socks off with me to capture these incredibly wonderful images with all of you.

All My Love

Helen xx

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