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Choosing Your Wedding Dress – for Brides Who Love their Own Style

There are millions of beautiful wedding dresses out there. Choosing your wedding dress is exciting! How ‘The Dress’ makes you feel, can feel amazing so it’s understandable that many brides spend over half of their wedding planning time on choosing the right wedding dress.

If you don’t know it exists, you can’t choose it, so as I’ve seen plenty of unique and creative wedding styles, this is where I come in…

handcrafted grey silk wedding dress by kate beaumont
This lush grey silk wedding dress, ‘Delphinium’ is by Yorkshire wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont

How do I choose the right Wedding Dress

With several bridal boutiques stocking mostly classic styles see how to find one that’s definitely ‘you’.  You might want a classic style but not a long train – what are your other options? Veil or no veil? What about an over-skirt or a wedding cape… keep reading.

There are online guides on choosing your wedding dress so the advice is there if you’d like it, or find a dress designer you can trust whose designs you already lust after to advise you on shapes and fabrics as well as the colours to suit you and the kind of wedding that you’re having.

Remember that the bottom of all long dresses get dirty but if you want some of your photography to be in the striking grounds of your wedding venue or by the sea shore you might want to think more carefully about dress length and fabric or the option to bustle up.

Coloured Wedding Dress

What if you just can’t see yourself in a long white or creamy number? I’ve photographed blush shades, pale peach, black, grey, blues and black wedding dresses so far.

Do you have striking blue or green eyes and fancy a wedding dress with these colours? You can add it in like this.

bride in the yorkshire countryside wearing chantel lauren wedding dress in marbled blues and green with a cream lace top

This Chantel Lauren wedding dress has marbled blues and minty greens. It’s stocked by Ghost Orchid Bride in Hessle, East Yorkshire.

chantel lauren wedding dress
Chantel Lauren wedding dress with full chiffon skirt
natural wedding photography taken in harrogate north yorkshire of a lovely round couple smiling
Pale blue dress by Katya Katya London for a blue-eyed bride

A very soft grey can look so glamorous in the right fabric. You will need the right underwear so take advice from your wedding boutique or designer. Experiment and remember to check all angles.

handcrafted grey silk wedding dress by emma beaumont with a coral orange flower bouquet
You can’t beat a natural fabric against your skin. Silk wedding dress by Kate Beaumont in Sheffield
black lace wedding dress by needle and thread
Short black lace dress by Needle and Thread. Black veil by Sash & Veil

From bespoke, to designer, to your grandma’s Edwardian blouse or the most glorious sunshine yellow wedding dress, you’ll feel more amazing on your wedding day when you choose to feel like the gorgeous ‘true you’.

blonde bride dancing in her sunshine yellow wedding dressyellow wedding dress with daisies

5 bridesmaids wearing black and white polka dot dresses and 2 flower girls wearing daisy flower crowns

Hues of pale pink and blush look great too. This fashion-designer loving bride shown below had always set her heart on a Vera Wang wedding dress but found she suited this ultra luxurious Galia Lahav gown with matching overskirt, and she bought her bridesmaids soft pink Vera Wang chiffon column dresses instead!

bride wearing delicate pink Galia Lahav wedding dress with bridesmaids in pink Vera Wang
The bride wears a delicate pale pink Galia Lahav wedding dress with bridesmaids in pink Vera Wang

Staying with the softer shades, how about a colour a little deeper, like this shade of soft coral which suited this brunette bride beautiful. It was perfect for her autumn wedding in Yorkshire and looked warmer or cooler depending on the light.

Justin Alexander wedding dress in soft coral
Soft coral-pink gown that looked incredible on this bride. By Justin Alexander

spontaneous and very natural wedding photography of a bride and her bridesmaid in the sunshine at an autumn wedding

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natural romantic wedding photograph of a couple on the Yorkshire moors
Sometimes it looked pale coral, sometimes it looked pale pink. By Justin Alexander bridal and absolutely perfect for her

Beaded, Sequinned and Crochet Wedding Dresses

Unique brides can choose from something light, fresh or a little bit hippie to the rich jewel encrusted lush velvet gown of an Arabian Queen. Just look at this lush velvet beaded wedding gown below. She really did look like a queen straight out of Tales of The Arabian Nights.

bride with beautiful red hair wearing a red burgundy velvet wedding dress

For something less embellished, but textured nonetheless, how about sequinned wedding dresses or a figure hugging creamy crochet one? Not for every woman’s shape but with the right underwear, you never know.

sequin wedding dress by jenny packham
Sequin wedding dress by Jenny Packham
crochet wedding dress
Crochet – guipure lace wedding dress by Shikoba bride
crochet wedding dress
Just look at this beautiful back! Bohemian crochet wedding dress by Shikoba Bride

Prefer chic glamour to boho romantic? Recent trends include all sorts of variations on 1920s and ’30s glamorous iconic fashions that will always be loved. If you want a luxuriously beaded, coloured wedding dress, have a look at Bridal dress designer, Eliza Jane Howell’s evening collection of golds, silvers, reds, lavender, yellow and teal.

eliza jane howell wedding dress
‘Daisy’ is a beaded black and ivory wedding dress by Eliza Jane Howell

Wedding Jumpsuit

Eliza Jane Howell also has sequinned and sparkly jumpsuits (named Mizar and Bess).  If you fancy making more of an entrance for your ceremony part, there’s a long tulle wedding over skirt called Magnolia that you slip on over the top, and a sequin/beaded one named Samantha. Et voila, two unique looks that feel like you. Get in touch with Claire at The Bridal Emporium in Leeds who is a Yorkshire stockist of Eliza.

Prefer something simply stylish over beaded? Try Charlie Brear or Halfpenny who also design great separates. If a jumpsuit is stylish enough for Solange Knowles…. and all that!

wedding jump-suit and cape
Wedding jumpsuit and cape by Charlie Brear

A Wedding Cape

Take a simple ivory wedding dress that is long but easy enough to dance in, add a stunning floaty cape for two looks in one day. Or wear a cape instead of a veil.

wedding cape with lace edging
A stunning wedding cape over a simple wedding dress instead of a veil

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Wedding Separates

Love vintage but want to look modern and unique? How about having a wedding skirt designed and teaming it with a genuine vintage blouse like this delicate Edwardian blouse?

bride wearing an ombre blue tulle skirt with an edwardian blouse as her wedding outfit on the beach with her groom in a mid-brown suit
Ombre tulle skirt handmade by Bex of Bex Brides in Darlington
close up of an edwardian vintage blouse worn by a bride on the beach
Original Edwardian blouse from The Bridal Emporium in Leeds
wedding blouse and ombre wedding skirt
Wedding separates can work really well and give you different looks

When marrying or celebrating on a hot beach, think silk or cotton. This 2-piece creation by Ailsa Munro of Cornwall can be made in whatever colours you want, which also means of course that you can carry on enjoying it on other occasions.

modern young bride on a beach in Cornwall wearing a 2 piece silk wedding skirt in black with a cream top with buttons at the back

modern young bride on a beach in Cornwall wearing a 2 piece silk wedding skirt in black with a cream top with buttons at the back
Ailsa Munro 2 piece silk wedding skirt and top

For the romantic and the whimsical, think along the lines of Midsummer Night’s Dream… think about Claire Pettibone wedding dresses. They are some of the most feminine and luxurious embroidered wedding gowns I have ever seen.

claire pettibone wedding dress named Papillon
Meet ‘Papillon’, the exquisite creation by wedding designer Claire Pettibone


Maybe you can already imagine what you want your wedding dress to look like, and you just need the right person who can see what you see, and make it come alive for you. Yes, yes, do that for a complete, bespoke one-off.

Enjoy creating and choosing your wedding dress. In the meantime, take a walk over to the wedding WEDDING GALLERY

Grey silk wedding dress, ‘Delphinium’ is by Yorkshire wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Bluey-green silk chiffon by Chantel Lauren and available to buy from Ghost Orchid Bride in Hull, East Yorkshire
‘Papillon’ wedding dress by Claire Pettibone
Ombre skirt and blue flower belt by Bex Brides in Darlington, North East
Edwardian blouse from The Bridal Emporium in Leeds

Wedding jumpsuit and plain cape by Charlie Brear

Bohemian crochet wedding dress by Shikoba Bride
Ivory & black silk two-piece on the beach by Ailsa Munro in Cornwall
Haute Couture wedding gown by Galia Lahav from Brown’s Bride in London
Retro yellow daisy dress customised by bride
Dotty black and white bridesmaid dresses from ASOS
Sumptuous claret velvet and crystal wedding gown bespoke made by family