We had been looking forward to it for months and White Gallery lived up to all our expectations. Going to buy new wedding dresses for the coming season is absolutely our favourite thing to do. We set off down to London on Saturday after a busy day in Limelight and had a wonderful meal at the Linnea Restaurant in Kew – Swedish flavours meet nouvelle cuisine – absolutely scrummy – the service was excellent and the puddings were to die for…… a perfect start to the weekend!
We arrived at the White Gallery in Battersea Park bright and early next morning for our first appointment of the day and were absolutely wowed by Caroline Castigliano’s new collection of wedding dresses for 2015. Choosing the right gowns for our brides involves much passionate debate among the team. As we are taking on the Castigliano label for the first time Caroline spent lots of time talking us through her stunning collection which is really versatile with lots of opportunity for our brides to style their own gowns. Then it was off to see Ian Stuart’s Lady Luxe 2015 collection on the catwalk – gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! As usual we were completely spoilt for choice – dramatic, romantic, show stopping – everything you would expect from Ian Stuart.
Ian Stuart Lady Luxe 2015 Catwalk show – check out a little preview of whats in store for the lucky ladies getting married in Ian Stuart’s fabulous wedding dresses next season:
Still buzzing from Ian’s new collection there was just time to grab a quick bite before heading across town to Stewart Parvin’s showcase at Beauchamp Place. Stewart’s show was wonderfully intimate with dress after breathtaking dress gliding by … how would we choose? The beauty of these dresses, apart from the fabulous fabrics, is the styling opportunity. Stewart and his team showed us the infinite number of ways we could change the look with an amazing array of belts, shrugs, jewellery and veils and we came away inspired and excited.
Six o’clock – we had just made it back to White gallery in time to choose our Rachel Simpson shoes when we were stopped in our tracks by a glimpse of these gorgeous dresses by Karen Willis Holmes ………. mmmmmm …….how fantastic would these dresses look on Limelight brides?
We would have to sleep on this label because it wasn’t in the plan! We were now out of time – we would have to come back in the morning to look at shoes before heading across London again – this time to Olympia, to view the latest collection from Ellis bridals. For now it was time for a well earned glass of wine and a pair of flats!
Shoes are a particular weakness of ours and Rachel Simpson shoes are irresistible, so by 9.30 Monday morning we were back at White gallery, with a renewed enthusiasm for heels, drooling over beautiful blue shoes and Rachel’s new clutch bags.
Next stop Ellis Bridals at Olympia and another treat in store. Ellis has produced an amazingly eclectic collection with sensuous silhouettes and every neckline imaginable in feather light fabrics – exactly what we had been hoping for.
Our will power was weakening and a whopping 14 dresses from the 2015 Ellis Bridal collection will be arriving at Limelight from July onwards!
As we made our way back to White Gallery to pick up the car and head back to Yorkshire, we couldn’t resist another peek at those KWH beaded beauties before we left. Of course, the temptation proved too much, the plan was abandoned and six stunning dresses from the Karen Willis Holmes label will be appearing on our catwalk in the near future.
We had lived and breathed wedding dresses for the entire trip. We were weary but content that we had fabulous gowns on order that will truly delight our brides next season. So what did we talk about all the way home? Our favourite wedding dresses from each label, wedding dress trends, how we would rearrange the shop to accommodate all the new arrivals, how we would style them …… as I said buying new wedding dresses is absolutely our favourite thing to do……..