Happy New Year, lovelies. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’m back in the office and raring to go, with lots of exciting things on the cards for 2019. January has a bit of a bad reputation – it’s traditionally the month of post Christmas come-downs, made-and-broken resolutions, diets and detoxes. So today I want to shake off those January blues, and look at some stunning winter bridal fashion for weddings that fall in the colder months.
Winter weddings can be a feast for the senses. There’s something wonderfully romantic about crisp frost under foot, a slight bite to the air, and the tingle in your cheeks. That’s not to mention the myriad of cooler colours in the morning and evening sky to douse your wedding photos with an ethereal beauty. I love winter weddings that step away from festive kitsch and head more towards cosy hygge and Nordic styling. There’s a warmth and an intimacy to them and a wealth of styling opportunities both for your venue and for your bridal look. I’m sharing some of my favourite bridal fashion from some of the best designers out there right now, to help you find your perfect look for love in a colder climate.
It doesn’t have to be all softness and snow. If you’re more Ice Queen than Snow White, embrace the hard edges of winter in regal elegance.
Acra is renowned for redefining the boundaries of bridal fashion, and these two gowns will make you feel powerful and beautiful. On the left here we have the Charisma gown: a dress worthy of a seriously contemporary fairy tale. I love the structure of the bodice and the abundance of crystal detailing – this is sparkle without tipping over into bling territory and I adore it.
Acra’s aptly named Beauty gown, on the right, is a captivating design. It’s as if your arms and torso have been encased in glittering frost. This neckline is so striking, and could be cosied up against the cold with a stunning shrug or faux fur stole.
OK, I’ll admit it, I am in love with every single gown in Lebanese designer Saiid Kobeisy’s Fall/Winter 18 collection. The two I’ve selected here (WE. 3476 on the left and WE. 3477 on the right) mix structural, dynamic silhouettes with gentle sparkle – as if you’ve been dusted with freshly fallen snow or delicate ice crystals. Opulent, modern and drop dead gorgeous.
There are few more effective ways to keep warm in winter than fluffing up your feathers – something borrowed? Birds feathers are one of the most effective natural ways to stay warm, so even if you don’t opt for the full dress, a feathered cape will keep off the chill.
Kelly Faetanini’s Olga is a show-stopping winter gown featuring a full-feathered skirt fit for a Swan Princess. I love the boldness of the warm gold bodice, this is winter chic for brides with flair.
Elio Abou Fayssal
This dress is about contrasting fabrics and opposing forces. It features a confident, intricate plunging neckline, and a soft swoosh of feathery skirt. Unlike the Faetanini, it’s not waist-to-floor feathers but it’s nonetheless enough to cause a bold flutter.
Lace patterns, and fairytale figures, this style is perfectly at home in a winter wonderland. Think blooms of florals, and elegant brocades of intricate lace.
Another Kobeisy – I just couldn’t help myself. After all Kobeisy is known for merging dream with reality in bridal design. I love the long elegant sleeves of this gown (WE.3266), and luscious folds of fabric that are reminiscent of the structure of a rose without being twee.
There are so many delicious layers to Monique L’Huillier’s Maeve: the tiny detailing, the bold-yet-ethereal neckline, the sheer sleeves, the sense of delight and movement. It is sumptuous on so many levels. I think this is the epitome of the white rose.
Which of these winter styles give you the shivers? I’d love to hear your favourites, and what else you’re planning for your frosty festivities.