Polly – Beautiful beadwork on the bodice of Shanna’s new collection have been handcrafted by artisans in a process that takes up to 60 hours of intricate craftmanship
Still on the hunt for the ‘one’? Well let me introduce you to the fabulous Shanna Melville Bridal Couture. Designed and made in London, these enchanting gowns are simply beautiful. I love the personal service bride’s receive with the designer herself, set in the stunning Wimbledon Village bridal boutique. Not to mention the hand woven fabrics and detailed embellishments. Shanna’s dresses are bespoke and take up to 6 months to create. Now that truly is something very special.
I am super excited to be speaking to designer Shanna Melville herself today.
Grace – Ornate beadwork around the torso and a low v-neck flatters the décolletage in this vintage art-deco inspired design
Hi Shanna, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?
I’ve been designing couture bridal gowns for over 12 years. All of my creations are bespoke and can take up to six months to create. Each and every one of my dresses are handmade in the workshop of my Wimbledon Village boutique by a small but highly skilled team of artisans and seamstresses. It can take up to 60 hours to make some of the delicate and very complex beadwork on some of this current season’s collection. It’s a labour of love, but good design is often akin to slow design – something that is beautifully handcrafted is usually worth waiting for!
I carry out all the creative consultations and fittings, and I’m generally involved in every step of the process – from planning and design to the finished creation. A wedding dress is one of the biggest and most important purchases a woman will make in her lifetime, so I work very closely with all my clients to ensure that their vision and dream of the perfect dress becomes a touchable, wearable reality.
Chloe – Shanna’s ‘Chloe’ dress fuses lustrous, free-flowing fabric with intricate design that elevates ‘bo-ho chic’ to almost regal heights
What do you love/dislike about your job?
I actually love everything about my work. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with the big job of creating a bride’s dream dress. I have a lot of fun designing new collections and love working with beautiful fabrics and embellishments. The long hours can be hard, but for me this is a really rewarding profession.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I originally studied fashion design at college but it was really only after my own engagement and ensuing hunt for the perfect wedding dress did I discover my true passion and eye for design in bridal couture. I then cut my teeth in this industry and refined my art by working with two established wedding designers before setting up my own boutique in Wimbledon Village in 2007.
What do you aim to achieve for your brides?
It’s simple really; I aim to design and create the perfect dress for each of my clients. What I strive for is to fashion a gown that flatters the figure and enhances her natural beauty like no other garment will. Throughout this journey, I want to them to have an enjoyable experience too. Marriage is a rite of passage and the dress is not just a symbol of this life-changing event, it’s also very expressive of an individual’s taste, style and identity. My job is to interpret this into something that is both beautiful and wearable.
We’re going all beachy boho beautiful to start the week with a real bang.
WWW readers Andrew and Megan were married in September of last year beside the sea in Northern Ireland. They achieved a day which was relaxed and oh so stylish. I am so coveting Megan’s bridal look, with her wavy hair entwined with Daisies and a stunning Charlie Brear gown… yes please.
The bridesmaids looked so pretty in cornflower blue dresses which worked so wonderfully with the delicate blooms. Amaze!
Thanks goes to the fantastic Fraser Stewart Photography for sharing his photographs with us.
Tags: Blue Wedding Ideas, Charlie Brear Wedding Dress, Fraser Stewart Photography, Northern Ireland Wedding, Real Weddings, Seaside Wedding
I can’t believe my happy camper is 6 months old next week! Where has the time gone? We’re about to embark on the world of food! Ekk. I am not looking forward to the mess and I am sure I will miss breastfeeding this little fella. But hopefully it will give me a little more independence again. We brought some new clobber, a high chair and supersize play mat for W the past couple of weeks. Hopefully those will keep him going for a while.
The bathroom tiling is complete. I can’t wait to show you the make over. We are so nearly finished. Next project… the garden.
Here is my February in images >>
1. Spoilt girly. 2. The national space centre. 3. UKWAP cookie. 4. Selfie. 5. Kick kick kick. 6. Self packaging Valentine’s post. 7. Rainbows & clouds. 8. Choc shot. 9. Candelabra Print stationery.
I hope you have a Sunday making brilliant memories XOXO Lou
Yippee, it’s international Saturday and this morning we head to beautiful sun shining Florida for a rustic and natural wedding.
Kelly and Thomas wanted a wedding that reflected their love of the outdoors with a childhood twist. Think wheat bouquets, s’mores and twinkling festoon lights. So very romantic.
The sublime images today are courtesy of Stacy Paul Photography. Wonderful.
When planning a wedding it’s easy to over look entertaining your guests. The last thing you want is for your loved ones to be hanging around bored or not being able to get to know one another. Break the ice and up the antics with these fun entertainment ideas by WWW sponsors Warble Entertainment xo Lou
1. Think big
There’s no harm in going all out – after all, it is your one BIG day! Why not add some height to your drinks reception with stilt walkers to mingle with your guests and create real buzz. Or, and this is the ultimate in big – hire a Giant Snow Globe. Yes, one does exist and yes it is absolutely awe inspiringly amazing and quite possibly the most romantic entertainment you will ever see!
The most common surprise wedding entertainment is singing waiters, which always go down really well but why not add a twist with surprise singing policemen or firemen. Or add a subtler and unexpected surprise with living statues – they look so real your guests would never know they weren’t until they get a shock tap on the shoulder!
3. Turn up the heat
Book a fire show during your evening reception – the danger element and stunning visual display is 100% guaranteed to impress all your guests and leave them with a unique experience and an everlasting memory.
4. Augment your theme
If you are having a theme to your big day, then why not really bring it to life with entertainment? For a 1920’s theme, hire some flapper dancers to ignite the dance floor shenanigans. Or, if you are considering a vintage theme, book a barber shop quartet to add an authentic element.
5. Unique and Quirky
You know what it’s like with a close group of friends – weddings have a snowball effect so you end up attending at least 2 -3 a year. Make sure yours stands out from the crowd by adding some unique entertainment such as a living table to serve your reception drinks, a balloon boutique to add a splash of colour or a living tree for a great quirky twist!