Earlier this year, I was wowed by many of you beautiful readers. You opened up to me about your weddings and in one of my favourite posts EVER - you let me share YOUR wedding pictures.
Recently, when Simply Be released their Bridal Collection - I asked you to select your favourite dress for me to try - well the clear winners were Evelyn and Grace - so here they are for you! BUT - before we get started, I just want to say one thing... The dresses came and felt like SPECIAL packages. They were in a box, wrapped in tissue, on hangars and in a plastic (dry clean style) bag. It FELT luxurious to receive these dresses - and considering the range is a High Street style option for bridal wear - averaging about £100 each - these dresses FELT like a proper princess treat!
For my part, I have tried these dresses and sent them back to Simply Be. HOPEFULLY - this will help any would-be brides or fiances to make a choice. Let me just say, I tried BOTH in a 22 which felt right for me. As I was trying the dresses for the blog only and then sending them back, they have not been pressed, but instead, accurately represent my first wear…
The Peach "Evelyn" Wedding Dress. This is LOVELY and a beautiful choice for women who aren't too keen on white. I was sent a stole to try over this, but note there is a matching shawl/cardigan you could get - which would also be beautiful for arm coverage.
The material has a really nice, heavy drape and is shaped to ride the curve of your body. As you can see, the wide straps EASILY hide my bra strap and V-plunge breast is lovely. In fact - the V can run deeper, but as I didn't have an appropriate bra to try this with (I was in Sandhurst and my plunge styles were back in London), I have left the V sitting quite high - it can EASILY be worn lower (for a little wedding WOOT WOO!). This was a perfect length for my 5'5" frame (with and without heels).
I like the beading detail on this, as well as the line of the dress… This is a really pretty (and affordable!!) option for any future bride, also, because of the colour, this could easily double as a bridesmaid dress. Oh, I should add - the gorgeous structure of this dress means you feel taller in it and kind of wonderfully held. Really beautiful.
The Simply Be Stole I was sent to accessorise with, would be AMAZING for cooler weddings and parties into the evening. I feel quite attached to the stole, to be honest and wish I could yell, IT'S MINE, IT'S MINE!
I love this. I felt really fancy in it too!!
The next dress I tried was the "Grace" Wedding Dress. Funny story. When you readers selected this dress, I was a little bit hesitant. MY wedding dress preference was the "Isabella" - so I hoped for that to come up - but you chose this.
WOW Ladies - GREAT choice. I put this on, and FELT like a bride. I literally had a moment standing by myself in front of a mirror and thought - wow, I could get MARRIED in this.
THAT's pretty powerful!
This dress created a real "moment" for me as far as dresses are concerned... I LOVE this. The dress curves beautifully around the breast (which has some plastic boning to retain shape) and then floats from the high waist. There is a generous amount of fabric and a delicious centre drape that adds a sexy, subtle detail to the front. This dress is not heavily fitted - but gives a lovely and comfortable amount of room; it made me want to eat cake and do a Bridal Waltz, to be honest!!!
The feature sleeves are gorgeous and I also love the detailing across the breast… The whole look just SCREAMS bride to me. I've actually never tried a wedding dress before - but if I'd been trying an outfit for myself - THIS would be the one. It took Darcy's breath away too!
The fabric is a little delicate and I would make sure you try this one with rounded nails as I feel any jagged claws COULD get caught in this one. I also found it a little longer than the Peach Dress (I am 5'5" and needed to wear heels to make it work). Ultimately though - sublime and stunning.
Apart from these amazing dresses, Simply Be also sent me the Viva La Diva Peep Toe shoes to wear with the outfit, which they have let me keep. I didn't have light coloured shoes.
Now? Well, NOW that I have the shoes, I just need a dress to match…
Oh, Mr, Darcy!!!