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Finding a brilliant wedding photographer who can capture the day just as you imagined it is no easy task, which is why team Rewritten have stepped in with our pick of ten of the best UK-based wedding photographers.

 

 

1. Nic Ford

A natural behind the camera, not only will Nic make you feel super comfortable and confident on your big day but she also happens to take beautifully modern photographs with a little bit of a fashion, sepia tone to them. Check out our Mykonos dresses galavanting on the beach in the top right.

Instagram @nicfordweddingphotographer

 

 

2. Benjamin Wheeler

One of the most in-demand wedding photographers around, Ben is a seriously lovely chap and his talent for capturing the light just perfectly is so effortless it hurts. Hannah and Guy’s wedding, shot by Wheeler, was the first ever wedding featuring our bridesmaids dresses (bottom right) and remains our favourite to this day.

Instagram @benjaminwheeler

 

 

3. The Curries

This Peckham based duo (Chris & Gillian) are a proper photography power couple and their relaxed, modern aesthetic is hard to beat.

Instagram @thecurries.co

 

 

4. Joanna Bongard

A magpie for a cool building or epic backdrop, Jo is not only wonderful fun to hang out with but her colourful, candid pictures burst with life and joy.

Instagram @joannabongardphoto

 

 

5. Lex Fleming

Colour is the name of the game when it comes to Lex Fleming, her photography is a riot of happiness and her talent for beautiful compositions is second to none.

Instagram @lexflemingphoto

 

 

6. Natalie J

Natalie has a dream like, almost ethereal style and her authentic pictures tell the story of a wedding day beautifully. We fell in love with pictures from Tanya’s wedding (top left & bottom right) featuring our Coral dresses as soon as we saw them.

Instagram @nataliejweddings

 

 

7. Gail Secker

Based in Manchester and shooting around the North West, Gail’s style is informal, artistic and a little big vintage.  She is an expert at capturing those awesome moments, especially if a smoke bomb is involved.

Instagram @gailseckerphotography

 

 

8. Sally T Photography

Based in North Yorkshire but shooting all over the UK, Sally’s background in Fine Art lends her pictures an almost cinematic quality and we were OBSESSED when we saw her photographs from Holly’s wedding (top left).

Instagram @sallytphotography

 

 

9. Luis Holden

Norfolk based Luis’ has an authentic, relaxed style and a real talent for capturing the random, beautiful bits that make a wedding a wedding. His shot of our Florence dresses side by side remains one of our favourite real wedding shots of all time.

Instagram @luis_holden

 

 

10. Epic Love Story Photography

Emma’s photographs are a little bit badass and a lot fun – her alternative, quirky style makes for some pretty epic photographs and she isn’t shy of a smoke/confetti bomb. Note, Rachel’s bridesmaids looking totally killer on the beach (bottom right).

Instagram @Emma_epiclovestory

 

The lucky winner has now been chosen, thank you so much to everyone that entered. Keep an eye on our Instagram page for our next competition.

 

Because we love you all so much, we’re giving one lucky bride-to-be the opportunity to WIN three Rewritten bridesmaids dresses. Only got two bridesmaids? Choose a different style, and keep it for yourself! To enter, simply head over to THIS Instagram post, tag at least one of your best girls, and make sure you are both following us to be in with a chance of winning.

T+Cs: Competition ends 31st May. Winner will be chosen at random, and notified via Instagram by 10th June.
The dresses must be chosen from our In Stock styles, so that we can send them out to you when if you win! Only one entry per person, but your friends can enter too. No cash alternative.

 

With the current situation and social distancing seeming to be going nowhere anytime soon, throwing a hen party in the normal way is basically impossible, which totally sucks. We have teamed up with our pals over at uber cool hen planning service CLUCK to explain that fun can still be had- whether having a full on virtual hen party or if you are just planning something to mark what would have been the special day (we like to call it it the un-hen party!) Over to the team at CLUCK….

 

Hey there! We’re CLUCK, an alternative hen party planning company run by three best pals. Normally we spend our days creating & organising bespoke hen party packages and experiences for cool, modern women….but that’s been a bit tricky of late. You don’t need us to tell you that the last month has been an utter s**t-show, no more than for brides that have had to reschedule their 2020 hen parties & weddings.

 

For that reason we’ve put together some tips on holding a virtual hen party for the bride-to-be, on what would have been her hen party date! It’s a great way to connect in lockdown, have some fun together ahead of the “real” hen party later down the line, and most importantly, put a much needed smile on the face of the bride-to-be.

 

Here’s CLUCK’s expert tips on how to hold the virtual (un) hen party from heaven….

 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

 

Yes we are in the midst of a global pandemic….but it’s 2020 and that means we can all still create, make and learn together virtually, whilst having a laugh AND supporting small businesses during a testing time! Here are a few of our faves…

 

MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER CROWNS OR BOUQUETS – channel your inner Frida Kahlo with a floral crown workshop, or create a gorgeous hand tied bouquet to appreciate and enjoy during lockdown. Hosted by the lovely Amy, a small independent planner, stylist and florist who will hand deliver your kits the day of the party (within M25), and will ensure you have a lot of fun whilst learning on your Zoom workshop. Then you can either have a group  shot in your gorgeous new crowns, or you can pop your bouquet in a vase and admired!

 

AT-HOME SCENTED CANDLE WORKSHOP – could there be a better skill to learn during lockdown than how to make a scented candle?! During this online class you will join one of our expert candle makers, as a team you will be guided through our candle making process. Prior to your workshop you will receive a candle kit containing all the core materials and equipment you’ll need to make your scented soy wax candle. You will also be able to choose your own botanical oil scent profile and custom candle label. Via Zoom, they’ll share hints and tips on creating candles from the comfort and safety of your home.

 

 

VOGA – we’ve all seen the plethora of online yoga classes but this isn’t yoga….this is VOGA. Fusing wellbeing with party vibes, VOGA is the perfect at-home hen experience. Set to an iconic soundtrack of 80s diva classics, it combines the movement of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class. The idea is to dress to express, so don your most fabulous gear and we’ll see you in the living room.

 

 

LIFE DRAWING– yep that’s right…see a naked hunk in all his glory AND learn how to draw without leaving your living room. Arm yourselves with a drawing pad and (plenty of) prosecco, and prepare to unleash your hen’s inner artist. Through a series of fun exercises & effective tips from a professional artist you’ll learn a new skill centred around observing – and recreating – the human body in all its beauty (aubergine emoji).

 

 

THEMED DANCE CLASS – what better way to let loose and have a much needed laugh than some living room choreography with your pals?! Whether it’s Beyonce, Dirty Dancing, Disney or 90’s Pop, the list of themes is endless (as is the fun to be had).

 

For more info on these virtual hen party activities & workshops, drop CLUCK a line hello@thisiscluck.com

 

 

SEND THE BRIDE A CARE PACKAGE

 

Ahead of the virtual party, why not send a little care package so the bride is stocked up with treats for the event. You can either send a surprise supermarket shop, or if you want something a little more “aesthetically pleasing” how about one of these…

 

ISOBEL BAKES CAKE POSTAL SERVICE– Isobel is offering a “Cake Postal Service” so you can send gorgeously presented cakes with a personalised card. Options include Biscoff brownie & salted caramel, banana & caramel cake, and sticky toffee pudding cake. And no, we won’t judge if you order one for yourself whilst you’re at it.

 

 

JIMMY’S SELF ISOLATON HAMPERS – Jimmy & his team have curated “isolation hampers” to suit all lockdown treat needs. Their “Night-In (Again)” hamper features mixed charcuterie, sourdough baguette, homemade pickles, olive oil and balsamic, homemade chutney, rosemary and garlic stuffed Camembert and the all important bottle of wine.

 

 

CUTTER & SQUIDGE’S “AFTERNOON TEA AT HOME”  – if your bride-to-be is a sophisticated lady, Cutter & Squidge are offering a boxed up version of their favourite afternoon tea treats delivered to your door. The box includes brownies, mini dreamcakes, scones, clotted cream, fruity jam & a tin of fine loose leaf tea.

 

 

BETROVAL BOX  – our pals at Team Hen have curated a beautiful box for brides-to-be, brimming with at least 7 must-have wedding products. Some will help plan and prepare for the big day, while others are designed to pamper and delight. They can be bought as a subscription or one-off purchase, plus delivery is free and get 15% off with code SPRING2020.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL HEN PARTY GAMES

 

There’s plenty of options that still work virtually….why not do a game of bingo or pub quiz themed around the bride, and of course Mr & Mrs will go down a treat, and is a great way to get the groom involved. And if he’s game, for ultimate LOLS you could have him do a “surprise” (semi) strip tease for the bride.

 

 

DRESS CODE

 

Just because you’re not physically together, doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with a dress code. All out glam with full make-up/hair is a nice way to make the event feel special (and it’s good for the soul to spend a few hours out of pyjama’s). Alternatively a fancy dress theme suited to the bride is also a great idea for guaranteed LOLS.

 

 

Image source: Pinterest

 

 

HEN PARTY PROPS & FAVOURS

 

Make sure the whole squad get involved with these lovely hen party goody bags from Team Hen that can be sent to each guests house. Frosted zip pouches contains everything you need for your virtual hen party. And of course, they have quite a selection of headbands so even a virtual hen party is Instagram-worthy.

 

 

 

Want to hear more? Speak to the CLUCK team hello@thisiscluck.com or visit the CLUCK website

Is your ideal wedding a spontaneous, bohemian festival with no seating plan or an expertly planned lavish affair complete with outfit change? Are you a can’t-be-flustered, no stress type of a person, or have you been planning this day since the age of 6?

Whatever kind of bride you are and however you choose to get married, we have the most awesome bridesmaids outfits to suit your occasion.

But first, let’s find your perfect look by taking our super fun, highly scientific quiz. Without further ado…

Q. Which of these best describes your ideal wedding?

  1. Chill as f*ck, let’s see what happens
  2. Fairly traditional with lots of personal touches
  3. Modern, relaxed and all about the food and wine
  4. THE wedding of the year

Q. What is your ideal wedding venue?

  1. A giant yurt in a wildflower meadow
  2. The sprawling country estate near your family home
  3. Hawksmoor followed by a proper London pub rave
  4. Canterbury Cathedral

Q. Which of the ‘Friends’ girls are you most like?

  1. Phoebe Buffay
  2. Monica Geller
  3. Rachel Green
  4. None of them; I was always more of a Buffy.

Q. What is your go-to music to play loudly (when no-one else is listening)?

  1. Anything worthy of a Glastonbury headline slot (more Arcade Fire, less Taylor Swift)
  2. The Killers. Takes me back to the good old uni days.
  3. Electronic or old school 90’s classics
  4. Florence and the Machine or John Mayer

Q. What is your perfect meal out?

  1. A barbecue at a mate’s house
  2. A country pub lunch followed by a walk
  3. That new Peruvian place you have been dying to try
  4. 12-course tasting menu at The Shard

Now, make a note of your answers!

IF YOU SCORED MOSTLY 1s

The Boho Bride. Well aren’t you just a laidback little bundle of fun? Brightly coloured, mix and match bridesmaids outfits will look just perfect at your festival themed bohemian wedding.

Look to the floaty sleeves of the Mykonos and Florence dresses in colours like Coral, Bluebell, Marine and Heather.

Amy’s bridesmaids wear styles in Concrete and Marine. Photography by Will Patrick Weddings.

IF YOU SCORED MOSTLY 2s

The Traditionalist. Dreaming of that beautiful country house wedding with the white flowing dress and veil since you were a little girl? What could be more fitting for your day than pale oyster pink, blush rose, soft grey or minty marine green dresses. The high neck Vienna and classic Ibiza will strike the balance between demure and contemporary and will look just bloody fabulous on that marquee dancefloor.

Natalie’s bridesmaids wear styles in Oyster. Photography by Sadie Osborne Photography.

IF YOU SCORED MOSTLY 3s

The Cosmopolitan City Bride. Oh hey there city slicker. More bothered by the quality of the wine than the flowers, we have got you covered with our uber cool Soho jumpsuit, high neck Vienna and square neck Berlin dress in Chianti (red wine friendly HELLO) or Concrete.

Rachel’s bridesmaids wear the Vienna dress in Concrete. Photography by Duke Scotland.

IF YOU SCORED MOSTLY 4s

The Fairytale Bride. The event of the century, your grand English cathedral or French chateau wedding is going to be talked about for years to come. Look to our Seville dress with sweeping train and dramatic shoulder ties or our slinky Brooklyn dress with low back and spaghetti straps in rich jewel tones such as Blackcurrant, Ink, Chianti or Forest.

Pamela’s bridesmaids wear styles in Chianti. Photography by McGivern Photography.

Would you like to see all of our colours in person before buying? Email us on hello@wearerewritten.com with your address and chosen colours and we will pop some swatches in the post for you.

Helena’s bridesmaids wear dresses and jumpsuits in Forest. Photography by Gail Secker.

The biggest and boldest of the bridesmaids trends, mismatched is here to stay. Done right it makes for the coolest of looks but it can be a tricky one to nail. From clashing prints to tonal gradation and contrasting textures, we bring to you the cardinal rules of mixing and matching.

 

1. One style DOESN’T suit all 

Long gone are the days when free thinking adult women are expected to dress in the same outfit, now it is entirely possible to let your bridesmaids show off their own sense of style and identity whilst achieving a uniform look. Opt for different styles in the same colour for a modern take on the traditional bridal party. Oh and your bridesmaids will love you for it, we promise.

Lauren’s bridesmaids wear various styles in Oyster. Photography by Callum Baker | clmbkr.com

Emma’s bridesmaids wear various styles in Ink. Photography by Bloom Weddings.

 

2. Don’t be afraid to be BOLD

We specially designed all of our colours to be worn together. Bright Coral with red-wine friendly Chianti and pale Oyster pink – why the hell not? Turquoise marine green with deep forest and brilliant bluebell? Abso-bloody-lutely. Embrace the colour pop and go BOLD.

Rachel’s bridesmaids wear various styles in Bluebell and Oyster. Photography by Epic Love Story.

 Sarah’s bridesmaids wear the Florence dress in Bluebell, Marine and Concrete. Photography by Dan Ward Photography.

 

3. Play with TEXTURE

The subtle sheen of a satin when teamed with a matt crepe and a pretty printed chiffon dress will win serious style points and looks glorious in photographs – different fabrics will capture a kaleidoscope of colours in sunlight.

Styled shoot featuring the satin Sydney dress, limited edition velvet dress and Mykonos dress in Forest. Shot by Nic Ford Wedding Photography.

Isy’s bridesmaids wear various dresses including the Mykonos in Marine and Brooklyn in Oyster. Photography by  Ben & Kadin.

 

4. Throw in a TROUSER

Call us biased but we LOVE a strong trouser leg and think every bridal party should feature at least one jumpsuit. Look for a flowing palazzo silhouette that will blend seamlessly with any dress or skirt.

Naimh’s bridesmaids wear the Soho jumpsuit in Forest. Photography by Georgia Rachael Photography.

Ready for more inspiration? Browse our bridesmaids dresses, get in touch for the best advice on how to mix and match or let us inspire you over on Instagram.

Julia wears the Berlin dress in Coral, other bridesmaids wear styles similar to the Soho Jumpsuit in Oyster and the Florence dress in Coral.

 

Long gone are the days when the invitation to be your best friend’s bridesmaid came with a sense of impending doom at the monstrosity of a non-flattering dress you might have been expected to wear. The modern day bridesmaid has so many more choices and will no longer have to down a few pre-ceremony proseccos just to brave the congregation. So, what exactly is the coolest way to do bridesmaids dressing, I hear you ask? Read on, for having dressed thousands of beautiful bridesmaids, we are the experts…

 

1. MIX AND MATCH

Bridesmaids wear the Vienna and Mykonos dresses in Oyster. Photography @benjaminwheeler

Do you really believe that all of your adult bridesmaids (women who have spent the last few decades of their lives forming their individual sense of identity and style) are going to even entertain the thought of wearing a matching dress with five other women? And a dress that they (probably) didn’t choose? No, they aren’t. The answer? Mix and match your bridesmaids styles and let your best girls choose which silhouette and colour is going to make them feel most awesome. Not only will this make for way more exciting wedding photos, but your bridesmaids will actually like you, no sorry, love you for it.

Lauren’s girls wear the Mykonos dress, Havana top & skirt, Tokyo dress, Florence dress and Vienna dress in Chianti. Photography by @krishanthiphoto

 

2. ROCK A JUMPSUIT

Yes – we know we said the coolest way to wear bridesmaids dresses but we happen to be massive fans of a bridesmaid jumpsuit. Does it take longer to go to the toilet in? Yes. Is it worth the extra undressing time? Absolutely. Will your best girl feel like a proper rock-star wearing one on your big day? 100%.

Jessica’s girls wear the Vienna dress, Soho jumpsuit and Provence top and skirt (in background) in Bluebell. Photography by @benjaminstuartphotograhy

 

3. GO TONAL

Like a beautifully sweet sounding harmony, there is nothing more satisfying than a group of dresses in tonal hues of the same colour. Whether a blend of dusky grey, pale pink and antique rose or rich forest green and minty marine we couldn’t sing the praises for tonal dressing more enthusiastically.

Ashleigh’s girls wear the Vienna and Berlin dresses in Heather, Concrete and Oyster colours. Photography by @newforeststudio

 

4. DRESSES YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO WEAR AGAIN

Not only is a bridesmaids dress or jumpsuit you can imagine wearing again clearly a winner already, but it’s way more sustainable too (no-one likes throwaway attire.) Look for great quality, contemporary pieces that could be transformed by shortening into a great midi-length party dress post-wedding.You will probably have put a heel through the bottom of the dress anyway.

Bridesmaid wears the Mykonos dress in Oyster. Photography @nigeljohn_com

Ready for more inspiration? Browse our bridesmaids dresses, or let us inspire you over on Instagram.

Welcome to Hackney Wick – home to the Rewritten flagship store and packed with some of the most excellent bars, restaurants and cafes that London has to offer. We are well aware of how difficult it can be to get all of your bridesmaids in one place, so whether you are looking for the perfect pre-appointment brunch spot, post-appointment beer and pizza or a light lunch bite – we have the lowdown on where to go in the area.

 

CRATE BREWERY

BEST FOR: PIZZA & BEER

Located next to Hackney Wick station Crate Brewery serves the most delicious stone-baked pizzas alongside a fantastic beer selection (and wine too if beer isn’t your thing) everyday from 12pm. In summer there is no greater spot than on one of their benches by the River Lea or if you are feeling adventurous jump aboard the Alfred Le Roy cocktail boat for espresso martini’s and charcuterie. Try the truffle and sage pizza, trust us, it is epic.

 

BARGE EAST

BEST FOR: CANAL-SIDE EVENING DRINKS AND SMALL PLATE DINING

A stones throw from the Rewritten showroom, Barge East is an 114 year old Dutch barge serving locally sourced small plate dishes in the warm and cosy inside dining space (there is a log fire, how cute is that) or overlooking the Olympic village from the outdoor deck. The barge is also draped in fairy lights come evening so it looks pretty damn magical on a winters evening. Open for brunch on Saturdays and dinner and drinks throughout the week.

 

NUMBER 90 BAR & KITCHEN

BEST FOR: UP-MARKET PUB GRUB & COCKTAILS

This canal-side bar and kitchen has an excellent cocktail list and flies the flag for local artists with a small in-house arts space and revolving roster of guest DJs. Located close to Hackney Wick, team Rewritten are big fans of Number 90, we even celebrated Ana’s (our Head of CS) 30th birthday there. It was raucous. Serving food daily between 12pm and 9.30pm.

 

STOUR SPACE

BEST FOR: BRUNCH

Stour Space Café & Bar is located opposite the Rewritten showroom and has the loveliest indoor cafe and outdoor terrace overlooking the River Lea canal, opposite the Olympic Stadium. The brunch is excellent (try the bacon sarnie) and they do great coffee, wine, beer and cocktails. A non-profit, socially minded organisation, Stour Space is also a revolving exhibition space with all cafe and bar profits reinvested into the running of the venue.

 

 

HOWLING HOPS BREWERY, TANK BAR & KITCHEN

BEST FOR: AUTHENTIC COLOMBIAN FOOD & BEER

Next door to Crate Brewery, the tank bar at Howling Hops is exceptionally cool – rows of beer tanks are displayed behind the bar and you can dine out on whatever restaurant pop-up is in residence (currently excellent Colombian food – the gluten-free Arepas are to die for) while sitting on long benches. Known to be a bit of a party spot, this late-night venue gets pretty wild later at night with guest DJs and even some table top dancing. They also serve wine and spirits for those non beer drinkers out there.

 

BREAKFAST CLUB HACKNEY WICK

BEST FOR: MORNING COCKTAILS AND BREAKFAST BURRITOS

A ten minute walk from Rewritten, London’s famous Breakfast Club has multiple locations but our favourite has to be the canal-side Hackney eatery. Forming part of the innovative Here East campus (there are oodles of restaurants and bars here including a great Vegan place called Mother so check them out), the Breakfast Club is famous for its breakfast burritos, salted margaritas and bold decor. Call us crazy but we think it is entirely appropriate to eat breakfast at any time of the day, why not do so while sitting on the Hackney Riviera?

 

CORNERSTONE

BEST FOR: SOMETHING VERY FANCY INDEED

This award-winning sustainable seafood restaurant by super talented chef Tom Brown serves up simple but sophisticated sharing plates that change daily. An open kitchen, marble-topped bar and Michelin star quality food make Cornerstone a must for all fancy food lovers and would be a great place for a slap up meal post appointment.

 

We have literally just scratched the surface of how much this exciting and eclectic borough has to offer but hope we have given you a taste for more. Now what are you waiting for? Book an appointment to come and see us!! Quite frankly, it would be rude not to.

 

 

Rust orange leaves, vividly coloured fireworks and red wine galore – Autumn is officially here and to celebrate we have put together some tantalising jewel tone mood boards. Crack out those Pinterest boards ladies, its time to get winter wedding planning 🍁

The Pinks – Coral & Heather 💫
Shop by Pinks

The Reds & Purples – Chianti & Blackcurrant  💫
Shop by Reds & Purples

The Greens & Blues – Forest & Ink  💫
Shop by Greens & Blues 

Love, Rewritten X

We regularly get calls from our wonderful customers – sometimes in a small panic – as one of their bridesmaids has just announced their pregnancy or they are looking for a dress to fit their breastfeeding pal who has just given birth. Whilst babies are obvious fabulous news we understand that it can be tricky when trying to find that perfectly fitting bridesmaids dress. Fear not, this happens ALL OF THE TIME and the good news is that you can rock one of our dresses just as easily whether bump or sans bump. As (we like to think) experts in this field here are a few tips on finding the ideal style for you 

As bloody obvious as it sounds, when looking for a dress to fit your pregnant bridesmaid look for something loose fitting at the waist – a wrap style dress is a fantastic option as it can be tightened or loosened as much as necessary. Our Florence and Tokyo wrap dresses lend themselves excellently as maternity bridesmaids styles as they wrap to cover any bump perfectly. Depending on your due date and increased bust we would usually recommend ordering 1 -2 sizes up from your normal size.  Plus, a wrap dress is perfect for easy access breastfeeding, as is our Seville dress with its shoulder ties. 

Another style that works really well is empire line as the waist seam sits just under the bust and above the bump. Try our Mykonos dress for a modern take on the traditional empire line dress with cold shoulders sleeves and waist darts that allow for extra room below the bust.  

Also if you are worried about your bump raising the hem of your dress at the front, we can make any of our dresses in a longer length (there is an extra charge for this service) – that way you can have it altered to be slightly longer on the front when on the hanger, but perfectly even all the way round when worn over your bump.   

But don’t just take our word for it, we asked the ever stylish Founder of chic beachwear brand Pampelone, Holly Scarsella (www.pampelone.com) how she found wearing our Oyster Florence dress for her sisters big day when she was 8 months pregnant. 

 ‘Being a bridesmaid is such an honour, especially for your sister, but finding out that it will be two days before your due date at 9 months pregnant filled me with apprehension. I was so nervous about how I’d feel but that changed as soon as I tried on my Rewritten dress.  I felt a million dollars – the cut suited a 9 month pregnant woman perfectly.’  

Holly Scarsella, Founder of Pampelone Clothing  

If in doubt and there is more you want to know, just give us a call on+44 (0)20 8801 5053 – we are a pretty flexible bunch and would love to help as much as we can. 

We work closely with our awesome stockists. Maybe you know some of them already, but maybe not, and so we are starting a series of interviews with these beautiful bridal stores. First up, the gorgeous Archive 12 as told by their founder Claire…

  1. Store Name : Archive 12
  2. Where you are based: Belfast, NI.

  3. What makes your store so awesome?
    I like to think we offer a very different vibe at Archive 12. I wanted to create a space that was exciting in terms of interior design but also a super relaxing place to be. Almost everyone comments on how cool our store is and I must admit I have to agree! Combined with our range of shit hot bridal collections and accessories, that are all exclusive to us in Ireland and I think we truly offer a unique experience.

  4. How did you get started in the bridal industry?
    I actually used to manage The Vintage Wedding Dress Company in London back in 2008 (now Charlie Brear) and when I moved home I always wanted to open a cool vintage bridal store in NI as there wasn’t anything like that here. For our first 2 or 3 years we sold only original vintage wedding gowns (think Kate Moss vintage rather than 50’s prom), but then I started to find designers who offered the kind of dresses that got me really buzzed, and so Archive 12 evolved into the brand we have now. High fashion, effortless style for the chilled out bride.

  5. Talk us through a typical day in the life of a bridal store…

    I don’t think this really exists! if I have clients in I will generally clean and prep any collections for the day, light the candles and choose some tunes to keep me going! If it’s a day when I am working ‘on’ the business then it could be anything from client follow ups, social media planning, accounts, event planning, website updates or writing a blog post. I love that every day can be different, and you never know what will happen.

  6. What’s the absolute best thing about your job?
    Without a doubt it’s that moment when a client makes the decision that this is HER dress. It’s such a joyous thing and you can almost see her body move and feel happy when wearing it. The body language is always such a clear sign for me, and I still find it overwhelming that someone would choose a dress from ARCHIVE 12! I do also love styling bridal editorial shoots. It allows me to dig deep into my creative side and showcase our collections how I imagine them to be worn.
  7. And the worst…..

    Hmm there are definitely many hard parts to running a business. But as a super organised person I find it pretty stressful when clients have left it too late to start looking. It’s so frustrating because I really want to be able to help anyone who walks through the doors, but in reality sometimes it just won’t be possible to order certain dresses if the timescale is too tight or the budget won’t stretch to rush fees. It’s gutting to see a client upset that they can’t have the dress they truly love, so please for all our sakes girls, start looking at least 8-10 months before your date!

  8. Which is your favourite style in the Rewritten collection and why do you love the brand?

    Right now it’s hands down the SOHO jumpsuit. It’s such a flattering shape and looks good on everyone! Its something different from the norm and guaranteed to get the WOW from the other wedding guests. I searched for years for a bridesmaids brand that I felt would compliment our collections and was also affordable and bang on trend, and I am thrilled to be able to offer Rewritten to our clients.  I love the simplicity of the silhouettes and fabric – no fuss, no bling and so comfortable. 
  9. You have such a great selection of designers in store – who are your favourite designers that you carry and why?

    I absolutely love all our brands and each one offers a different vibe. This summer we have two new British designers coming in to the store – BON BRIDE who have the most amazing minimal gowns, and SHIKOBA BRIDE who have a bohemian vibe with lots of fringing. So I’m excited to see how they go down with our clients.

  10. What are the latest trends in the bridal world this year – what should we look out for?

    Plain dresses continue to be a firm favourite, and I love how they can be styled to suit your day… add a flower crown for a boho look or keep it super slick with some statement ear-rings and jewellery. For next season I think tailored jackets will be big, in both plain silk fabrics or a more ornate embroidered fabric or sequins. And hopefully we will see a lot more colour for the brides too, not just the bridesmaids.
  11. If you hadn’t decided on a career in the bridal industry what would you have done instead?

    I have always worked in fashion or costume, so if the shop disappeared tomorrow I would go back to working in Film & TV. But if I had to do it all again and choose a different path I would definitely train to be a midwife. I guess it’s another massive moment in any woman’s life and it would be such a privilege to be there for someone giving birth (I’ve done it 3 times and the midwives are literally angels)
  12. Finally, if you could be stuck on a desert island with one famous person who would it be?

    I think I would go a bit mad being stuck with just one person, but maybe Russell Brand or Louis Theroux… I don’t think I would ever run out of things to talk about, and I think they’d both be pretty cheerful in the situation. Or Beyonce, just so she could teach me all her dance routines.

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