Weddings: Dreamy Dresses Unveiled




Brides-to-be will be floating down the aisle in billowing princess dresses in soft blush tones, with cathedral-length trains and romantic veils. Contributing fashion editor Rohiny Belani showcases this season’s biggest trends, available at Cambridge boutique, The Tailor’s Cat

If you’ve always dreamt of wearing a big white gown on your wedding day, then there’s no shortage of options. But if, like many brides, you have no idea what you want to wear – you just know you want to look and feel like yourself – then consider yourself lucky to be getting hitched in 2020. The new generation of bridal designers are offering up a world of choice for those that don’t want to look too ‘bridal’, or wish to wow in multiple looks on the big day.

BLUSH GOWNS

Blush gowns became a mainstay in seasons past, but buff and ginger (the happy medium between blush and champagne) complement a wide range of styles and skin tones, making this our favourite new alternative to tried-and-true bridal white. Pair with gold, silver, blush, black, ivory, or bolder tones for a look that feels daring yet romantic - and nowhere near basic.

Blush gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016069)
Blush gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016069)
Blush gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016059)
Blush gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016059)

MULTI TIERS

Tiers might just be as ubiquitous as lace when it comes to weddings - but what's old is new again, and this season's versions feel considerably fresh. Layers may have taken a more subtle approach in the past, but where’s the fun in that? For 2020, consider tulle layers that feel more cream puff than classic, and add volume through pleating rather than weight. The full-skirted look is for the bride who wants to feel like a modern-day princess, with all the extra frills and fuss.

Tiered gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016172)
Tiered gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016172)
Tiered gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016162)
Tiered gown, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016162)

UNIQUE VEILS

There’s something uniquely romantic and timeless about a statement veil, which can incorporate personalised imagery, messages, monograms and dates within its design. Brides are seeing the value in creating an heirloom piece to pass down or display in their home as art long after the event. Whether you are wearing a classical gown or a contemporary trouser suit, the veil is your opportunity to create something personal and bold yet unquestionably traditional and bridal.

Video: @synergyfilm / Facebook via Synergy Film.

ELEGANT NECKLINES

Halter necklines make more appearances this season than ever before. We blame the Duchess of Sussex's reception dress for this trend, along with its ability to show off toned arms and enviable backs. Wear this neckline to suit any style; options abound in fashion-forward, minimal, traditional, and bohemian versions.

Opening image: Wedding dress at The Tailors Cat, Cambridge (25016145)
Opening image: Wedding dress at The Tailors Cat, Cambridge (25016145)
Halter neck dress, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016093)
Halter neck dress, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016093)
Halter neck dress, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016104)
Halter neck dress, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016104)
Halter neck dress, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge(25019838)
Halter neck dress, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge(25019838)

DRAMATIC TRAINS

The tradition of trains on wedding dresses began in the middle ages when a marriage was arranged between a prince and princess of different countries. To reflect the wealth of these unions, expensive fabrics were used - and what better way to highlight this wealth than to use meters of fabric to trail along the floor? In recent years, brides have become more practical, with destination weddings increasingly popular. Should you be looking for a dress with a train to wow guests that’s not too heavy to carry abroad, The Tailor’s Cat boutique has a myriad of options.

Dress with dramatic train, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016090)
Dress with dramatic train, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016090)
Dress with dramatic train, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016088)
Dress with dramatic train, at The Tailor's Cat, Cambridge (25016088)
On Location: photoshoot at The Gonville Hotel, Cambridge (25016135)
On Location: photoshoot at The Gonville Hotel, Cambridge (25016135)

Meet the Team

Model and Stylist: Rohiny Belani

Instagram: @asweetrohmance

Photography: Migle Markuza

Instagram: @markuzaphotography

Facebook: Markuza Photography

Website: markuzaphoto.com

Hair and Make up: Ieva Genovesi, pictured below

Instagram: @ievagenovesibridal

Facebook: Ieva Genovesi Hair and MUA

Website: ievagenovesi.com

Dresses/Accessories: The Tailor’s Cat

Instagram: @thetailorscat

Website: thetailorscat.co.uk

Address: 5-7 Sussex Street, Cambridge

Flowers: Gita Zitkiene

Instagram: @Valley.of.Flowers.ltd

Facebook: Valley Of Flowers

Website: Norwich-flowers.co.uk

Hair and makeup artist Ieva Genovesi (25016116)
Hair and makeup artist Ieva Genovesi (25016116)

ON LOCATION

The Gonville Hotel, located in central Cambridge, is a perfect wedding venue. There are ample luxurious rooms with private-facing gardens, ideal for the bridal party to get ready and for wedding guests to stay over. The spa facilities offer a relaxing haven, whilst exceptional cuisine is on the menu in thefamous restaurant Cotto, serving up delicious food by Master Chef Hans Schweitzer. If you want to carry on feeling like a VIP after your special day, why not be chauffeured around Cambridge in royal style and book The Gonville Hotel’s complimentary Bentley service (which is open to all residents of the hotel)?

Visit gonvillehotel.co.uk and follow @gonvillehotel for more



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