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anna campbell wedding gowns

The latest bridal collection from Anna Campbell is sure to strike a cord with soon-to-be brides across the country. Drawing inspiration from previous clients, Anna Campbell’s new collection is a personalized mix of designs created effortlessly to complement a particular theme or style of wedding.

Catering to both modern and traditional brides and their individual style and taste, Anna has created a diverse mix of stunning gowns paying careful attention to the overall theme of the day, making it easier to choose what’s right for you. Whether it’s a casual beachside ceremony, a formal inner city wedding or a ceremony at an exotic overseas destination or homestead, Anna’s ability to experiment with embellishments, draping and high quality materials, ensure she is able to create the perfect gown to suit your special day.

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The stunning bridal collection also introduces a brand new direction for Anna Campbell, featuring a range of beautiful accessories. With the aim of styling the bride from top to toe, Anna’s selection of beautifully crafted bracelets, hand-made veils and head-wear has all been designed to perfectly complement gowns and incorporates the usual stunning blend of beading and this time, a whole new assortment of lace.

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We are continuing with the Spring 2013 bridal collection and today we share Reem Acra. Jam Packed with jaw-dropping gowns with the utmost care to the details. The finishing touches are simply dazzling.

Tons of voluptuous ruffles, glimmering embellishments and lace overlays that we can not begin to describe. You have to see them in the full gallery up close to fully appreciate. Do share with us which is your favorite.

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While staying true to her usual silhouettes, she also came out with a few new ones for the fashion forward bride. The sparkling mini dresses you see below with  layers of detachable tulle skirts. Perfect for the ceremony to the reception. We are smitten with this little number. Do you love it as well?

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Temperley Bridal ‘Florence’ 2013 introduces 12 brand new gowns alongside classic Temperley Bridal styles brought forward from previous collections. From delicately embellished, draped gowns to structured full skirt and lace styles, the collection features designs to suit all Temperley Brides.

Each piece in the Temperley Bridal Florence 2013 Collection conveys an elegance and sophistication, all with the same timeless, feminine and ethereal nature that is the Temperley handwriting. Ranging from classic Grace Kelly inspired styles to more decadent 50’s Hollywood shapes; the collection is largely inspired by film noir screen sirens.

Each dress in the Florence 2013 collection has a delicate blue ‘forget-me-not’ flower embroidery on the inside for the bride’s ‘Something Blue’ as a personal touch from Alice.

GUINEVERE DRESSCLEMATIS DRESSVIVA DRESSThe ultra feminine Viva is a long sleeved Chantilly lace and chiffon column gown with hand stitched Swarovski embroidery.
FLORENCE DRESSHENRIETA DRESSDAISY DRESSBLUEBELL DRESSBluebell incorporates a soft fluted drape and hand stitched embroidery.
MARGUERITE DRESSKAITLYN DRESS“Florence 2013 has options for every Temperley Bride,” says Alice Temperley, “from structured to soft, from voluminous to intricately draped. Each dress has to be the perfect blend of functionality and fantasy; a bride must never feel overwhelmed by her dress but allow them to be the ultimate version of themselves.”

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I cannot help but show you these statement-making dazzling accessories from Enchanted Atelier. Inspired by the beautiful imagery of Downton Abbey, John Waterhouse’s Pre-Raphealite paintings, and a love for Anne of Green Gables. Each design is hand-crafted and uses some of the finest materials around. All the delicate lace you see is from hand-loomed French lace made in Caudry, France by famed French lace house Maison Sophie Hallette. So fancy … right?

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Any one of these pieces would complete your wedding look, especially if you were wearing one of these dresses from Sarah Seven. View the entire bridal collection by clicking here, there is oh so much more pretty to see.

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I know it is too late to address most summer brides, as they will have probably already got their dresses, but I did want to write something about wedding dresses because I am quite opinionated about them. When I was in my late teens, after graduating from a one year fashion course, and before moving to Pairs to study haute couture, I worked in a bridal store. That was a great experience, as I learnt that the wedding industry is 1- totally nuts, and 2- an industry I never want to work in again.

I also find it incredibly tiring that so, so SO many brides want to wear something “unique,” and then end up with a strapless meringue. Jason Matlo (a good friend of mine and also a fantastic Vancouver designer) and I joke around a lot about strapless dresses. He makes a mean one, and they sell well, even though strapless doesn’t necessarily suit everyone.

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Anyway, he did a bridal show a few weeks ago at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and there were a few trends that really stood out, not only in his show, but that seem to be all over the bridal world. So, if you are in the market for a wedding dress, avoid the strapless meringue and try something new.

1. Colour. Wedding dresses don’t all have to white or cream anymore. Taupes and tans seem to be popular, and we are also seeing a lot of greys, mint greens, pale blues, and baby pinks. Let’s face it, the whole “virginal white” thing just doesn’t seem to be relevant to the present day.

2. Sleeves. Thank you to Kate Middleton for wearing a sleeve on her wedding day. Most people don’t look good in strapless, plus its uncomfortable and you risk showing armpit muffin top. Go for a cap sleeve, a short sleeve, or if you want to be really classy, a long sleeve.

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3. Fabrics. Jason featured quite a few slim fitting jersey dresses in his show, and they looked stunning. If you’ve got the body for it, why not go for an elegant jersey dress, instead of piling on the lace and satin?

4. Antique Lace. If you want to go for lace, then go big or go home. Again, another trend to thank Kate Middleton for, and antique-style lace looks beautiful, especially if it is all over, not just as trims.

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5. The Down Do. Aside from strapless dresses, the other bane of my formalwear existence is up dos. I loathe them. And I loved that in Jason’s show, all the girls had these super low buns that looked modern and stunning. No need to pile are your hair on the top of your head!

Something old has transformed into something new with a vintage spin on everything from wedding dresses to flowers as brides apply their unique style and distinctive personality to their wedding attire. Spilling into every aspect of the wedding process, the vintage appeal is highly regarded this wedding season. Today’s wedding dress styles offer a clever combination of classic and modern designs. Lightly draped or eloquently layered fabrics give softness and femininity. And plunging necklines, halter tops, and laces add glamour.

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The process begins with a reverie of color. Dating as far back as the Middle Ages, the sacrament of matrimony was celebrated with colour and satiated with symbolism. Wedding gowns could have been any colour, but blue was the colour for purity, hence the something blue that has remained popular.

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It wasn’t until the 20th century when white became the traditional colour for gowns and has remained a staple in the wedding garb. Today we experience a wonderful fusion of past and present. The bride who wears a white dress can choose a style from the past to bring the glamour into her day. Likewise a slight hint of colour on a voile or chiffon suffices for an updated look. Since the word vintage is very much a part of today’s vocabulary, pick which way you want to bring it into your life and your wedding. Have you kept anything from your grandmother? A coloured brooch perhaps, a crocheted shawl, or a flower can speak volumes. Your mother’s own glamour can be passed on to you through a hat or a bow. Even jewellery is more flexible. Gold and silver worn together or apart are in vogue.

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Brocades and elaborate laces bring old world customs to the forefront of every bridal dress. And ruffles and ribbons are flirty variations of an otherwise simple sheath. Every element of your dress: the crinoline, the trimming, the veil, the accessories, expresses your own revival of the classics and retells your own story of love and symbolic plenitude.

Choosing the perfect wedding dress is not always an easy task and brides who can’t decide which dress to choose are opting to buy two dresses. The first dress for the ceremony and the second dress for the reception.  The first is typically more classic in silhouette and more conservative in style and the second “party” dress is for dancing the night away.

Buying two dresses can get expensive so why not buy one dress and get two looks? You may have seen the convertible bridesmaid dresses but what about a convertible wedding dress?

Convertible Wedding Dresses
Many convertible wedding dresses have a removable skirts.  That way you can have a more traditional length and silhouette for the ceremony and instead of bustling the dress you remove the bottom part of the dress to make it short!

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Other convertible dresses have overskirts that can be removed at the waist to reveal a shorter dress!

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Or the over skirt is attached at the waist and when removed reveals a tighter more slim version of the original dress.

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As much as I like this idea I would warn you to be careful that the dress doesn’t look like it is convertible. No one should realize that you can remove the skirt or change the look of the dress until you show up to the reception and show everyone your new look!

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