Bridal Inspiration: My Gorgeous Gold Wedding Dress!! (2014)

The gold wedding dress


From the very start, I knew that my dress would have to have some sequin embellishment. Until we viewed our venue we were planning a summer wedding, potentially in Spain (quite the contrast to our actual wedding) but my dad was quite poorly so we knew to do it abroad wasn’t an option.

This was totally fine because as soon as we had the tour of our wedding venue we fell in love with how cool it was and we knew it would be wasted if we did it in the summer. We felt that the charm of The Bell Inn (eclectic country pub) would be more suited to a winter setting with the log fires and candles burning… And plenty of twinkly fairy lights thrown in!!

I imagine that if our wedding had been on a beach in Spain I would have opted for a floaty boho dress. However, being a winter wedding my style is a bit more glam so the dresses I was drawn to were Sarah Seven and Ellie Saab – Quite fitted but floaty and a lot of sequin embellishment. In 2014 This style of dress was quite hard to come by unless you are a chic American bride on Pinterest, apparently!

Luckily I met Charlotte of Wilden London at a bridal photoshoot last summer and we talked about my dress ideas. When I left I started to think about it and realised I wouldn’t be able to find this imaginary gold wedding dress I had dreamt up.

I got in touch with Charlotte and the creation of the sequin gold wedding dress started there!…

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The design process was lovely, Charlotte and I shared inspiration on secret Pinterest boards and she sketched different style dresses with all of the elements I wanted. It had to be gold with a low back and a1920s spin. From her designs, I picked the elements I liked and she started creating.

The dress fitting was a real treat and something I really looked forward to. Getting my bridal tribe together and travelling to charlottes little studio in Epsom was just lovely. Seeing the process of my dream dress being created step-by-step was very special and an experience I will treasure. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous not seeing the finished article until a week or two before the wedding but I had to ‘go with it’. When I went for that final fitting it was just bloody perfect and everything I had dreamt it would be!

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The way I see it (and this is what I tell all of my brides) it’s the one day where you will be THIS glamorous, if you are going to do it you might as well go for it!! My fianc√© didn’t expect a gold wedding dress (who would?) and he loved it!… 

LJ xx

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Gold Wedding Dress Wilden Bride
Gold Wedding Dress Wilden Bride
Gold Wedding Dress Wilden Bride
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Here is a little bit about Charlotte, taken from her pretty website:

I am very nice though, and make a mean cup of tea! (she really does)

Bespoke design means that each dress is designed and made especially for you. All designs are made by Charlotte Wilden and are never replicated, meaning that your dress is truly your own – and that is the part that is most special.

All gowns are couture, hand-made by Charlotte and her assistant just outside London, in Epsom.

I like to see all of your images and ideas.
Most brides have already started to make a scrap book of ideas, images from magazines and online sources. These can be sent to me in advance of your consultation if you like so that I can do some research to correspond with yours and bring more inspirations to look at. You could use a blogging site such as Tumblr, or Pinterest and send over a link via email.

My Awesome Wedding Suppliers:

The Dress: Wilden Bride London

The Photographer: Benjamin Toms Photography

The Hair: Vicki Lord Bridal Hair

The Grooms Suit: Jack Bunneys

The Venue: The Bell In Ticehurst

The Lingerie: Ell & Cee

The Makeup Artist: Me!

Special thanks to Anna Marie who was Ben’s partner in crime for the day and another fabulous photographer!

If you would like to read more about my wedding prep, check out my Wedding Skincare Routine.