Our beautiful bride Ally, featured over on Rock My Wedding last month and it is a must-read!
Ally and Nick got married at 100 Barrington Road, the perfect venue for their London Wedding. Ally choose bridal separates - our layered Etta Skirt and Luna pearl top and wait until you see the burnt orange bridesmaid dresses! The day was captured beautifully by the awesome Carrie Lavers Photography. Now get inspired and read the full article here -
100 Barrington London Wedding
#1 - Tinsley by bo & luca
If you are looking for statement sleeves, then this fit and flare silhouette with open keyhole back wedding gown is the one! The botanical lace bishop sleeves are completed with crepe cuffs and covered buttons.
#2 - Pernille by & for love
A strapless bodice with cups and boning for support, long draped off-the-shoulder sleeves with pearl button cuff detail, a fitted silhouette and a side split, this gown is the perfect balance for the minimalist / maximalist bride!
#3 - Pegasus by Kindling Bridal
The Pegasus is a bohemian rhapsody of high neckline, trumpet sleeves and open backed beauty. Stunning botanical lace that has slight stretch for comfort, with a slinky, figure-hugging fit and dramatic raw-edged puddle train, what’s not to love!?
#4- the obsession by rolling in roses
This luminous beauty made from luxury charmeuse satin with full half-circle skirt and unusually draped pleated sleeves combined with the collarbone-displaying neckline and backless bodice make for a dramatic entrance indeed! The satin is in fact spun entirely from recycled bottles reclaimed from the ocean!
#5 - Jagger by Story of my dress
Jagger from our Aura Collection 2022, a beautiful appliqué tulle and crepe skirt with a low sheer back and statement sleeves! All our designs can be made in any size and bra friendly in our studio above our bridal room in Kent.
which is your favourite?
All the above long sleeve wedding dresses and many more are ready to try on in our Bridal Room based in Kent. So, what are you waiting for?
The fabulous Laura at Festival Brides has featured our real bride Carly and her now husband Jay! The gorgeous pair said 'I do' at Elmley National Nature Reserve in Kent and it was all captured perfectly by the amazing Darina Stoda. This piece is a must read! Click here to find our more about their enchanting barn wedding in Kent.
Story of My Dress has grown from myself & Gill who I met 18 years ago, to bringing in more talented, strong women. Including my sister and my best friend of 25 years, both who have helped grow this business & support me the whole way.
We now have our completed team with our crazy clever graduates who are now making our dresses alongside Gill! Literally the dream team of inspiring ladies.
We asked some of our team and designers a couple of q's on their own inspirations, here is what they had to say-
What inspires you?
Cara (Founder) - "I am inspired by all the amazing women around me & the new women I meet! I absolutely love hearing their stories & I do everything to make their journey the best with us!"
Sammy (Stylist / Stock Manager) - "To be the best person I can be, to always give my everything into whatever I do. To always be kind and to also give the best version of myself to everyone around me."
Ashleigh (Studio Assistant / Stylist) - "The quote to “dream big” and to be the best version of me."
Emily (Marketing & PR) - "Wow, now that is a big question! So much inspires me including my beautiful friends & family who keep me grounded, nature, happiness and love. My grandparents always said 'love is all you need' so I have surrounded myself with people who love me for who I am and I feel incredibly grateful for that."
Angel (& For Love) - "Honestly- just about anything can inspire me! A painting or a piece of music, a beautiful sculpture or a walk on the beach… I’m not limited from where I can find inspiration- it’s all around."
Who inspires you?
Cara - "The special ladies closest to me, they drive me forward and fill me with confidence & love including the ladies I work with. My little girls especially who are fierce, sassy & so kind without a care in the world. I want to be like them!!!"
Sammy - "I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some awesome and amazingly strong women. Whether that’s my family, friends or the ladies I work with. They inspire me."
Ashleigh - "I always aim to make my grandparents proud, my Nanny loved sewing and my Grandad is an artist!"
Emily - "All of my creativeness comes from days spent at my Grandparents with a paintbrush or modelling clay in my hand. They instilled in me that the world truly was my oyster and never to be shy of hard work to get me to where I want to be!"
Angel - "Women. We’re so strong, we can birth children and run a company and a household all simultaneously"
Tell us something about you!
Cara - "I love to travel, long lunches in the sun, somewhere new with wine & my family is my absolute favourite thing to do when I’m not here designing dresses & meeting new brides!"
Sammy -"One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor 🤣! Also, I can sing karaoke better than my sister 😜"
Ashleigh - "I have worked in bridal for over 5 years and my final collection at university was inspired by my Grandparents Wedding"
Emily - "I met Cara when we were just 11 years old, she came to sit next to me on our first day at Secondary School. I was a very shy girl and Cara took me under her wing, grew my confidence and we have been besties ever since! We have been through some of the worst and best times. Cara has the kindest soul and continues to stand by my side"
Angel - "I am currently learning how to snowboard! It’s hard but I’m loving a new physical challenge"
To all the amazing women who support SOMD and come on this crazy journey with us, we can't thank you enough. You are simply awesome!
This month, the wonderful 'Love My Dress' featured our real bride, Alex & husband David.
Alex wore our fabulous modern bridal separates covered in pearls, made to measure at our studio. We are also very proud to be one of Love my Dress' recommended suppliers.
Photographer - A Thing Like That Photography
Alex had some super kind words to say about her experience at our Bridal Room -
“My experience with Story Of My Dress was my favourite part of the wedding process. Shopping for wedding dresses during a pandemic is so difficult and can be crushing to find out you can only bring one guest, no Prosecco and of course, having to keep your mask on during the appointment. It’s surprising how difficult it is to get a true idea of how you look in each dress with a mask obscuring half your face.
Story Of My Dress made the experience so special, allowing my mum and I to try on all of the dresses alone in the studio so we could take our masks off.
The team were on hand with styling assistance or tips but it was low-key and friendly. I loved visiting the boutique in West Malling for my fittings and had so much fun during every appointment.
During lock-down, we did a virtual measurement on Zoom, where David took all my measurements under the guidance of the Story Of My Dress team. It was really nice to have him a part of the process!
I always knew that I wanted to wear separates rather than a dress. I wanted to wear something that was an elevated version of my everyday-style.
I was always up for wearing something a little bit trend-led and was never interested in ‘classic’ bridal style."
Click here to read the full article.
& For Love Trunk Show
Dates for your diary - 25th/26th/27th February 2022
So, what is a trunk show?
When the designer sends us their entire latest collection! We do not order every piece from their new collection for our rails, so a great opportunity to see them altogether. It also gives us a great insight to what you are loving and for us to order those pieces for the shop.
New collection by & For Love – Ocean Haze
Inspired by the tranquillity of the ocean, and fluidity of the water.
Their dreamy gowns are lightweight and luminous, with Silk being the standout star of the show, as is Linen and Crepe. The most beautiful feminine details, with swoon-worthy balloon sleeves, and statement bows.
& For Love lead times are currently 8 months to get delivered to us, plus the minimum 6 weeks needed for alterations. Exceptions are Ada, Coco, Pernille, Oceans & Auldyn Linen. At the Trunk Show weekend only, we can get them for August 2022 brides onwards. Our permanent samples do not arrive until April so 2022 brides this is your last call!
2023 brides it is never too early to come and see us!
We are crushing over ‘& For Love’s ethos ‘Bridal, but make it fashion’ it’s right up our street and we couldn’t be happier that we have their full collection with us next month!
Also, we are gifting 10% towards the dresses at our Trunk Show to celebrate, so there is no better time to come and see us! To get your appointment booked, please click here.
We can’t wait to meet you & start your dress journey with us!
Our last Sample Sale Sunday until the Summer will be 13TH FEBRUARY! We will have many beautiful wedding dresses with massive discounts (all under £800). Time slots will go quickly, so be sure to get booked in! Follow the link below to get the date booked in and choose Sample Sale Sundays!
Story of My Dress designs and our designer lines are all made to order, slow fashion and not mass-produced, therefore you can not be too organised when ordering your dress! We also have brides buying their dresses / separates over a year before their wedding which we love. The dresses on our rail will not be the ones that you purchase, it will be a dress customised and made for you. Our production time is already filling up fast for next year as we had movement from Covid to 2022, so please book in sooner rather than later. It will soon get to a point where we can't accept any orders less than 6 months away, it's all gone a bit crazy!! Which we're so grateful for!
We do have some dresses available for rush brides in our sample sale or our Love in the City Collection, which can all be found on our online shop.
We fell head over heels, the first time we set eyes on Temple by Bo & Luca and just knew that their insanely beautiful wedding dresses and bridal tops were a must-have on our rail.
Sitting alongside our own Story of My Dress collection and cool AF stocked designer labels - And For Love, Rolling in Roses & Kindling Bride. Bo & Luca’s Temple Collection forms the perfect line up!
Here at Story of My Dress Bridal Room & Studio in Kent, we are exclusively the UK’s only stockist of this awesome Australian brand. We have the most beautiful pieces, consisting of 8 wedding dresses and 3 bridal tops, all of the highest quality of fabric and with the most delicious details.
The collection - wedding dresses
If you are looking for simplicity with some extra special touches, then look no further than Mae, with her twisted knot front detail and hand beaded cuffs!
The whimsical wedding dress with off the shoulder tulle sleeves, structured, boned bodice with built in cups for a super comfortable fit. Featuring a bold, yet soft floral lace main layer, draped over French Chantilly lace.
Fit-and-flare silhouette with a bustier-style bodice and waistband detail. The statement puff sleeves can be on/off the shoulder or even fully detachable.
This elegant gown features an entirely hand beaded bodice with a demure high neckline and low round back. The sheer long sleeves and tiered skirt are made from the finest sheer Silk Chiffon.
A fit-and-flare silhouette, made from the most luxurious off-white crepe fabric that hugs the body in just the right places. The statement botanical lace bishop sleeves are completed with crepe cuffs and covered buttons with an open keyhole back.
This long sleeve gown features hints of pale vintage gold beading that cover the bodice, highlights the sheer tulle sleeves and trickles down over the waist and hip area.
This fit-and-flare gown features a corseted bodice with bustier-style cups and dainty straps.
A fit and flare silhouette. The structured bodice has a subtle square front and back neckline.
THE COLLECTION - BRIDAL TOPS
Bo & Luca’s Bridal tops go so well with our SOMD skirts or even over a simple satin slip dress!
This semi-sheer botanical lace top features statement bishop sleeves and a demure high neckline. Translucent sequins pick up light as you move, making this the ultimate reception top to style up your modern wedding day look.
This hand beaded top with organza drop-shoulder sleeves is just divine! Made from a delicate chiffon, the top is semi-fitted and closes with an invisible side zipper.
This semi-sheer, botanical lace wrap-over top features statement bishop sleeves with a frill as well as a peplum that starts from the waist.
Price’s range from £650-£2500 with a lead time of 6 months.
Check out the full Temple Collection from Bo & Luca here, all ready at our Bridal Room in Kent to try on! What are you waiting for? Book your appointment now.
Image by Siobhan Beales Photography
‘I do’ - two hugely meaningful words that so many of our brides have been patiently waiting, longing to finally say. It's so good to see you all planning again, visiting for fittings and getting excited again about your special day!
Since re-opening in April we have styled and made sooooo many SOMD brides wedding ready! Saying goodbye over the summer was so bitter sweet as we absolutely love the journey with our brides here but finally being able to see them off to marry their loves is just the best feeling.
In August this year, one of our custom SOMD brides Polly became Mrs Kirk; you may recognise her husband William from the 'Repair show'. The couple had to postpone their wedding last year due to the pandemic like many of you. Polly choose Effie, from our very own SOMD collection and made it her own by working with us and changing the sleeve design. Effie has the prettiest polka dot corded lace with a completely sheer back panel at and train. Just so beautiful and so chic!
We feel so lucky to be a part of all our SOMD brides journey's here with us, something we never take for granted and stive to give you the best experience possible.
If you are saying those two magic words soon and you are an SOMD Bride, please don’t forget to tag us on your socials #storyofmydressbride . We just can not wait to the pics of you!
If you need inspiration then head on over to our Real Bride section to hear all about
their journeys and see how bloody beautiful they all looked.
Yay, our new collection 'Love in the City' has landed!! We are super proud of these mini and midi dresses, stylish, fun and perfect for a big party or intimate ceremony. They can also be made as full length custom dresses too! We are over the moon with the write up by Rock My Wedding and publishing these epic images! To see the full article please click here.
To view our full collection of 'Love in the City' dresses, then please click here.
Such beautiful images from Amy-Rose Photography! Claire and Iwan were wed at Marylebone Town Hall and Claire wore a SOMD bespoke dress. Their lockdown, micro wedding wasn't exactly what they had in mind to begin with, but it was even more special in the end!
Take a look at Amy's full blog post here for pure joy and intimate happiness.
Such a magical shoot featuring an original vintage dress of ours! A dress that has inspired Cara at SOMD for a long time and contributed to so many of SOMD new designs. It is so wonderful to see it come alive in such a wonderful shoot and just look at those sleeves!! The shoot was held at a beautiful venue called Wickerwood Farm in Horam. Take a look at the full article here for so much inspo for a summer, outdoor wedding.
Another amazing shoot and this time it's featuring our veils!
The tulle veil featured is covered with beautiful pearls and is available in lengths - 1.5m, 2m and 2.5m. We do have a few other veils in our collection including fringe, polkadot, plain and embroidered. Our embroidered veil is unique and can be customised to your individual needs! If you would like to know more about our veils, please contact us and we can help perfect your accessories!
To read the full article then please click here.
A wonderful beach elopement styled shoot is just the perfect idea for a small, intimate wedding and so on trend! Featuring dresses Coco from our 2019 collection and Lilly from our stocked designer 'And For Love'. We are just a little bit in love with this shoot!!
If you want to be more inspired by elopement style wedding, then take a look here!