#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?
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!
& 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!
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.