If you have been following me on this blog, Instagram or Facebook, you will know that I am all about the boho-chic wedding life! It’s not a trend that has hit the Emerald Isle just yet, but I think summer 2016 is going to change all of that! I think sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the “I’m getting married!” chaos, and brides set off on the bridal boutique tour around the country without a clear idea of what they actually want. There are lots of dresses that will look good, and feel good on, but sometimes it’s good to stick to your bridal gown guns and keep searching for that dress until you look like the bride you always imagined you would, and one that reflects who you are and your personality, not just what was available within a 50 mile radius. So here’s my top 3 Boho Bridal Designers from around the world. I’ve included a few images from each designer, but I encourage you to check out their websites and social media pages if there isn’t a stockist immediately close to you. Be prepared to swoon!
Katya Katya Shehurina
First up is one of my absolute favourites, Katya Katya Shehurina. Originally from Latvia, Katya is a London-based designer who opened up her first flagship boutique in 2011. Words that come to mind when describing her style are: ethereal, whimsical, vintage-inspired, boho-chic, effortless and timeless. The Katya Katya Shehurina style is very romantic, unique and charming, but the level of detail and layers of soft lace and silk makes me want to say these dresses are “crafted” rather than just “made,” but in such an effortless way. What I really love about the bridal gowns from this designer is the perfect fusion of contemporary and vintage style within her designs, fabrics, textures and attention to detail. Once seen with your own eyes, felt and worn, these gowns will give you that feeling that you always imagined you would get when you see “the dress!” There are two stockists in Ireland, Frilly Frocks in Drogheda, who always have the latest collections and have a fabulous team of girls, and Vintage Bride in Dublin City Centre; but for those of you around the world, you can find a list of stockists here.
Rue de Seine
Rue de Seine is the go-to choice for the ultimate bohemian, festival, folk-inspired bride! Rue de Seine, in the Parisian Quartier of St. Germain des Pres, inspired Rue De Seine’s designer, Michelle Corty, to create the label after living, working, and celebrating her own wedding on this beautiful Parisian street and drives the vision behind the collection’s effortlessly romantic style. This boutique is based in Auckland, New Zealand where all the dresses are cut, constructed and finished in-house, but there stockists all around the world. What I love most about this bridal label is the variety of designs within the collections, all within the boho-trend. Bold lace patterns, pockets and split skirts make these designs really contemporary with a great young, fresh feel making them ideal for younger brides, and older hippy brides alike. All you need to do is literally put on a beaded or floral crown, maybe some festival-inspired face paint, slip on a few bangles, pick a bunch of wild flowers and wrap a daisy chain around your ankle and you are good to go up that aisle! For my Irish brides out there, there is only one stockist on the island, and that is The White Gallery in Warrenpoint, outside Newry, just over the border into Northern Ireland; but you can check out all the retailers worldwide here.
Grace Loves Lace
And last, but my no means least, if you haven’t already heard of or come across them, let me introduce you to the boho-bride-heaven that is, Grace Loves Lace. Based in Queensland, Australia, all gowns are designed and handmade in-house using the finest quality French lace and silk and unlike many bridal designers, sell exclusively from their website, dramatically reducing the price of their bridal gowns. Grace Loves Lace is where you will find the perfect boho-beach bridal gown that exudes effortless, free-spirited, nomadic-inspired, gyspy-chic, lace goodness! If you want to look like a Grecian Goddess with a boho-vintage inspired flair, then look no further! Some of the Grace Loves Lace designs are a little edgier and racy than the other designers mentioned in this post, so are really popular for the young, cutting-edge bride who wants something a little funky for her special day. I also think they make some of the most beautiful two piece gowns that are set to become a huge trend over the coming seasons, ideal for beach and summer weddings. There is variety within their collection but mostly, I love the relaxed style and contemporary twist which is so typical of Grace Loves Lace, and is everything that the more traditional, corseted, cant-even-sit-down, wedding dress isn’t!