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The Shacks - The Ceremony Outfit

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The Shacks - The Ceremony Outfit
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Lets talk about the wedding dress! We planned our wedding celebrations over a few days, which naturally meant two dresses, something white and something to hit the dance floor in at our Big Barn Bash (posts coming soon) any excuse right? But this was a pretty decent one for a change. 

Deciding on a wedding dress was somewhat of a contradiction, I would like to say it's easy, but in the end it became quite difficult. It’d made up my mind right from the start not to go into any traditional wedding shops, the thought of trying on endless dresses to a judging panel of family members was not my idea of fun, so the internet became my best friend…

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After our engagement in summer 2017, I went straight onto the Needle and Thread website after having seen a sold out floor length embellished dress on Net-a-Porter. We ordered the dress and when it arrived it sat glistening in it’s beautifully packaged box, however once on I looked like an extra from Downton Abbey, not my kinda vibe…

Once returned I took a second browse of the Needle & Thread website and saw a beautiful cotton dress which seemed much more ‘me’. Nothing too fussy and with a sort of folksy feel to it. When the second dress arrived I could really see all the beautiful cream embroidered detail which finished the chest and seams so effortlessly.  

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To pair with the dress I knew I wanted boots but finding the right boots however wasn’t so easy. I scrolled every website under the sun until one evening I stumbled across a pair of Acne Studios suede boots on The Outnet (Net-a-Porters sister site for all ex-season stock). The colour matched the dresses detailing perfectly, a match made in heaven! To finish the look I bought a pair of vintage Chanel earrings from Vestiaire Collective which arrived in perfect condition and made me feel very special on the day. 

I think my advice to anyone who’s about to embark on wedding dress shopping is just do what’s right for you, don’t feel the pressure to go into your neighbourhood dress shop. The internet has an abundance of ready to wear options, try all the high end leading online shops for inspiration because you’re likely to find a designer piece at a quarter of the price of any bridal shop. Oh and don't panic buy last minute, I still have a new season Self Portrait dress from Matches Fashion sitting in my wardrobe feeling sorry for itself as it was too warm to wear on the day that'll be making it's way onto eBay very soon... 

H.M 

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Photography:  Scotty Cross