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#OurWeekInPictures | May 15th - 22nd 2017

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What an incredible week last week was! We had the pleasure of seeing so many of our fabulous stockists and our lovely friends in the press during White Gallery.  To top off a fabulous week we had the most incredible news about the launch of our exclusive edit available on Net-A-Porter. I'm not one to brag but we've had global record breaking sales in first week.  We're so thrilled everyone loves it as much as we do and we're so grateful for all the love!

We also shared the lovely images from our event with House of Garrard and Brides Magazine so check out their fabulous jewels here if you haven't already.

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny xx

House of Garrard | Brides Magazine reader event

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We had such a fabulous time at the prestigious House of Garrard's flagship Mayfair store for their Brides Magazine reader event.  We were able to glimpse the entire collection of the longest-serving jewellery house in the world - necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and tiaras, all perfect for providing sparkle on your big day.

Alongside the stunning jewels, the beautiful models wore dresses from our new collection.  

Thank you to Brides Magazine and House of Garrard for inviting us and it was such a pleasure to meet all the lovely brides to be!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Images by Matt Porteous

#OurWeekInPictures | May 8 - 14th 2017

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Good morning!  We have a very busy atelier today with our lovely stockists and press visits so really excited to show the new collection.  Hopefully everyone will love it as much as we do!

We were so excited to announce an exclusive edit of dresses and separates is now available to buy on Net-A-Porter and the response has been phenomenal with some styles sold out already. Check out the full edit here.

We also partnered with House of Garrard for a fabulous Brides reader event.  We'll be sharing more pictures from that gorgeous evening this week but in the meantime check out your favourite Instagram snaps below.

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Lovely Eleanor | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our lovely bride Eleanor and her husband Angus married in a beautiful ceremony in Angus' parents garden.

“We saw the ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ exhibition at the Royal Academy and fell in love with the dreamy atmosphere the impressionists created.  I have always loved John Singer Sargent’s painting ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’ which became the main inspiration for our day."

A woman after my own heart!  I adore that painting and the couple's vision was brought to life on their big day.

Eleanor chose our embroidered Esme dress and it suited her personality and the theme of the wedding.  She looked absolutely fabulous!

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We wish you every happiness in the world!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Photography by James Allan.  See the full gallery via Love My Dress here.

Gorgeous Thea | A real Halfpenny London bride

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You may recognise gorgeous bride Thea from some of our previous shoots so when it came to her own wedding I was so thrilled to create her dream dress for her. 

Thea, and her groom Andy, a creative Director for a marketing company, tied the knot at the very lovely Kilver Court, Somerset with friend and photographer John Barwood was there to capture every wonderful moment.

“The style of the wedding evolved several times as we were planning it, but I always wanted to keep it a bit glamorous and with a reference to the beautiful garden outside. I’ve always been a bit of a magpie, so twinkly elements were a must! We ended up with a sort of glamorous fairy tale dinner party theme.”

“Our photographer was our friend and usher John Barwood who we met through our friend and bridesmaid Sophie (his wife and photography partner). There is something very special about having a friend take your wedding photographs (although I think Sophie and John are the sort of couple you feel friends with the moment you meet them!) and we had always loved John’s style of photography; the natural way he captures couples and the beautiful landscape shots. We knew we didn’t want too many staged photos and John and Sophie are amazing at catching all the moments throughout the day in a more spontaneous and subtle way.”

“A mutual friend introduced me to Kate as he knew she would be the perfect choice. He was right – the minute I walked into her beautiful showroom in Bloomsbury and met her I knew she would create the most incredible dress. Her designs have that perfect blend of vintage style, femininity and glamour, and she has an innate feel for what you want and what will look good on you.

I also loved how all of her pieces are made by hand in her studio underneath the showroom; she has the most wonderful team working for her and it is very special being able to meet the people who are actually putting your dress together. I’ve since worked with her on two of her shoots, and it was such a treat being able to wear all of her dresses!”

It was a dream to work with Thea to create her dream dress and she looked so fabulous in her final choice! 

“Kate designed a bespoke dress for me based on some rough ideas I had about how it should feel on and how it should move. I knew I wanted there to be movement in the skirt so that it would be good for dancing, and nothing too restrictive so I felt free and comfortable throughout the day. She designed a slip dress with a very full skirt in a pale champagne silk, with two layers of tulle added from the waist down.  She then made a wonderfully sparkly hand-beaded lace top in gold with elbow length sleeves and an open back, which could be worn on top. I loved how this gave the dress two different looks: super glam and more simple. It moved beautifully, and the full skirt was so much fun to dance and twirl in!”

We wish Thea and Andy every happiness in the world and were thrilled to play a part in their special day.  To see more of this beautiful wedding see the full gallery on Love My Dress here.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

#OurWeekInPictures | April 24th - 30th 2017

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We're all back in the studio after a lovely bank holiday weekend.  Feeling so inspired after New York and can't wait to share the new collection with you.  I keep teasing pieces on Instagram (I just can't help myself!) and it won't be long before we're ready to share it with you lovely brides-to-be so watch this space.

Last week's Instagram posts read like the confessions of a fabric obsessive.  I love juxtaposing and layering different textures to create something unique and interesting.  Sometimes there is magic to be found in the madness!

Until next week....

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Ostritch and Palma looking chic...

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Delicate layers of silk chiffon, silk organza and fine hand beading....

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Mood board Textures, details, bows, embroidery...

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Beautiful Katy | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Katy married Andrew in a stunning, personal ceremony in New Zealand.  Andrew proposed in Santorini and their wedding was steeped in family history in Hawke's Bay.

The ceremony was held at the Eskdale War Memorial Church just north of Napier, which was significant for the couple since Katy's parents were married there, followed by a reception at a rustic, laid-back Kiwi winery, Bay View's Crab Farm.

We love these gorgeous images by Eva Bradley & Andrew Caldwell.  See the full gallery here.

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We wish you every happiness in your new lives together!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Venues: Eskdale War Memorial Church & Crab Farm Winery, Bay View, Hawke's Bay

Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos

Hair & Makeup: Abby Schofield & Suzanne Hardy

Flowers: Lushka

Suits: The Italian Suit Trading Company, London

Minister: Allister Lane (St John's in the City, Wellington).

Cake: The Pretty Little Details Co.

#OurWeekInPictures | April 17 - 23rd

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Last week passed in a whirlwind of photoshoots and transatlantic flights...  My time in New York is nearly over and it's been such a fun trip!  It's always amazing to be here for bridal market and this year has been the best yet.  In between meetings we took to the streets for the obligatory yellow cab shot (when in Rome!) whilst elsewhere in Monaco, the gorgeous Millie Mackintosh wore our Cheryl dress to a Lancôme event.  Doesn't she look like a goddess??

Until next week!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx 

The utterly gorgeous @milliemackintoshofficial wearing the Cheryl dress today in Monaco to the @lancomeofficial event

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When in New New York, the obligatory Taxi shot!

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Love my brides.........

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#OurWeekInPictures | April 10th - 16th 2017

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Happy Easter everyone!  I've really enjoyed the long weekend but I'm so excited to be back at work as there are so many exciting things happening.  We're starting the week with a bang as we're in the studio for a shoot today.  More on that to follow...

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Fabulous Jess (part 2!) | A real Halfpenny London bride

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We've already shared my gorgeous friend Jess' STUNNING destination wedding with you (see it in all it's glory here!) but before she and Rob jetted off to the south of France, they had an equally fabulous, low-key and relaxed London wedding first.

“I really wanted to wear trousers for the London Wedding.  I found a pair of off white trousers I liked from River Island.  I showed Kate my trousers when I came in for discussions about the Dress for my French Wedding. I told her I was looking for a top and possibly a jacket and was trying to get her to take me out shopping.”

As it turned out, I was on the verge of announcing my Wild Love collection and Jess immediately fell in love with the Bow jacket and I think it was the perfect choice for her relaxed day.

“I was already going to blow my budget with the French couture Dress and so was hoping to buy ‘high street’ for London Wedding. I went away and dreamt of the coat. My mum then said she would help me with buying this magical piece, and so I did and honestly, I am SO glad I did. You can mix high street with high end and still look stylish. Well, I think so anyway!”

I couldn't agree more Jess!  Once again, congratulations Jess and Rob and, if you haven't seen it already, you MUST check out their fabulous second celebration.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Images by Razia N. Jukes.  See the full gallery over on Love My Dress here.

#OurWeekInPictures | April 3rd - 9th 2017

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I can't believe it's mid April already...!  This year is flying by.  We have another busy week with fabulous brides-to-be looking for their dream dress and I'm thrilled that so many women are mixing and matching tops and skirts in gorgeous new combos.  

The Halfpennys are working with the doors wide open, enjoying this lovely weather and I'm surrounded by drawings of the new collection...  More on that soon...

Until next week!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Heavenly pink leaves the perfect place to take shade in this gorgeous sunshine #salonedelmobile2017

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Gorgeous Sarah | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our gorgeous bride Sarah married Tom in August last year in a laid back garden ceremony.

“We had the wedding in Tom’s parents’ beautiful back garden in Worcestershire.  Tom grew up there and it’s such a special place with stunning views of the Cotswolds. We didn’t even consider any other locations, although we did have our civil ceremony in Edinburgh ten days before the ‘big wedding’ – it’s my hometown and I really wanted us to be legally married in Scotland. I had a clear idea in my mind of how I wanted the day to look and feel.  This became known (only half-jokingly) as ‘The Vision’.  The main priority was that we wanted to make the most of the garden and the incredible view.”

“I wore a mini-dress for our civil ceremony so I wanted to take the opportunity to wear a big, show-stopping dress but I still wanted to feel like me and stay true to my own style.  I went to the first appointment at Halfpenny with my friend Caroline.  I loved all the dresses but when I tried on the Esme and Caroline said I looked “like an adult ballerina”, I was sold.”

“Esme is made from the most beautiful fabric and the top layer is floral embroidered organza which was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.  I loved the fitted bodice, the low back and the amazing organza train which the sun shone through beautifully on the day.  I added spaghetti straps and a little belt to highlight the waist.  It was absolutely perfect.”

To complete her big day outfit, Sarah wore a silk flower crown by Florrie & Eve by Nadia di Tullio and we adore her entire look.

Huge congratulation to Sarah and Tom from all of us at Halfpenny London.  We wish you every happiness in the world.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Photography by Lisa Carpenter. See the full gallery over on Love My Dress.

#OurWeekInPictures | March 27th - April 2nd

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I had a real "pinch me" moment last week looking across the street at our gorgeous new atelier. In the middle of London's first shopping mall, Woburn Walk is such a charming street and I can't help but smile at it's Dickensian charm.  The new studio walls are covered in moodboards and delicious fabrics and I feel so inspired!  Not least because I also had a fabulous appointment with a bride-to-be looking to mix things up and we had the most magical hour trying all of the most fabulous pieces in the shop.  

Moments like these...

Until next week!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx 

Fabulous Jess | A real Halfpenny London bride

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My gorgeous friend Jess married her lovely Rob at Castelnau des Fieumarcon in Legarde, Gascony, France on 6th August last year.  Knowing the creative genius Jess is I knew her wedding would be spectacular and I was 100% right!

Jess and Rob had already tied the knot formally in London a month prior to celebrating in France but where to even start describing this epic wedding where the couple were crowned as ‘Sun King’ and ‘Moon Queen’ by their celebrant, rejoiced with ‘the elements’, celebrated with exploding confetti and rainbow coloured smoke bombs! 

“We wanted a real festival feel for our wedding in France – like a fiesta or carnival. In fact we called it ‘Wedstock’! The background palette of the venue and surroundings were very natural, grass and greenery, straw bales, stone, rocks, gravel etc. I wanted to have all the décor as colourful as possible – rainbow colours. We asked all our guests to wear white, both for style and also comfort in the heat. We had originally wanted to do a ‘Holi’ festival of colour, but realised what a mess it would make so opted for coloured smoke bombs instead.”

I worked with Jess to create her dream wedding dress which was actually a top and skirt she could wear again afterwards.

“I wore pale grey/blue duchesse silk. I have always loved the corseted ‘wench’ look, and wanted something like this for the French Wedding. I also wanted something off the shoulder as I think it’s flattering.”“I knew it would be hot there and I wanted some bare skin so as to stay cool. I wanted to make the most of my lady bumps too. A corset helped keep ‘everything’ nice and tight. I did not want to wear white, ideally I wanted grey but we settled for a slight pale blue grey in the end.

For the skirt I really wanted to show my ankles off, as they are the skinniest bit of me! I loved the big chunky pleats and full skirt look, and we went for an asymmetric hem, which mirrors the curve of the neckline, but reversed.”

We love everything about this gorgeous wedding and I'm delighted we could play a small part in it.

Congratulations Jess & Rob!  We wish you every happiness in your new adventures together!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Photography by Antony Merat

Marlene & Loretta | Our Dress of the Week

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Our wedding Dress of the Week isn't a dress at all!  The Marlene Duchess trousers are the perfect choice for brides-to-be who just don't feel like themselves in a dress or skirt.  With wide legs, handy pockets and a sash waistband and shown here paired perfectly with the Loretta satin corset, this wedding outfit is totally coolmantic!

See the full A/W17 collection here.

Vintage Wedding Inspiration

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There's a reason vintage inspired weddings will never go out of style.  We'll always have a wistful affection for a bygone era of glamour and style and many brides want their weddings to be timeless and elegant.  Many Halfpenny wedding dresses are vintage inspired with a truly modern twist and, for me, that's the key to putting your own stamp on this trend.

From pistachio charger plates & classic cars to oversized blooms and fairytale ballrooms, here is some eternally elegant inspiration for you.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

#OurWeekInPictures | 20th - 26th March 2017

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Happy Monday!  After a full on week last week, it was great to spend the weekend celebrating mother's day with my family.  Motherhood is the most exciting adventure I've ever undertaken and I love the image below of my beautiful mum when Sylvester was born.

Other favourites from last week include inspiration from the ever breathtaking Gucci catwalk and our delicious spotty veil.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, no matter what you were doing!  

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Beautiful Alexina | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Sometimes, you just know a wedding will be amazing before the bride has even chosen her dress and gorgeous bride Alexina's wedding sounded incredible from the beginning!

Alexina married the love of her life in a relaxed, fun, boho wedding last July and we are head over heels in love with her beautiful wedding pictures.

"From the moment I walked in and met the lovely Izie I knew I was going to end up getting my dress from Halfpenny.  The designs and fabrics were stunning obviously, but the whole 1-2-1 private experience, in the most gorgeous little shop, made me feel very special."

After searching high and low for the perfect gown, Alexina chose our Dita beaded bustier and Dita Dandelion skirt and we think it was the perfect combination for her.

"I loved the idea of separate top and bottom to feel like I had a unique look just for me! My description of what I wanted was “bride running through a forest” this combination was spot on!  A few dresses I had tried were stunning but not bridal enough, and others were too bridal for me - I am goldilocks apparently.  This top and skirt I couldn’t have designed in my head to be more perfect.  The silk organza flowers on the skirt just gave it this wonderfully romantic / boho edge and the bustier was a more a work of art than a top!"

In a deeply personal touch we love, Alexina completed her look with a victorian wax flower headpiece that her mother and aunt also wore at their wedding. 

Everything about Alexina's wedding was utterly magical!   Merry-go-rounds should be mandatory at all weddings in our opinion...

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We wish you every happiness in your new lives together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Images by Aga Tomaszek

Lola and Dita Lace | Our Dress of the Week

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I love mixing delicious fabrics in unusual ways and the Lola high low skirt is a great example of this.  Featuring a lace panel at the front of the Duchess lining and an ethereal organza overlay.

Shown here with the Dita lace corset with spaghetti straps, this is a youthful, flirty look for the big day.

See the full A/W17 collection here.