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Beautiful Imogen | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Gorgeous bride Imogen tied the knot in a beautiful countryside ceremony in September 2015. She discovered Halfpenny London on Instagram and loved the style of our gowns from the beginning.

Imogen chose our Violet lace dress which was perfect for the relaxed wedding they had planned.

"It was a countryside wedding so the thought of sparkles or corsets felt ridiculous. [The Violet dress] was the only one I could imagine myself wearing outside of a bridal shop – it hung beautifully and had such exquisite lace. It didn’t feel nearly as formal as anything else I had tried."

Imogen's wedding day look was completed by a flower headpiece made by a friend and we think she looks incredible.

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We wish you many, many years of happiness.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Images by Harry Richards  

Boho wedding inspiration

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Bohemian weddings - in the true sense of the word - are unpredictable, unique, quirky and highly creative and it's always amazing to see how our brides incorporate their own style into their big day.  For me, boho means mixing textures and fabrics, juxtaposing old with new and thinking outside the box.  Here is some inspiration from the Halfpennys but don't be afraid to do it your own way.  

Fortune favours the bold...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

#OurWeekInPictures | 13th - 19th February 2017

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The renovations on number 9 continued last week.  We're nearly there!  I love the dark green walls and the speckled pink floor...

We were blessed with great weather and just the right amount of wind to capture the drama of our ostrich feather skirt and Laura drape top on the streets of London.

Until next week!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Gorgeous Melissa | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Melissa tied the knot in August last year in the Council Chambers in Bethnal Green town hall.  Inspired by a photoshoot in the same room which featured one of our dresses, she decided to weave a little flavour of that style into her big day.

After initially coming to us to try our range of bridal separates, Melissa found herself falling in love with something entirely different in our Antonia dress.

"I had never dress shopped anywhere before Halfpenny. I worked at a bridal show years ago and I met a wedding blogger who introduced me to Halfpenny. I knew when the time came it would be my go to place. I’m very decisive and I know what I like.

"Before coming to the appointment I was asked what I would like to try and I thought I would be a really ‘modern bride’ and chose a two piece look. I chose the Thea beaded camisole and a Lizzie circular chiffon skirt. We tried those on and I liked them but the lady suggested the Iris Classic dress over a blush slip with a small sash AND the Antonia dress I tried them on and couldn’t believe how much I liked having a more traditional dress silhouette.

"It was a VERY tough call between the Iris dress and the Antonia. When I brought my sister to see it I knew, and she knew, the traditional and simple front to the Antonia dress and the dramatic back was just right for me. I wanted a very paired down look, I had planned a simple pony tail with a ribbon (purple to match my flowers) with no veil, but right at the end during my last fitting the seamstress suggested and sash and I just loved it. We went with an oyster colour large sash in duchesse satin folded in half."

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

Love,

Kate & The Halfpennys xx

Images by Joe Short

Morgan shirt dress | Our Dress of the Week

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Our Dress of the Week is the Morgan shirt dress.  Shown here over the Iris slip, the lace features the prettiest, modern pattern and the scalloped sleeves and neckline are deliciously feminine. The finishing touch is an ethereal tulle skirt.

Our more daring brides can choose to ditch the slip - although we take no responsibility for your grandparents' reaction...

See the full A/W17 collection here.

#OurWeekInPictures | February 6th - 13th

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The new shop renovations are in full swing so it's all go here at Halfpenny HQ. It's been such an emotional time actually and I'm so grateful and proud of the journey we're taking together.

Here are your favourite snaps from insta this week.  More to come on the new space soon!

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Dreaming of Dior..... you can never have too many flowers #diors

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Beautiful Lucy | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Lucy married the love of her life in July last year in a relaxed ceremony with an English country garden feel.

We're so thrilled to have made Lucy's dream wedding dress, especially since she always knew she wanted a Halfpenny London gown so we had a lot to live up to!

"I had presumed two things about wedding dress shopping – one, that it might be intimidating, and two, that people in wedding dress shops would just tell you you look good in everything… But I was wrong on both counts! Halfpenny London is the most relaxing and lovely place. And although I wanted to try on every single dress, Jean was amazingly helpful and helped me see very quickly which styles suited me. It could have been quite overwhelming, but she was wonderful."

Lucy chose our beautifully embroidered, strapless Esme dress and everyone agreed it was the perfect choice for her.

"It's the dress I would have designed myself if I had anywhere near the skill or imagination to be able to do so! On my wedding day everyone said they couldn’t imagine me in any other dress. One friend looked on the Halfpenny website before I got married, and said, ‘obviously that’s the one you’ve gone for isn’t it?’ It’s just very me. I tried to imagine wearing another dress on the day and couldn’t. I knew if I went for something else I would always think about this dress."

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding pictures with us Lucy.  We're so happy we were able to be a part of your special day.  Congratulations from the Halfpenny team!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Images by Tom Ravenshear

#OurWeekInPictures | January 30th - 5th February

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Last week passed in a bit of a blur!  Trying to get my little man back on UK time was an interesting experience but we're all back to normal now, thankfully!

We're preparing to expand Halfpenny HQ so my interior obsession has been suitably harnessed and I'm knee deep in gorgeous inspiration for the new studio.  I can't wait to share the new space with you all.

Here are your favourite images from last week.  (Yes, it's ok to want to wear a foot tall gold crown on your wedding day...)

Until next week!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Studio inspo... #interiordreams #interiors

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Stunning Fiona | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our gorgeous bride Fiona tied the knot in September last year in a beautiful vintage style rustic ceremony.  Fiona chose our Esme dress as it reminded her of a vintage dress she'd found on Pinterest and she loved that we were able to customise the dress into a high-low for her. Esme's floral embroidery suited her theme perfectly and we think she looks utterly gorgeous!

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

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Images by Giulia & Sophia

The Kate Moss dress | Our Dress of the Week

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Our Dress of the Week is a gorgeous spotty tulle number named after the beautiful lady it was originally designed for: Kate Moss.

I made this dress (which Kate wore in red to Mario Testino’s 60th birthday party two years ago) for her in four colours. Featuring soft sleeves and button detailing this dress is an absolute showstopper.  The best thing about designing wedding dresses is giving someone their moment to be a star for the day. In one dress I can unleash someone’s inner beauty.

See the full A/W17 collection here.

#OurWeekInPictures | 23rd - 29th January

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I'm back in London after a whirlwind few weeks in the US.  The trunk shows in San Francisco and Atlanta were so much fun and it was so amazing to meet all the gorgeous brides to be there.

Last week we announced a sample sale at our Bloomsbury boutique and the phones went crazy!  (Join our mailing list to be the first to find out about any future sample sales and events.)  Now the new A/W17 collection has been unveiled it's so great to be able to share this images with you.   The response has been amazing so thank you so much.

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Ladies, block out time in your diaries because we’re having a sample sale on Sunday 5th February at our Bloomsbury boutique. There will be sample dresses and separates with discounts of up to 50%. Gowns must be paid for in full on the day. We accept cash or card. Please be aware that all card transaction will incur a 3% fee. Samples are sold as seen and we can recommend an alterations company should you need it. Please come prepared with £10 cash entrance fee which will be donated to the Alzheimers Society. The sample sale will be by appointment only from 10am-5pm and we recommend booking your appointment as soon as possible. As we are a very small boutique we cannot facilitate a waiting room, however there are many lovely cafes in the area where you can grab a quick coffee before your appointment. We can only allow one guest to accompany you to your appointment as there will be multiple appointments scheduled at one time. Please call Alexia to book on +44(0)20-3441-8894. Credit or Debit card details are required to reserve your time slot. Love, Kate & the Halfpennys x #samplesale #londonsamplesale #londonsale #bridalsamplesale #weddingdresssamplesale #weddingdress #halfpennylondon #bridal #bridalweddingdress #london #fashionsale #januarysale

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Beautiful Emma | A real Halfpenny London bride

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We love everything about our gorgeous bride Emma's wedding.  Her bouquet, that charming venue, the vintage car...  Everything was perfect for her big day and we are honoured to have played a part in it. 

"Thank you so much for the most beautiful dress. It was the most comfortable dress to wear, I would have worn it for days if I could and it fitted perfectly. You all made the process so special, helping me to try on many to make sure that it really was 'the one'! No one blinked an eye at the slightly challenging scheduling we had to organise between living in South Africa and a wedding in Scotland with the dress is London.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Despite the challenges, Emma's wedding came together perfectly and we think she looks incredible in her dress.  It really was the perfect choice for her and suited her down to the ground.

Congratulations to the happy couple and we wish you all the best in your new lives together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

SAMPLE SALE | Sunday 5th February

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Ladies, block out time in your diaries because we’re having a sample sale on Sunday 5th February at our Bloomsbury boutique.  There will be sample dresses and separates with discounts of up to 50%.

Gowns must be paid for in full on the day.  We accept cash or card. Please be aware that all card transaction will incur a 3% fee. Samples are sold as seen and we can recommend an alterations company should you need it.

Please come prepared with £10 cash entrance fee which will be donated to the Alzheimers Society.

The sample sale will be by appointment only from 10am-5pm and we recommend booking your appointment as soon as possible.

As we are a very small boutique we cannot facilitate a waiting room, however there are many lovely cafes in the area where you can grab a quick coffee before your appointment.

We can only allow one guest to accompany you to your appointment as there will be multiple appointments scheduled at one time.

Please call Alexia to book on +44(0)20-3441-8894. Credit or Debit card details are required to reserve your time slot.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Laura top & Maribou skirt | Our Dress of the Week

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Bridal separates provide an amazing opportunity to create a unique wedding outfit which really showcases a bride's personality.  Our dress of the week is actually a skirt and top combined to make an unusual and striking outfit for the modern bride.

The clean lines and simple front of the Laura top balances the fabulous detail of the Maribou skirt, creating an interesting silhouette.  The modest train and drape back of the Laura top add extra drama.

See the full A/W17 collection here.

#OurWeekInPictures | January 16th - 22nd

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This weekend was so incredible as I'm in San Francisco at the stunning Marina Morrison boutique with the Standing on Stardust collection.  Seeing my dresses under their own spotlights was so much fun and it was such a pleasure to meet all the gorgeous brides-to-be. 

Here are your favourite posts from Instagram last week.  I'm off to Atlanta now for another trunk show with Kelly's Closet so stay tuned on Instagram for the latest adventures!

Until next week.... 

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Minty madness...

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Gorgeous Lisa | A real Halfpenny London bride

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You'd be forgiven for thinking these images were from a styled shoot or taken from the pages of a magazine but this is actually a real wedding.  An incredible, breathtaking one at that!

Beautiful bride Lisa married the love of her life last year in Iceland and I'm thrilled to share her stunning images with you.  

Lisa chose our Lydia Rose dress which she purchased from Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow after attending one of our trunk shows.   She looks incredible in it and we love her choice of wedding shoes!

"The search for my dress was long because I didn't want something super traditional. As soon as I came across Halfpenny London I knew I had found the designer for me. I felt incredible in my dress and feel so lucky I got to wear it twice. Not many brides get the opportunity to do this! Thank you so much for making such a beautiful gown!"

The dramatic Icelandic scenery makes a stunning backdrop which photographer Neil Thomas Douglas captured perfectly.

Lucky Lisa wore her dress a second time for her Glasgow reception!

Glasgow photographs by Fiona Higgins.

Congratulations to the newlyweds and we're sure your life together will be as epic as your wedding photos...!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Ebony Dress & Gillian Goat Coat | Our Dress of the Week

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Our Dress of the Week is from the new Standing on Stardust collection:  The Ebony wedding dress and Gillian Goat Coat.

Ebony is a sumptuous lace creation embellished with 3D flowers and featuring a signature Halfpenny London low V back and beautifully flattering cap sleeves.

The Gillian Goat Coat is a luxurious option to keep warm in our unpredictable British climate! 

See the full A/W17 collection here.