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#OurWeekInPictures | September 19 - 25th

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 Our week in pictures has been full of inspiration! As always, my obsession for delicious fabrics is out of control and I'm so in love with everything in the new Gucci collection, even down to the decadent marble hangers!

The feedback on our recent refurbishment has been fabulous!  It's so important to me that our brides have an amazing experience with us and the response has been amazing on Instagram so I'm so happy everyone likes it!

It's no secret that we love a sexy back here at Halfpenny and this image had so much love on Instagram last week.  The SS17 collection is full of beautiful designs sure to make a statement on your big day.  See the full collection here.

We're in overdrive at the boutique at the moment with Brides the Show coming up and our trip to New York Bridal Fashion Week not long after.  It's all very exciting and we can't wait! Head over to Instagram to keep up with all our news.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

I love Mondays..... Let's hit it hard this week! #halfpennylondon #bridallondon #halfpennybrides

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So in love... Even down to the marbled coat hangers! ❤️ #help #gucci

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Beautiful Christina | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Lovely bride Christina's relaxed, Italian wedding took place in June last year and the hot Italian summer was a factor when choosing her wedding dress.

"The two piece felt beautiful but not as formal as many wedding dresses.  I immediately felt at ease when I tried the dress on and knew I would feel special but comfortable on the day."

Christina completed the look with a delicate Agnes Hart headpiece & veil and her "something borrowed" was jewellery from family and friends.  Floristry was focussed around her favourite deep red peonies and we think she looks fabulous!

Congratulations Christina!  We wish you and your new husband all the happiness in the world!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Images by Therese Winberg

#OurWeekInPictures | September 12th - 18th

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Kate Moss and her iconic red Halfpenny London dress had you double tapping on Instagram and we can totally understand why!  She looked totally amazing!  (Did you know that we now do a bridal version of this fabulous dress?)

Here are all of your favourites from Instagram last week.  Enjoy!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xxx

Definitely yes! How gorgeous is that!

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Stunning Fiona | A real Halfpenny London Bride

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Lovely bride Fiona was married in Tuscany in May this year and her Italian rustic chic wedding was effortlessly gorgeous.

Having "dreaded" wedding dress shopping, a stylist recommended us to Fiona and we're so glad she did!

"I went to 3 other shops which were all lovely but I just felt the dresses weren't quite right.  A stylist I worked with recommended Halfpenny and I think I was subconsciously holding out until my appointment as she'd spoken so highly of the collection.  I walked in a decided I'd buy my dress from Halfpenny before I even tried one on. I loved the fabrics and the shop straight away. I knew I'd find something."

The bustier of Fiona's Esme dress was customised to suit her personal style as she knew she wanted to wear flowers in her hair and wanted the contrast with the simpler top.  We love how it turned out!

"I didn't want the over all look to be too busy. I also think that even though you want a beautiful dress, you want people to say 'doesn't she look lovely' not 'isn't the dress lovely'. I think anything too decorative can be distracting. I loved the fabric of the skirt, I'd never seen anything like it before. It was so light to wear and suited the Italian whimsical feel of the wedding." 

An Amanda Wakeley veil, Jimmy Choo shoes, vintage diamond and pearl earnings from Greys Antiques and her mother in law's stunning sapphire ring completed the look.

Congratulations Fiona!  You looked absolutely stunning and we wish you and your new husband all the very best in your life together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Images by Bernard Viljoen & Charl Marais

Get in the mood....

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With my obsession with colour, texture and imagery I'm forever working, looking at beautiful things and places, here are a few mood images I've created of delicious details that simply make stunning pictures, some of current laces were using, some of the details of our dresses or others imagery that inspires up. enjoy! X K

Loving the lilacs... Embroidery, bows, frills.  

Loving the lilacs... Embroidery, bows, frills.  

Tassels, feather, fringing, pleats.... 

Tassels, feather, fringing, pleats.... 

Pretty in pinks.... from neons to deck chair fabrics!

Pretty in pinks.... from neons to deck chair fabrics!

It's not just fabrics and textures, interiors play a huge part in inspiring me... 

It's not just fabrics and textures, interiors play a huge part in inspiring me... 

The mixture of these greens and dirty pinks, beiges and twinkles are just sublime. If only wedding dresses were in colour!! When I did my fashion degree in the late 90's I did a collection of alternative bridal wear, the whole collection was lilac, pale blue and a very dirty pink... Slightly bonkers. 

The mixture of these greens and dirty pinks, beiges and twinkles are just sublime. If only wedding dresses were in colour!! When I did my fashion degree in the late 90's I did a collection of alternative bridal wear, the whole collection was lilac, pale blue and a very dirty pink... Slightly bonkers. 

Dreaming... 

Dreaming... 

Detail as intricate as a flower, delicate like a petal. Simply Magical. 

Detail as intricate as a flower, delicate like a petal. Simply Magical. 

Follow us on Instagram or Pinterest to see more of my inspirations......  #halfpennylondon 

#OurWeekInPictures | SEPTEMBER 5TH - 11TH

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Exquisite details took centre stage this week.  I've been so passionate about the stunning embroidery, beading and appliqué work in the new SS17 collection with a lot more to come!

Here were your favourite details on Instagram this week.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Lovely Michelle | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Michelle and her husband were married in August in a barn in Oxfordshire. Their tropical theme was reflected in Michelle's colourful bouquet, the stationary and in the hugely popular steel band which played during the reception, not to mention the perfect sunshine on their big day!

"I had visited a number of boutiques, but found there was almost too much choice and a lot of dresses that weren’t very ‘me’. I took a step back and decided to research designers that I liked the styling of and came across Halfpenny London. Every dress was beautiful and when I arrived at the shop, I fell in love with all of the styling - not only the dresses, but the interiors too and I knew I was in the right place!"

Michelle chose the Iris Lace jacket and an elegant slip and it suited her perfectly.

"I had always known I wanted some lace, but I wanted something that was a bit different too. To be able to layer on the lace top over the silk slip was the perfect solution. I felt elegant with the lace, but the silk added another level of sophistication. The way that the dress is cut was really flattering and I felt I could be comfortable in it all day.  In the evening I removed the lace top and placed a silk sash across the middle of the dress, which meant I could transform my look from day to night really easily and with minimal cost!"

Congratulations to Michelle and her new husband!  We hope you have countless, fabulous adventures in your new lives together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xxx

Images by Jen Marino

Celine | Our Dress of the Week

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Our show-stopping dress of the week is actually a set of gorgeous bridal separates: the Celine camisole and skirt.

Tiny sequins adorn every inch of this fabulous, statement dress and the spaghetti straps show off the beautiful feminine line of the neck and shoulders.  Covered buttons and a puddle train complete the look.

See the full 2017 collection here

#OurWeekInPictures | AUGUST 29TH - SEPTEMBER 4th

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It's been such an exciting week at Halfpenny London as the new collection makes it's way to our lovely stockists for all of you lovely brides to try on.  (Details of our stockists can be found here.)

Otherwise, the week has been full of creativity, even the grey skies are a source of inspiration at the moment...

Here are your favourite Instagram snaps from last week

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Gorgeous Clare | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Inspired by her nan's tales of fun filled, old school East End weddings, gorgeous bride Clare wanted a traditional ceremony followed by a laid back London celebration and we think she succeeded spectacularly as these images by Jennifer Langridge, Magpie-Eye Photography show.

Clare chose our Susie appliquéd tulle skirt and Iris slip and it was the perfect wedding dress for her.

"My experience [at Halfpenny London] was amazing, so personal and I felt very lucky. Halfpenny London was the first dress shop I visited and the dress I wore was the first I tried on.  I knew it was my dream dress as soon as I saw myself in it, it completely won me over from the start and it made me feel so amazing on our day."

Clare's kept her accessories simple with a gold bracelet her grandparents gave her when she turned 21 and an Alex Monroe elephant necklace that was a sweet, heartfelt gift from the groom the morning of the wedding to remind her of their travels around South East Asia.  Divine!

Congratulations to the newlyweds and we wish you every happiness in your new lives together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xxx

Raw Love Inspiration Shoot on Rock My Wedding

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Styled by The Wedding Bazaar and photographed by Georgina Harrison, with a colour palette of greys, pinks and soft greens and a feather motif running throughout, this inspiration shoot featured on Rock My Wedding is so pretty.

See the full gallery here

Peony | Our Dress of the Week

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Some believe that peonies are symbolic of romance and prosperity, an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage so "Peony" was the perfect name for our beautiful dress of the week.

Delicately feminine with an edge of our signature Brit Cool style, the French lace and polka dot wedding dress features exquisitely detailed cap sleeves and a plunging back.

See the full 2017 collection here.

#OurWeekInPictures | August 22 - 28

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Oh my goodness, what a week it was!  James and I celebrated our 4th anniversary and I can't believe how quickly the time has flown.  On the same day last year we were sat impatiently waiting for our son to arrive. I am a very lucky lady to have such a gorgeous husband and amazing dad to our beautiful son Sylvester who turned 1 last week! 

Unsurprisingly, those two events were some of your favourite moments on Instagram and here's the full round up.

Until next week...

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xxx

Beautiful Jude | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our lovely bride Jude married her new husband in a relaxed, modern vintage wedding in Dublin this April.  Their reception was in a rustic wine bar, set in a historic granary with a dining room in amazing underground wine vaults.

Jude's search for the perfect wedding dress brought her to our Bloomsbury boutique, and we're so glad it did!

"I was immediately hooked by your website, the real weddings section in particular. All your brides had a look of relaxed class that I wanted for my own wedding. Everything looked wearable but amazingly fashionable – nothing looked frumpy or fussy in the least."

Jude chose our Josephine dress for her big day, in keeping with the vintage inspired theme and we think she looks incredible! 

"I wanted something beautiful but wearable and the Josephine dress was exactly that: elegant and so comfortable!  Halfpenny HQ has an amazing vibe: the people obviously love working there, the assistants were totally thoughtful in their recommendations for dresses and there was no pressure at any point. I’d recommend to anyone – especially the bride who doesn’t naturally love being the centre of attention."

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jude.  We're so happy you came to us at Halfpenny London and we wish you all the very best in your new adventures.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Images by David Cavan

 

Sylvie | Our Dress of the Week

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The Sylvie dress is a huge favourite of mine.  It was named after my son Sylvester who is 1 this week so it's fitting that this is our Dress of the Week. 

The long sleeved Sylvie wedding dress is the show piece of the collection. A real peacock in its style. Lots of silk embroidery and diamonte beads and bullion metal work. Utterly gorgeous, just like Sylvester. 

See the full 2017 collection here.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xxx

WILD LOVE BY HALFPENNY LONDON

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Shot by Lorenzo Agius, these gorgeous images capture the essence of the new Halfpenny London "Wild Love" collection for S/S17.  

View the entire new collection here.

Photography by Lorenzo Agius

Hair by Enzo Volpe at Mandy Coakley

Makeup by Veronica Martinez

 

#OurWeekInPictures | AUGUST 15 - 21

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I'm so pleased to say that things are back to normal after the chaos of boutique renovations last week.  I still have plenty more plans for little finishing touches but it's looking delicious already and it seems that you agree as it was one of the most liked images in our feed last week.  Thank you so much for all the love!

Unsurprisingly, you also loved this incredible Gucci embroidery and the new images of the S/S17 collection.

Here are your favourite images from last week.  Enjoy!  

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Channelling the Gucci... #embroidery #gucci

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Yum! Done!

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