Halfpenny London

#OurWeekInPictures | June 19th - 25th 2017

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Good morning!  I'm back in the atelier after an amazing week on holiday in Spain with my family and excited for the week ahead.  We have a boutique jam packed of appointments with beautiful brides-to-be and we can't wait to create more dream dresses!

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Gorgeous Natasha | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our stunning bride, Natasha, married the love of her life in April this year.  Despite having a church wedding, the couple chose to have a more relaxed feel to their day and we love the laid back elegance of their lovely wedding.

Inspired by a vintage photo, Natasha dreamed of wearing a feathered skirt on her big day but struggled to find one until she visited our boutique.

"I knew I didn’t want anything with corsetry or boning and I didn’t want anything too traditional. Or strapless! Or tight! And I wanted something comfortable that I could wear with flat shoes because I am not a heel wearer and am clumsy at the best of times!! I once saw (and bought!) a photo of a feathered wedding skirt when I was young in a postcard shop in the middle of nowhere. So I had always thought that would be cool, but when it came to looking for a dress I couldn’t find anything like that anywhere and kept being told by other stores that feathers went in and out of fashion a few years ago so I would never find this… But then I found Halfpenny!! So really as soon as I clocked the Swan Skirt in your store it was never really going to go any other way!

"As soon as I walked in [to the boutique] I realised I loved Kate’s style and this made the experience pretty different from all the other places I had gone which carried multiple lines – as I liked pretty much everything in the Halfpenny store!! I also loved that Kate herself was sometimes there in the store so I got to meet her personally which was a super exciting and special touch!! The whole experience was FAB from start to finish – thank you so much!"

Natasha completed her bridal look with a stunning Tilly Thomas Lux headband and we think she looks incredible!

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We wish you all the very best in your new lives together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx 

Images by David Watts

#OurWeekInPictures | 12th - 18th June 2017

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Well... Summer in London has started with a bang!  I love this glorious sunshine and thinking about all the stunning, sun-drenched wedding picture opportunities to be had like our beautiful bride below; the lace of the Marilyne dress is exquisite!  

Here are your favourite Instagram posts from the last 7 days.  Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Stunning Stephanie | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our beautiful bride Stephanie married her beau in October last year in a spectacular celebration in Santorini.  The couple kept their colour scheme neutral with chic and dramatic pops of red for Stephanie's lipstick, nails and flowers... So timeless and chic!

"Halfpenny was the only place I came to! I was certain it was where I wanted to get my dress from.  I had my first fitting with Kate and it was lovely because she told me the details of the dresses. I told her the style I was after and she helped pull some options. I didn’t feel rushed or that I was just another person being shipped through, I felt like it mattered.

"I loved the Josephine dress when I tried it on because of the lace sleeves (something I was after) and the vintage feel to the dress. I didn’t want anything too full in the skirt because we got married in Santorini and I was aware of having to travel with it - plus that isn’t really my style. My Mum and bridesmaids were with me and I could see on their faces it was the right one!  When I put it on on my wedding day I knew it was right because I couldn’t imagine wearing any another design."

We adore Stephanie's vintage movie star style and these gorgeous images by Studio Phosart are giving us major wanderlust!

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

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Marianne | Our Dress of the Week

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Our Dress of the Week is the vintage inspired Marianne dress.  This hand beaded and embroidered, dropped waist gown features delicate cap sleeves and the most beautiful deep "V" back detail, shown here worn with the classic Iris slip. 

This dress is a favourite with our brides.  See more from their stunning weddings here.

#OurWeekInPictures | 5th - 11th June 2017

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Congratulations to all the lovely brides-to-be who found their dream dress at our sample sale last weekend.  We hope you have the most incredible day and can't wait to see your beautiful pictures!  

We've been busy here in the atelier with appointments and fittings - wedding season is well and truly here and we are loving it!  It really is the most humbling experience seeing our gorgeous brides gearing up for their big day.

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Happy Saturday from #halfpennylondon HQ! Have a super weekend!

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#OurWeekInPictures | May 29th - June 4th 2017

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"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny." - Mahatma Gandhi

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Ladies, block out time in your diaries because we’re having a sample sale on Sunday 11th June at our Bloomsbury boutique. There will be sample dresses and separates with discounts of up to 50% and more. 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 We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The sample sale will be by appointment only from 9am-5pm. For the most choice we recommend booking your appointment as soon as possible. However, stock will be replenished throughout the day. 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 or email Grace to book your appointment on +44(0)20-7388-7300 or Grace@halfpennylondon.com. Credit or Debit card details are required to reserve your time slot. Love, Kate & the Halfpennys xx

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Gorgeous Natalie | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Our beautiful bride Natalie married her lovely husband in September last year in a fabulous modern London wedding.  I adore her riverside pictures, captured perfectly by Terri Pashley.

Natalie was very keen to wear a dress by a British designer and chose our sequinned Lydia dress in ivory.  It was the perfect dress for her and she looked incredible.  

"Halfpenny was the first store I visited whilst dress shopping. After shopping around at a few other stores I came back to Halfpenny and found my dress. I loved the store and the beautiful location in Woburn walk. I loved the décor of the shop with all the beautiful details including the music playing.  The team were very welcoming and made the experience very memorable. I had a couple of alterations appointments and it was clear that it was as important for the team and well as myself to get the dress just right.

"I originally tried the Lydia dress in blush as I was convinced I didn’t want white but it’s funny how your ideas change!  You just know when you put it on when it’s the one! I think my mum and I both shed a tear or two at that moment." 

Congratulations to the gorgeous couple!  We wish you every happiness in your new adventures together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

SAMPLE SALE | SUNDAY 11TH JUNE

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Ladies, block out time in your diaries because we’re having a sample sale on Sunday 11th June at our Bloomsbury boutique.  There will be sample dresses and separates with discounts of up to 50% and more.

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 We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

The sample sale will be by appointment only from 9am-5pm.  For the most choice we recommend booking your appointment as soon as possible.  However, stock will be replenished throughout the day.

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 or email Grace to book your appointment on +44(0)20-7388-7300 or Grace@halfpennylondon.com. Credit or Debit card details are required to reserve your time slot.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys

#OurWeekInPictures | May 22nd - 28th 2017

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Good morning!  We're back in the atelier, refreshed after a gorgeous bank holiday weekend and raring to go!  Maintaining a good work/life balance is a constant struggle - as it is for many, many people - so I always make the most of these long weekends with my family.

Your favourite posts on Instagram last week were a fabulous boomerag of the new Ivy skirt and two very different but equally stunning real Halfpenny brides so check them out below.

Until next week...

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx 

Stunning Louise | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Louise married her gorgeous husband Justin last summer at Villa Catureglio in the stunning Borgo a Mozzano, Italy.  Afterwards, the newlyweds and their guests celebrated with a breathtaking garden party under the Tuscan sky.   

"We searched high and low for a venue in England that ticked all our boxes, but with no joy. As we love to travel, we decided to start looking a bit further afield. When we came across the venue online we instantly fell in love with it. When we then visited the Villa in person, we were blown away by its beauty and we had our heart set on getting married there."

Louise chose our Iris Honeycomb dress for her big day and we think it was the perfect choice for her.  She looks utterly gorgeous!  

Congratulations Louise & Justin!  We wish you all the very best in your new adventures together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

Photography:  Moumou Photography.  See the full gallery via Wow our Wedding here.

#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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