Gorgeous Thea | A real Halfpenny London bride

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.


Kate & the Halfpennys xx