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Stunning Harriet | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Gorgeous bride Harriet and her new hubby tied the knot in May this year in a magical springtime inspired ceremony.

"We embraced all things spring like for our day – inspired by the season and the dress! We wanted it to be a really relaxed celebration so filled the day with little surprises for our guests like a fab magician in the afternoon, live music and a saxophone in the evening. We ate lamb, drank gin and embraced the sunshine!"

Harriet wore the Rosa corset and Dita tulle skirt which she purchased from our amazing stockist in Northern Ireland, the White Gallery.

"Before this I found that lots of dresses were very similar, nothing in the Halfpenny collection was like any wedding dress I had ever seen, it was like playing dress up but as an adult!  The White Gallery was just beautiful every little detail and Rachel made me feel so special.

"Although the Rosa corset and Dita skirt were not what I thought I wanted I couldn’t help but try them on because they were just so beautiful! As soon as I put them on I was grinning and knew I would be the happiest bride I could be in them. Which at the end of the day is what it’s all about.  It was the first dress that I had a uncontrollable smile in!"

Rosa and Dita were the perfect choice for Harriet!  She looks absolutely gorgeous and I'm not surprised she couldn't stop smiling!  She finished off her look with a simple pair of blush suede courts from Office and her sister’s veil which she had altered to suit her aisle style.  The final touch was a little pair of blue drop earrings which her dad had given to her mum as a gift as her something borrowed and blue.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!  We wish you long and happy lives loving each other.

Lots of love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Images by Inma

Gorgeous Antoinette | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Antoinette and her lovely new hubby tied the knot in May last year.  Their ceremony was incredibly romantic surrounded by their family and friends.

Antoinette had her eyes on a particular outfit on our website before coming to see us and it turned out to be very close to her final aisle style. 

"The skirt I originally loved on the website looked too busy with the top I had chosen. I needed another skirt! Fortunately there were plenty more gorgeous pieces to choose from.  I tried on and loved the Lola skirt, which finishes just below the knees. My dream outfit was complete!  I knew I wanted lace in my dress, and the Annabel Lace T-Shirt with its sleeves ticked all my boxes. When I saw the Lola skirt and how it matched well with the Lace Tee, my outfit was complete."

Antoinette finished off the look with a Tilly Thomas Lux belt and a soft updo and she looked utterly perfect!

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

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xxx

Images by Martino Vincenzi

Stunning bridal inspiration shoot by Beatnik Bride and Benjamin Wheeler,

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I'm totally in love with this stunning bridal inspiration shoot by Beatnik Bride and Benjamin Wheeler featuring our Dita beaded corset and Dita skirt.  

From Rosie the stylist: "This shoot was inspired by Dutch painter Rachel Ruysch who focused on painting beautiful wild floral arrangements on flowing fabric runners. We both had the pleasure of working with Ben before our respective wedding businesses began. Our paths still cross in fashion, but it is truly a privilege to work with him on weddings.

He’s got an incredible knack for natural light and manages to turn such simple moments into the most romantic scenes. Ben found the amazing location and really captured the narrative running through the styling and floristry with his photographs.

We asked Frida to work with us on this shoot as her floristry skills are true works of art! In a romantic but also run down setting, the colours of the 18th century town house brought the images together. Grand floral displays in urns and detailed arrangements added texture to the rooms, with natural light spilling in from the windows. Candles were a big part of this shoot too, we scattered them throughout the house and across the tables for a warm vintage feel.

For the outfits we wanted to mix bold jewellery and embellished dresses with floral veils to show our love for accessories and to give the shoot a modern twist. We wanted to prove that colour and texture isn’t to be afraid of when it comes to styling your wedding outfit."

See the full gallery over on Rock My Wedding here.

Creative Direction & Styling Beatnik Bride

Styling Assistant Yolande Elliott

Florist Frida Kim Flowers

Hair & Make Up Leanna Gabriel

Model Andrea S via Nevs

Location Truman Brewery

 

Stunning Camilla | A real Halfpenny London bride

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"I LOVED my appointments at Halfpenny London. Firstly, the boutique is absolutely beautiful! It’s like stepping into a treasure trove filled with lace and tulle and sparkly things… I wanted to try EVERYTHING.

I actually fell in love with two dresses. I was set on the Violet Full French lace but then the Dita caught my eye and I had to try it. Ultimately the Dita made me feel the more bridal of the two, I loved the way it moved and how it fit me. It made me feel like a princess (a cliché but I think we secretly all want to feel that way on our wedding days) but still had the modern, cool feel that all of the Halfpenny dresses have. The beaded bustier was just exquisite, I hadn’t seen anything like it before. From a far it almost looks like lace. When I didn’t want to take it off I knew it was the one."

Marlene & Dita | Our Wedding Dress of the Week

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I'm using the term "wedding dress" loosely here but rules are meant to be broken after all!

Just because you're not a dress or skirt kind of woman doesn't mean you have to forgo an exquisite wedding outfit and the Marlene Duchess trousers are the perfect choice for brides-to-be who rebel against the status quo.  The wide legs and nipped-in, high waist detail keep the look ultra feminine and who doesn't love pockets!  Shown here with the Dita beaded corset, these fabulous trousers look equally stunning worn with a simple cami or a lace tee.

See the full The Garden After the Rain collection here.

Stunning Alice | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful bride Alice married her new husband Stuart in a stunning winter ceremony last year. Alice braved the freezing cold in her Halfpenny London bridal separates so Jacqui McSweeney Photography could capture the most beautiful golden hour portraits and Jacqui captured the entire day perfectly.

Alice paired our Dita lace corset and Dita tulle skirt to create the wedding outfit of her dreams.

"As soon as I got engaged I began searching the internet for the perfect wedding dress, I really wanted something a little different. Which is when I stumbled across the incredible Kate Halfpenny. Every dress in Kate’s collection is drop dead gorgeous, romantic yet contemporary. I became obsessed with Kate’s dresses (and still am!)

"Luckily I found out that Kate Halfpenny’s collection was stocked in Leonie Claire, a beautiful boutique right around the corner from our flat in Brighton!  When I visited Leonie Claire I fell head over heels for the dita skirt and top. I loved how the corset tied in a knot at the back and how the gorgeous tulle skirt cinched in my waist perfectly."

"Stu and I went for dinner at The Red Barn and knew straight away it was the perfect venue. The Red Barn is a country pub with a 300 year old barn attached to it. It really is the most gorgeous country pub, with old beams in the roof, low ceilings, lots of nooks and crannies and a huge old fireplace in the main bar. There is also a huge floor to ceiling book case at the far end of the barn which makes the barn really special. Stu and I are both country bumpkins at heart so the pub was perfect!"

We love everything about Alice and Stuart's beautiful big day and we wish them every happiness i their new lives together.  Congratulations you two!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpennys xx

See more of this stunning wedding over on Rock My Wedding here.

 

Gorgeous Charlotte | A real Halfpenny London bride

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Beautiful Charlotte's wedding was inspired by the natural beauty of the Puglian countryside, an Italian affair surrounded by the newlywed's family and friends.

Charlotte's "big smiles and butterflies" confirmed that she'd found her dream wedding dress and we think she looks incredible in the Halfpenny London beaded Dita bustier & the Dita Dandelion skirt.

"I chose a top and skirt as the combination was incredibly beautiful and sophisticated but still fun and youthful. It also felt unique. I hope that I will be able to wear the top on our first anniversary! Both pieces also fitted perfectly with our venue which had a very natural beauty."

"I kept my accessories very simple – some silk flowers in my hair that were my mum’s on her wedding day, some diamond earrings that were a pressie from my husband and a little blue friendship bracelet from my parents as my ‘something blue’. The flowers were designed by Maria, who is the owner of Masseria Potenti (our wedding venue) – she has the most amazing taste. Everything was inspired by the Puglian countryside so, lots of wild flowers and olive leaves, with the addition of some white roses."

Charlotte described her time with us as "charming and relaxed" and we're so happy we were able to be involved in her gorgeous big day! 

"The boutique is beautiful and inspiring and I felt like a little girl playing dress up. All the ladies were so friendly, they made me feel totally at ease. There was zero judgement and no assumptions made. We really felt that the team wanted me to look my best and shared in our excitement!  Thank you so much for making it such a stress free and wonderful experience. We will never forget it."

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

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Photography by Cinzia Bruschini

Annabel & Dita - Our Dress of the Week

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Our wedding dress of the week is the French lace Annabel tee paired with the Dita Corset and Dita silk tulle skirt.  The ethereal softness of the skirt is the perfect complement to the delicate lace top and the loose cap sleeves are so flattering.  Perfect the look with a narrow belt and classic white blooms.

See the full 2016 collection here.

Beautiful Katie | A real Halfpenny London Bride

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At Halfpenny London, we love a bride who rocks her own style on the wedding day and beautiful Katie is one of those brides!

Katie wore the Dita bustier in hand beaded French lace with a bespoke pencil skirt in Silk crepe.

"Thank you so much for being just the best, most amazing rock star team of designers a bride could wish for. I had an absolute blast with you all and felt a million dollars on the day."

Huge congratulations from all of us at Halfpenny London!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xxx

Lovely Eleanor | A Real Halfpenny London Bride

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We're so happy to share our lovely bride Eleanor's wedding pictures with you today.  We think she looks totally gorgeous in the Iris backless French lace jacket worn with the Dita Tulle skirt and a floor length, narrow, French lace border veil.  We love her beautiful soft updo and that flower crown is so sweet!

After the ceremony, Eleanor changed into the ivory Iris slip when it came to let loose on the dancefloor!

Congratulations Eleanor!  We wish you and your new husband a long and happy life together.

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

Beautiful Holly | A Real Halfpenny London Bride

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We couldn't have been happier when gorgeous bride Holly emailed in her wedding pictures.  Her smile tells us everything we need to know about how her big day went!  She is radiating with happiness and it's so beautiful to see.  

Holly wears the Dita organza skirt with a bespoke Dita corset covered in tulle and here's what she had to say about it:

"You guys ROCK and made the whole experience really, really special.  I knew from the first time I walked into Halfpenny that I'd find my dress there.  Thanks to the kind, fun and creative talent that is Halfpenny I walked away with a dress that was totally me and an experience I'll always treasure. Thank you, ladies."

Congratulations Holly!  We're so happy to play a part in your wonderful wedding and that you were able to find your dream dress with us.  We wish you both all the very best for married life!

Love,

Kate & the Halfpenny London team xx

 

Gorgeous Becky | A real Halfpenny London Bride

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I'm so excited to share these gorgeous images of our beautiful Halfpenny London bride Becky. Becky was such a cool fashion bride, I knew from the moment I met her I just loved her style, her energy and her brilliant personality.  She has stayed a friend after I designed her wedding dress and has the most gorgeous family who used to come with her to all her fittings.

We created a bespoke piped corset in duchess silk to wear with the delicious soft silk tulle Dita skirt.  It was styled with the delicate 3/4 length silk tulle veil and this destination wedding certainly was a seriously cool and fashionable affair.

Love,

Kate xx