There’s less than a week to go until Bristol’s original and best Vintage Wedding Fair. Come down to the Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Sunday, 16th March, 2014 between 10.30am and 4.00pm for a feast of vintage style wedding inspiration. I’ll be there with a selection of couture wedding dresses from all of my collections as well as some new separate pieces, flower girl dresses made from my favourite bridal fabrics, beautiful vintage veils and brand new accessories from Klaire Van Elton and Nickie Portman. Other exhibitors will be displaying original, vintage items as well as vintage inspired pieces. Have a look at the Bristol Vintage blog to see who else will be there. The £1 entry fee includes a raffle ticket for the prize draw so make sure you get there by 2.30pm for your chance to win fantastic prizes from all the exhibitors including Hotel du Vin, Bristol ( I wish I could enter!). All the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society. And if that isn’t enough of an incentive you can tie it in with a trip to the Zoo… go see the Red Pandas they are so cute!
I’m thrilled to finally reveal my new Myth & Muse collection, a small sisterhood of dresses celebrating the true versatility of silk fabrics. In various shades of ivory, cream, gold and sable with delicate lace and appliqué detailing, these dresses emphasise the natural beauty of the feminine form. To come and feel these luxurious dresses against your skin please make and appointment to visit my new couture wedding dress shop and studio in Bath.
For a closer look at these dresses go to the Myth & Muse page.
Photographs by Andrea Pennington
Location Royal Crescent Hotel Bath
Make up by Katy Pheiffer and Jenny Davies
Hair by Vicky Lovell at No3 Hairdressing
Models Deborah Sarah Baker Rachel Haspell and Hayley Lanyon
Having a window to dress has got to be one of the most exciting things about opening a bridal shop! Having a super-talented, incredibly generous and enthusiastic floral stylist to help makes it even more exciting! Amy is brimming with ideas and creative ways to bring a touch of nature’s bounty into my windows in a way which beautifully complements my wedding dresses. In the short time that Jessica Charleston Couture Wedding Dresses has been open, Amy has created two sumptuous seasonal displays for my window as well as two gorgeous festive wreaths for the door. Amy is a joy to work with and I cannot wait for more collaborations to come in 2014.
Amy’s approach to wedding flowers is equally inspiring, she understands how to capture nature at its best. She works closely with brides throughout the entire creative process from consultation to demo to produce beautiful flowers on the day itself providing a completely bespoke experience. Working from her tiny floral space on the outskirts of Bath, all Amy’s floral designs are natural, seasonal and delightful. And she’s just the sort of person I would want to help me plan my wedding.
To see more of Amy’s wonderful work or to make an appointment to discuss your wedding flowers have a look at the Flowers for Eddie website.
My new wedding dress shop on London Street in Bath is now open. I have transformed the shop into the perfect ‘bijou’ workspace, fitting room and display space. It’s so exciting to have a window to dress and I have a lovely view onto bustling Bath. While continuing to focus on bespoke wedding dresses I’m also expanding my collection of samples for brides-to-be to try on and get a feel for the Jessica Charleston style. I love fabrics and every time I receive a new silk or lace, I can’t wait to create a new dress from it. So come and get a feel for a silk lined dress and let your imagination run wild. We’ll have fun trying on dresses, coming up with new possibilities and rifling through delicious fabrics so you can walk away with a totally unique wedding dress in the making.
Monique has very kindly featured my Fleurs Sauvages collection of couture wedding dresses on her beautiful blog, French Wedding Style. Being a lover of all things French this is a real honour for me. The blog features loads of brilliant ideas to Frenchify your wedding and there are lots of recommended suppliers and real weddings to inspire you. So if you’re getting married in France or just love French style then I can certainly help you find the perfect dress for your wedding day a la Francaise! To have a look at the feature click here.
I was so happy when Emma and Mary from Raspberry Wedding recently asked if they could feature my Libelule and Orchidee dresses in their latest styled shoot. They had the most stunning location, Sennowe Park in Norfolk, previously used by Tim Walker and Tatler among other high-profile clients. You can see from the pictures that it was the most amazing day, reminding us of the scorching summer we’ve just had. They paint a picture of a truly romantic and intimate wedding in a spectacularly majestic setting where nature comes right to the door of this historic property.
The Libelule wedding dress, which was essentially inspired by a meeting of Japanese and European Edwardian styles, has been cleverly styled to evoke the Jane Austen era with stunning success!
Thank you to all the team and especially Amy Lewin who is clearly a very talented photographer.
For the full story have a look at the Raspberry Wedding blog.
Following our beautiful photoshoot at Leigh House near Bradford on Avon with the super talented Hattie Ellis, you can get hair and beauty tips from experts Katy Pfeiffer and Victoria Lovell in this brilliant article as well as some stunning pictures of models Sophie Andrews and Meaghan Hunter in their Jessica Charleston wedding dresses from the Fleurs Sauvages Collection.
I’m thrilled to see Hattie Ellis’s photos of Sophie Choy wearing my Libelule and Orchidee dresses in this month’s issue of South African Vintage Living Magazine. Have a look at the ‘Here come’s the bride’ feature on page 92. It’s such a beautiful magazine with loads of inspiring fashion features. http://vintagelifestylemag.co.za/the-magazine/
Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of wedding fairs with a difference. First came Bristol’s brand new Weird and Wonderful Wedding World Show which showcased a whole range of unusual suppliers from corsetieres to taxidermists! Then London’s A Most Curious Wedding Fair over an entire weekend at the ubercool Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. I’ve met some brilliant people, inspiring wedding creators from all over the UK and lots of lovely brides and grooms to be. It’s always exciting to get out of my studio and take some of my creations out and about and I’ve returned a little tired but inspired and refreshed and buzzing to create more adventurous wedding dresses.
Each of the shows was so epic that they most definitely deserve reviews of their own. So watch this space for more details and images from the host of talented photographers on hand at both shows.
This week I said farewell to a very special wedding dress and au revoir to a very special bride. Gypsy is getting married tomorrow near Oxford. I’ve enjoyed designing and making her wedding dress so much I’ve really grown quite attached to it and to the visits from her and her mum. Having a bespoke dress made is personal both for the bride and me. I like to make the process as democratic as possible from fine tuning the initial design to all the hand finished details. I can’t give too much away but quite a lot of fine work went into Gyspy’s dress, the kind of thing I love doing. Achieving perfection takes a few fittings and I never like my brides to feel rushed so I take as much time as I need for us both to be happy with every stage of development. The final touch is a little bit of something blue… I hand embroider the bride’s initials into every dress… I see these dresses as heirlooms which already have a story before they leave my studio. It’s so exciting to wave them on their way to an exciting future… and the best day of their lives!