Myth & Muse new couture wedding dress collection for 2014

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

Flowers for Eddie and Jessica Charleston!

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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.

Flower combBridal bouquetSweet peasAmy’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.

New Jessica Charleston Couture Wedding Dress Shop Now Open

New Shop Front

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.

Last chance to buy Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding Magazine


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.

Why have your wedding dress handmade by me in Bath…

More and more brides want to be involved in the process of designing and making their wedding dress, escaping the mass-produced market and creating a truly personal connection with the dress they’re going to get married in. Nobody wants to let the recession affect their wedding plans but with some essential belt-tightening handmade weddings are really coming into their own. Magazines and websites are crammed full of brilliant and beautiful ideas for favours, flowers and stationery that crafty brides can take pleasure in making themselves. Hens getting together to stitch pretty bunting brings new meaning to the Sewing Bee. Doing some of these things yourself and involving others can really help you to enjoy the build up to your wedding day.

Having your dress made for you won’t necessarily save you money but it needn’t cost you more and you can certainly see where your money is going at every stage. My brides always tell me that being so involved in the process from our first meeting to their final fitting is really rewarding. I make every dress to your measurements including a toile (mock-up) to check that you are happy with the fit and style. Changes can easily be made at this stage, I will always be flexible. I want your dress to be perfect.

With the help of sites like Pinterest and Style Me Pretty you can quickly collect ideas, images, details and elements of dresses and moods to create a scrapbook which we can draw upon to create your ideal dress. Share your sources of inspiration with me and I’ll bring my knowledge of design, construction and a vast array of fabrics and techniques to come up with a truly unique dress for your wedding day.

Jessica Charleston arrives at Carina Baverstock Couture, Bradford on Avon

Anais at Carina Baverstock Couture

Update Oct 2013 – All Jessica Charleston collections are now available exclusively at the new Jessica Charleston Shop in Bath. I am thrilled to bring my latest collection ‘Fleurs Sauvages’ to Carina Baverstock Couture in Bradford on Avon. Carina opened this gorgeous boutique in 2010 and has fast gained a nationwide reputation for luxurious designer wedding dresses. With her eye for quality and impeccable styling Carina makes her boutique an unmissable destination for every bride-to-be. I am honoured to have my dresses hanging amongst top profile designers such as Jenny Packham and Claire Pettibone.

My collection is inspired by memories of time spent in the south of France, the swirling skirts of Sevillanas dancers, lace curtains blowing through doorways and the patterns of lavender fields.

The gentle feminine silhouettes are created from delicate French lace and pure silk satins and crepes, shades of sand and grey evoke the muted palate of the wild Camargue region.

Weddings at The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath

Wedding at the Little Theatre Cinema BathOn Saturday 25th September 2010 the Little Theatre in Bath held a ‘Mock Wedding’ to show future brides and grooms just how original their wedding could be. The Little started hosting weddings last year and after a busy 2011 is now booking up fast for 2012. Have a look at the Little Weddings website.