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
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.
November was a very busy month for photoshoots. I was very lucky to work with the uber-talented photographer Hattie Ellis who has been passionate about photography from a very young age. She is also super creative and made these amazing paper headresses for the shoot which accessorised my kimono inspired wedding dresses perfectly. Our model Sophie Choy looked stunning and was a joy to work with. Her impeccable make-up was done by the brilliant Katy Pheiffer a fashion shoot and wedding make-up specialist. The stylishly neglected Orangery at Blaise Castle, a wedding venue near Bristol provided the perfect setting for an unseasonally exotic photoshoot!
To learn more about Hattie Ellis have a look at her Facebook page here.
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.