Eight boutiques, four London cab fares and five martinis later, I still hadn’t found a wedding gown which even remotely tickled my fancy, even a teeny bit. I had tried on some exquisite dresses but felt awkward and a little bit silly in all of them.
I came to the conclusion that I was just not the wedding-dress type – the obligatory white uniform was a pretty archaic concept anyway, right?
BUT, on my way to the office the following Monday, I caught sight of a beautiful dress designed by Delphine Manivet. It was simple, relaxed (for a wedding gown) and elegant. I had to see more of these creations! And what a great excuse to visit Paris for the weekend.
BFFs and baguettes (buy here!) in tow, I visited the Delphine Manivet boutique on Faubourg Saint Honore in the French capital and fell in love with every. single. dress. Each was at once feminine, easy-to-wear and beautifully undone: Delphine Manivet hallmarks.
Delphine’s designs have a certain je ne sais quoi that I had found in only a few others, including my other two recommended wedding designers – Amanda Wakeley and David Fielden. These brands cater for modern women who don’t necessarily subscribe to the traditional wedding gown aesthetic and who want to enjoy their wedding day without negotiating mounds of tulle or boning digging into their ribs. Thank gawd. Otherwise, I would have been in a real pickle.
After days of agonising over the different styles, I chose the Anatole dress in silk crepe & a delicate Calais lace top.
As a happy corollary, the two obligatory fittings at Delphine Manivet’s atelier were a great excuse to visit Paris more often, for weekends with my girlfriends and, once, with Mum. Happily, some of these visits coincided with Les Soldes – the legislated bi-annual French sales. Win!
Tip: the summer Les Soldes start 22 June 2016 so book your Eurostar and apartment in the Marais soon! If you need any guidance re where to stay, where to shop and what to do, shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you struggled to find a wedding gown that felt right for you? Which wedding gown designers do you like?
All photos by the gorgeous Stacey Connolly.