Antique lace Edwardian wedding dress

Another lovely treat for you on the blog today from guest blogger Lucy of Lucy Says I Do – especially for all of you who share my love of the Edwardian era when it comes to weddings.  If you’re a regular blog reader you’ve probably already read Lucy’s previous guest posts on her bridesmaids dresses and growing your own wedding flowers, which are full of inspiration.  

Today Lucy is sharing the story of how she came to choose her stunning Edwardian wedding dress – I’m just a little bit jealous!  Who else is?  If you have the budget to have a wedding dress made for you, then I hope you’ll be inspired by Lucy’s story.  Love Charlie x

Over to Lucy…

Notoriously fussy when it comes to clothes, I imagined the search for my wedding dress was going to be difficult and long, and I was a little apprehensive, as were my mum and my sister! When I booked my first dress appointments I knew what I didn’t want, but I was yet to see anything (in magazines or online) that I could see myself in on my wedding day.

Country wedding

My first appointment was at Jane Bourvis’s Atelier, and that’s where my wedding dress story ends, short but oh so sweet!  As soon as I walked in, I knew we’d found something very special.

Vintage lace wedding dress

Jane is an extremely talented Artist, and a really lovely lady, and her atelier is not your average dress shop.  It is a treasure trove of beautiful delicate pieces: hanging Edwardian lace, Victorian wax flower head pieces, antique ballerina tutus, it is amazing.

Jane Bourvis wedding dresses

After lingering over one very beautiful piece of oyster Edwardian lace that was not quite a dress yet, Jane pinned the lace to my shape and I fell in love with it.

Antique lace wedding dress and veil

I hadn’t planned on wearing a veil, but when Jane showed me one of her delicate lace veils, the details and intricacy won me over.  Over the next few months I went back to see Jane and she made a number of adjustments and additions, until it was perfect.

Vintage lace wedding veil

I ended up with a wedding dress that I couldn’t even have dreamed of.  My wedding dress was utterly unique, it had it’s own story, the dress looked different when you looked at it from a distance, and then when you saw it close up you were able to see all the detail of the intricate patterns in the antique lace.

Lace wedding dress

Jane Bourvis’s Atelier is located just off Portobello Road.  Jane designs amazing bespoke bridal dresses, made to measure, and each piece is completely unique.  Jane sources an incredible selection of vintage lace, embellishments and accessories, I can’t recommend her enough.

Country wedding

So, so, SO in-love with Lucy’s Edwardian wedding dress!  What an incredible heirloom to pass on through her family.

Images: (1+2) Mark Tattersall; (3) all Antiques and Boutiques; (4 – 7) Mark Tattersall

Blog post kindly reproduced with permission from Lucy Says I Do.


Lucy on 1. December, 2013

It makes me want to get back in it, I loved it so much! It felt amazing on too! Thanks so much for the post x

Clarey on 11. December, 2013

Saw this via our British cut flower business page (Manor Garden) and thought WOW what a dress, seriously beautiful so clicked and then saw the name Jane Bourvis. I too slightly dreaded finding a wedding dress, had no clue what I wanted and knew I didn’t have a massive budget. I walked into Jane Bourvis’ shop (the first I’d been too) and KAPOW that was it. I fell in love with her, her shop and after about 10 minutes a beautiful victorian lace edged tablecloth disguised as a skirt. That was it. She found another piece of exquisite lace draped it over my top half and I was sold and the happiest bride ever. I still get my dress out of the cupboard and gaze at it every now and again. if only I could do it all again and pay Jane another visit….

CharlieB on 13. December, 2013

Hi Clarey, what a coincidence! There is something about finding your wedding dress that just catches you unawares sometimes, I has a similar experience to you with where I found my dress. I love that you still get it out and look at it, mine has been hanging on the back of a bedroom door for a while, I must get it out and remind myself how beautiful it is 🙂

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