All things wedding fashion and beauty in Grampian – from veils to dresses for the mums

Fashion and beauty need not be scary concepts. Often brides (and people in general) get caught up with how they think they should be portraying themselves and not how they really want to. To give you some ideas and pointers, we look at what’s happening in Grampian and speak to those who know their clients as well as Aberdonians know butteries

Left: Stunning embellishments on an Emma Louise Hopper veil; Right: Emma Louise Hopper wearing her own handmade creation at her own wedding in 2021 (Photo: Dani Rose Photography)

Bridal veils Aberdeen

Many brides-to-be turn their hand to a spot of DIY ahead of the big day. But for embroidery designer Emma Louise Hopper, things were less about TikTok tutorials and more about chapel-length veils hand-finished with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

The talented Gray’s School of Art graduate, who lovingly creates bespoke freehand embroidered veils, says having a unique outfit element adds to the joy of the day. “A bespoke wedding veil is a piece of art that will remind you of your special day forever,” she tells us.

“When I started thinking about my own wedding and planning my outfit, I realised that the veil was actually one of the most important parts of the overall look. I decided I wanted to keep my gown quite simple so the veil could be the showstopper. I went for a chapel-length, single-tier veil with embellishment along the train.”

Creating a personalised veil also allows a bride to inject more of her personality into her look. “If you have an idea in mind, I’d love to help bring your vision to life,” says Emma. “And if you’re unsure, we can work together to create something.

“Knowing I’m part of someone’s dream wedding is very rewarding,” she adds with a smile. “I’ve even seen some veils framed after the wedding or made into other garments.”

Left: Abigail guipure embroidered floral tulle gown with full skirt by Sassi Holford, £POA, Ivory Grace; Right: The finishing touches make all the difference, says Kerry Anne Bridal Hair (Photo: Apricot Tree Photography)

Wedding hair Aberdeen

With Scotland’s weather being infamous for its ability to give us four seasons in one day, you might be wondering how on earth your hair will stay looking chic as the day progresses. Aberdeen stylist Kerry Laing, who owns Kerry Anne Bridal Hair, knows that picking the right style to begin with is a crucial first step: “I’d say there are three main factors to consider when you start thinking about how you want to look,” she tells us. “Firstly, your natural hair texture will tell you how well your hair holds a style. Next, look at your hair colour – some textured styles show up better on lighter hair and some sleek styles look better on darker hair. And lastly, your hair’s length and thickness will guide you on which styles are achievable.”

The right prep will also go a long way towards helping your style to last, adds Kerry. “Take time to care for your hair. Try to cut down to washing it no more than three times a week, avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain silicone or sulphates, and protect it when using heated tools,” she tells us.

“Stress can affect your hair, so take vitamins to help care for yourself both inside and out. And if you have any questions, ask your stylist – they should be able to offer guidance.”

The crowning glory by Kerry Anne Bridal Hair (Photo: Apricot Tree Photography)

Wedding dresses Aberdeen

Your wedding dress is arguably the most important piece of clothing you will ever wear. Happily, Aberdeen brides are spoilt for choice when shopping for their dream gowns, with boutiques like Ivory Grace and Perfect Bridal Rooms offering both guidance and a fabulous selection of styles. Ivory Grace, in the west end, is one of just four Scottish stockists of Sassi Holford, for instance. The iconic British designer’s dresses, all handmade in England, have a classic feel with a contemporary edge. At Perfect Bridal Rooms in the city centre, meanwhile, you’ll find couture gowns by Martina Liana and Enzoani, stunning creations by Eliza Jane Howell and Stella York, and much more.

Left: Chiffon and lace dress in fuchsia by Veni Infantino, £659, Bentleys; Right: Fitted feather detail dress in soft pink by Couture Club by Rosa Clará, £669, Bentleys

Occasionwear in Aberdeenshire

Whether your son is starting married life by getting hitched on Balmedie beach or your daughter is tying the knot in one of Aberdeenshire’s many castles, as a mum you will want to look your best. Bentleys in Banchory has been helping ladies feel confident on special occasions for over 30 years. This season, its carried designers are embracing bright colours. Veni Infantino, for instance, has floaty chiffon dresses, elegant prints and classic tailored crepe skirt suits with fitted jackets, all in luscious pinks, emerald and turquoise. Meanwhile, Couture Club by Rosa Clará – a Spanish designer also available at the Aberdeenshire store – focuses on the small details with feather cuffs, delicate lace and chiffon capes of varying lengths adding special touches.