Bridal stylists from Scottish stores reveal what celebrity wedding dresses they loved recently and how you can get the look
We’d all but forgotten how much life a celebrity bride could give us until Princess Beatrice peeked out from behind an extravagant floral arch, glowing in a beaded gown borrowed from the Queen. Beatrice aside, we’ve been a bit short on celeb nuptials lately, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mine the past year’s cohort for bridal inspiration. We asked Scottish wedding dress boutiques to nominate their favourite recent star brides, with some styling tips to boot…
“We just loved Ellie Goulding’s second wedding dress,” Nicola McCormick highlights. “It was so simple and flattering on her, not to mention the Bardot neckline is a personal favourite of ours! We adore a statement earring when it comes to pared back gowns and we think that our Ida design [above, £65] would have been a match made in heaven! Billie Faiers also looked amazing in her Berta gown, paired with a soft up-do. She was to die for! Our Ella necklace would have made a stunning addition to her bridal ensemble.”
“Rosie Jones wore a beautiful tulle wedding dress with sheer sleeves when she married Joe Wicks in June last year,” remembers owner Eilidh Campbell. “This has to be one of my favourites of 2019 – although it has a plunging neckline, the demure sleeves help maintain the elegant look of the dress. The most similar style I currently have in stock would be Pamela by Maggie Sottero [below, £POA].”
“We have a few favourite celebrity brides,” laughs Megan Carberry. “We were obsessed with Xisca Perello’s long-sleeved Rosa Clara gown when she married Rafael Nadal last year. The crocheted lace is still one of our key trends for 2020, and the combination of the semi-sheer bodice and crepe A-line skirt was just sensational. Brides can steal this look with the beautiful Nala from Aire Barcelona [below, £POA], the perfect style for a boho bride!
“We’re suckers for a bit of minimalism and Hilary Duff definitely slayed the trend in her Jenny Packham creation. The clean lines and sleeves added a much-needed bit of drama to what otherwise would have been an understated look. Follow suit with the gorgeous Natane from Aire Barcelona, a classically refined style, with pops of lace and a bold train.
“We’re torn between Leona Lewis and Hailey Bieber for the top spot,” says Michelle Scott. “Leona went for a really light and floral tulle gown with an illusion bodice, which was stunning, and if she’s your muse, we have a dress by Essense of Australia that embodies the same soft, light aesthetic (style D2523). This look is timeless yet modern with an illusion bodice and floral design, and a contrasting, fluid skirt featuring pleated angel tulle that flows in such a romantic way.
“Meanwhile, Hailey’s main lace wedding gown (she changed a few times) was breathtaking, with its off-the-shoulder neckline and striking train. We have a few gowns which reflect aspects of her gown: Pearl by Wendy Makin, for instance, has such delicate beading on the sleeves and generally has the ‘wow’ factor that Hailey’s gown certainly did. Equally, the gown’s lace and silhouette is also very similar to Essense of Australia’s D2988 [above, £POA], which really hugs the body, creating a fit-and-flare shape that borders on a fishtail, just as striking and sexy as Hailey’s.”