Scottish bridal boutique staff model 2021’s latest and loveliest wedding dresses

Ever wondered if wedding shop workers play dress-up when no-one’s watching? Well, before the latest lockdown, we asked them (or one of their friends if they were feeling camera-shy) to slip into one of their favourite wedding gowns for 2021 and sent a photographer along to capture them

Kathleen Richmond Couture, Kilmarnock

Bride wearing wedding dress by Kathleen Richmond Couture
Niece of boutique owner Kitty Richmond, Alex Wynne, modelled with hair and makeup by Allure Hair and Beauty and bouquet by Flowers By Karen (Photos: Simon Lees/SimonsStudio)

“The attention-to-detail in this Monaco gown (above, £1,650), from the Riviera Collection by GAIA Bridal, is second-to-none. It has a real sense of glamour about it, which I feel we all need in our lives at the moment. It is made from crepe, with ornate beading adorning the bodice and hips. The fitted skirt features a breathtaking chapel-length, illusion train with beaded lace, tulle and a sprinkle of glitter.”
Kitty Richmond, Kathleen Richmond Couture, Kilmarnock

Joyce Young Design Studios, Glasgow

Brides wearing wedding dresses by Joyce Young Design Studio
Twins Alexandra and Lara Pierotti. Alexandra works at Joyce Young Design Studios doing social media and events (Photos: Simon Lees/SimonsStudio)

“We put Alexandra (above left) in our Nina gown, a uniquely modern V-neck wrap dress made in luxury silk, that’s aimed at brides looking for something that’ll stand out from the crowd. We can really see it worn at a micro wedding, which we imagine will continue to be the norm as we move into 2021. Lara (above right) wears Arabella, a contemporary, dramatic two-piece. The overskirt has a bow belt and a long floral lace train that you could really make an entrance in. Take this off and you’re left with a simple, straight dress with a high slit at the front that would still have plenty of impact on its own at a ceremony (especially if you’re faced with the prospect of a two-part wedding). Both gowns are £POA from our Couture collection.”
Joyce Young, Joyce Young Design Studios

Amy King Bridal and Beauty, Kirkcaldy [below left]

“Searching for something timeless? Look no further than Rosie by Rebecca Ingram [below], £POA. It’s a dress that flatters all body shapes and different accessories can really switch up the look. Here, we’ve styled it with a belt, veil and hairband from our new Dillon and King line, a collaboration between myself and Kate Dillon Designs.”
Amy King, Amy King Bridal and Beauty

Brides wearing dresses by Amy King Bridal and Beauty and Reflections Bridal Boutique
Left: Morgan Drew, friend of Amy King Bridal and Beauty, played bride for the morning. Linzi Smart Bridal Hair Specialist did her hair, while Jennifer McLachlan Makeup Artist did the makeup (Photo: Jodie Mann/PennMann Creates); Right: Chloe Cavanagh is Reflections’ manager and senior bridal stylist (who also happens to be owner Carol Donald’s daughter!). Local businesses Rosie Halliday at The Zone Hair Salon and Holly Wyatt at Doll Kulture were responsible for hair and makeup (Photo: Jodie Mann/PennMann Creates)

Reflections Bridal Boutique, Kelso [above right]

“A sassy, daring wedding dress doesn’t need to be figure-hugging, as Liara from our Le Papillon by Modeca range (£POA) proves. The illusion lace bodice, covered with intricate appliqué, subtly drops into an elegantly flowing, sparkling tulle skirt, while the soft nude tone is nothing short of sensational.”
Carol Donald, Reflections Bridal Boutique

Kavelle Couture, Edinburgh

Bride wearing dresses by Kavelle Couture
Kavelle asked Natalie Rose Woods to model with hair and makeup by Bryony Quate Hair and Beauty Couture (Photos: Jodie Mann/PennMann Creates)

“We couldn’t wait to show off this bespoke YSA Makino gown [above left]. Its unique layered tulle skirt and long train emanate glamour with every step. We think it’s heavenly just as it is for a winter wedding, but bear in mind that we can make design changes to most dresses in store, so your final look is completely unique to you. There’s also the option to go completely bespoke, such as this regal-style, handcrafted lace top over a structured mikado panelled gown (above right), that’s entirely designed and handmade exclusively at Kavelle Couture.”
Kavelle Kaur, Kavelle Couture

Innate Bridals, Dundee

Bride wearing dress by Innate Bridals
Keira Stocks, Innate Bridals’ owner, stepped up to model with hair by Jenny at Crop and Co. Salon and makeup by Muriam Ahmed Makeup Artist (Photos: Aboyne Photographics)

“I chose this elegant Stella York A-line gown (£POA) because I adore the lace detail and neckline. Both have a subtle sparkle that catch the light as you move. It’s also very flattering on all body types as it cinches you in at the waist. The Coralbells cathedral-length veil by Rainbow Club (£195) elevates the look even further.”
Keira Stocks,
Innate Bridals

Kudos Bridal Boutiques, Edinburgh

Bride wearing dress by Kudos Bridal Boutique Edinburgh
Laura Halliday, one of Kudos’ bridal consultants, who has worked for the boutique since she was a Saturday girl while still at school (Photos: Jodie Mann/PennMann Creates)

“The Miranda-C gown (£1,600) by Australian designer Wendy Makin is a timeless classic. It’s comfortable, elegant and a little bit different with functional pocket detail, pearl buttons and stretch crepe bodice – and who doesn’t love a sleeve? We paired it with the detachable Rivoli skirt by the same designer (£900), Ivory & Co. tiara (£155) and soft tulle veil with customised embroidery by CG Loves (above right, from £235), to show just some of the unique ways you can make this dress your own.”
Louise Kelly, Kudos Bridal Boutiques

Dream Brides, Irvine

Bride wearing dress by Dream Brides
Olivia McPike, friend of Dream Brides and Miss Galaxy UK, wore it well with hair and makeup by Olivia M Makeup Artist

“With brides embracing more intimate wedding celebrations, Ada by Morilee (£1,050) is an easy-to-wear, minimalist gown that ticks all the boxes without compromising on style. With its one-shouldered, cuffed neckline and satin fit-and-flare silhouette, it offers simplistic elegance, but still makes a big statement. It would work equally well across the seasons, whether at a garden soiree or a grand hotel.”
Kirsty Grant, Dream Brides

Bridal Boutique of Falkirk

Bride wearing dress by Bridal Boutique Falkirk
The store asked Natalie Godfrey of neighbouring occasionwear boutique, Frox of Falkirk, to model for them and lined up Jennifer at No.42 Hair and Beauty Falkirk to do hair and makeup (Photos: Simon Lees/SimonsStudio)

“We have recently started stocking American designer Randy Fenoli, so wanted to highlight Anya, a ballgown with 3d-effect floral lace appliqué and sparkling skirt from his Silver Springs collection, £POA. We are looking forward to his ‘Beautiful Beginnings’ collection arriving in early 2021.”
Elaine Purvis, Bridal Boutique of Falkirk