A summer wedding at The Carriage Hall in Plumtree for our lovely bride Antoinette and Alex (who looked very smart in his kilt!) was everything it should be.
It was a beautifully sunny summer's day. Antoinette wore the Irene gown from Wendy Makin, a classically stylish wedding dress, that is relaxed and easy to wear.

French Collection Designer Day Saturday 3rd March 2018

Designer days are always a great way to see the very latest designs, even those that are not yet in the shops!

This is a must from The French Collection and with 10% off all orders on the new range it can be a real steal. Come and enjoy a glass of bubbly with us and the Wendy Makin specialist too.

Appointments are needed and are available from 9am - 5pm.


Our Favourite Dress for the Winter

We had to pick the sublime Lexi dress from Wendy Makin's Couture Collection for our winter special.
She has a very simple and elegant line that just sings with something special in the hand-beaded and highly jewelled bodice. The diamante gems are threaded over sheer tulle and the back appears as if the jewels are shimmering on bare skin.
The soft skirt is made of layers of ivory silk tulle over super slinky silk satin beneath.
Not just a great dress for the wow factor but also for sheer comfort.
Lexi is made to measure too, ensuring a perfect fit.

Lexi Wendy Makin Couture Gown

David Fox - A master of Magic

We first came across David Fox...a man who can out-Fox one of the many wedding fairs that we attend. He was wowing the visitors, the exhibitors and the venue staff with his beguiling charm and mind-blowing magic. We spent quite a lot of time trying to really 'see' what was going on. How did he make that ten pound note resurrect from a heap of ashes?

Magic up close and personal, perfect for entertaining wedding guests, will only make you shake your head and wonder...does it really exist? Is magic truly a thing that works alongside our logical, science-based world? I like to think so. But then I do believe in fairies!

wedding magician


Traditionally, David performs his brand of mix-and-mingle mystification during the drinks reception and photograph period, or the early part of the evening reception. 
However, not all weddings will follow a standard format and David, like his magic, can adapt to any situation. He has been seen entertaining wedding guests in all sorts of interesting locations over the years, from theme parks to zoos and haunted castles! And yes, a haunted castle would be perfect!

Wedding magician David Fox


Every couple has their own idea of what they want for the big day and David is always flexible and ensures his performance compliments any kind of schedule.

As well as being a close-up magician, David is also an outstanding stage performer. At many weddings in the past he has been asked to perform a show for all of the guests and put on a specially crafted piece. This is very special, and he will tailor the overall performance to suit the bride and groom's wishes.

David Fox magician


We all need a little magic in our lives and David Fox is a man who can pull rabbits out of hats and deal a winning card out of your ear at the same time!

Visit David's website and see for yourself.....  


Selecting New Designs for our future Brides

Our busy year at Shade Bridal has definite seasonal happenings. From our busiest first few months of the year with new bridal orders being made, to fittings in the weeks before a bride's wedding day, to working on styled shoots for magazines, to attending wedding fairs in the spring and autumn, one of the highlights is certainly when we go to the international trade show to meet the designers and view their new collections.
It's always a pleasure to catch up with the designers themselves, the models showing off the dresses for us to see, fellow boutique owners, even the press! It's a busy time, a hugely important time too in deciding what designs we will buy in for our brides.
At Shade Bridal we specialise in relaxed and romantic styles. We're not very blingy or princessy!

                          Watters new style which will be arriving in the UK in March 2018

                          Watters new style which will be arriving in the UK in March 2018

We see the lovely people from Watters twice a year as they have a spring and autumn collection. We love their styling. It's modern with a nod to a romantic past. The dresses are beautifully made and every bride who wears them says they feel fantastic.

  Brand new from the French Collection by Wendy Makin, due in the UK in December 2017

  Brand new from the French Collection by Wendy Makin, due in the UK in December 2017

Wendy Makin and her team, including husband Geoff, fly over from Australia every September and we now consider them to be friends as well as work colleagues. Wendy's collections suit us with their elegance and ease. Romantic comes into it again, with a smattering of boho in her French Collection, and downright showstoppers with her Couture dresses. 

Windsor Bridal Jewellery belt

And not forgetting some gorgeous bridal accessories. We choose these nearly all year round with keeping our dress styles and our lovely brides to be firmly in mind.

The Bridal Show, Harrogate Sunday 10th September 2017

On Sunday 10th September we are off to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in Yorkshire.
As usual we are feeling very excited! The show is one of the largest trade shows in Europe where the designers of those beautiful wedding dresses (and more) come along to show off their brand new designs. We will be there to meet with the Watters team; Wendy Makin, who comes over from her home town of Brisbane, Australia; Richard Designs and The Empty Box Company!
Choosing the gowns we will be bringing into the boutique isn't always easy but we do our best!

Our Favourite Dress for the Autumn

We can't resist a wedding dress with a bit of glamour.
Watters' sublime Dame dress is glamour all over. She has no 'bling'...she doesn't need it.
The very special silk lace is ivory, laid over a soft oyster silk charmeurse lining.
She has a sheer back with a simple close-set line of pearl buttons, nothing more, nothing less.
Her style is a soft fit and flare, an easy to wear shape that is both romantic and a little sexy at the same time.

Dame is a bridal gown with a bit of drama, of sophistication and sheer style.

Styled Photo Shoot, Boho Botanical

It's always such an honour to be asked to take part in photo shoots. This one was for photographer Magda Kuzmik and we were part of a team that created the boho botanical look she wanted. The venue was Kedleston House Hotel in Derbyshire. The dresses we chose were the dreamy Azriel from Watters and the romantic Yvonne from The French Collection. Hair was beautifully styled by Amie at Mon Amie Wedding Hair 
Make up expertly done as always by Adele Coxon 
The gorgeous flowers and flower crown were by Sarah at Mrs Umbels
And featured now on Rock My Wedding!

The Azriel dress from Watters has a soft and dreamy look. It is worn here in the mocha and ivory colourway. Azriel comes all ivory too.