White Lilly bridal: Boho-Luxe Wedding Dresses From the Heart of South Africa

From classic cuts with adorable laces to fashion-forward designs with geometric patterns, there is not a single dress in the Modern Romance range that I don’t love.  If my own dress hunting days hadn’t been over already I would definitely jump on a plane to Jo’burg to visit White Lilly Ateliér, but to any of my friends or readers who recently got engaged, if you are a bride yearning for a unique wedding dress  I definitely think there could be a dress for you this alluring bridal range.

Bohemian luxe wedding gowns by White Lilly - presented by Sheer Ever After weddings

Since opening in 2013, White Lilly Atelier has become a leading South African bridal couturier, embodying femininity and romance for the discerning bohemian bride.

Founder Jacelyn Gozadinos worked in the fashion industry for 10 years and travelled extensively around the world learning about trends and development before launching her own brand.

 

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The move into haute couture bridal wear, was a natural progression for this lifelong  design enthusiast.

“I adore beautiful fabrics, exquisite beading and soft dresses that flow,” she explains. “The type of dresses I specialize in – unique, boho-luxe wedding gowns that typically feature hours of delicate bead work – allow me to indulge my passions.”

Jacelyn’s designs for the free-spirited bride, the modernista, the bohemian goddess and every woman in between. Favourite fabrics include pure silk, Chantilly lace, and layers of silk chiffons, georgettes and tulle.

 

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The White Lilly label represents beauty, comfort, class and quality. Each dress is a true work of art; designed to look effortless and be rich in texture. All designs are romantic, feminine and often avantgarde, and the dresses appear in bridal publications regularly.

White Lily Atelier currently offers two beautiful collections, in this article we present you with the ready-to-wear line MODERN ROMANCE:

 

ALLY

A sophisticated, long-sleeved dress with beautiful, beaded French lace on the cuff and shoulder.

 

BEE

The bodice boasts a lovely, lace-edge detail, while the low back adds interest. True bohemian elegance!

 

CAROLINA

This simple, yet striking dress features soft draping and a beautiful cut-out back in with scalloped edging.

GEORGIE

This bohemian-inspired lace dress boasts the most beautiful, detachable bell sleeves that means you can change your look from ceremony to reception

ROSY

A superb dress for brides who want to make a subtle statement. The plunging bodice features tulle which cascades down into soft, pretty layers on the skirt.

 

 

LUMI

It’s impossible to resist this bohemian-inspired dress. Draped sleeves add to its soft, feminine and free-spirited appeal. 

 

HOLLY

A fresh, feminine dress with a soft silhouette. The strap-free bodice features hand-beaded lace and silk-covered buttons, while the soft tulle skirt flows from a gentle waist band.

 

 

INDIA

This ethereal dress is a dream. The bodice is adorned with beaded lace, while the soft, floaty tulle skirt flows with your movements.

 

 

MILAN

A gorgeous Grecian-inspired dress. The draped bodice, beadwork, 3D flowers, embroidery and a full, floaty skirt are just some of the features to admire.

 

CARA

This stylish dress combines geometric mesh, hand-beaded French lace and silk-covered buttons over a soft, blush lining. Three-quarter sleeves ensure year-round appeal and add to the dress’s softly sophisticated feel.

WYONA

This sensational dress commands attention. Made from geometric mesh, its features include the key hole opening in front and fringing along the back and sleeves. A one-of-a-kind wedding dress.

 

 

SOFIE dress from the Wild Hearts collection

All wedding gowns are beautifully hand-crafted and made-to-order. You can contact Jacelyn via the White Lilly website, here. You can also follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

(Bonus for international customers is the favorable South African exchange rate, which means you can snap up some of these beauties for less than $1000!)

Look out for the next article on White Lilly where we will present you with their stunning Haute Coutoure collecttion WILD HEARTS

All the best

 

image sources: white lilly atelier // roxy burger

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Daughters of Simone – equally feminine and fierce wedding dresses

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Daughters of Simone is a brand inspired by women from generations of non-traditionalists, independent of the idea of princess weddings in exchange for allowing brides to simply be who they are on their wedding day. The brand is doing something quite unique in the world of wedding dresses: celebrating the unorthodox and revolutionary.

The beginning of Daughters of Simone began when Brit began to questions her lack of connection to conventional wedding gowns. This notion sparked a yearning to curate a selection of untraditional yet romantic designs made from vintage fabrics.

The name comes from the French philosopher and feminist Simone De Beauvoir;  a woman who spoke up for herself and did her own thing. A Daughters of  Simone bride is just this way – she knows who she is and she knows what she wants.

Independence, determination and creativity are fundamental cornerstones for the brand Daughters of Simone. Their unique designs never cease to bring authenticity into bridal fashion.

The dresses are a homage to strong women – the vagabonds, the dreamers and the rebels, and Daughters of Simone have ensured their gowns reflect this sentiment to make dresses for the fierce and care-free women of the world who keep charging forward.

Featuring buttery silks, delicate lace and an array of daring silhouettes – think deeply low cut backs, sweeping boho trains and off-the shoulder designs – these dresses are equal parts poetic and powerful.

 

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image sources: daughters of simone // want that wedding // wedding chicks // nouba // aheartflutter // pinterest

 

Rue de Seine – a magic spell from down under

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Rue de Seine’s flowing silhouettes are loved by brides far beyond their Kiwi origins.

Influenced by folk art, festivals and anything whimsical, these gowns are daring and bold, yet romantic and soft. The silhouette is form fitting and flattering, with varied features and unusual details.

Designed for the free-thinking, confident and modern bride, the spirited and trend setting label’s latest collection boasts unique laces, which are made exclusively for Rue De Seine.

You will see hand crochet gowns and bold beaded florals on sheer fabrics, bohemian cotton lace with floral embroidery, gypsy inspired textiles and appliquéd lace panels which all flatter the female form and create unique design lines.

“We believe that our brides should be comfortable and true to their own style on their wedding day. Our collection offers a selection of romantic and effortlessly chic gowns inspired by the carefree spirit of the Rue De Seine bride” says designer, Michele Corty.

Michele says that “Love Spell is a celebration of free thinking, bold, and unconventional brides” and we couldn’t agree more.

Inspired by youthful and brave women, the dresses show the relaxed nature of the bride wearing it.

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Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

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Bohemian Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Bohemian Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Bohemian Wedding dress inspiration - Rue de Seine @Sheer ever after

Image credits: Green Wedding shoes and Rue de Seine

How To Create The Best Bohemian Wedding

 

Free-loving vibes, comfortable clothes, being barefoot on the beach, chilling on the floor on velvet cushions – am I talking about Marrakesh in the 1970’s? No- I’m talking about the kind of wedding you can plan if you are up for fun vibes and not necessarily in to traditional wedding formalities.

Here I will present some examples of ways to incorporate some Bohemian wedding elements to your big day, whether you go full Monty or just feel inspired by a few select items, that is entirely up to you – because it will be wonderful and memorable either way.

  1. Your dress 
    Skip the corset, ball-gown and tight fitting materials, and rather go for a comfortable dress with breathable materials that would be blowin’ in the wind. Lace, chiffon and natural fibres are all great choices. The silhouette can be any you like, but designs such as a low back, thigh slit, off the shoulder or longer bell sleeves are all good choices. Nature inspired, 70’s revival and floral patterns are typical of the boho-style dress.

2. The venue
Gosh girl – you got plenty of choice! Anywhere outdoors in a natural environment would be especially suited. Look for a place such  as the beach, a rustic wine farm, a forest, a lovely backyard, a farm, a barn or a garden. If you are in the city, a warehouse or eclectic house will fit the bill. If outdoors, make sure to have a weather plan B – it can get pretty hot and windy on the beach for example. Guest comfort is key, why it is perfect to have the ceremony outdoors, and then head into your barn or Bedouin tent after (where you can hand out granny-square blankets for the guests to wrap up in).

3. The decor
Here there are so many options that are easy to source and create a laid-back atmosphere for your guests to marvel at. Arrange your flowers in a way so that they don’t look arranged, mix in wildflowers (or use them solely) in your bouquets and don’t hesitate to add plants and items other than flowers, such as aloes, fynbos, cacti, dried branches, grasses, even some shells and feathers.
For other decor; use plenty of different objects to create a mish-mash of visual impressions. Bohemian is not known for being minimalist so “go wild”, literally. Driftwood, beads, feathers, thrift shop lace curtains, hay bales, gemstones, Persian rugs, Moroccan lanterns, native American memorabilia, Tibetan blankets, colourful cushions, vibrant mismatched china, hand drawn wooden signs, old mirrors – items you can easily find in nature, someones attic or at your nearest flea market. Boho lends it self very well to DIY and upcycling.

Be gold and generous when it comes to colour, texture and shapes. When you plan your decor, think in terms of backpacking in India, going to a folk music festival or gypsy summer camp. More is more!
The beauty of boho decor is that it it easily combined with several other decor themes: Boho-rustic, boho-glam and boho-vintage vibes work well, but you can of course boho-ify any wedding by just incorporating some crafted items – dream catchers, teepees and crochet lace are for example iconic. Mosaic, vintage vases, odd candlesticks are other easy way to instantly bring out the boho in your wedding.

4. Your and your grooms look
Let the natural vibes carry through to your grooms attire, he would definitely not feel comfortable at his own event if he was to wear a black tie. Rather go for a colourful tie, bow tie or no tie at all, even undo the top button of his shirt. Muted colours+ a splash of blues, yellows and pastels are ideal. Shoes could be brown leather, or why not Jesus sandals?

For yourself, barefoot sandals or nude coloured strappy sandals decorated with beads would work well, or cowboy boots. Do keep makeup neutral and let your hair down, perhaps in a side braid or half up-half down with crown braid. Weave in some feathers and/ or succulents, top with a wildflower crown and you are wedding ready!

5. Dinner
A buffet self-serve or family-style serving at the tables would fit well with the informal vibe. Decorate the chairs with crocheted doilies and greenery, or let the seating be on cushions on the floor Japanese style. No food is more bohemian than the other, so choose what you really love. I would suggest some ethnic style dining though – such as Lebanese, Ethiopian or Sri Lankan. If you are a true hippie, you will perhaps choose a locally produced, vegetarian, organic meal, with options for raw vegans and macrobiotics as well.  But anything locally produced, wholesome and abundant in flavour and colour will be great.

6. The Cake

The whimsical and unconventional theme should naturally follow all the way through  to the cake. Let the cake turn into an artwork installation with plenty of texture, colour and detail. Symmetry and perfection is to be avoided for the boho-chic cake; adorn it generously with fruit, botanicals, flowers or other natural elements. whether you go for naked cake of marbleized icing doesn’t matter much, as long as it is fairly bombastic. Colourwise, there are no limits – think of the cake as a canvas on which to you add bright paint liberally. Even consider adding colour to the sponge and the filling.

Note: if you do use feathers and other found objects as cake decor- remember to sterilize them well first!

Basically, there is so much to adore about this look, as you can see. But I need to add to this that there are so many ways to “go boho” – you  are absolutely not confined to  a particular style – as the boho style can actually mean following completely your own created vibe. The word bohemian means literally “having informal and unconventional social habits”  (so if everyone followed the s. k bohemian lifestyle, no one would be bohemian right?)

It basically means you are free to go your own way, and that is the beauty of bohemia. It  has become a fashion trend and a recognized wedding concept, but actually it just is a term for being free-spirited – as in “dont follow the rules”. There is a lot of scope for interpretation as you can imagine.

So, the one and ONLY rule there is to putting on a boho wedding is that you don’t have to subscribe to a preconceived wedding style package as such -even the bohemian one- because being truly bohemian means: DON’T FOLLOW RULES! Have the wedding your own bohemian unconventional way, and be boho as you like it, whether you hang dream catchers in the trees or not.

Go for it girl!

 

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beautiful bohemian dresses from Anna Campbell

Boho wedding inspiration @Sheer Ever After

Boho wedding inspiration @Sheer Ever After

Boho wedding inspiration @Sheer Ever After

images in this article have been found via pinterest from green wedding shoes, 36th avenue, ruffled blog, free people,

Designer Focus- Grace Loves Lace BLANC collection

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Grace loves lace is the Australian revolutionary wedding brand who boldly and elegantly defines the new era of brides; and produces some of the most exquisite and desirable French lace free-spirited wedding dresses to be found in the wedding dress designer world today.
This collection is especially suited for the modern bohemian bride who is unbound by the monotony of conventional weddings, and wants to individualize and perfect the experience of getting married. 

About B L A N C

Espousing a fresh and unique take on the experience of getting married, we are proud to be the revolutionaries defining a new era of bride; the modern, free-spirited woman unbound by monotony and tradition from conventional wedding dresses.

Inspired by the woman of style , substance + passion = the unique bride.  Since its inception, B L A N C was envisioned with the muse in mind. This collection is a salute to her.

She is a natural beauty with an air of sophistication about her. She is passionate and daring; enchanting in every way. The kind of girl who wants to dance the night away.  A woman of style + originality. The kind of woman we would want to hang out with.

Imagined in elixir of lace,  with crisp white accents + angular intrigue. Fused into strictly modern silhouettes with an always present romantic sensibility. Chic & innately cool artistry for the the modern romantic.

This is B L A N C: A salute to the muse.

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Fun Quiz! Which wedding dress style suits you?

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The “Mary” dress by Morilee

Are you wedding dress hunting? Chances are that you are finding it confusing and at times frustrating. I found it extremely hard to decide, as there are just so many styles and designers out there to choose from. I wanted to wear them all! But the more dresses I tried, the more confusing it got. There is not just ones personal style to consider, also what venue and theme your wedding is going to have. To some degree your body type, and also what you normally like to wear. A tip is to check what is in your wardrobe and bring some of your favorite dresses along to your wedding dress trials – it will help the consultant a lot.

Sheer created this quiz for you. It is intended as fun and inspiration only.

Remember in the end of the day that it is your personal style and gut feeling when you have the dress on that decides. Have fun!

CLICK TO PLAY HERE

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Bold Wedding Gowns For Brides Who Dare

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We all have different ideas of what a fairytale wedding dress looks like, and this day and age we should feel free to wear whatever we feel like on our special day. Because it is your wedding dream that should be fulfilled, not your future granpa-in-law, right?

Some of us just don’t want the modest look – if you don’t feel like covering yourself up in meringue-like layers then why not try a more skin revealing look for a wedding gown with an edge?

Shopping in a commercial bridal boutique, the classic hot bride look would perhaps entail a bum-hugging mermaid dress with a boob-elevating corset and tight lace up back. But the modern bride does not feel restrained by conventional cuts,and just because you want to be a unique bride doesn’t mean you are confined to crochet hippie numbers either.

The happy medium? Designers such as Liz Martinez, Badgley Mischka and Limor Rosen proves that even the dreamy bohemian gown can be smoking hot in a tasteful and fashion forward way. Sultry doesn’t mean it can’t be soft, whimsical and elegant too. Breezy materials and exposed skin is especially suitable for a beach-, festival-inspired or any summer wedding, and for those of us in temperate climates in the southern hemisphere it might even be a must.

If you want to stick with a more covered up dress but feel like adding some ooomph – why not try jazzing it up a notch with a low cut back or a thigh split? The gown with a detachable skirt could be an option too – reveal a hot cocktail dress once the party starts. The options are bountiful – dare to be gorgeous!

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Fairytale-like 2017 collection gowns by Liz Martinez

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The Lior Charchy 2017 collection is not for the faint hearted
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Truvelle dress via WeddingInspirasi 

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Dresses by Limor Rosen.Image via Weddings online
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Hayley Paige via Fairytale Brides UK
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The eponymous Berta MUSE collection. Image via Weddingscoop 
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Berta Bridal knows how to do alluring gowns

 

 

21 Breathtaking Backless Wedding Dresses

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I must admit that since I got engaged, I’ve become a frequent wedding dress window shopper (not to mention an obsessive compulsive online wedding dress browse-o-holic). Im looking at dresses pretty much every day, and I probably think about dresses at least once every hour. But even after 5 bridal trials, where Ive giggled nervously/ excitedly with a glass of champers in one hand and a veil in the other, like a child in a sweet shop, whilst my maid of honour scribbles notes and keeping scores in my wedding file, I have STILL not found THE ONE dress. That champagne didnt help, did it!
But November is still far away, right?

The open back dresses are definitely my favorites this far. It is just something so glamorous about a deep skin revealing back plunge, perfect for spring and summer weddings like mine, if you want to keep sophisticated and covered up at the front, but yet a bit va-va-voom  and daring as you walk down the aisle. Im thinking it’ll definitely help to help to keep one cool as well even with long sleeves. Adorn with a back necklace and you are Boho glamour ready to go = oh-la-la!

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Ronan gown by Daugthers of Simone

 

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Absolutely gorgeous Anna Campbell 

 

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Flora Bridal. Image courtesy of DHgate
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Lihi Hod vintage

 

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Dreams and Lovers “Dita”

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Aurora dress by Berta MUSE
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 Alexandra Grecco Arlington gown
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“Lisa” by Dreams and lovers
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The incredible Inca dress by Grace Loves Lace
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Gisele by Grace Loves Lace

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