New Arrivals at The Wild Heart

We will soon be welcoming 3 new gowns to the boutique which we hope you will love.

The gowns are by our Dutch brand Modeca who we have stocked for over a year now.  They create beautiful, modern bridal dresses with a twist which we love and also the price point is excellent.  Our brides love a subtle hint of colour to their gowns and the nude lining of two of our new gowns makes them super cool and modern while still being very elegantly bridal.

1.ELVIRA 

A little more traditional than our usual style but we fell in love with this gown’s elegant shape, illusion lace and amazing back detail.

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2. EVELYN

This gown is pure class with a modern twist.  The nude lining makes it super flattering whilst adding that unusual twist that our Wild Heart Brides crave.  The lace detail on this dress truly has to be seen to be fully appreciated while the fitted cut of the dress will flatter your figure.

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3. EMMA

Inspired by sandy beaches and boho vibes our next gown Emma is ready to become a Wild Heart favourite.  Yes it’s strapless but the fit and structure of these gowns means you won’t have to worry about pulling it up all day.  We are obsessed with the detail on this gown, so many different elements come together to create this boho bridal dream.

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All these gowns are on their way to us as we speak so book your appointment today to be one of the first to try them on!

01634 409158 //info@thewildheartbridal.co.uk

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Karen Willis Holmes Full 2018 Collection Pop Up!

We are so excited to be hosting our third year of the Karen Willis Holmes Trunk show.

The new 2018 collection really does have something for everyone so whether you are a romantic lace lover, a sequin, sparkle queen or are in search of the ultimate, sleek gown then we have got you babes.

We will be hosting the pop up from Saturday 28th July – 4th August 2018 and places are very limited, so if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to try the full range all under one beautiful roof then call or email now to secure your slot.  We can promise you won’t be disappointed!

You can also try any of the other beautiful gowns we have in the boutique from our exclusive, international designers.  There will be Prosecco and treats on the day so grab your best girls and make a day of it in fabulous Rochester, hopefully the gowns will bring a little Aussie sunshine with them.

Here’s a small selection of the gowns that will be included, but the full 2018 collection can be found at www.karenwillisholmes.com.

KWH Sequin Collection 2018

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We can’t wait to share the collection with you, so call now to make your appointment – 01634 409159 // info@thewildheartbridal.co.uk.

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One Dress Is Never Enough…

Today’s blog post is a little different; usually we are focussing on THE DRESS but with many weddings being so much more than one day I wanted to look at dresses and looks to wear for all the events surrounding the big day.  From cocktails the night before, beautiful wedding morning lingerie and that knock out-just married-day after dress; the opportunities to wear something a little special and white are endless and thankfully the high street and affordable designers have our backs.

The night before…

With many of our brides getting married abroad or escaping to the country for a weekend of celebrations before and after the  wedding, the night before the big day is a great time to meet up with guests travelling from all over the country, catch up on news and get excited about the big day tomorrow and you need a look for that!  Whether you save the white/ivory dresses for tomorrow and opt for a bright colour to make you stand out from the crowd or adopt an all white theme for your wedding wardrobe I’ve found some beautiful looks to get you in the party mood and if dresses aren’t your thing this jumpsuit is the dream!

THE INSPO

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THE LOOKS

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FOR LOVE AND LEMONS TEMECULA MAXI DRESS – £208 // TOPSHOP MIXED PANSY RUFFLE SLIP DRESS – £55.00 // BEC AND BRIDGE – BON APPETIT JUMPSUIT – £199.95

THE WEDDING MORNING

OK, so faded Primark PJ’s or the fiance’s over-sized tee is not going to cut it on your wedding morning i’m afraid.  It’s the morning of your wedding, hair and make up prep is in full flow, your dress is hanging up ready to be worn and there is a photographer capturing every little detail – you need to look good for this!

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BRIDAL LACE TRIM KIMONO – £30.00 // ASOS EYELASH LACE CROP BRALET & THONG – £28.00

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ASOS BRIDAL SPOT MESH MAXI ROBE – £34.00 // ASOS BRIDAL GRABRIELLIA GEO LACE CAMI AND SHORT SET

THE DAY AFTER…

So you’re not ready to give up on the white and lace just yet and that’s ok, we got you!  Team your dress with your post wedding glow and sparkly new wedding ring, grab your new husband and you’re good to go!

THE INSPO

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THE LOOKS

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BOOHOO LACE OVERLAY DRESS – £30.00 // STEVIE MAY EMBROIDERED FLORAL LACE MIDI DRESS – £168 // ZARA LONG MESH DRESS – £29.99

Hopefully i’ve provided some inspiration to fully make the most of your time as the bride, I for one feel like i’ve missed out on a whole host of wedding related looks…wedding vow renewal anyone?!?

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Aisle Update

I’ve just come back from a holiday in Florida and while I was eating outside at our favourite restaurants I noticed an amazing wedding ceremony set up directly on the beach. This got me thinking about the new wave of wedding ceremony styling that seems to be taking the relaxed, boho wedding world by storm.

If you are planning an outdoor, pared-back boho ceremony there are so many beautiful options dominating the pages of Pinterest.  I got lost on there for a good hour finding more and more beautiful, botanical displays with every click.

Pampas grass is a big feature combined with feathers, flowers and fairy lights; the options are endless.

Here are a few of my favourites, I found all these photos on Pinterest and have tagged the original source below:

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Pampas Grass & Lights Crescent Moon – www.annaroussos.com

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A stunning Rue De Seine Gown + Pampas Grass Dream – Pinterest

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Macrame, antlers, beautiful florals – The absolute boho dream! – Refinery29

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Macrame, a Grace Loves Lace Dress and Wild Heart Style Botanical elements – www.terralogical.com

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A copper and green dream, simple and elegant – @erintrimble

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Simply stunning – www.wearemattandjess.com

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The Ultimate! – www.festivalbrides.co.uk

This sunny weather is giving me all the outdoor wedding vibes, are you planning to say ‘I do’ outdoors?  We’d love to hear your plans.

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SAY NO TO THE BOLERO!

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SO, we woke up this morning and yep… its STILL snowing. I’m bored of it now. One thing the “Beast from the East” has done though is get us thinking of those beautiful winter weddings again and how to look stylish and warm on the big day for those amazing out door shots.

Bridal trends are changing and its a great time to be planning your wedding. Gone are the days that your Spring and Summer Weekends are packed full of friends weddings. Now we can expect to be invited to a wedding any time of year on any day of the week and we just love it! Today’s Bride gives zero f**** about tradition and today’s bride is a strong willed woman free to express her creativity, opinions and personality any way she wants.

With that said all bad ass brides have insecurities. More often than not brides are requesting sleeves on their wedding dress or a bolero to go over the top. Despite this, most brides opt for dresses without selves so what happens to our insecurities on the day or what do we do when the weather for the day is looking more Antarctica than Antigua?  Firstly our advice is you say a big NO to the Bolero and do your research.

Take a look below for some inspiration on Bridal Cover Up’s – 2018 style! 

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Hand Painted Leathers

Hand Painted Leathers

Hand Painted Leathers have taken off this year. If you can’t quite stretch to commission some of the beautiful artists out there to produce a bespoke Jacket for your big day, take a look at some of the big high street and online retailers or even have a go at it yourself. 

Wild Bride Maxine in Hand Painted Leather Jacket. Photo by Hollie Carlin Photography

Wild Bride Maxine in Hand Painted Leather Jacket. Photo by Hollie Carlin Photography.

 

Kavier Gauch Collection 2015. Showing how to work Knitwear on your wedding day!

Kavier Gauch Collection 2015. Showing how to work Knitwear on your wedding day!

 

Bride Wears own fur coat over Karen Willis Holmes Fontane Gown. Photo by Rebecca Douglas Photography at Emley Nature Reserve.

Bride Wears own fur coat over Karen Willis Holmes Fontane Gown – Available at Wild Heart. Photo by Rebecca Douglas Photography at Elmley Nature Reserve.

 

 

Model Wears Charlotte Balbier Separates Feather Jacket over Silk Cami Gown. Photo by Rebecca Douglas Photography at Elmley Nature Reserve.

Model Wears Charlotte Balbier Separates Feather Jacket over Silk Cami Gown – Both available at Wild Heart. Photo by Rebecca Douglas Photography at Elmley Nature Reserve.

 

 

A boho fringe cardigan would look great over a silk slinky wedding gown or a Katya Shehurina Gown. Photo Via Pintrest.

A bohemian fringe cardigan would look great over a silk slinky wedding gown or one of our Katya Shehurina Gowns. Photo Via Pintrest.

 

 

Brandon Maxwell 2018 collection shows again how to mix shapes and textures by adding a soft knit to silk structured A Line Skirt. A Very Achievable look!

Brandon Maxwell 2018 collection shows again how to mix shapes and textures by adding a soft knit to a silk structured A Line Skirt. A Very Achievable look!

 

If your looking for more Bridal Inspiration or are generally interested in lifestyle, fashion and travel visit and follow our instagram @thewildheartlife.

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Statement Earrings For Life!

If you follow us on Instagram (@thewildheartlife) you may have noticed that Nicole and I are obsessed with the statement earring trend.  I don’t really wear much jewellery on a day to day basis but statement earrings are the perfect accessory to add a little colour or sparkle to any outfit and the same applies to your wedding day.

In our opinion the days of the simple pearl studs or diamond earrings are over, be adventurous and if, like us, you are loving a statement earring bring them through to your wedding day look.

Instagram is full of inspiring bridal shoots featuring brides wearing sleek or textured pony tails showing of a show stopping pair of earrings.  Here’s a little of our favourite inspo from Instagram and Pinterest plus an edit of our favourite statement earrings currently available for all price ranges.

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CHOSEN BY ONE DAY ‘NALA’ GOWN

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Add a pop of colour to a sleek ivory gown – Pic via Pinterest
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Ear jackets toughen up beautiful lace gowns in the best way! Pic via Pinterest

Our amazingly talented designer Karen Willis Holmes giving us all the feels and inspo on how to nail the statement earring trend.

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LAUREN GOWN

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THE ‘CELINE’ GOWN AVAILABLE AT THE WILD HEART

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AMAZING ‘AUBREY’ GOWN AVAILABLE AT THE WILD HEART

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‘AUBREY’

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A BEAUTIFUL ‘MADE WITH LOVE’ BRIDE WEARING ELLA AND STATEMENT GOLD EARRINGS – Pic by Bayleigh Vedalago

I’ve been a huge fan of Australia Designer Samantha Wills for some time since discovering her on Instagram, here are a few of my favourite pieces from her current collection and Samantha ships to the UK.

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SUNDOWN AND NEWTIDE GRAND EARRINGS

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SUNDOWN AND NEWTIDE TASSEL EARRINGS

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MONTAGUE AND CAPULET GRAND EARRINGS

Nicole and I were both lucky to receive a pair of Soru Jewellery earrings from our husbands for Christmas so we can vouch for the excellent quality and service from this brand.  Even the packaging is awesome.  These earrings are so perfect for a wedding day and every day beyond, I have worn my pearl hoops with everything from dresses on a night out to jeans and a chunky knit for work.

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KATE MIDDLETON APPROVED BAROQUE PEARL DOUBLE SIDED EARRINGS – £130

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PEARL CROSS EARRINGS – £245.00 – JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR THESE!

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FEATHER AND PEARL TASSEL EARRINGS – £120

Now if you are looking to make a statement on the big day but don’t fancy spending too much the highstreet is awash with beautiful styles at the moment with pre-payday prices!  I found loads of lovely ones on Mango, Zara, Accessorize, Topshop and ASOS but here are just a selection.

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And finally, my pair of the day from good old Primark, available in a range of colours, in store now and £3! Winning.

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All pieces are linked above.  Happy shopping! xXx

Chelsea & Paul’s Vintage Village Hall Wedding

Today on the blog I’m really excited to share Chelsea and Paul’s gorgeous vintage styled, village hall wedding.  Chelsea came to us searching for a dress that was a little different from a traditional wedding gown, a little more relaxed and boho while still being beautifully bridal. She also wanted to add a pop of colour and make the dress her own which is something we always enjoy, working with brides who are creative and know what they want from their wedding dress.
 
Chelsea chose ‘Rosalia’ a beautiful, statement lace gown from Katya Katya London and added her own twist on the original, removing the cap sleeves and opting for a light sage green slip to compliment her colour scheme.
 
Here Chelsea has provided us a wonderful account of her big day so take it away Chelsea!
 
Our venue was Wootton Village Hall (near Canterbury). The tight-knit community here built this hall themselves as a place to get together after their village pub closed down. They bought it flat-packed from Lithuania and then built it together with the help of some Lithuanian guys who came over to help. They are very protective of the hall and only have four to six weddings per year. We had to meet the villagers at their monthly coffee morning before we could book it. But it’s a lovely place and it really shows that it is well looked after.
 
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Paul really didn’t want to wear a suit for the wedding so we got his outfit from a little shop on Brick Lane called Twins Diverse: https://www.facebook.com/twindiverse/. A very lovely Italian man helped Paul choose his outfit and he was really happy that he could get something a bit different and he was very excited to wear it! We got the bow ties for Paul, the best men and page boy from 40 Colori, just off Brick Lane https://www.40colori.com/. They custom-made the page boy’s bow tie to match Paul’s in the family’s factory near Milan.
 
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We had arranged dresses about 6 months early because one of the bridesmaids lives in Canada. However, two of them became pregnant and would be five months pregnant at the time of the wedding! So we did a last minute change and opted for similar (maternity) dress for all 3 from Seraphine. 
 
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We decided not to use a florist. It makes me sad when the flowers die! So we chose silk flowers from Whittingtons in Lordswood http://www.whittingtons.biz/. My mum was keen to make the table decorations, archway and hair pieces, so using silk flowers allowed her to do this in advance.
 
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We asked a family friend to do the catering for us, Glenda, the landlady at Gillingham pub, The Frog and Toad https://www.facebook.com/thefrogandtoadgillingham/. She did a fantastic job and everyone loved the food!
 
My friend and bridesmaid, Jamila, made the cake for us. She’s not a professional baker but she should be! She makes the most delicious cakes and decorates them beautifully.
 
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The photographers are actually 3rd year Photography students at the University in Broadstairs. I think they did an absolutely fantastic job: Turner Photo – www.turnerphoto.uk and www.sophieminterphotography.co.uk.
How you found your dress finding experience at The Wild Heart? 
 
I thought that finding my dress would be such a difficult chore. I don’t like a fuss being made, or being the centre of attention, or making decisions! As soon as I stepped through the door I felt immediately comfortable. You guys are just lovely, so relaxed and natural, which made me feel at ease. I was able to take my time, pick out some things that I liked and you helped when you could see I needed some guidance. You provide a very personal service and it is clear you are passionate and love what you do.
 
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What made your dress ‘The One’?
 
It felt right as soon as I put it on. It was so comfortable! The lace wasn’t itchy and it wasn’t tight and restricting like many others I’d tried. The beautiful lace gave it a vintage look and it was stunning without being overstated. I was able to combine two dresses from the same designer (the top of one and skirt of the other) to create the perfect dress that I absolutely love!
 
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Thank you for an amazing account of your big day Chelsea, I love the idea of the Village Hall and bringing everyone together to celebrate with you.  Having family and friends around you to contribute to your big day with the flowers, cake and venue decoration makes it all the more special and personal to you both as a couple.  And the result was simply beautiful.
 
Congratulations again Chelsea and Paul you created a day full of love, laughter and happiness and we wish you the most amazing married life together. xXx

Gemma & Chris’ Wonderful Winter Wedding

I’ve been really excited to share today’s wedding with you as not only is bride Gemma my best friend’s little sister, she also created an amazing winter wedding, wearing the most stunning Hayley Paige dress in the utterly gorgeous venue, Easton Grange.

Gemma came to us in October 2016 searching for the perfect dress for her wedding in January…2017!  The ‘Pippa’ gown by Blush by Hayley Paige had just recently been released but we managed to borrow in a sample for Gemma to try and thankfully it was love at first sight!  The delicate allusion lace sleeves, daring open back and dramatic layered skirt fitted with Gemma’s vision and suited her perfectly.  With urgent calls and emails with Hayley Paige in New York and little rush order we were able to deliver Gemma the dress of her dreams within the very tight timescale.  Accessorised with Christian Louboutin heels, a simple tulle veil and a winter red lip Gemma looked the absolute dream at her candlelit ceremony.

I am in love with these images by Scott Miller Photography, they capture all the drama and atmosphere of the wintery scene as well as the fun of the wedding reception with Gemma and Chris surrounded by their friends and family on the dance floor.

Congratulations you guys, you may not have had long to plan your big day but you created a wedding to remember. Wow!

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I literally can’t stop looking at these photos, so much love, laughter and emotion in every one!

Bride’s Dress: ‘Pippa’ – Blush by Hayley Paige at The Wild Heart

Groom’s Suit: ‘Good Old M&S’!

Venue – Easton Grange www.eastongrange.co.uk

Photographers: Scott Miller Photography ( www.scottmillerphotography.co.uk) & Shotaway (www.shotaway.com)

Hair: Hair by Adnan – @hairbyadnan

Make Up: Roberta Amy Owen Make Up – @rao_makeup

 

 

 

Jayne & Andy’s Big Day on The Algarve

Argh, on this cold and dreary October day I’m going to whisk you off to Portugal for the fabulous wedding of Jayne and Andy.  We loved having Jayne as one of our brides, she was enthusiastic, full of wonderful ideas for her beautiful wedding and so chilled out; always a pleasure to have her in the boutique.  Jayne’s positive attitude shines through in these photos by photographer Louisa Ferreia who now lives in the Algarve but, who Jayne later found out, was originally from Rochester – how spooky is that!

Jayne came to visit us at our first Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show after falling in love with the ‘Halo’ gown online.  Here she tells us how she found ‘The One’  at The Wild Heart:

“I stumbled across Hayley Paige’s dresses at the start of my wedding dress journey on the internet and fell in love with my dress (Halo) after looking through so many online. As Hayley Paige was an American designer, I wondered whether I would even be able to find a store in the U.K. let alone be right on my doorstep. I found The Wild Heart on Instagram and it turned out that Nicole and Alex had a Hayley Paige trunk show in the next few weeks (it was meant to be).

On the day of my appointment, the girls had Halo all ready in the fitting room and I couldn’t resist looking at all the other beautiful dresses and picked out a few more to try on. In my eyes, none compared to Halo, so after leaving the shop to have a coffee with my mum and my sister we went straight back to put the deposit down and order my dress. Alex and Nicole were so welcoming and the passion and love for what they do really shows. I still like to follow on Instagram for their fashion updates and new dresses and see all the other beautiful brides and what they did for their weddings”.

It’s always exciting and nerve wracking for us when a bride has found a specific dress they love online or in a magazine, we just hope they are going to love it as much in reality and luckily for us and Jayne, Halo is even better in real life!

Congratulations Jayne and Andy.

 

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The all important details…

Venue: Grande Real Santa Eulalia, Albufeira, Portugal

Dress: ‘Halo’ by Blush by Hayley Paige @ The Wild Heart

Groom’s outfit: Reiss

Bridesmaid dresses: the bridesmaids all wore same colour but different styles from various brands all from ASOS (Little Mistress, Ashley Roberts, and ASOS)

Florist: Suzannahs Flowers http://suzannahsflowers.com

Hair/Make up: Unique & Chic http://uniqueandchicweddings.com/

First dance song: ‘Something’ by The Beatles

We still have a few spaces remaining on Sunday 3rd December 2017 for our Blush By Hayley Paige Designer Weekend where you can try ‘Halo’ and new gowns from the 2017/2018 collections.  Call or email now to book your space – limited availability.

01634 409159 / info@thewildheartbridal.co.uk

Blush by Hayley Paige – Designer Weekend

We are so excited to be bringing the full Blush by Hayley Paige Fall 2017 collection plus some Spring 2018 styles to the boutique on the 2nd and 3rd of December.  We will be one of the first to see these dresses and try them on our brides and we can’t wait!

Hayley Paige always delivers stand out, beautifully detailed, modern princess dresses and this collection has to be one of our favourites for a while.  There are so many gorgeous dresses coming in December but here are a few of our favourites that we can’t wait to receive!

FLEUR DE LIS – Spring 2018 collection

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The photos just do not do this gown justice, it really has to be seen to be believed. Ivory floral embroidered tulle bridal ballgown with a deep sweetheart neckline, open keyhole back and if that wasn’t enough a sheer pocket detail!  We often get asked if we try the gowns on when they come in and I have to say this is the one I can’t wait to try!

SMITH – Fall 2017 Collection

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We couldn’t love this dress anymore and with a name like Smith (our surname) it is an absolute Wild Heart must buy!  We have our own sample of this on the way in January but for now our brides can be the first to try this at our December designer weekend. This gown is an ivory organza bridal ball gown with floral embroidered illusion bodice (which is so much more amazing in real life!), open keyhole back and cascading skirt of layered organza and tulle.  Obsessed is not the word!

LINCOLN – Fall 2017 Collection

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For brides who know and love Hayley Paige the Lincoln gown is an absolute must try!  With it’s signature HP sparkle, full skirt and open back Lincoln is everything a Hayley Paige super fan could want and more. Lincoln has a sequin and crystal bodice with deep sweetheart neckline, open keyhole back, full layered tulle skirt with thin horsehair trim.  An absolute beauty that will have your guests talking for years to come!

GIAMBA – Fall 2017 Collection

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For a more understated bride who still wants a gown which is unmistakably Hayley Paige designed then Giamba is the perfect option.  The embroidery and attention to detail on this gown is insanely beautiful, Giamba’s features include an elongated bodice with sweetheart neckline and delicate straps continued to a low open back.  We can see our brides loving the detailed elegance of this gown, we have fallen in love!

So to book your space on the most exciting designer weekend call or email now, we are asking for a £20.00 booking fee which will be refunded against any gown, veil or accessory purchase you make on the day.  This is going to be a fabulously fun event with Prosecco, seasonal treats and a goody bag for every bride.

We only have one slot remaining on Saturday 2nd and two slots on Sunday 3rd so we can’t stress enough how quickly these spaces go.  The dresses will be here for that weekend only so call now to book your place.

info@thewildheartbridal.co.uk // 01634 409158.

Roll on December! xXx