I remember my excitement last year, when I found out that Anthropologie would be launching a new bridal line, inspired by their signature style and aesthetic! Launched on Valentines Day BHLDN (from the Dutch for ‘To Keep’) was described as a place “where all things old, new, borrowed, and blue come with a distinctive wink, where there’s no trace of optic white, no matchy-matchy tomfoolery, and no dyeable anything”.
Their Spring 2012 collection has added another set of scintillating gowns and coquettish dresses to oogle over, perfect for a bride looking for a classic, but high impact look.
The Iced Confection Gown above, immediately caught my eye with it’s Great Gatsby-esque glamour! It’s amazing how a change of hair style and veil can completely alter the look though isn’t it? It could be the perfect transformation from ceremony style to reception sophistication!
If you’re looking for something a bit more whimsical then maybe the Lita Gown is for you. The combination of silk, pearls and floating layers are to die for, and even better, there’s an local connection! This gorgeous gown was created by Irish designer Catherine Dean.
Oh wouldn’t be nice to have the stature to wear the show stopping Parrish’s Princess Gown?! It would never work on a shortie like me, but I would so love to see it on a bride who could rock the simple and chic essence of the dress.
Short dresses also make an appearance, and at $400 the Persephone Shift is a surprisingly budget friendly option. Most of the full gowns average around the $1500 mark depending on the amount of detail gone into it. If you’re as crazy about chevron stripes as I am what about the Lively Chevrons Dress below, such an adorable look. Or for more high octane glamour, go bold with flower jacquard in Cassini’s Muse Gown.
The beauty of BHLDN, is that not only do they do dresses, but it’s really a one stop shop for wedding styling. There are so many additional details that you can source, or simply use for inspiration. Shop online from the comfort of your own home, and not only could you find your dream dress, the perfect accessories, decor, bridesmaids and guests outfits are also all at your finger tips!
Want a statement necklace or a wow head piece? Or can’t find the perfect shoes to finish your look? Not a problem BHLDN has it all. Here’s a taste of some of my favourite things to adorn yourself and your venue with, (even if my wallet can’t withstand this shopping list, a girl can dream!)
If you need any extra advise there are a team of stylists on hand that you can contact, and all importantly, they do ship to Ireland!