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At Manchester Art Gallery they know a thing or two about aesthetics. From traditional to contemporary, the galleries and works reflect a variety of tastes, forms and influences. This styled shoot showcases a mix of stylish and modern bridal looks. We credit some of our incredible featured suppliers: photographers and videographers AMB Vision, the one and only makeup artist Lauren Poole, bridal boutique The Bridal Lounge and bridal accessory creator extraordinaire Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe. Here it is: the art of love at the best place in town!

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Modern Bridal Looks: The Dresses

Thanks to Sara at The Bridal Lounge there are five fabulous dresses. And in case you wonder who did the luscious locks and up-dos, look no further than the talent of Sarah Finnerty from Leading Edge Hair Salon.

Meet Marigold…

First, the Marigold Gown from Wilderly Bride, part of the Allure Bridals company. Festival fan? Boho chic chick? Lace lover? This dress has it all, and model Jenny wore it so well, topping off the look with her long locks and blush hat.

boho wedding dressWe particularly love the detail on those long and elegant sleeves, and the gentle train is so pretty.boho bride

Breathtaking: that gorgeous v-shaped back, the line of fabric covered buttons and the detailed design in the fabric. All in all, very feminine and wonderfully whimsical.

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And with Allure…

The second look, also from Allure Bridals, style number 9451 and shown in ivory, is another dress with some serious wow factor. Made from Silky mikado with intricate beadwork on the illusion back, model Jenny looks stunning. This dress features a detachable train too. Apparently it is the power of this dress that led to the photoshoot happening in the first place!Allure Bridals 9451This dress cries out to all of our inner Princesses: “Come out and play! No stopping at midnight tonight.”Allure Bridals 9451Allure Bridals 9451

Maybe Madison James?

The third look, donned by model Patti, is a Madison James MJ308. The symmetrical design draws the eye to those incredible curves, that trail into a ruffled tapered skirt.

This dreamy dress can also be worn with a cape to make the day to night switch easy and amazing. The Bridal Lounge has a talented seamstress who can create a bespoke cape – any length, any fabric, you decide. Madison James MJ308Madison James MJ308modern bridal looks

So Sophisticated, Sophia…

This gown had literally only just arrived at The Bridal Lounge. It’s Tanzanite by Sophia Tolli. As is plain to see, this is a truly show-stopping gown modelled by Patti.

Tanzanite is available in gorgeous hydrangea and a variety of other stunning colour options. Cut from misty tulle and fantasy organza, sleeveless Tanzanite offers a deep plunging V-neck with a sheer peekaboo over a sheer illusion sweetheart bodice. The bodice details visible boning and bra cups semi-concealed with hand-beaded lace appliqués and a back corset. A voluminous lace accented skirt to finish for the ultimate princess look and a chapel train. Enough said!Tanzanite Sophia TolliTanzanite Sophia Tolli

Totally Tea Length

This is the magnificent Manchester Bee ensemble. The tea length gown is from the House of Nicholas, style number 2008. Made from Mikado satin and shown in ivory, we love its simplicity and the fuss-free statement it makes.

Teamed with a headpiece featuring the Manchester Bee through the handmade motif, vintage lace and delicate hand beading from Silver Sixpence in her Shoe, we love this look. With a black leather jacket it looks cool and confident.

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The Cake

Jess at Lilac Pig created this gorgeous gold foiled cake. What we are wondering is who finished the gin?!  lilac pig wedding cakes

The Flowers

The flowers are stand-out and stunningly stylish. Here in all their glory are two blooming bouquets. Creams in a pale palette or pinks and purples? We can’t decide! Great job, Hayley’s Flower Studiocalla lily wedding bouquetboho bride

The Stationery

Last but far from least, we need to mention the beautiful foliage inspired stationery from Cath at Raspberry Toast (what a great business name, too!). wedding stationery raspberry toast

Weddings are of course about so much more than looking good, but equally, if we are honest, who doesn’t want to look – and more importantly feel – their best self on their wedding day? 

With Thanks!

Big shout out to all the fabulous suppliers involved in this arty styled shoot and to the beautiful brides who rocked the frocks and helped show off these modern bridal looks!

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