As most of you know, I am really at the beginning of my bridal journey when I become a bride-to-be last September. Our wedding is now officially booked, as we have recently chosen our venue and date. We chose Ashes Barns in Leek, Staffordshire, in May 2021. So, that still gives me about 15 months – the perfect time to start the clothes hunt!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember that I tried on a wedding dress with more bohemian dresses and designers. Now, some of them were awesome, so whimsical and unique, but with a more rustic wedding in the UK, I decided to get a little more glamorous. The Boho style would be just right for me if I had a wedding abroad, but while I stick to a mix of Lodge/barn/modern wedding, I’m following the Suite while I’m looking for my wedding dress…
The Cheshire Bridal Lounge is located on London Road, Hazel Grove, and although the Shop has been operating for twenty years, it is now under new management. After chatting with Suzanne – the new owner – I was looking forward to exploring her beautiful wedding venue in Stockport, as she has some of the most sought after bridal designers in stock.
First of all, since its acquisition by a new owner, the store has been redesigned and reworked a little. It’s a beautiful shop with flowers hanging around a giant mirror, shiny wooden floors and rails with gorgeous dresses.
Alan Hannah and Mia Mia (Alan Hannah’s other brand) are two of the biggest names that many brides-to-be know, because he is a British bridal designer. The Cheshire Bridal Lounge is also home to one of my new favorites – Enzoani – in which I was overwhelmed by the eye-catching, tight-fitting and beautifully detailed dresses.
I’m going to write another post about Enzoani on the Blog next week, because this week I wanted to focus on Alan Hannah and one of the most awesome dresses I tried on during my dress appointment.
The reason I’m so excited about this is because you believe me when I say this: I would never try on a prom dress. Period. This is not a style that I have ever loved or admired and thought that it would never fit my little body.
It was Suzanne who took off this dress towards the end of my session. The sample was a size 10, and she felt like it was going to look good on me. I was of course open to trying on a number of styles, because let’s face it, you never know how you’ll feel when a dress is on. But I was already carried away by a few Enzoani styles earlier that I immediately rejected this one.
I should probably share the name of the dress with you right now! This is the Electra dress from the 2019 collection available at the Cheshire Bridal Lounge. I swear it looks so different, and the crazy thing is that I would never have tried it for fear of the big skirt. Suzanne told me that you can also request small modifications to Hannah’s dresses if necessary.
I totally owe it to Suzanne for giving me new eyes on what to try on from now on – she was definitely right that this dress is fabulous!
Electra is quite dramatic and very romantic, That’s the feeling I would like to have. I want a little ‘Wow’ mixed with something super pretty. Its ball gown shape with a satin top, a tulle skirt and beautiful handmade flowers make it so dreamy. I also like the tulle!
For brides who prefer a more sober look – as I initially thought – I tried the simpler and classic dresses from the Alan Hannah collection. As you can see, this one is much more full-bodied and reminds me of a classic and chic bride from LA. This is the Xenia dress, a crepe dress with geometric inserts and a long thin train. It also has the cutest buckle detail on the back.
I thought these photos might give you ladies from Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire and the surrounding areas that it is really worth visiting the Cheshire Wedding salon. Not only for the range of exceptional designers, but also for Suzanne’s experience and Expertise in the bridal field, who offers unparalleled advice and help.