As most of you know, I’m well and truly at the beginning part of my bridal journey as I become a bride-to-be last September. Our wedding is now officially booked (hoooray!) as we chose our location and date just recently.
We’ve gone for The Ashes Barns in Leek, Staffordshire, in May 2021. So that gives me around 15 months to go – perfect time for starting the dress hunt!
If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember I did a bridal dress try on with more bohemian style dresses and designers. Now some of them were incredible, so whimsical and unique, but with having a more rustic-chic wedding in the UK, I’ve decided to go a little more glam. The boho style would be right up my street if I was to have a destination wedding abroad, but while I’m sticking to a mix of lodge/barn/modern wedding, I’m following suite as I hunt for my wedding dress…
The Bridal Lounge Cheshire is situated on London Road, Hazel Grove, and although the boutique has been running for twenty years, it is now under new management. After having a chat with Suzanne – the new owner – I was excited to explore her beautiful bridal space in Stockport, as she stocks some of the most sought after bridal designers.
Firstly, the store has undergone a bit of a makeover and revamp since being under new ownership. It’s a gorgeous boutique, with hanging flowers around a huge mirror, shiny wooden floors and rails of stunning gowns.
Alan Hannah and Mia Mia (Alan Hannah’s other brand) are two of the biggest names in store, in which many brides-to-be will be familiar with as he is a British bridal designer. The Bridal Lounge Cheshire is also home to one of my new favourites – Enzoani – in which I was overwhelmed by the striking, figure hugging, beautifully detailed dresses.
I’m going to do another write up of Enzoani next week on the blog, as this week I wanted to focus on Alan Hannah and one of the most incredible dresses I tried on during my dress appointment.
The reason I’m so wow-ed by this is believe me when I say this: I was never going to try on a ball gown dress. Period. It’s not a style I’ve ever loved or admired, and thought it would never be suited to my petite frame.
It was Suzanne who pulled out this dress towards the end of my session. The sample was a size 10, and she had a feeling it would look lovely on me. I was of course open to trying an array of styles, because lets face it, you never know what you’re going to feel like once a dress is on. But I was already swept away by a few Enzoani styles earlier on, that I kinda of dismissed this one straight away.
Until I tried it on and was completely blown away! How is it possible that this princess style ball gown dress was utterly perfect on? My Mum came with me for the session, and she was equally as blown away as I was.
I should probably share the name of the dress with you by now! It’s the Electra dress from the 2019 range, available at The Bridal Lounge Cheshire. I swear it looks so different on than off, and the crazy thing is I would never had tried it in fear of the big skirt. Suzanne told me that with Alan Hannah dresses, you can request small tweaks too if needed.
I totally owe it to Suzanne for giving me new eyes on what to try on from now on – she was certainly right that this dress is fabulous on!
Electra is quite dramatic and very romantic, which is the feel I would like to go for. I want a little bit of ‘wow’ mixed with something super pretty. It’s ballgown shape with its satin bodice, tulle skirt and gorgeous hand crafted flowers make it so dreamy. Plus, I love tulle!
For the brides out there who are going for a more understated look – like I orginally thought I was – I did have a good try on of the more simplistic and classic style gowns from the Alan Hannah range.
As you can see, this one is much more fitted to the body and reminds me of a classic, chic, LA bride. This is the Xenia dress, a crepe dress with geometric panels and a sleek long train. It also has the cutest bow detail to the back.
I thought these photos might give you ladies based around Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire and surrounding areas that it’s totally worth a visit to The Bridal Lounge Cheshire. Not just for the array of exceptional designers (more to come from my Enzoani try on in a follow on blog article) but for Suzanne’s experience and expertise within the bridal sector, offering up second to none advice and help.
You can find the store at 95-97 London Road, Hazel Grove, Cheshire SK7 4AX.