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The dresses in this styled shoot are ultra-womanly. You couldn’t not have curves in these! Also, they’re reminiscent of past times, what with their corsetry and structure, and yet modern in design so that they do not in any way look ‘costumey.’ A perfect balance of the romance of history with the edge of the present for the contemporary bride.

I first saw these images via make-up artist Amy Prifti’s Facebook page. Amy has been helping brides to achieve their perfect look for more than 12 years, and she comes from a background in film, television, theatre, fashion, beauty and catwalks, and has been published in VogueYour Sussex WeddingLife, and many more. So, basically the perfect person to do a highly stylised bridal shoot!! And to be snapped up to make you over on your big day!

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The dresses are the work of Chrissie Nicholson-Wild, the owner of Curve Couture, who describes her dresses’ aesthetic as, “clean lines and structure; sumptuously detailed and exquisitely finished corsets and a flair for millinery combine sleek modern styles with a respectful and deep (though never submissive!), nod to the past. My brides are strong independent women, looking for something more creative, unique and dramatic than an off-the-peg gown.”

And I love that Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes was so impressed by Chrissie’s peacock-feather accessories that she wore them for both an album cover shoot and to collect her 2009 Mercury Music prize! Music and fashion – you know I’m all over that.

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Add to all this a strong ethical policy, in that the work is limited to an edition of five, all made to measure, and only available from the designer directly, it’s a company with heart, too.

“We only produce garments that are ordered, meaning that there is no wastage of valuable materials, and we source all our components and materials from UK suppliers and as locally as possible to ensure we are supporting local businesses and the small business economy in the UK. “

Chrissie says of this shoot,

“Curve Couture’s latest bridal designs, part of the wider ‘La Sanguine’ Couture Collection, is an all-red affair. Inspired by the colour of love, passion and good fortune these dresses are a deep bow to historical influences whilst feeling thoroughly modern in spirit. We chose Amberley Castle as our location for its unique combination of ruin and luxury hotel – a relationship that reflects the collection itself. We applied the same concepts with hair and make-up, with Amy Prifti designing a strong couture look with shape and silhouette prime factors to complement the clothing and suitably breathtaking setting.

“The team was completed by photographer David Long, whose vision of the grandiose was entirely authentic toward the elegance and luxury of the designs and of the models Stephanie Ellen and Francesca Louise.”

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Photographer – Exposure Studios London
Designer – Curve Couture
Make-up and hair – Amy Prifti
Models – Francesca Louise, Stephanie Ellen
Location – Amberley Castle, West Sussex