Riki Dalal Florence Collection Launch

Riki Dalal Haute Couture is pleased to announce the debut of her “Florence Collection.” Following on from her last season’s successful range, Dalal is back with an extraordinary collection that is the perfect treat for brides wanting to feel feminine and fabulous with a touch of Dalal’s edge.

Designed to cater for brides seeking superior fabrics, flattering silhouettes, and unmatchable embellishments, there is something for every bride’s personal style. In keeping with Dalal’s signature approach to bridal wear, she plays upon the use of many flowing materials, soft tulles and chiffons, and the use of a variety of neutral tones.

From conception to reality, each gown has been imagined and placed along the Italian hillsides. With the town of Florence as Dalal’s muse, the pursuit of romance was sought by placing an emphasis on the elaboration of a once effortless silhouette that has morphed into something distinctive and unforgettable. The stunning, yet simple scenery in Florence, transforms with the sparkling sunlight just as Dalal’s dresses. They begin with an impressive yet classic base, and morph into a remarkable work of art.

 

Much of the new collection allows brides to indulge in an array of garden fantasies using countless floral appliqués and embellishments with touches of coloured tones. Shimmering satin and luxurious laces are used to create texture and to add that must-have feeling of decadence and indulgence. In keeping with classic Italian style, Dalal’s gowns uphold an elegant effortlessness.

Riki says: “I wanted to make this collection as elaborate as ever so brides could continue to feel unstoppable on their wedding day.” Dalal has ensured that every woman has the chance to ooze the sultry glamour she is known for by offering a variety of silhouettes for every bride’s style.

Her personal favourites include “Valentina,” a dusty rose mermaid silhouette with beaded bodice, and “Naomi,” a stunning strapless fitted bodice with impeccable lace detail accents and flowing train.

Riki Dalal is best known for her luxury feminine designs with a modern fashion-forward twist. With use of astonishing fabrics and premium sewing and construction techniques, Riki has simply outdone herself and managed to compose a bridal collection unlike no other before.

The entire Florence collection is now at Dress Dreams so be sure to book your apppointment to view these stunning gowns.

 

Noya Bridal-A luxury brand for an affordable price.

Noya Bridal is an affordable new line of Israeli couture which creates especially remarkable wedding dresses. Noya Bridal gowns have light, sexy stitching and romantic designs with a vintage touch while still keeping a contemporary chic look.

 

Israeli wedding dress designers have made a name for themselves in the field, but the high end price prevents many brides from purchasing their dream dress. Due to high demand for the brand and designer Riki Dalal, Riki created it’d daughter brand-Noya Bridal. It’s fabrics, although less expensive, still maintain a rich and elegant look and provide you with the opportunity to choose from size 4-12.

 

These especially light and comfortable dresses keep an elegant and romantic look with a touch of vintage style. They are produced with embellished fabrics, handmade lace, crochet, pearls, flattering high waisted skirts and a variety of special elements connecting the periods of past and present. This way, you can find the dresses with a lightness and playfulness alongside those of a more conservative look. Noya Bridal created these dresses to introduce new chic and trendy designs.

 

In terms of fabrics, Dalal chose to design this collection with many soft and complementary materials along with rich lace from al over the world. Some of Dalal’s fabrics are handmade in order to perfect the small yet impressive details. Alongside the distinguished lace, Riki Dalal uses fabrics that give off a light and flowing dimension so each dress reflects the remarkable handcrafted work that highlights the curves of each bride.

 

The dresses are coming to Dress Dreams very soon and we can’t wait to have them here to make more bride’s dress dreams come true. We have exclusivity for the whole of the South of England. Keep an eye on our events page to announce our first Noya Bridal trunk show where you can be the first brides to view and try them on.

Dress Dreams collaborates with local businesses

Dress Dreams has once again collaborated with local businesses in Sevenoaks and Kent to bring one of the most glamourous and sophisticated photoshoots of the year.

Exemplifying the elegance, style and uncompromised luxury of the brands Dress Dreams is proud to have worked with the pinnacle of the fashion, automotive and property industries.

Showcasing the best dresses exclusive to Dress Dreams in Sevenoaks, the photos really do demonstrate the very best that Sevenoaks has to offer.

Shot on location at the magnificent The Stables, Wilderness Avenue (with thanks to Cavendish and Gloucester Properties Limited).

We hope that you enjoy the photos and we look forward to seeing you soon to make more Dress Dreams come true!

With thanks to our esteemed collaborators at Bentley Kent and Sevenoaks Lamborghini, and Richard Reed Photography, Sevenoaks Florist, Stephanie Emma (for makeup), and Hair Gems.

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Tips for choosing your perfect wedding dress

After opening my bridal shop in Kent in the beautiful town of Sevenoaks, I noticed a lot of brides were nervous about their first ever appointment to try on wedding dresses. There is no rule book of “dos and don’ts” so here are a few tips to help you along your way.

Firstly and most important is to relax, don’t be nervous - this should be a really lovely experience at a very special time of your life.  At Dress Dreams we will welcome you in, offer you a complimentary refreshment - glass of champagne, tea, coffee, or even a camomile tea if needed to calm.  Then we will simply have a chat.  This helps to put you at ease; helps you to get to know us and us to get to know you; and helps us understand your vision for your wedding.

Before your appointment you should try to have an idea of what your vision of yourself on our wedding day is.  Some have a good idea what they want and others don’t.  Do you want to be a fairy-tale princess, a boho bride, vintage inspired bride, classic and elegant, beach bride, or something completely different?  If you don’t know, just ask for help.  We love to help and often just pick out the perfect dress for a bride that she previously would have disregarded just seeing it hanging on the rail.

Your dress should match your character, personality, body shape and venue.  When trying on each dress try to visualise yourself walking up the aisle in it, dancing in it, sitting down and eating in it, having your photographs taken in it and looking back on those photos in years to come knowing that “yes, I chose the perfect timeless dress that was perfect for me”.

Sit down in it, walk up and down the shop in it. Get a feel of how the fabric moves and ensure you can cope moving in it all day and night on your big day.  A bridal gown is not the same as high street day-to-day casual clothes.  It is more like a costume as there is much more structure to the dress.  Most dresses have boning and cups to give them shape and support, so it will feel quite different.

Try on a veil and hair accessory so you get the whole complete look.  Often brides say they are not going to have a veil until they actually try one on then they feel it completes the bridal look for the ceremony. You can always take it off after your photographs.

Bring shoes with you in case the bridal shop doesn’t have any.  It is best you bring a pair with a heel height you are comfortable in.  If you have already bought your wedding shoes then bring these to your appointment.

Wear minimal make-up and no fake tan as both of these stain the dresses (which all get sold off in a sample sale at the end of the season to make way for new stock).  

You will need to use your imagination as to even how much more fabulous you will look with all your hair and make-up done to perfection on the day.

Observe how you feel in each dress.  Notice your reaction to each dress when you look in the mirror or ask whoever is with you to observe your reaction.  I love it when I see a bride beaming in a dress - then I know she loves it!  If you have a big smile on your face and you can’t stop smiling then that is a really good sign.

This may sound obvious, but if you find a dress that you love and feel nothing can match up to it, then buy it.  If you feel special and gorgeous in it, then buy it.  If you think “Oh it’s so ME”, then buy it! Don’t waste time traipsing around another 5 bridal shops to just make sure.  You will compare every other dress to it, try on 20-30 more dresses, confuse yourself, give yourself sleepless nights, and wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of wedding dresses.  Don’t waste your precious time and energy when you have so many other things to organise and enjoy.  Believe me, it’s no fun trying on dresses that just don’t do it for you - it’s actually quite frustrating and disappointing.

If you don’t like a dress take it off immediately. Don’t waste time in the wrong dress because when you find one you love you will not want to take it off.  This will also give you more time at your appointment to try another few dresses that you initially hadn’t chosen to try on. Every wrong one is one step closer to the right one.

Take on board people’s opinions, but remember they will like what they like and their taste may be different to yours.  Your opinion is the only one that really matters at the end of the day.  Buy the dress you love, not the one you think will please people or meet expectations.  We all want reassurance from others but it is you who will wear the dress and it is you who will have to look back at the photos in years to come and you want to still love your dress and know that you chose the right one.

Bringing too many people to your appointment can confuse you.  They all want to see you in different dresses that they will like.  Each dress will be met with a different opinion; some will love it and others not so much.  Stay focused on what you want and what you like.  Don’t try on dresses that you know you don’t like just to entertain and keep your party happy.  Try to keep it to two or three people (usually your mother and sister or Chief Bridesmaid).  Then if you really want to involve all of your bridal party women bring them along to your first fitting or make another appointment after you have purchased the dress.

Don’t be afraid to visit a bridal shop on your own.  A lot of brides do this.  It’s difficult to get everyone schedules together and organise a day together.  If you get a day-off during the week make an appointment and go in on your own.  You will find it’s a lot more relaxed during the week and you can have more time in your appointment.  Get it down to your favourite 2 or 3 dresses then go back with your mum/bridesmaid/dad or whoever has the honour of accompanying you on this special event.

Finally, when you have chosen your wedding dress and put your deposit down, celebrate! Congratulations!  It is a big decision to make and probably the last major big decision in your life that you will make without your new husband’s input.

I wish you all the very best of luck and I hope that I can help in making your Dress Dreams come true.

Best wishes,

Shereen

(Owner – Dress Dreams Limited)