April 2020

REAL BRIDE: OPULENT GRANDEUR AT CLIVEDEN HOUSE

Opulent grandeur at Cliveden House.

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

As she walked down her spectacular glass aisle the dramatic train of Natalie’s bespoke Phillipa Lepley dress perfectly echoed the opulence and grandeur of the venue – Cliveden House.

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

The duchess satin of the bodice was skilfully moulded to Natalie’s form and was beautifully defined with a signature Phillipa Lepley corset built within. The front of the dress had a scooped neckline, while the back extended down into a v shape that sat just above seven carefully placed, covered buttons.

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

 

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

Two off-the-shoulder bow tied straps had an accentuating effect while the ivory Italian duchess satin created sumptuous folds of light and shade giving a feminine and romantic look. The bow ties kept the look young and fresh and the silk organza of the skirt softened the grand and regal structure of the dress – a beautiful combination of femininity and elegance.

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

The full skirt held with layer upon layer of crisp petticoats created a sharp contrast to Natalie’s defined waist. It was made with a satin base skirt and two overlays of silk organza resulting in a light, airy and graceful appearance.

 

To give added grandeur and statement to her dress, the train was cut with extra length and more petticoat added to give further structure to the dramatic long silhouette. As Natalie walked down her incredible glass aisle it beautifully highlighted the crisp ivory colour of her dress and reflected the hundreds of pink and white flower buds that basked under the calming English sun.

 

Phillipa-Lepley-Bespoke-Luxury-Wedding-Dress-London-Designer-Duchess-Satin-Silk-Organza-Cliveden-House-Roberta-Facchini-Photography

Phillipa Lepley is widely recognised as being the leading British couture wedding dress designer. Her wedding dress shop in London, Chelsea, has over 50 dresses, all of which have been made in England from start to finish at her atelier.

 

Photo Credit: Roberta Facchini