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Garden Party. . .

I love hearing about our brides' plans for their village fete, tea party, or country fair style weddings. They want a relaxed, fun, unique and personal wedding day celebration, and often a traditional gown just doesn't fit the theme or their personal style.
We had some fun with a pretty piece of chintz fabric, really just to create a quirky window display, but the response to our 'Garden Party' dress has been overwhelming!!  So I've been collecting remnants of vintage-looking floral fabric, enough to make one unique dress from each piece.  This is more than a wedding dress, it's a keepsake that you can wear over and over again after your wedding day.
'Garden Party' is priced at £800 for a tea length style; this includes a full made to measure service in your choice of pretty chintz from our ever growing selection, as well as an alteration to shorten your gown to knee length after the big day!

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rosebud gown

Colour. . .

We adore traditional pale ivory for bridal gowns, but why not try a pop of colour for your wedding day look?   Our new collection features rich tones including antique rose pink, oyster, vanilla and a beautiful pale ice blue.

The pretty lace on our 'Rosebud' gown, shown here, glows over a structured satin dress in antique rose pink, but over a satin base of pearly oyster satin it takes on a champagne hue.  The exquisite bell sleeved lace overdress is separate to the satin layer, so brides can experiment with colour by trying it on over different tones of structured under dresses.  We think this is a fantastic way to try on different looks and so are busy making more delicate lace dresses!

Once on, no one would know that the two layers are separate, and think of the possibilities for using the lace after the wedding!  Oyster lace over a black under dress would make a fabulous evening look! 

faye gown

Faye. . .

Our beautiful Faye has had makeover!  We have reworked this classic and elegant style into a curvier, sexier shape, in the palest ivory rose lace. Add a bit of sparkle with a jewelled belt, or a pale ice cream coloured satin sash for a pretty pop of colour.  Of course, Faye is still and always will be available in her original vintage vanilla shade.

hope gown

Short and Sweet. . .

I was thrilled to have new design 'Hope' photographed for the new St. Ermins Hotel.  This dramatic Central London venue is the perfect setting for a chic city wedding.
I'm increasingly asked for tea length gowns, and Hope has that sweet little 50's vibe that is so now. The roll collar jacket gives a twist to a strapless gown.  If you prefer, you can of course order Hope with a full length skirt.
You can find Hope at these lovely boutiques:
Sharon Hoey, Dublin
White Mischief, Henfield
Petticoat Lane Bridal, Hillsborough, Co. Down
Evangeline Rose Bridal, Godalming

My 2012 collection is inspired by the elegance of 1960's fashion, where vintage meets glamour,  Audrey Hepburn meets Doris Day!  Lace of course features strongly throughout the range, and I have introduced more sparkle and shine by using beaded Chantilly lace.

Double duchesse satin is soft with a subtle sheen that perfectly complements the twinkly lace.   While strapless styles have an enduring appeal, more and more brides that visit my boutique have been asking for something different.  Whether it be a sleeve, boat neck or jacket, I have tried to introduce an elegant alternative to the strapless bodice. 

I adore the novelty floral applique lace of Primrose, it's so fresh and makes a very strong 1960's statement.  I have used bows and belts to define the waist, and many of the gowns feature a neat true waist seam.

faye gown

Fabulous Faye. . .

Lace has never been more in the bridal fashion spotlight, but it also has a timeless appeal.

Faye features and elegant high neckline with the surprise of a plunging v back, and a dramatic sweeping train, all made in soft cotton rose lace.  Classic vintage at it's very best.

Romance. . .

lyn ashworth gowns

Say Lyn Ashworth and we immediately think 'romance'!  Gowns from her 2011 collection are now in store, and feature all the lovely Lyn signatures that we adore.  She has used pretty lace edging to trim floaty organza skirt hems and neat little sleeveless jackets.  Scarlett has beautiful, ornate straps and belt detail that reminds us of vintage jewellery.  Classic black and white is always winner, especially when the 'black' is lace.  Venetia  features a beautifully corseted black Chantilly lace bodice and a cheeky Moulin Rouge style corsage at the hip.  Short Jacqueline is proving extremely popular already for the bride that wants a fun, flirty, fifties look.

See our Lyn Ashworth gowns

Coming Soon. . .

Stay tuned to our Evangeline Rose Bridal website for exciting updates, including Beverly Lister's new collection photos, expanded accessories pages, still more gorgeous real brides, and a Vintage Styling Tips section.

Beverly's website is also being relaunched.  Watch this space!!

Treasure. . .

Here at Evangeline Rose Bridal we adore anything and everything vintage.  So you can imagine how thrilled we were to discover Cherished, a Petworth based duo who upcycle vintage costume jewellery into the most exquisite headpieces.

Each piece comes with it's own pedigree, explaining the history and origin of the jewellery it has been made from, so each is truly unique.  The lustre of old stones is very warm yet bright, and this style of headpiece perfectly complements a vintage style gown.

We are thrilled to stock the lovely Canadian label Paloma Blanca.  Only a week after receiving our first styles from them our favourite style in the range appears on the cover of You and Your Wedding!!  Style 4065 (we may give her a pretty name!) is a gentle a-line shape made in soft and smooth silk dupion.  The cutaway lace back is pretty and sexy and it is finished with a slim belt with a cute bow and brooch.

Priced at £1560 for pure silk, we really think this is a whole lot of look for the money.  Try it with a lace edged veil to add to the vintage vibe, or make it more of a 50's look with a short bouffant veil.

Come rain or shine. . .

This picture of our lovely bride Mel and family just made us smile!  Her procession of parasols just goes to show that a little bit of drizzle can't spoil a fantastic day!

At any time of year, it's a sensible idea to be ready with brollies for your wedding party in case of a few spots of rain. Specialist companies now do bespoke bridal umbrellas that are quite beautiful.

And if you are having your wedding in the woods or fields, white or floral wellies for the bride are sensible, practical (wear again to next year's festivals) and a great fun talking point too!  

Gypsy by Beverly Lister

Christmas shopping. . .

December is the perfect time to visit us to shop for your upcoming wedding.  All of our new gowns and accessories for 2010 are in stock so we can offer you the most up to date and comprehensive selection.

Godalming is a quaint and charming town, well worth a visit when it is magically lit up and festive.  Church Street in particular is home to many independent gift shops, and there are lovely restaurants, pubs and coffee bars dotted throughout the town.  All of our brides that visit from out of town remark on how quiet and peaceful Godalming is, a welcome change to the heaving town and city centres, especially at this busy time of year.

To help you celebrate the season, we are offering 10% off all new gown orders in December, as well as a voucher for £150 towards your accessories.  Please telephone us if you would like an appointment to see our beautiful collections.

Happy Holidays from Evangeline Rose!!

xmas lights in Church Street

faye gown

Vintage Beauties

Nostalgia is so now!  Celebs shimmied down the red carpets at Cannes in vintage gowns, some of which looked like they were missing a veil!

Retro gowns offer us timeless elegance and beauty ­ something most brides value.  Who wants to look back at wedding photos only to cringe at the fashion fad you bought into then?

Fashions of the 20’s, 30’s 40’s and 50’s are particularly in vogue as our currently hectic and complicated lives often lead us to hanker after the slower pace of life in simpler bygone eras.

Rainbow Trainers

Runaway Bride. . .

Finding the right shoes to go with your gown can be tricky, especially when you don’t want to compromise on comfort for style.  The worst thing is a grimacing bride as she tip-toes around in killer heels.   As Bette Midler once said: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world!”

Take a walk on the wild side and make a statement in these stunning satin sneakers from Rainbow Club. Fabulous fun to wear and a great talking point when spotted peeping out beneath a full skirted gown. They are perfect for funky bridesmaids too, and can always be dyed to match dresses or wear after the wedding. We love them and can’t wait to get them in soon!

Short stories . . .

pronovias glass gown
pronovias lulu gown
We are loving the return of the short wedding dress!  Knee length styles are sassy, fun and of course very trouble free on the day.  No trains to wrestle with, and a great opportunity to show off beautiful shoes!

We have new styles from Blue and Chanticleer that have a real 1950's feel.  And check out this Pronovias shift, very swinging 60's!!  Just add little gloves and a short full veil for a very trendy bridal look, and wouldn't that dress be great for Ascot or holiday evenings?!

pronovias darling gown

Back to black . . . and white

add black ribbon to your gown

The Chanel haute couture show for Spring 2009 was all about monochrome,  a statement of their tradtional quality and signature tones.  There was not a hint of bling, no trademark double Cs or jewels.  It was modern luxury based on "the mother and father of all colours" according to the godfather Karl Lagerfeld.

So why not take a leaf out of Chanel's illustrious book and add a touch a glamour to your gown?  A simple black satin or velvet ribbon tied around a corseted waist is an elegant fashion statement that will never, ever date. Too much for church?  Then add this on trend touch for your evening reception

my new shop

My new shop!

If there is anything I love as much as designing bridal gowns it's styling brides!!

I am thrilled to announce that after over a year of planning, I have taken over Evangeline Rose Bridal in the charming Surrey town of Godalming.  I can now showcase my entire collection and introduce new designs regularly throughout the year.

I will meet with brides personally, so I am also able to offer a Bespoke service, giving brides the option of adapting my existing designs to suit each bride's personal style.  I have filled the shop with beautiful gowns, shoes, vintage veils and headpieces, ditsy lace handbags, feather shrugs . . . everything you need to create your perfect wedding day look.

Former owner of Evangeline Rose, Andrea Franklin, has agreed to stay on as my head of production and design.  Andrea has worked as a pattern cutter for such esteemed designers as Amanda Wakeley, John Galliano and Jenny Packham.  As a team, what we don't know about bridalwear isn't worth knowing!! And our made to measure service is simply genius!

Alongside my own collection, I am delighted to represent other English designers whose work I have so admired over my years in the bridalwear business.  I have beautiful gowns from Lyn Ashworth, Blue, Chanticleer, Leigh Hetherington and Sassi Holford. I have carefully chosen a selection of beautiful and unusual dresses from world renowned Spanish bridal fashion house Pronovias.

I will of course apply my knowledge, passion and expertise to the selection and fitting of these lovely gowns also.

I can't wait to welcome you to my shop!!


gypsy gown

Everybody is talking about...

What else? The credit crunch.  Will it affect how brides divide up their wedding day budget?  That remains to be seen, but we have always stressed to our brides that if you have a budget, stick to it.    Hence, our £1000 gown selection. These gowns are of excellent quality, design and finish, and just happen to come in at very interesting price points.

But even if the budget is 'sky's the limit', why not do something 'eco' with your wedding wardrobe?  Here are our ideas:

- order shoes that you could have dyed to wear again after the wedding

- similarly, choose a vintage-looking headpiece or necklace that you would love to wear again

-SHARE!! We had a bride come to her fitting with a beautiful, borrowed headpiece, and she was the fourth friend to wear it!

-choose a gown that you would either wear to a function afterwards, or one that we could convert for you.  For example, Beverly Lister's Gypsy would be fabulous as a knee length lace sheath, to wear with a vintage beaded cardigan and velvet ribbon belt.  This becomes a very canny purchase, especially if you have had your gown made to measure.

-do something for charity.  You can donate your gown to any of several charity shops that specialise in wedding gowns

Dress of the week

Delphine gown

Romance is officially back, courtesy of Lyn Ashworth.  Her beautiful, billowy 'Delphine' gown is at once sleek and full, due to the clever combination of a drop waisted smooth satin bodice, combined with a full organza skirt.  It is classic, romantic and absolutely beautiful, and at £1950 for a silk gown made in England, we think it is also an amazing buy.

Shoes, Glorious Shoes

Silk satin shoes

We love the new Rainbow Couture collection, a vintage-inspired yet totally on trend collection.  All styles are made in pure silk satin, and have a rich creamy tone and beautiful finish and detailing. 

Our favourites, show here, are Santi, a crytal-trimmed peep toe, and Resika, a sexy high heeled Mary Jane.

We think this range, priced from £95, is amazing value for silk shoes.  And of course, they can be dyed after the wedding to become a credit crunching keepsake!

Now in store

Four lace gowns
Beverly Lister is well known as a bit of a lace expert.  This season her gowns are so vintage and totally on trend, featuring various laces in beautiful shades of vanilla.  And although the signature corsetry was on show, so was a softer, more fluid look using cobweb lace and delicious slipper satin; this particular gown, Jasmine, shown in the top pictures features an interesting satin neckline, mother of pearl and crystal brooches and a beautiful mother of pearl sequin border.  And it feels so luxurious on, we think this is a winner

Dress of the week - Something Blue

Verin by Manuel Mota

Our dress of the week is Verin by Manual Mota for Pronovias.  This gown is like a work of art, featuring elaborate blue stones and diamante beadwork on a very flattering sweep neckline.  The skirt is made of dreamy layers of silk organza, but still fitted enough to emphasize the waist.

This is a truly memorable, work of art gown. If you want something that your friends won't be wearing, look no further than Manuel Mota 2009

Dress of the week . . .

We are totally loving everything lacey and vintage at the moment!  So it's no surprise that our dress of the week is 'Gypsy' by Beverly Lister (shown here with Carmen shrug).

It has that perfect combination of flattering structure, provided by inner corsetry,  and fluid movement courtesy of lace godets inserted into the hem of the lace top layer.  What appears to be a shapely column dress comes to life when you walk and dance.

Movement galore and no train to bother with for the dancing!  Hurrah! And the soft vanilla colour is very vintage and very flattering.  Wear with a long, unadorned champagne veil, or make it even more bohemian by introducing another lace, fine chantilly, as on our beautiful Emmerling veil.

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The Mirabelle headdress by Glass Oyster is the finishing touch to this romantic look

In defense of strapless . . .

A strapless bridal gown is a timeless classic.  This style suits many different types of figure, is feminine, elegant and a very special statement.  If it fits.

It seems that every bride we have seen lately has a horror story about fallings out or fallings off, which has put them off the concept totally.  Any shocking and embarrassing incident of this kind is due simply to an ill-fitting garment.

In defence of this style classic, we would like to assure brides that a well-fitting strapless bodice will not ride up, fall down, or otherwise embarrass you on your big day!

All of our English designers will do a full made to measure service with a toile fitting.  This means that a pattern is made to your measurements, then made up in the same kind of canvas that is inside of your gown.  We fit the toile, send it back to the designer to make the changes to your pattern before your gown is actually even cut.  This may cost more, but the result is remarkable.

Now time to blow our own trumpet...

At Evangeline Rose, our team includes a resident designer, an experienced pattern cutter, trained and highly experienced machinists and alterationists.  There is no gown that we cannot make fit you beautifully, whether it be made to measure or not.

Lately, we have had some amazing results with strapless styles, and other styles too, especially for our fuller busted brides.  If a plunging neckline is too plunging, but it is the dress of your dreams, a delicate modesty panel made from silk tulle could be the answer.  If a strapless gown is too shallow, and made to measure is not available, the secret is a very neatly fitting waist to support the bust.  And maybe a little extra lace applique on the top edge for a more demure effect.

It only takes our time, experience and patience to achieve the gorgeous result that you deserve.

Pin Up . . .

Hairpins are the hottest trend for bridal headwear.  They suit so many different looks, and are very versatile so even if you don't know how you are wearing your hair on the day, there is a place for them in the finished look.

Unlike tiaras, hairpins give a more organic, looser effect in the hair.  You can wear them in clusters, or dotted about depending on your hairstyle.  Like floristry, all of our suppliers suggest wearing odd-numbered combinations, usually 3 or 5 pins depending on their size.

We have a fabulous selection from Glass Oyster, Polly Edwards and Yarwood-White.

Dress of the Week

Our dress of the week is 'Rosa' by Beverly Lister.  This gown has the perfect combination of a shapely, sexy fit and traditional lacey prettiness.  Wear it unadorned, or add a luxurious wide satin sash and bow to define your waist.

Top tip:  Many of our brides order two sashes, a matching ivory one for the daytime and a coloured one for the evening party.  Most popular colours are chocolate brown, black, deep champagne and ice blue.  It's an easy way to change your look, especially if you also add a piece of eye-catching jewellery. 

From head . . . to toe . . .

The choice of bridal shoes has never been greater or prettier, but with some gowns a proper 'shoe' just doesn't work.   With lacy gowns, and some more vintage inspired, 'boho' styles, a sandal may be the answer.

We love 'Bonnie' by Filippa Scott.  Because it has a small and elegant kitten heel, it suits an informal look, but is also fabulous with a 50's inspired tea length gown.

So, instead of a 'Dress of the Week', we have chosen our 'Shoe of the Week'!

Red Carpet...

We know that all, or almost all, brides pore over bridal magazines and websites for tips on hair, makeup, accessories, styling and, of course, gowns.

But at this time of year, in the wake of red carpet events such as the Oscars, the Brits and the Grammys, why not pick up some glossy gossip mags as well?  Especially the week or two after the event, most cover the event and the celebrity outfits.  There are some very on-trend ideas to be had here, which we think translate easily into wedding day looks.

Vintage has never been bigger news, and stars like Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renee Zellwegger regularly wear vintage finds to the special events.

Which brings us to our Dress of the Week...

We are very excited by the trend towards wearing glamorous and feminine tea length bridal gowns, and have chosen 'Beautiful' by Blue Bridalwear as our Dress of the Week.

Made in crisp silk zibeline, it is a contemporary take on a very 50's look.  Show off your pretty shoes and and nipped in waist, and dance the night away without worrying about hooking up your train!

We have a selection of tea length gowns by Beverly Lister, Lyn Ashworth and Blue, and a very lovely range of shoes and accessories to complement them.


Last month we welcomed so many brides to our shop, with truly diverse wedding day themes and styles:  in Italy by a lake, and in Norway in a field; the Chapel at Graceland; the English High Tea wedding reception; the Regency themed wedding; the Black Tie formal event.

And we had something for every one of these brides!!  Often, it is your choice of accessories, flowers, and attendants' attire that makes a particular gown work for your wedding day style.

We loved the hippy fairy wing wedding in Jam and Jerusalem, so individual and quirky and just right for that bride.  We are seeing a big trend toward traditional English, homegrown style receptions. 

So what about this?  A Sunday Lunch wedding.  Give one guest at each table a chef's apron and carving knife (obviously one that can cope with the task!) and provide a roast for each table with all the trimmings, then a big cheese board to share and pieces of the wedding cake with coffee.  So relaxed, and especially right for the couples that really don't want dancing and an evening party.  Croquet, anyone?

Welcome to Evangeline Rose Bridal, and to our first-ever blog!  We gather so many ideas and so much information whilst seeing our brides that we thought we ought to share it!  We also have loads of opinions and ideas about your bridal style, and will be  featuring a 'dress of the week' and accessories that complement it. If you have a question for us, or a tidbit of valuable information that you would like to share with other brides, please email it to us at  stating that you are happy for us to post it to the blog. And remember to refresh each time you visit our website, so you get the latest exciting information!

Where do you start?!

There is such a lot of talk about 'bridal style' at the moment; are you a classic bride, a daring bride, an alternative bride or a bit of each?!  Sometimes, there is one key that unlocks the whole style issue, maybe a favourite flower, favourite colour, a place you love or even 'your song'.

We saw a lovely bride last week who, when asked what flowers she was having at her Spring wedding, replied, simply, "Daffodils".  To us that spoke volumes.  Simple, fresh, relaxed, and not surprisingly the dress she favoured was just that, too.  Tea length, simple, unfussy, no train, easy.    Other times it isn't quite as clearcut, but there are still clues that we see in you when we try to help you define your style.  What you like to wear daily, your venue, of course, time of year, time of day, that sort of thing.

Just by spending a little time talking with you, we can begin to choose dresses that will suit your 'style'.  And maybe there isn't just one perfect dress that lies at the end of your search; there may be several that suit you and your day perfectly, but ultimately you somehow choose just one.  Don't feel pressured, you will know what to do when the time comes!

Dress of the Week

Our first 'Dress of the Week' has got to be our 'cover girl', Grace by Lyn Ashworth.  This gown is so feminine and flattering, with just enough corded lace, a swirling organza skirt and waist defining gold satin sash.

Of course, it's Grace Kelly all over, and if you love this look there is nothing else for you.

We have the most beautiful veil to complete the look, cathedral length trimmed with heavy corded lace by Emmerling. Classic pearly jewellery and a simple posy finish off this most classic of bridal styles.



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