Finding the one
In the winter 2018 issue of A Kentish Ceremony magazine, three brides talk to Julia O’Driscoll about choosing their wedding dresses. Our Bride Abbie is featured below.
married Alex Betts at St John the Baptist Church, Tunstall
Photography: Louisa Dettmer Wedding Photography
“I went to five bridal shops searching for the perfect dress. I always imagined myself in a fishtail but I was a little disheartened after trying on several and having no luck. I tried on various fishtail dresses in every shop and finally, the last
one I tried was the one. “My mum Debbie Croucher and sister Ellie reacted to this dress unlike any other. We all shed a few tears. I chose a lace fishtail Kenneth Winston design with a diamanté belt, from Isabella Grace in Tunbridge Wells. The belt ties around the middle into a bow at the back, which complemented the low-back detailing. “My seamstress made my dress fit like a glove. Martine Kay of Miss Kay Seamstress took some of the length off the dress so I could walk without
falling over. She took the dress in around the waist and bum and narrowed the straps, which were a little wide originally. I read that the father of the bride traditionally lifts the veil as a sign of passing the daughter over to the soon-to-be-husband and thought this was a lovely idea. I chose a two-tiered veil. I wore a Tiffany bracelet and a pair of earrings. For my something old and blue, my mum sewed one of my nan’s blue-stone rings onto my garter. For something borrowed, I had a sixpence in my shoe, like my mum had on her wedding day.”