Styled bridal shoot: make a splash in a wedding dress inspired by the sea

We headed to seaside venue The Harbour Chapel in Dunbar with dresses that echo the ocean. Think pearl embellishment, frothy skirts, mermaid-shaped silhouettes and details that glisten like the sun on the waves

Left image shows model wearing a wedding dress from Innate Bridals and right image shows model wearing Madison Rose wedding dress at the Harbour Chapel
Above left: Strapless sweetheart gown with full ruffled waved skirt by Maggie Sottero, £POA, Innate Bridals. Shell and rhinestone tiara, £89, Kate Dillon Designs. Tidal bangle in sterling silver, £315, Sheila Fleet. Sealeaf spinner necklace, from £75, Landscape ring, from £180, and Landscape diamond ring (both just seen), from £200, Islewear. Flower display arranged on a copper grid and stand (can be moved easily) combining a selection of roses, alliums, clematis, limon and foliage, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.
Above right: Pearl-beaded fit-and-flare dress in glitter tulle by Ronald Joyce, £1,650, and veil, from a selection, Madison Rose Bridal. Lunar opal mini hairpins, £39 for a set of five, Alexandra Bespoke. Silver three-row pearl bracelet, £12.99, Quiz Clothing. Landscape ring, from £180, and Landscape diamond ring, from £200, Islewear. Seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue, hand-tied with a silk ribbon, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist

Left image shows a model wearing a wedding dress from Quiz Clothing and right image showing model wearing a wedding dress from Innate Bridals with shell headpiece by Kate Dillon Designs
Above left: White embellished high-neck maxi dress, £140, silver diamanté leaf hair comb, £12.99, and white ring ‘I Do’ box bag (just seen), £22.99, all Quiz Clothing.
Above right: Strapless sweetheart gown with full ruffled waved skirt by Maggie Sottero, £POA, Innate Bridals. Shell and rhinestone tiara, £89, Kate Dillon Designs. Tidal bangle in sterling silver, £315, Sheila Fleet. Sealeaf spinner necklace, from £75, Landscape ring, from £180, and Landscape diamond ring, from £200, Islewear.

Left image shows a model wearing a wedding dress from Kudos Bridal Boutiques standing against a copper grid covered in flowers by Secret Garden Events Florist and right image shows a model wearing wedding dress from Quiz Clothing
Above left: Idan mermaid crepe gown with delicate pearl beading and soft tulle overskirt by Aire Barcelona, from £1,935 without skirt, or £2,085 with overskirt, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline). Selkie pearl necklace, from £80, Twig ring, from £46, and beaded pearl ring, £60, Islewear. Flower display arranged on a copper grid and stand (can be moved easily), combining a selection of roses, alliums, clematis, limon and foliage, and seaside spring flower crown in soft lilac, white and pale blue, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.
Above right: White embellished high-neck maxi dress, £140, white satin mule heels, £29.99, silver diamanté bracelet, £12.99, and white ring ‘I Do’ box bag, £22.99, all Quiz Clothing.

A model wearing a wedding dress from Kavelle Couture at the Harbour Chapel in East Lothian
Above left: Vesper sequinned tulle mermaid gown by Lusan Mandongus, £POA, Kavelle Couture. Floral and pearl headpiece, £89, Kate Dillon Designs. Gold, pearl and diamond earrings, £6.99, and pearl bracelet, £8.99, Quiz Clothing. Seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue, hand-tied with a silk ribbon, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.
Above right: as before, shown without bouquet.

Left image is of a model wearing a wedding dress from Joyce Young Design Studios and right image is of a model wearing a Sassi Holford dress from Anne Priscilla Bridal
Above left: Lace and crepe gown with illusion bodice, £POA, Joyce Young Design Studios. Rhinestone hair vine, £89, Kate Dillon Designs. Tidal Blue Topaz earrings in sterling silver, £177, and matching bangle, £315, Sheila Fleet. Twig ring, £46, and beaded pearl ring (both just seen), £60, Islewear.
Above right: Tara gown with tumbling 3D chiffon appliqué skirt by Sassi Holford, £POA, Rachel Scott Couture. Tumbled Starpetal hair vine in gold/citrine, £70, and Effie pearl drop earrings, £26, Alexandra Bespoke. Seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue, including white lilac, nigella, veronica, amaranthus, Ocean Song roses, clematis and oxypetalum, hand-tied with a silk ribbon from Cfleursdesign, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.

A model pictured wearing a wedding dress from Reflections Bridal Boutique in left image; model wearing a bridal cape from Quiz Clothing in right image
Above left: Odile sparkly A-line gown with sequinned lace embellishment and split skirt by Le Papillon by Modeca, £POA, Reflections Bridal Boutique. Mara pearl necklace, £58, Twig ring, from £46, and beaded pearl ring, £60, Islewear. Dried ruscus headpiece, £79, Kate Dillon Designs. Seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue hand-tied with a silk ribbon, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.
Above right: Maggie gown with fitted bodice and tight fishtail skirt featuring voluminous tulle from the knee and detachable asymmetric shoulder strap, £POA, Kathleen Richmond Couture. Pena hair pins, £29 each or £55 for two, Alexandra Bespoke. Twig ring, from £46, and beaded pearl ring, £60, Islewear. Silver pearl bracelet, £12.99, and pearl bridal cape, £29.99, Quiz Clothing. Seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue hand-tied with a silk ribbon, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.

A model pictured wearing a wedding dress from Kathleen Richmond Couture standing against a wall at the Harbour Chapel in East Lothian
Above right: Maggie gown with fitted bodice and tight fishtail skirt featuring voluminous tulle from the knee and detachable asymmetric shoulder strap, £POA, Kathleen Richmond Couture. Pena hair pins, £29 each or £55 for two, Alexandra Bespoke. Twig ring, from £46, and beaded pearl ring, £60, Islewear. Silver pearl bracelet, £12.99, and Pearl bridal cape, £29.99, Quiz Clothing. Seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue hand-tied with a silk ribbon, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.
Above left: as before, shown without cape and flowers.

A model pictured wearing a wedding dress from Amy King Bridal and Beauty
Above left: Odette fitted mermaid gown in 3D French embroidered floral lace with detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves by Enzoani, £POA, Amy King Bridal and Beauty. Harriet crown with lilac pearls, £170, Alexandra Bespoke. Tidal Treasures drop earrings in crystal enamel, £119, Sheila Fleet.
Above right: As above, shown with seaside spring bridal bouquet in soft lilac, white and pale blue, made to order, Secret Garden Events Florist.

Photography Kirsty Anderson
Styling Nicola Cameron
Hair Eileen Nugent Bridal Hair and Makeup
Makeup Karen Bowen Makeup
Model Julia Tomaszewska, Colours Agency
Flowers Secret Garden Events Florist
Shot on location at The Harbour Chapel, Dunbar, East Lothian. Huge thanks to Fiona and the team there.

The Harbour Chapel is an intimate and historic East Lothian wedding venue with a spectacular former church and an elegant, but contemporary reception bar. The venue provides the unique experience of getting married and celebrating in a truly atmospheric space lit by magnificent stained-glass windows originating from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Banqueting tables can seat up to 80 for dining and a further 40 guests can join the evening celebrations. This beautifully restored historic Wesleyan Chapel is the oldest in Scotland and dates back to 1764, it is available for exclusive use including full set-up and a fabulous in-house team.

Tel: 07772 861009 

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Alexandra Bespoke, Amy King Bridal and Beauty, Colours Agency, Eileen Nugent Bridal Hair and Makeup, Enzoani, Innate Bridals, Islewear, Karen Bowen Makeup, Kate Dillon Designs, Kirsty Anderson, Madison Rose Bridal, Maggie Sottero, Quiz Clothing, Ronald Joyce, Secret Garden Events Florist, Sheila Fleet, The Harbour Chapel

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