New romantic spirit is a key trend in bridal, defined by elegant silhouettes, fluid fabrics and delicate details. We capture the magic on location at Bourton Hall, with glorious gowns by Rosa Clará
New romantic spirit abounds in new-season bridal collections, with elegant and timeless lines, fine and gauzy fabrics and whimsical details such as billowing sleeves, fine lace and refined beaded and lace trims. While this romantic spirit has a timeless quality, it’s also designed for the 21st-century bride, with a luxe and sophisticated edge.
Our exclusive Absolutely Weddings shoot was created on location at Bourton Hall – a glorious Country House Weddings’ property with a distinctively fairytale feel. Located in the heart of Shakespeare country and designed in the Italianate style, it has all the romantic elements you could dream of – from a perfect balcony to a dreamy chapel and elegant reception spaces and grounds. Our gowns were selected from Rosa Clará, a label that is the epitome of modern bridal – offering refined fabrics, exquisite workmanship and timelessly romantic details.
For shoot team and suppliers, see slides 11 and 12
1. Modern princess
Perfect for making a grand entrance across the lawn at Bourton Hall, the Savana gown is from the Rosa Clará Couture collection. It features a deep v neckline with low back and princess-line skirt with train in floaty tulle.
2. Lace allure
Distinctive and luxurious lace is always a hallmark of Rosa Clará and on the Savana gown it has a contemporary graphic twist. We love the combination of lace and tulle – giving structure with a sense of lightness.
Savana dress, from £3,480; Rosa Clará Couture. Headpiece with pearls and beading, £250; Rosa Clará. Earrings, £195; Emily Mortimer. Shoes, £1,995; Jimmy Choo
3. Modern muse
With an ultra-flattering cut and gauzy French sleeves, Eire is a modern classic from the Rosa Clará Couture 2021 collection. The dress has a wrap-style bodice with v front and low back with ribbon tie at the neck.
4. Elegant edge
With its clean lines and elegant cinched waist detail Eire has a classical simplicity that is perfect against the backdrop of Bourton Hall’s mellow sandstone pillars.
Eire dress, from £2,440; Rosa Clará Couture. Necklace, £295; Emily Mortimer. Earrings, £79; Estee Lalonde x Daisy Jewellery
5. Ballroom bliss
Perfect for ballroom or an alfresco summer ceremony, Helena is from the Rosa Clará Soft collection. It has bootlace straps and a fine floral lace bodice, with lace trails continuing on to the princess-line tulle skirt.
6. Flower dressed
The delicious floral trail motif on the bodice of the Helena gown contrasts beautifully with the soft and floaty tulle on the skirt. It’s a perfect foil to wedding flowers – this lovely bouquet is by Bourton Hall-recommended supplier Stemsations.
Helena dress, from £1,640; Rosa Clará Soft. Shoes, £595; Sophia Webster. Clutch bag, £350; Sophie Webster. Pearl bracelet, £95; Astley Clarke. Ring, £850; Astley Clarke
7. Boho twist
Rosa Clará Boheme collection offers modern boho styles with an elegant edge and this Apollo dress is a dreamy style for a country or summer wedding with its frilled elbow-length sleeves, soft tier-effect skirt and flowing train.
8. New romantic
Making a romantic entrance is easier when you have an elegant long train and Apollo takes our bride down the aisle in style at Bourton Hall’s amazing wood-panelled chapel.
Apollo dress, from £1,950; Rosa Clará Boheme. Veil from a selection available at Rosa Clará. Earrings, £195; Emily Mortimer. Ring, £850; Astley Clarke.
9. Refined bride
Photographed in Bourton Hall’s elegant Great Hall, Alessia is a sophisticated day-to-evening gown with straight cut and crepe balloon sleeves with frilled cuff.
10. Divine details
On trend fine lace and feature sleeves add interest to a slimline and refined silhouette where less is more. This is a perfect gown to dress with dramatic earrings and hair jewels.
Alessia dress, from £1,780; Rosa Clará Boheme. Earrings, £195; Emily Mortimer. Ring, £850; Astley Clarke. Hair slides (set of three), £10; ASOS.
11. New romantic fashion story: Credits
Shot on location at Bourton Hall, Warwickshire, a romantic Italianate mansion surrounded by 12-acre grounds in the heart of Shakespeare country and part of Country House Weddings’ portfolio of fairytale properties. countryhouseweddings.co.uk
All dresses by Rosa Clará, celebrating 25 years of dreamy wedding gowns and evening gowns. rosaclara.es
Hair & make-up: Lauren Irwin, using Charlotte Tilbury make-up and Bumble and bumble. hair products; laurenirwin.co.uk
Model: Vanessa Jobb at Linden Staub; lindenstaub.com
Photographer’s assistant: Robert Chadwick
Flowers: Stemsations; stemsations.co.uk