New romantic bride – our autumn/winter fashion story

New romantic bride – our autumn/winter fashion story
The new romantic spirit in bridal is all about fluid fabrics, romantic silhouettes and whimsical details. Our shoot captures the magic, on location at Bourton Hall. Connie dress, £1,850; Rosa Clará

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

Photography: Roberto Aguilar. Stylist: Antonia Kraskowski

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

The Savana dress features a princess cut and flowing train

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

Savana has a fine lace bodice with a modern-graphic twist

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

Romantic and lightweight, Eire is a modern classic

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

Eire’s flattering cinched waist is highlighted with a belt detail

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

Helena is a dreamy full-skirted style with sweetheart bodice

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

Lovely floral trails make this a romantic choice

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

Apollo offers boho details with elegant cut and fabric

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

Apollo is a new romantic choice

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

Alessia is a timeless style with fine lace

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

Discreet lace dresses the bodice and feature sleeves of Alessia

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

Eire, as shown on our A/W cover

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.

All dresses by Rosa Clará, celebrating 25 years of dreamy wedding gowns and evening gowns.

Photography: Roberto Aguilar;; @photoaguilar

Stylist: Antonia Kraskowski;; @antoniaesque

Hair & make-up: Lauren Irwin, using Charlotte Tilbury make-up and Bumble and bumble. hair products;

Model: Vanessa Jobb at Linden Staub;

Photographer’s assistant: Robert Chadwick

Flowers: Stemsations;

12. New romantic fashion story: Contacts

Connie dress by Rosa Clará, from £1,850. Pearl choker, £110 by Astley Clarke


Astley Clarke:

Daisy Jewellery:

Emily Mortimer:

Jimmy Choo

Sophia Webster

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