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  • Love Me Love My Wedding Presents – The Leonie Claire Bridal Collection

    Have I got a treat in store for you today! There are loads of super talented bridal gown designers out there just waiting to pair you up with your perfect wedding dress-the choice has never been better. One day I am going on a road trip to visit bridal boutiques across the land and try on all the sumptuous designs on offer out there but until then I will have to be content to share visions of loveliness like the Leonie Claire Collection I have on the blog today.

    Luxurious fabric, flattering, glamorous designs, photographed to perfection by the fabulous Andrea Sarlo. With a background in professional photography myself, I danced a little jig round Love Me Love My Wedding HQ when this little lot landed in my inbox. Andrea is a photographer with a natural eye for creating glamour and sophistication through her images. Deceptively simple imagery with flattering posing, a stylish setting and alluring hair and makeup styling and best of all, the dresses are named after one of the great loves of my life……

    So this really is a match made in heaven. I am handing over to Andrea to tell us all about the images and the gowns that inspired it…….


    Leonie Claire teamed up with Andrea Sarlo Photography and The Make Up Box Studio on a photo shoot to launch the new exclusive Leonie Claire Bridal Collection.

    Leonie Claire – The History

    Nestled in the heart of the pretty Montpelier region of central Brighton, Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique showcases leading designer labels in bridal design including Claire Pettibone, Temperley Bridal, Suzanne Neville, David Fielden, Raimon Bundo & Justin Alexander. The boutique is owned and managed by Leonie Claire Lawmon, a First Class Fashion Design graduate with over a decade of training in bridal couture and retail. Leonie was trained by British bridal designer, Caroline Parkes, and uses her expertise in cut and fit to ensure her brides look immaculate on their special day.


    Andrea Sarlo Photography is a leading creative force in the South, specialising in Wedding, Portrait, and Corporate photography. With over 25 years in the business, Andrea provides beautiful and enchanting images to all her clients, with her reputation having taken her as far afield as Europe and to the United States. Photography is a true art form and Andrea’s eye for capturing special moments has been honed over many years. Come rain or shine, Andrea’s camera lens will always be in the right place at the right time, ready for those special moments that will be savoured for years to come.

    The Style of the Collection

    After listening to her customers Leonie wanted to produce a collection that was easy to wear, effortless and yet utterly glamorous. The capsule collection consists of 8 styles (named after classic cocktails) all made using the very finest silk satin crepe, lace and chiffon in ivory, warm champagne and silver tones. The style is reminiscent of the 1920s with fluid lines; delicate beading & bias cut skirts.


    The photo shoot for the collection took place at Hotel Du Vin in central Brighton. The setting was perfect because there were so many different back drops all under one roof. Andrea and Leonie worked together to plan and select the very best positions within the building to create a different story for each gown.

    Day of the Shoot

    At the crack of dawn, with a water tight shoot plan in place, Leonie met with Andrea and the team from The Make Up Box Studio to turn gowns, accessories and creative ideas into a story. Rhona, the model was just perfect for the shoot. She was a ballet dancer so knew just how to carry herself and create the stunning fluid lines to complement the gowns and style of the 1920s.

    Make Up Box Studio created 2 looks for the day. The first was a gentle, romantic, pretty look with natural make up tones and rosy lips. They created an up do full of curls to keep the look elegant but still soft.

    The Gowns

    The back drop for ‘Panama’ in soft corded lace with a full circular silk chiffon skirt was our Hotel Du Vin suite. Rhona is wearing ‘Mimi’ shoes by Rachel Simpson, which complement this vintage styling to perfection.

    They shot ‘Panama’ with cap sleeves and a short skirt outside using a pretty vintage parasol to capture the fun spirit of wearing a short wedding dress.

    ‘Amarose’ with matching veil edged in beaded lace was staged in the gardens of the hotel. This gown glistens with iridescent crystals over a soft silk crepe lining.

    The ‘Mimosa’ gown is made in heavy silk satin crepe with a stunning guipure lace. The cut is simple and elegant but the high front neckline into a low V back gives the gown a modern feel. Local milliner Natasha Filleppi created the most incredible bleached peacock feather skull cap for use in this scene.

    The ‘Vesper’ gown in silk sand washed crepe and delicate beaded floral tulle has soft draping over the front and a plunging low back to reveal the lace. With a full circular skirt and no train it is fabulous to move in. The divine deep purple velvet sofa in the hotel reception was used to stage this moody yet cosy scene.

     Make Up Box Studio changed Rhona’s look for a sharper more dramatic feel. Her hair was let down but the 20s style wave kept in place. Her eye make-up features slate grey and a deep burgundy matt lip colour. Her foundation was applied using an air brush so her flawless pale complexion was retained.

    ‘Reims’ with the stunning diamante belt is an elegant silk jersey gown that crossed over the bust line and pleats at the side. It has the perfect mix of casual but glamorous. Photos were taken in the balcony bar of the hotel.

    ‘Blenheim’ in silk chiffon with silver applique detail combines draped pleating with bias cut softness. The high halter neck with keyhole detail is complemented by the split opening in the back of the gown. Blenheim has a stunning circular train that is detachable.

    ‘Havana’ is our headline gown. The gown is pictured in silver using a Sasso feather stole, from Leonie’s boutique.

    The ‘Bellini’ gown is the bias cut statement. Again in the heavy silk satin crepe and seen here in the beautiful champagne colour this gown is sexy and stylish. The addition of a hand beaded Swarovski crystal and pearl chain down the back of the gown makes a simple gown a statement gown.

    The Service

    A bride who chooses a Leonie Claire gown will have a full made to measure service. This is included in the price of the gown. All of the gowns are fully made in house by the expert seamstresses that Leonie has worked with for many many years.

    Leonie and her team are currently working on new gowns to add to the collection, which will be launched in the New Year.

    Thankyou so much to Leonie Claire Bridal and Andrea Sarlo for this fabulous collection of gowns. I predict a trip to Brighton in my future 🙂 Which gown is your favourite ? If you would like to share anything wedding related on the blog, please get in touch. After all it’s your blog so get involved. Bye for now, Jenny.

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    5 Responses to “Love Me Love My Wedding Presents – The Leonie Claire Bridal Collection”

    1. avatar @andreasarlo says:

      @lovemelovemywed >still thrilled! thanks guys! http://t.co/xpStxgEI

    2. Thank you for the beautiful post!

    3. avatar Keith says:

      Wow !
      Absolutely gorgeous gowns and equally gorgeous photography and styling

      Great work everyone


    4. avatar @andreasarlo says:

      @lovemelovemywedding lovin’ the blog http://t.co/64PPEYnw thanks! it’s important to show professional photography to all prospective brides!

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