“For the dreamers of dreams and the starry eyed; for the wanderers and adventurous. For the beautiful, mysterious, the wild and free.”
Legend Bridal Designs is no ordinary bridal shop. They don’t design ordinary wedding dresses. This is for the free-spirited bride, the independent soul, the bride whose imagination soars high, the bride who knows what she wants. The unique bride who wants her wedding day, her way!
Snuggled away in the Lancashire countryside of Great Harwood is a special place for brides, who want something truly special to wear on their wedding day, with an extra special team of living legends whose talents for designing and crafting is a little bit magical!
Based on myth and folklore, ancient tales of Gods and Goddesses, the gowns designed by Legend Bridal Designs are named after goddesses and deities, celestial beings and immortals to make you feel like a Goddess on your wedding day. They are ALL about celebrating who you are and allowing you to embrace your inner heroine – to be your own kind of Legend!
Their bridal studio is located in the Old Bank in Great Harwood Square, the unassuming front door doesn’t give any clue to the emporium that is waiting for you but as soon as you walk into the shop you immediately feel a warm welcome. The room is large and airy with high windows which make you feel ‘safe’, with no pressure of being seen from the outside and its only when you notice the rails of dresses along the walls that you realise you have just walked in to a wonderful, wonderland of whimsical and totally stunning wedding dresses!
Charlotte has a quiet confidence about her that just puts you at ease and when she starts to talk about her dresses you understand her passion for creating amazing designs, her love of fabric and realise that she will ‘get your vibe’ and design a wedding dress that will go way beyond anything you could ever of dreamed of.
You can’t help but want to touch the dresses, the layers of fabric are beyond amazing and everytime to go we feel like we have just walked into a bridal version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – there is so much to take in, we want to try everything on, we want to get married again just to wear one of these stunning dresses – you really will be like a child in a sweet shop!
As you can probably tell, we are absolutley fascinated with their dress designs so we asked Charlotte how she gets her inspiration and how she creates such stunning designs:
How do you come up with the designs ie is it based on brides personality, her theme, things she likes etc?
The development of a bespoke design is a complete collaboration with the bride. Sometimes the bride knows exactly what she wants and we just have to capture those ideas into a sketch and help choose suitable fabrics. Sometimes the bride has several ideas; thoughts on the overall vibe and feel and maybe preferences in colour etc. but doesn’t know how those ideas fit together. In this case we use our sample dresses as starting points to discover what does and doesn’t feel right and work on bringing ideas to life from those preferences. And sometimes the bride only knows what they don’t want. This might seem like the most difficult starting point, but it’s just as useful and easy to develop a design knowing what direction not to go in.
What was the inspiration behind the dress in the shoot?
All our collection designs are based on Goddesses, deities and immortals. The dress in the shoot is Persephone from Greek mythology who is both Goddess of Springtime and Queen of the Underworld. We wanted to create a dress that was exceptionally feminine and fit for a princess, but also dark and daring and befitting the wife of Hades.
How long did the initial design take and how long to make?
For us, when we are creating for our own collection, there is no set route to designing a dress. Very often we have an idea we want to test out, a piece of lace we’ve been coveting or we’ve been thinking about better ways to achieve a certain look. In most cases the design evolves as we go; adding layers and removing elements until it feels right. Persephone was one of those rare occasions where we had an idea of a design and the result stayed pretty true to the original sketch. In that respect the initial design took very little time to develop. In contrast, Persephone is one of the most complicated designs in our collection. A single layer of tulle ruffles for instance requires over 30m of hairbraid edging and there’s more than one layer of tulle to sew hairbraid to. I would guess that Persephone took about 6 weeks to create all together (when consolidated together).
What material was used for the dress?
We used delicate floral French Chantilly lace to creep over the skin coloured satin bodice and swathes of finest black Italian tulle to create the skirt.
Do you make everything by hand?
Yes, we do everything ourselves in our studio in Great Harwood, from design and development, pattern drafting and grading, to cutting, sewing, embroidery and embellishment. Between our little team we have over 60 years experience in couture techniques and have helped thousands of brides feel amazing on their wedding day.
If you want a wedding dress designed just for you, to reflect your personality, a dress like no other …. then these real life legends are the bridal company for you!
Companies involved in the above photographers are:
Dress: Legend Bridal Designs
Photography: Vicky Dubois Photography
Venue Dressing: Wachadoin Events
Venue: Bliss Hotel Southport
Headpiece and Bouquet: Maddision Rocks Floral Sculpture
Make-up: The GlamBunny Make-up Artist
Stationery: Prim & Glad Bespoke Wedding Stationery