Steve and I are having two weddings. Our main, soul wedding will be conducted by a Humanist celebrant. However, at present, a Humanist wedding has no legal status in England. So we will also have a civil marriage ceremony in the Register Office in Exeter.
I already have a beautiful ivory silk gown to wear at our soul wedding and have been looking around for a dress for our civil ceremony. Do you know sometimes when you set off searching for something – a new house or a piece of furniture or curtain fabric – and the very first thing you look at seems perfect? And you think, ‘No, I should look a bit more, maybe there’s something even better out there. I shouldn’t be impulsive’. But you know deep in your heart that you really don’t need to look any further.
Well, this happened with my civil wedding dress. We went to a lovely clothing boutique in Chagford where I tried on a dress and matching jacket designed by British mother & daughter team Paddy Campbell. Their ethos is to design and make chic, elegant, beautifully detailed, impeccably finished ‘clothes to love forever’. Most of the clothes are made in United Kingdom, so that every stage of the design and production process can be controlled, and ensuring that everything is made to the highest standard.
The shop Susan at Number Ten is owned by Susan Powell. More than just sell beautiful clothes by great designers, Susan endeavours to bring elegance to the heart of what she does. This quote is from her website:
“Elegance is about the way you treat people and about a certain generosity, the right kind of generosity with a dash of humility” – Dita von Teese
Well this dress and jacket are exquisite and seem to have been made for me. I did go out to Exeter and tried on a few other dresses, but this ensemble was The One. Plus I’ll be able to wear it on many other occasions.
The cut away jacket is made from a fine soft fluid wool crepe with matching satin silk trim on the jacket lapels, turn back cuffs and a rose over the button.
The bracelet length sleeves can be worn down or turned back to reveal an elegant notch at the back.
The lace shift dress is lined with cream satin and has cap sleeves and a pretty silk bow at the vee of the neck.
All I need are a pair of bone pumps to complete my outfit!