On a crisp November evening, beneath the historic arches of The Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall, Freya Costello and Simon Lack exchanged vows in a ceremony that perfectly blended tradition with contemporary elegance. The wedding, held on November 16, was a tapestry of love, Jewish heritage, and modern sensibilities, creating an atmosphere that was both intimate and grand. Their story, a journey from a chance meeting to a lifetime commitment, was celebrated in a setting that echoed their deep connection and shared values.
My journey to finding the dream dress was wonderful. I visited three bridal shops: Jenny Packham, Alice Temperley, and The Own Studio. Although I tried on several dresses, it was at The Own Studio where I found ‘the one’ – a sleek and modern Satin Halter dress, which I paired with a Silk Chiffon Cape for a wintery look.
I had a clear idea of wanting a classical, modest, and modern dress. But the final choice was a surprise! It wasn’t one of the dresses I initially shortlisted, but its sleek silhouette and modernity captured exactly what I was looking for.
Choosing the dress was more fun than stressful. While it is a significant decision, the process felt natural and exciting, especially when I found the perfect dress that resonated with my style and winter wedding. Also, it’s not often you wear a beautiful white gown, so I feel like any bridal dress is an upgrade from the everyday and getting to try lots on was an enjoyable experience.
The Style Support
My mum instantly loved the dress at The Own Studio and seeing her reaction made my decision a lot easier. I didn’t share it with many people as I wanted to keep it a surprise.
I chose my accessories for their classic and timeless appeal. Pearl drop earrings with diamond detailing lent to me by my mother-in-law, and a simple diamond bracelet, lent to me by my sister-in-law. My shoes were ‘Harriet Vegan Ivory’ heels from Emmy London, which I cannot recommend enough, they were so comfortable! I danced all night and didn’t take them off.
The Evening Look
I did not change in the evening as we had an evening wedding. The chosen dress was comfortable and versatile enough to carry me through the entire celebration, from the ceremony to dancing the night away. However, a couple of weeks earlier we went to sign our legal papers at Old Marylebone Town Hall with our families, and for that I wore the white ‘Tux Forever’ suit from Me & Em paired with white Jimmy Choo heels.
The Second Day Outfit
We had a family shabbat dinner on the Friday night and I wore the navy Mari Satin Midi Dress from Ghost.
Advice For Brides
My advice to future brides is to stay true to your style. Don’t get swayed by trends or opinions if they don’t resonate with you. Comfort and feeling like yourself are key. Also, be open to surprises – you might find your dress where you least expect it.
Favourite Photo Of The Dress
My favourite photo is one captured under the beautiful oak tree, lit up with mini lanterns. The dress, with its elegant silhouette and the ethereal cape, looked magical.
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