Written by Melissa Woods
Images courtesy of Houghton
... In the form of HOUGHTON, an NYC based brand of handmade, ready to wear cool bride fashion that, thankfully, ship worldwide.
The brand was launched in 2012 by Designer and Creative Director, Katharine Polk, who, seamlessly blurs the lines between 'everyday' and 'wedding day' with her cool bride style designs featuring gowns and separates.
HOUGHTON embraces the fact that the current wedding market is changing as more brides want to dress with style.
The bridal collection offers something more accessible to the modern, fashion conscious cool bride who wants to be themselves on their wedding day.
Each piece is designed with style and comfort in mind using the finest materials sourced from around the world... extraordinary French lace, 100% silk, hand sewn embroideries, unicorn hair... ok, maybe not unicorn hair, but, you get the picture... ethereal materials aplenty.
Characteristically simple, each HOUGHTON design allows enough room to add your own personal touch... a cropped leather jacket, a statement necklace, your favorite pair of cons... whatever it may be, just be yourself!
I always felt like I could have worn my wedding dress again, a golden, 30's inspired, Jenny Packham number... to The Oscars or something?.. I didn't. I sold it... cos it was worth the price of a small island, but, a HOUGHTON piece could definitely be worn time and time again.
Taking the whole separates trend to a brand new level, HOUGHTON gives cool brides the chance to mix and match pieces according to their individual style.
The team are also on hand to work with overseas brides on customizing their orders without being able to come to the atelier (the wedding dress shop) in New York.
HOUGHTON are steadily earning their place on the top bridal designers list. As well as dressing cool brides the world over, HOUGHTON count Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson among their A List fans. Gowns that were designed with brides in mind have been donned at many a red carpet event, transitioning between occasions perfectly.
HOUGHTON is definitely one to watch for any UN-WEDDING girls seeking cool bride style on their big day. Find out more and see the full collection here.
Any NYC brides out there? I recommend you pop in for a spot of 'wedding dress up!' Help inspire others! If you know someone who will love HOUGHTON, please share this post!
All images courtesy of HOUGHTON.
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