A Visit to our Belgravia Neighbour Louise Kennedy

Neill visits his Belgravia neighbour, Louise Kennedy, and shares with us her latest collection of exquisite bridal gowns along with the wedding flowers and bridal bouquets they inspire.

The ‘Oriana’ Fine Silk Georgette Bridal Gown with Finely Pleated Upper Bodice and Swarovski Encrusted Empire Trim €3995

I would like to dedicate this wedding story to Louise Kennedy, fashion designer renowned for her exquisite bridal gowns.  I have had a long standing admiration for the exquisite designs of my neighbour in Belgravia.  Also Irish, Louise's couture techniques resonate with my own floral aesthetics and I was particularly inspired by her latest bridal collection.

The “Alaia’ Ivory Swarovski Encrusted Bridal Gown €5995 inspires classic, noble flowers such as the Rose.

Delicate Chantilly lace was the starting point for the collection as well as the timeless elegance of the 1930s.  It’s an era I also admire; its décor and designs lend themselves to statuesque pedestal arrangements as well as delicate blooms such as Lily of the Valley, Ranunculus and Spray Roses.

The ‘Caroline” Fine Lace Ivory Bridal Gown with Beaded Sheer Upper Basque €4995 could be paired with a bouquet of pure white Lily tulips in the spring season capturing the pointed edges of the gown.

Detail of the Beaded Sheer Upper Basque of Louise Kennedy's bridal gown "Caroline"

Detail of the delicate train

You can see the attention to detail with which Louise has embellished this 10 gown collection.  The ‘Poppy’ fine lace bridal gown with scalloped neckline is a particular favourite as is the ‘Zarah’ with a Swarovski encrusted V neckline.

The ‘Poppy’ Fine Lace Bridal Gown with Scalloped Neckline €5995 suggests white Ranunculus with their many layers of fluffy petals.

The ‘Zarah’ Ivory Silk Lace Bridal Gown with Swarovski Encrusted V-Neckline €5995 dictates to me delicate spray Roses in different shades of ivory, apricot or very pale pink.

Constructed in two parts, this gorgeous gown features a fine lace upper bodice and lower pleated skirt, composed of pure silk georgette, each panel is intricately adorned with finely encrusted bugle beadwork.  It’s contemporary as well as classic and it’s this delicate balance which I also adhere to in my floral designs.

The ‘Kari’ Swarovski Encrusted Fine Lace Bridal Gown €7995 demands the magnificence of a full Carmen Rose.

Detail of 'Kari'

The ‘Karlie’ Silk Bridal Gown with Swarovski Encrusted Upper Basque €3995; pure refinement with the graceful line of Calla Lilies in almost any colour.

Also echoing my bespoke approach to weddings, Louise joins brides on a journey to create something truly special. “Irish brides are very discerning and when they attend their first appointment they have done their research and know what is available,” Louise told me and having overseen weddings for several Irish brides I can endorse this sentiment entirely.

The ‘Sissi’ Silk Georgette Bridal Gown with Pearl Starburst Encrusted Bodice €3995 invites the spiky texture of white Frilled Tulips or a bouquet of Roses with soft, grey foliage.

The ‘Sophie’ Ivory Silk Bridal Dress with Swarovski Encrusted Upper Basque €5500 welcomes the textured heads of white Hydrangea.

If you’re in Dublin you should visit her flagship store and Bridal salon at 56 Merrion Square.  This Georgian square is a great starting point to the city as is a coffee stop at the neighbouring Merrion Hotel, which I know very well.

The ‘Phoebe’ Lace Bridal Gown with Beaded Peplum Detail €4995 harmonises beautifully with Lily of the Valley, the perfect match for lace.

The ‘Phoebe’ Lace Bridal Gown with Beaded Peplum Detail €4995

Detail of 'Phoebe'

And if you're in Belgravia on West Halkin Street, you can pop into our boutique to enjoy our gorgeous blooms before going next door to gaze at these fabulous gowns.  Bespoke, beautiful and yet non-traditional, I defy any bride not to find a dream dress amongst this collection.  I would pair with a bouquet of delicate Lily of the Valley to complement the lace and beadwork as the final touch….

Florally yours,

Neill x

Bridal bouquet of Lily of the Valley designed by Neill Strain