Alice Shreeve and Hannah Coniam-Thompson are the incredibly talented duo behind this award winning, Flirtatiously British, London based designer label. Fashion is at the core of the Belle & Bunty brand, and they bring this into the bridal world by combining glamour, modernity and romance to create unique luxurious gowns with a vintage inspired feel, perfect for a modern day bride.
|The Joni Dress|
Winners of the 'Bridal Designers of the Year Award 2013', Belle & Bunty's creations continue to inspire, with original and feminine designs featured in their Bridal Collection, as well as bold and beautiful pieces in their Ready-to-wear Collection.
Their position as one of the top bridal designers in the industry was confirmed again when they were selected as the Editor's Choice winner at the You and Your Wedding Bridal Retail Awards 2015, arguably the UK's biggest bridal magazine awards.
|The Luna Dress|
We wanted to find out more about this super successful duo and asked them to give us an insight into their world -
So, Alice and Hannah, talk us through a typical day in your life.
Well, no day really is ever the same!
|The Marlowe Dress|
Alice oversees all our production and sales and Hannah deals with the PR and marketing side of the business, and we both come together for all things creative. So we would usually start off with a morning catch up over a coffee and check in with each other to discuss and prioritise things with our team. Then Alice may go off to visit our 2 London sites where all our dresses are made.
We then may have fittings in our boutique or appointments showing brand new brides our collections. Hannah may have a Skype meeting with our PR agency to discuss upcoming events and press requests as well as working on blog content and collaborations and the social media side of the business - there is always time for an Instagram photo or 2!
We tend to design out of the office where we can have clarity of mind and really discuss new ideas we have, look at interesting fabric swatches and be generally creative. This maybe in a local coffee shop or in each others houses where we can concentrate on what we think our customers will really love.
Quite often we have lots of business meetings where we love seeing and discussing new opportunities for our brand or might be at trade shows researching and buying items for our boutique to sit alongside our collections so may then be out and about in Central or East London. We are always pretty busy!
|The Stevie Dress|
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
We generally find inspiration in anything and everything, inspiration tends to hit you when you least expect it!
Both of us are magpies and are constantly collecting images, fabric swatches and pull outs from magazines which are then attached to our giant mood board of a wall in our studio.
Living in London you are constantly inspired by day to day life and what you see around you. We like to visit exhibitions and museums for inspiration and look to street style also for unusual styling and new ideas.
Our last collection has a real 60's/70s retro feel which stems from our personal style and what we personally like to wear and style icons like Dusty Springfield and Stevie Nicks who we love.
We always strive for an effortless, laid back unfussy way of being glamourous with a slight flirtatious edge and portray this in the designs, models we choose and how the collections are shot and styled.
|The Pearl Top & Belle Skirt|
Describe a Belle & Bunty bride
Belle & Bunty brides can be all types of ladies but the common thread that links them is the fact that they want to feel unique on their wedding day and like themselves, but on a good day! Our brides are fashion conscious so love that we are initially a fashion brand doing bridal therefore have a slightly different angle on all things 'bridal'.
The bridal range stemmed from both of us getting married and designing our wedding dresses together. We both wanted a lovely dress that felt luxurious, was fashionable without being too over the top and was comfortable to wear.
This carries across to all our designs as we only use 100% silk fabrics, even for the linings, and design simple and elegant dresses where the bride can really put their personality onto the dress with how they style it and the cutting of the panels within the designs flatter and shape the body without the need for heavy boning.
Being able to comfortably dance and have fun on their big day seems to be a running theme with Belle & Bunty brides!
|The Brooke Top|
You can see Belle & Bunty at our 2016 show, so treat yourself to tickets now and make sure you don't miss out!
Until then pay them at visit at:
Photography by Media Light Bulb - www.medialightbulb.com
Hair and make up by Victoria Percival - http: