Joanna wearing Halfpenny London Iris Rose

Q1: Which store did you visit and purchase your dress from?

Liverpool, from the moment we all walked in and met Lucy and saw the dresses I think we knew I was going to find my dress.


Q2: Which designer/style did you go for and what was the main reason for it being your winner?

Halfpenny…but it was such a difficult decision because I loved a Charlie Brear top and skirt and initially thought this was the ONE! Both Halfpenny and CB dresses were so pretty, delicate, vintage-esq and felt amazing when I tried them on. Both designer’s dresses made me feel like me!

After coming back for a trunk show and to try on the Charlie top and skirt again I spied the Halfpenny Iris Rose dress that was in store for another bride. The train on the Iris Rose is incredible and I totally fell in LOVE with the dress.

Q3: Did you have any accessories from us and how did you feel in your outfit on the big day?

I always knew I wanted a really long, double tiered veil (maybe because I love wearing hats and feel safe in a hat!?). For a while I contemplated a veil to match the shape of the Halfpenny train and edged in the same lace but eventually decided on a Helen Martin lace edged veil, and during my fittings had the length altered so it was about a foot longer than the dress

On the day I felt INCREDIBLE in my dress, super comfy, and didn’t want to take it off.

Q4: Did you have bridesmaids? If so how many and what did they wear?

I had two adult bridesmaids, my sister Emily and friend Lizzie. The girls wore dresses made from Liberty fabric, my sister’s friend made the dresses. I always wanted my bridesmaids to wear floral dresses and have dresses they would hopefully wear again.

I had 3 little flower girls, who wore dresses from Matalan and 3 page boys who wore John Lewis trousers (made into shorts), waistcoats and bow ties.


Q5: Did you visit many other bridal shops before ordering your dress with us?

4 other dress shops, 2 being vintage shops because I normally wear a lot of vintage clothes.

Q6: What advice would you give any prospective bride?

  1. Go with an open mind and try on as many styles as possible – it’s really fun and you never know what might suit.

  2. Make sure you feel true to yourself and comfy, lots of our guests commented that my dress was very ‘me’ but felt soooo incredibly special.


Q7: Did everything go to plan on your big day? If so/not tell us how or why?

I couldn’t find my pants in the morning but was so super relaxed it didn’t matter. I was very relaxed which meant I was a little late for the church – fashionably late.

Q8: Any other thoughts ?

Think about underwear when trying on dresses. My dress is kind of backless and I have big boobs so finding a good bra was tricky but the ladies at Betty and Belle in Altrincham were great.

I had my dress altered and the ladies at Boutique Alterations were amazing and made sure my bra, dress and veil all looked perfect.

Try on everything before the day, shoes and underwear to make sure you feel comfy.

Q9: Recommended supplier list

Photographer: Jessica Reeve Photography

Venue: Dorfold Hall, Nantwich

Flowers: Jill Bowen – my mum

Underwear: Betty and Belle

Seamstress: Boutique Alternations

Jewellery – all vintage, many items were family pieces. Rings and bracelet from Thomas Glover Shrewsbury.

Make up – Sally Poole – Mobile beauty by Sally

Hairdresser – Shelley Cox

Mission Drones – Drone coverage


(Images courtesy of @jessreevephotography)