Fashion changes, as do wedding dress trends, but a long sleeve wedding dress will always have a special place in our heart. They can be embellished or left sheer and EVERY bride we see wearing one looks extremely elegant. Real bride Rachel's is a particular beauty with applique detailing matching the bodice of her Rime Arodaky wedding dress. Ready to take a look? Thought so!

Wedding Venue

We wanted a relaxed English country wedding, in a traditional Church within walking distance to a modern period property, where guests could relax and stay for the weekend. As soon as we saw Cowley Manor, we knew it was the venue for us, ticking every box; the beautiful calm countryside mixed with the modern interiors. As soon as we booked the venue I started to think about the creative side of the wedding; the styling and of course the dress!

Rachel & Carl

Long Sleeve Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton revived the long sleeve wedding dress trend when she married Prince William back in April 2011, and it's been going strong ever since. But instead of going for a traditional gown like the Duchess, real bride Rachel wanted a dress that felt like her. Cue the 'Blair' Rime Arodaky wedding dress with long sleeves, stunning applique detail and sexy front split. Add the addition of a bespoke veil and Tilly Thomas Lux headpiece and earrings, and you have pure bridal goals and finesse.

Inspiration & Styling

I designed all of the stationery for our wedding, they were printed on thick matt card with touches of green, pink and copper foil. This helped to set the tone for the wedding. Close family friends kindly printed the stationery. The flowers and décor were really important to us. We met Esther from Rebel and the Rose, and she completely understood our vision for the day. What she created in the Church and the Manor was beyond our wildest dreams.

Rachel & Carl
Rachel and Carl spent a long time searching for their photographer. They first came across David’s work through a wedding blog, and after their first conversation with him, they knew he was the photographer for them. He made them feel completely at ease, capturing the most beautiful photos of their day. If you're looking for a photographer to capture moments you can treasure forever, search our handpicked supplier directory, The List, for lots of talented suppliers near you.
Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

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Venue : Cowley Manor | Florist: Rebel and the Rose | Cake: Cherish Cakes | Entertainment: Holly De Viller | The Wedding Smashers | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Wedding Veil: Jessica Bennett Bespoke | Bridal Shoes: Mui Mui | Jewellery: Tilly Thomas Lux | Hair: Julie Thompson | Makeup: Poppy Tallulah | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jessica Bennett Bespoke | Grooms Suits: Kent & Haste, Savile Row | Grooms Shoes: The Shoe Snob | Ties & Pocket Squares:

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