It’s that time of year when lots of lovely new and newly engaged brides, discover Love My Dress for the first time. It thrills me to remember those exciting early days of wedding planning of my own, entering a whole new world of design, creativity and anticipation.
We enter a whole new world of inspiration, imagery and visuals when we start planning a wedding, but I’m well aware that mainstream wedding imagery can often feel at odds with the diverse and inclusive messaging around positive body image that I strive to deliver through Love My Dress. So it heartens me when designers like Kate Beaumont make a genuine effort to demonstrate how beautiful, flattering wedding dress designs can look on women of all sizes.
Kate Beaumont is an incredibly talented bridal designer based in Sheffield, Yorkshire in the UK. Kate creates understatedly beautiful, ethical bridal gowns the kind of which I, and so it seems, many of our lovely followers, completely adore.
I got chatting with Kate recently about her beautiful wedding dresses, and her passion for dressing beautiful curvy brides in sensuous, flattering bridal designs. Kate’s own words follow.
Wedding Dresses for Fuller Figures
As a very small business making an expensive product, it’s always been difficult to absorb the high fabric costs and time needed to make multiple sizes in sample dresses, meaning that up to now we’ve always just had one size of every style in the studio.
Obviously it’s impossible to make a sample size that works for everyone – for some brides the dresses are too small, and for others they’re too big, and it can be equally challenging to get an idea of how a dress will look on a smaller or larger frame.
This new photoshoot showcases some of our existing designs that work brilliantly on fuller figures. We’ve tweaked the design details on some of the styles to show off different possibilities – altering necklines, changing sleeves, and sometimes creating a new colour or fabric combination.
We’ve raised the low backs on some of the gowns too, to show how they work for women who’d prefer to wear a supportive bra on the day.
People have occasionally told me that they love my dresses but felt that they only work on smaller women, which I’ve always completely disagreed with. Kate Beaumont
On our Viola gown (pictured below) we made up some extra pairs of sleeves to demonstrate five different options – lace, puff sleeves in organza and satin, long organza with a satin cuff, and a three-quarter silk poet sleeve.
The beauty of having a dress made for you is that it can be created just as you’d like it to be. Making design changes to our dresses is something we already offer to our brides, but hopefully having a few more options available to see and try on will help people to visualise what’s possible.
As ever, I keep all dresses in the collection until there’s a reason to remove them (if they’re not selling, or if I can no longer get hold of a particular fabric), rather than endlessly reworking designs in the name of newness. Kate Beaumont
I wanted this shoot to follow the same theme as previous ones, so that it would sit alongside the other images seamlessly on the website – just as we’ve not created a separate curve collection but tried to highlight how beautifully our dresses can look on all bodies. Our Ukrainian model Olha was such a great choice for these pictures, she perfectly understood the soft look I wanted, and looked incredible in every outfit.
Florals from Swallows and Damsons were magnificent as always, and helped tie this shoot to previous ones.
Made in England
Our gowns are all designed and handmade by my small team of makers and me, in our Sheffield studio. Our workspace is split into two – a showroom for appointments and fittings with brides, and a workroom where we make every one of our dresses.
Brides and their guests always love the fact they get a glimpse into the making process when they visit.
Every dress (and separate piece) on the website is exclusively available to try on in the Sheffield studio. Brides can make an appointment online or get in touch with any questions.
We’ve also added a stunning selection of accessories too, which can be viewed in person at our studio, or in the new online store. I’ve included pieces that I truly adore from British designer-makers, styles that look stunning alongside my dresses and would work beyond the wedding day or make gorgeous gifts too.
How Much Do Kate Beaumont Dresses Cost?
The price of every piece is up on the website, so no unexpected budget-busting surprises. Gowns range from £1,260 to £2,940, with most sitting between £2,300 and £2,700. All fittings and alterations are included, and the only time we charge additional costs are for making changes to a dress’s design.