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The Best Bohemian & Alternative Wedding Dresses in Surrey

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It’s no secret that in our boutique we like a bit of colour and dresses that have a little bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ about them. Colours, patterns, textures - it’s all good and all very welcome in our Surrey bridal shop. When we first decided to launch BRIDE by Aster in spring 2018, we knew that we wanted to have a great variety of dresses. All shapes, textures, colours, patterns. Designers you have never heard of from all over the world who don’t necessarily follow the bridal trends.

If I’m honest, my personal style is more bohemian, floaty and whimsical, but I have such a massive appreciation for design and adore ballgowns and mermaid dresses alike. Here are a list of my TOP 10 BEST BOHEMIAN WEDDING DRESSES currently available in our Surrey bridal boutique.

In no particular order, here we go…

EVELYN

EVELYN is a dramatic trumpet lace gown in a stunning shade of nude with a beautiful contemporary vintage style lace covering the whole dress. Her detailing is exquisite and she is formal yet relaxed, romantic, soft and truly striking. EVELYN by Modeca can be dressed up or down, but we love her for a boho wedding in Surrey, with rustic flowers and a symphony of colour.

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ESMEE

One of our most dramatic wedding dresses in store is ESMEE by Modeca. She is a magnificently unique wedding dress in shades of ink black and layers of ivory, complimented with navy blue lace applique. Her overall effect is sometimes navy and sometimes grey; that’s the beauty of her, you can never quite tell! The lace applique are made from exquisite sculpted birds as well as romantic florals. If you want a statement wedding dress, ESMEE could be the one!

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ATHENS

The true meaning of ‘boho’ comes out to play in our gown ATHENS by Anny Lin. She shimmers and moves like a fairy, has the most uniquely detailed bodice we’ve ever seen, and has the most delicious lace skirt that floats in the breeze. Her skirt and bodice have a layer of champagne tuille to add warmth and colour and to make the delicate lace stand out in ivory. Not convinced? She comes with signature see-through pockets! Game. Set. Match.

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FLEUR

Fancy making an entrance to end them all? FLEUR is your dress. Stiflingly beautiful in an abundance of pink and purple florals printed onto a raw silk skirt, FLEUR is finished off with a hand embelssihed bodice and skirt using Swarovski crystals. Her bodice has visible corsetry which is bang on trend, and her sheer back is perfection. She has a super long train and packs the ultimate fairytale punch!

Patrick Nied Photography

Patrick Nied Photography

Patrick Nied Photography

Patrick Nied Photography

ELEANORA

A favourite wedding dress in our Surrey based bridal shop is ELEANORA. She is a quintessential fairytale ballgown in shades of pink, blue and ivory, giving her an overall shade of lavender. She has floral appliques accented with shades of champagne, salmon and petrol blue and has so many delicious layers of the softest and most indulgent tuille, she could very well be fattening.

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DEMETRIA

Floaty, feminine, understated, a little bot of lace, no sparkles and totally dreamy, DEMETRIA by Modeca is the epitome of bohemian elegance. Throw on a flower crown and a pair of fabulous boots or sandals and you’re ready for the aisle! DEMETRIA has gorgeous lace straps, a sexy plunging neckline, exquisite low back and a beautiful sheer lack waistband. The pleated chiffon is hopelessly feminine and chic and she is one of our favourites!

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EMMA

One of the most delicious colours for a wedding dress in 2020 is mocha. It is rich, warm, romantic and so bohemian I could cry. EMMA by Modeca has large lace applique detailing and a fitted lace bodice over a delicious mocha gown. There are two layers of lace adding another dimension to this intricate gown and it’s train is understated and so elegant.

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EVA

Long sleeves, pink, lace, low back…..EVA by Modeca is a bohemian dream come true! She is a stunning shade of mink below her layers of warm ivory tuille and is detailed with pink, champagne and ivory applique flowers. She has a plunging mink bodice that is discreetly covered with the most delicate lace and her back plunges to a deep V to reveal a little skin.

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ARIEL

Another totally unique Anny Lin creation, ARIEL is truly one of a kind. She sparkles in a shade of champagne, has the most glorious back detailing I think I’ve ever seen on any dress AND she has wings! For a truly unique, totally fairytale wedding dress, ARIEL could be the one for you!

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EDEN

EDEN by Modeca has an altogether vintage bohemian feel. She is effortless, chic, glamorous yet totally relaxed. Her incredible elbow length sleeves are pure indulgence and her unique patterning make her one truly to be rivalled with. Make EDEN vintage with a gatsby style headpiece or truly bohemian with a savage flower crown!

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Hannah's Favourite Barn Venues in Surrey & Sussex...

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Barn venues continue to go from strength to strength in popularity. Year in and year out, barns dominate the wedding industry for their charm, their style, their ability to be relaxed yet formal - it’s safe to say, barn wedding venues aren’t going anywhere!

As a Surrey based bridal boutique on the borders of West Sussex, we have our fair share of barn venues right on our doorstep. We are recommended at several of them, but there really are so many options for couples to choose from. A barn could be super rustic and utterly charming a la ‘barn dance’ vibes. It could be a restored barn with slate floors, swanky lighting and a real modern feel to it.

For our future brides and their partners, we have put together a list of the best barn wedding venues in Surrey and Sussex to make your search a little easier.


SURREY

GATE STREET BARN

One of the counties most popular barn venues without doubt, Gate Street benefits from being a dry hire barn with a preferred partners list, giving you the choice of catering companies. Choose your style of catering to fit your wedding brief and build your day from the ground up. Quaint and charming from the outside, with a unique blend of traditional and contemporary inside. The extended bar area is exceptional and the features speak for themselves.

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GILDINGS BARN

Rustic, traditional and utterly charming, Gildings Barn is undeniably one of Surrey’s most loved barn venues. Built in the 1990’s in an historic fashion by the current owners father who studied the archaic techniques of building traditional barns (he nailed it by the way) this barn has everything you could want for a rural and relaxed celebration.

Photography by Paul Fletcher

Photography by Paul Fletcher


BURFORD BRIDGE

One of few barn venues to benefit from a large hotel adjoining it’s striking interiors. Nestled at the base of the famous Box Hill, Burford Bridge has a unique interior with a stunning fitted bar area with sofas for evening lounging. Inside the barn, dine under original beams taken from the Spanish Armada in the 11th century. Truly a piece of history in our very own beautiful countryside.

Photography by Shooting Hip

Photography by Shooting Hip


THE TITHE BARN (ok, so technically this is Hampshire but it’s too friggin’ beautiful not to include!)

The Tithe Barn nestles under beech hangers close to the South Downs Way at Old Ditcham Farm, on the border of Hampshire and West Sussex.

The hamlet of Ditcham dates back to Saxon times. The lands were given to the Abbey of Durford by the Lord of the Manor of Harting in 1273.

The Barn appears and disappears from maps over the centuries and the origin of the present building is shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that the Barn was originally of cruciate form, and it has been returned to this condition.

Photography by Paul Fletcher

Photography by Paul Fletcher


BURY COURT BARN

There is a wonderful intimacy about Bury Court Barn that provides the individual atmosphere for a truly special wedding. The main oak-beamed barn is so versatile it can make a small wedding feel at home and yet, for a larger wedding, it can accommodate up to 180 for a sit-down meal.

Jacaranda Catering Company offer a range of delicious menus. They are fully licensed so Jacaranda can run you a pay bar or you can provide all your own drink, whatever suits you. They are licensed for Civil Ceremonies so it's possible to enjoy your whole day under one roof. A beautiful ceremony followed by champagne and canapés with photos in the gardens.

Photography by Lynsey Grace

Photography by Lynsey Grace


LOSELEY PARK

Loseley House is situated in 1,400 acres of glorious rolling countryside, just 3 miles south of Guildford in Surrey. You will approach the House along a mile long winding driveway passing beautiful parkland. The view then opens up to the truly magnificent Elizabethan Mansion surrounded by well-kept lawns.

Steeped in a history stretching back over more than 500 years, privately owned Loseley Park is tailor-made to make your day special. Loseley House offers the panelled Great Hall, a magnificent backdrop for civil ceremonies and the elegant Drawing Room. Receptions are held in the 17th Century Tithe Barn which is also licensed for ceremonies.

The spectacular three acre walled garden is based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll and a perfect location for Celebrant ceremonies, reception drinks and wedding photographs.

Photography by Divine Day Photography

Photography by Divine Day Photography


HIGH BILLINGHURST FARM

If you’re looking for a luxury high-end barn, with the ultimate wow-factor, then High Billinghurst is for you. This barn venue, new to the market, has just about everything including a flexible list of reputable catering companies, an old barn for ceremonies and new barn for receptions, stunning gardens, a beautiful terrace and courtyard (perfect for evenings al fresco) and facilities for camping - this is the ultimate weekend wedding venue!

Photography by Married to My Camera

Photography by Married to My Camera


SUSSEX

BROOKFIELD BARN

One of West Sussex’ most loved venues, it’s impossible to find something unlovable about Brookfield. The stunning waterside ceremony area, the incredible new bridal prep-suite, the quaint exterior or the charming light, bright and contemporary interior. Brookfield should be top of your list in your Sussex search!

Photography by Craig Payne

Photography by Craig Payne


PATRICKS BARN

Beyond charming and rustic, Patrick’s Barn is run by the awesome and sustainable caterer, Garden Chef. Their grounds and spaces are truly quaint and you can even have your reception amongst the haybales under the traditional roof of the old working farm as an option for your day if you want something slightly different. A great non-conformist and super quirky option for the modern and playful couple!

Photography by Justine Claire

Photography by Justine Claire


BARTHOLOMEW BARN

Set amidst the rolling Sussex Downs, Bartholomew Barn is a refurbished Grade II listed barn. A haven of tranquility with contemporary features, it’s the perfect setting for your romantic, countryside wedding.  The barn has been fully restored using authentic materials yet has a modern and tranquil atmosphere. This is a very versatile space, providing a light and airy setting for your wedding reception, and is able to cater for intimate groups or large parties. In Spring, the woods behind the barn are carpeted with bluebells and the pretty courtyard gardens are full of colour year round and perfect for your wedding photographs.

Photography by Barry Page

Photography by Barry Page


CISSBURY BARNS

Set high on the South Downs and completely shielded by woodland you will find the stunning Cissbury Barns. For over two hundred years they have been at the heart of our sheep farming in Sussex and they are now transformed into a unique and stylish wedding and events venue.  There are two large barns, one fronted by a lawned garden and the other by a beautiful patio. The adjacent open fronted lambing pens are now the much loved and popular bar and lounge area. There is even a Petanque court for boules. Bespoke large doorways allow light to flood into the barns and connect all the spaces. 

Photography by Sara Reeve

Photography by Sara Reeve


UPWALTHAM BARNS

These traditional Sussex flint long barns are perfect for a relaxed country wedding and are set in the South Downs National Park next to the historic Goodwood Estate and are just half an hour from the coast.

Lovingly restored, Upwaltham Barns is family-owned and exudes a warmth and friendliness that has made it one of the most popular wedding barn venues in West Sussex. The atmosphere is delightfully friendly and relaxed. The wedding venue is yours exclusively on the day so you can relax with family and friends in your own secluded country idyll.

Photography by GK Photography

Photography by GK Photography


GRITTENHAM BARN

Grittenham Barn is a traditional stone Sussex barn with breathtaking views over the South Downs.  It has been immaculately restored and features a stunning central fireplace.  Grittenham is set in the heart of the West Sussex countryside between Petworth and Midhurst.  The site predates the 17th Century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.  The barn, farmhouse and outbuildings are Grade II listed and this beautiful property is set in stunning gardens with a lake, orchard and woodland. The barn seats 120 people comfortably or 250 standing. 

Photography by Amy B Photography

Photography by Amy B Photography


FITZLEROI BARN

The magnificent Main Barn has stood proudly on the farm for over 400 years and in that time has had many agricultural uses but is now exclusively available to you, to celebrate the biggest day of you life!

The barn held its first wedding almost twenty years ago. The day was so spectacular that it inspired the then bride to open the venue to others, so they too, could enjoy the wonder of the barn and the surrounding countryside.

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PANGDEAN OLD BARN

Pangdean offers an intimate and atmospheric function venue set against the backdrop of the rolling South Downs.  At the heart of our working farm lies our magnificent oak-framed Sussex barn. Built in 1720, the Old Barn has been lovingly restored to offer you a unique wedding or function venue that is exclusively yours for the day.

Photography by Hayley Rose

Photography by Hayley Rose


SOUTHEND BARNS

Southend Barns is absolutely breathtaking from start to exquisite finish. Use their restored dairy barn for a beyond stunning ceremony, or say your nuptials al fresco and saunter down their incredible 50ft aisle overlooking the alpaca fields!

The stunning 200-year-old Threshing Barn with contemporary polished concrete floor and original wooden beams provides a beautiful setting for evening receptions. The space is completely flexible, allowing you to choose from many different layouts for your wedding breakfast. The maximum capacity for a sit-down meal is approximately 140 guests, which can be achieved with a variation of different table sizes and styles. 

Photography by Real Simple Photography

Photography by Real Simple Photography


FARBRIDGE

Once an old dairy, now beautifully restored, Farbridge nestled in the rolling downlands of the South Downs National Park, a quiet oasis of natural beauty. From summer warmth to autumn colour to winter cosiness, inside meets outside with bright, flowing interiors and beautiful vistas. A secret garden, a sun-lit courtyard, a smaller barn for the ceremony and dancing, a larger barn for drinks and sit-down meal: you choose how your day unfolds for up to 150 guests seated.

Photography by Fiona Kelly

Photography by Fiona Kelly

Written by Hannah Mac Lennan x