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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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Gate Street Barn – A Luxury Barn Wedding Venue in Surrey…

Gate Street Barn, nestled just outside of Guildford in a little village called Bramley, is nothing short of perfection. As a venue it has everything and as a team, they have everything covered to make your day unforgettable.

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

The main barn where you can have your civil ceremony and it’s quite frankly exquisite. A truly magnificent barn that is perfect for couples looking for a little rustic glamour. There is a glass conservatory that has been lovingly added to the main barn, leading out to a courtyard area which is truly quaint. There are other buildings dotted around the courtyard including the main office space that is so in-keeping with the style of the property, you would think it was a little annex. There is also a wonderful cottage where guests can stay overnight to extend the celebrations. It is utterly charming and has a very traditional style.   

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Back to the main barn….

The vast size of the barn allows for a really fluid and private celebration. When you hire Gate Street Barn, you take the whole property. This means no restaurant, no public bars and no hotel rooms. It is an exclusive hire making the celebrations all the more intimate and personal. When it’s time for a drink post-ceremony, guests move through to the beautiful bar area, clad with luxury wood and a light and bright conservatory space that joins the bar and main room. This is a gorgeous place to relax and admire the rolling fields behind the property.

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Time for dinner…

Head back to the main barn where as if by magic, your tables are dressed for dinner. Gate Street Barn has several options for catering and you will not be disappointed with any of them. From Kalm Kitchen to Just Jane, Tandem to Rhubarb, the team at Gate Street have picked some of Surrey’s finest catering companies to cater for their guests’ culinary whims.

Party time…

Drinks are flowing, celebrations are in full swing and It’s definitely time to put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor for some epic moves and photos! As the barn is an exclusive hire, your guests are free to mingle, relax in a quiet corner or chat by the bar in total privacy. The only thing left to do is grab a glass of wine and something to eat from the evening snack bar.

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

Photo by Fresh Shoots Studios

We are so proud to be one of only two recommended bridal boutiques for Gate Street Barn and offer fun and unique appointments for our brides in a relaxed and no-pressure environment. We have a gorgeous collection of dresses that fit the theme of Gate Street that we like to describe as ‘bohemian glam’. Taking earthy tones, playful materials, floral applique, interesting patterns and truly unique wedding dresses that fit with the luxurious yet rustic nature of the venue.

We have created a gallery below of our favourite bohemian style dresses that we think go perfectly with Gate Street Barn. For more information on this beautiful Surrey wedding venue or our bridal shop in Dorking, simply head to our website and get in touch!

All photos of Gate Street Barn were provided by one of our favourite Surrey Wedding Photographers, Fresh Shoots Studios.

Hannah & Team