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Lily Stodel

Dress Bespoke

Photographer: Colin Ross
Florist: My Lady Garden
Venue: The HAC
Hair: Samantha Nathan
Make-Up: Abbi Rose
Videographer: Dan Dolan Films
Second Photographer: Benjamin Higgins

We are dedicated to making sure our brides feel at ease and enjoy their dress journey as soon as they walk through the door. With the help of our London team Lily created a bespoke bridal look that is what wedding dress dreams are made of. Lily’s gown is a combination of two styles with a few extra special details including hand sewn pearls, blush tulle and detachable sleeves, perfect for dancing the night away.

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Sassi Holford real bride Lily wearing bespoke Sassi Holford wedding dress

What was the inspiration behind your wedding?

The inspiration behind the wedding was always for it to just feel like us, relaxed but full of colour, love and happiness. It felt very whimsical with lots of pink flowers and fairy lights. The flowers perfectly complimented the blush of my dress and my dress was perfect  to dance all night which is exactly what I did.

What made you choose Sassi Holford?

I first came across Sassi’s dresses in The Wedding Shop. I had seen a lot of dresses that day and didn’t really feel like me in any of them, the last dress I saw was a pink ombré dress from Sassi and I just fell in love. I immediately booked an appointment to go to the shop where I was able to create a bespoke gown with the team.

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Sassi Holford real bride Lily wearing bespoke Sassi Holford wedding dress

How did you find creating your bespoke gown with the Sassi Holford team?

Creating my bespoke dress with the team was the most amazing experience. From the second we arrived Sanda and Amrita made me feel very special and the process was very collaborative. We literally had three dresses all draped around me at one point to create the ideas of what I was imagining.
I was also lucky enough to have one appointment with Sassi herself and it was very cool to see how she works and to hear all the ideas behind her designs.
Planning a wedding during a pandemic was very hard and at times really disheartening. The only part of the wedding planning that never felt stressful or sad was coming to Sassi Holford. I was always going to have this dress whether it was a big or small wedding and so the experience is something I will treasure forever.

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Sassi Holford real bride Lily wearing bespoke Sassi Holford wedding dress

What was your favourite moment of the day?

My favourite moment of the day was the Badekin. This is a Jewish tradition which happens before the ceremony where the groom veils the bride and it is the first time we see each other on the day. It is also a tradition not to see or speak to each other for a week before the wedding day which makes this moment so much more emotional and special. All our immediate family and bridal party were in the room with us and the Rabbi, together with our parents, gave us a blessing. We felt like we had so much to say to each other; it was a really lovely and exciting way to start before the ceremony. After what had been a year of postponements and worry, this moment felt so surreal and was pure happiness.

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