Pockets in My Wedding Gown Please!


Some people may think it sounds weird to want pockets in a wedding gown, but this is exactly what our client Angela requested when we began designing her wedding gown.

Some of the larger bridal designers such as Paloma Blanca, Caroline Castigliano and Stephanie Allin are adding these elements to some of their designs. A perfect solution to where to put that lipstick or tissue!


Angela opted for a corded lace over silk dupion with a small and delicate cap sleeve.


 I loved designing this gown and I think you’ll agree, the pockets looked fabulous!

Many congratulations on your wedding day, Angela. Lots of love x

Destination Wedding – Canada.

Our client, Lyla had a little hick up before our meeting at the studio. She’d chosen to have her gown made , but had chosen to take the alternative route let’s just say not in the Uk! I had a general idea of what style had been an inspiration when she brought the gown to show me, but as we sat discussing the alternatives, pieces of the guipure lace daises were simply dropping from it as we spoke!

Lyla chose 100% silk with a silk organza overlay for her t- length gown. Beaded and sequin motifs adorned the bodice with a gorgeous heavy scallop trim at the neckline.  The tiered petticoat was built into the gown.

For her something blue, Lyla chose duck egg colour, to die for heels which totally rocked the finished look.


I hope you’ve had an amazing wedding and all the very best for your new life in Canada!

Destination Wedding – Amalfi Coast.


The incomparable beauty of the Amalfi Coast  with it’s picture postcard fishing villages and breathtaking scenery is the perfect location for a destination wedding. That’s where our client Helen chose to marry.

Fabrics are the optimum choice when considering a destination wedding and with it’s Mediterranean climate of warm summer sun, natural fibers are the perfect choice. Helen chose a t- length gown of 100% silk and a soft corded lace. A perfect vintage diamante brooch sat perfectly pinned to the tied sash. Beautiful scallop lace at the hemline and a button back added the finishing detail to her gown.

I’m sure Helen will have had the most amazing time cruising the coastline after the ceremony. Many congratulations Helen.



Helen at the studio for her final fitting.

Destination Wedding – Tuscany

“Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making…”

Wedding gown shopping has got to be the most exciting part of your wedding planning, but when considering a destination wedding it should come with some gown considerations.

Consider your venue, country and setting and especially the temperature!

Lucy’s wedding in Tuscany was going to be warm. She didn’t have to contend with a sea breeze (so if thinking of a veil, consider it being whipped about during the ceremony!) but did have to think about the temperature at the castle in the countryside.  Fabric choice was of considerable importance so we chose a silk dupion for the body of the gown with a very soft and light Chantilly lace overlay.

The lace was cut wider from below the knee allowing it to fall into gentle folds and even with the internal corset, Lucy was very surprised at how very light the whole gown was. Perfect for the warm Tuscan afternoon! The back of the gown was cut into a keyhole and covered buttons cascaded down the whole back. A simple satin belt with hand made flowers of silk dupion and organza completed the look. A delicate diamante button added just a hint of sparkle.

The completed gown in the studio

Below are the gorgeous images of Lucy wearing her gown. My favourite has to be the image of her sat at the stone arch window. I also adore the parasol!

“Hi Linda, we are married, back from Italy and back to reality!

We had an absolutely amazing wedding and soooo many lovely comments on my dress so thought id drop you a line and send a few pics so you can see the finished article. Hope you like them, thanks again for everything I was really happy and the dress made me feel extra special,

kind regards Lucy Nugent (was Taylor) xx”


Thank you so much Lucy for thinking of me and sending over these images of your very special day. It was the greatest of pleasures to be part of it.


Prom! The formal, black tie gathering has become a major culture for secondary school students and one I’m sure sends young girls into frenzies of sheer panic. Is the dress right? Does my hair ‘go’ Fake tan? Spray tan? False nails? Aaaggghhh!!

I’m sure ‘Prom’ has become more popular over the years following the influence of US TV shoes such as, My super sweet sixteen and has young girls rushing out to buy their perfect prom dress!

It has been said that Prom is the most important event in a young ladies life. Many would argue their wedding should be, but the truth is, you only get to do prom once! I think my daughter and many other young girls have been planning for this moment from the moment they hit secondary school!

Recently, I was swelling with pride and  could not wait to see my daughter, Ellie and her prom date, Josh dressed to the nines in their chosen attire at around 6.30pm that evening. My daughter had spent months trawling through ideas for her chosen gown, deciding on colours and how she should wear her hair once the design was finalized.

The final design choice was made using a silver sequin on mesh fabric over a grey, crinkle taffeta and silver grey tulle. Crystal embellishments finished the neckline and an abundance of net petticoat held the skirt in place. Nude-pink suede and diamante shoes from Dune along with a beautiful jewelled comb from HF Couture completed the look.

Josh hired his black suit, but has a bespoke bow tie and cummerbund in soft grey silk dupion. I actually walked in to the room the night before to find him sat on the floor wearing a face mask. Yes, both him and Ellie were already prepping for the big event!

Ellie’s gown and Josh’s accessories No 9 Bridal Couture

Photography James Melia  Please contact James for details.

Hair and make up Jo Bilham  Please contact Jo for details.

Comb headpiece HF Couture

Mercedes SLK AMG  driven by a very good friend of ours. A huge thank you Lee.

Brides Be Aware.

I’ve heard a lot about off shore purchased frocks recently. A few I’ve seen bear some kind of resemblance, but that’s about it!

This gorgeous gown, Blue by Enzoani, was ‘copied’ by an offshore bridal company. It promised the use of best quality fabrics and beaded lace.

Below was the result. The client was disappointed and I can’t say I blame her.

It appears the hoop is visible through the dress which draws attention to the interrupted flow of the skirt and detracts the eye’s attention from the overall effect of the dress. (this could be corrected with the use of a net petticoat)

I don’t feel the distance between the corset at the top is adequate. It should be about 5”.

Today I received a phone call from a client who’s friend is having issues getting her money back on her non uk purchased wedding gown. I was sent a few images of the gown which included pen marks and black ‘dots’ all over it. The image below was included.

I’m not exactly sure what has been stitched into to the applique. Looks a little like a dead bug!

So, as always, when purchasing from a non reputable wedding supplier, you pays your money, you takes the chance and it’s an awful job having to deliver a professional opinion to an already distraught bride.

Whether inexpensive or costly, the dress must be fit for purpose. Fit for purpose with a wedding dress will include all the practical things like wearable without falling apart, nice pristine, clean garment etc, but may also include unspoken expectations that matter to the bride but would be different things for others, eg. one bride may want a luxurious gown which will be the dress of her dreams which she intends to store as a keepsake, another may just want a dress for the ceremony and some photos and doesn’t attach any emotional significance to the dress.

I think you have to weigh up what you think you’ve been sold and what you have been.  Basically, do you feel you’ve got what you paid for?

The one thing I have heard for sure is. Getting your money back is an extremely hard task. Can you really afford to lose £250? Could go towards a rather lovely pair of shoes!

Bespoke Wedding Gowns.

With the start of a new week, I’ve decided to treat you to a little eye candy and feature a few wedding gowns we’ve designed for clients over the past twelve months. After our vintage shoot with Rob Booker, requests for vintage wedding gowns hit an all time high for us and the trend is set to continue. However, we have been asked to create gowns of all shapes and sizes (which has included a Royal wedding guest among our clientele) using various silk fabrics and exquisite laces.

Some of our clients can be found on our website, but for many more images of our current work, chat and things I like check out our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter. @no9bridal

Wedding gowns in silk Dupion

With ruffles and roses.

Corded lace wedding gown.

Corded lace with added sparkle.

Spot organza T-length wedding gown.

 Silk Shrug wrap.

Chiffon Wedding gown.

Chiffon and lace.

Chantilly lace.

Slender Corded lace and crepe.

Traditional in Duchess Satin

Vintage with red petticoat.

Vintage in lace

From vintage to modern or a little Titanic inspired in beaded lace.