Legend Bridal Designs is run by three awesome ladies who I’ve had the greatest time getting to know over the past few years of running Marry Me Ink. They even created a gorgeous gown for the Blog Awards last year and I got the chance to model another of their designs in October here.
We are Legend Bridal Designs – Charlotte, Rachel and Tracy. We are bespoke dressmakers designing and creating from our little studio in Blackburn. We have been described as eccentric and maybe that’s true. We definitely don’t fall into what you would typically expect of bridal shop owners; tattoos, piercings and variable hair colours abound. But that’s exactly why we do what we do… Not everyone has the same vision for their wedding and we GET it.
We are heavily influenced by myth and folklore. Fairytales are a magnificent source of inspiration and several of our collections have been based on particular tales; The Asrai, The Huldra and The Sidhe for instance. (The Sidhe, is the set we share with you today from a collaboration with ZT Photography)
Our styles and influences are constantly evolving through our own personal interests; For me (Charlotte) I’m naturally drawn to darker aesthetics where Rachel is much more colourful in her design. I guess this means we never fall into any one style. We find inspiration everywhere; the books we read, films we watch, the people we come into contact with and our friends all shape what we create and each of us have different tastes and strengths that means we really know where our brides are coming from.
It sounds obvious but our favourite brides are the ones who share our interests. It’s those brides that trust us completely to create something amazing and more often than not give us a pretty free reign in terms of creativity. There is nothing more rewarding than taking someone’s ideas and making them real but there is something pretty special about being allowed to run away with our ideas.
All three of us have tattoos; Rachel is the most tattooed with roughly 28. She is currently working on both sleeves – possessed seamstress tools on her left and macabre botanical on her right. She has so many ideas she can’t help work on several things at once.
Tracy has 3 tattoos, each quite nouveau inspired with beautiful scrollwork and I have a ¾ biomechanical sleeve and a gothic church inspired sleeve work in progress (plus 3 other smaller tattoos) oh and a Raven!
I’ve been married 10 years and I still love our wedding. We had a hand-fasting, which most of our friends and family had never heard of at the time. I also went against convention and wore black. Shocking at the time. I remember all the venue staff lining up to get a look. I honestly would change very little, however, if we were to plan it now we would probably choose a different venue. 10 years ago the choice of venues willing to let you have a hand-fasting ceremony was seriously limited and in some cases we were viewed with suspicion. I’m so pleased this is no longer the case.
What styles would we recommend for the tattooed bride? That’s such an open question that will totally depend on the bride; their style and their relationship with their ink. We LOVE to accentuate and work with any tattoos our brides have; adding details that mirror designs, picking up colours and tailoring their dress to emphasise their ink.
How gorgeous are Legend Bridal Designs’ dresses? As well as their bespoke dress service, they also have their own collections to choose from – starting at £800. I can honestly say that the dress taht was created for me was perfect – exactly as I asked and their studio and dress collection there is amazing. Be sure to book an appointment with Charlotte, Rachel and Tracy today!