Off the shoulder short wedding dress

An Off The Shoulder Short Wedding Dress

Gem & Jonny got married in August 2019. Their wedding was held in St Agnes Cornwall which is nestled in north Cornwall. Their ceremony was at St Agnes Parish Church and they had a Marquee at Newdowns Farm afterwards. Gemma picked an off the shoulder short wedding dress which was ideal for their summer wedding.

A Polka Dot Dream Wedding Dress

Gemma came to Cutting Edge Brides boutique with the desire to try a tea length wedding dress. Having tried full length dresses she had realised that look wasn’t for her. She also loves polka dots so naturally she would choose Arizona by Rita Mae.

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In my head I always saw myself wearing a tea length dress on my wedding day. I tried a few full length dresses but they weren’t for me.

The wonderful layers of tulle make this a soft and romantic feeling short wedding dress. The Bardot off the shoulder short wedding dress has large polka dots on the bodice which continue onto the full 1950s style skirt.

Arizona by Rita Mae

I adore polka dots, so finding a dotty tea length dress was perfect!

Rita Mae is a British Wedding Dress designers that specialises in stunning alternative short wedding dresses. Their range comes in a variety of shades and lengths so there is something for every bride to be.

off the shoulder short wedding dress

They [Cutting Edge Brides] made the experience feel special, I didn’t feel rushed and they just knew how to find the right dressed based on my style and taste!

Jonny wore a navy three piece suit and a spotty tie to match his bride. Gemma carried a full bouquet of wonderful summer blooms. She had her hair in a low bun with a short veil to complete the look.

A Ceremony to Remember

During the ceremony the Best Man misplaced the wedding rings in a secret pocket! So there was a little scrambling around to find alternatives to get them through the ceremony. Gemma wore her mother in laws ring and Jonny borrowed the best mans. The rings were happily located after the ceremony.

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It was a really funny moment (perhaps not for the best man) and lifted the spirits in the church even further and everyone was laughing

Wearing an off the shoulder short wedding dress allowed Gemma to stay cool throughout. So she could move and feel relaxed whatever the situation.

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I am so glad I chose a tea length dress as it was fun, quirky and different from a lot of the typical wedding dresses you see!

A Stunning Backdrop

Gemma originates from Essex, Jonny is from Cormwall and they live in London. So their families uniting together in such gorgeous surroundings was a special moment.  They took the opportunity to have photographs taken at Wheal Coates, which is an old Cornish mine. This meant climbing ruins and getting some great shots in the process.

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The cutting edge team were amazing, they really wanted to help me find the right dress.

Wearing a tea length wedding dress meant that Gemma didn’t have to worry about her dress. She could move freely and their photographer Ashley Hampson  got some stunning shots. The sun shone and made the spots on Arizona dazzle in the brilliant light.

An Evening to Remember

For their reception, Gemma changed out of her shimmery heart shaped Rainbow Club court shoes, into a pair of white trainers. This meant she could let loose and twirl the night away on the dance floor.

Bride wearing Arizona short wedding dress

Overall though it was just an amazing day

Alternative Off The Shoulder Wedding Dress

If you are looking for your perfect wedding dress, we’d love to meet you. Every bride has a unique experience and solely focused on them. There is the opportunity to try as many dresses as required and no pressure to buy on the day.  So please do contact us to see if we can help you…you can even book your appointment online now.

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  • Photographer – Ashley Hampson 
  • Florist – Wedding Flowers in Cornwall
  • Hair – Hair by Emma C
  • Make Up – Penny Pascoe 
  • Venue – Newdowns Farm
  • Marquee – Absolute Canvas

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