An Overseas Wedding & a Unique Vintage Style Wedding Dress

When Audrey and John got engaged whilst watching the stars, little did they know that their wedding plans wouldn’t go so smoothly. In that moment they had promised to continue their adventure together and oh what an adventure a wedding in lockdown could produce.  We were able to get her stunning unique vintage style wedding dress to her in time too.

The couple had originally planned to marry at the JC Raulston Arboretum in North Carolina, USA but Covid19 had other plans for them. In fact the couple got all the way to their Plan G option which still resulted in a joyful ceremony. They ended up marrying at a friends home located with stunning views at Lake Anne in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Short Wedding Dress Search

Looking online, Audrey and her matron of honour were focusing on unique wedding dresses. Something that would be simple and classic, a throwback to another era. They came across the Cutting Edge Brides website and fell in love with one of our unique vintage style wedding dress designs

Unique vintage style wedding dress

I had no idea what the dress would look like but knew I would know when I saw it

The short wedding dress Audrey chose was the beautiful lace Mae by Timeless Chic. This is a classic style tea length wedding dress covered with lace and a drop satin waist band. Audrey wanted her back and arms covered and the beautiful lace on the dress gave her the coverage that she needed. The lace sleeves fell just over the elbow and have a delicate scallop to them which is matched on the hem of the dress. The back of the dress has a button up detail to finish the total look.

Real Wedding overseas wearing a short wedding dress

I was searching for a “unique dress” for an afternoon garden wedding – something simple and classical – like Audrey Hepburn stepped into the room.

Timeless Chic is our in-house wedding dress range that mixes traditional styles with a modern twist. These short wedding dresses are unique to Cutting Edge Brides and favoured by lots of brides to be (& been included in the hit TV show ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’).

Unique Vintage Style Wedding Dress

The timeline of the wedding meant Audrey couldn’t fly over to the UK to try the tea length wedding dress. There wouldn’t have been enough time to get a custom made wedding gown in time. So instead she sent us her measurements and chose to have an off the peg wedding dress. Our seamstress checked the dress over and we shipped it off to America. Once it arrived, Audrey had a fitting with a seamstress to make sure that everything fitted well.

unique short wedding dress at cutting edge brides

John wore a navy suit and his tie picked up the colour palette the couple had chosen. Purple and blue were chosen from their favourite colours and Audrey echoed this in her pretty flower crown. She chose a pair of simple heels to go with her wedding dress. Audrey carried a stunning bouquet of spring flowers in deep purples and there were lots of flowers dotted around the venue.

Real wedding during lockdown

I have always loved the dresses from the 1950s and 1960s. The Mae Tea Length Lace Short Wedding Dress with the drop waist was an updated version

A Lockdown Wedding with a Difference

As well as the bride wearing a unique vintage style wedding dress, the couples whole wedding was unique. They live streamed their wedding to their guests so that they could all still stay socially distanced and safe.

Mae wedding dress by Timeless Chic - real wedding

The length was perfect for a garden wedding – ease walking around with a little flare when dancing.

The couple incorporated lots of important details into their wedding. From the invites which had their wedding colour scheme and the night sky to having the hand fasting cord in their colours and incorporated John’s heritage.

unique vintage style wedding dress on our real bride audrey

Although this is not what we had originally planned – it was a wonderful ceremony that brought joy to many in addition to the bride and groom. A very momentous occasion! 

Cutting Edge Brides

We are one of the UK’s leading short wedding dress suppliers with lots of unique vintage style wedding dresses.

If you are a brides to be we’d love to meet you at our Bexley Wedding Boutique so contact us by email or book online. If however you aren’t able to get to us, we have lots of other options. So give us a call today and see how we can help you find the perfect short wedding dress for your big day.

Cutting Edge Brides

01322 521 000


Photographer: Brian Mullin Photography,

Videographer: Sean Junqueira

Florist: Flowers by Gary (flowers and head piece)

Hairdresser/Make-up: Friend and local hairdresser, Gail Markland (moving back to London end of this year)

Minister: Rev. Neusom Holmes from Unity of Triangle

Wedding assistants/coordinators: Cindy and Shelly (close friends in Wild Women group)

Jewelry: Vigari Jewelers of Raleigh

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