Exude an aura of romance on your wedding day in a gown that resonates with relaxed elegance and projects an image of exciting, effortless beauty. To celebrate their 30-year anniversary, renowned bridal design house Watters re-branded their unique and inspired collection of Love Marley wedding dresses under a new name as the Watters Willowby label. These irresistible wedding dresses exemplify Bohemian chic combined with vintage inspiration. This label is perfect for brides seeking a romantically flowing gown or bridal separates that showcase insouciant charm and a breezy, uncomplicated look. This collection is designed with modern weddings in mind and the dresses are ideal for beach weddings and destination weddings, garden ceremonies and intimate venues. Madame Bridal introduces this fresh contemporary collection which will seduce your groom as you walk towards him epitomizing poetry in motion.
Watters designed their Willowby wedding dresses collection for the non-traditional bride, and while the bridal gowns may incorporate traditional elements, they are combined with cutting edge details. The collection plays with mixed fabrications, the whimsical placement of lace appliques and incredible touches such as hand beaded embroidery and tonal cutouts. Watters have a reputation for soft and flowing dresses that feel romantic and dreamy. With Willowby they continue this tradition while including dresses with clean and simple lines, showstopper gowns and separates that veer to the dramatic.
Ideal for Destination weddings, the Willowby silhouettes are contemporary, favoring figure flattering simply fitted and A-lines over fussier ball gowns and trumpets. The collection incorporates the timelessly popular empire waistline for flowing silhouettes. Fitted silhouettes are effortlessly sensual, softy flowing A-line silhouettes will melt his heart, while fit and flare silhouettes offer smoldering charms.
The wealth of fabrics chosen is a veritable delight, and the mix of fabrications helps to create a clingy and flowing silhouette in each dress. Stretch underlays are utilized to fabulous effect as seen in the graceful lines presented by dresses designed in georgette over stretch satin, sequin lace over stretch charmeuse, illusion tulle over stretch satin, crepe over stretch satin, cotton leaver lace over stretch charmeuse, and Zuzu, Sarana and Bellisima lace over stretch satin. Other stand out fabric combinations that create amazing silhouettes include Shell lace over silky charmeuse, soft net over poly knit and lace over charmeuse. Single fabrics are used too and the collections showcases gowns and separates in stretch satin, net, Chantilly lace, Heirloom lace, tulle, blossom beaded tulle, Mouselline silk chiffon and re-embroidered lace. These lightweight fabrics are a pleasure to wear and feel slinky and sensual against the skin. Brides in Willowby can experiment with sultry and subtle shades of color that flatter hair and skin tones to perfection. In addition to white many dresses are available in ivory and oatmeal, almond and champagne, off-white, porcelain pink, nude and antique.
The founder and lead designer of Watters is the acclaimed Vatana Watters and one of her signature touches is the stunning yet discreet embellishments she is famed for. Her inspired touch is evident throughout the collection in exquisite embellishments such as rose lace appliques, Swarovski crystals accent Alencon lace appliques, floral lace appliques and soft scallops, creating a garden image on the gowns. Other beautiful adornments that catch the eye are beaded embroidery, delicate gold threads and dotted embroidery. Grosgrain ribbon and Deryn are both used as trims and pearl and fabric covered buttons add the finishing touch to the back of the gowns. Vatana Watters has the inspired gift of creating very feminine dresses that appeal to brides attracted to a look of innocence with a twist of sophistication. Her designs introduce an element of surprise with open backs and illusion side midriffs. Always passionate about her craft, Vatana Watters takes inspiration from vintage stores and current catwalk trends, while retaining her love and affinity for favorite designers Christian Dior and Givency that most influence her.
Brides who wear Watters Willowby bridal gowns recognize the distinctive look as one that vibes with their free spirited nature. They are happy to make a break from the conventional and opt for something refined yet refreshing. This collection is deceptively simple as the fine attention to even the smallest detail is always respected. This attention is evident in the precious details featured on illusion backs and necklines, on shoulder straps, bodices, waistlines, skirts and hemlines. The confident bride will love the deep plunge of the necklines, the unconventionality of halters as a wedding statement, daring open backs and enticing cutouts.
Watters Willowby styles bring bridal fantasies to life and are individual enough to stand out. There are alluring portrait backs, modern racer backs, and enchanting semi-open sheer lace backs. Beaded spaghetti straps span the shoulders, vying for your attention with illusion lace straps, double spaghetti straps, delicate cap sleeves and three-quarter length illusion sleeves. There are strapless gowns which bare the shoulders and necklines galore that include sweetheart bodices and V-necklines, off-the-shoulder necklines, illusion bateau and scoop necklines. Skirts are softly gathered, tantalizingly tiered, fitted to cleave and given extra volume with lace or net godets. The fabrics glide over one another fancifully in skirts that flow fantastically into sweep or chapel trains. Soft scallops trim necklines, backs and hemlines, sometimes finished with eyelash trim. Ephemeral delicacy meets daring is an alluring combination that gives the Willowby bride such a unique image.
Oftentimes brides are pressured to conform to traditional wedding dresses. This collection is for the bride that knows her own mind and her own style, and refuses to be bound by convention. It is no surprise that the collection places models in flower strewn outdoor settings as the free spirited Willowby bride will feel at one with nature and the beauty of the elements. These dresses may not be appropriate for the more modest requirements of cathedral style weddings but are designed for the bride that is relaxed in a natural environment. This label plays to a love of vintage, Bohemian and festival, allowing these tastes to be celebrated. The simplicity of these contemporary styles ensures that they will remain classics that will not date. If you choose a wedding dress from this label to celebrate your love you will look fresh, youthful and radiantly gorgeous. The photographs of the day will convey the happy tone of the event and will forever preserve in celluloid the magic of the occasion and your bridal beauty.
Watters always have a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and were one of the first design houses to appreciate the appeal of bridal separates. Tops and vests are cut to subtly show off the midriff and are paired with dreamy skirts. Brides can opt for a mix and match look or pair tops and skirts that were designed to go to together. Separates are a great choice for destination weddings as they offer the versatile option of creating different looks that can be worn after the wedding on the honeymoon. Tops can be paired with other skirts, shorts or pants, while skirts can be worn with a variety of other tops including bikinis. This offers both versatility and affordability as more usually a wedding dress is only ever worn on one occasion. Imagine the memories you will recreate in your husband when he sees you wearing your wedding top again on your next vacation in the sun. Separates are a great choice for an impulsive elopement where traditional formality is thrown to the wind.
Watters Willowby wedding dresses are the ideal choice for brides that are uncomfortable with some of the pomp and ceremony associated with very traditional weddings. If such a formal occasion is just not for you then you will love the more informal appeal of this lines romantic whimsy. It lets you be true to yourself in a wedding dress that is easy to wear and expresses your natural personality. Willowby is all about femininity, romance, and understated elegance with a superb fit. If your fairytale vision of your wedding day is above all free spirited you will fall in love with this collection and be inspired to follow your dreams.