I took a complete chance on this dress for my wedding. The designer Catherine Deane has a workshop not far from where I live and I'd booked an appointment with her to try on the dress, but they didn't have any in my size and I was on a 2-month deadline - no time to make one from scratch! I sent all my measurements to Catherine Deane and they gave me the exact size I should buy online. So without having tried on a single dress, I ordered this one. It was just perfect. So pretty, with just enough structure. Catherine Deane recommended a tailor in London. It was expensive - around Â£350 - but included altering the length and taking in the bodice as I had lost weight. I am 5'4" and there was no problem in taking the dress up, I was offered options of taking it up from the bottom or from the middle, and chose the middle in order to keep the cascade of flowers at the bottom complete. I'm so glad I went for it, it was just beautiful and made my day.
November 24, 2014
Outdoor dream wedding dress!
At first glance, this dress comes off as really romantic and feminine. Not really my style, but since I was at the store, I tried it on. I'm SO glad that I did!
The detailing on the dress is beautiful. From the lace flowers, to the subdued chevron, the illusion sweetheart neckline, the luxe charmeuse lining, and the buttons on the back... so many gorgeous details that I was not expecting at this price point (all without being completely over-the-top). It looks and feels "special".
I'm an hourglass/pear shape and 5'4". The overall fit is true to street-size and is perfect if you have a smaller waist. I only needed it shortened. Since I waited until nearly the last minute to take it in for alterations, I was worried that they would have to chop off all the big flowers (the flowers increase in size towards the bottom). I wore it with 4 inch shoes and my amazing tailor cut it so there was just the slightest train and was able save some of the big flowers!
I wore it for my summer vineyard wedding and paired it with the primrose hairpin, resulting in a relaxed, yet elegant look. Thanks BHLDN and a shoutout to the Houston and Chicago stores for helping me find the dress and accessories!
September 23, 2014
Most beautiful dress I've owned
This dress is absolutely stunning! I'd been admiring it online and it was even more beautiful in person. The beading is more intricate than it appears online and adds subtle texture, and the silk lining is soft and substantial. I received so many compliments on my wedding day - and more important, I felt comfortable and pretty.
I'm 5'9" and 140lbs, and a size 4 fit perfectly. As someone with a large chest and wide hips, it was a relief to find a dress that wasn't revealing and didn't require foundation garments.The length was perfect with 2 1/2" heels.
September 1, 2014
Gorgeous, fits perfectly!
This dress is incredibly beautiful and romantic! It's also well-made, comfortable, and light enough for hot weather, yet lined twice underneath the exterior skirt, so nothing shows through. It has removable straps underneath the blouson top-- perfect for dancing and even weight fluctuations. The size 4, my normal size, fit perfectly! For reference, my measurements are 35.5/27/38 and I'm 5'7". The skirt was a little long with high heels on, but only by an inch-- easily taken up at the waist or cut off the bottom.
My stylist at the Georgetown store, who was amazing, paired the Sian with the Cirque veil and pearl-petal halo on top. I felt incredibly gorgeous!
June 16, 2014