My Wedding Dress

Maggie Sottero - Winifred

The perfect day deserves the perfect dress. Here’s how I found mine and why I loved it…

Maggie Sottero - Winifred

I wish I could wear it everyday

The first question people always ask me when it comes to my wedding dress is “How many did you try on before finding the ‘one’”?!

The answer? Atleast 30, probably more. Wish I had kept count.

I tried on princess dresses, boho dresses, dresses without straps and those with sleeves. When I walked in each wedding dress shop, I had a very precise wishlist and still left with something totally different. In my mind, I wanted something really bohemian, long lace sleeves, slightly flared, delicate lace and perhaps a low neckline. Every time I thought I had found this dress on the hanger, they didn’t work so well once on and then came plan B – go for something totally different to every Pinterest board I have ever made.

The dress I actually chose for my day was one of the first dresses I saw as it was in the window display. Slightly put off by this, I avoided it and it was one of the last dresses I tried on, after three shop appointments. I’m not sure how I knew it was “the one” but I just did. I felt comfortable and it suited my body, the lace had the ‘vintage’ element I was after and the high neckline made it quirky. My dress was by Sottero and Midgley (via Grace & Lace)

 I went for ivory because I didn’t fancy bright white and this was just a little more subtle. The neckline worked perfectly with statement earrings and the boho hairstyle I was after. Also, even though the dress had a very low style neckline, the lace kept this tasteful and well.. there’s not much there, so atleast it made them appear slightly bigger.

My biggest piece of advice for dress shopping is to be open minded. I have spoken to so many brides and they all go in a wedding dress with one idea, and leave with a dress that’s totally different. It’s good to have an idea of what you would like and of course, if you’re lucky sometimes they will have the exact dress of your dreams and it will work perfectly on you. However, sometimes (like me!) it isn’t always the case. It’s good to try on every shape, every colour variation and allow your mind to start from scratch.

Maggie Sottero - Winifred
Maggie Sottero - Winifred
Maggie Sottero - Winifred


Photography – Kathryn Hopkins | Flowers – Rebecca Avery | Dress – Sottero and Midgley via Grace & Lace | Shoes – Rachel Simpson (use the code tinytwisst for 10% off, valid until end of June 2017!) | Bridesmaid Dresses – Maya Boutique via ASOS | Groom & Usher’s suits – Moss Bros | Groom’s Shoes – Howick | Makeup & Hair – Amy Lawrence | Band – Jupiter Ray | Marquee Laterns – Complete Entourage



  1. 28th June 2017 / 4:12 pm

    You look incredible Laura! Everything about your dress is so gorgeous – shape, neckline, back, all of it! I’m not even engaged but this post made me excited about what future wedding dress I might end up with haha. Sophie xxx

  2. 1st July 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I absolutely love your dress on you, it suits your body perfectly and the lace is beautiful!!


  3. 4th July 2017 / 5:54 am

    That dress!!! You look absolutely incredible Laura! x

  4. 4th July 2017 / 11:27 am

    Such a beautiful dress! I love the neckline. Congratulations!

  5. 12th July 2017 / 10:35 am

    You were soo gorgeous bride!! The dress are absolutely beautiful. Honestly, I kind of hate those princess dresses with huge skirt. This style is much less usual and very tasteful.


  6. 22nd August 2017 / 2:47 pm

    My wedding dress was totally different to what I’d had in mind too. I tried all styles except strapless, just to see, just so I didn’t regret not trying them when I had the opportunity. I married at 39 and wanted something ‘age appropriate’. Something long but small, not too wide and definitely no train. I ended up with seven layers on a full skirt and a long train. I put it on and I fell in love, I felt amazing, it was the one. After that nothing else compared.
    I wear it around the house sometimes, it’s guaranteed to lift my spirits if I’m feeling down and I’ve worn it to greet my husband when he comes home on each of our two anniversaries. I hope I can still fit into it for many years.
    Your dress is beautiful, what a stunning bride!

  7. 1st November 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Gorgeous! The dress fits like a glove and the texture and design is so delicate and lovely. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing your story with us! Finding a dress so perfect is no easy thing!

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