Binky Felstead’s two wedding dresses: Made in Chelsea bridal stylists reveal the real reason she traded in her traditional gown for Liz Martinez’s bohemian gowns.
Ancient Made in Chelsea star Binky GangresteadDestination wedding is what many girls would dream of, from sunny Corfu to her two beautiful wedding dresses.
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The adoring mother-of-two has already admitted HELLO! that she was plan to wear a different wedding dress than the two dresses she was photographed in for her second wedding to Max Frederik Darnton on July 23, 2022 – but why did she change her mind? And what did her original dress look like?
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We spoke to Ella-Louise Gaskell, co-founder and CEO of PS bride, the company responsible for helping Binky find her dream boho outfits. From her celebrity friends’ opinions to the tweaks she’s made to her see-through dresses, keep scrolling to see all the secrets behind Binky’s gorgeous bridal looks…
To follow her civil ceremony at Chelsea in 2021, which saw her wear a Halfpenny London slip dress, Binky chose bohemian outfits that would work in the hot weather of the Greek island of Corfu. The 32-year-old was pictured arriving at the White House in Kalami by boat in a corseted dress by Liz Martinez, featuring a strapless neckline, a structured bodice with embroidered details and a tulle skirt.
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The bride swapped a traditional dress for her transparent and bohemian dresses by Liz Martinez. Photographer: Sandra von Riekhoff/Divine Day Photography
“I felt confident and very ‘me’ in it,” Binky exclusively told HELLO!. She added: “When I first tried it on, I already had what I thought was ‘The Dress’, but I hadn’t had the feeling I had with this dress, with any of the others. .”
When asked how Binky changed her mind, Ella said, “We had long discussions about whether we should stick with that original dress or choose a new one. The original dress was much more traditional. , with a fuller, embellished A-Line skirt. V-neckline in front.”
She added, “We felt the dress should reflect her effortlessly glamorous nature with a nod to her bohemian style, and when we saw the Liz Martinez dresses, we knew it was them.” For her evening reception, the bride changed into a second dress, with a sheer, structured bodice and white and silver sequins.
Both dresses featured very similar strapless corset silhouettes with A-line skirts, which Binky deliberately chose with help from PS Bridal.
Binky’s second wedding dress was by the same designer. Photographer: Sandra von Riekhoff/Divine Day Photography
Speaking of the adjustments Binky requested for her bespoke dresses, Ella explained, “For the main dress, Binky preferred the bust to be slightly higher, so [the designer] modified the dress so that it falls in exactly the right place. We’ve also extended the corset over the dress so that it’s slightly shallower, lengthening the torso.
“For the second dress, we actually added a corset to give the dress more structure and support and changed the fabric so we could see the boning through the sheer fabric.”
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So it’s clear that Binky had a clear idea of what she wanted – with help from her stylists and her closest friends and family.
“It’s funny, brides often have an idea of what they want but often without realizing it!” said Ella, and she went on to explain that PS Bridal uses a Wedding Dress Finder quiz with a unique algorithm to help brides determine what they like and match them with the appropriate brands.
PS Bridal revealed that Binky’s friends helped her choose her two dresses. Photographer: Sandra von Riekhoff/Divine Day Photography
In Binky’s case, her personality and taste matched the designs of Liz Martinez. Ella said her dresses left her “speechless when she tried them on” – and her friends were equally in love.
Half the fun of choosing your dress is sharing the process with loved ones, which is why the TV star asked three of her friends to help shape her decisions. “A lot of his family and friends were involved!” Ella said HELLO!.
“For the appointments, we had a combination of three of Binky’s close friends (but only one per date, so they took turns), and of course her stylist PS Bridal also came to all the appointments .
“Binky’s friends often referenced historical events and other similar/different dresses she had worn and they were able to help determine which dresses really matched her personality. Everyone had a resounding gasp when she tried the Liz Martinez!”
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