Graceful real bride Katie Lennick, on her fairy tale castle destination wedding.
Katie wore our Allegra gown. Alegra is a unique mermaid silhouette dress with mesmerizing 3D floral lace applique.
Being a bride is full of exciting moments and joyful memories. Read all about her wonderful wedding day & her dream dress!
How did you discover Riki Dalal?
After taking recommendations from friends and focusing on boutiques close to home, I just couldn’t find ‘The One’. My mother called one evening and told me she had been searching boutiques close to where she lives and told me she had discovered 'The White Gallery' website and had a feeling I would find the perfect dress here as they stocked Riki Dalal’s designs. The very next day we called up and met at the Boutique.
Tell us about your experience in the Boutique.
‘The White Gallery’ is a small and intimate boutique where we were given plenty of time to browse their beautiful collection of dresses. Ella who attended to me gave us a beautiful room with its dressing area in which to try the three dresses we had picked out. Ella’s measuring and care in fitting ensured that the dress I chose was comfortable and easy to wear throughout the whole day. She also dressed my 3 bridesmaids, including our 2 and a half-year-old daughter who loved her princess dress.
What made you choose the dress you chose?
The Allegra was the first dress I tried on, I was not surprised that both my mother and I fell in love with it as I had seen Riki Dalal’s designs in publications I had been looking at. I tried the others but knew that the Allegra was ‘The One’. Ella took charge of taking my measurements and ordering the dress and the excitement began…
How did you feel when you first tried on the dress and how did you know it was the right one for you?
The dress, although ornate was very delicate in its decoration and fabric. As I have a very slim build, the detail in the dress was so very fine and delicate that it didn’t overpower me. I adored the nude layers, they complimented my skin tone and made the dress so contemporary. Ella and my mother helped choose a beautifully simple veil that took nothing away from the dress but indeed emphasized the detail. My dress was what I had dreamt of, just perfect.
Tell us all about your wedding day!
Our wedding day was on Sunday 1st September 2019 at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, UK. I chose the wedding for its beautiful grounds and woodland setting. I loved the Great Hall where we were married but there were many intimate spaces for guests to gather throughout the day. We hoped for good weather in order that we might have our photographs in the stunning grounds.
The day began with myself and my bridesmaids preparing for the ceremony in my castle suite. We had a lovely informal photo and video session in the room, creating special intimate moments. Thanks to Meredith Photography and Thompson Granger Films.
The flowers (Verdure Floral Design) in the Great Hall were absolutely amazing and perfectly complimented the delicate flowers on my dress. I felt truly beautiful and I am told the photographs reflect the feeling. We were so lucky and the sun shone for us allowing our photographer to take us deep into the woodland area where the beauty of the dress was increased by the shadows and shafts of light, just magical.
Our wedding guests were entertained by singing waiters and the evening was made extra special by music from The RPJ Band (Rick Parfitt Jnr). Everyone (except our little princess who was found asleep in her castle) danced the night away and my dress looked as beautiful at dawn as it had done for my amazing wedding.
Our day was exactly as I had planned, a dream come true.
Glimpse Katie 's stunning Alegra gown here or get more inspiration by seeing our full Riki Couture collections here.