Hayley Paige On Unicorns, Coloured Dresses And Her Extravagant Wedding

05 Apr 2017

It's not long until US bridal designer Hayley Paige is flying to the UK to meet you at our reader event with Les Trois Soeurs, to present her new collection and provide styling tips to find your dream big day look. You can buy tickets here, but why not get started by learning a bit more about the magical, unicorn-obsessed dressmaker...

You got married in 2015 (congrats!). What was your own gown like?

At the time of my wedding (in July 2015), I was also designing my new range, so my dresses were heavily influenced by that. I wore five gowns across the weekend, but my husband loved the outdoor ceremony gown best (you can see it in my wedding video below!). It had a quintessential ballgown skirt, with colourful 3D flowers all over.

Should brides play it safe - or be daring?

Daring! My motto lately has been: 'When in doubt, go all out!' Some brides I meet are so concerned by what their dress choice will say about them in 30 to 50 years, but you should choose what excites you here and now.

Why should brides consider wearing a coloured wedding dress?

If I gave in to the limitation of colour, a lot of the magic would be compromised. The focus of a bridal gown shouldn't be on the colour, but on the design. This season my wedding dresses are all about shimmer - I like to think of it as a love affair in motion.

What's your biggest extravagance?

Flying business class. It's ridiculously expensive, but can be life changing - I feel super human when I wake in another country rested, refreshed and ready to go.

Where's your favourite place in the world?

Lake Tahoe in Nevada - it has so many memories (I even got married there!). The crystal-blue waters against the snow-capped mountains is magical - I'm pretty sure if mermaids were real they would live here.

What was the standout detail at your wedding?

A blue unicorn! (Don't worry, the horse was a rescue that does equine therapy, and the blue dye is natural and approved for animals.)

What's the one product you always have in your make up bag?

A bold and bright lipstick. I don't always have the energy for a full face of make-up, but having that go-to pop of colour on the lips can perk up any look in seconds.

Who would you love to dress?

There are sooo many, including the Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella. I like risk takers, athletes and quirky academics.

What's one thing people might not know about you?

I did 15 years of competitive gymnastics. It probably explains my obsession with sparkle!

Watch Hayley's (incredible) wedding video below: