She's dressed the likes of Kate Moss, Emilia Fox, Pixie Lott and Daisy Lowe for special occasions; recently married (her wedding snaps are featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Brides - out now); and is due to shake up the bridalwear world with her new boutique in Bloomsbury this June: Kate Halfpenny is one busy bee. Luckily, we caught a spare minute to talk with the newlywed and dress designer about all things wedding-related...
What makes a great wedding in your eyes?
"A celebration full of love, a feast for the eyes with a great theme and attention to detail."
What's the worst thing you can see at a wedding?
"I never want to see a bride spending the whole service tugging at her dress. It's essential to have a perfect fit especially with strapless dresses. A great tip is to add an inner belt for a more secure feel."
What was the best wedding you've ever been to?
"One of the best weddings I have ever been to was my dear friend's, Polly and Geoff (of Luna & Curious). They got married at a registry office in East London, and then everyone caught black cabs to Wapping and followed a marching band through the local park to a community centre. The local chip shop served fish and chips and then an ice-cream van arrived for desert. It was scorching, and Polly wore an incredible blue and white striped dress. It just shows you don't need to have a huge pot of cash to make a memorable day."
What do you think is the biggest stress when it comes to planning weddings and how can you avoid it?
"I think everyone is obsessed with having a unique day, so make sure you research all the things you like and work out what is achievable in the time, and also affordable. I found that creating mood boards for the different areas on our day helped us immensely as we were able to visualise the whole wedding."
What is the best first dance you've ever seen?
"One of my bridesmaids, Jay, and her now husband, learnt to Tango as a surprise. It was sensational, like something out of a movie! I made her 2 wedding dresses - a pale pink slinky number and then the same dress but in red and with a split up to the top of her thigh, for the dance."
What advice do you have for brides looking for a wedding dress?
"It's important not to feel like you suddenly need to wear something big and fluffy or strapless, when neither of those styles suit you. At Halfpenny London, we never encourage you to lose vast amounts of weight, or pour yourself into something that clearly doesn't work for your figure. For us the dress should work for you, not the other way round, so choose things that suit your body shape."
What have you done with your own dress since the wedding?
"My dress was dry cleaned immediately which I strongly recommend, and packaged with acid-free tissue so that it is protected. Even if the next generation don't like the style, there is so much fabric in it that you could create a whole new dress!"
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To see Kate's wedding pictures in full, turn to page 161 of the May/June 2013 issue of Brides - out now!