Sabina Motasem Bride ~ Understated Bridal Gowns

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I had the pleasure of meeting a very lovely lady the other day for a coffee, croissant and chat. It was so lovely to sit and talk wedding stuff. I must confess however, I didn’t quite know what to expect from our meeting {she’s an uber talented designer you see} but Sabina immediately put me at ease and it was well, just like having a natter with an old friend. With a background in public relations, magazines and retail Sabina’s pretty much a jack of all trades and that’s put her in very good stead for setting up her own wedding business. It was totally fab to meet Sabina and I’m very excited to announce we will be working together on a project very soon. Watch this space! So, onto today’s wedding gown collection… Following a conversation with a friend on how difficult it was to source a beautiful, affordable and simply elegant wedding dress, Sabina decided to turn her hand to this collection and oh me, oh my, you are going to love it!!! Shot at the astoundingly mesmerizing wedding venue Eltham Palace I will let your captivation begin!

The Joesphine.Josephine ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

Joesphine’s back ~ wowzers!!Josephine ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

The Colette.Colette ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

The Caberet.Caberet ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

The Alaya.Alaya ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

The Yvette.Yvette ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

The Emillienne.Emillienne ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

The Loie.Josephine ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

Loie’s back.Loie ~ Sabina Motasem Bridal

Absolutley, exquisitely gorgeous aren’t they?! Following the Royal Wedding and the Pippa Middleton effect ~ I think this collection’s going stellar! 

For further information on Sabina’s wedding gowns and Eltham Palace please read on…

Sabina Motasem Bride Dresses and Eltham Palace rooms

The “Colette” dress, a strapless wedding dress in beautiful stretch duchess satin, fishtail skirt and puddle train, was shot in the stunning circular Entrance Hall, the work of Rolf Engströmer, has a magnificent domed ceiling, pierced by circular glass lights and furnished with a large circular rug by American designer Marion Dorn. Brides can choose to have their drinks reception here or they can have the ceremony here with everyone sat around the circular room, creating a very intimate special wedding. The Colette dress can be accessorised with a matching shrug, beaded belt and French corded lace bodice, taking the bride all day through several easily changeable looks.

The “Loie” dress, a stunning geometrical and architecturally pleated empire line bodice in a rich oyster coloured satin crepe with contrasting satin front panels and pleated back detail, is a dress to turn heads. The dress was shot as the bride walked down the curving staircase (designed by Rolf Engströmer) past the interior portholes (designed by John Seely) and exotic blackbean veneers and figurative parquetry towards the circular Entrance Hall. The Hall was designed to look like an ocean liner and this shot is reminiscent of a famous scene in Brideshead Revisited which was shot on the same staircase. The Loie dress is available in Ivory, Vintage Cream and Soft Pink.

The “Josephine”, “Yvette” and “Emillienne” dresses were shot in Virginia Courtauld’s flamboyant sycamore panelled bedroom, designed by Peter Malacrida, a popular room for brides to have their photos taken. The bedroom has the appearance of a primitive temple, with curved walls lined with maple flexwood. The “Josephine” dress, a backless cowl draped dress with a puddle train in luxurious crepe silk available in Ivory, Vintage Cream and Soft Pink, oozes old Hollywood-style red carpet glamour and is a demure way to show off a toned back. The “Yvette” dress, a strapless knee length number with full knee length skirt and can be worn with a 50’s style petticoat, transforming its silhouette from an understated 40’s shape to a dramatic 50’s dress. This dress can be accessorised with matching shrug, beaded belt and French corded lace bodice. The “Emillienne” dress is a pretty Art Deco inspired creation with bugle beaded geometrical panels in a pattern, beaded georgette butterfly sleeves and a puddle train.

The “Cabaret” dress was shot in Stephen Courtauld’s bedroom, designed by John Seely, is an aspen lined bedroom with the side walls covered in scenic block printed wallpaper depicting Kew Gardens made by Sandersons, creating a delicate 3D effect. The hem and train of the Cabaret dress is made entirely of asymmetrical shaped box pleats, each mounted on top of the one below giving a subtle geometrical relief shape. The “Alaya” dress, a cowl neck bias-cut dress, shot in the corner of Stephen’s bedroom next to built-in veneer furniture and chest of drawers, is another existing bestseller and a firm favourite with brides looking for something simple and elegant. It is made from a luxurious heavy crepe silk and now available in Vintage Cream, Soft Pink as well as Ivory.

Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace and Gardens can host celebrations for up to 420 people. Bespoke packages can be tailored for couples to select a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces to create their perfect day. Rooms include the stunning Entrance Hall with its magnificent domed ceiling, the sumptuous Italian Drawing Room and dramatic pink, black and silver Dining Room. The adjoining Tudor Great Hall, part of King Henry VIII’s childhood home, offers an impressive stately setting for larger weddings and celebrations. The Art Deco Entrance Hall, with its domed ceiling provides a striking area for a drinks reception whilst the impressive medieval Great Hall is ideal for dinners and dinner dances, with music adding to the unique atmosphere from a minstrels gallery. With a sunken rose garden, Japanese rock garden, cascades, fountains, pools and beautiful lawns, the private grounds also provide an amazing setting for guests to enjoy. Clients have the services of a dedicated Hospitality Manager and a full list of top accredited suppliers to choose from. The venue is available for hire on an exclusive basis for civil wedding and civil partnership ceremonies on Fridays and Saturdays.

London’s best kept bridal secret, Sabina Motasem Bride has teamed up with London’s most sought after wedding venue, Eltham Palace, Greenwich, one of the UK’s finest examples of Art Deco, as the backdrop for six brand new vintage inspired, elegant wedding dresses alongside two bestsellers – perfect for the style conscious bride.

Head designer at Sabina Motasem Bride, Sabina Ali, found inspiration for the new collection from the style and glamour of iconic performers at the Folies Bergeres in 1900s − 1930s Paris. The slinky, understated dresses complement the opulent and decadent Art Deco interior perfectly and styles brides tend to wear at Eltham Palace for their weddings. Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, society millionaires who used influential designers of the period, created Eltham Palace as a high status home consisting of a series of elegant rooms, reminiscent of Hollywood-style glamour. The use of geometry and simplicity combined with simple shapes in an understated luxurious fashion, mirrors the style of Sabina Motasem Bride dresses, making Eltham Palace the perfect backdrop for the new collection and a sensational venue to plan a wedding. Eltham Palace are organising a Bridal Showcase on 28 January.

Sabina Motasem wedding dresses are understated, great value, simple and elegant. Brides can select alternative details like different necklines, sleeves, colours and accessories. A sample collection is available to view during appointments at the Islington studio, London and is priced between £900 – £1750. Dresses can be altered to fit, made exclusively in the UK and delivered within two months throughout the UK and internationally. Shorter timescales are possible from one week. To book an appointment email or go to for more information.

Eltham Palace and Gardens, set within tranquil moated gardens, within 19-acre grounds on a promontory overlooking London, boasts a unique mix of medieval and art deco styles, making it one of London’s most unusual and exceptional venues. The Art Deco Entrance Hall, with its domed ceiling provides a striking area for a drinks reception whilst the impressive medieval Great Hall is ideal for dinners and dinner dances, with music adding to the unique atmosphere from a minstrels gallery.

For further information about Sabina Motasem Bride contact Sabina Ali.

For further information about weddings at Eltham Palace contact Sarah Horseman.

Lots of Love

XxX Sonia

and remember… keep wanting!!

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    Wow these gowns truly are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never seen anything like them before. The first one, I wonder what material that is, it clings to every inch of her body. You’d have to be pretty fit to wear that one.

    Some really beautiful designs here.


      They are indeed stunning ~ when I met with Sabina, we chatted about that dress and she said that some of the larger girls that try the dresses on often look the best in this gown ;) xxx

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