New Johanna Hehir 2012 wedding dresses

Tempted by a tantalising peek at eight exquisite dresses from Johanna Hehir's new collection (and a scrumptious afternoon tea!), we joined the designer at London's elegant Somerset House

A wedding-fashion afternoon tea


Feast your eyes on the eight wedding dresses here and all the oh-so-sweet reception style detail…


Photography by Shaneen Rosewarne Cox at Rosewarne Cox Photography (rosewarnecoxphotography.co.uk)

Event by Fisher Productions (fisherproductions.co.uk)

Thanks a bunch!


London-based events florists Pinstripes & Peonies (pinstripesandpeonies.com) created beautiful table centre displays using hot pink roses and fragrant lily of the valley, while vintage china was supplied by The Crockery Cupboard (thecrockerycupboard.co.uk).

Meredith by Johanna Hehir


Work Forties elegance in this crepe button-back, scoop-necked gown.  A statement hat is the perfect finish.

Meredith, £2100, johanna-hehir.com

Florence by Johanna Hehir


We heart the demure high neckline and low scoop back on this bias cut wedding gown for pure screen siren glamour.

Florence wedding dress, £2200, johanna-hehir.com

The talk of the town


Event caterers, Table Talk (tabletalk.co.uk) served up afternoon tea with iced cupcakes and raspberry and vanilla macaroons, followed by delicious canapes including seared beef dumplings, creamed goats cheese with balsamic jelly and crispy duck confit lollipops!

Elinor by Johanna Hehir


If you’re Elizabeth Bennett or Elinor Dashwood at heart, this Austen-esque empire-line dress with a soft sweetheart neckline, coloured lace detailing and matching shrug is the perfect beginning to your happy-ever-after.

Elinor wedding dress, £4300, johanna-hehir.com

Lucille by Johanna Hehir


We love… Lucille! Rock the aisle in this sassy frock with a sweeping fishtail train and silver-sharp detailing on the bodice.

Lucillie wedding dress, £4900, johanna-hehir.com

A rose by any other name…


Cocktails included chilled rose petal martinis (tabletalk.co.uk). Don’t mind if we do!

Felicity by Johanna Hehir


If you crave a pretty alternative to white, consider a softer shade of blush pink. The floral lace overlay on this gown covers a subtle rosy hue.

Felicity wedding dress, £3900, johanna-hehir.com

Regan by Johanna Hehir


Get the best of both worlds on your wedding day with this halterneck dress combining a beaded lace bodice with a cool, satin skirt.

Regan wedding dress, £2800, johanna-hehir.com

Catherine by Johanna Hehir


There’s something wonderfully Duchess about this V-neck with a cut-out back dress swathed in luscious cornelli lace.

Catherine wedding dress, £3315, johanna-hehir.com

Rosalie by Johanna Hehir


Tradition lovers will adore the French beading on this lace gown, while boho types will fall for the folk-style skirt.

Rosalie wedding dress, £3200, johanna-hehir.com

Wedding venue: Somerset House


Somerset House, a spectacular eighteenth century palace on the banks of the River Thames, can accomodate up to 80 guests for a ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 150 guests for an evening reception with dancing. For further information, contact the events team on 0844 811 2532 or email: events@somersethouse.org.uk (somersethouse.org.uk).