RITUAL UNIONS - FEARLESS FASHION FOR BOLD BRIDES



Finding the perfect wedding dress is hard. There's no two ways about it - unless you strike it seriously lucky and fall in love with the first dress you try on, it's an incredibly difficult decision to make. And if you're a fashion-conscious bride with somewhat non-traditional taste then it can be even more difficult. Not every bride wants to look like a princess on their big day - but that doesn't mean they don't want to look like a bride. Finding genuinely edgy, cool but recognisably bridal pieces can be a real challenge - which is why I love introducing you to brave designers who are creating really bold, alternative bridal looks.


There is definitely a spectrum when it comes to edginess in the bridal world - some brides might just want a little nod to their usual bold style, while others will comfortable in more daring looks. Like anything in the wedding world, it's a totally personal decision and a lot will depend on the type of wedding you're planning. Today I am thrilled to introduce you to Ritual Unions, an incredible German bridal label who design dresses for the most fearless of rebel brides. Their designs aren't for the faint-hearted, but oh my they are gorgeous!


Tangerine Dress


Ritual Unions is a really up-and-coming new bridal label - it only launched in April 2017 and is already making some serious waves. They were bridalNEXT! winners at this year's Most Curious Wedding Fair and recently had a 2 week trunk show at the amazing Rock The Frock Bridal.


Karin Brettmeister


The brand is based in Berlin and the designs definitely reflect the city's edgy coolness. If you've partied the night away in Berghain then this is the bridal brand for you! It's the brainchild of designer Karin Brettmeister, who teamed up with bridal stylist Karolina Woznicka in 2017 when she decided to launch her own label. Karin has previously worked at Marchesa and J. Mendel New York, specialising in Couture and Bridal. Ritual Unions takes the traditional skills and expertise she learned and combines them with genuinely daring designs.


Oxytocin Bodysuit with Oxytocin Tulle Skirt


Karin's vision for Ritual Unions was a brand that 'embodies authenticity in its creations, steering away from outmoded princess-like silhouettes, for a contemporary aesthetic with high-level craftmanship.' Her designs are full of soul and personality, and she describes them as having 'subtle messages of rebellion, irony and love in the lines and details' - how brilliant?!


Shiro Pants with Tangerine Top


Every Ritual Unions piece is available to order made-to-measure, and is handcrafted by Karin and her team in their Berlin studio. They use the highest quality of silk, lace and tulle from Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and sustainability and fair working conditions are of great importance to the brand. The designs are young and brave - but the execution is truly high-end and precious. Take a really close look at the detailing in these images - it is exquisite. It's this combination that make Ritual Unions designs so special and perfect for rebel brides who want to look and feel incredible on their wedding day.


Empathy Dress


The 2018 collection, which is featured in these amazing images by Matthias Jung, is called Oxytocin Overdose. Here's how Karin describes the inspiration behind the collection -

"The inspiration of the current collection is the complexity of emotions. Oxytocin is the hormone distributed in the brain when experiencing love. This organic process is reflected in three- dimensional and symmetrically placed lace appliqués, as well as in feminine silhouettes with a mystic and primal combination of materials. The playful- romance is intentionally interrupted by the designer through modern contrasts like bondage accessories, as well as constructed, geometrical cuts. We also find a fresh take on the corset in a very light and discreet form, made of embroidered tulle with visible boning. Vintage inspired elements like glove-like sleeves, pin tucks and lace scallops complete the overall visual of the collection."


Serenity Jumpsuit with lining


Such a bold, but beautiful collection for fearless modern brides. If you're looking for a gorgeously crafted but daringly cool wedding dress then I can't recommend Ritual Unions enough. And if you do wear one of their dresses then make sure to send me the photos - I would love to share a real Ritual Unions wedding on the blog!


Oxytocin Dress


Unfortunately the brand isn't stocked in any UK boutiques as yet - but it's only a matter of time and I'll be sure to let you know as soon as they are snapped up by one! They are launching an online shop option to their website soon so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, what better excuse for a weekend in Berlin?!


Check out the Ritual Unions website here and get in touch with the absolutely lovely Karin directly to find out more - info@ritual-unions.de




Empathy Dress

Empathy Dress

Oxytocin Bodysuit

Oxytocin Bodysuit with Oxytocin Tulle Skirt

Oxytocin Dress with lining

Oxytocin Dress with lining

Oxytocin Dress with Oxytocin Lace Skirt

Oxytocin Dress with lining

Oxytocin Dress with lining and Oxytocin Lace Skirt

Purity Dress

Oxytocin Dress with lining and Oxytocin Lace Skirt

Purity Dress

Rhyme Dress

Purity Dress

Rhyme Dress

Rhyme Dress

Rhyme Dress with lining

Rhyme Dress with lining

Satin Skirt Short

Satin Skirt Long

Serenity Jumpsuit

Serenity Jumpsuit

Serenity Jumpsuit

Shiro Pants with Tangerine Top

Serenity Jumpsuit with lining

Shiro Pants with Tangerine Top

Shiro Skirt

Shiro Skirt

Tangerine Dress

Tangerine Dress


Credits:

Photography - Matthias Jung

Dresses - Ritual Unions

Styling - Karolina Woznicka

Make-Up - Chris Baer

Model - Simone Aschenbrenner





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