Can you deal with the beauty that is this new collection from Prea James Bridal? I mean, really. In The Midst 2021 brings volume in all the right places, material that was simply put on this earth to be crafted into these creations, cut outs, textures and tailoring to boot.

There’s textiles designed in Paris and viscose satin from Italy and it’s the Sydney designer’s fifth collection, boasting 10 incredible wedding dresses, plus six separates, including one of our fave pieces, the Mia Mesh Top, that you can layer under any of the gorgeous gowns. Sustainable fabrics and pieces that can be worn beyond your big day are front of mind – there’s even detachable sleeves – and we can’t get enough of the Sia Skirt (with built in shorts, no less!).

In the Midst has many meanings to me,” says the designer. “It sums up the mood throughout these unprecedented times in 2020, yet there is still an energy of hope. I felt a sense of unity with people coming together to fight for change. There was also a deeper appreciation for family and loved ones during a time where we weren’t able to see our family. As if in the midst of it all we realised what was truly important.”

Made for the relaxed, chic and certainly modern bride, you will find Prea’s unique collections (past and present) all over the country (and the world, in fact), but a shout out to some of our fave Aussie boutiques stocking her designs for those of you wanting try on, stat… Hope X Page (a brand-spanking-new concept store in Syd), Love Marie Bridal Boutique (NSW), Sphere Bridal Gallery (QLD) and Mrs Fray (ACT).

Scroll down for all the beautiful pics showcasing this collection and don’t miss classic, but always cool pieces from Prea James Bridal in Hello May’s fashion editorials here and here, as well as contact details and links to very happy brides who donned her dresses on their big day here. And the last write up we included Prea’s epic label in, our annual Top 30 Bridal Boutiques and Designers to Follow on Instagram is a must read, friends. Phew! But first…

CREDITS Photographer Ana Suntay-Tañedo Photography Gowns Prea James Bridal Location Casa Studio (Home of Dina Broadhurst) Model Nat via FiveTwenty Model Management Hair & Makeup Kristin Brett Styling & Art Direction Prea James Jewellery Brie Leon