Anna

Anna wore a bespoke beauty for her vintage winter wedding; long sleeved fine lace with scalloped cuffs and collar with a full satin skirt.

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Beautiful Anna

Anna approached me just ten weeks before her big day, a bewildered bride in a slight state of Pinterest panic. She had collected some beautiful ideas so I was really excited to work with her to create her dream dress but she was feeling overwhelmed and slightly stressed about her dress. I knew that deep down in her heart of hearts she knew what she wanted so we worked together to

Her dress started life as a full layered tulle skirt with a fitted knee length satin bodice with illusion mesh sleeves with embroidered motifs :

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Anna’s Original Design

However, this design just wasn’t to come to fruition – Anna had some doubts about the sheer sleeves and the fullness of the skirt and I was really pleased that she felt able to raise her concerns after the design had been confirmed and work had commenced. With just four weeks until the big day it was a bold move to make a complete change of design but I am so glad that she did this rather than settle for a dress that she wasn’t completely in love with.

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The Revised Design Pack

The pressure was on with just one month to start over but Anna was the most calm and laid back bride and I felt wonderful knowing that she had complete trust in me. Anna had seen a lovely photograph of a dress with a full satin skirt so we selected a beautiful soft satin and an absolutely stunning fine lace to create a long sleeved bodice.

I really enjoyed getting to know Anna, she is such a beautiful person inside and out. She even text me on her wedding day with the most lovely photographs and message :

“Everyone loves the dress. A passer by stopped and said that my dress made me look like a fairy princess!! I have felt so wonderful in the dress all day so thank you again, I just can’t believe how beautiful it looks. What a perfect day. Xxx”

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Photography By Nina Jarman

 

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Purple Haze

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Grooms Purple Velvet Frock Coat by With Love and Lace . . .

This stylish and unique groom, Drew, will admit that he is never one to be upstaged; he was eager to ensure that his lovely bride shared the limelight on their big day so he chose to dress to impress wearing a bespoke purple velvet jacket.

Made to measure in a high quality purple velvet with grey satin lining, the lapels feature hand painted lace motifs. I really enjoyed researching menswear and working with Drew to develop mood boards and designs and particularly enjoyed the challenge of creating mens tailoring, something I hadn’t done much of since studying tailoring as part of my MA at London College of Fashion.

Drew looked fantastic, a real dapper English eccentric; although it has to be said that if he truly wanted to upstage his bride he failed miserably – the beautiful Alyson totally blew him out of the water (which is as it should be!) looking a million dollars in her bespoke Judy Mott bridal gown.

Their entire wedding party looked amazing, their Rowhill Grange Wedding had a wonderful English country garden feel to it and everything about it was planned and coordinated to perfection.

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I wish the super stylish Drew and Alyson every happiness for their future together, congratulations!

Photography by Ross Hurley

Shelley

I absolutely loved creating this bespoke traditional corset style Wedding dress for beautiful beach bride Shelley for her Mexican Wedding.

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Shelley had a clear idea of the style she would like but she was unsure if it would suit her petite frame. I advised her to go and try on some ‘off the peg’ dresses which she felt swamped in but she still loved the idea of a full princess silhouette so we experimented with proportions and used traditional corsetry techniques to create her elegant two piece gown.

The bodice was created using a Victorian corsetry pattern adapted to Shelley’s measurements and made using silk satin and fine lace. The skirt was made from the same beautiful satin with an over layer of georgette and the gown was hand finished with lace appliqués carefully positioned to emphasise the shape of the dress.

Shelley was the best fun to work with, I loved every fitting with her – she’s a little bundle of energy always with a smile on her face.

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Congratulations Barry and Shelley!

 

Lady in Red . . .

And white.

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I had some expert help with the design from Becca’s lovely daughter Emily –

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Design by Emily – Aged 9

And to think we had almost forgotten to add the wings and fairy lights, crazy grown ups!!

Becca chose the most beautiful backless style with a fishtail silhouette complimented perfectly with a delicate red floral embroidery.

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Design by Jo – Aged ##

Taking shape – here is the pattern drafted to Becca’s measurements, the toile precisely fitted and the embroidery carefully hand sewn :

The finished dress –

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Back detail of chains and a pendant given to Becca by her fiancé

 

My co-designer Emily looked absolutely gorgeous in her matching dress –

 

 

Becca’s big day was one of the most fun and creative weddings that I have ever had the pleasure of attending. I loved all of the DIY creative touches that she made, she is very artistic and talented – from her hand painted shoes to her beautiful button bouquet, along with all of the brilliant wedding favours to name just a few of the creative touches. A highlight was during the signing of the register when her husband Nick surprised the guests with a song he had written and recorded about everyone, such a funny personal touch. A wonderful day to celebrate a wonderful talented couple.

I loved Becca’s bold choice to add colour into her dress and I think she looked absolutely amazing, it was a real joy to make her special dress.

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A cool and colourful wedding for a cool and colourful couple

 

Photography by James Grist