Purple Haze

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.


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

Photography by Ross Hurley

Lady in Red . . .

And white.



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

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.

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 –



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.

A cool and colourful wedding for a cool and colourful couple


Photography by James Grist