We have had a fantastic summer of bridal wear here at the studio. We have always loved being involved in weddings as we get to create dresses people will remember for a lifetime. In particular creating bespoke, one-off garments for a wedding means we can encourage our clients to truly think about what they want for the big day, rather than what they think a bride should have.
I always advise that your wedding dress should be a reflection of you at your most beautiful, rather than the cut-out of a bride we see so much of in magazines. By thinking about what would make you feel comfortable and beautiful the whole day can take on a more unqiue and relaxed feel and reflect the values of the couple getting married.
A great example of this has been a wedding we worked on for our client Nathalie, where we made her bridal gown, the mother of the bride outfit and all 11 bridesmaid dresses! From the word go Nathalie wanted her bridesmaids to feel attractive, special and most of all themselves. So we began with their dresses, choosing a colour palate that offered the girls something different to choose from but still worked together in any combination. We had various weights and textures of fabric within this colour range so any style of dress was possible, and from here each bridesmaid had their own consultation to choose exactly what they wanted and find the perfect dress for their shape. I never understand the idea of wanting your bridesmaids to look anything other than their best, as by making her troupe of bridesmaids look so stylish Nathalie showcased her impeccable taste, generosity and it just highlighted how gorgeous she herself looked on the day!
As for Nathalie’s dress she said she wanted to look effortlessly glamorous which is quite frankly the best way for a bride to be! We had a vintage, 1930s feel to all the designs of the wedding so far so used this era as our muse, thinking of Lauren Baccall and Loretta Young when coming up with the design. We centred the design around luxurious materials, mixing lace with crepe silk and satin in a simple but beautifully cut dress, finished off with hand beaded embellishment at the waistband. When she came in for her last fitting the dress could not have been more clearly made for her as she seemed so happy and comfortable in a garment where she had been able to choose every last detail from fit to finishing every step of the way.
It was a pleasure to work with all these women at every stage as they so clearly just wanted to enjoy the process and we collaborated on every decision to make garments that were unique, high quality and contributed to the feel of their special day.
Congratulations to Nathalie on her wedding and to all the brides we have worked with this year, it has been an absolute pleasure and we look forward to being a part of many more to come…
All images courtesy of Paul Pope photography
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