Real bride – Laura and Jack small, intimate wedding on the Wirral

Wilderness bride Laura contacted me in November 2016. Engaged during the summer Laura and Jack had planned a small, intimate wedding at Hillbark Hotel on the Wirral in January 2017 which meant I had six weeks to make her dress! Laura had visited a couple of local bridal shops however was told six weeks was an unrealistic time-scale (how terrifying?) So Laura took to the high street to see if she could find something “off the rack” though liking the no fuss, high trend styles the experience was all wrong, Laura wanted the high end bridal experience for a simple, elegant dress available with a turn around time of six weeks. That’s when Laura happened upon my website and booked an appointment to visit me in my Knutsford Studio.

Laura tried on everything but loved the Ocean slip with a bespoke version of the Echo top…sparkle lace, long sleeve, boat neckline and dainty trim. Laura’s vintage inspired dress was the perfect outfit for her venue a five star Tudor mansion hotel surrounded by stunning grounds. With only fourteen guests attending this intimate wedding we decided that a train on the back of the dress wasn’t necessary however we did create that little bit of drama with the January Juliet cap veil in church length as a finishing touch.

Helen (my alterations seamstress) worked her magic adjusting the hem of Laura’s dress according to her shoe choice and Laura’s dress was completed within four weeks. I was also very honoured to be invited to go and help Laura get ready on the morning of her big day. I drove over to the stunning venue and was blown away by the black and white timber Tudor building with decorations still up from Christmas the atmosphere was warm and cosy with roaring fires and exquisite Christmas floral’s entwined along the banisters.

For me Creating Laura’s dress was the perfect start to 2017. To see your creations come to life and to watch somebody get married in a dress that you have created for them, as a designer it just doesn’t get better.