Earlier this year I had the pleasure of creating a dress for this stunning bride, Katie.

I wanted to share the dress with you the moment it was finished by obviously that isn’t possible with wedding dresses as it would be a disaster to let anyone see the dress too soon. I’m glad I waited until now as last week a handful of pictures from the actual wedding day arrived in my inbox!

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I was on a skiing holiday with friends back in January when Katie first got in touch…

“I’m getting married in July (this year) and am just not finding THE dress out there, despite my searching many, many bridal shops. I’m keen to go down the route of having my dress made from scratch to make it totally my own. I have an idea of my perfect dress in mind…”

Our journey started with an initial consultation when we talked about style, silhouette, fabrics and budget. I drew a few sketches of the various ideas that Katie had in mind and took them away to come up with my design.

Katie and I met in London to hunt around Soho for the perfect lace. We quickly realised that one lace was not going to fulfil the brief and so I’d create a new surface by combining elements from two different lace fabrics.

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We met for our first fitting, at this stage a certain amount of imagination is required!

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Once I’m happy with the fit the dress can be cut from silk and the fun really starts. Two more fittings were required, one to check the fit once the dress is cut in silk, and then finally a fitting for the hem.

Here are a few pictures of the dress in detail from the day Katie came to collect her dress from the studio…

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You just can’t capture a twinkle on a photograph but here is a little detail from the front of  Katie’s dress. I used bicone Swarovski crystals to bring out the blossom motifs in the lace across the bodice and cascading down the train.

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It was an absolute pleasure to create Katie’s dream dress and I wish them all the happiness in the world…

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