What is your most memorable wedding?
So hard to choose! I really love unusual wedding dress styles so when my bride, Anna, asked me to design a quirky, alternative ball gown in non-traditional fabric I jumped at the chance! We ended up designing an amazing off the shoulder, corseted ball gown made from Thai silk gingham!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Unconventional, Modern, Romantic, Glamorous, Unique
What about your business are you most proud of?
Quality of craftmanship. Everything I make is beautiful inside and out and I use couture techniques in my construction and fitting to get the very best finish on my gowns.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Work out which parts of your wedding are most important to you as a couple and prioritise them. It's all very well listening to friends and family but at the end of the day it's your wedding! Make sure it reflects your personalities!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
I love personalised embroidered veils! They are such a special reminder of your day and they can be saved and passed down to family to become a modern heirloom.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
The first step is a phone call or email exchange to really deep dive into exactly what the bride wants from her wedding outfit, her inspirations and how she wants to feel on the day. Following that I will invite them to my studio for a design consultation where I will sketch up some possible designs and we can look at fabric samples. After settling on 'THE DRESS' and after a quote has been accepted I will start working on the bespoke pattern using the brides measurements. I will then create a 'toile' or prototype of the dress to test the fit and proportions. Once the bride is totally happy with the design of her dress I can cut in the real fabrics! There are plenty of chances to tweak the dress over the process of getting a dress made and the bride is involved at every stage, usually we have at least 4 fittings to perfect it. At the end of the process the bride will leave my studio with their dream dress in a protective dress bag.
What is your favourite style of wedding dress?
It's changes all the time! But I'm currently loving big sleeves and flowing silk chiffon with some quirky details.