It was my Nan who encouraged me to go down the bespoke route for my wedding dress. I am tiny in stature and was getting fed up off visiting bridal shops and trying on size 16's, to only have the shopkeepers best attempts of pinning the dresses to fit me (which they never did). Therefore, I came across the Wilden Bride website and instantly Charlotte's designs stood out! I also appreciated how detailed the information was about how to go down a bespoke route and what to expect (because at this point I didn't really know what to expect).
I met up with Charlotte to discuss ideas and to see if my ideas would work. She instantly reassured me and produced many sketches (more than I was properly entitled to) incorporating the details discussed. Then the journey of my bespoke dress began! Despite even changing the design of the dress half way through; Charlotte was always patient and accommodating. She would regularly send me updates via email and would take the time to explain things during the fittings. An example of how Charlotte is so accommodating, is that due to my working hours, she would be flexible enough to allow me to attend fittings on weekends and evenings. She would also allow my Mum to attend, which was greatly appreciated, as originally my Mum thought she would miss out on the whole 'mother and daughter bridal dress shopping experience' because I wasn't going down that route.
Charlotte even put up with my indecisiveness and made two versions of potential sleeves for my dress for me to try on!
Charlotte is extremely talented at what she does and I love how she always has your 'dress' in her mind. If she sees something that would add to the overall appearance, she will discuss, try and give constructive feedback. At the end of this magical journey, my dress was completely unique! It had changed from our original discussions and sketches, but the end result was more fabulous then I could have anticipated! I had embroidery, crystals and even tassels - which was the last minute genius extra from Charlotte.
My dress is truly worthy of entries to feature in top Bridal magazines and Charlotte should most definitely win an award!
I will always be grateful for Charlotte for making the bespoke experience so special for me. Thank you! If you want to go bespoke for your bridal dress - then most definitely choose Wilden Bride London!
Jenny Legge (was Cotgrave)