Friday, 12 January 2018

The essentials in Styling a Bride

Here she reveals the essential things she believes when it comes to helping to style a bride for one of the most important days of her life.

Listen to the Bride

“As brides walk through our doors, they are welcomes into our beautifully tranquil boutique,” Joanne reveals, “where she will always have exclusive use of our salon, making it a very intimate experience for her and her bridal party.

“I listen to her ideas and inspirations, as well as what look she wants to achieve on her wedding day. It is an incredibly exciting time for her and one we head towards with fun and honesty.”

Explore Bridal Trends

“With my brides, it is essential that my ability, experience and skill is of the highest grade,” explains Joanne. “I trained in not only fashion, but bridal retail and trends. I keep up to date with as many bridal and fashion shows in order to know the most exciting and innovative trends each season.

“It is with this that we create the looks each season, by exploring what’s new and current in design and haute couture and transform it into bridal.”

Challenge a Bride

It’s important to encourage brides to try something different, says Joanne “As our brides share their ideas, it’s our job to take her to the next level. She has arrived at our salon for her love of great fashion, so here we ask her to take a risk to be extraordinary on her day and create a look that is both individual and visionary.”

Attention to Detail

Joanne loves to quote Coco Chanel: ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.’

“The same is true of bridal,” Joanne explains. “After we get our bride in the gown, we love nothing more than to be over the top and pile on skirts, tiaras, veils, leather jackets, shoes, jewels… anything the bride may have considered before slowly removing each piece bit by bit to reveal her true vision of her bridal self.”

Have Vision

"At the studio, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of fashion and will turn your vision into your reality,” says Joanne. “We will explore your ideas with the bride, and with passion, creativity and knowledge, create her individual look and unique bridal style. And we’ll have a great time ‘playing’ whilst we do it!”

Friday, 29 December 2017

Planning a 2018 wedding!

One year is nearly over and another is about to begin. Time flies when you are planning your wedding, so don’t get married in 2018 without visiting for all the best help and advice.

Getting the dream wedding dress for your big day is one of the most important elements of the whole event. Many of you will have pictured the perfect wedding dress in your head and start your search as soon as the engagement ring hits your finger! 

Whether a princess ballgown, a figure flattering mermaid design, long, ballet-length, with a train, without a train, white, blush pink, plain or embellished the wedding dress you will wear on your special day can be found or especially made.

The best place to start is with an expertly trained and experienced help so that you are equipped to find that dress you’ve imagined for many years and ensure you look exactly as you had always hoped when you walk down the aisle. As well as your wedding dress, you will need to co-ordinate the accessories and bridesmaids' dresses too, and let's not forget the pretty little flower girls, pageboys and the men.

Once you’ve got your wedding dress it is time to co-ordinate every detail to bring the look and everything together. From underwear to headpieces to shoes and on-trend jumpsuits in every colour imaginable, along with those all important finishing touches - personal details, veils, jewellery, cufflinks - everything you need from one shop. 

Make it Your day Your Way.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Christmas 2017

Here is a wonderful Christmas Wedding full of fun and festive touches with lots of Christmas cheer.

The photos tell the story.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Superstar's wedding

Sports superstar Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a star-studded wedding in New Orleans earlier this month.

Beyonce, Eva Longoria, Ciara and Kim Kardashian were all present at the 'Beauty and the Beast themed' bash, where the tennis ace married her millionaire fiancé in a strictly private ceremony at the city's Contemporary Arts Cente.

Security was tight on the day - an entire block was reported to have been closed down for the A-listers' arrivals - and while some paparazzi managed to snap some of the guests as they descended on the jazz capital, Serena in her wedding dress eluded the surrounding lenses.

However Serena has shared a personal moment from the day which shows her gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown in all its glory, and fashion bible Vogue has revealed other highlights from the day - including a gorgeous family portrait of husband, wife and new baby girl.

The bride's extravagant princess-style ball gown features strapless sleeves, and was crafted by Sarah Burton - a designer most people now associate with the creation of Kate Middleton's stunning long sleeved lace wedding dress.

For the ceremony, the stylish star wore a striking pearl-encrusted sheer cape, simple matching diamond droplet earrings and diamond bracelet and wore her hair in a side chignon, which she topped off with a long veil.

Groom Alexis went chic in black tie and wore a suit by Georgio Armani. For the ceremony he donned a midnight blue velvet jacket and changed into a more traditional black jacket for the reception.

Serena's bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns, with two maids in gold beaded gowns (and one in a jumpsuit) and maid of honour Venus in a long white custom-made Galia Lahav gown with a sheer deep V-neck.

For the reception the bride changed into a cute short number, which featured feathers on the skirt. Serena's third dress if the day allowed to dance and party to celebrate the occasion. 

Later she donned some sparkly more like tennis shoes while the Disney theme continued with a ride in a Carousel. 

To complete the wedding ensemble mummy Williams also wore a stunning cape while baby Alexis Olympia charmed everyone. The couple's daughter donned a tiny ballgown which featured pearl and stone beading on the sleeves and around the waist. It had a big bow at the back and was worn with tiny knitted pumps with rhinestone detail.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Special Announcement

They have closed all betting on Harry and Meghan's getting engaged!!


Oh the poor souls can you imagine, please give them peace and time to work out the future of their relationship. 

Yes she had arrived in London and if the pair have any sense they will take their time and not be pressured into any such announcement. After all Meghan has been married before & surely should take time to get used to all the rigors of royal rigmaroles. 

Ok so her role as Rachel Zane means she has been trying wedding dresses but Bridal Designers from around the world have been creating wedding dress designs for her. 

Chelsea's flagship atelier Sassi Holford says Meghan would be easy to dress and would be honoured and humbled to make her wedding dress.  The sketch above is Sassi's idea, with fine tulle, hand- appliquéd on to a semi-opaque duchess organza to give it lightness & movement. 

While Ines Di Santo from Toronto says she would deem it the highlight of her career to create a wedding gown for the stunning Suits star. The dress Ines is figure hugging made of ivory Lyon lace embroidered with crystals and pearls with a train of tulle and raised silk organza flowers and a soft blush underlay. As you can see from the sketch it's an off the shoulder design with a low cut back to show case her statuesque physique. 

Meanwhile Dennis Basso, a New York couturier who has dressed Melania Trump and Catherine Zeta-Jones says designing a dress for fellow American Meghan Markle would be a dream come true. 

A traditional yet regal, also modern and contemporary dress in a subtle shell white, soft duchess satin, with deep pleated folds from the waistline, pearl and Swarovski crystals across the shoulder line, swirling on the train and on the cuffs of 3/4 length sleeves. 

Below is Jacques Azagury's design. 

It would be made from tulle over white organza decorated with 3di appliqué flowers in silver and white, which would also cover transparent upper body, arms and back. This design by Ben De Lisi is one of three that he did. Feminine and flouncy with bell-shaped sleeves with beads and seed pearls around the neckline. The finishing touch is the gathered georgette train, to give the dress grandeur. 

With his flare for smooth, flowing lines, striking silhouettes and use of sumptuous fabrics, the Danish fashion Designer Uffe Frank has designed Meghan a white organza,scoop- neck gown, with little embroidered silk flowers, butterflies and fresh water pearls. 

This design by Frenchman Stephane Rolland is in a white crepe with a cape of gazar. After he took into account all the things he feels Meghan likes and what suits her shape he wanted to emphasise her stunning figure and confidence. To add a Royal touch he has added appliquéd lace on the train which comes from the middle of the back. He hopes the Queen would have a vintage brooch on the side to highlight the shoulders. 

Nikki Yassemi also wants to show off Meghans long legs and fabulous figure and so envisages a combination of a fitted dress with a flowing train, the best of both worlds. Nikki has chosen a shade between ivory and white, the fitted part of the dress is lace embellished with beading. The billowing train at the back would be in a heavy silk organza. The sleeves and upper body are tulle decorated with lace. 

Well now out of all of these which would you choose??