Sunday, 30 July 2017

1917 -2017

Wait till you here this wonderful fact, This is St Marks Church, Newtownards 

100 years ago at the time of the 1st World War this couple got married there. 

In the words of my bride Mel "My Granda and Granny Maxwell , Charlie and Georgina , on their wedding day ." 

This is a photo of St Marks Church this year, 100 years on, with the flowers by Marie Cafolla to decorate the church for a very special wedding.

The bride Mel gets married in the same Church as her granny and granddad to her new husband. 

It's a lovely live story, this couple worked together for years helping patients with cancer. Once they retired they realised how much they missed each other and love blossomed. Thankfully Mel asked me to make her wedding dress which was a pleasure and delight. 

It was a chiffon dress with a Nottingham lace over layer lace bodice. The lace was a vintage lace I purchased from a man called Mr Arthur Beesley who had his lace factory in Nottingham 25 yrs ago. 

I was able to dye the lace to be the exact colour that Mel wanted. 

A sparkly belt and buttons completed the look. Thanks to everyone it was a perfect day. 

Photos by Stuart Macrory Photography

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Is summer officially over, and where did the sun go & all of the beautiful celebrations that will took place last season. Summertime soirées are romantic, elegant, and airy, giving off an ambience as sweet as the time of the year itself. We also love to see the beautiful bridal gowns worn by brides saying "I do" in the warmer months, as they typically feature lighter fabrics, elegant laces and lovely details. Now winters looming I'm think jackets, leather is big on trend this season. So here's what I have been working on.

A WEDDING GOWN should make you look amazing, but the dress should never overpower the woman who wears it. I hope when I help a bride with her dress that on the day the bride’s essence shines through.  So each bride has a different notion in mind. Here's a photo of one of my summer brides.

BRIDESMAID DRESSES  I do bespoke bridesmaids to go with my bridal dresses so that each bridesmaid, junior bridesmaids feels fantastic, I hope. Beautiful and affordable my bridesmaid collection brings a whole new dimension to dressing your girls!   It's your choice. If you ever wanted to be a dress designer then here's your chance.
The secret to dressing your bridesmaids well is to flatter and that's the first thing I can help you with.
I have designed dresses and skirts in so many styles you'll find it hard to make up your mind. Maybe a trumpet-shape shape skirt in plain or sequins? Or a metallic top with spaghetti straps? It's never been easier to create a custom look for your ladies. At the wedding itself you could dress your girls in one style for the ceremony. Then change it around for the drinks reception. And then again for the evening party especially with separate s. Should you choose separates they aren't going to be tucked away in the closet after the confetti has fallen and the wedding is over. Oh no. Afterwards your girls are going to want to take them out and show them off again and again. Because they are gorgeous.
What else have I been working on?
CHRISTENING GOWNS I have a fabulous collection of vintage gowns but I also make bespoke robes.

Both these two were made with material from the wedding dress. Heirlooms for the future I hope.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sunshine & Shots

When the sun shines here there is no better place to be. So we have to take advantage of it while we can. 

Here are some photos of dresses we have for you so when you are ready to come and try some on just give us a ring and make an appointment.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

All Engaged Couples would you Dare to Win this? 

Would you and your friends and family be up for fun challenges to give you the wedding day of your dreams?

Wedding Day Winners (working title) is a brand new Saturday night entertainment show. Each show will see two couples take part on their wedding day. Before they say "I do" their friends and family must compete in a series of games to win prizes on their behalf. Each couple then go head-to-head for a chance to win a luxurious honeymoon. Once the games have finished it’s time for each couple to celebrate at their own wedding reception.

We're looking for engaged couples who are interested in taking part.

Wedding Day Winners (working title) is produced for the BBC by Panda Television