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Brides, dress to please yourself, not others.

Brides, dress to please yourself, not others.

July 9, 2016

You will love your dress but no one else will love it as much as you do. Don’t compromise on anything to please others.

Freedom of Dress

Freedom of Dress

May 25, 2016

Should we ban balaclavas because a few criminals choose to wear them? People have as much right to wear a bikini without being hassled as a burkha and I will defend their right to that choice.

I have been making wedding dresses for more than 15 years. My training in Costume for theatre and film and four years as bridal alterations seamstress led me to my specialism. With an understanding of the different ways of cutting and shaping dresses through the centuries, I can draw on hundreds of years of technical and design knowledge in creating unique and contemporary gowns as well as historical and vintage styles. One of my greatest pleasures is seeing my clients over the moon with happiness as their dress ideas come to life.

My customers generally fall into two main categories: those who have searched the bridal shops and simply can’t find the perfect dress (but know the style they’re looking for), and those whose ideas are more vague and will need more of my design help and suggestions. Trying on a few dresses in the shops is essential, as your first ideas may change when you see the style on your own figure.

The key advice I always give is that every bride must dress to please herself, because no one else could pick the dress meant for her.  True to my training I always feel a wedding dress is a costume. It must say something special about this girl on this day, just as a costume tells you about the character and story of someone in a film. A wedding dress tells the story of what a bride wants her future to be. That’s why the dress is important, special, and unique. When someone wears the dress that makes them happy, it will show.

Brides often remark what a delightful surprise it is to find me close to home in East Surrey, for brides coming from Redhill, Reigate, Caterham, Horley, Dorking or Guildford. But my clients travel too, as access is easy from London. Redhill being only 40 minutes direct from Victoria or London Bridge. And clients come from further afield; Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and all over the South East. Over seas clients are not unknown as Gatwick airport is only 10 minutes away by train, or 20 minutes in a taxi, and Heathrow an easy 40minutes around the M25.

Testimonials

We let our happy customers speak for themselves...

Alexandra Schultze

My dress was everything and more that I dreamed of. Everyone loved it, and of course I am it’s biggest fan! I hope you are able to continue to help future brides like myself feel as beautiful as I did!

Alexandra Schultze
Sarah Waterhouse

Thank you so much for designing and making me such a beautiful dress that will be shared with generations to come. I am so pleased with the final outcome. I felt like such a beautiful bride and I would have been lost without such an eye catching dress. Thank you so much for all your time and effort spent. Words cannot express how much it means to me.
Lots of love from Sarah-Louise.

Sarah Waterhouse
Katherine Casey

Thank you so much again for all of your fantastic work everyone just loved the dresses and kept commenting on how unusual mine was!!!
Take care
Katherine. Xxx

Katherine Casey
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