A year ago this month two pals of mine had THE MOST stylish, romantic and fabulous wedding day. I am biased as I was Matron of Honour (Matron!?! Sounds like I am 80 years old!) but from that position I obviously knew them very well, had witnessed their love story and got goosebumps all over when they said ‘I do’. I also had the inside track on their outfit decisions! My December blog is inspired by Amy and James – two naturally stylish people who looked sensational on their wedding day.
Now obviously I am in the business of selling sample and once-worn designer dresses but that certainly doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate how amazing it could be to have a dress or suit tailored to my actual body! I wore a sample dress on my wedding day and loved every inch of it but I am sure, if I had my arm twisted I could be persuaded to have a made to measure dress one day – hell yeah!
It was Amy’s third or fourth visit to a bridal boutique where she tried on a dress by the extremely talented Sanyukta Shrestha. It was a sample. It was called Wallis. It was slightly too big but it looked sensational on Amy. The clear inspiration behind the design of the dress was Wallis Simpson’s dress when she married Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to marry her.
There were two slight problems though – it had a completely open back and was quite open on the chest area. For another bride these might be a plus but for Amy and having a December wedding – it was a no no. We walked away pondering the different gowns we had tried on and a couple of weeks later Amy called me to say she had been in touch with Sanyukta herself and was having a bespoke version of that same gown made! Result. It’s perhaps worth mentioning here – if you find a sample dress you like but there are things about it you are not so keen on – a savvy seamstress can normally perform wonders – especially making a gown smaller or adding more material like straps, sleeves etc in a material of your choice to complement the dress.
Now for the equally important grooms outfit! Buying a new suit is a right of passage for any man getting married and let’s face it…they might wear it just a few more times than their bride wears their dress!
James had heard that Reiss were doing personal tailoring and went along to see them and made the best decision a guy could make by going for one of their 17 stage (17!) customisation process to have his 3-piece suit made. It looked slick, stylish and was clear it was special as it fitted him perfectly. This option ranges in price from £550 – £895 which for a suit you can wear again and again is a sound investment! Lead time 4-6 weeks. http://www.reiss.com/feature/personal-tailoring/
And last but not least the bridesmaids! We wore Jenny Packham for Debenhams long, gold sequin dresses with a cream shrug from House of Fraser and gold peep toe heels from Kurt Geiger. Amazing. Although there were references to looking like the Supremes when we danced together. But that is just more cool in my opinion!
Above image: Sam Gibson Photography
Amy’s dress will always be one of my favourite ever wedding dresses. I have never seen a dress like it. I just love the inspiration behind it and how Amy was able to put her own stamp on it. I have always thought a wedding day is a celebration of so many things – love, union, declaring in front of witnesses your commitment to another person – and with that often comes a desire to wear what makes you feel the best you ever have. For some it is jeans and a t-shirt on the beach, others don a bikini and get married at the bottom of the sea (yes I have seen pictures of that!) but often a couple wants to wear the suit and the white dress and these guys did it with style.
I have just returned from a beautiful wedding in Edinburgh and sitting down to finish this blog I have definitely decided to write as many ‘real wedding’ stories as my friends will permit me! The bride this weekend wore a bespoke dress she helped design herself and was made by a lady in Singapore where she lives – it was stunning and just reminded me how there are so many options when choosing a dress….Every avenue should be explored!