Thursday, 4 March 2010

My Best Friends Wedding!

Louise and I have been friends since junior school, so that's some...well...fair few years.

I was working in Pronuptia at the time Louise and Rob decided to marry in the late 80's early 1990's, so of course the salon was going to be her first port of call.
Louise was agitated that 'The One' just wasn't out there after visiting many surrounding bridal shops, liking a little of this, a lot of that and the fabric of this one, so she eventually turned to me and said. "Will you make it for me?"

Louise was torn between two styles. The sleekness of a column shaped gown, but also adored the fullness of a skirt so we decided to incorporate both.
Using a beautiful embroidered tulle for the column and a 100% silk taffeta for the full skirt
we looked at several patterns but again, none of which were compatible. So, we used several.

Being a non sewer, Louise dearly wanted to help with the construction of her gown so would come around and help sew onto the lace a selection of clear and ivory sequins and beads. I added a beautiful fringe of teardrop pearls to the scallop neckline, waist and sleeves.
The full length sleeves had a deep, covered button closure as did the back and I added some tulle to the inside of the skirt for some added fullness. An internal belt was added to counteract the weight of the skirt to prevent 'drag-down' of the bodice and keep the waist sitting at the waist!
Because of the ornate work on her gown, I made Louise a full-length silk tulle veil which finished her look perfectly.
Louise and Rob were married in Clifton, Bristol with the suspension bridge the backdrop to many of their photographs.

There reception was held at what is now known as the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.

Louise with her bridesmaids in burnt orange 100% silk dupion dresses.

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