Introducing Catherine and Jamie. Our newest couple! Catherine came to me back in October 2020 enquiring about a bespoke wedding dress. We immediately got going by talking over design ideas, sketches and sourcing the perfect fabric!
Catherine knew she wanted a more minimal style with vintage detailing. I showed her a little vintage lace bolero and she fell in love with the fabric! It even matched the crepe back satin fabric for the rest of the gown. But we only had a small amount of lace, maybe not enough for the design. I searched EVERYWHERE for a similar lace but nothing matched up to the vintage one. So, we had to solve this problem. We redesigned the gown to fit in with this delicate lace and made it work. We added a low V-back lace trim detail, and lace cap sleeves. And the result for Catherines bespoke wedding dress is stunning!
Have a little read below where Catherine has answered the questions about creating a custom gown, that you've been itching to ask...
Wedding date - 19th June 2021
Venue - Boxbury Farm, Walkern
Florals - On the table and in the church were done by a family friend and neighbour, all foraged from her own garden and hedgerows; so all seasonal.
Photographer -Esther Wild Photography
Brides hair - Emma Kim Bridal Hairstylist
Veil - 'Isabella' from Britten Weddings
Brides Dress - Naya Bridal
What made you want to get a bespoke gown made?
It was not something that I had envisioned doing until I came across Naya Bridal. The ethos behind the company inspired me to contact Evie and the rest was history. It is really important to me that I know where the materials have come from and I know who is making the dress, this concept interwoven with the idea of supporting a local business had me sold.
How did you find the process of making your gown from scratch?
I loved every minute of creating my gown from scratch. Evie always listened to my ideas and worries and never judged but gave sound advice. I was able to make the various decisions at my own pace and never felt under pressure. Overall, it was a very enjoyable process, made easy by Evie and her relaxed nature.
Did you find it hard not seeing a ‘final’ dress before committing to the process?
It was a little hard, however I trusted Evie’s skill and judgement that it would all work out OK. And there was something magical about trying it on after all of the hours we spent together tweaking different parts, to see all of our hard work come together a few weeks before the wedding was amazing.
We had to put your dress fittings on hold during the last lockdown, was that hard or stressful for you?
I didn’t mind that there was a slight delay for dress fittings as we had left plenty of time to spare. I trusted that it would get completed on time.
What was your favourite things about your day?
The marriage ceremony itself was my favourite part of the day. You spend so long planning the reception and after party yet the most important part for me was the vows.
What tips and advice would you give to couples currently planning a wedding?
Focus on why you are getting married and the rest will fall into place. Create a budget before you start planning and list a couple of things that are most important to you and prioritise these.
I would say, do whatever is going to ensure you feel most relaxed on the day so you can kick back and enjoy the most special day with your loved ones.