Couture Experience with Bride and Mother

Follow the experience of real life London bride Katie and her mother Suzzane through their fittings to the day of Katie’s amazing wedding to James. Enjoy her stunning photographs by top fashion photographer Anna Fowler.

Both Katie’s wedding dress and her Mum’s outfit are designed by Joyce Young. Katie’s Mum is a florist and made the bouquet and the church flowers for the wedding.

Katie is a ballet dancer and runs The Primrose Hill Ballet School and Primrose Hill Performing Arts she lives near our London showroom. She and her mother Suzzane first came to see us a year before the wedding.

At the first appointment it was clear that Katie would prefer to choose the Couture route and have a dress individually designed for her. She tried on styles and we mocked up the final design by taking elements from a few different samples. A sketch was drawn and the French Chantilly lace chosen which suited Katie’s delicate features beautifully. The body of the dress is a heavy crepe which drapes beautifully.

Here are Katie and James’ fabulous wedding photos, see below for the journey.

The big reveal !  Seeing the bride in her dress for the first time!
Amended design sketch . The orignal sketch was drawn up on Katies first visit and the fabrics chosen. heavy crepe with some stretch and delicate French Chantilly lace . The detachable train is in tulle with lace appliqued all around the edge.  Later the design was amended and changed to have a plunge neckline at the front under the lace and a lower back. The toile was made and fitted in cotton before cutting the dress in fabric. The dress was constructed over several fittings to create the perfect fit .

designer in studio holding i pad showing sketch

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Body Measurement Size Chart

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Size guide

1. Bust
Measure around your back and the fullest part of your bust

2. Waist
Measure the slimmest part below your ribs and above your navel

3. Hips
Measure around the fullest part of your hips

4. Height
Get someone to help you with this and measure from head to toe