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Sarah Willard Couture

A couture wedding dress designed for you?

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Are you thinking of having a beautiful bridal gown, designed and handmade just for you? 

You may have fragments of ideas about your dream dress – images from childhood, dreams, a time period in history or style icons; pages ripped out of glossy magazines, or doodles on a page? Our skill is the ability to capture these ideas and use them to create an elegant and stylish gown that reflects your personality and ensures that you will see your dream dress become a reality. It’s like going on a journey – you may not quite know your destination, but you will discover things about yourself on the way and when it is over, take with you a fabulous array of memories and experiences. It’s exciting and a lot of fun! 

We begin to develop your design by listening – we want to know what ideas you might already have, what the dress will be expected to do and what the wedding venue will be like. It does help if you bring some ideas too, whether that's pictures in magazines, images on an iPad or Pinterest.  And if that all sounds a bit daunting thinking about what you think you definitely don't want is often a great starting point! 

There are plenty of dresses to try on, books and designs to look at, Vintage dresses for inspiration and rolls of fabric to choose from, beads, laces, trimmings. And we usually end up doodling our ideas on paper. Above all it's fun! You will be able be to talk through your ideas and thoughts, before having the opportunity to try on dresses and separates from the Collection. This allows you to play with different ideas and find out what style of dress will suit you – you may be surprised at how your original thoughts change in the first stages of the couture experience! 

Design Sketches

Sketches are then drawn and your measurements taken. It’s also the time to choose from an extensive range of luxurious fabrics including silks, lace and velvets; browse through boxes of trimmings; tip out jars of pearls, beads and crystals and let your imagination run wild.

“Having my dress made by Sarah was an amazing experience – she knew what I wanted even before I did and the end result was perfect.” 
“I went to Sarah with a vague idea of a look I liked, and she worked so quickly and with so much vision that it wasn’t long before we came to something truly beautiful. On our big day and still now, I have comments of how beautiful my dress was, many saying it was the loveliest one they had ever seen.” 

Once you have chosen the style and design of your dress, the next step is a block pattern fitting, an important first stage in the couture dress making process. This isn’t very exciting, but vital as the block is the first draft of the basic pattern specific to your measurements. It’s often a simple shift dress, and nothing like your wedding dress, but it’s really important to get the fit of the block right, as all the patterns for your dress come from this master template. 

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For your next fitting, a ‘toile’ (a mock-up of the dress design in cotton calico) will be created. The toile fitting ensures that we are on the correct wavelength and you will begin to see the ideas that we had on paper spring into life as the is tweaked so that it is the perfect fit for you. The design can then evolve, as we keep working on this stage until we are all happy, the toile looks amazing on you, we’ve finished pinning, and usually you are so excited you want to wear the toile home! 

Beads and Sequins

Only then do we begin the dress in it’s actual fabric. The first silk fitting is exciting, as you begin to see how you’ll dress will look, how the fabric feel and falls. The dress will not be finished at this stage, but we begin to make alterations to ensure that your dress fits perfectly. There may be a couple more fittings depending on the complexity of the design, as details are added, any necessary alterations are made and the hem is finished. 

Wedding Dress Work In Progress

You will be made to feel extremely special at each fitting and be able to have an input at every stage of your dress’s development. Once all the work on your dress is complete and your anticipation and excitement levels have reached their peak, you will be able to collect your finished dress. Not only will you be thrilled with the result, you will also never want to buy another dress off the peg again! 

“Sarah is amazing, she has that rare creativity and I walked down the aisle wearing a very special dress. The whole process was an amazing experience from the first appointment through to the finished dress. I knew my dress would be just perfect.”  
“I expected a nice dress for my wedding... What I received was a one off, special, intricate masterpiece! I’ve never seen another dress like it which is exactly what I wanted! I feel very honoured to wear such a beautiful piece of fashion led wedding style! 

Unsure whether you’ll like your dress and unsure that all this may be a bit of a risk? Well we have plenty of happy customers who say that they loved the experience and that it was one of the best things about planning a wedding. And our advice, start early. If the toile stage is completed several months before your wedding date, then when people start asking about your dress you already have the answers… you’ve seen the prototype, and already know that having a dress made for you is a dream come true! 

Sarah x
 

Introducing the new home of Couture HQ

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We've moved! Up to the prettiest attic opposite the magical Sugnall Walled Garden. With beams, light, and the most wonderful view that it's hard not to feel inspired. On a sunny day we can throw open the windows and listen to the birds sing!

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My designs have always been inspired by nature and the beauty and fragility of flowers. So I simply can't wait for a spring afternoon that's warm enough to ponder on a bench in the garden with my sketchbook. And I can even sit in the coffee shop making plans with my notebook, a lovely cup of tea and scrumptious cake! How I love my "job"!

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In fact my heart misses a beat every time I turn the key in the lock... it really is a dream come true. Our brand has always been about creating dresses with love in the heart of the countryside. And now we do!

We'd love to show you are new home. As always you can contact us, we'd love to hear from you!

Much love,

Sarah xxx

Don't miss our sample sale!

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Our wedding dress sample sale starts this Saturday 7th January at 11am.

Many of our past season's dresses will be reduced at prices of up to 70% off. This is an great opportunity to own a silk designer wedding dress at a fraction of the price. 



Here's a few of the dresses in the sale:


We have made the dresses with lots of love and know them inside out! So we are able to undertake alterations and re-trimming too, which means a sample dress could easily be transformed into the dress of your dreams! 

“On the first visit I found a sample dress I loved and after the initial consultation Sarah took time to understand the look I wanted, and explained her ideas and the process. After this first meeting I knew that Sarah would be an excellent choice - exceptional service made completely individual and unique.”

— A Sarah Willard bride who wore a sample dress 2015

And then we only have a few evening wear pieces left, but these will be in the sale too, both online and in the studio in Eccleshall. 



We have a handful of spaces left for bespoke wedding dresses for 2017 and are now booking to the autumn of 2018.  

During the January sale new orders for bespoke or made to measure wedding dresses will also qualify for a £175 voucher for accessories, which could be a veil or a headdress to coordinate with your dress. 

We don't hold our sales very often so if you would like to book an appointment please contact us or call 07815 740116 to reserve a time .  We'd love to meet you and help you find the dress of your dreams! 

 

The Best of 2016

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Wow! What a year that was! So many lovely brides, and some lovely designs await for 2017! And we created a new bridal ready to wear collection, a gorgeous new logo and rebranded our website. And winning the regional finals at The Wedding Industry Awards for the fourth time in a row!



Fascinated to see that the most popular images on Instagram were glimpses behind the scenes of our couture atelier!  We are so proud be be artisans and we really do make everything by hand ourselves!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us this year, from our suppliers, fellow industry friends, our loyal customers, and most of all to the brides who trusted us to make the dress of their dreams. Can't wait to see what 2017 brings! Wishing you all the Happiest New Year!

 

A Christmas wishlist for a couture girl...

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Here's our edit of present ideas for Couture Girls! Now is the time to drop that subtle ( or not so subtle?) hint! Or go on, treat yourself. You're worth it! 

What about an evening wear top? Perfect for layering for Christmas and New Year parties, and as there are only a few ready to wear sizes left, they're 25% OFF!



Stocking fillers

Or a little something for a Christmas stocking!



And it's not too late!


LAST ORDERING DATES FOR CHRISTMAS DELIVERY:

Europe including Ireland 18th December
UK mainland 20th December
or 21st by next day delivery (£5)

Happy last minute shopping! 

 

glamorous, timeless, elegant, romantic

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Cue drum roll.........…. because we're so excited to share this with you!

Treasured… our evening wear collection

Every time we made a lace or sheer cover up for a bride, the couture girls would say that they would love one in a different colour, to wear with jeans. And so the seeds of a new collection were sewn. We just love dressing up for glamorous occasions, but we often go out for drinks to catch up with the girls, or to parties with friends for dinner. After a long day at work we also feel confident more covered up, but also want to feel very elegant and alluring too. 

 

So here's our solution for all you couture and fashion loving lovelies! ... Understated and stylish wardrobe essentials that can be dressed up or down depending on your mood and the occasion, that can be worn in different ways time and time again! A little bit of luxury that will take you from an informal night out with friends to a more formal dinner party and to a grand country house event too. 

 

Here's evening-wear separates in soft spotted tulle and sheer fabrics, delicate French  laces and soft silk satins. There's also the tiny details for which we are well known; glass pearls, seed beads and velvet ribbons that add elegance and allure. 

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Team with a glamorous satin skirt or frothy ballgown to make a grand statement, or over a LBD for a less formal Audrey-esque affair. Or be casual and dress down with your favourite denim and long boots too. 

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The photo shoot for the collection was the most amazing day at The Heath House, one of Staffordshire's most beautiful venues. The very talented Jade Osborne captured these stunning images in natural light, with gorgeous hair and make-up by Caro Millington and jewellery from Judith Brown's new Opulence Collection. 

Quintessentially British, glamorous, timeless, ethereal, elegant and romantic. Designed in our Staffordshire atelier and lovingly "Made in England". And now available to purchase online

 

ps. There's same day dispatch on in stock items, order by 3pm on December 22nd to secure delivery for Christmas.

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Behind the scenes

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The "Couture Girl" on work experience...

She has grown up with the world of Couture, and for as long as she can remember fabric and thread have been part of her everyday life. She is one of the original "Couture Girls"! Even if she sometimes has to alter her own clothes!

Now Miss Willard is a keen dressage rider who would rather spend all her waking hours with her beloved horse, and left to her own devices she would sleep in the stables too. It is where she is the happiest!

She is also turning into a keen photographer,  and so this is what happens when my daughter spends some of her work experience week at the studio . Apparently it's better than being at school ;-) Well only just! And the result is some great photographs and a short film too...



And a film too ... 


So please excuse me if I'm just a teeny weeny bit proud of her!

 

Are you a bespoke bride?

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How do you know if having a dress made especially for you is the right thing to do? How do you decide whether you are a "bespoke bride"?

There are many advantages to wearing a bespoke couture wedding dress. Here's just a few. 

A bespoke dress is designed for you, right from the beginning of the process. From the design details, to what elements might flatter you most are all incorporated into the design. You can choose your fabric, the colour and all the trimmings, laces, sparkle, pearls and buttons to create the perfect unique wedding dress. And because the dress fits and flatters you, you'll feel a million dollars and so comfortable that you'll feel truly special.

Here are just a few reasons why you might be a bespoke  bride.

1) You have dreamt of your dress:

You have a very clear idea of the dress that you're going to wear on your wedding day. And you know that a shop simply won't have what you are looking for and you'll need to find someone to create your vision for you. 

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2) You just can't find the dress of your dreams:

If you have been hunting or the perfect dress and simply not found it. If you like part of one dress and part of another the two elements (or more!) can be combined to create the dress of your dreams.

A bespoke designer can use their years of design experience to make sure that all your ideas are woven into a dress that works, so that your dress doesn’t look just “dressmade”, but is a truly beautiful couture design.

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3) You’re  a creative soul who would love to have something made for you:

If getting married is as much about the journey as the day itself, choosing to go down the couture path will provide you with memories to treasure. It’s perhaps a once in lifetime experience to become a dress designer too, and work alongside someone to create an heirloom quality one of a kind dress to cherish. 

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4) Wedding dress shopping just isn’t for you:

Perhaps you’re quite shy, and the thought of being the centre of attention in a hard sell environment fills you with dread? The last thing you want to do is stand on a box in front of a large mirror in public, in a dress that doesn't fit you, only to be told that you look amazing when you really don't feel it.

When you have a dress created for you it’s about building a relationship with the person who is going to make the most important dress of your life. There’s no selling, it’s much more "can we work together?" A skilled designer will listen because it’s an emotional experience for the both of us and we all need to love the dress we are creating too. 

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5) You’re not Miss Average:

Don’t worry no-one is! We’re certainly not! But if for example you are are tall, or petite you might find yourself worrying about whether your dress will fit and later you in all the right ways.

There is nothing more flattering than a dress designed especially for you, made to your own measurements and cut to flatter you. You can create illusions of being taller, slimmer, curvier and give yourself the inner confidence to feel so completely comfortable that you can relax and enjoy your day. 

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6) You might just be a bit of a control freak!

You don’t have to worry about all the finer details at the beginning. Or about whether you will change size in the months leading up to the wedding day. You’ll get to see your dress gradually develop months before your wedding, as its created in a toile, (or mock-up in cotton first .) There’s no anxiety about whether you made the right decision about a dress many weeks ago, and no “Don’t Tell The Bride” nerve-wracking big reveal moment! And you can select every element of your dress, from the fabric to the buttons, beads and trimmings too. 

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We love creating bespoke wedding dresses and know that the most beautiful dresses are the ones that are a joy to make and handcrafted with love. 

How much does this cost?

Well not as much as you think. For about the same price as  a quality off the peg dress you can have your bespoke dream dress, designed, cut to your individual measurements and tailored to fit and flatter you perfectly.

And it will be a completely unique dress, no-one else will have one exactly like it! And you’ll treasure the memories of a truly special experience forever. 

 
 
 

PS. We undertake a limited number of bespoke commissions each year. For further information please contact the studio. 

A Country House, a Secret Garden and a Staffordshire Bride... An Inspirational Shoot

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Buried deep in the Staffordshire countryside is a country house, filed with heirlooms of past generations and a secret garden, with an ancient stone wall and blood red fairytale roses.

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And there's polished wood interiors, sandstone, high garden walls with climbing roses, and a table underneath the trees piled high with vases and Staffordshire china.

And so we were inspired to use this as the inspiration for a photoshoot, with our "Staffordshire Bride", whose wardrobe includes Wellington boots, a riding jacket with a very modern take on tweed and a couture dress or several. Here is someone who is at Glastonbury one week, a private view in London the next, and who comes home to celebrate her wedding.

Sublime photographs by Caroline Burley captured our couture dresses in these elegant surroundings, with beautiful blooms and styling by the extremely talented Sean Hirst . Hair by Francescos in the village of Eccleshall and hair and make-up by Fiona Brunt . 

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part. 

 
 

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A truly couture dress

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Today  I'm sharing with you the story of a very special dress. So reach for your tea and be prepared for an incredible amount of sheer prettiness.

One of the joys of being a Couture designer is the ability to create something completely unique, to take a brief and an inspiration and push the boundaries to make a piece of art. This commission was certainly that. It was and never will be "just a garment."

Here is a dress created for a Gatsby party, vintage inspired, but certainly not costumey, fashion forward and modern too.

Oh my... cue lots of thought and lots of dreaming. 

Our "Great Gatsby" Pinterest board.

Our "Great Gatsby" Pinterest board.

A mood board of ideas

A mood board of ideas

We, ( and it is "we" because my client and I worked closely together,) began an inspiration board on Pinterest. A completely brilliant way of collecting ideas, refining a brief and establishing a design direction.  

And then the fabric sourcing began. We loved the mix of soft colours and metallics. Our shortlist of gold, silver, pastel colours and sparkles made us feel so inspired.

Once we had set upon this gold lace and soft pink silk satin, we allowed the fabrics to dictate a direction. We loved the dresses worn by Carey Mulligan in the film "The Great Gatsby", and wanted to create the soft prettiness of some of the dresses she wore as Daisy Buchanan. Although the 1930s was the Art Deco period, we wanted to capture the softness of layers of bias cut fabrics and floating panels that would fly with movement and dance. Flowers were cut out and used as applique on the high low hem, both on the lace layer and the linings underneath.  

.... soft, pretty, organic and dreamy!  

And then we fell in love with the idea of a detachable cape, with delicate appliqué, using the edge of the lace and the flowers too, 

And beaded with tiny glass seed pearls in gold and dusky pinks. And vintage sequins too. 

For couture designers this was a dream come true. We were given the opportunity to create something truly special that was hand finished with lots of love. We hope ( actually we're pretty sure we know for certain!) that this couture piece will be treasured for many years to come. 

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Our sample sale is nearly here!

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Sarah has been designing her brand new bridal collection, so some of our sample dresses need to find happy "brides to be" to treasure them. Sarah's little boutique is becoming  so crowded, a treasure trove of bridal beauties, and some! We thought we had so much space, but our little house of bridal treasures has shrunk again! So much as we love them,  we will be selling off our existing collection dresses to make way for our brand new designs. 

Our next sample sale will begin on Saturday 19th March 2016. It’s a special opportunity to own a designer  wedding dress at a fraction of the normal price. The sale includes beautiful handcrafted silk wedding dresses in sizes 8-12 that capture the air and romance of a bygone era, Vintage inspired but Modern too! 

 
 

There's also flower girl dresses, suits for Mother of the Bride and Vintage frocks all to be found new homes at a fraction of the usual price you would expect to pay. 

A sample dress is a great opportunity to buy a couture gown at a discount, and because we design and make them ourselves they can be adapted and re-trimmed too.  too.  Sarah will be on hand to help you make your selection  and advise on how a frock can be altered to make it your dream dress. 


"On the first visit I found a sample dress I loved and after the initial consultation Sarah took time to understand the look I wanted, and explained her ideas and the process. After this first meeting I knew that Sarah would be an excellent choice - exceptional service made completely individual and unique."

 - A SARAH WILLARD BRIDE


Here's just a few of the dresses available in the sale. You can see more here.

 
 

In addition if you order a brand new made to measure collection wedding dress between 19th March and 15th April 2016 you will also qualify for a voucher for up to £175 of accessories. We are now taking bookings through to summer 2017.

Join us from 12 noon until 4pm on Saturday 19th March 2016. See you soon!

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Hearts, lace and lots of love

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The studio is based in a Georgian dolls house with Dickensian windows. And although we don't have large picture windows in which to display our dresses we do have tiny planes of glass to embellish. Ours is a "Curiosity Shop" reminiscent of the "Tailor of Gloucester."

We have scraps of fabrics, boxes of lace and jars of beads and trimmings. And we used these to create Valentine's hearts to hang in our windows.

Wired and backed with organza to give a sheer structure and embellished with bows, flowers and tiny pearls and crystals...

So here's our pretty little shop, with lace love hearts in the windows...

 

Hope your Valentine's day is filed with love and life's tiny pleasures too!

Sarah x
 
 

All the lovely things our brides say about us...

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A few days ago Mr Couture and I made a trip to London for the glittering National Final of The Wedding Industry Awards at the Cafe de Paris. Well... what a night... ! The Wedding Industry folks sure know how to put on THE party of the year! 

Acrobats, magic, music, lots of friends to catch up with and oops ... far too many cocktails! 

We didn't win the National Final, but hey there's always next year! But were so honoured to have made it to London where we had a completely brilliant time celebrating as Regional Winner West Midlands Best Dressmaker Designer.

The day after the awards is when we finally get to see what our 2015 brides had to say about us! The following morning, with just a bit of a head ache and sore feet (when will I ever learn!)  I was in need of a strong coffee (or several!!) . And with blurry eyes I could finally open my voter feedback.

The first of several coffees! 

The first of several coffees! 

Oh WOW! … Not only did our 2015 brides trust Anna and I to create the most important dress in a lifetime, but they completely bowled us over with the wonderful things they had to day about us! Here's just a snippet of the fantastic feedback we received:

"Sarah does not keep up with current fashions, she keeps a hop, skip and a jump ahead of them. It is rare to find someone with both the creative vision to lead a market, the intricate seamstress talent to realise every idea to such a high standard and the people skills to source and manage her team and make each and every customer feel like they are receiving a premium service for their special day. What more could a bride want from her dressmaker?"

"Sarah is amazing, she has that rare creativity and I walked down the aisle wearing a very special dress. The whole process was an amazing experience from the first appointment through to the finished dress. I knew my dress would be just perfect."

"Sarah just has that intangible creative touch, that special indefinable something, that makes her creations stand out from the rest."

"From the minute I met Sarah in her wonderful shop I knew I wanted her to make my wedding dress, from the initial discussions right up to the morning of our wedding Sarah and Anna were fantastic, putting my ideas into reality adding their own touches and dealing with a Christmas bride! They made me feel like I was the only customer and nothing was a problem (even making a dog collar to match my dress!) My dress was perfect and I felt like a princess when I walked up the aisle."

"Sarah made the whole experience of developing and perfecting my wedding outfit a truly enjoyable and memorable experience. At each stage I was made to feel special and Sarah made every effort to produce a dress that I was delighted with, I loved wearing my outfit."

Needless to say, we love our jobs more than ever right now!! Thank you lovelies!

 
 

Have you seen this from Love My Dress...

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Did you see the very beautiful Christmas New Year eMagazine from Love My Dress ? It's a very stylish and inspiring read if you've a wedding to plan, and there's lots of offers for brides to be.

And we're really honoured that the extremely chic and very elegant wedding of a Sarah Willard Couture real bride is featured as one of their "favourite 25 weddings from 2015" too! 

 

We really loved working with Ellie to create her vision of a 1960's inspired wedding dress, with a silk dupion tulip skirt with a train and very cool pockets! We created a separate jacket with lace appliqué and beading with oh so tiny Swarovski crystals. 

We're thrilled to be featured. But it really is the most beautiful magazine packed full of bridal inspiration. Go find a quite corner and have a read, I'm sure you will love it as much as we do!

 
 


2015... what a year!

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Oh my goodness, where do I start this post. We have had the most incredible year at Couture HQ! So where to begin...

We've made 25 wedding dresses, and 52 couture dresses altogether. Our brides have got married in woodlands, celebrated receptions in grand hotels, historic landmarks and church halls too. Our dresses have travelled abroad to0, to America, the Mediterranean and Marrakech. 

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We've had brides get married in our local church, where we've been so honoured to whizz along the High Street to arrange trains and veils in the church porch before the ceremonies begin (so I hope there aren't too many unflattering pics of yours truly, I do try to stay out of the lens whenever possible!)

It has been an absolute joy to work with our brides and realise the dresses of their dreams. It really is the best job in the world! 

We've been featured on blogs too, and on Love My Dress twice this year...

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Love My Dress Blog February 2015

with Katie and Darren's beautiful summer barn nuptials, and with Ellie and Matt's very chic and way too cool industrial 1960s wedding...

which was chosen as one of Love My Dress' top 25 weddings and featured in their Christmas Magazine too!

Love My Dress Christmas Magazine 2015

Love My Dress Christmas Magazine 2015

 

And then there's the inspirational shoots that we have been involved with too. These are from a shoot for Judith Brown Jewellery's new bridal range taken in the conservatory at Sandon Hall by Holly Booth.

 

And then there were the Open Days at The Heath House and Dunwood Hall, were we loved showcasing our bridal collection, and it has to be said we had a lot of fun!

Summer in a Blue VW van wearing Betsy at Dunwood Hall. 

Summer in a Blue VW van wearing Betsy at Dunwood Hall. 

And to reflect the continuing development of Sarah Willard Couture, in November we launched a brand new logo! We couldn't resist a Christmas version with holly too! 

 

The end of the year featured the launch of our evening wear collection. A journey into ready to wear in order make our designs accessible online has always been a dream, eeek... now it's reality! 

 

The year ends where it began, with the imminent final of The Wedding Industry Awards. And this year we await the National Final again; we're thrilled that we have earned our place as Regional Winners as Best Wedding Dressmaker Designer for the third year in a row!

At the minute my awards dress is just a sparkle of an idea... or ideas... too many ideas... I guess that's the perk of the job, Cinderella will definitely go to the ball!

 

We wouldn't be where we are without the support of our families, who have put up with us sewing into the small hours at times. The life of a Couture Girl really is a passion, and we really do spend our lives surrounded by beautiful fabrics and threads. There are so many new plans for 2016, we hope that you'll continue to follow us on our journey.

2015 really has been a wonderful year. A huge thank you to our customers past , present and future for allowing us to create your dream dresses for you. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year. 

 

and the Couture Girls x

 

The Wedding Industry Awards - we've great news!

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We have some really exciting news! We went to a glittering event at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire for the Regional Event for The Wedding Industry Awards.

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After some fabulous canapés and quite possibly one too many Beetlejuice Cocktails we found out that we had won the title of West Midlands Best Wedding Dressmaker Designer! Yippee! We're totally thrilled, very excited and beyond happy!

A huge thank you to all our lovely customers who voted for us, it really does mean the world!

So now Anna and I have extremely glamorous outfits to design for the National Finals in London  in January. And in the meantime we'll continue to create the most beautiful dresses for our brides.

 

China and Roses, an inspirational photoshoot

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This shoot explores something that means so much to us, the heritage of our industrial past, when beautiful things were “Made in Britain.” 

Tea parties with beautiful antique china are often part of a Vintage styled wedding, and it’s part of Staffordshire’s heritage too. Generations of women handed down the skills that created our teacups, saucers and china flowers, and it’s a sense of pride that’s very emotive even today. We were inspired to create a shoot influenced by our pottery girls, and our Bohemian artists and designers.

The shoot took place at Gladstone Pottery, styled with ethereal dresses and accessories that are soft, delicate, and subtly embellished, just as fragile china tea cups are borne from a factory setting.  We looked to the delicate patterns on bone china for inspiration, with their subtle coloured roses and gold leaf.  

The industrial setting of the old factory and mould rooms contrasts  with vintage inspired 1930s dresses with fragile layers of organza tulle and lace. There are delicate roses in chalky colours, flower circlets and hand-tied bouquets. Hair and make was inspired by an element of bohemian gypsy styling, and with china flowers and pretty roses in jars this made for a really exciting shoot.... China and Roses, lovingly made in Staffordshire! 

SUPPLIERS:

Photography:   Light and Lace Photography  www.lightandlacephotography.co.uk

Dresses and Accessories: Sarah Willard Couture  www.sarahwillard.co.uk

Hair & Make-Up: Beauty Angels Hair and Make Up www.bridal-hair-and-make-up.co.uk

Flowers: Flowers By Breige www.flowersbybreige.co.uk

Props and China Tea Set: Agatha’s Vintage Tea Party  www.agathasteaparty.co.uk

Location & China Roses: Gladstone Pottery Museum www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm/

A 1960s Vintage Inspired Couture Bride on Love My Dress

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Ellie and Matt's incredibly stylish vintage 1960s inspired wedding with an industrial twist has been featured on Love My Dress today. This wedding simply oozes style, and Ellie has to be one of the coolest brides, and she looks oh so beautiful.

I can't even begin to tell you how much fun we had creating Ellie's bespoke outfit, from sketching ideas from her original vintage photograph, through to deciding that the skirt just had to have pockets! Completed with a full length veil and carefully sourced vintage gloves her look is just perfection.

You can read the full feature on Love My Dress here...



Ellie chose a dream team of Wedding Industry Suppliers:

Photographer - Ella Ormerod Photography
Wedding Dress + Veil - Sarah Willard Couture
Floral Crown + Flowers - Passion for Flowers
Hair Stylist - Natalie at Bridal Hair Specialists
Makeup Artist – Claire Salter