As Christmas draws near, we come to the end of our 4th year, here, at My little Wedding Shop….and what a wonderful year we have had. 2015 has been a transforming year for the boutique as we welcomed Georgina to the team, George has brought youth, enthusiasm and raw talent to the boutique and I know that all of you who have worked with her this year, recognise her fantastic potential and skill as well as her ability to fit in different sized boxes, (as inspired by the very large box that our first delivery of Irregular Choice Bridal Collection shoes arrived in…it was her own idea!)
I was treated to a fantastic surprise this year as my husband whisked me away for a romantic visit to Paris for our anniversary. I got to stay in a real Parisian apartment thanks to Airbnb (who I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for their own private get-a-away!), visit Mountmatre and have a coffee in the Amelie cafe and take a look at the Eiffel Tower, (I was not brave enough to go up but I had a fab view from my safe bench in the park!).
This Summer saw the launch of our latest Jane&Edward bridal collection, which was inspired by the beautiful, lush Shropshire countryside. We were very privileged to be allowed to hold our photoshoot at the Dower House in Morville. With such beautiful gardens and a vast array of flora, I just wanted to move in with my tent and spend the whole Summer in those wonderful surroundings. We were very lucky that the weather stayed dry until 15 minutes after we finished shooting, which we were very relieved about and we got to work with the incredibly talented Omie Megan make-up artist for the first (and hopefully not the last) time!
Our Summer ended with a grand family event as my wonderful Sister-in-Law tied the knot and we welcomed Tim to the family. It was such an amazing day with so many friends and family gathered together and the rare occasion that I actually get to see the bride walk down the aisle in one of my own creations. Cassie smiled so much all day and danced all night, we even got footage of her hola-hooping in her tea-length gown and Daisy crown. I was so proud to be a part of Cassie & Tim’s day and I havewonderful memories to make me smile.
As many of you know, we were thrilled to be a part of the National Wedding Show for the third year running, featuring in their Designer Zone. We really look forward to this event as despite being incredibly busy, it is a real adventure and I get to spend some quality time with my Mum and my Aunty who travel all the way from The Forest of Dean and Cornwall to help on the stand. It has been such a pleasure that so many of the Brides-to-Be that we met at the show have now visited us at the boutique to book in theirdresses for 2016 & 2017, with some wonderful ladies travelling from as far as London and Yorkshire. We are so lucky that Bridgnorth is such a great place to visit, ensuring that our brides not only get to have their private fittings but can then celebrate in one of our highly recommended restaurants or tea shops!
This year we have been working hard on our window displays which can be a real challenge to be inventive and inspiring; we have been very touched by the responses to many of our windows, notably our Remembrance Day window for which George created 45 handmade poppies to decorate our Primrose wedding dress, the result being a striking and moving display.
Throughout 2015 we have been blessed with beautiful brides, all with their own ideas and themes for their wedding day. I am honoured that we have got to work with you all, creating your perfect, unique, bespoke bridal gowns. 2015 has brought us inspiration from the sea, bohemian tee-pees, Victoriana and even Heavy Metal…let’s see how 2016 can compare!
Merry Christmas to you all and we wish you a wonderful 2016 and beyond.