Nicky was one of our first brides at the boutique and will always be incredibly special to me. Just as I thought we wouldn't make it with the shop, Nicky walked in a booked an appointment. She completely understood what we were doing and gave me all the encouragement I needed. It's supposed to be me supporting the bride!
Nicky firstly was looking to have her Mothers wedding dress from the 1960s redesigned into her dress however it wasn't quite going to work. So I designed a new dress taking inspiration from the first and then we were able to remodel Nicky's mothers dress into something for the reception.
The brief was something elegant, simple and not too full. Nicky immediately reminded me of Audrey Hepburn with her gorgeous crop, dark eyes and infectious smile. It seems a cliche but it really helped to set the tone of the design.
I designed two options, one dress with a separate topper, the other even simpler with long lines. Simple is never easy, but when it works can be the most beautiful thing. It requires the most accurate of cutting, absolute perfection in the fabric and no margin for error. No draping and re-draping, if it's not perfect we start again.
Luckily we have the wonderful Anna as head seamstress who has all the accuracy to create such a dress.
Nicky's dress has long princess lines, no waistline and a rolled collar to frame the neckline with short sleeves. The detail is in the covered buttons all covered by the main silk duchess satin.
The final dress was just the right dress for Nicky and looked effortlessly chic on. Her second dress was a similar tone and required taking apart her mothers dress and changing to skirt to a full pleated design with bow belt and pearl bead detailing. Something a little less serious for the evening.
Nicky lived in London but with parents locally, Ken and herself fell in love with Wells. They were married in the Town Hall with a reception at The Bishops Palace. She was our first real 'Wells wedding' bride and quickly included the best of the talents in Wells.
The pre wedding dinner was held at The Rising Sun, Greek restaurant, they took rooms at the Swan hotel and the Crown. Nicola at the Queen Street Deli made the cake and of course the fabulous Lynnsey Kelly designed the flowers.
Hair and make up were by In Harmony and Nicky's hair band was made by Polly Victoria stocked in our shop.
It was so special to be able to see our bride walk by the boutique on her wedding day, it also gave me a chance to check everything. Nicky was stunning as you can see.
Thank you to Nicky and Ken for showing the best Wells has to offer. I'm so proud to be in the little city with so many talented people!