I love wedding dresses, which is hugely beneficial given my chosen profession, but my passion is also for Veils. Often so overlooked by a bride, and surprisingly by shops sometimes too, a good veil can complete the look of the gown, or trigger emotions in a bride, when she has found the one. A poor veil can let down a dress, whilst the right one can enhance it. I have recently beaded a beautiful vintage veil for a bride, originally worn by her mum 30 years ago, it looks as perfect today as it did then. From a very well known designer, it has stood the test of time, and is now ready for the next generation. A veil with a story to tell!
Getting the colour right, the length spot on, and the veil that frames and compliments a bride’s figure, and brings out the very best In her dress is so important. My Grandfather was a master confectioner, and my Gran a baker. They used to say that every minute detail of a wedding cake was as important as the next, and after they both created the cake, which seemed to take weeks, he would spend days carefully creating a lattice work of lace icing, and delicate rosebuds on his magnificent work of art, making sure each cake was individual, unique and perfect. This isn’t just a cake, it is art he would tell me, and the moment the cake topper went on was the moment he could step back and proudly say ‘’teamwork’. When I match the perfect veil to the dream dress, I get the same feeling – just knowing that everything just works – together.
Before the last lockdown, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with the wonderful team from Elizabeth Dickens. Nina and Alan took the time to show me their new designs, which would have been unveiled in Harrogate last September, but will now be seen at the upcoming Bridal Roadshows Harrogate is the last weekend of June. Sunday 27th/28th June at The Majestic and then on the 4th/ 5th Birmingham Voco St Johns, Solihull. If you get chance to go, check out the new Emmerson and the Swan – or the crystal edged Swan Lake. I love that the veils are made here in the UK, and If I tell a bride it will be here in 2 weeks, it really will be. I love their stand at Harrogate in September, it is welcoming and friendly, and you just know that they want you to do well with their products. They do not sell directly to the public, so if we succeed, they succeed. Teamwork!
I was in Milton Keynes earlier this week, and I realised how much many of us benefit from teamwork even if it isn’t obvious. Even those of us who are on their own, or who feel like we are, it was great to hear shops swapping best sellers, sharing tips on alterations and letting others know what gowns had been successful for them, and the ones that were not. Even as competitors, we are still a team, and we want each other to thrive.
Having said that, after one small glass of Prosecco the team of ladies I was with on Monday were utterly useless. With the focus and direction skills of moths round a strobe light – we talked and laughed so much on our way back from lunch, we were totally unaware of time, and the fact that we had walked around the MK Stadium countless times, on many different levels – trying to find our way back to the bridal show rooms. We follow each other on social media, and obviously were so pleased to be able to have a catch-up after so long in isolation, we blindly followed each other around hotel corridors for an eternity, until someone asked the question as we passed seemingly another posh suite of rooms overlooking the grounds – ‘seriously – how many Directors boxes do they have here?” Turns out, just the one.