Our first KD Bride on Saturday was Rachel. Her diary began many months ago when she had her first consultation with me telling me exactly what she wanted, Rachel didn’t want a “traditional wedding dress” like the ones in a shop. Rachel knew she wanted sleeves, a tailored style and a square neckline. After the initial consultation we go to work, 3 toile dress fittings later and we go into the real fabric.
We combined everything Rachel wanted and incorporated a textured satin panel in the side and delicate crystal detailing on the shoulders. (We wait with baited breath for the professional pictures to show off the detail in this gown, but in the meantime you will have to make do with my iPhone shots…)
Tracey Lally booked her consultation in February to discuss her Bespoke Wedding gown. Tracey’s dream dress was to be a fitted mermaid style gown in french lace tulle with pearl embellishment. The design was decided and the fitting schedule was organised, I was to see her in May for the dress fittings to begin.
A few weeks after the consultation I received a panicked phone call – Tracey had just found out that she was pregnant! This was a first for me, to design a wedding gown around a baby bump, I have designed bespoke bridesmaids dresses for expectant mothers but not a wedding dress. Tracey came into the studio and the excitement of her expecting her first little one took over us and we were filled with emotion. I settled her nerves around the dress design and we tried to retain the original idea of a fitted gown in French lace tulle and with the pearl detailing.
We spaced out the fittings so we would allow the little bump to grow, grouping most of the fittings closer to the date of the wedding. The dress began to take shape in the final month of the fitting schedule with the tailored sleeves, bodice and skirt. We had an emergency panel down the back of the dress just incase there was a little growth spurt. The embroidered lace tulle was stunning, it has a delicate metallic thread which runs through the intricate pattern. This lace tulle was chosen so when the gown was in the sunlight the lace would shimmer under the mediterranean sun, Tracey’s wedding destination of choice was Cyprus.
In the final week before Tracey left for her wedding she was due to see her midwife to make sure she was fit to fly, being 7 months meant she had to get permission. We joked about what we do if she wasn’t granted permission, this beautiful bespoke dress would have no wedding! Happily everything was just perfect. Tracey was one of my most relaxed brides, organising a wedding and expecting your first baby would make most people pour with sweat just thinking about it. At Tracey’s penultimate fitting the bump was perfectly formed so we were able to tailor the dress around the bump to show off the shape rather than hide it. Most wedding gowns for pregnant women are made from jersey or stretch fabric to allow space for growth but to have a dress tailor made at this stage is the best thing to do as it was made in the most luxurious crepe and lace, no expense spared.
Tracey collected her dress finished and we wished her well!
“Hi Kirsty, dress fit perfectly, Thank you!” – When we got the text from Tracey on the day of the wedding we couldn’t have been happier!
We are so happy we got to share this super special experience with you Tracey and we can’t wait to see pictures of the little one!
Photographs by Wedding photographer Wes Simpson http://www.wessimpsonphotography.co.uk/weddings/
Each piece of French leavers lace was hand stitched onto the back of the dress with over 100 silk covered buttons sewn from the top to the hem of the dress.
The French lace was trimmed off the original fabric and we made a new pattern to sew on to the silk tulle veil.
This photograph from Karen’s wedding shows off the hand finished detail that went into the dress. From the scalloped edging on the hem to the silk covered buttons. Every single detail was discussed with Karen from the design concept to the final fitting.
“We had a fab day on Saturday and everyone loved my dress I was so happy with it, thank you so much.”
Final photograph by C2 Photography and Design.
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Here is Lucy and Harriet both in bespoke Kirsty Doyle dresses. Harriet is wearing the FIFI dress with ruffles and Lucy is wearing a dress she commissioned for the day after her wedding. We made Lucy’s wedding dress and she wanted a dress for her open house party the day after, you can see Lucy’s wedding dress in an early post on this blog.