Diary of a dress – Melanie’s KD Bridal gown.

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Melanie has been featured in two previous blog posts, but what I really wanted you to see was that her gown can be worn 4 different ways.

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Step one: As you can see from the pictures she began with a hand finished lace cocktail dress.

Step two: Place on the tulle belt with a scalloped lace finish to create a unique short bridal option. 

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Step three: Attach the crepe fishtail under the cocktail dress.

Step four: Attach tulle belt on top for maximum effect.

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(With hindsight I should have taken my profesh camera but I only had my iphone – so please excuse the photograph quality..)

The staircase in the stunning Chester Grosvenor made for the perfect impromptu shoot location as we snapped away before her wedding party, the staircase showed the train of the gown spectactularly well. The Dress was created in parts because of Mel’s wedding destination (Cyprus), thinking about the possible heat on the day it was important to consider being able to take parts of the the dress off to make the dress comfortable. When desgining a dress from scratch you can make all of these decisions to make sure you (the bride, the most important person) get exactly what you wish for.

After dressing Melanie and getting all of my kit back in the car I received this ” Thank you so much. I feel a million dollars”. Now if that doesn’t make me love my job, I don’t know what would!

You can email the team to book a free consultation to discuss your dream dress – info@kirsty-doyle.com

 

 

 

Melanie’s KD Bespoke Bridal Gown.

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Melanie was a bride who knew what she wanted, like many of my brides they search for the perfect dress but can’t seem to find it. Melanie wanted something completely unique and that is what she got.

Melanie’s dress came in 3 distinctive parts; a cocktail length hand finished lace and crepe dress, a tulle belt with a scalloped french lace finish and finally a crepe mermaid style underskirt. Having a dress that gives you options opens up a world of possibilities. Melanie’s look can be changed as the party starts, take off the mermaid skirt and wear the cocktail length dress for dancing – keeping on the tulle skirt for maximum effect.

When you are having a bespoke wedding dress made there are no rules, you can have exactly what you want, you are builing your dream dress not buying a product off a shelf. Through the bespoke process you try different things, some might never make the final cut but the joy is to try.

A KD Bespoke Bride is fashion conscious, daring and knows exactly what she wants. If you want to book in to have a tailor made wedding gown you can email the KD Studio on info@kirsty-doyle.com

Become a KD Bespoke Bride – from dream to reality.

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The KD Studio have had a record breaking summer this year with new Brides and Bridesmaids becoming KD Girls for a day. Here are two of our Brides Leigh (who got married in Italy) and Mel (who got married in Cyprus). Through the fittings in the studio we take as many pictures as we can, obviously they stay top secret until the big day and now we can finally share!

Here at KD we pride ourselves on the final part of the bespoke bride experience, but when our bride is a destination wedding abroad then we can’t attend the day to dress them in their gowns …sadly. We wait with baited breath to see the pictures pop up on social media so we can see the final look of the brides on their most glamourous day. A great idea for some of our brides-to-be is to book your hair or make-up trial for the same day as your fitting so you can start to visualise the final look. But, even with these final touches we can never begin to imagine how glowing a bride will look until the actual day.

We are lucky enough to be invited to the brides party back in the UK and we will be dressing Mel for her wedding party this coming Saturday. Mel is trying something a little different with her dress so stay tuned to find out what happens next!

We have started taking bookings for 2016 Brides, if you are wanting to make your dream a reality you can book in for a free consultation on a day/evening that suits you. Email info@kirsty-doyle.com to arrange an appointment.

 

 

 

 

Sarah’s KD Bespoke Bridal gown.

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I met Sarah last year when we were in our smaller studio, she came to the consultation to discuss her dream dress. Sarah wouldn’t mind me saying that her inintial idea was to have a full and floaty floor length dress. What I love most about my job is the fact that Bridal gowns change from the first idea and become THE DREAM dress. If you have never had a dress tailor made, never mind a bridal gown then you won’t be aware of the work that goes into a bespoke gown.

Bespoke Bridal gowns begin with a toile, allowing you to see shapes and fit, this could take 2-3 further fittings before it becomes the final gown. Even then Sarah’s gown changed at each and every fitting. From a full circular silk skirt it became a sleek column style dress with a delicate circular georgette overlayer.

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Sarah decided on the most delicate French embroidered lace tulle to be the overlay on the bodice and the scalloped edging on the georgette overlay.

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Sarah had one last fitting before we packed up her gown ready for her flight to her destination wedding in Cyprus and it was so exciting for us to be part of her preparations. When I am not going to dress the bride on her day I like to keep the KD experience going right up to packing the dress into the bride’s case.

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The above picture is one of my personal favourites from Sarah’s wedding album which she kindly shared with me. Sarah had told me about the style of the wedding and she had showed me pictures of the magical venue on the website but you can’t quite visualise how everything will look until you see the final look. The styling of this shot alone is so unique, it looks traditional yet modern. Sarah’s red lipstick and soft kiss curled styled hair looks a vintage dream and surrounded by the cutes page boys and of course her very dapper groom makes this a memorable shot.

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To arrange a free consulation with myself to discuss your dream wedding gown you can email the team on info@kirsty-doyle.com

Kirsten Lynch’s Bespoke Bride Album.

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If you remember reading Kirsten’s post I did when she got married to Michael you might remember the special detail that Kirsten used to live on the same street of me, we were childhood friends. My mum made and beaded her communion gown and then I asked my mum to bead the bust on her wedding gown.

Kirsten wanted to go 1920’s style, art deco in her wedding gown. We decided on a white silk crepe back satin fabric for the dress which had a 4m train and Swarovski and pearl beading to be done by hand under the bust and around to the back.  The drama of the dress was in the back, carefully draped Swarovski pearls made a stunning detail that lead the eye down to the scooped out back and the full train. Kirsten had a hidden loop to tie the train up when she took to the dancefloor with her little twins, Daisy and Tom.

The one part of the look that didn’t decide on was the veil, this is the exciting part of having a dress designed for you. Towards the end of the bespoke process you can see how the  dress takes shape and veils do depend on the shape, style and detail of the dress. We made a toile veil for Kirsten to try, a toile means a mock-up. We tried the veil long and then trimmed it until it finished at the bottom of the spine. This was the perfect length for the perfect dress.

I dressed Kirsten on the day of her wedding and my mum came along to assist me with steaming and pressing the gown. This was such a special moment for us to be part of, as it is for every day dressing the bride in her gown which has taken months in the planning. But both of knowing Kirsten since we were tiny had extra emotions attached.

To find out more about the Bespoke Bride service email info@kirsty-doyle.com

Credit: Photography by  www.martisan.co.uk

Juli Abbey’s Bespoke Bride Album.

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Let me introduce Juli and her mum Joan to you, Juli was my Christmas bride from 2011. Juli knew what she wanted and I visualised it for her. Soft silk crepe bodice and full circular skirt which got more voluminous as we got more excited by how it glamorous it looked! She wanted something just as fabulous for her mum who was going to giver her away on her special day.  We designed a lace and crepe two piece style dress, every detail was cut and made bespoke for Joan.

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“Kirsty you’re a love I’m sure, in fact certain I’ll feel a million dollars on my day and it’ll be down to you.”

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This photograph below is my favourite. When I delivered the dress to Juli she had one very last try, we had added extra net and tulle to the underskirt so when she walked the dress twirled like a scene from a 50’s movie, reminiscent of a Marilyn Monroe style moment when the dress is so grand it makes the wearer feel like a film star (even in her living room). You can see the natural happiness in this picture as Juli dances with her new husband her peep-toe(d) feet perfectly poised!

 

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If you want to have a dream dress for you wedding gown email info@kirsty-doyle.com you can book a design consultation, you can talk through all of your inspirations, wishes and fabric choices.

Clare Dorrian’s Bespoke Bride Album.

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As part of our new Real Brides section of the blog, I may be featuring brides who you have seen before. If so the reason for the repeat is not just because I love the dresses but because I want to feature the professional images that were captured on the day.

For Clare’s bespoke gown we chose an intricate white french lace with a soft crepe underlayer. Clare wanted something truly unique to her gown and decided on a contemporary tulle layered bustle that could be detached later on in the evening.  The hem and train on the lace dress was finished with a beautiful scalloped edge that added a spanish feel to this stunning gown.

The full look was finished with a tulle short veil made from the same tulle as the bustle.

To discuss your Bespoke Bride Gown email info@kirsty-doyle.com

Photography by Bill Corris.