Every time we talk about Lou’s dress in the studio we get goose bumps – and even after eight months we’re still crushing! When Lou first mentioned she wanted a black tie wedding, my first impressions were of a classy but corporate bride whose choice of dress would most definitely be classic with clean lines and perhaps minimal detailing, or ‘no bling’ at all!
Then, as this rather energetic and fun bride began exploring the dresses in the atelier collection, it became apparent that her love and knowledge of design led to some rather interesting combinations as we explored different fabrics and dress shapes. There was around 4 or 5 dresses that Lou could easily have chosen and I was still convinced she would choose a simpler elegant and understated gown because she is one of a few brides who could wear a tablecloth to a wedding and still look amazing!
At the time, I was working on a new collection of ‘day-into-night’ pieces. A collection that is more playful allowing the bride to mix and match pieces and textures to create individual looks. Did I mention that this girl could rock a table cloth? Every piece she tried on was just so darling!!!! and we ended up with so many more looks that neither of us could decide which dress should be ‘the one’. So in the end, with the shop floor littered in dresses and fabrics we just crashed out on the sofa.
Around two later Lou came back to see me with a genius plan. She had set her heart on being a princess bride. The setting for her wedding would take place at the elaborate and ornate Gothic Guildhall in Northampton, which meant her dress had to be truly special! She selected her dress from the collection, a sparkly diamante and silver encrusted bodice with a ballgown skirt and then told me exactly how she wanted it to look and feel on her wedding day. Over the next 5 months, we stripped the dress right down to the bodice and restructured the original dress, with two skirt choice that including a fitted mermaid cut skirt worn under a detachable tulle over-skirt with a train and a jeweled belt from the collection.
On Shopping for my Dress..brides own words
“Today I enjoyed a second visit to Oui Madam to see Cynthia and have ordered a custom-made dress that exceeds everything I’d hoped for.
Cynthia’s craftmanship is incredible and her service is impeccable; the combination of the two is rare.
Together we’ve created an absolute dream of a dress, one that she’s excited to make and I literally cannot wait to wear. My dress hunt began rather uninspired and after visits to anything from high-end London stores to various smaller boutiques, once I had been here, there was no doubt that this was the place I wanted my dress from….” Source Google reviews Oui Madam Bridal Atelier