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I am so excited to share this latest Real bride story because this young lady had designed every element of her wedding dress since she was in her early teens and had not been swayed by time, trends or fashion but stuck with her dream dress vision of an effortless and elegant bridal gown.

This is not to say that the dress was easy not was the whole process a piece of cake.  Creating an effortless and elegant bridal gown is incredibly difficult to achieve as there is no room for complacent design nor workmanship.  The design details are usually minimalist, meaning simpler, cleaner lines without distracting or busy detailing.  This by no means mean that the dress is plain, as design details can implemented in so many other ways complimenting the personality and style.  In this dress which we kept the cut and silhouette clean from the waist downwards added a contrasting  richly textured corded lace bodice for the detailing.

There were numerous challenges from start to finish – mainly of form over function – but when the bride is resolute about certain things, my goal is to make them happen!  As I know she wants to see results.  So, hopefully once you’ve checked out her wedding day photos, you will get a sense of the cool vibes, lifelong friendships, missed loved ones and maxed out fun – which was at fever pitch by sun set.

The brides kind words…

“… it was certainly a no brainer for me getting married on the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic.  My heritage is Dominican and so it was a great way to share my big day with my UK family and those across the island as well as my close friends and loved ones.  It would never cross our minds (Georgiou and I) to even begin to entertain the kind of wedding where you have a thousand people just for the sake of it  – so eloping with our friends was our super special way to say our  I dos”.



Effortless and Elegant bridal Gown, designed by Oui Madam Bridal Atelier Berkshire and London Bridal Studio

Effortless and Elegant Bridal Gown, designed by Bespoke wedding Dressmaker Oui Madam Bridal Atelier Berkshire and London Bridal Studio

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The wedding took place at the Puna Cuna Resort.  The staff and wedding planner were absolutely wonderful and I would certainly recommend them as they ensured we had the entire pool area for much of the day and the night too, so that the whole experience was exclusive to us.

“I never stopped dreaming of a Caribbean beach wedding with the ocean breeze blowing through my veil and sand at my feet (although I did decide on shoes in the end to match my beautiful dress).  One thing about the Caribbean, it does get really hot but being on the beach you do get the lovely sea breeze so that its not too uncomfortable.  So when shopping for my wedding dress the challenge was to find a style and lightweight material that would live up to my effortless  elegance approach as well as looking great from beginning to end.  Although it did cost a little more, I choose silk fabric in the end which felt like a second skin on the day – and I felt amazing in it.

Effortless and Elegant Bridal Gown designed by Oui Madam Bridal Atelier Berkshire and London Studio


Can I say this here?…  Thank you so much  Cynthia.  I have to be  your biggest fan!  I remember coming to your studio many years ago when my Aunt Claudia was getting married.  I remember watching you work on her dress… it was so awesome! and is just one of those things that you never ever forget.   So, I guess I had you on my wish list for the past 18 years.

To be fair, I did visit several bridal shops first and I did see several dresses that looked OK, but not quite what I wanted.  My bust is my biggest challenge and some of the dresses looked really dreadful.  When I came to see you and you began explaining what you wanted to do and how you would work; you made it look so simple I really had nothing to worry about.  I also love the fact that you supported my bust with a hidden corset inside my dress so I didn’t have the trouble of finding a bra to go with a low back dress.

Love and Best Wishes

G & J Georgiou