Last year was huge for us, it was our 10th Birthday as Perfect fit Bridal Couture. 10 years of bringing our talents and creativity to Brides from across the UK. For every year of dedication each one spent growing into the next we developed, we worked with amazing people and finally we created a Couture collection to be launched this year. It was just as we came towards the end of this process that something that only happens in dreams for designers like us happened. In all of those 10 years we could never have prepared for what would come as we entered 2019.
An email landed in Wendie’s inbox at the end of January. Her first thought………did I read that correctly? She read over the email a few more times before it really sunk in……
Vogue Magazine! An invite to appear in VOGUE! Not only in the magazine but online too. Astonished is one word to describe the feeling in the studio, overwhelmed is another, to say we were excited just feels like a under statement. This was mind blowing our collection was a representation of our Art each one a manifestation of Wendie’s imagination.
The hard work didn’t end there though we now had the task of putting together an amazing shoot to use in our Vogue feature. It had to really shine, stand out just like our Couture collection. A captivating look to work with the collection was what we wanted. An opulent dreamy feel to the photography showing the dresses in all their glory. The detailed embellishments of the first dress with a subtle split to the skirt for a exquisite alternative to your classic style of dress. The second dress a divine example of today’s modernist boho bride, graceful with gentle detailing along the waist.
The studio was bright and inviting, both models perfectly matched to style of each gown. The make up and hair skill fully applied to compliment each one we were ready to shoot! Ready to be part of the Fashion Bible itself. The shoot day was so much fun, everyone brimming with a vibrancy and excitement. We were all aware that this was an opportunity of a life time and the feeling was palpable. Mathew, the Photographer had the style we needed, an attentive mind focused on his artistry. He created a relaxed but professional atmosphere and just knew how the shoot needed to look. A matter of days later and the photos were with us ready to make their way to the biggest Fashion magazine in the world and we could hardly believe it.
Containing the news was difficult but only added to the anticipation. For obvious reasons we couldn’t tell a soul until the release date, four weeks of waiting seemed like it would take forever but we were so busy organising our Open day, Newspaper article’s, meeting new Brides that in what seemed like a whirlwind the day came. Waking on the morning of the Vogue release date to receive our copy was like waking from the dream, seeing our hard work showcased on Vogue retail online for the world over to see. The photos were alluring and we were in Vogue not only in the Magazine but on the website too! It was real we were there amongst the greatest designers across the globe.
Yorkshire Evening post we’re delighted to feature our story, we wanted to spread the word as far we could. The photographer came to the studio and captured Wendie busy in her design room, taking some fantastic shots of the main studio too that really showcased the beauty of it all.we couldn’t believe it when on press release date Wendie had a call from her sister “your on the front page” not only the front page but the cover story!
This isn’t the end though for us this is just the beginning. The start of an even bigger adventure, something that has us striving for more. With the support of everyone we love we have achieved one of our dreams we their continued support who knows we could reach the stars!
Matthew Kitchen Photography
Make up by Kirstie
Blog written by – Danielle Ferrier
Celebrating the completion of our beautiful new bridal design studio and our 2019 bespoke wedding dress collection.
It has been a fantastic journey from start to finish, a natural progression for us here at Perfect Fit Bridal Couture to move into a studio that could accommodate our creative growth and give us the space we need to celebrate and devise our new 2019 bespoke wedding dress collection.
It has taken four months of hard work bringing our dream into reality, but seeing the studio bloom into this modern, stylish boudoir-esque bridal studio has been an incredible experience and our pleasure.
Inviting everyone to preview our Bespoke Couture Collection 2019, is a fabulous way for us to share our vision of Perfect Fit Bridal Couture’s future with our brides to be.
Working on our collection has been a labour of love, we pride ourselves in the fact that we are a design studio offering a completely intimate one-to-one experience for our Bespoke Brides, with our new collection we have aimed to show the diversity in our art, with each piece flowing into the next but with subtle differences to cater for all styles.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Open Day. We have had the privilege of working along with other like minded suppliers in the industry, some of which will be joining us for our event.
Holding hair and makeup demonstrations with lots of helpful hints from Retreat Wakefield and make up buy Kirsty. Also on hand is Mathew Kitchen Photography, a talented artist in his field. Gillian from Where Bees Meet will also be showcasing some of her stunning flower crowns.
To really kickstart our new beginnings we will be holding a Giveaway, for a voucher £250 towards a bespoke design wedding dress and £150 accessory voucher (terms and conditions apply)Come and enjoy a glass of fizz and join us in our celebrations.
March the 18th was a very special day for everyone at Perfect Fit Bridal Couture, especially Shona my daughter. Shona had always dreamed of having a classic fairytale wedding when she married her soulmate and as she is my only daughter it was definitely a dream I shared with her. Shona and her soon-to-be husband chose a venue to match this dream in Bagden Hall in Denby Dale-surrounded with fields and woodland for as far as the eye can see, it was perfect for the day they had dreamed of for so long.
We set out to create a small collection of dresses that would be completely unique to Shona and her bridal party, she had always wanted something that would stand out, something that she could call her own and I, of course was happy to oblige and create a classic fairytale wedding dress for her!
Her journey started back in 2016 visiting trade shows in and around Yorkshire to source only the finest quality fabrics for our Brides and at this particular time for Herself. It took some time to find the perfect fabric to create Shona’s dream dress but she eventually fell in love with a beautifully delicate French lace in a Pink blush hue, hand finished with pearl and beaded embellishments. From that we went on to choose the satin and tulles to complete the look. All the fabrics were sourced from Michael’s bridal fabrics who pulled out all the stops to ensure the fabric was with us three months earlier than expected.
The design of Shona’s classic fairytale wedding dress had started, she wanted to make a statement wearing a dress that really had that wow factor!
Starting with a fitted bodice we worked from there bringing the dress to life with a calico toile so Shona could get a good idea of how her dress would fit and choose sleeve length and how she wanted the skirt to fall.
Shona opted for a three quarter length sheer sleeve made from the French lace she had chosen with added embellishments, she had always imagined that she would wear a circular skirt with long train but we wanted to produce something different, something that we knew would grab everyone’s attention, most importantly, her new husbands! We had decided together through the design process that to achieve the volume she wanted we would use layered tulle but how could we take it from your average tulle skirt to the next level and mirror the beautiful blush colour in the Lace. Experimenting with the Tulle fabric I decided to try layers using a mixture of Ivory and Blush pink.
Shona came to see the skirt after it had been made, using the method of layering the fabric creating a beautiful multi tonal effect and a fantastic volume that would definitely turn heads. She was over the moon as was I, a few happy tears were shed that day! I think we both knew then that together we had achieved exactly what she had been dreaming of for all those years.
The dress was almost there all that was left was the hand crafted finishes, Shona had originally wanted a belt but on seeing the dress almost complete we both agreed that a more subtle finish was needed as the lace really spoke for itself. We chose to add appliqués that would softly drape onto the skirt to blend the two elements together.
The last few weeks running up to the wedding were spent meticulously hand sewing the finishing touches and what a difference this made. Here at Perfect Fit we know that this can be the most important part of the design process and will always transform a dress from standard bridal to Couture.
Shona had three Bridesmaids who are close friends and four Flower girls her gorgeous daughters and her niece. It was so important to everyone that the bridal party had very special dresses that would flatter them and also complement Shona’s classic faurytale wedding dress perfectly. The bridesmaids had calf length dresses inspired by her grandmothers wedding dress in the 1960’s, to complement Shona’s wedding dress these were made in a deep Blush coloured satin with an overlay of lace in the same colour for the bodice and Tulle on the skirt.
The Flower girls each had a dress in a gorgeous floral vintage inspired fabric with the exception of Shona’s eldest daughter who had a skirt to match the Tulle of the older bridesmaids. Together with Shona’s dress these all made up the perfect collection that would set the tone of the Fairytale wedding.
The day had arrived, the morning was spent gazing out of the beautiful ceiling high widow of her room over the surrounding fields as everyone buzzed around getting themselves and Shona ready, it was all stations go! The venue had been dressed in blush and ivory flowers, Ivory lace sashes and beautiful glass wear all bathed in a warm glow of candlelight.
The dream was now a reality fast approaching with the usual Early morning wedding nerves and added touches of laughter from Shona and her family members and friends all that was left was for her prince to arrive.
These moments were so precious to us all, watching your only daughter on her special day is something me and my husband and I will never forget. They say a photo can speak a thousand words and the moment captured when Simon, Shona’s Father, see’s her for the first time emulates this beautifully. The superb photos captured from start to finish and the photo booth provided by Dave and Mary at PhotoChaps will hold those moments so we can enjoy them for a lifetime. For this I can’t thank them both enough.
The whole day was exactly what the Bride and Groom had wished for and I’m so happy that I could be so involved in making their wish come true. Her classic fairytale wedding dress was perfect for their big day.
All the love in the world from your Mama.
Special Thanks to the suppliers that provided such a excellent service on the day:
Photochaps- Photography/Photo booth
Mrs Bouquets- venue Styling/flowers
Rhythm of your choice-DJ and Travis Carter Magician.
Bagden Hall- Venue
Danielle Hindly-Hair and Make up