Real bride Jay in her dream bespoke wedding dress

Jay first came to see us at our Surrey Bridal shop at Gate Street Barn, with gorgeous vintage-inspired ideas for her bridal gown, and it became immediately clear this was a creative bride who really wanted to express her taste and personality on her wedding day, Just what we love. It was so important to Jay that the gown fitted perfectly, and this was one of the reasons she chose to have her bespoke gown made to measure.

Using our Couture Kit app, we were able to create the flattering silhouette Jay was looking for, and she had fun trying on the various samples of bodices and skirts, to ensure we worked out the exact neckline, skirt length, petticoat size, and sleeve length of her bespoke bridal gown.

We looked at all the options of fabric, and Jay chose a champagne satin which complimented her skin tone, with a “geranium” lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves, with an ivory silk organza overlayer on the skirt.

We were able to reassure Jay that as our gowns are all hand-crafted here in the UK, it would be no problem to incorporate her ideas throughout the dressmaking process. So although the style and fabrics had been selected, there was still plenty of flexibility over the detail, length, exact neckline etc.

Jay’s fittings were such fun – we spent some time ensuring the fit was exactly as she wanted it, and created the best balance between being able to move her arms freely in her fitted lace top, but still achieve that flattering silhouette. It was during her first fitting that this creative lady decided to change the detail at the waist, so as not to draw the eye away with unnecessary bling, and instead, opt for a simple lace trim.

Thank you, Jay for the beautiful photos and for so much fun – it was an absolute pleasure making your gown and getting to know you! Wishing you a wonderful start to married life, love from all the team here at Caroline Arthur xx

Thank you to the very talented Jo Hughes at, for the kind use of the beautiful photos. The beautiful venue is The Market Stores in Reigate, contact Mark Sweetman for details.

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