I’m fast learning that planning a wedding has many stages and with it come many decisions. Booking the church and Seaham Hall were the first 2 major decisions. Though, I have a feeling that this next stage for me may be the most enjoyable. Choosing THE DRESS! (insert small but very high pitched scream!)
I’ve loved fashion from a young age; I think I learnt to say ‘la Croix’ just after mama & dada. Well maybe not that early but certainly after Ab Fab. I’ve been drawing dresses ever since I can remember so I knew as soon as the question was popped that the wedding dress had got to be special.
I booked an appointment at Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton. Leonie suggested coming in with a friend on an afternoon so that I could spend a couple of hours tying on. So armed with my bridesmaid Rhonda I began the search. I tried a few big dresses to rule them in or out….and I surprisingly really liked them. So I tried fishtails and loved them…slinky’s next, ditto…..in fact I practically loved every dress in the shop!
Leonie was understanding and offered advice…..”try your favourites on again, when you do you’ll know the one.”….so I did. First I tried the Suzanne Neville….amazing corsetry; I found the waist I never knew I had! I cried. This must be the one. I tried the David Fielden, all slinky with delicately sequined bust to try and rule it out but oh no more tears! Finally a Sarah Arnett dress, I must say I felt more affinity with the Sarah Arnett perhaps because she is locally based in Brighton and I’ve worn her dresses before. I loved the slinky plunge neckline and pleating, and I had some more tears.
Leonie had more advice. “Take some time off”, she said. She sent me off with another appointment in a few weeks time. I haven’t made my mind up yet but I can’t wait to go back and try them again maybe with my mum. I’ll bring the tissues! x www.leonieclaire.com