Usually every bride imagines their wedding dress from an early age and once they get engaged and begin the hunt for ‘the dress’ they often change their mind and leave the shop with something completely different. I knew this wouldn’t be the case for me. I knew in my mind what I wanted and what would suit me so the search began. I went to five different wedding dress shops and tried on some beautiful dresses – but knew that none of them were for me. The sales advisors all tried to tempt me into purchasing a dress which was ‘a little bit different’ to what I wanted, but in my mind I still knew what I wanted and none of these dresses quite fitted the bill.
After long conversations with my mum, we talked about the wonderful lady who used to have a boutique in York and had made my christening gown (which was also worn by my sister 27 years ago). She knew that the designer had moved into the wedding dress business and we wondered whether she would still be based in York. We eventually tracked her down to just a few miles from where I live and we made an appointment to see her.
Vivienne was so welcoming from the very start and couldn’t believe it when we brought in the 27 year old christening gown for her to see! My mum also still had a ball gown which Vivienne had made for her many years ago and we took that in for her too.
So, the search for my dress began at ‘Sophie Louise’ of Boston Spa.
Vivienne spent time asking me what I liked and disliked and the style of dress I hoped to find. There was no pressure at all to try on anything I didn’t fancy and Vivienne gave expert advice where needed. After looking through a couple of designs and trying on a few beautiful dresses, Vivienne pulled out the most beautiful silk organza Sassi Holford dress and I knew that this could well be the one.
It was gorgeous and the picture was nearly complete! All I needed was something lace which is what I’d always wanted. Vivienne produced a book of wonderful lace fabrics and we set about finding the right one for my bolero. There it was – the most beautiful guipure lace which was absolutely perfect.
Vivienne spent time measuring me and asking lots of questions about the fit and style of the jacket that I hoped for. Nothing was too much to ask and over the next few months as I went backwards and forwards for fittings, she was more than happy to make any tweaks that I wanted.
Carrying on with the family connections, my grandparents had recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, having been married 60 years ago last May. It has always been my grandma’s dream that I would wear her beautiful silk wedding veil which had been carefully stored in tissue paper for all that time. Unfortunately on the day she was married it was a very windy day and the veil had felt the force of this and was starting to show a few signs of wear and tear. But Vivienne was not fazed by this and eagerly said that she could make it perfect for our big day.
I am so grateful for everything that Vivienne has done and how at ease she has made me feel. I have enjoyed every visit to Sophie Louise and would recommend her without reservation.
Watch this space for photographs of our wedding and my beautiful dress very shortly!
By Sophia Moor