RUNWAY | ‘Le Jardin’ Ian Stuart 2018 Bridal Collection

RUNWAY | ‘Le Jardin’ Ian Stuart 2018 Bridal Collection

‘Le Jardin!’ A celebration of nature by the world’s most inspiring artist.

Ian Stuart creates a style of gown that cannot be found in any other bridal wear label. His couture draping techniques, use of colour, texture, unusual appliques, tonal embroideries and stunning laces create an aesthetic that is both unconventional and undeniably beautiful.

For his 2018 Collection, Ian has focused on capturing themes of nature within his designs, weaving together beautiful butterflies, multi-coloured flowers, Japanese cherry blossom lace, scattered petals, waterfall textures and cascading roses.  This collection is a reflection of the perfect beauty found within the natural world.

Also celebrating the artistic talents of man, Ian has studied the techniques of the traditional Japanese kimono and obi, mixing fabrics and wrapping them around the body, creating a delicately textured look that is fresh, exciting and extremely flattering.  Ever inspired by his favourite era, Ian has paid particular attention to the dramatic draping of 1950’s designer Charles James and reimagined his heavenly style for the modern bride.

‘I am not tied to trends, only beauty’ is Ian’s heartfelt message; designing for that breath-taking moment when a bride is first laid eyes upon and not for the latest fashion trend. ‘We are certain that ‘Le Jardin’ will take your breath away, and remind you what it’s like to fall in love with a wedding dress.’

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Supplier Spotlight | Baroque Couture

Supplier Spotlight | Baroque Couture

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The wonderful Elaina Evans at Baroque Couture is a Derbyshire based bridal designer creating bespoke bridal gowns and separates for brides both across the UK and internationally. Elaina’s designs promise a truly dramatic entrance for every bride; exclusive, romantic, bespoke statement pieces with beautiful accessories and veils to complement. I’m delighted to publish her supplier spotlight to give you the chance to know her a little better and discover more about her life and passion for design.

Business Profile

Tell us something about your background
Baroque Couture was born out of the desire to use my creativity to the full. The only way to accomplish that was to work for myself. I worked from a studio for a while and eventually I opened the shop in August 2002. While I do advertise and exhibit at wedding fairs many of my clients come from word of mouth. The average price of my gowns is £3000.00 but each one is individually designed for the bride, tailored to her every wish.

It’s a great honour when a bride comes to me to create her special dress, probably the most important dress she will ever wear, and I still get such a thrill as we sit down and begin to talk. We usually start with pots of tea, strawberries and chocolate, then we open the ‘Magic Box’ full of beautiful fabrics and laces. It’s important to me that I get a real feel for the bride to enable me to capture not only her vision but also a little of her unique personality to weave into the design of her dress. It’s an exciting and fun experience to be part of the creating process, and so it should be, whether her dress is an elegant classic design or something more avant-garde. Once the design is sketched I then make up a toile from her measurements. This allows me to perfect the pattern before I move on to cutting into the chosen fabrics. It’s also great fun for the bride to see the process as her dress emerges.

Does the responsibility of your job/business ever scare you?
No. I’m too excited to be scared. Seriously though, if you know your job well challenges are fun.

How far will you travel to a wedding?
The farthest so far has been Kenya. It was a beach wedding looking out over the Indian ocean.

How much contact do you have with a couple before their wedding day?
It rather depends on the bride and her mother, I like to get to know them well so that they feel very comfortable with me.

What’s your price range?
£2500/ £5000

How do couples pay you?
I take a non-returnable design payment to secure their place in the year as I can only do so many gowns and sadly I have to turn people away. The remainder can be paid in two payments before the wedding.

Do you have a cancellation policy for couples’ peace of mind?
Yes, there is a cooling off period written into my terms and conditions.

What’s your favourite memory from a wedding?
Watching the couple saying their vows in a beautiful garden with the Indian ocean behind them, the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks and the photographer so caught up with the moment nearly falling into the sea!

If you could work a celebrity wedding whose would it be?
All of my brides are celebrities to me. I have worked celebrity weddings and they are still just two people in love with the same hopes and fears as the rest of us.

Personal Profile

What do you do to unwind?
I love my garden and I love to cook for my friends so there’s lots of good food, chat and a little wine!

Can you cook? What’s your favourite meal?
Where do I start? I love Italian and Mediterranean food

Favourite colour?
Turquoise – it’s my birthstone

Favourite tipple?
Hendricks Gin and Fever Tree tonic

Pet hate?

Dogs or Cats?
CATS! I have been a cat’s pet for years!

Who is your favourite super hero?
My husband

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
‘Angel’ (red face)

Favourite holiday destination?
My French house in the South West of France

Favourite animal?

Favourite author?
J K Rowling, Shakespeare

Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Coke

Do you like Marmite?
Doesn’t everyone?

Favourite memory from your own wedding?
The ceremony. It was very moving and special and there were guests from three musical groups in the congregation so the music was truly celebratory!

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Interior design

What advice do you have for brides looking to find a supplier in your category?
It’s one of the most important decisions you will make for the wedding finding the right person to make your dress is vital, choose someone you feel comfortable with and who really listens to you.

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If you were thinking a one-off gown is out of your reach price wise you’ll be pleased to know that Elaina has a selection of stunning gowns with up to 50% off meaning you could land your dream dress for £1000 to £1500. To find out more call to book your private appointment (I’ve added her contact details at the end of this post) mention me and pop along to fall in love with some seriously dreamy dresses. – EJ x

Contact Elaina

  • Contact: Elaina Evans
  • Business name: Baroque Couture
  • Nature of business: Bespoke Bridal wear
  • Regions covered: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, London and Internationally
  • Call: 07801 694 934
  • Address : 34/36 Station Road Draycott Derbyshire DE72 3QB
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RUNWAY | Jenny Packham 2018 Bridal Collection

RUNWAY | Jenny Packham 2018 Bridal Collection

“…. a collection inspired by a circus belle.”

I’d be lying if I said my heart doesn’t do a little skippy dance every time I’m about to publish the latest bridal collection from Jenny Packham but I damn near had a heart attack when I saw the jaw-dropping ‘Clara’ pop up in my email. I WANT THIS DRESS and I’m so happy to see a redhead model it because redders like me are always being told we can’t wear red when we so flipping can. Just check out those ruby red sequins and to-die-for feathers. If you’re bold enough to own the aisle and strut towards ‘I do’ or you’re looking for a rocking dress to nail your first dance you will definitely, beyond all reasonable doubt, have guests falling to their knees for mercy with this little number.

But the heart palpitations don’t stop there. Demure or sheer, boho maiden or city chick the collection is heavy on embellishment in the classic Packham style and there’s a look to suit every mood swing including trousers and ‘do it your way’ separates for brides who want to mix and match to their own beat.

Inspiration for the collection came from the novel ‘The Falling’ which tells the story of journalist Mark Swabey’s fatal attraction to circus acrobat Clara the Swallow.

“The character of Clara; her exotic beauty, her courage and her love of freedom, inspired this season’s collection. Paying homage to an otherworldly romance, celestial trailing chiffon, flock tulle ruffles, bonded floral lace and oversized satin bows are juxtaposed with tailored cropped jackets, embellished bodies and sculptured corsetry. Majestic ostrich feathers, voluminous ballerina skirts and high octane scarlet hues add theatrical drama to a collection inspired by a circus belle.”

Jenny Packham’s 2018 Bridal Collection is truly heart stopping and I challenge you not to find a dress to fall in love with.

EJ x

Dreaming Of Couture? Dreams Really Can Come True

Dreaming Of Couture? Dreams Really Can Come True

Beautiful Couture Wedding Dresses by Baroque Couture in Derbyshire

If you’re dreaming of a totally bespoke wedding dress made just for you then look no further than Baroque Couture. Situated in the Derbyshire town of Draycott, Elaina Evans, owner and designer of this luxurious label, creates jaw-dropping couture bridal gowns for brides across the UK and Internationally. Her designs are dramatic, utterly romantic one-of-a-kind statement pieces made exclusively for each bride. Appointments are relaxed and one-to-one with Elaina whom herself radiates a calmness and grace which makes one feel safe in the hands of the fairy godmother of wedding gowns; as though with a simple swish of her cutting scissors your dream wedding dress will appear. It’s no surprise Elaina’s boutique offers a mouthwatering display of stunning dresses from her ‘Baroque Collection’ too. Overflowing with luxurious lace, satins and silks and frothy frills seemingly good enough to eat, sprinkled with bejewelled belts, lavish accessories and sparkly headdresses the boutique is a dream of bridal inspiration. And when I visited her beautiful store on what was a humid, oppressive day I was invited to sip cool lemonade and indulge in fresh strawberries as we chatted about her work. I could almost imagine she had a team of white mice stitching fine gold thread in her sewing room.

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It must be two years now since I first met Elaina and she has been styling and designing for brides for many more than that but her eyes still light up with excitement as she talks about her creations; there is no doubt about her passion for every stitch that goes into making a Baroque Couture gown. I will be publishing my interview with Elaina on the blog in due course but I simply couldn’t wait to share with you some of these images from her collection.

You might be thinking couture is out of your reach but rest assured you can call Elaina without any hard sell or pushy sales talk and on average her wedding dresses start from around the £2500 mark BUT if that’s way off your budget – and because dreams really do come true – Elaina is offering a selection of gowns with a magical 50% or more off meaning you could land your dream dress for £1000 to £1500 so there is every reason to call her, mention me and book your appointment. – EJ x

The Interview: Suzanne Neville

The Interview: Suzanne Neville

Price range: £2,200 -£10,000+

Regions covered: UK AND OVERSEAS

0207 823 9107


I started the business with a Princes Trust grant. I began making wedding dresses for friends whilst studying at London College of Fashion, and it just grew from there; its what I’ve always wanted to do so I started the business because I love creating wedding dresses. It”s hard to believe its 25 years ago now. There is never enough hours in the day to get as much done as I would like, its always so busy! Creating patterns is my biggest passion and seeing brides on their big day.

Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you? It doesn’t scare me, but I am aware of the huge responsibility it holds. It’s a real honour to dress so many brides for the most important days of their lives.

How do you start your day? Coffee

What do you eat for breakfast? Granola

Are you a morning or night person? Morning – I’m often up at 5am, and find it hard to stay up past 10!!

What do you to unwind? I don’t really, I’m a bit of a workaholic, but I do have the odd glass of fizz.

Favourite meal? A beautifully cooked lemon sole is my fave..

Favourite colour? Black, its pretty much all I wear..

Favourite tipple? Champagne

Favourite mug? My Cath Kidson giant mug

Pet hate? Things not lined up straight. I’m a bit of a perfectionist

Dogs or cats? Cats, I have 4!

Who is your favourite Avenger? Is Iron Man an Avenger?.. if so him as I love Robert Downey Jr

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it? My business partner calls me Nevsie!

Favourite holiday destination? Italy, New York, anywhere I can enjoy a short break

Favourite animal? Cats

Favourite biscuit? A bourbon

Favourite shoes? My Valentino’s

Favourite author? I don’t have time to read!

Which is your favourite Quality Street? The green triangle

Coke or Pepsi? Diet coke – I’m a little obsessed

Do you like Marmite? I love it!

Can you cook and if so what’s your speciality? I can follow a recipe but I’m no Nigella

Most famous person you’ve ever met? I’ve met many celebrities, but the only time I felt starstruck was when I was on face-time with Kate Winslet during a fitting

Secret crush? Aiden Turner of course 😉

Choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with? Valentino, Joanna Lumley, Graham Norton, and Prince Harry

Favourite room in the house and why? My bedroom because I love sleeping

What colour is your kitchen? It’s neutral

Favourite household appliance? My Nespresso machine

Are you a gardener? No but I have a wonderful Gardener!, I love it because she plants all sorts of beautiful flowers and its a lovely surprise when they flower

Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month? Nope that’s why I need a Gardener

What do you want for Christmas this year? Another diamond encrusted ring (I don’t ask for much 😉

What is your proudest moment? Having my children

What’s your favourite memory from your wedding? The vows, It was such a romantic moment. I had a winter wedding at Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey. The setting made the whole experience even more memorable

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing? I can’t imagine anything else but it would need to be fashion related

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I would be taller

How would you like to be remembered? For making lots of people happy

View the full Portrait Collection and find your nearest stockist by visiting the Suzanne Neville website

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