An array of cupcakes decorated in ivory, gold and pearls to coordinate with the bride’s gorgeous embroidered outfit.
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.
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
I met Laura and Michael back in 2016, such a lovely couple with a very different outlook on the theme for their wedding day of June 2017 at Stapleford Park, Leicestershire! My brief was in Laura’s words, “natural, lots and lots of greenery, with white flowers and lots of scent, must have scent!” But Laura’s biggest ask was…
“A waterfall inspired archway”
The arch was to be covered from top to bottom in soft Italian ruscus, scented white stocks, and placed between two large pillars in the Orangery. This was going to be the main feature of the day, where the couple would take their vows, be followed out by their guests through the arch and onto the beautiful manicured gardens of Stapleford Park where they would be showered with real white rose petal confetti.
Wanting to give Laura the ultimate archway to celebrate their marriage meant a lot of lost sleep the night before! You would think after more than 30 years of being a florist I would get used to the pro’s and con’s – the truth is you never get used to them! With Friday already a scorcher and Saturday’s forecast set to be a fabulous 29c, (you can’t ask more from the weather for your wedding day!) panic started to set in and “what if…..” were the only words I kept hearing myself say! But I have worked with stocks thousands of times – why am I worrying? Maybe it’s because I’m to create this beautiful statement feature, the feature that the bride wanted most on her florals list, even above the bouquet she was to hold. The feature that will stand right there in front of all those guests possibly melting in the heat, trying to survive and last the entire day in the unforgiving heat. The worry of the Orangery with its glass roof and an outside temperature set to be min 29c. I was awake all night – this was a florists nightmare!
On arrival Saturday morning, it was already 19.5 at 7.30 am. I walked through the Main Hall into the Orangery and a weight was instantly lifted. The room was air conditioned! My face beamed, I was so happy and couldn’t help but say to myself “what was all the worry for, everything is going to be just fine!” and it was. With my face beaming I set to work, using layers and layers of soft Italian ruscus to create the main structure, then individually wiring and hanging 200 stems of white scented stocks to create the waterfall illusion and here it is – my waterfall inspired arch in all it’s glory having survived the day, bringing Laura and Michael’s floral dreams to reality.
This Swiss meringue buttercream covered cake survived the 30-degree unbearable heat this weekend! Unbelievable! Many congratulations to Natalie and Matt who married at the beautiful Carriage Hall, Plumtree, Nottinghamshire on Saturday in the glorious sunshine surrounded by their many family and friends. The cake included tiers of Cherry Almond, Lemon & Elderflower Drizzle and Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel.
For just two days in sunny July get your dream Mori Lee Designer dress with 10% off, saving hundreds of pounds! This weekend is made even more special by the fact that Mori Lee send us a collection of brand new, next season designs. Not only are you saving money but getting the newest designs straight off the runway! To request a certain style of dress please contact us and we will do our very best to make this dress available to try.
Our sole aim is to make every bridal appointment the best experience possible for you and your party. Not only will you be welcomed with a chilled glass of white wine but you’ll also have exclusive use of our private diamond suite which glows under the natural sunlight.
Not only will you receive 10% off on 2nd-3rd July but you will also earn 1 Free Suit hire by buying your dress with us! This means the Groom can choose any Peter Posh style which usually saves around £70. (all these savings mean you can now 100% justify buying the designer shoes too!)
To make an appointment for this event (2nd-3rd July) visit our website www.rscollection.co.uk or call Victoria on 07715369790
We look forward to seeing you all there!