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.
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?
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.
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
Turquoise – it’s my birthstone
Hendricks Gin and Fever Tree tonic
Dogs or Cats?
CATS! I have been a cat’s pet for years!
Who is your favourite super hero?
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
J K Rowling, Shakespeare
Coke or Pepsi?
Do you like Marmite?
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?
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.