Rachel Lamb Bridal Design
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Award winning bespoke wedding dress designer specialising in bespoke bridal gowns for the bride and made to measure outfits for mothers of the bride and groom.
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- My business is known for making Bespoke bridal gowns, which means that you can have a wedding dress designed and made specifically for you, or you can bring along your own ideas. In most cases, it’s a combination of the two and we collaborate on the design. You do not have to know what you want in order to use my service – I am a highly trained, experienced designer and this is part of the service if you want it to be. Bespoke doesn't have to mean complicated - your design can be as simple or extravagant as you desire. The possibilities are endless, but in all cases, I am there to guide you with my friendly and honest approach. Who makes the dresses & how does it work? All my dresses are made here in Cambridgeshire by myself and my small team. In most cases there is an average of 4-6 fittings, depending on the design. The first 2 fittings are always a toile (this means a prototype made of calico or muslin) so we can work out the fit and design precisely for you. This way you know what your dress will be like before it is created in the real bridal fabrics, and you can have input into the fit and design before the dress is actually made. It’s a two-way process and we work together on it. Once the toiles are correct, we cut out your actual dress and the remaining fittings are in the real fabric. It’s very exciting seeing your dress evolve into the real thing!
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2000# Of Weddings HostedMore than 50# Of People In Team3Public Liability InsuranceYes
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Difficult question, there's been a few! I made a gown for a bride who got married in a woodland setting and wanted a one-shouldered, highly draped gown with embroidered colourful flowers appliqued all over it. It was a real artistic creation and we literally built the gown on her at fittings. She looked gorgeous, and it was memorable not only because of the design, but because of how supported she was by her friends throughout the process, and how 'her' the whole thing was.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
modern, (a bit) kooky, fashionable, individual, precise
What about your business are you most proud of?
This is a difficult one to answer, I think I'm most proud of the variety of dresses I've designed and made. I always feel proud that someone has chosen me to make their wedding dress for them, no matter what the style of dress is. So I guess that means I'm proud of being flexible perhaps? I'm also proud of the fact that I enjoy it so much, it's a labour of love and I find it difficult to imagine doing anything else.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Contraversial I know, but I would say it's about you two getting married. Be yourselves. Decide what you want and don't ask too many others for their opinion. Book well in advance and don't get side tracked by things you don't want or need. That's more than one.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Anything that involves people being themselves
Describe your typical process with a couple.
This is all variable, but usually there are about 2 appointments where we discuss the design and look at fabric, after which I provide a quote. Then I will take measurements, order the fabrics and then the fittings start: usually 4-6 fittings. At least the first 2 fittings are toiles (prototypes of the gown), after which the real dress is made with the remaining fittings to check the progress.
What do you love most about your job?
The fact that it's a creative process and I'm involved in every stage. I'm making something beautiful. And chatting to brides during fittings, and hearing about their wedding day afterwards.
What is your favourite style of wedding dress?
On the one hand, something clean and modern looking and maybe A-line, quite sculptural. On the other, soft and flowing with beautiful textures.
What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?
Blue trims, blue beading, blue label, blue shoes, blue accessories or wear blue pants! Or you could commission a blue dress...?
What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?
Impossible to answer, there are too many favourites