Story of my Dress
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Alternative, unique, one of a kind gowns for the modern, stylish bride!
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I created Story Of My Dress to offer brides a something a little different; something very unique; a one of a kind dress that is stylish, but still affordable. Having searched for my best friend's wedding dress around Kent 5 years ago, I decided that there wasn't anything on offer locally for brides who wanted to incorporate their own unique style into their bridal look without breaking the bank! Using contacts from my experience working within the fashion industry, I started to build SOMD. Collecting original vintage pieces and with the help of Gillian, our in house seamstress, we can transform these beautiful dresses by either restoring them to their original glory or re-designing them to create a modern and stylish gown! Our newly launched own collection of dresses and bridal separates sit alongside and compliment our vintage. The dresses are contemporary and on trend with vintage elements using details we love from our originals. We also now stock a selection of Rolling in Roses dresses, designed by Hayley who is also a passionate purveyor of original vintage. Her dresses blend beautifully with our own, offering pure silk luxury and inspired designs. Our accessories collection are also amazing and offer something for the boho babe or elegant chick! All of our collections are priced from £99-£1500 and can be altered and tailor made to fit all sizes. Our beautiful little showroom is in The Mill Yard, West Malling, Kent. We offer a one on one, super relaxed experience. We are open all week and can offer evening appointments to try and accommodate our brides & their girl gang. We do not charge but just ask kindly for 24hours cancellation notice. We can't wait to meet you and have the pleasure of playing a part in your most memorable day!
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Name of Wedding Contact: Cara
Hi, I love welcoming new brides into my little showroom, it is super relaxed and personable. There is no obligation or charge, just come and have a try of my beautiful range of dresses. We can also offer a bespoke service to help you create your dream bridal look that won't break the bank! Most of our collection is priced between £700-1200. Cant wait to meet you x
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Grace wore our 1930's original gold and lace gown at the Asylum in London! The whole look and story was just magical. Her dress was discovered in New York where it turns out Grace was engaged!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Inspired by the history of fashion, quirky, cool, stylish!
What about your business are you most proud of?
My beautiful brides and their stories.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Do not lose your style, do not get sold into something that really isn't you!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
My bride Tabitha wore her grandmothers flower wax headdress.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I do not get to work with the couple together, just have a hand in sending a bride who is very relaxed and happy with her bridal look to a very lucky groom! A bride generally will visit once or twice, purchase the dress and then come back for 2/3 fittings.
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting some very inspiring ladies and playing a part in probably their most important outfit!! The very best part for me is seeing those images from them on their big day, its precious!
What is your favourite style of wedding dress?
An original vintage lace either 30's/50's gown.
What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?
A little bow sown inside your dress or on your garter!
What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?
My original Jacques Heim 1950's lace gown. Jacques was a Parisian designer and dressed the likes of sophia loren, the queen of Belgium and many more, he had a hand in the start of the fashion house Dior! The dress was a classic and was worn by my bride Victoria who totally made it her own. It really had something about it and totally captured my imagination and wonder of its past!