I began designing and making wedding dresses after my best friend cunningly talked me into making hers. I’d gained a first class Fashion degree at university but had fallen out of love with the fashion industry after spending an eye-opening year travelling the world, and began working for a charity instead.
Designing and making Alexandra’s dress helped me rediscover my passion for dressmaking. I realised that creating bespoke wedding dresses was the perfect way to combine all the bits I love best.
After 4 years working from home, I now work from a studio in Sheffield – a converted cutlery factory with plenty of character and charm. My studio is on the first floor and is split into two: a workroom for my small team and I, and a showroom to house my dresses and meet brides in.
My husband James and I got married in April 2012. We had a beautiful personal humanist ceremony, ate cakes baked by our closest friends, enjoyed a gorgeous meal and fabulous speeches from our nearest and dearest, all out in a lovely boutique hotel in the Peak District. It was a wonderfully happy and emotional day. I wore my earliest design – Honeysuckle – and became a full-time wedding dress designer and maker soon afterwards. A few pictures from our wedding can be viewed here.