Sustainable, local, relaxed and luxuriously elegant sums up the lovely Rachel’s wedding and her beautiful bespoke wedding dress. Rachel got married at her family home, on her parents farm in the rural setting ofWorcestershire. Choosing the very best local, sustainable suppliers and businesses to make her special day sing.
Rachel came to me with a beautiful little sketch, having a clear vision of her dream dress right from the start. She had an idea of the fabric she wanted as well as the details and needed someone with a touch of magic to turn her beautiful sketch into the dress of her dreams. Rachel came across me through some local advertising and was drawn to the sustainable way I do things and my focus on locally sourced materials.
Having a petite frame, Rachel had had a disappointing experience in the bridal boutiques that left her feeling swamped in layers of fabrics, princess shapes and over the top detailing.
When I met Rachel, I listened to her desires and what was important to her in a wedding dress, ensuring I met her expectations through every step of the way.
Rachel’s dress is made from a beautiful ivory beaded Chantilly lace, sourced from a UK lace supplier. The delicate cording and floral design is finished off with a beautiful scalloped border. To use as much of the fabric as I could and to make the most of the incredible intricacy of it, I used the border as the edge for the sleeve hems and open cut out back detailing.
The skirt is made from a luxurious Italian ivory eco crepe. It has a magnificent drape and subtle sheen. Woven with sustainable yarns, the viscose comes from the waste from the cotton spinning with a GRS certificate and the acetate has a FSC declaration.
Rachel says: “Gemma provided me with a wonderful bridal experience from start to finish, making me feel at ease after having pressured experiences in the bridal shops I visited. I cannot thank Gemma enough for creating my dream dress, from the drawing design stage to the final fitting. I’ve loved every stage and couldn't have asked for a more relaxed but understanding approach. I would highly recommend Gemma as a Bridal designer, her expertise and attention to detail puts you at ease and gives you a personal touch to creating such an important item for your dream day!”