July 31st, 2018 | Julia Braime
Many bridal boutiques recommend you begin your dream dress hunt between 12 and 18 months in advance of your big day, which means ladies getting wed in the latter half of 2019, it’s time to get your search on!
Picking which gorgeous bridal boutiques to visit can be tricky as you want to give yourself enough choice but without becoming too overwhelmed. As such, it’s a good idea to look for those that stock a fabulous line up of differing designers to help present initial options of varying shapes and styles.
It’s perhaps very timely then that we introduce one of our most recent Sponsors to the blog today, fabulous mother and daughter team Kendal and Moira of Along Came Eve Bridal Boutique. Located in the gorgeous historic city of Chester, the rails of this welcoming boutique boast an incredible selection of designers that each offer brides a different look; from elegant lace numbers, to heavily detailed designs, sexy silhouettes and boho beauties.
With backgrounds in bridal and fashion, Kendal and Moira are well equipped to help ladies find that one special dress and are proud of their personal approach and exciting range of dress designers that provide stunning gowns that are a little “out of the ordinary”.
And as if that wasn’t enough to tempt you through the boutique’s doors, Along Came Eve will be holding its Summer Sample Sale on Sunday 19th August, when brides-to-be can bag an ex-sample gown at a bargain price, with some dresses reduced by more than £1,000 – just think of the bridal shoes you could buy with that saving!
So, let us leave you in Kendal’s capable hands as she talks us through her lovely family-run boutique…
Boutique images by Orphic Photography, gown images by Willowby, supplied by Along Came Eve.
How did you become involved in the wedding industry and what led you to set up your own boutique?
kendal says: We are a mother and daughter team. My mum Moira had her own couture bridal studio when I was growing up and that kick-started the passion for bridal. Moira’s career took her into the clothing industry where she still works as a Technical Director for a leading clothing production company. After following different career paths, we came together to start Along Came Eve and combined our passion for all things bridal. We have always wanted to have our own business together and our strengths make us work really well as a team.
Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?
We are based in a gorgeous Grade II listed building on the historical rows of Chester city centre. Our boutique is light and airy with pops of colour throughout and an atmosphere that provides privacy and comfort for all of our brides.
What designers do you stock at Along Came Eve?
We stock eight fabulous brands at the boutique. Enzoani, a flagship collection that oozes detail and sophistication with sexy silhouettes and delicate beading. Blue By Enzoani, which is a sought after collection that brings a modern twist on classic looks with plenty of detailed fabrics and textures. Rosa Clara Couture will be landing in the boutique in autumn 2018 and offers a fashion forward and super elegant collection with dramatic details. We also stock mainline Rosa Clara, which features beautiful fabrics, amazing details and classic design. Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri, is a collection where pretty meets sexy, with modern necklines and incredible detail! Then we have the Watters flagship collection, which combines exclusive laces and exquisite silks with fashion forward design. Willowby By Watters, is their super soft, boho inspired collection that is not only stunning, but also so incredibly comfortable to wear. Finally, Agnes provides a truly special collection with each piece handmade to order in Poland, using unique laces, stunning design and fantastic attention to detail.
How do you select the right designers for your boutique and what do you look for in a collection?
Our main objective is to have a point of difference between each of the brands that we stock. We chose from collections that we adore and look for something out of the ordinary. We did our research and didn’t want to be one of those stores that has the same lace dress ten times over. The quality of our gowns is so important to us, we look for brands with super high standards and real identity for their brand as these designers produce fabulous collections season after season.
What trends are proving popular with your brides at the moment?
For us, classic silhouettes and fabrics are certainly on the rise! Our brides are loving crepes georgettes and Mikados at the moment with classic boat necklines and super detailed backs. We think there will be more of this in future collections with embellished details coming forward ahead of lace.
What preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?
We advise ladies to take a look at the websites of the designers that our boutique stocks and screen shot or pin dresses that they love, we will then take a look at these with the bride when they arrive at our boutique and help them pick out the dresses in store. We also give our brides some advice around what to expect from their appointment with us i.e. how long it lasts, who to bring along, what underwear to wear. We find our brides really appreciate this bit of advice as it makes them feel more comfortable with the process before they get to us. Most brides find dress shopping a really daunting experience so being prepared really helps to calm the nerves!
What can brides expect from an appointment at Along Came Eve?
Firstly, all of our bridal appointments are completely private. When a bride arrives for her appointment she is welcomed to our boutique and then taken upstairs to our bridal showroom along with her friends and family. We will then talk the bride through the dresses and take a look at her inspiration photos pulling out any dresses she has highlighted (they can look very different on hanger in comparison to press shots). We make sure the bride is totally comfortable and knows how many dresses she will have time to try on during her appointment. We then leave the bride and her entourage to look through the dresses and make her choices returning within five minutes to take them through to our separate fitting room, where we fit the dresses in private and then the bride gets to make a grand entrance to her waiting party.
What size and price range of dresses do you stock?
Our samples range in size from an 8 to an 18 with the majority being a 12 or 14. Our prices range from £1,200 to £4,000.
Do you stock accessory ranges at the boutique?
We do, we have beautiful handmade tiaras and hair pieces from UK based Miranda Templeton and stunning veils from Nieve Couture with a bespoke veil service from Joyce Jackson. We also stock stunning silk flower crowns from UK based Frida Flower Crowns, faux fur accessories from Helen Moore and stunning hand painted, vegan-friendly biker jackets from Lucky Sew and Sew.
November 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon’s real wedding took place at the stunning Belle Epoque boutique hotel in the gorgeous town of Knutsford, Cheshire, where we just so happen to be holding one of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Fairs THIS SUNDAY. So ladies, if you like what you see register here to attend the event, which will feature some of the area’s very finest wedding suppliers whilst showcasing the unique venue! We’ll be open 11am to 3pm and it’s free entry for all, so be sure to bring along the groom, maids and parents too!
We love that today’s bride and groom styled the venue with pretty rustic details and delicate blush blooms, perfectly demonstrating how The Belle Epoque’s spectacular spaces work beautifully with a variety of different themes and colour schemes.
Now, on with the pretty…
With images by Kate Williams Photography.
kate says: We got engaged in August 2014. We were on a road trip through California. We had just climbed to the top of a waterfall in Yosemite and that’s where Dan popped the question!
Our wedding date was 6th August 2016. Dan is a teacher so we wanted it during the summer holidays, we were also hoping for a warm day, and luckily we had great weather!
We had a church ceremony in Warrington, followed by a reception at The Belle Epoque, in Knutsford. We chose The Belle Epoque as we loved all the décor and it has a beautiful terrace to sit out on. The hotel is also yours for the day, we liked that it was private.
We went with a rustic theme for the wedding. We made our invitations using Kraft card and carried this theme through in terms of the table plan and favours etc. We also had logs on the tables, which were underneath crates made by my dad that were holding flowers.
The colour scheme was blush pink and creams, with the groomsmen in navy blue. I had seen lots of flowers I really liked in blush pink and thought it was the perfect colour for the time of year.
January 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime
There is just so much exciting stuff going on for you lucky Brides Up North right now. Literally, you could eat, sleep, breath, visit, read, pin and live weddings all day long, there’s so much to get through. If planning your wedding is your second job (or if because of planning your wedding your job is your second job right now – sound familiar? Reading this at work are you? Don’t worry, I won’t tell!) you’ll be in your element as I add another diary date to that already full schedule.
Of course, I’ll already be seeing you at one of our unique and beautiful Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Spring (see that pretty pink banner above? Click it!), but to get you warmed up and limber, you might like to pay a little visit to this beauty of an event too, hosted by my very good friends at Cheshire Bride Magazine.
They say: Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park has everything a real wedding should have – fantastic clothes, music and dancing, beautiful flowers… all the elements to make a perfect day of fun and inspiration. Brides, their partners and families will be spoilt for choice with the marquee packed with more than 150 bridal industry professionals from bridal boutiques to florists, photographers to cake-makers, all on hand to offer the advice you need to create your dream day locally. Exhibitors include John Lewis, House of Fraser, The Wedding Shop at Alderley Edge, Red Floral Architecture and Thoughtful Flowers as well as menswear from Moss Bros and Slaters.
The famous catwalk which is staged four times daily is acknowledged as the most inspirational and entertaining in the business. These spectacularly choreographed fashion shows which run at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm both days provides a showcase for the best couture in an inspirational and fun environment. Bride Editorial Director Joanne Goodwin says: “The catwalk show is worth the ticket price alone. It’s a mixture of divine gowns, great music, brilliant choreography and some very cheeky male dancers. It puts a smile on everyone’s face from flower girls to grooms to grandmothers of the bride… and especially the bride herself.”
Added features include the band performance area where visitors can experience the best in wedding bands, musicians and singers in a luxuriously presented entertainment area and The Wedding Marquee which allows brides to envisage a marquee wedding setting complete with dressed tables, floral arrangements and bar area. There will also be an Inspiration theatre – a dedicated multi-purpose presentation stage with a varied programme of advice and information sessions aimed at providing impartial and informative tips and advice to brides to ensure stress-free and happy planning including styling ideas for the whole bridal party and health and beauty advice in the run-up to the big day.
Brides and grooms can relax with a glass of champagne at the fully licensed Champagne Bar as they plan their celebration while flicking through their free copy of the 2014 issue of Cheshire and Lancashire Bride magazine packed with beautiful photography, fascinating features, advice from experts and brides and inspirational real weddings from the region.
Bride: The Wedding Show is at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, February 1st and 2nd from 10am to 5pm.
Tickets cost £9 in advance and £10 on the door. Group tickets for 4 people available for £32. VIP tickets at £15 each include a guaranteed seat at the Catwalk Show, a glass of fizz and a special goody bag.
Tickets are available by clicking here.
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