Last month our lovely Sponsor One Fine Day Bridal, celebrated its first birthday with a special relaunch event inviting brides-to-be to view gorgeous new collections to the boutique whilst raising a glass of fizz (sounds like our kind of event!)
Better still, owner Lindsey Johnson, called upon some of the North West’s top wedding suppliers to help advise and inspire brides-to-be on everything from their hair and makeup to lingerie and accessories, making it both an entertaining and informative evening.
So for those of us that couldn’t make the glittering event, this afternoon we’re catching up with Lindsey to find out how it all went, what brides-to-be can expect from the boutique’s new collections and how they go about making an appointment to view the gorgeous gowns for themselves. Take it away Lindsey…
With images by Melissa Beattie.
After months of planning, how did your relaunch event go?
lindsey says: The event was a fabulous celebration our first birthday here at One Fine Day Bridal and provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the new designer bridal collections we are introducing for 2016. It was also a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with choice local wedding experts as I really enjoy getting creative.
The event was really successful, we kept the numbers intimate as I wanted to offer our brides a personal and relaxed evening, all guests arrived on time (some surprisingly early) and our first gown orders have been successfully placed.
What did the event involve?
We opened the evening with a glass of prosecco and nibbles while guests and their families were introduced to their table. Daniella Gallagher entertained us with her beautiful vintage jazz voice while we prepared the catwalk, which weaved between the tables so guests were able to see the beautiful dress details close up. Following the catwalk show, I took the opportunity to join each bride at her table and chat about plans while Dani continued to sing for us into the late evening.
What other suppliers took part in the evening?
Nina Marika dressed our venue, Whittles Farm Restaurant, with Angela at Petal and Twig florists. Angela also created something special to complement the dresses on the runway. Amy at Prop Me Pretty, supplied the stunning paper flower wall, which became the focus of the catwalk, and the teams at Jenny Bird Beauty Therapy did a fabulous job of creating beautiful bridal make-up, while Studio 88 created gorgeous bridal hair. Melissa Beattie popped along to photograph the event and amongst the models was Claire Brookfield, who is a personal trainer and showcased her results in our lovely lingerie! Finally, The Lemon Tree Bakery left our guests a little sweet treat on the table to enjoy during the show.
How were the dresses featured on the catwalk by your two new designers – Rosa Clara Two and Louise Bentley –received by your guests?
I was thrilled to see the reaction from future brides and I received our first orders on the Saturday following our event!
Louise Bentley is a collaboration from two established UK designers who manufacture in beautiful silk fabrics and work closely with me to style the gowns to my brides’ needs. Bentley’s style is vintage inspired with a contemporary edge and the dresses suit a wide spectrum of venues. Valentina and Theodora showcased on the catwalk were the favourites with guests and I adore the silk organza ballerina dress Coraline, from the Studio Collection.
The Rosa Clara Two Collection, was also a show stopper as the beautiful, delicate beading sparkled elegantly under the lights. These designs were loved, especially by the models that were surprised by how comfortable and light the fabrics are. Elixir opened the show and the simplicity of Enebro in her beautiful Mikado fabric received a few cheers too!
What other designers do you stock at One Fine Day Bridal?
I’m a stockist for Dessy bridesmaids and have hand selected styles from their Dessy, Alfred Sung, Social, Lela Rose and Jenny Yoo, collections to cater for a wide selection of budgets and style.
Having worked with fashion advisors Trinny and Susannah, the importance of a woman’s ‘foundation’ was taught to me early in my career. I chose to stock a beautiful fine collection of shape wear, which is popular with mothers-of-the-bride and bridesmaids, and also provide beautiful French bridal lingerie from Huit.
For the finishing touches I work closely with Jayne at Foxglove Occasion Brides. We offer a service to hand-design accessories to suit our bridal requirements. I also stock some lovely jewellery from White Ivy which is popular, especially their beautiful bridesmaid gifts, and our veils are from UK designer Elizabeth Dickens.
For those that couldn’t make the event, how can they make an appointment to view the collections and what can they expect?
All appointments are with me and I ensure every bride is welcomed into our spacious studio to enjoy a relaxed appointment. I endeavour to make sure there are no time pressures and I love to hear about each bride’s wedding plans at the beginning of the appointment to help me understand their style. I then take the bride and their guests through the collections and select their choices (I may throw in a ‘wild card’ for brides to try at my request!)
What did you enjoy most about the relaunch event?
I loved the social aspect; I have found the switch from working in a large corporate environment to solely running my boutique a big change. I am a really sociable person and enjoy a good chat and bouncing ideas off others. I fell in love with my collections immediately and the opportunity to showcase in a polished way was exciting, especially when I saw the reaction from brides! A very proud moment.
What next for One Fine Day Bridal?
We are starting the New Year with some fabulous designer days and have an event planned in March to treat newly engaged brides. We plan to introduce our third designer collection at the Great Northern Bridal Fayre in April, and are already booking appointments into the spring. A very exciting time for us!