Our contributing health editor, Dr Tara Hughes designed her dress within four weeks with the talented Melaie Baker. We take a look at how she did it..
I didn’t really have a dream dress in mind and so I spent hours on social media/designers websites trying to narrow down what I liked. When we originally had a big traditional wedding planned, I had a try on appointment at The Wedding Club which was so fun but didn’t find anything I loved. In the end, we had a civil ceremony and so I wanted something special but low-key. I found a local seamstress to make something in a crepe/satin. I totally recommend doing this. Designing from scratch and creating a tulle mock-up meant that it was perfectly tweaked the way I want it.
Any preconceptions of what I thought I liked definitely changed when I started trying things on! I think the biggest factor, in the end, is finding something that suits your personality. I thought I wanted the ball gown but definitely felt way better and more myself in a fitted more minimal look.
I always take ages making big decisions so I had to rule a lot of things out – a little time-consuming and tedious. But once I knew what I wanted, then the process became really relaxed and exciting seeing it come together.
THE SUPPORT NETWORK
I definitely sent a few pictures to my mum and best friends for thoughts. But mostly, I just went with my gut in the end!
I wore some sentimental jewellery from my mum (a bracelet and ring). Then I wore a really fun pair of hoops that my aunt actually wore on her wedding day. For my shoes, I had a pair of Manolo Blahniks but hadn’t tried them on with my dress and actually hated them both together on the morning of! So I opted for a pair of pearl kitten heels that I luckily had but hadn’t worn yet. Very last minute decision but the right one I think.
ADVICE FOR BRIDES
Unless you have a really clear dream dress in mind, I would just try on a lot of different styles to see what you feel great in. It may surprise you what you choose in the end. Never buy on the first fitting! Always sleep on it…
The moment we exited down Chelsea town hall steps. You really do feel over the moon and it’s so well captured with us among our friends and family. You can also see all of the dress and the amazing detail we worked on. From the square neck line, to the ruched sleeves and bias cut skirt. You can just about see the pleated waist band and covered buttons on the cuffs.
Dress: Tara’s own design created by Melanie Baker
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