No, it's not my Rolls Royce parked outside but check out the shop window this week - it's a response to the many enquiries we're getting for short wedding dresses that still have life after the wedding. We are in a very good position to supply this type of dress as we have the two showrooms in Beauchamp Place: one for wedding and one for just about everything else.
Whereas in the past we often had clients looking for the engagement party dress, the bridesmaids dress or simply a party dress during the celebrations, we now get girls who don't want the full-on bridal frock, simply a stunning dress they can wear over and over. I have posted several such dresses from the couture range, mostly beaded, bare and slinky enough for the red carpet or for the tying of the knot in a remote island setting.
Talking of remote island settings, we seem to do a great many weddings abroad these days, brides choosing sunnier climes, escaping the weather and cutting down on some of those family members that in truth you would have preferred to stay at home...there...I've said it!! If you saw my video last week you would have heard my thoughts on the weather: as much as I love to jump on a plane to a far-flung destination for wedding festivities I'm just as happy to brave the UK weather and take the wedding to an English country or seaside retreat.
I have found one such place in Hampshire called Chewton Glen and I liked it so much I am doing my next season's photo shoot there in a week's time with ace photographer, George Bamford. The hotel has 58 rooms and an amazing spa with just about everything to get the bride with a few mates (and perhaps the groom with a 9-hole golf course) into pre-wedding chill mode. What could be better, the entire wedding all under one roof yet in a space large enough and comfortable enough not to be constantly bumping into Uncle John and his girlfriend who you never really liked but ...