It was well over a year ago that launched our competition to offer one lucky bride-to-be the opportunity to win a couture gown, custom-made by top bridal designer Phillipa Lepley.

From the hundreds of entries we received, Phillipa and Brides Editor Jade Beer narrowed down the very long list down to ten finalists. Next we handed over the decision to our discerning readers…

THE FINAL FITTING

If you've been following the design process over the last few months, you will know full well that the lucky winner was Lauren and witnessed her gorgeous gown come to life… From the initial planning stages, to the measurements, the corset fitting, multiple calico toiles, the various silk fittings, lace sessions etc, we have followed the very personal and meticulous process that is the creation of a couture Lepley dress.

Naturally, we couldn't be happier for Lauren and the results of such attentive work from Phillipa and her team. Her wedding - much like her dress - was perfect in every which way.

THE COUTURE PROCESS: THE TEAR TEST

Set in Tuscany, their traditional and chic do was fun for all.

"The wedding was amazing!" said Lauren. "I couldn't have asked for better weather and perhaps because we were abroad everyone was in holiday mode so it felt really relaxed, which is exactly what we wanted."

Naturally everyone loved the dress: "I think because everyone at the wedding had voted for me, they felt they had a part to play in making my dream come true," explains Lauren - or Mrs Swales as we now like to call her.

COUTURE LEPLEY: THE FOURTH FITTING

"I can't rave enough about how fantastic Phillipa's team is. Their attention to detail is exquisite and nothing like you would find anywhere else. They are artists, craftsmen at the top of their industry, perfectionists; they ensured every inch of the dress was faultless.  Added to this they were wonderfully kind and friendly at every fitting.  In short a hugely talented team, with incredible energy and exuberance so that I felt incredibly special."

Congratulations to Lauren and George, Mr and Mrs Swales.

LET THE COUTURE PROCESS BEGIN

Photography by Sasha Pinney from Filmatography; www.filmatography.com