Stepping into Phillipa Lepley's Fulham studio is like taking a break from the world outside: the combination of soft gowns, the crisp, chic interiors and the calming fragrance of Dr Vranjes' room fragrance create a sense of serene peace.

But there's also an excited buzz in the air, for today is the day we will see the first silk cutting of Lauren's dress. "I was so excited to see it," explains Lauren.


"Incredibly nerve-wrecking although I knew it would be amazing, to just see it hanging there and to put it on for the first time was a huge thrill."

With her shoes in tow (a pair of stunning Harriet Wilde lace peep-toes), Lauren tries on the basic shape of the dress for the first time. Tears are not far off Lauren's eyes and her mother looks on in equal - if not greater - joy. This is definitely The One.

Although it is only the basic shape of the dress (the embellishment are still to be added on) you can already see that this is going to be very special indeed.


Measurements are taken for the cathedral-length veil and final decisions on the lace edging made.

The bodice is perfect: small pieces of lightly corded lace trickle down from the feminine almond shaped neckline and bring a touch of something special to the gown. The Tasmin shape below accentuated with a crisp, light tulle overlay, creating a pocket of 'air' with the fitted silk underneath.


Cynthia, the lace master, comes in to play around with a big more lace to fit in with Lauren's vision before final measurements for the hem and the slightest adjustments are thoroughly noted down.

We could quite easily spend hours in the peaceful tranquility of Lepley's showrooms - but our work here is done. Until next time...