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Win a Free Wedding Dress with Our Golden Ticket

We are so thrilled to bring you our Win a Free Wedding Dress Competition and this year, one lucky bride will find a golden ticket and win a stunning and beautiful wedding dress designed and created by us for her.

Win a Free Wedding Dress Golden Ticket at Estilo Moda Bridal Milton Keynes, London.
Win a Free Wedding Dress Golden Ticket

To enter, you must book an appointment and attend a wedding dress consultation.  We will go through the normal bridal consultation process where you would try on different wedding dresses.  You may find a design that you like perfectly as it comes or you may wish to design a wedding dress that is unique to you.  We would give you a quote for your wedding dress and just before the consultation comes to an end, we would ask you to pick any number from a list of available numbers.  You would pick out an envelope which displays your chosen number and open the envelope to see if it reveals our amazing free wedding dress golden ticket.  If it does, YES!, you will win a free wedding dress subject to our competition terms and conditions and if it doesn’t, well, we have decided to have no losers in this competition.  Therefore, every single competition entrant will win a special prize and a fabulous discount off their wedding dress too. Everyone is a winner!

Please Click on the Link below to see the competition Terms and Conditions!

Wedding Dress Competition – Golden Ticket 2015 Terms and Conditions

Book Your Appointment Today and Be in With a Chance of Winning a Free Wedding Dress.  As the saying goes, ‘you have to be in it, to win it‘ and if so many brides have won wedding dresses from us over the years, then why not you.  Send us an email and let us know what days you are free to come and visit us for your bridal consultation and take the first steps towards what may be for you a miracle on top of a dream come true. Call us on 01908925152 or complete the form below

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We are really excited to meet you and we are also keeping all fingers crossed for you.

Very many blessings and the best of luck lovelies

The Estilo Moda Bridal Team xxxxx

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Must Have Wedding Dress Shopping Guide

Read an Excerpt from Our Must Have Wedding Dress Shopping Guide

Meet Eliza, who got married a few years ago and still wishes every day that she had worn a different wedding dress. Unfortunately, she’s about 3 years too late now. She still hopes her husband would be open to a marriage blessing and then she can finally wear her dream dress. Long before Steven proposed to Eliza, she knew what her dream wedding dress would look like. She was sure it would be perfect for her and she knew what every last detail would be. She wanted to look like a modern day princess. The bodice would have been reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress bodice: lightly beaded lace, high neck but with cap sleeves rather than long sleeves. The skirt would have been a duchess satin fitted mermaid skirt, ruched from the hips to just before the knees and then full flared and pleated from the knees to the hem. The dress would have been completed with pearly buttons at the back to cover the zip and a fully pleated, lightly beaded train. Eliza ended up wearing an all over lace, off shoulder A-line dress with a puddle train. The dress was OK and perhaps, someone else’s dream dress but it was not hers. She settled for this dress because she could not find her dream dress anywhere and the bespoke bridal shops she visited were too expensive. Today, she looks at her wedding pictures with regret because she did not have her high neck lacy bodice and full mermaid skirt; two things she had wanted on her dress since she was 5. Your story does not have to be the same. Ever wondered if the wedding dress you have chosen to wear is your exact perfect dream wedding dress. It is one of the hardest decisions to make and if not made carefully, could spell disaster and regrets. If you have not bought your wedding dress already, here are some top tips and advice to give you some help and inspiration when choosing your wedding dress.

Don’t go bridal shopping until you have read our Bridal Shopping Handbook. Click on the picture to access our ultimate wedding dress shopping guide.

Estilo Moda Bridal - Ultimate Bridal Shopping Guide
Ultimate Bridal Shopping Guide

Click Here to access our Ultimate Wedding DressShopping Guide Book  Ultimate Bridal Shopping Guide

Happy wedding planning and many blessings

Omo xxx

Contact us to book an appointment to try on lots of wedding dresses and discuss the best options for you with us. If you decide to get your wedding dress from us, then great and if not, then you go away equipped with more information about what dress is perfect for you.

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I Don’t Want a Wedding Dress Train

Everyone written about in our bridal wear woes blog posts is delighted for us to share their story with you to get a better insight into how we work and how we help solve your bridal wear problems.


 

So we once had a bride who in her own words is the ‘most tomboyish tomboy ever and lives in Jeans and Tee- Shirts’.  At her first consultation, she told me that she just hated dresses and the very idea of putting on a wedding dress was making her break out in hives. It took us a while to convince her to try on some wedding dresses and she was so pleasantly surprised when she saw how beautiful she could look in a dress if only she tried.

After she had tried on a few dresses and she had told us her likes and dislikes, we sketched the most stunning wedding dress for her and it got to the point where we were discussing her wedding dress train.   When I asked her what train length she wanted, she looked at me funny like I was speaking another language.  She said she could just not imagine the foolishness of having a wedding dress train. She felt she would look really silly and her exact words were ‘who do I think I am, Princess Diana?’  I tried to explain to her that wedding dress trains could add something special to the whole look and she has to remember that she is a bride just for that one day.  I explained to her about different lengths of trains and advised her to go for a sweep/ brush train that literally just swept the floor by about 5 or 6 inches from the dress hem. She looked at me like I was crazy and said thanks but no thanks.

Different Wedding Dress Train Lengths
A Little Education on Different Wedding Dress Train Lengths

 

I decided to create her sketch and show her the view of her wedding dress with a train and without a train just to see what she thought of the comparison.

Wedding Dress Train
Wedding Dress Sketches Showing No Train and Sweep Train

She looked at both pictures and she said to me that she felt that the sketch without the wedding dress train looked like a normal party dress or a prom dress.  She said she felt that she would be missing out on something if she went without a train and she was only hoping to do this once anyway so why not go the whole nine yards. I was really surprised at how quickly she changed her mind.  Please don’t get me wrong,  while I don’t believe that having a wedding dress train is the most important part of your wedding dress, I believe that it is indeed very important that you are entirely happy and completely over the moon with the wedding dress you have chosen.  In my role, it is imperative that I present you with all the different options available to you based on the wedding dress design you have gone for and then sit back and let you decide what works best for you.

So our bride made up her own mind but of course with our expert guidance as to what type of wedding dress train she really wanted and believe me when I say she was totally happy wearing a dress after it was created for her despite her previous disdain for anything remotely feminine. Result!

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s installation of how we resolve some bridal wear problems.  I have worked with hundreds of brides in the past 11 years and I really do love recounting these stories.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xx


 

If you are worried about the type of wedding dress shopping experience you would have, then contact us immediately.  We really do make it count.  This wedding planning period should be the most special of your life and we always make sure that you and your entourage are given the best and most friendly treatment throughout your journey with us. Book an appointment for your own special wedding dress shopping experience.

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Free Flower Girls Dress with Every Wedding Dress

This summer month of June, we are offering an amazing free flower girls dress with every wedding dress ordered.  You want to take full advantage of this very special offer today and book an appointment to discuss your wedding dress and free flower girls dress.

Terms and Conditions apply.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount voucher.  This offer is only for customers who ordered a full price wedding dress in the month of June 2015.  The offer is for only one flower girls dress with a single wedding dress ordered. This offer closes on the 30th of June 2015. This offer is non-transferable.

Free Flower Girls Dress with Every Wedding Dress
June – Offer of the Month

Contact us today to book your appointment and get a stunning and best of all FREE flower girls dress to match your wedding dress.

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Wedding Dress Shopping with a ‘Mahoosive’ Entourage

Everyone written about in our bridal wear woes blog posts is delighted for us to share their story with you to get a better insight into how we work and how we help solve your bridal wear problems.


Last year, we met a bride who very excitedly booked her wedding dress shopping appointment with us and when we sent her a pre-appointment email which included amongst other titbits of information, the question about how many people will be accompanying her to the consultation.  To this, she replied 15!!!. Let me repeat that – 15!!!.  Shock!, Horror! and most definitely a serious state of panic.

We tried to convince her that it may be a good idea to come with less people for an initial wedding dress consultation with us but she wasn’t having it.  Some of her aunties, cousins and bridesmaids were coming from far away and she could not deny them the pleasure of seeing her try on wedding dresses and pick the one.

So the beautiful day arrived and so did our very lovely bride and her humongous entourage.  Believe me when I say we were outnumbered very many times over and even though I have done this for eleven years, it takes a very strong person not to feel a pinch intimidated at first.  I should not have been worried though because by minute 5 into the consultation, I could understand why she wanted all of them there. I felt like a part of the family and was already laughing so hard that I could barely speak.

When our bride started to try on dresses, we quickly realised that we could have a really explosive situation on our hands as of course they all had a different idea of what should work and what shouldn’t, what suits her and what doesn’t and what they would have worn and what they would not be caught dead in. Everyone was talking at the same time and the bride could just not get a word in.  At a point, she put her hand over her ears and looked ready to cry.  We had to ask everyone to tell us one after the other what they thought of the wedding dresses she tried on.  They were all so happy to oblige when they realised how distressed she was getting and then we really began to have a lovely time.

One of her aunties thought she looked like a nun in our Victoria Dress from our Jadé Bridal 2015 collection even though our bride said she loved the long lace sleeves and soft chiffon skirt of Victoria. Her aunty wanted her to show a bit more skin.  She must have said ‘if you’ve got it, then flaunt it‘ a thousand times.  Oh, the joys of this wonderful occupation.

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Victoria

Her Mum said she had always envisaged her in a really full skirt wedding dress with a bit of lace as the detail and so we had her try on our Avina wedding dress from our Grace and Lace collection

Wedding Dress Shopping
Avina

Her sister loved Amira so much that she got really teary when our bride put her on. She loved Amira’s sexy slinkyness and she could just not get over the low deep V lace back. She said that would have been her ‘the one’ if only she could find a man who would be crazy enough to marry her. I laughed so much at this consultation.

wedding dress shopping
Amira

We decided to have her try on Aleah as we felt that she would incorporate quite a lot of the different details that everyone seemed to agree suited our bride and I’ll tell you what, I’ve never seen someone look as happy as she did when she was in that dress. There were tears all round and for the first time since they had been with us for over an hour, there was silence.  It was amazing to behold. To just nail it, we decided to add a veil to the look and my goodness, the reaction was magic.  I heard someone say tearfully ‘you look like a bride’ and I thought, ‘that’s exactly what we want her to look like’.

wedding dress shopping
Aleah

Good old Aleah! ‘She’s done it again‘, I thought. Our bride loved the alencon lace, the tulle A Line layer, the satin mermaid skirt layer, the bateau neckline, the deep V back. Everything. There was nothing about Aleah she did not love… weeellll, except for the train.  She could not imagine navigating a 40 foot train on her wedding day as she said she is very clumsy and would probably fall flat on her backside trying to unwind herself from the folds of the train.  We decided to create a shorter train for her instead and I could not believe it when I everyone’s heads bobbing in unison and complete consensus.  Have I told you how much I love this job? Another bride had found the one and we allowed her to make her changes to make it perfect for her. Result!

I hope you have enjoyed this story about one bride’s wedding dress shopping experience with us and how we worked with her big party to get the best out of everyone and ensure that we all had a really lovely time at the end of the day.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo x


 

If you are worried about the type of wedding dress shopping experience you would have, then contact us immediately.  We really do make it count.  This wedding planning period should be the most special of your life and we always make sure that you and your entourage are given the best and most friendly treatment throughout your journey with us. Book an appointment for your own special wedding dress shopping experience.

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A Stunning Lace Wedding Dress for an Older Bride with Style

A beautiful lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride created for an amazing, EM Bride Jackie Clements is the feature of this week’s bride spotlight.  We are so pleased to be sharing pictures sent to us by the bride herself of her on her big day.

We met Jackie at a wedding fair on a very rainy day that turned out to be quite a great outing for us.  She was with her fiancé and they made us laugh even in the short time we spent with them.  She soon sent him away as she wanted to get down to business talking about her dress and she didn’t want him to know anything about it.   She explained to us that she had been trying to look for a perfect wedding dress for an older bride but she didn’t want something frumpy or old fashioned.  We were excited when she decided to book an appointment to come and see us in the shop there and then.

When Jackie came to see us, it was really lovely to go over the details of different wedding dresses she had tried on and she described to us her likes, dislikes, body-loves and body-hates and what she envisioned herself in.  We had a good laugh going over pictures of some dresses she had previously tried on and didn’t like very much.  We created a sketch for Jackie and she was very happy with it.

Wedding Dress for an Older Bride
Jackie’s Sketch

We explored different options of fabrics for the main part of the dress and Jackie decided that she really wanted an organza and lace A Line wedding dress with a beaded cord lace and a pleated waist detail. We added in lace cap sleeves because she said she wanted to cover the tops of her arms and a pleated satin waist band into the design.

We were excited to get cracking. Our very talented dressmakers created Jackie’s wedding dress and she came in for her first fitting.  Brides are usually very nervous at their first fitting and Jackie wasn’t any different.  She came with her daughter and we went over all the tweaks she wanted applied to just the neckline and skirt to make it perfect for her. She also decided to add a beautiful beaded appliqué  at the middle of the pleated satin waist band just for that added ‘wow’ effect. The finished dress was stunning.

Here are some pictures of Jackie on her big day

Stunning lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride

Stunning lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride

Stunning lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride

Stunning lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride

Stunning lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride

Stunning lace and organza wedding dress for an older bride

I hope you have enjoyed reading Jackie’s wedding dress journey with us.  If you would like a wedding dress for an older bride or indeed a lace and organza A-line wedding dress, then do please contact us and we’ll be delighted to help you.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo


 

Click Here to see more Bride Spotlight posts and to read about the experiences other Estilo Moda Brides have had with us

To talk about your wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses or wedding dress, then you can contact us today for your very own personal consultation.

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A Stunning Lace and Tulle Ball Gown Wedding Dress for EM Bride, Emma

We designed a beautiful lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress for a really fun EM Bride, Emma.  She was always such a laugh and we had a really lovely time every time she and her Mum came into the shop.

I met Emma when she came to see us after her cousin Michelle, who I knew through networking, had recommended that she give us a try. Emma came to the then very new studio to discuss her wedding dress with me and from the word go, we got on like a house on fire. She was feisty, fun and full of laughs and I just knew that we were in for a happy ride with her. She and her Mum are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

We got talking and Emma explained her ideas for her wedding dress. She told me that she loved tulle and she loved lace and if she wasn’t sure of anything else, she was very sure that she definitely wanted her wedding dress to include those two fabrics.  She showed me pictures of dresses she liked and she also told me that she had no problem whatsoever having a dress designed especially for her.  We asked Emma to try on some of our wedding dresses so that we could see what works and what doesn’t, practically.  We tried on mermaid wedding dresses, A-line wedding dresses and as soon as we tried on the Ariana wedding dress from our Grace and Lace collection, she got this big smile on her face.

 

Estilo Moda Bridal Designer Milton Keynes Ball Gown Wedding Dress, Satin Wedding Dress
Ariana
Estilo Moda Bridal Designer Milton Keynes Ball Gown Wedding Dress, Satin Wedding Dress
Ariana Back View

Emma loved the sweetheart neckline and overlapping ruched detail of the bodice of Ariana and she also loved the fullness of the skirt.  She made it clear that she definitely wanted her dress to be created in a tulle fabric as she considered it a more whimsical and romantic fabric than duchess satin.  She also advised that she needed the touch of lace to complete the design.  We pinned some lace appliqué we had available in the design studio onto the dress to create cap sleeves and Emma loved the look of it. I got sketching and this is what I came up with for Emma.

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

We decided to add some more lace detail to Emma’s dress by adding some more lace appliqué to her ruched tulle bodice and also scattered on her full multi-layered tulle ball gown skirt.  She was really excited about the design and could not wait to see the finished dress.

Here are some beautiful pictures of Emma in her wedding dress in our studio and on the big day itself.  Enjoy…

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress
Emma’s wedding dress with bustle

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress

I hope you have enjoyed sharing Emma’s bridal experience with us and if you would like a lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress or any other wedding dress design, then do contact us and we can have a chat with you.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo

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Stunning Ivory Sequin Wedding Dress – From Sketch to Dress

We created a breathtakingly beautiful ivory sequin wedding dress for EM bride Helen; one of the most energetic and positive people we have ever met.  She looked stunning on her big day.  Look out for our special bride spotlight post on Helen

Ivory Sequin Wedding Dress

 

If you would like a beautiful ivory sequin wedding dress or in fact any other style, design, fabric of wedding dress or bridesmaid dress, contact us today to discuss your requirements.

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Gorgeous Mikado and Tulle Mermaid Wedding Dress for Carrie

We received this card and a long note from EM Bride Carrie recently and I have to say that it made our day. We try to do our best and can only hope its enough.  That’s what I said to her and its true.  I’m glad she had such an amazing experience with us. 

In her letter, Carrie said “I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.  Firstly, I want to say thank you for accepting to create the beautiful bridesmaid dress that I found, I was so upset to find out that I wasn’t able to get these beautiful dresses for my bridesmaids, due to being told incorrect info from another shop, but then I found you! During our first meeting, you made me feel so comfortable, and assured me you would be able to create the exact dress I wanted, in various colours, you filled me with confidence and excitement!! All the girls looked so beautiful and the different colours just looked amazing together.

A couple of months down the line, I came to you, again, in despair, as I had had a nightmare with my dream dress. Again, you filled me with hope that you would be able to create my dream dress. I was so so lucky to find you as when we sat down to discuss our options, you ended up designing my very own couture dress, just for me. The design of my dress, included features of two dresses I liked, all combined in one. You listened to what I wanted but also gave me your opinion, which I valued very much.

I couldn’t have been happier with my dress Lisa and thank you wholeheartedly. Can you also pass on thanks to Emily, who made the last minute adjustments for me, on more than one occasion!!!…”

This is the sketch I created of Carrie’s stunning Mikado and Tulle Mermaid Wedding Dress after the first wedding dress consultation that I had with her.

Mikado and Tulle Mermaid Wedding Dress

Here are some more pictures of Carrie and her gorgeous bridesmaids.  Estilo Moda Bridal created all their dresses for the day.

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

tulle mermaid wedding dress

 

Hope you have enjoyed Carrie’s wedding pictures.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xoxo

If you love  Carrie’s tulle mermaid wedding dress and would like us to create something similar for you, then do please contact us.

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A Stunning 50s Style Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress for the Most Delightful Jennifer

We designed a beautiful 50s style lace and tulle wedding dress for a bride who we now fondly refer to as ‘Our Jennifer’.  To say that this lady is an angel will be the greatest understatement of the year.  Never have we met a bride who took care of us as much as we took care of her. She is always there with words of encouragement and kindness at every point and she even made herself available to us at one of our shows to help out along with another lovely bride of ours Katie Balaam.  Jennifer would bring birthday cards, flowers and home-made cakes and all sorts of little gifts almost every time she came into the studio to see us.

I met Jennifer in 2012 on a wet, windy, dark and dreary day in a forlorn Marquee at one of the loneliest wedding fairs I have ever been to and as soon as we started to chat, we hit it off.  She showed me lots of pictures on her Ipad of her vision for her wedding.  She loves vintage, sparklies and quirkiness and I could see that even from how she dressed and talked.  I thought to myself ‘what a sweet and friendly person, I wonder if I would ever hear from her again’.

I did hear from Jennifer again and we arranged to meet at my then studio which was the grand location of my converted garage behind my house. Jennifer came to see me with her Mum; who seemed quite apprehensive at the start because she must have thought ‘oh dear, a bridal shop in a garage. What has my daughter got herself into’ but we soon got chatting and she could see the passion behind what I do. We discussed Jennifer’s design.  Jennifer showed me some pictures of wedding dresses that inspired her and I drew a sketch of the tea length lace and tulle wedding dress she had described to me to show her and Mum my understanding of Jennifer’s requirements.

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Jennifer’s Sketch

They were very approving of the design and then we discussed the choices of lace, types of beading and other details of Jennifer’s dress.  We got cracking creating Jennifer’s dress for her wedding.  This was the beautiful result of that project.

50s style lace and tulle wedding dress

Estilo Moda Testimonials, Wedding Dress Designer Milton Keynes, Tea Length Wedding Dress, 50s style wedding dress, Vintage wedding dress, blue petticoat tea length wedding dress

 

Estilo Moda Testimonials, Wedding Dress Designer Milton Keynes, Tea Length Wedding Dress, 50s style wedding dress, Vintage wedding dress, blue petticoat tea length wedding dressAt one of our design consultations, Jennifer advised that she would like us to edit her wedding dress so that she had a light blue petticoat instead of the typical ivory or white and that got me really excited as I like when brides put their own mark on their dresses.  This is what her fabulous petticoat looked like.

Estilo Moda Testimonials, Wedding Dress Designer Milton Keynes, Tea Length Wedding Dress, 50s style wedding dress, Vintage wedding dress, blue petticoat tea length wedding dressWe also created a gorgeous tea length satin bridesmaid dress for Jennifer’s Maid of Honour for which she chose a lovely silvery blue colour.  She looked really beautiful as well.

50s style lace and tulle wedding dress, satin tea length vintage bridesmaid dress milton keynesWhen we got the pictures of Jennifer’s wedding, we were so delighted and we could see that an amazing day had been had by all who attended. Estilo Moda Testimonials, Wedding Dress Designer Milton Keynes, Tea Length Wedding Dress, 50s style wedding dress, Vintage wedding dress, blue petticoat tea length wedding dressWe were not very surprised though knowing what a lovely person she is.  We wish Jennifer and Tom the most amazing and beautiful married life and lots of little gorgeous babies.

50s style lace and tulle wedding dress

50s style lace and tulle wedding dress

50s style lace and tulle wedding dress

I hope you have enjoyed sharing Jennifer’s wonderful bridal experience with us. Click Here to see more pictures of other bridesmaids dresses and wedding dresses in our collections.  If you like ‘dress name’ or any other Bridesmaids/ wedding dresses you have seen from our collections and want to try some on or get more ideas for your dream bridesmaids dresses or wedding dress, then do please contact us.

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Stunning Lace V Neck Wedding Dress for EM Bride Faye

EM bride, Faye and her stunning lace V neck wedding dress and four beautiful chiffon one shoulder bridesmaids dresses are the subject of today’s bride spotlight.

We are really pleased to be sharing pictures from the wedding of this really lovely lady who we met through her sister, Estelle.  Estelle is an amazing makeup artist who we have worked with in the past and who we would always recommend to anyone looking for makeup artistry in this area.  She brought Faye to us when Faye was looking for a wedding dress and I was really pleased by how much faith Faye had in us right from day one.  She explained her ideas to us and showed me a dress she had seen on our page of another EM Bride; which she said she had fallen in love with.  We tweaked the design slightly to make it even more perfect for Faye and we came up with this sketch:

Estilo Moda Bridal Reviews - Lace V Neck Wedding Dress
Faye’s Sketch

Faye’s dress was created with a beautiful ivory corded lace fabric that had a medium weight handle so it could have structure and at the same time drape beautifully.  Her bodice had a V Illusion neckline with cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline shaped satin lining underneath.  She had a beautiful A Line silhouette skirt that clung and skimmed in exactly the right places to give Faye the comfort that she said she wanted in her dress and she had a beautiful embellished satin sash which she tied into a bow at the back.  On one of Faye’s fitting days, Estelle asked us if we had an identical crystal appliqué to the one we had used to create Faye’s satin sash and this she used to create a beautiful headpiece for Faye. We thought the combination looked stunning.

Estilo Moda Bridal Testimonials - Lace V Neck Wedding Dress

Estilo Moda Bridal Testimonials - Lace V Neck Wedding Dress

Estilo Moda Bridal Testimonials - Lace V Neck Wedding Dress

Estilo Moda Bridal Testimonials - Lace V Neck Wedding Dress in Milton Keynes

Estilo Moda Bridal Testimonials - Lace V Neck Wedding Dress

Faye came back to us to let us know that she also wanted us to create her bridesmaids and flower girl’s dress which were to be in a different pastel colour for each of the four dresses.  I really loved this idea as each bridesmaid was allowed to choose the colour she was happiest with. Faye and Estelle showed me pictures of a bridesmaid dress and flower girl’s dress that they had seen and thought we could use for inspiration and we created these sketches to show them what we thought we could achieve

Estilo Moda Reviews Green Flower girls dress Milton Keynes Estilo Moda Bridal Reviews One Shoulder chiffon bridesmaid dress pastel colours

Here are some more pictures from the big day featuring Faye and her bridesmaids looking absolutely stunning.

Estilo Moda Bridal Reviews One Shoulder chiffon bridesmaid dress pastel colours

Estilo Moda Reviews Green Flower girls dress Milton Keynes

Beautiful Chiffon One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses

Estilo Moda Reviews Green Flower girls dress Milton Keynes

We had such a lovely time with Faye and her bridesmaids every single time they came to see us.  There were many laughs and not ever a bridezilla moment. We wish Faye all the best in her marriage and a life full of joys and blessings.

Lots of love from us all at Estilo Moda.

Omo and EM team xxx


 

I hope you have enjoyed reading through our experience with Faye and her bridesmaids.  If you would like for a dress to be designed for you and/ or your bridesmaids, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Colette, Lace Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress: Dress of the Week

Our dress of the week is the very elegant Lace Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress, Colette, from our Jadé Bridal 2015 Collection.  Colette has fast become one of our most popular wedding dresses especially with our beautiful plus size and more curvy brides.  Colette hugs your waist beautifully and softly flares out over the torso and hips; perfect for hiding those pesky lumps and bumps most women want to hide.
Milton Keynes Estilo Moda Bridal - Bespoke Wedding Dress Designer - Colette Cap Sleeve Lace Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress A-Line

Dress Name: Colette
Collection: Jadé Bridal
Year: 2015 Collection
Description: Colette is a stunning lace illusion neckline wedding dress with cap sleeves and a slim satin waist band which has a pre created affixed at the back.  The back of the bodice is a beautiful illusion lace back with buttons as the closure underneath a zip to ensure that it gives a great fit.  Colette has a lovely A-Line skirt that is wide enough to hide lumps and bumps around the tummy and hips but not so wide that it looks like a big ball gown.
Price: £1250
Colours Available: All Colours from our Huge Range of Over 500 Colours

Milton Keynes Estilo Moda Bridal - Bespoke Wedding Dress Designer - Colette Cap Sleeve Lace Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress A-Line

Click Here to see more pictures of other wedding dresses in our collections. If you like Colette or any other wedding dresses you have seen from our collections and want to try some on or get more ideas for your dream bridesmaids dresses or wedding dress, then please contact us today for your very own personal consultation.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xxx

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Charlene’s Wedding Dress – From Sketch to Dress

Here is the from sketch to dress picture for EM bride Charlene who got married in March of this year.  Charlene wanted a long sleeve lace and slim line skirt to show off her beautiful hour glass figure and that’s exactly what we created for her.  She was delighted with the result.

From Sketch to Dress - Long Sleeve Lace and Satin V Neck wedding dress with a deep V Back and godet

 

I hope you’ve been inspired by the transformation of Charlene’s wedding dress from ideas in her head to the real thing which we she wore proudly on her wedding day.  If you would like to see your own from sketch to dress also come alive, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xxx


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Bridal Wear Woes: I Hate Every Dress My Mum Loves

Everyone written about in our bridal wear woes blog posts is delighted for us to share their story with you to get a better insight into how we work and how we help solve your bridal wear problems.


 

So we had a bride once who knew exactly what she did not want in a wedding dress and not much of what she wanted.  Unfortunately, for this bride, Mum knew exactly what she wanted her daughter to wear and she was not worried about expressing her preferences strongly.  Don’t get me wrong, we loved this Mum as we do all the Mums who come with their daughters to discuss wedding dress design with us. We love Mums. They can be the most long suffering, self-controlled and indulging people you would ever meet but in this case, Mum made it clear to us that she came with her daughter to help and certainly help, she would.

The problem arose where every single dress Mum picked out was exactly what our bride did not want.  Bride said to me that she thought they were all beautiful but she just knew that she wanted something different but didn’t know what it was.

Of Alexi, she said she loved the soft and romantic swirls of the organza and tulle skirt but she definitely didn’t want a one shoulder. From this, we highlighted the word soft and romantic. Mum thought the mermaid silhouette of Alexi was sexy and would show off her curves but Bride was adamant that she did not want to show off any curves in her wedding dress.

Alexi Front View

Of Ariana, she said how much she loved with the way the full circle skirt draped and swished but she certainly did not want a strapless. From this, we got a better understanding of the fact that she did not want any attention on her hips.

Ariana - Satin A-Line Strapless Wedding Dress

Of Amira, she said she was very very very smitten by her deep V low back and the beautiful cotton lace with big leaves and flowers appliquéd on the bodice but wanted a skirt that would hide her hips moreStatement back wedding dress milton keynes

Of Aleah, she initially thought she had found the one and actually considered a mermaid underskirt and A-Line tulle overlay featured on Aleah for a long time as a fabulous compromise between hers and Mum’s choices. She eventually said she would rather keep the lace illusion bateau neckline bodice and the A-line tulle overlay trimmed with a corded lace border but have the satin mermaid underskirt as an A-Line as well.

Aleah - Lace and Tulle Illusion Neckline Mermaid Wedding Dress

I got super excited at this point because I had the perfect dress dancing around in my head for her.  You would think that after almost 12 years of doing this, I would be all “weddingdressed out” (my own special term for it) by now but No, I still get incredibly excited when a design starts to fall in place and a bride’s personality and preferences start to evolve. Anyway, back to Bride. I created this sketch for her and showed it to her and Mum and oh the expression on their faces!

Low Back lace wedding dress

At this point, she proceeded to show me a picture she had saved on her phone which had features that were so similar to the dress I had sketched for her and I was thinking ‘err, why did you not show me this picture when I asked for your inspiration’ but to be honest, I’m happy she didn’t show it to me because it would have looked like we just copied that design.  In any case, we had so perfectly found the one and it may have taken us quite a few try ons, some tears and some tantrums but it was what was in her head all along and she now had the 100% confirmation that it was her dream wedding dress. Plus, she had the added bonus of picking out every fabric and trim that would be used to create her dress; making it even more of a dream wedding dress than any other.   Mum, on the other hand, still felt that she could have turned on the full sex appeal and hugged her curves to within an inch of their very existence but she was really happy and I could see that her daughter’s joy meant more to her than anything else. Result!

Hope you have enjoyed this story and I look forward to sharing the next one with you my lovelies.

Happy wedding planning and many blessings,

Omo xxx


 

 

Are you having trouble finding the perfect dress or other types of bridal wear for your big day?  Do come in and have a session with us and the result typically is that you are equipped with the knowledge you need to make that big decision and if you decide you would like for us to create your wedding dress, then even better! Send us a message to ask your questions.

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The Perfect Wedding Dress: 5 Times You Must Say No to the Dress

The desire to find the perfect wedding dress has driven many a bride almost to the brink of her sanity.  Every bride wants to find ‘the one’. That one dress that will fulfil all your dreams and tick every single box. It’ll make you feel sophisticated, sexy, like a princess, beautiful, hide all your flaws, enhance your strengths and leave everyone speechless.  You know the perfect wedding dress is out there somewhere but you just don’t know where to find it any more and so you have to resort to choosing the best dress for you.  This creates a problem and that problem is how do you decide what the perfect wedding dress for you is without compromising on all the things that mean so much to you.  Here are some of the mistakes other brides have made just because they could not say no to the dress:

1. Choosing a Wedding Dress that Costs £3000 When What You Have is £1000:  Oh what a recipe for disaster.  You are every bridal shops dream. When a bride comes into our studio, we always ask what her comfortable budget is. Sometimes, we get answers that are completely unrealistic like when this bride said to us that she had seen a dress on-line for £120 that she really loved. Mostly, brides are really honest with us and we love that. What we then do is show you the designs that suit your budget.  Some brides would take a walk around the studio and pick out dresses they love and we would tell them the price of it. Once, we had a bride who said she would only spend £800 and her fiancé would kill her if she spent over £1000.  She clapped her eyes on our Beatrice dress from the Jadé Bridal collection and said that she would like to try it on.  I told her straight away that it would be one of the ones her fiancé may not be too happy with but she didn’t listen. Well you know how the story goes; SHE LOVED BEATRICE!  Of course, that was bound to happen.  Beatrice is beautiful but so completely out of her budget.  She called her fiancé to let him know the price and I don’t know what she said to him but that man told her to go ahead and choose what makes her happy. That does not happen to every bride.  The first thing is to do some research about what wedding dresses really cost and what you can really afford. Don’t set a budget that is too low for your tastes and desires and don’t go crazy when you get to the bridal shop to the point where you have to re-mortgage your house.

Beatrice lace fit and flare wedding dress - the perfect wedding dress
Beatrice – Jadé Bridal 2015

2. Seeking Everyone’s Opinion and Ignoring Your Inner Voice:  You’ve always wanted a sleek satin number that is figure hugging and backless but Mum really wants a strapless diamond encrusted ball gown with a multi layered tulle skirt and crystals scattered all over. We had a bride once who said the perfect wedding dress for her was the one that made her Mum cry.  Unfortunately for her, Mum kept crying at all the dresses she really hated and so she was so confused. She whispered to me in the changing room that she’s really worried about her wedding dress because Mum does not like what she does.  Luckily for her, Mum could see how she was struggling and she put aside her own preconceived image of how her daughter should look and began to really look at the dress our bride liked.

The Perfect Wedding Dress
Borrowed From One Fab Day Website http://onefabday.com/uk/mother-of-the-bride-dresses/?redirect=1

3. When it is a Designer Dress but on a Dodgy Website and Costs Peanuts:  Yes, this one is very important. The truth of the matter is if these websites were proud of their work, then they would display their own designs on their website and not other designer’s work.  Some girls have been very lucky and ended up with a wedding dress that is wearable and others not so much.  I remember a bride who brought a strapless satin full skirt wedding dress to us which she had bought on-line and she just hated so much. She asked us to alter it for her which of course we could not alter to make it the dream dress she wanted but we were able to create a beautiful beaded illusion neckline top that she could wear over the bodice which was the most offending part of the dress.  She ordered a bridesmaid dress from us which was more expensive than her dress and looked it as well. She still looked beautiful though as the skirt was just plain while the bodice was covered by our top.

4. The Show Will Be About the Dress and Not the Bride:  The amount of times I have steered brides away from making this mistake. I say to our brides you are beautiful and you should be wearing your wedding dress and not the other way round.  I had a bride once who wanted us to throw everything we possibly could on her design as she told me that she needed the dress to be a show stopper.  The only problem with that would have been that everyone would remember the dress but the bride would not get as much attention as she deserves on her wedding day.  Please don’t get me wrong, you should go for a dress that is as busy or as sparse as you please but if that dress masks your own beauty or hides who you are, then it has failed in its objectives.  One of the most important themes of our wedding dresses is that they must create effortless beauty; you will literally look like you stepped out of your bedroom looking fabulous and everyone would be like ‘oh look how she glows’ and not ‘oh what a dress’

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EM Bride Carrie, Absolutely Glowing in Her Understated Statement Wedding Dress

 

5. Its the Perfect Wedding Dress But You Just Need to Chop Off the Straps, Change it to a Backless, Add Some More Lace and so on: Some of the brides bring pictures into the shop of dresses they love but would also love to change some things about.  If I got a pound for every time I have heard ‘it’s the perfect wedding dress for me but I just wish I could change it somehow’.  If it needs anything at all being done to it to make it right for you, then I am sorry but it is not the perfect wedding dress.  What we do for brides who have a dress in their heads is to take the features of the different dresses the like and merge them together creatively and beautifully to arrive at that perfect wedding dress that they dreamt of and believe me, the results are usually breathtaking.

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From Sketch to Dress: Back View of Stunning EM Bride Louise’s Wedding Dress

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post. I loved writing it.

Happy wedding planing and many blessings

Omo xoxoxo

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Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress for a Really Lovely EM Bride Jackie

Satin and Lace off shoulder wedding dress for one of the most wonderful people we have ever met.

Our bride spotlight this week is on a really lovely bride, Jackie Dodworth who got married in the summer last year.  We met Jackie when she came to our December 2013 Grace and Lace Wedding Dress Collection launch party.  She came with her friend, Katie Balaam who ended up being the collection winner.

Jackie came back to see us after the show to discuss her dress as she had seen a dress on one of the models on the catwalk that she loved. She had her eye on our Anya wedding dress.

Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Anya – Front View
Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Anya – Back View

Jackie had tried on some other wedding dresses in other shops that she also wanted us to take a look at.  We reviewed the dresses Jackie had tried on and advised that we would prefer to design her one unique design for her and she was very happy with that.  We proceeded to put Anya on Jackie and she looked so beautiful in that dress that she decided it was to be her wedding dress.  Jackie asked if she could personalise Anya to suit her and we asked her to go for it.  She decided to add a lot more corded lace appliqué to the bodice around the bust area at the front and the back to arrive at her dream wedding dress. Here’s the sketch that we created for Jackie at that initial consultation:

Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Jackie’s Wedding Dress Sketch

We created Jackie’s dress using a smooth and heavy handle luxury duchess satin complimented with flowery lace appliqué that had been heavily beaded using tiny seed pearls, glass beads and iridescent sequins.  The effect was breathtaking on Jackie.  Here are some beautiful pictures of Jackie on her wedding day.

Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Jackie
Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Back View of Jackie’s Wedding Dress
Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Jackie and Steve
Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Jackie and Steve – Rings

We also created the dresses for Jackie’s three bridesmaids.  She wanted three bridesmaids dresses in the same design and different colours. The colours Jackie chose were pastel pink, green and lilac.  All the colours complimented one another and each bridesmaid looked beautiful in her ruched sweetheart neckline bodice, full length A-line skirt and ruched straps bridesmaids dress.  Here are some pictures of Jackie’s bridesmaids on the day.

Chiffon Full Length Different Colour Bridesmaids Dresses
Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride
Jackie Satin and Lace Off Shoulder Wedding Dress
Jackie and Her Bridesmaids

This is what Jackie had to say about her experience with us ‘I had my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses designed and made by Estilo Moda after struggling to find ‘the one’ in other bridal shops. They put on an amazing fashion show at an open day giving me and my fellow bride lots of wonderful ideas. Lisa and Emelie were wonderful throughout the design, making and fitting process. They listened to my likes and dislikes and created the most beautiful wedding dress for me. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. My bridesmaid dresses were equally as beautiful and all the dresses fitted perfectly. 

Estilo Moda gives you more than a dress. They provide an amazing and thoroughly enjoyable experience. They are professional but friendly and they make you feel like part of the family and special at the same time. They also have an amazing eye for detail and add lots of lovely little touches like personalised hangers. A simple but wonderful touch.

I can’t thank Estilo Moda enough for my wonderful wedding and bridesmaid dresses. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses or just a dress for a special occasion. They will make sure that you get exactly what you want and make sure that it fits you perfectly.

Thank you Lisa and Emelie’

We loved working with you Jackie.  You’re one of the loveliest people we have ever met.  We wish you all the best in your marriage and for the future.

Many blessings and lots of love

Omo and the entire Estilo Moda Bridal team


To discuss your bridal needs or maybe even just to try on some beautiful wedding dresses to get ideas for you and your bridesmaids, please call us on 01908925152 or email info@estilomoda.co.uk

Estilo Moda Bridal is a Wedding Dress Designer based in Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire that designs and creates dream wedding dresses and other bridal wear for brides all over the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Speak to us about trying on some of the stunning dresses we have in our collections priced at different points to make it easy to match your budget. You may also prefer for us to create a bespoke wedding dress or some bridesmaid’s dresses for you based on designs that you may have seen and would like to combine different features of. We work with all the best fabrics that all bridal designers use and we also have over 500 colours in different fabrics for your bridesmaids so you will be spoilt for choice.

To contact us, send an email to info@estilomoda.co.uk or call 01908925152 and let us know your bridal wear requirements.

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