Monday, 18 July 2011

Find Your Dress - Without The Stress

Following on from my recent 'Frocks and Flowers' post, I would like to introduce you to the very lovely Nicole Gallagher and her bridal shop Pearl Bridal Boutique .   Nicole very kindly allowed me to style a shoot in her boutique and this was photographed by Jenny Mcavoy from Mcavoy Photography .   I love Jenny's relaxed, natural style of photography.  She is also a girl after my own heart who is in love with all things glamorous.

Whilst there I took the opportunity to find out more about Nicole and her plans for the future.......

Nicole explained that she has always had an interest in fashion and a creative side so the bridal industry is the perfect niche in the fashion industry for her.  Nicole has worked hard and from humble beginnings as a work experience placement in a bridal shop to now owning her own boutique, she really is an inspiration to anyone considering a career in bridal fashion.  She now has over eight years experience and so brides really are in safe hands with her when it comes to buying their perfect wedding dress.

She is passionate about her work and takes great pride and enjoyment from the journey she goes on with her brides from the initial meeting, right up to when they collect their dress and any alterations have been carefully done and everything is perfect.

Having her own boutique means she can put her own stamp on things from the style and design of the shop and the dresses she stocks, to getting creative when window dressing.  Whenever I pass I always drive by slowly to admire the window displays....

I asked her to tell me what is her favourite part of her job. Nicole told me, it has to be attending the trade shows to buy her collections.  She says it's just like a huge shopping spree!!!!

It is also very important to her that she makes sure she knows her collections inside and out and that she stocks a range of gowns which will suit all shapes and sizes.  She wants brides feel comfortable and have an enjoyable time in her shop when choosing their dress.  She ensures she stocks sample dresses in a range of sizes up to size 26.  During our shoot we picked out four dresses from her collection...

Charlotte By Sincerity (£785)

Grace by Jasmine (£580)

Carrie by White Rose (£535)

Chloe by white Rose (£895)

The Pearl Bridal boutique also stocks shoes by Rainbow Club  , Liza & Ellie K Tiaras  and Elizabeth Dickens Veils  so brides can complete their look.

As well as this there is also a lovely range of dresses for your bridesmaids from the Belsoie Collection by Jasmine .  This collection is flattering, fashionable and is available in a wide selection of colours.

(image by Jasmine)
As for the future, Nicole has big plans and the boutique is going from strength to strength.  Not only is she waiting for an imminent delivery of new stock for 212 and 2013 brides (I for one can't wait to see your new dresses!!!), she also has plans to expand the business.  She is hoping to stock a collection for Mother of the Bride and also for Grooms.

Thank you Nicole for allowing us to play 'dress up' in your shop and for sharing your plans with me.  So if you are searching for 'the one', this boutique really is a Pearl of a find!.

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