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The bijou Bridal Gown emporium over in Otley, Leeds, is a little treasure trove of gorgeous tulle, satin and lace.
Run by Julie Woollard, The Bridal Gown is home to all kinds of beautiful wedding frocks and amazing accessories.
Julie originally worked as a designer in the fashion industry for many years as well as teaching textiles and garment manufacturing at local Colleges. Add to that a love of fashion...well, Julie's heart has always been in the bridal business.
Married in Leeds paid a visit to her shop and talked to her about what she loves about making sure brides get their dream dress.
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"The best part of my job is getting to know the brides," explains Julie. "It’s a lovely time being a part of the planning, feeling the excitement and sharing their dreams of their very special day and knowing that I have been able to help. It’s wonderful to watch and be a part of."
Julie prides herself on her level of personal service and considers her continuity of care from the first viewing to the final fitting to be one of the most important aspects of running The Bridal Gown. "I serve every bride individually including the fittings, the alterations up to the finished dress. All appointments are on a one to one basis and we allow the sole use of the boutique for one and a half hours. As I am designer trained I do have a good eye for shapes and what will change a dress to make it work for each bride. I also make things like ruched ties and those little extras and attachments to gowns that change the beautiful into the unique." she explains. "When a bride puts on her finished wedding dress and it's all fitted correctly, that makes it all worthwhile. My current favourite designer is Sassi Holford - I love her label So Sassi."
The Bridal Gown is based out in the pretty conservation town of Otley. "We selected Otley because it is located within ease travelling distance of Leeds, Harrogate, Ilkley and Bradford. The fact that Otley has individual shops with local bakers and butchers and being a market town means it has loads of character."
Fashion is a constantly changing affair, but it's something that Julie really relishes. "The wedding industry is changing rapidly and the needs of brides are also changing, brides are now looking for individuality - an area in which we excel. The trend for lace fishtail gowns will continue to be a major influence on brides choices for the next couple of years, but I think this will be followed by something plain with fabric used sculpturely, and with higher necklines. Also I believe dresses will start to have more movement using chiffon, organza and tulle with the return of sleeves. Although if I was getting married again, I would go for the So Sassi Luciann and a pair of Imogen shoes by Rachel Simpson."
You can find The Bridal Gown at www.thebridalgown.net