Well it's official, my last wedding dress is now finished and was collected last weekend, which was a very weird feeling indeed. As some of you may already know, I have made the hard decision and will no longer be taking on any further bespoke bridal commissions for the foreseeable future.
As you may know I launched my handcrafted gifts & vintage finds late last year. I have been spending more and more of my life working. As much as I 'd love to claim to be a superwoman and do it all, unfortunately somethings got to give. Trying to juggle both my gifts and bridalwear has proven to be more and more difficult. I have been unable to dedicate enough time and energy to either of them.
My decision has also been heavily influenced by the decision to try and move to France, which was my initial reason for launching my handcrafted gifts range, so that I could sell online. I realise that trying to predict the future or planning way too much is a complete waste of time, because you never know what is going to happen. But I am willing to take the chance! So perhaps this will only be a break from designing wedding dresses and not a permanent goodbye.
What I do know for sure is that you can't give up on your dreams. So at last the dream to move to France might actually be possible. So from now on I will be concentrating time on my handcrafted gifts and vintage finds. There are many new ideas in my head and can't wait to start making them. I will also be exhibiting at the Country Living Christmas fair. There are of course some new projects I am planning, which is all very exciting and promise to reveal all very soon. And of course there is a house to sell, packing, moving and organising our move to France.
Designing wedding dresses has allowed me to indulge in my passion for attention to detail and my love of vintage clothing, especially the fifties. It's been an amazing experience and I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful bridal suppliers and lovely clients over the years, some have even remained friends. I have been lucky enough to to be part of the special day. I have even been privy to secrets of unborn babies, working my magic to conceal the bumps!
But it's not all been easy, it's had it's ups and it's downs and many a late night working. So although I'm a little sad to say farewell to making wedding dresses. I'm so looking forward to getting a bit of my life back, spending some time with my family and starting this next adventure!
A big thank you for all the support, interest and enthusiasm over the years.