Vintage Chantilly Lace Wedding Gown for Sale

 I love all things bridal, so when the offer of selling this little beauty came up, I jumped at the chance.
I can tell you this is genuine. I remember the gown when I worked at Pronuptia back in the 80’s. The gown aptly called ‘Chantilly’ was at the top end of the wedding gown budget and looking at it now it retains it’s beauty, elegance and timesless style.
It really needs very little re-styling!

The bodice and skirt are made from satin. The chantilly lace skirt falls into a small train. The style is very befitting of the recent choice of gown Kate Middleton wore to marry her prince. It has button back detail with lace covered buttons at the wrist.It would comfortably fit a size 10 with adequate seam allowance to be let out. The colour is white.

If you are interested in trying or buying this truly beautiful vintage wedding gown, please do get in touch. In house alterations will be available.
Price £450

Please note. Accessories sold separately.

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Thank you’s and Congratulations!

Today, I received a gift from one of many satisfied clients. Sophie marries this Thursday and what she gave me was a beautifully framed poem all the way from Lancashire along with a thank you card. The message in the card read.

To Linda.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for my beautiful wedding gown. I never imagined I would look so bridal and so tiny (and I mean that in the best possible way) It’s simply stunning- and I love it!

So many thanks and much love.

I also received this wonderful e mail from our past client, Karen (below) It certainly made me grin. Karen and her girls, like many of my clients, were delightful and I do miss seeing them! Their humor had me in tucks for hours!

Karen’s e mail.

Hey you,

I didn’t realise you won the award for best wedding dress designer!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Obviously my entry for nomination which said you were shit and a nightmare to work with wasn’t taken seriously !!  I must complain. Ha ha. Im really pleased for you. And I am even more proud that I have been privileged to be a part of it when I came to you. Just remember me when you’re throwing celeb bashes- invite is a must haha.

Checked out your new website, very impressed mrs and your collections are just divine and beautiful. But I expect nothing less from you, always perfect. Am I right that the model is your daughter???? Stunning.

Well I’ll keep in touch if only t o annoy and brighten your day with the friendly abuse.

All my love,

Karen smith xx

When strangers touch your life.

I’ve never really told anyone about how being involved in someones wedding has reduced me to tears of utter dispair. Only this one occasion. It was all down to photographer, James Melia, really. No, i’m not blaming him at all. James among others has become a great friend. He always begins his phone calls to me with. “Hello, trouble!”  No, I have no idea why, but it always makes me smile.

James contacted me last year, around early September to be exact, with. “I’m photographer for a couples wedding next year. Never met them, but I’m not taking a fee. There are circumstances you see. Can you be involved?” I raised an eyebrow and asked. “What’s up?” So there begins a journey.

I’ve already skimmed on the surface of this touching couple’s story. It made the Love my Dress blog here recently and today it made center pages of,  The Daily Mirror. The article can be read here.

Victoria has a rare and terminal cancer. She’s only twenty eight.

Designing and making Victorias gown was easy to begin with. It wasn’t until I met both her and Darren at the studio did it instantly become the most diffult gown I’ve ever had to work on. The difficulty wasn’t in the skill of making the gown, working with the fabric, or even finishing it with only one fitting in between, but the circumstances behind it.

I remained professional at every instance I could. I did have to nip to the back for a moment to take in deep breaths and hold back the tears. Victoria was so calm. Darren had been sent to a local cafe while the fitting took place. Victoria was to text him when it was all over.

Darren returned to a very happy V. However, I looked at this man who was about to marry this very beautiful woman, a women he was caring for and supporting and I wondered, when the time came, will he be surrounded by people who will care and support him. I know he has a massive support network, so am sure he will be well cared for too. He later text me. “Thank you. Seeing V with the biggest of smiles was the best.”  I could safely conclude she was happy with her wedding dress. For a while I was content.

I often listen to music while I work. The Tuesday after Victorias fitting, I had her gown draped over the ironing board. In the back ground Sand and Water sung by Beth Nielsen played. You can listen to it here .I had to move away from Victorias gown and call my lovely friend Jane Hardman Ferris. Jane was to lend Victoria a headpiece as a choice to flowers. Victoria couldn’t decide  when we tried the piece at her fitting, so we felt having the option was the way to go. It wasn’t so much of a phone call where I spoke. Jane just listened to me sob.

Along with James Melia was Jo Bilham. Both he and Jo were travelling south to Victoria and Darren for their wedding. Jo was providing the make up for Victoria so the gown was carefully packed up and the two were taking it and themselves to Victoria’s the morning of the wedding. Later that day, Jo sent me a picture text of the bride and groom. Victoria looked nothing short of stunning. I couldn’t help look beyond the smiling faces and I cried.

I think I continued to cry for days afterwards, sharing much of the sobbing with Jo. “I was putting Victoria’s false lashes on,” she told me. “Victoria asked if she could keep them as she may not have her own for much longer.” We cried again.

Today, Victoria and Darren made the papers. I’m so pleased that this couple are raising the awareness. In some bizzare way, Victoria does have a gift. She is learning to live her precious life to the full every day. Something we all are very complacent with. They have taught me a very valuable lesson. Live your life to the max. You only have one!

The wonderful images James took of Darren and Victorias wedding can be viewed here

To what indeed are a very wonderful and special couple. Victoria and Darren. For giving me the gift of not ever taking my life for granted again. xx