We have worked with Elaina at Baroque Bride for many years now and always feel totally and utterly immersed in her wonderful world of couture dress making whenever we meet. Elaina’s enthusiasm and love for her craft is inspiring; she simply adores creating and making bespoke gowns for her discerning brides and helping to turn their dream dress into a reality.
Here, we showcase a recent photo shoot which Elaina managed where her beautiful, unique gowns can be seen in all their glory.
Images by Elen Studio
Read on to hear from a recent bride of Elaina’s who tells her story…
“From the moment I got engaged, I knew the church I wanted to get married in, the type of flowers I would like and who would be by my side as bridesmaids as I walked down the aisle to say ‘I do’.
One thing I wasn’t sure of though was the dress, as a little girl I always knew it would be white but that was as far as my little dreams ever went. I’d heard stories of how the experience of shopping for the dream wedding dress was stressful and to be honest it was a world that I had suddenly entered that I had no experience of. When I first started visiting bridal shops to look at dresses I was being asked questions of cut, materials and design none of which I knew the answer to, it was a complete minefield! Of course, the stakes were high and like any woman it was the most important clothing choice I would probably ever make.
After visiting a few bridal shops, my mum and I went to visit Elaina at Baroque Couture. I will never forget my mums famous last words before we walked through the door -“we have plenty of time to keep looking for the perfect one so don’t get worried if this isn’t it”. We were welcomed by Elaina and well mum and I didn’t look back, the decision was made. The initial appointment was a lovely chat over tea finding out about who I was, where we were getting married and any ideas that I had around what I wanted in the dress. I remember saying it had to be white, I’d love lace arms and I wanted it to frill and have a soft look at the bottom. Within minutes from just those few comments the most perfect sketch was drawn, different laces were out of this special box to choose from and a decision made. I knew as soon as I saw the sketch and the knowledge that Elaina had on design that it was the one even without trying it on.
Every appointment from there was just such a fairy-tale experience, I had the luxury of the dress being made around me and the opportunity to see my dress develop month to month. Elaina got to know me even more and as she did little bits were added and modified on my dress- that’s where the flower came in, the veil expanded in length and a hair piece introduced to complement my dramatic veil.
The dress was more than I ever imagined it would be. I walked down the aisle to say ‘I do’, with the most perfect dress to marry the most perfect man in the whole wide world. Would I change a thing, not one! I just only wish I could have my Baroque Couture appointments all over again.”
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Images courtesy of Emma Cleveley