In last month’s post I mentioned the amazing competition that I won at Brides the Show, so this month I thought I would tell you about one of the prizes that I’m most excited about – the dress!  I never imagined that I would have a bespoke wedding dress made especially for me – but the prize includes the design and dressmaking skills of the fabulous Federica Bruno Couture. Included in this post are photos of some of her amazing dresses, although for mine we are going for a more traditional style.

Before I left the UK, I went to a lovely bridal boutique in Farnham, where my sister-in-law got her wedding dress from, to try on some dresses and get an idea of the styles, shapes and types of material that I liked. I took my mum along with me and it was such a special experience to share with her – she absolutely loved it as she sat sipping bubbly (and getting a bit teary-eyed) as I tried on dress after dress. And it really is true that you feel like a princess the first time you put a wedding dress on!

Once I had an idea of the style of dress I liked, I had my first appointment with Federica. Again I took good old mum along with me and we had a 2-hour consultation at Federica’s studio. We discussed the whole dress designing process and the different style options, as well as looking at lots of images and fabric swatches and taking my measurements. Oh, and I got to try on my favourite dress of hers that I’d seen in the Brides the Show catwalk show!

I was worried that the fact I was moving to Australia might make the bespoke dress process difficult as I wouldn’t be around for consultations and fittings, but Federica assured me that she would make it work and has been really accommodating. It was clear from our first appointment that she absolutely knows her stuff and she is really lovely and totally put me at ease. We’re keeping in contact via email, shared Pinterest boards and Skype chats. Federica is even sending the dress design sketches by email and has offered to post fabric samples over to Australia for me to look at.

I’m back in the UK for a month in May so we’ll be doing as much of the process as we can then, meaning that there should only be the final stages to do in September, when I come over a few weeks before the wedding. Anyway, I’m going to stop now before I give away any hints or spoilers about the type of dress I’m having, but I’m really looking forward to experiencing the rest of the couture process and trying on my beautiful dress!

Katie xx


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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