We all imagine that shopping for a wedding dress will be a movie montage of champagne in luxury boutiques and crying happy tears when you miraculously find The One. In reality, it can be a bit more stressful than that. There’s so much pressure and anticipation surrounding ‘the dress’ and it can be difficult to find something that you really feel like YOU in. After all, every bride wants to feel like the very best version of themselves on their wedding day, and to find a dress that they can feel truly comfortable wearing.
If you’re in this boat, then why not consider having a dress designed just for you? Bespoke designs may sound like something only Meghan Markle could afford but in fact there are some amazingly talented designers out there who can work with you to create a beautiful, luxurious dress that is uniquely YOU – without the royal price tag!
One of these designers is the lovely Lisa Lyons-Montgomery, who runs Lisa Lyons Bridal. Based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, Lisa is a designer and dressmaker who creates gorgeous, bespoke wedding dresses for stylish, modern brides.
As a little girl, Lisa was always knitting and making clothes for her dolls, and as she grew up she started making her own clothes. From these creative beginnings she went on to study at the London College of Fashion and then spent 25 years working in the fashion industry as a pattern cutter (which is basically the really technically skilled side of fashion design and the person who translates a design on paper into a beautifully cut, flattering piece of clothing). Working for brands such as Monsoon, Lisa honed her love of, and flair for creating, gorgeously designed, handcrafted, embellished clothes in beautiful fabrics, which fit and flatter perfectly. With her emphasis on fit and fabrics, it’s no wonder she became interested in the wedding industry.
When Lisa got married, she naturally designed and made her own dress – and that got her thinking about other brides who might want to create a unique wedding dress for themselves. Lisa Lyons Bridal was born - a completely bespoke bridal label creating beautiful, unique wedding dresses.
Having been a bride herself, Lisa totally understands how her brides are feeling and that choosing a wedding dress can be a stressful experience. She goes out of her way to give each and every bride a wonderful experience and to make the entire process easy and stress-free for them. The beauty of working one on one with Lisa is that every bride feels nurtured, listened to and completely in control of the process.
Lisa is passionate about creating dresses which perfectly reflect each bride's individual style and personality and she takes time to get to know her brides and works hand in hand with them throughout the entire process. The result is a dress which is perfectly and uniquely YOU. How amazing would that be? A wedding dress which you have helped to design, which perfectly captures the essence of you and fits like a dream - it's the ultimate bridal fantasy.
Lisa recently sent me these gorgeous images of some designs she created for this photoshoot, which took place at the fabulous Rothamsted Manor. Working with Pike Photography, this shoot was a perfect opportunity for Lisa to showcase her talent and the range of styles she designs. She says - "the rationale behind the shoot was that the role of a bespoke dressmaker is to work directly with a client on an individual commission but I wanted to show my handwriting and bespoke elements of my gowns in a more contemporary way with dresses and separates."
"I love working with luxurious fabrics - silk dresses and linings feel amazing when worn and the luminance of a natural silk fabric looks incredible!"
"I am currently working on a small range of bespoke pieces that I hope will appeal to a bride that doesn't want a mass produced dress, but something a little more special and unique."
I absolutely love these images - you can really see the level of skill and beautiful design that goes into each of Lisa's dresses. Working with her would be such a wonderful experience and I can't think of anything more special than having a wedding dress designed just for you. Thanks Lisa for sharing this lovely shoot with The Wedding A-List!
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Designer: Lisa Lyons Bridal