Our busy year at Shade Bridal has definite seasonal happenings. From our busiest first few months of the year with new bridal orders being made, to fittings in the weeks before a bride's wedding day, to working on styled shoots for magazines, to attending wedding fairs in the spring and autumn, one of the highlights is certainly when we go to the international trade show to meet the designers and view their new collections.
It's always a pleasure to catch up with the designers themselves, the models showing off the dresses for us to see, fellow boutique owners, even the press! It's a busy time, a hugely important time too in deciding what designs we will buy in for our brides.
At Shade Bridal we specialise in relaxed and romantic styles. We're not very blingy or princessy!
We see the lovely people from Watters twice a year as they have a spring and autumn collection. We love their styling. It's modern with a nod to a romantic past. The dresses are beautifully made and every bride who wears them says they feel fantastic.
Wendy Makin and her team, including husband Geoff, fly over from Australia every September and we now consider them to be friends as well as work colleagues. Wendy's collections suit us with their elegance and ease. Romantic comes into it again, with a smattering of boho in her French Collection, and downright showstoppers with her Couture dresses.
And not forgetting some gorgeous bridal accessories. We choose these nearly all year round with keeping our dress styles and our lovely brides to be firmly in mind.