British couture designer Phillipa Lepley has been creating wedding dresses for over 30 years, and her accomplished shop and atelier teams are as passionate, highly skilled and knowledgeable as she is. Whether a bride has a year to create her dress or as little as a number of weeks, the designer and her team work together vigorously to ensure that they deliver time and time again, whatever the timeframe.
During these unprecedented and somewhat constrained times, the Phillipa Lepley team are proud to be working with a number of brides who’s plans have changed, but for whom they will continue to deliver. Brides who decide to get married in a matter of weeks, some of whom have not even begun their search, are being carefully swept up, carried through the process and guided by the experts.
Phillipa says, “Though we usually ask brides to plan ahead approximately 6-9 months ideally if they would like to create a completely couture dress, I have always said that I would never turn away a frockless bride. Now, more than ever, this is absolutely true. Our atelier team are pouring every ounce of love and energy that they have in to doing what they do best right now – creating the most stand-out dresses. We are not fazed by a tight schedule – we CAN deliver and we WILL. Our brides need not worry – they are safe in our hands, and they can and will enjoy the experience.”
Brides start their journey with virtual appointments, speaking with an expert via video or phone ascertaining what their ideas and timeframes are. This is not only convenient (wherever the bride may be based), but it is an effective use of time for the bride, especially if they have made the decision to marry in just a small number of weeks or months, sooner than they had initially anticipated. Progress can be made quickly.
When the bride then comes into the shop the team will work to bring all elements together seamlessly. From fine-tuning the measurements taken via zoom to fitting the first toile, reviewing bespoke embroideries together and even cutting the first silks, they will work fastidiously to turn the original design sketches into a stunning and unique gown as quickly as possible if required.
Phillipa says, “What brides say sets us apart is our completely passionate and personal service. In recent weeks we have gone beyond what I ever thought would be possible, with brides saying we genuinely carried them through their whole wedding planning process. One gorgeous girl had her couture dress made in just 2 weeks and it was a surprise for her groom that she was going to be able to wear it! Anything is possible – we have the ability and the determination to make it happen.
Brides really get to know the team and the team get to know them. They work with them to ensure the dress exceeds all possible expectations. At every stage our brides feel incredibly well supported and in the best possible, trusted hands. Their experience will be as special as they had always dreamed it would be – even if it was a lot faster!”
Phillipa Lepley is widely recognised as being the leading British couture wedding dress designer. Her wedding dress shop in London, Chelsea, has over 50 dresses, all of which have been made in England from start to finish at her atelier.