Story of My Dress has grown from myself & Gill who I met 18 years ago, to bringing in more talented, strong women. Including my sister and my best friend of 25 years, both who have helped grow this business & support me the whole way.
We now have our completed team with our crazy clever graduates who are now making our dresses alongside Gill! Literally the dream team of inspiring ladies.
We asked some of our team and designers a couple of q's on their own inspirations, here is what they had to say-
What inspires you?
Cara (Founder) - "I am inspired by all the amazing women around me & the new women I meet! I absolutely love hearing their stories & I do everything to make their journey the best with us!"
Sammy (Stylist / Stock Manager) - "To be the best person I can be, to always give my everything into whatever I do. To always be kind and to also give the best version of myself to everyone around me."
Ashleigh (Studio Assistant / Stylist) - "The quote to “dream big” and to be the best version of me."
Emily (Marketing & PR) - "Wow, now that is a big question! So much inspires me including my beautiful friends & family who keep me grounded, nature, happiness and love. My grandparents always said 'love is all you need' so I have surrounded myself with people who love me for who I am and I feel incredibly grateful for that."
Angel (& For Love) - "Honestly- just about anything can inspire me! A painting or a piece of music, a beautiful sculpture or a walk on the beach… I’m not limited from where I can find inspiration- it’s all around."
Who inspires you?
Cara - "The special ladies closest to me, they drive me forward and fill me with confidence & love including the ladies I work with. My little girls especially who are fierce, sassy & so kind without a care in the world. I want to be like them!!!"
Sammy - "I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some awesome and amazingly strong women. Whether that’s my family, friends or the ladies I work with. They inspire me."
Ashleigh - "I always aim to make my grandparents proud, my Nanny loved sewing and my Grandad is an artist!"
Emily - "All of my creativeness comes from days spent at my Grandparents with a paintbrush or modelling clay in my hand. They instilled in me that the world truly was my oyster and never to be shy of hard work to get me to where I want to be!"
Angel - "Women. We’re so strong, we can birth children and run a company and a household all simultaneously"
Tell us something about you!
Cara - "I love to travel, long lunches in the sun, somewhere new with wine & my family is my absolute favourite thing to do when I’m not here designing dresses & meeting new brides!"
Sammy -"One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor 🤣! Also, I can sing karaoke better than my sister 😜"
Ashleigh - "I have worked in bridal for over 5 years and my final collection at university was inspired by my Grandparents Wedding"
Emily - "I met Cara when we were just 11 years old, she came to sit next to me on our first day at Secondary School. I was a very shy girl and Cara took me under her wing, grew my confidence and we have been besties ever since! We have been through some of the worst and best times. Cara has the kindest soul and continues to stand by my side"
Angel - "I am currently learning how to snowboard! It’s hard but I’m loving a new physical challenge"
To all the amazing women who support SOMD and come on this crazy journey with us, we can't thank you enough. You are simply awesome!
& For Love Trunk Show
Dates for your diary - 25th/26th/27th February 2022
So, what is a trunk show?
When the designer sends us their entire latest collection! We do not order every piece from their new collection for our rails, so a great opportunity to see them altogether. It also gives us a great insight to what you are loving and for us to order those pieces for the shop.
New collection by & For Love – Ocean Haze
Inspired by the tranquillity of the ocean, and fluidity of the water.
Their dreamy gowns are lightweight and luminous, with Silk being the standout star of the show, as is Linen and Crepe. The most beautiful feminine details, with swoon-worthy balloon sleeves, and statement bows.
& For Love lead times are currently 8 months to get delivered to us, plus the minimum 6 weeks needed for alterations. Exceptions are Ada, Coco, Pernille, Oceans & Auldyn Linen. At the Trunk Show weekend only, we can get them for August 2022 brides onwards. Our permanent samples do not arrive until April so 2022 brides this is your last call!
2023 brides it is never too early to come and see us!
We are crushing over ‘& For Love’s ethos ‘Bridal, but make it fashion’ it’s right up our street and we couldn’t be happier that we have their full collection with us next month!
Also, we are gifting 10% towards the dresses at our Trunk Show to celebrate, so there is no better time to come and see us! To get your appointment booked, please click here.
We can’t wait to meet you & start your dress journey with us!
Story of My Dress designs and our designer lines are all made to order, slow fashion and not mass-produced, therefore you can not be too organised when ordering your dress! We also have brides buying their dresses / separates over a year before their wedding which we love. The dresses on our rail will not be the ones that you purchase, it will be a dress customised and made for you. Our production time is already filling up fast for next year as we had movement from Covid to 2022, so please book in sooner rather than later. It will soon get to a point where we can't accept any orders less than 6 months away, it's all gone a bit crazy!! Which we're so grateful for!
We do have some dresses available for rush brides in our sample sale or our Love in the City Collection, which can all be found on our online shop.
We fell head over heels, the first time we set eyes on Temple by Bo & Luca and just knew that their insanely beautiful wedding dresses and bridal tops were a must-have on our rail.
Sitting alongside our own Story of My Dress collection and cool AF stocked designer labels - And For Love, Rolling in Roses & Kindling Bride. Bo & Luca’s Temple Collection forms the perfect line up!
Here at Story of My Dress Bridal Room & Studio in Kent, we are exclusively the UK’s only stockist of this awesome Australian brand. We have the most beautiful pieces, consisting of 8 wedding dresses and 3 bridal tops, all of the highest quality of fabric and with the most delicious details.
The collection - wedding dresses
If you are looking for simplicity with some extra special touches, then look no further than Mae, with her twisted knot front detail and hand beaded cuffs!
The whimsical wedding dress with off the shoulder tulle sleeves, structured, boned bodice with built in cups for a super comfortable fit. Featuring a bold, yet soft floral lace main layer, draped over French Chantilly lace.
Fit-and-flare silhouette with a bustier-style bodice and waistband detail. The statement puff sleeves can be on/off the shoulder or even fully detachable.
This elegant gown features an entirely hand beaded bodice with a demure high neckline and low round back. The sheer long sleeves and tiered skirt are made from the finest sheer Silk Chiffon.
A fit-and-flare silhouette, made from the most luxurious off-white crepe fabric that hugs the body in just the right places. The statement botanical lace bishop sleeves are completed with crepe cuffs and covered buttons with an open keyhole back.
This long sleeve gown features hints of pale vintage gold beading that cover the bodice, highlights the sheer tulle sleeves and trickles down over the waist and hip area.
This fit-and-flare gown features a corseted bodice with bustier-style cups and dainty straps.
A fit and flare silhouette. The structured bodice has a subtle square front and back neckline.
THE COLLECTION - BRIDAL TOPS
Bo & Luca’s Bridal tops go so well with our SOMD skirts or even over a simple satin slip dress!
This semi-sheer botanical lace top features statement bishop sleeves and a demure high neckline. Translucent sequins pick up light as you move, making this the ultimate reception top to style up your modern wedding day look.
This hand beaded top with organza drop-shoulder sleeves is just divine! Made from a delicate chiffon, the top is semi-fitted and closes with an invisible side zipper.
This semi-sheer, botanical lace wrap-over top features statement bishop sleeves with a frill as well as a peplum that starts from the waist.
Price’s range from £650-£2500 with a lead time of 6 months.
Check out the full Temple Collection from Bo & Luca here, all ready at our Bridal Room in Kent to try on! What are you waiting for? Book your appointment now.
Molly made an incredible 7 hour round trip to come and see us at SOMD! Molly choose a Rolling in Roses called 'Hydra', the dress of dreams. It’s not hard to see why, with its delicate, web-like star lace across a deep v-neck and keyhole back bodice, falling to a lovely train.
Molly commented on her experience -“The team at Story of My Dress were so lovely. Rolling in Roses design and create ethical and eco-friendly wedding dresses, and make them by hand in Yorkshire. So, that was that! I think it was truly meant to be, and I walked out with that dress, and carried it on the train home with me that day. It was such a relief!”.
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Gemma and Andy wed on 22nd February 2019, at the Queen’s House in Greenwich, London. Gemma found her dream dress in our bridal showroom and fell head over heels almost straight away! The dress was handmade by ‘Rolling in Roses' with the name ‘Vega’. Rolling in Roses specialise in dresses made with ethical and sustainable fabrics. SOMD are very lucky to stock a number of Rolling in Roses' amazing dresses, to see our stock, please click here.
Take a look here at the full article!
SOMD supplied two beautiful Rolling in Roses dresses (Witch-Hazel and Vega) for this magical shoot at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve. To quote Love my Dress' Editor “With an abundance of natural light, pretty pastel pink walls, stunning architecture and original Moroccan accents the exotic Moroccan Courtyard was the picture-perfect location for an intimate ceremony.”
Take a look at the full article here.
A dreamy shoot in the ancient woodland at the Dreys Nature Reserve in Sittingbourne, Kent. Surrounded by natural beauty, SOMD supplied a variety of dresses which were a match made in heaven with the wild and free theme.
To be inspired, please read the full article here.
There is no better place then being by the sea! A romantic, modern and cool wedding at the seaside in Whitstable, Kent. Leila wore the most beautiful Rolling in Roses gown with a 'secret garden' theme. Leila's dress was perfectly customised to suit her style with lace sleeves and a scalloped open back... simply stunning!
Our bride Lauren found us at the A Most Curious Wedding Fair in London and we are so glad she did! Here is what Lauren had to say - “Having tried loads of dresses, I was starting to doubt what I wanted but then came across Cara’s stall at A Most Curious wedding Fair and was immediately drawn to the rails. When I found out she had a little boutique down in Kent and could do bespoke dresses too, I managed to convince my mum to drive me down one Saturday and never looked back. Best decision ever.”
Lauren had a bespoke dress made, and the end result was so beautiful – backless with a guipure lace bodice and long sleeves and a simple and stylish skirt, complete with embroidery on the back, too.
To read the full article, please click here.
As featured on Whimsical Weddings Blog.
Danielle's dress was a 1962 Nottingham Lace dress designed by Alexandrine and the veil was designed by SOMD. The stunning back detail of the dress with buttons all the way down the back and finished with a bow!
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As featured on Whimsical Weddings blog.
Victoria's dress was an original vintage Jacques gown named after the Parisian designer ‘Jacques Heim’. The dress dates back to the 1950’s with its exquisite French lace, sweetheart neckline and button up back. A few alterations were made to personalise the dress to Victoria's style, including removing a couple of layers to make it straight and lower the back to a deep V. One of Heim’s wedding dresses can be found in storage with the V&A museum!
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