Sunday, 16 December 2012
Last month I spent a thoroughly lovely afternoon at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in the
New Forest with the lovely team from Exquisite Bridal Couture and British bridal designer
Synonymous with chic and beautifully crafted bridal and evening wear, Caroline Castigliano
has been firmly positioned at the forefront of the industry for almost 21 years with six
boutiques across the UK and stockists worldwide. Exquisite provided the unique opportunity
to not only see her stunning new collection up close, but also have a private fitting with the
designer and take part in a Q&A.
A delicious afternoon tea accompanied the event while additional inspiration came from
bridesmaids specialists Maids to Measure, celebrity wedding photographer Abi Chadwick,
live make-up & hair demo by professional make-up artist Annabel Hornsby, statement
headpieces by Polly Edwards (one Art Deco piece now firmly on my wish list), sharp
suits from Gieves & Hawkes and Lily Anna Rose Couture Wedding Stationery.
Not only did this event present a unique retail experience for the Lymington boutique's
customers, but it also provided a rare insight in to the world of one of the industry's biggest
names. I was lucky enough to partake in a spot of tea and bubbles (courtesy of Nyetimber)
with the lovely Caroline and Polly Edwards and left feeling truly inspired, both for my own
imending nuptials and from a business point of veiw.
Caroline expressed the highlights of her career to date, stating that the brand got its "big
break when Jasper Conran designed an exclusive collection of wedding dresses for the
Castigliano brand. The collection received worldwide acclaim, catapulting us into the
spotlight when Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret, married in
one of our designs."
Caroline also talked about her own wedding dress, of which there were two - one designed
by her and "very, very simple" and gave her advice on deciding on the dress for your big
day, "decide what kind of bride you want to be and stay true to that".