We have had a busy start to the year not least as we have been planning a photoshoot of Caroline Parkes’s new dresses. As you may already know, Caroline is a local designer who semi retired from the London rat race to pursue a quieter pace of life just outside Newbury.
She now lives with her dogs, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks and doves and when she isn’t looking after her menagerie she is busy designing and making dresses for my brides. Her work is exquisite- an awesome attention to detail and we have a small collection of her dresses in the store, having worked together for 6 years now.
Her latest designs reflect a softer shift in the market, luxurious fabrics and precision fit but less formality of the past. Her new off the shoulder dress Kate features the most beautiful silk chiffon with hand beaded lace and our slightly more adventurous Blossom reflects the floral trend but executed with the most stunning subtle cherry blossom organza fabric.
Our shoot was conducted at her home on a rather chilly but sunny February morning. Karen from Allium Design Co and I had a clear view in how we wanted it styled: all about the florals but instead of brights and bolds we wanted something that would really set off the dress, not compete with them. I love the addition of copper sprayed hydrangea which just adds texture and richness to the stunning natural backdrop- the perfect setting for these delicate and decadent dresses.
When it came to the model, there was only one choice. Megan had been a customer. She got married a few years ago (and naturally had a Caroline dress!). She is beautiful and after she told me she had modelled before as a teenager, I knew I had to have her when the time arose.
We approached Ikon Works to help us with the photos, having been recommended by several of my brides- it was a new collaboration for all but think you will agree, stunning results.
All Caroline’s dresses are made to measure and the price includes fittings and alterations – the couture service we offer our brides really is second to none so please do contact us to try these new designs for yourself.
Model: Megan Smith
Make Up: Beauty by Lissy
Floral Styling: The Allium Design Co
Photographer: Ikon Works
Interactive Whiteboards by PolyVision