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New Caroline Parkes dresses and shoot

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Hi everyone,

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.

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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.

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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

Dresses: Caroline Parkes available at Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique

Make Up: Beauty by Lissy

Floral Styling: The Allium Design Co

Photographer: Ikon Works

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Bridal Sales Assistant – Saturday Vacancy Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique has a vacancy for a Bridal Sales Assistant. The role would involve assisting in appointments, dressing brides, making refreshments, merchandising, assisting in a range of customer queries, advising on shoes and hair accessories and ensuring our standards are upheld at all times. The role is […]
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Hi everyone, Well, here we are; the last week of business for 2016. Just a reminder that Saturday 17th December is our last day open before we close for our Christmas Break. We will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January. December has been an unusually busy one as we make the final tweaks for our Christmas Brides. We also hosted an ‘Accessories Evening’ […]
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Hi everyone, How time flies – half way through November and talking about Christmas already. In 2 weeks our Christmas windows go in so cant wait for that to really get us all in the festive spirit! This year our final day of business will be Saturday 17th December. We will then re-open in the […]
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Great British Brands Week 24th – 29th October

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Forget The Great British Bake Off Finale, half term week is all about celebrating our Great British Designers and UK made dresses. As well as our very own local Caroline Parkes who is literally minutes away we are pleased to announce we are now stockists of another UK made label, Alan Hannah, a well-established designer […]
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