WELCOME Catherine Blades Couture provides exclusive hand crafted bespoke wedding gowns and occasion wear, that are unique to each client. All dresses made at the Blades Bridal studio are personally designed from the first sketch to the finished gown. The Blades Bridal studio is set in the beautiful and tranquil countryside on the Hampshire/ Berkshire border, where you can feel relaxed and unhurried, as you have Catherineâ€™s undivided attention while she transforms your ideas and wishes into the designs that will ultimately become your dream dress. You can put your total trust in Catherine Blades. Having worked alongside top designers Alexander McQueen and Nicki Macfarlane, she has an innate understanding of fabrics and the womenâ€™s form, and combined with her creativity, she offers the ultimate bridal experience. Catherine will make her bespoke dressmaking service a part of the beautiful wedding experience that you deserve.
CATHERINE BLADES - DESIGNER DRESSMAKER “I believe that love is the most powerful energy in the universe, that it gives us hope, drives our dreams, and gives us an altered perception of reality.” Catherine Blades is no doubt a highly skilled dressmaker, but it’s not just her attention to detail, creative vision and knowledge of cut and fit that set her apart. Her warmth and welcoming manner, makes having a dress designed and made by her a truly wonderful experience, one that will have you feeling at ease, and thoroughly enjoying the process from beginning to end. She learned her craft with some big name designers, and over the past 16 years has refined her skills to become a couture dressmaker, designing and hand crafting exquisite gowns using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, luxurious fabrics and stunning embellishments. Having your wedding dress made for you is a uniquely creative and personal experience. Catherine designs with flare and innovation, and her creations are definitively cutting edge. Catherine has created a studio space for you to relax and feel comfortable in. The Blades Bridal studio is a calm and peaceful place, located in an old stable block in the Berkshire, Hampshire countryside. All commissioned dresses are designed, made and fitted by Catherine personally, and her great care and attention to detail will leave you owning a stunning bespoke gown perfect for your special day.
â€œI choose to believe in love and to share my passion with love. Beautifully designed and exquisitely made dresses, mirroring not only my authentic self, but those who choose to be unique.â€?
BEAUTIFUL SETTING Catherine works by appointment from her studio in West Berkshire and can offer timings to suit your busy schedule, with evening and weekend slots available. You can relax and feel unhurried. You will have her undivided attention as you work together to translate your ideas into the plans that will ultimately become your dream dress.
THE EXPERIENCE The Bridal Consultation Initially you will discuss your ideas for the perfect dress with Catherine at her studio. If you have sketches, images or a pinterest board then they will form the basis of your conversation. Design & Measure Catherine will produce a selection of designs based on your consultation for you to choose from. Catherine will also show you some fabric options, and you will be measured at the studio and pinned into a basic toile (basic dress shape). From these designs, measurements, fabric choices and the toile, Catherine will begin producing your wedding dress in its first form in preparation for your first fitting appointment. Your First Fitting At your first fitting you will try on your dress, and from this fitting, decisions are made, design details are discussed and the fit is finalised. From this point on, the magic happens! Catherine will craft your dress carefully and beautifully, taking care over every stitch, creating the perfect gown for your big day. Your Final Fitting The dress is now complete with perhaps only need a few minor stitches here and there. You will come to the studio to try on your stunning bespoke gown, and Catherine will add fastenings and make any minor adjustments that are needed.
TESTIMONIALS “I can’t believe my luck in finding you. From the first phone call to collecting my dress, I couldn’t have asked for a more friendly, creative, detail-focused person to have made my dream dress. Thank you doesn’t cover it.” Rebecca
“Thank you doesn’t seem like enough to say, you are absolutely amazing. I enjoyed each appointment, we are going to miss you. You are incredible at what you do and you made me feel like a princess on my special day!” Jodie
“My experience with Catherine was amazing. From the studio to the personal service, Catherine has created a magical experience. I was not getting married for the first time and I still felt it was the best experience I had ever had.” Sally
“When I was advised to get a wedding dress made for me I had my doubts, but once I met Catherine all those doubts were immediately flushed away. She knew just from looking at me what would suit my figure and the end result was better than I could ever have imagined. At the wedding I cannot count the amount of people who used the word ‘stunning’. I would recommend Catherine to any of my friends and family.” Debbie “I had to let you know the impact your wonderful dress made. I felt like a million dollars when I was ready to leave the house. The dress was perfect and positively shimmered in the sunshine.” Sue
“Thank you for being calm, thoughtful, creative and supportive. Mum has a terminal illness and so much of the wedding was made less stressful for her by your reassurance and expertise. So I really am very grateful.” Cathy
“From the second I stepped into the studio I was blown away! I found that I was quite stressed and felt so negative about this stage in organising my wedding. All of that melted away when I met Catherine. She is a wonderfully calming, positive and mentally healing lady, and I knew straight away I was in good hands! I don’t even believe Catherine understands how absolutely amazing she is. I am so glad I found her for my dress and I will do anything to pass this on to other brides!” Alison
Youâ€™ll find Catherine Blades Couture both online, at her dedicated website www. bladesbridal.co.uk and also on many of the best known wedding pages. Catherine has been featured in Vogue, on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and on House of Coco and she is on the Love Lust List at the Rock My Wedding blog. Her couture designs are highly regarded and her service is second to none. Visit the website for all the information you need to begin the journey to your dream dress.
www.bladesbridal.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org The Stables, Goose Hill House, Ashford Hill Road, Headley, Berkshire, RG19 8AT