Sunday, 27 April 2014

Wedding haircut and dress hunt

Alex had her hair chopped on Good Friday by Steve at Koko. I've followed Steve to various hairdressers and now he co-owns his own salon in Guildford. It's a great place stylish yet friendly with lovely staff and vintage tea sets. You never quite know what you may encounter, sometimes they have cake, sometimes live music. Whatever though you know you'll come out with a smile and a great hair cut, even if mine doesn't always last just the way Steve styled it!
Anyway because Alex now felt ready she wanted to try on some dresses. Wedding dress shopping and Easter don't mix. I researched a few places she could try to go to - be warned Guildford isn't the place to do wedding dress shopping. The selection seems to be Debenhams or Suzanne Neville, not much for a city like Guildford me thinks. The Debenhams dresses seem to be covered in bling which is good if that's what you want, but Alex is in more of a lace frame of mind at the moment. Suzanne Neville was closed, but even worse, had a very tempting reduced rail which we could just make out through the window. So close and yet so far!
Sparkle and frills from Berketex

Leading Lady from Suzanne Neville

Classique from Suzanne Neville
So I widened my Internet search to the surrounding areas and came up with Deja Vu just outside Guildford which was also closed that week and Miss Bush Bridalwear at Ripley which has some beautiful dresses on their website but you guessed it was also closed on Good Friday. I don't blame people, after all I had the day off from work too.
Miss Bush carry ranges by Tara Keely, Maggie Sottero, Jenny Packham and Jesus Piero among others.
Tara Keely

Maggie Sottero

A little different for Jenny Packham
Classic lines from Jesus Piero
Well that was Guildford done so now we're moving further afield. There looks to be a nice shop in Winchester which we may visit Brides of Winchester and another in Alresford The White House and of course there is the local shop Amaryllis, but I know Alex also wants to take her bridesmaids and go to the new bridal shop David's in Westfield Stratford City.
However our first expedition (tissues at the ready) will be this Friday when we're going with her gran and aunt to Shropshire County Brides where my mum bought her mother of the bride outfit for my brother's wedding a couple of years ago.

Hopefully something can be found
This is all getting very real now!

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