We have just returned from our collection buying trip in London, where we have met with Caroline Castigliano personally in her beautiful Knightsbridge boutique. We had a lovely chat and saw some stunning gowns made by Caroline, but above all we discussed how her dresses are made to give the understated glamour, elegant and luxurious look that all brides want.
We noticed that in today’s bridal industry there is just so many cheap copies of beautifully crafted, handmade designers gowns, that for a future bride it might be difficult at first to spot the difference. Caroline uses finest silks and laces from worldwide known fabric designers, and it just makes all the difference combined with Caroline’s signature corsetry, which made her brand move to the top of bridal industry for decades now.
When Sadina walk to the boutique, it was getting close to 17h and i was about to close for the day, and had home. But the enthusiasm and great energy that i felt from the bride and her sister and friends were so positive, that i decided to run the appointment anyway (a date with my husband will have to wait a bit longer…)
Sadina knew the boutique via her sister, who just got the job in the same building as Belle en Blanc, and as it turned out, they were all the way around Lausanne desperately looking for the dream dress, and in desperation her sister finally proposed coming to us. As it later turned out, the dream was just under the nose 🙂
We started the appointment with some very beautiful dresses, but Sadina wanted to have a very sexy, stylish dress. When we put on Megane by Augusta Jones the choice was the most natural and obvious and also applauded by all parties immediately. We have found THE ONE, and Sadina looked absolutely stunning. One small tweak to the neckline to provide slightly more cleavage and the star was born.
When the dress arrived a few months later, and Sadina came to do her fitting, we had absolutely nothing to do as the dress fitted perfectly :)!
The big day arrived and the bride looked absolutely STUNNING!! We had to wait slightly longer then anticipated for the photos, but nonetheless the result is amazing, and it was worth the wait.
The wedding took place in Montreux in September 2015, and was photographed by Jessica Amber Photography.
Real bride Brittany wearing bohemian style dress by ANNA KARA
« I’ll tell you a secret! When we are expat like me, one of our best friend to find good addresses is « google ».
After a short journey on it, the boutique Belle en Blanc became obvious. Indeed, after browsing all the laudatory testimonies, the pictures of the dresses, getting more beautiful one after the other, I have clearly made my choice. This is going to be my first Lausanne address and also the last.
Completely charmed, I sent an email and received directly an answer back to book an appointment. The first and good feeling was confirmed.
Welcomed by Olga, the owner, I discover a place dedicated to the bride: an elegant and feminine decoration which highlights so perfectly all the choices of the gowns from various designer and the fitting room, but more over, the splendid view of the lake and the alps, have made of this boutique the choice of my heart, really. Just need to find my dress now.
However, I have to wait a bit more as Olga is first asking me a few questions about the style of the wedding and my wishes for clothing. I want to have a dress in ivory, which is unique and reflects a bit of fancy tones, as well as rustic and bohemian, which is Kelley and I whish for the day.
Equiped with these details, Olga selects a few gowns. The fabulous adventure of trying dresses has now started. Olga leaves me some space to take time and to look at myself in the mirror and also tries to identify what I like or dislike in each gown. They are all beautiful, but I still can’t feel the “wooow” effect.
Nevertheless, I am still on my cloud and comes the last gown to try, which is the dress from a polish designer, Anna Kara. By just looking at it, I directly notice the difference: the ivory colour is more obvious and its main fabric, which is in tulle, is simply splendid. It gives the rustic aspect I was looking for. I try it on with a lot of excitement. Olga has barely finished to close the last button of the back, that I spontaneously say “I love IT”. It is the one for sure, this is the one I am going to wear at my wedding. The dress is moreover comfortable; I can even move and dance. Olga is as well convinced; she noticed my switch of expression and posture. I just became at one with the dress.
Even though Olga is professional in her advices, she knows as well how to take time to celebrate happy times. She then offers me a glass of champagne to cherish and memorise this moment full of emotions.
Then, she takes my size in order to make the dress bespoke and to wear it fitted. She assures me that the dress will be delivered on time, as she chooses her designer not only for the quality of their designs and fabrics, but also for their reactivity and respect of deadlines.
Indeed, three months later, Belle en Blanc calls me to try MY dress. It is just a delight to discover it again and we proceed to small adjustments. A week later, it is with my precious dress that I embark on a plane to the USA, where I get to celebrate my wedding. On the day, I felt like a real princess and my husband compared me with a Greek goddess. He also found “us” (the dress and me) beautiful! Enjoy! »