We’ve been enjoying reminiscing about some of our beautiful brides and their big days this week – and we remembered the exciting moment our store played host to a Leeds-based fashion blogger!
Danielle (a.k.a. Behind the Blonde) was a little lost in the world of bridalwear by the time she arrived at our door, having already visited multiple stores in and around Leeds on the hunt for her dream dress.
“I’m not going to lie,” Danielle said, “it was overwhelming at first… I was also surprised by the lack of advice from staff at some shops. Perhaps that’s fine when you know what you want, but I had no idea – so needed the guidance!
“After a long four-hour slog I’d gotten a bit hot and bothered, and had not really seen anything that wowed me. I’d begun to feel a bit demotivated and was ready to throw in the towel…”
Luckily, then Danielle remembered Elite! She and her lovely mum headed over to us, and Danielle’s day of shopping disasters instantly took a turn for the better.
It’s a lot of responsibility when a bride has already been let down by other stores, but we always try to rise to the occasion and give you an experience you’ll enjoy looking back on later!
“The best part,” said Danielle, “was how refreshing it was to have lovely, friendly staff guide us around the collections, and help me select dresses based on what I thought I wanted. Before I knew it, the staff had whipped round the dresses and collected eight different styles to help me narrow down the search.”
Thanks to a little gentle guidance from our staff as we figured out what Danielle actually liked and didn’t, the blogging beauty ended up falling for a gorgeous gown that was surprisingly nothing like what she’d pictured…
“I soon realised I wanted sleeves, and surprised myself as I fell in love with some big dresses with trains and hooped skirts – originally I thought I’d be in a figure-hugging number all the way!”
Danielle was astounded when her dream, one-of-a-kind dress came in at just under £800 – and she was really pleased with our alterations service too.
“My mum cried. Check. I felt like a princess. Check. And I knew Joe would love it. Check!” Danielle had found the one.
“I honestly couldn’t recommend Elite Bridal enough,” said Danielle. “Their staff were just brilliant from start to finish – so friendly, warm and helpful – and of course they have such a beautiful collection.
“I was lucky enough to meet their designer at one of my dress fittings and I couldn’t believe how talented she was. She sketches every dress from scratch and some of them, like mine, are one-of-a-kind!
“On my wedding day, I don’t think there was one person who didn’t comment on how insanely beautiful the detail and cut of my dress was, and ultimately I felt like a million dollars because of it.”
We absolutely love reading stories from brides like Danielle, and it’s wonderful to be able to look back and remember our lovely customers down the line. We especially love seeing photos from your big day!