Bride-to-be Kayleigh really wasn’t expecting to stumble on the dress of her dreams… two years before her sunny Cyprus wedding!
When Kayleigh decided to visit one of our boutiques with her sister, she really wasn’t intending to buy a gown that day. Having spent hours looking at hundreds of gowns on the internet, Kayleigh had seen lots she loved… and had no idea what would be right for her.
“I wasn’t sure what style I wanted – I usually buy on impulse!” Kayleigh admitted. “I wasn’t planning on buying anything that day. I just wanted an idea of what would suit me.”
But self-confessed impulse buyer Kayleigh instantly saw a gown she loved – and that was it.
“The first one I saw as I walked in was the dress I picked,” remembered Kayleigh. She tried on a few more dresses to make sure, but knew she wasn’t getting the same feeling in any other gown. “It just stood out straight away and was absolutely gorgeous. I knew it was the one when my sister burst into tears!”
Kayleigh’s wedding was still two years away, and she had a holiday booked the month after her first appointment. But she knew she’d found the one, and that she couldn’t let it go.
She set up a payment plan (“which was a godsend!”), booked a date to show all her entourage the gown, and was overjoyed to have her dream dress in the bag – literally! Once Kayleigh’s gown was paid off, she got to take it home with her for a year before her alterations appointments.
When she brought it back for her fitting, one of Elite’s in-house seamstresses suggested the addition of straps.
“When I went to my final dress fitting, I couldn’t believe the gown hadn’t had straps already,” said Kayleigh. “They really finished it off, and everyone who had seen my dress before said they made it look better.”
With the straps and alterations finished, Kayleigh was all ready to head to Cyprus for her dream wedding – and so, with a bit of help from our Elite staff, was the dress!
“I left the dress to be packed into a hand luggage bag,” said Kayleigh. “I didn’t think it would fit, but they managed to pack it perfectly and it had virtually no creases when I got there.”
Once in Cyprus, Kayleigh realised she hadn’t actually thought about the heat when falling in love with her dress – but luckily it was really comfortable!
“It was perfect. It sparkled in the sunlight and made me feel like a princess,” said Kayleigh. “Everyone loved the dress, and thought I paid double what I had because of the quality. It was the most magical day of my life and I felt like Cinderella in ivory.
“Luckily I get to wear it again for my UK reception!”
Kayleigh made the most stunning Cyprus bride, and we’re so happy she was still just as in love with her gown two years down the line. When it’s the one, it’s the one!
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