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Bring on the bling!

19 Jul 2011

Bring on the bling!

If weddings are all about those little finishing touches, then Kirsty and George Taylor’s big day must be up there with the best of them.

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Kirsty’s mum Melanie remembers her “decorating anything that didn’t move” as a child, and it’s something she never grew out of. After completing a degree in textile and surface design, Kirsty opened La Belle Angele by Aurora Designs, a bridalwear and tiara shop with her mum, and quickly established a niche for her unique hand-made tiaras and bridal accessories.

Making hundreds of these intricate items a year, you’d think that when it came to her wedding Kirsty might go for something simple. Not so.

The dress itself had a full skirt with lots of crystal detailing, but that wasn’t enough for bling-loving Kirsty. The colour theme for the wedding was purple and green, and she created a bespoke accessory set of tiara, necklace and bracelet to work the scheme into her outfit.

She spent painstaking hours customizing her shoes, including encrusting the heels in Swarovski crystals, as well as making all the table decorations and painting George’s tie and bridesmaid Molly’s dress to match the wedding stationery.

It probably comes as no surprise that Kirsty is a self-confessed control freak, to the point where she also taught herself sugar craft because she had such a strong vision of how the cake should look that she couldn’t entrust it to anyone else.

“My friend made the three tiers of the fruit cake and iced them, then it took me a couple of months to make the 400 flower and butterfly decorations. I even added some bling to the columns between the tiers by covering them in diamante.” And the whole thing was finished off with a sprinkling of edible glitter.

Surrounded by so many gowns in her shop, it was inevitable that this wasn’t going to be an easy decision. “I think I tried on every dress in the shop,” said Kirsty. “Then every time a new dress came in we’d have a ‘lock-in’ and I’d try it on.”

There were a few contenders but nothing that totally blew her away. Then, while looking for new stock at the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate, Kirsty was drawn to a rack of Blue by Enzoani dresses by Benjamin Roberts and pulled out “the dress”.

“Even now, with new dresses coming in all the time, I haven’t seen one that I would have considered over it. It was just perfect.”

Despite all this attention to detail, the day itself was planned to have a relaxed feel. The most important thing for the couple was to be with each other. “I wanted to share all of the day with George, including travelling to Weston Park in the vintage wedding car,” said Kirsty. “It was nice to get excited together and chat about what we were about to do. We wanted to make the most of these moments because we knew that as soon as all our guests were there we wouldn’t be able to spend much time together.”

Another highlight for Kirsty was George and friend Steve’s re-enaction of the dance off in American Pie the Wedding. “I knew he was going to do it and they’d been rehearsing for weeks but it was absolutely hilarious.”

Kirsty’s main tip – as most brides will tell you – is to savour every moment because the day goes so quickly. She also suggests not making mountains out of molehills if things go wrong on the day, and just remember why you’re getting married.

Photography by Pengelly Photography, 01787 377503, www.pengelly-photography.co.uk

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