It seems like an age ago when the lovely Louise and her trusted colleague Maxeen came to visit me at the boutique. They wanted to feature Heritage Brides on the B.Loved blog - to say I was chuffed was an understatement.
It was a fantastic experience. Louise and I chatted away whilst Maxeen caught some of the finer features of the shop on camera.
The proof of the pudding was published today on their great site, which is packed full of wedding ideas, inspiration and just general all round fabulousness.
Why not have a look at the lovely write up we got here and have a bit of a mooch round the rest of the site too?
Anyone who wants to try on our gowns will need to make an appointment. That’s because we want to provide one to one attention. The bride will get the entire boutique to herself and her party for 90 minutes during which time, we can advise on what gowns might be suitable. Of course some brides know exactly what they want and that’s fine too!
Ladies. Are you looking for a dress which emphasises your curves, is classy and won't break the bank?
Then Lou Lou gowns could be the ones for you. Because not only are they fashion-forward, they are affordably priced and they look great, even if you are not a size 8.
The majority of our samples we have in store are in larger sizes - up to an 18 - but you can order any of the Lou Lou dresses in sizes up to a 26. That's because they look great on real women. Why don't you give us a call and make an appointment to try one of these lovely dresses on?
Tel: 01707 707842
To celebrate our recent opening, we are offering all brides the chance to find their dream dress at Heritage Brides but during May, there will be an extra 10% off.
That means that you will be able to make some incredible savings not only on your gown, but on your shoes and accessories too.
The rules are simple - you just have to make a purchase at the boutique in May. Your discount will be applied when you pay. Simples!
Our friends at the magical wedding venue - the Jockey Club Rooms in Suffolk - are holding a 'meet the wedding experts' event on May 11.
One of our favourite designers Terry Fox will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you might have about choosing your perfect dress.
Not only that if you are having wobbles about how you are going to plan everything in time, Charles Howard will also be there to soothe your nerves and provide expert insight into making your day run as smoothly as possible.
With input from renowned floral artist Paula Pryke and in demand snapper James Davidson, this really is an event which will stand any bride in good stead when planning her big day.
We have a pair of tickets available to give away to this event. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning, then all you have to do is answer this simple question:
The winner will be chosen on May 10 and will be advised via e mail. The name of the winner will be submitted for inclusion on the guest list at the event. There is no cash alternative and travel to the venue is not included as part of the prize. By entering this competition you agree to receive the Heritage Brides newsletter - you can unsubscribe at any time.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the first ever Heritage Brides competition.
Keep an eye out on your inboxes this week as the winner will be announced via the newsletter.
The winner will receive £250 to spend in the boutique - so whether that goes towards a stunning Terry Fox gown or a pair of Harriet Wilde heels, the choice is theirs.
Remember Heritage Brides is the only bridal boutique to be located at a stately and is in the sumptuous surroundings of Hatfield House.
Why not come along and see us - we promise you it will be an experience you will not forget.
I seem to have spent years with a vision running round my head. I wanted to create a bridal boutique that was fun, had the wow factor and gave brides an experience they won't forget.
When we opened the doors on Tuesday, I think I can safely say that Heritage Brides has turned out even better than I hoped it would.
The barn looks magical and provides the most enchanting setting for the stunning dresses. With the vintage bits and pieces I have been collecting over the years, it really represents a piece of my heritage.
My Nan's tea set is on a window sill, my grandmother's doilies (which I hated as a child) fit in perfectly and we also have a vintage sewing machine from Darren's family. Not only that everything has been filled with love and support, not just from family but from my lovely friends who have been there when I have questioned what I was doing.
In the last few days, I have had nothing but positive comments and encouragement which has made me all the more determined to make Heritage Brides a success.
I do hope you will join me on this woodland adventure which really is my dream come true.
With the departure of the electricians on Friday, it meant that there was a full on weekend of actual doing.
First thing on Saturday morning we moved two huge vintage rugs into the barn - they weighed an absolute ton, so thanks to the Hatfield House staff who helped us get them up the stairs.
Then there was cleaning, cleaning, cleaning and after that a little bit more cleaning.
The barn has been hoovered, ever beam dusted, every panel wiped, every floorboard mopped - twice. And finally it is looking, dare I say it a bit more presentable. It still needs some work, but the worst (I hope) has been removed.
So on Sunday it was a case of getting some much needed prettiness into the barn. I have always wanted it to be a magical woodland feeling and I hope that I am achieving that.
It's a still a work in progress and the very last things which will go in are the dresses, but I think it is taking shape.
What do you think?
It was an early start on April 1 when after months of waiting impatiently, I became the leaseholder for the Harness Room.
Here is where Heritage Brides will be born.
The first thing that struck me was how big the space was without all the antique furniture and bits and bobs which had previously had their home there.
It was everything I wanted it to be - bar the fact that there is no heating and the worst lighting I have ever come across.
Cue the entrance of Jason and Aidan - the sparks tasked with making it a bright and welcoming barn, fit for the dazzling gowns I am going to have there.
And that's where we are at. I am hoping that they will have finished working their magic today (Friday) so that I can get in the barn to remove what looks like 400 years worth of dirt....
So things are moving in the right direction and once the deep clean has been carried out, I can get on with transforming the space into a magical woodland full of the vintage curiosities I have been collecting.
Pass the Pledge...
In less than seven days now I will be standing in the middle of the Harness Room at Hatfield House and probably feeling something between trepidation and exhilaration.
It has been a moment I have been waiting for and I hope to share the transformation of the barn with you on this blog.
The Stable Yard is the most magical place to visit - even if you aren't looking for a wedding dress, it's still a great day out. Soak up the history and imagine the past as you wander around. It's hard to believe Elizabeth 1 actually walked the same ground.
Finding brides gorgeous gowns by embracing the past with a view to the future.