Unique wedding dress ideas
Katy Friday and Steph Vassallo
Please tell us a bit about your background (This is for the intro – not an interview ‘question’ as such.)
We are good friends, both living in Potterspury. After busy lives in London and 8 years looking after our children, we wanted to get creative and to work for ourselves in what is possibly the most fun job ever!
You’re just about to launch your vintage and retro bridal gown business, tell us how this has come about!
We have both always wanted to work within the bridal industry – who wouldn’t want to spend their days surrounded by beautiful dresses and happy brides (and a little bit of prosecco…)?! With many years of retail and bridal experience between us we have spent a long time dreaming of our own unique take on the business, and as Flamingo Bridal launches later this month, the dream is becoming reality. We have a shared love of finding something old and forgotten and restoring it to its former glory, or even transforming it into something new.
Do you think that there is a market for vintage dresses?
Definitely! Everyone we have spoken to about our ideas, and those who have seen our dresses, have been really excited. There is such a movement towards sustainable fashion, and this is also true in bridalwear. Lots of brides would like a dress that is not from the mass market and would like to invest in a little bit of fashion history. All of our dresses are sourced from within the UK; they are beautiful, unique, ethical and affordable – and will be available in a luxurious bridal environment which is so important to us. Brides who would like a vintage or preloved dress shouldn’t miss out on the full bridal experience; we will offer high end vintage, bridal luxury and affordability in one place.
Where do you source your dresses?
We source our dresses from a variety of places. We rescue beautiful dresses from the back of old wardrobes, online auction sites and charity shops.
What made you decide to open your boutique in a caravan? (How big is it? Has it been fitted out? Will it be damp proofed? Etc.)
We wanted to offer something different; not just amazing dresses but the complete bridal experience in a fun and quirky environment. As such our appointments will soon take place at our beautifully restored vintage caravan, Penelope! We are so excited to use a vintage van for our boutique. Penelope is 20ft long and is currently being customised to become elegant and cosy, with space to view and try on a huge variety of dresses. Every bridal party will have the entire van to themselves, making it a really personal experience.
Penelope will also have the perfect backdrop, just outside Milton Keynes at the stunning Potterspury House. Although principally based at Potterspury House, we love the idea of being able to take the whole Flamingo Bridal experience to fairs and festivals around the country in the future! We are the only mobile bridal boutique in the UK that we know of; the mobile boutique business is something that seems to be really taking off in the United States and Australia, and only just starting over here.
Apart from Potterspury House (3 Poundfield Road, Potterspury) where else can brides to be see your range this spring?
Brides can visit our newly launched website www.flamingobridal.co.uk to see our current range, follow us on social media and contact us to book an appointment.