Crowcombe Court

I took three  different Bridal gowns along to the Equine shoot directed by Jo Hansford Photography. We were located at Crowcombe Court in Somerset, at the end of a stunning drive across the Quantock hills. Crowcombe Court is impressive upon approach and an amazing residence to the family  that own it but they also market the old house as a Wedding venue. We were allocated a room to temporarily store the garments and prepare the models for the shoot while the horses were prepared by the florist, an amazing way to display  flowers !

So Jo (Hansford) has created a great blog from her photographic angle along with her partner Nic. Naturally mine is from a designer/seamstress point of view and gives some insight into the development and production of the garments captured in the shots. Im focused on the gowns individually as they are all quite different and deserve their own introduction……

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Links :

Fordham Hair: Hair

Hermione Harbutt : Exsquiste Hair accesories

Brompton Buds: Flowers

Jo Hansford Photography

Nina Norman MUA

Crowcombe Court (Location and venue for Hire)


Real Bride : Madeleine : Summer 2016

The Gown worn by Madeleine Havell-Rogers


I met Madeleine four years ago . She was modelling at a photo shoot I was invited to attend with a team of very creative individuals organised by professional photographer Marie Man. The event location was at Wood Chester Mansion in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Madeleine didn’t wear one of my gowns that particular day but we were all working towards a similar brief which was to create alternative imagery for the wedding industry,  to display our work and to inspire others.

I get invited to many shoots and so have to be selective . This day was pivotal at that stage of my career because I met some amazing people which resulted in incredible photographs,  long term friendships , creative development and then more recently, having the privilege in being asked to design and create Madeleines wedding gown!

Our paths have crossed a few times since that day of the shoot. Madeleine is a professional model and actress. I had asked her if she would be interested in modelling some of my corsetry work for a shoot with well established photographer and lighting expert, Damien Lovegrove . Vicki Waghorn was our make-up artist  at Berwick Lodge Hotel.

In the Autumn of 2015,Madeleine visited my work room and described her dream wedding gown.


We discussed shades, fabrics and styles to suit and enhance Madeleines beautiful and curvaceous silhouette.

I sketched out several design options for Madeleine to think about . I suggested she go for a slightly alternative shade. She expressed that she liked Oyster shades but after analysing the options we ended up with a combination of Dove Grey silk Duchess satin for the bodice and under skirt, ‘crystal’ silk satin Chiffon and ‘sea-pearl’ satin chiffon for the floaty layers of the skirt section.

Her criteria of details to include, were to enhance her waistline, a flattering hourglass bodice shape and a very floaty skirt with a split vent for her beautiful legs to show while Being a corset specialist I was able to offer her a built in steel boned corset which would be concealed beneath a top layer of pleated duchess satin.

The following images are a development from toile stage to the final dress over 3 to 4 fittings:

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