VickyRoweBridal

Vicky Rowe

Llanbrynmair, United Kingdom · 0 Sales

VickyRoweBridal

Vicky Rowe

Llanbrynmair, United Kingdom 0 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Vicky Rowe

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Find out a little bit more about myself and my designs....

Who are you and where are you based?

I’m Vicky Rowe and I design unique intricately hand embellished wedding dresses evocative of the 1920’s and 1930’s but with a more contemporary and bohemian feel for today’s bride.

I live in Mid-Wales in a 16th Century Farmhouse on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park surrounded by breathtaking countryside, it was one of many small farmsteads that once dotted the valley. Part of the farmhouse houses my studio, I find working in these surrounding really inspirational.

​Why did you start designing wedding dresses?

As far back as I can remember I've always had a passion for beautiful dresses.

My mother wore gorgeous floor-length embellished dresses for functions and parties that mesmerized me, I think that’s when my love of glamorous dresses started. During my early teens I became very interested in vintage clothing, this meant scouring thrift shops and repurposing garments to fit or making something from a vintage fabric. One of my favourite creations from that time was a gold floor length evening dress that was fashioned from some vintage fabric, complete strangers would come up to me in the street and ask me where I bought it and when I told them they wanted me to make one for them.

Vicky Rowe - Romantic hand beaded bridal gowns with a more contemporary feel for today's bride
When I was in my 20s I spent a few years travelling around Asia, and during that time I became really interested in the crafts and embellishments from those countries and the artisans who made them. These were the skills that had been used in the past on 1920s dresses and which still exist in the couture fashion houses. I love the one off dresses that grace the runways at the London and Paris fashion weeks, with their jaw-dropping designs and exquisite embellishment.

A few years later I got engaged myself and had to find a wedding dress. I suddenly found myself thrust into this big white world I didn't really connect with. I have a bit of a rebellious streak, and I’d already been seriously questioning what ‘traditional’ wedding dresses were in the first place. Why does everyone consider a big white dress to be essential, just because Queen Victoria wore white when she married Albert? The whole tradition is actually less than 200 years old; prior to this..

I didn't really enjoy the bridal dress shopping experience. I found the whole thing very daunting, and I didn't even want to step foot in a bridal shop. So, I bought the first white beaded dress I tried on, knowing that what I really wanted did not exist. Now, when I look back at my wedding pictures, I can’t help thinking that the look I ended up with was not entirely me, but if I had found the dress of my dreams I wouldn't be here today writing this.

What was your first design?

My first design was Rebecca. It holds a very special place in the collection as peoples response to it was wonderful.

How would you describe your signature style?

I love the intricate bead and sequin embellishment from the 20's which abruptly stopped during the Great Depression, I'm imagining what this decadent beadwork might have looked like had it continued into the 30’s. I’m just really enjoying exploring and experimenting with different designs and materials right now.

What did you do before you started designing wedding dresses?

In my other life I was a project manager before giving it up to work full time on a business that has started out as a hobby. I ran a successful china hire company formed in 2008 (supplied Fortnum and Mason) and alongside ran fascinator and hat making workshops for hens all over the country, these were the first of their kind in the country. I found myself taking commissions for headpieces and hats and giving styling advice for weddings.

Which is your favourite design to date?

It's difficult to pick just one as they’re all special for a variety of different reasons, but if I had to pick just one, it would be ‘Rose’. I have a lovely rambling white rose in my garden that envelopes a dead tree in the summer, the scent is incredible and one day I found myself sketching the roses and using it on a design I was working on. Rose has over 140 intricate roses on it and its simplicity makes it such an elegant dress.

What have been your greatest achievements so far?

I’m still at the start of my career as a designer, but having some of my designs and my own wedding featured in Annabel Beeforths best selling book ‘Style me Vintage’ has been a big highlight; having my Primrose gown featured in a Spanish publication next to an Elie Saab gown was very flattering, to have one of my designs next to such an incredible designer as him was such an honour. Its work like his which has inspired me in the first place. I've also had my dresses featured in ‘You and Your Wedding’ Magazine and many bridal blogs like Love My Dress.

Then of course there was ‘Brides the Show 2014’ in London, a fabulous bridal show wher

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    I design unique intricately hand embellished wedding dresses and accessories evocative of the 1920’s and 1930’s but with a more contemporary and bohemian feel for today’s bride. I live in Mid-Wales UK.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 19, 2015
Hi, here are my terms and conditions.

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Payment
Paypal accepted. Payment is required at the time of purchase unless you convo with me in advance about other arrangements. Payment plans available, half is required at time of purchase and remainder to be paid within 45 days.

I would greatly appreciate if you didnt ask for a discount in price or items to be made in a less expensive fabric. Each piece by hand and uses the highest quality materials for the best possible dress for you. This is how I work and each piece is priced accordingly. Please remember you are getting a custom made dress made to order to your specific measurements. Thank you!
Shipping
UK-All shipments are sent UPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. You should receive your order within 3-7 days of shipment. The cost is slightly more, but you are guaranteed tracking info, etc.

International- I ship UPS international for ALL WEDDING DRESSES, I realise the cost is more than regular mail but they are reliable. I will only ship UPS EXPRESS if you ask for it specifically and assume complete responsibility for the package once it is sent.

Buyer is responsible for customs fees, sorry!

Wedding orders will be shipped in the agreed timeline based on my current timeframe. Please inquire directly for specific time frame needs, these can usually be met!
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds and Exchanges

There are no returns on custom bridal work.
Please contact me directly in the event an item is damaged or lost in shipping or you are simply unsatisfied and we can work something out. I make it my policy to make sure every customer is happy with her dress and will never just "leave you hanging" for any reason. I have always been able to work something out so your purchase is safe with me.
Buyer pays return shipping.
Gowns are made to order based on your measurements, so please be accurate when submitting those, as I am not responsible for weight gained or lost after I had made your dress based on your given measurements.
Any additional alterations to custom gowns (unless I have gotten your size incorrect) are your between you and your tailor :)
There is a $500 cancellation fee for all orders cancelled prior to production.
Additional Policies and FAQs
Additional policies and FAQs
I do have samples available for some of the styles offered. They are available to ship to you for a refundable deposit, which is equal to the cost of the dress. This "deposit" goes through Paypal, which is then refunded via Paypal upon its return to me. All you cover are shipping costs. I ask you keep the sample for no longer than 48 hours (unless you have worked out something with me in advance) as there are waitlists for some of the dresses. Please email me if you would like this option and to get on a waitlist for one of the dresses. I do this for International as well based on samples availability and so long as Expedited Shipping is used...