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Bexbrides and Covid 19

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT re. COVID 19

To my wonderful brides to be: in order that we protect you, and make a stand against this virus, we made the hard decision that it was best that we suspended face to face consultations… temporarily! So it was, with a heavy heart and feeling of utter strangeness, that we locked up today. 😷


However rest assured we are well and truly still here for you. We are available by phone, text and messenger. 😘

We can do Skype or Messenger video calls. Pour yourself a glass and spam me with your Pinterest and wedding ideas 🍸🍷

Our Etsy shop is still open and we will be adding more items every week. I’ll finally have time to upcycle all those vintage dresses, ombre a ton of veils and make accessories!

My studio is actually more isolated than my house! Or I will be sewing from home and ombre in my garden! 🦚

Watch this space for Etsy listings. 😍

We have been in touch with all our brides who have had to postpone so far. As for those of you who haven’t yet, do not hesitate to get in touch. Bexbrides Ltd has drawn up a Covid 19 plan to protect everyone who is affected.

We feel your sorrow. I have cried so much this week. Those of you with destination weddings could have floated there on my ocean of tears.

But rest assured, we are not going anywhere (can’t as I have to stay home… but seriously, Bexbrides will be ready and waiting for you when you are able to have your weddings.)

Take care, stay safe.

LOVE BEX AND MARIE (AND CHRISTINE) XX

Bex’s Blogging Dilemma

Reposted from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rebeccalombardearl)

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Hi my wonderful followers, friends, family and clients.
Last April I launched my new website, and wrote a blog, I vowed to blog each month.
GUESS WHAT! yep I haven’t πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ.
Honestly I meant to!! But I’ve been so busy ( which is awesome btw!!)
I has a business plan to move my little business more in the direction of me, rather than just being tumbled along by the tidal forces of bridal commerce and a busy life, and it’s been great, I’ve been me!! But my blogging promise got neglected.
SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT.
I want to blog more, cos you know engagement, analytics, seo and all that nonsense….urgggg.
BUT where to start , what to write about.
I spend at least 30 mins every day answering brides questions in a multitude of bridal groups. So I really want to focus my expertise and knowledge and general waffling towards my followers.
HIT ME with stuff you want to read about.
Trends
Ombre ( dip dye effect)
Boho
Dressmaking process
Ethical recycling
Alterations
Foundation garments
How I design
What inspires me
What I do in my spare time
How to avoid dress disasters
How to find your perfect dress shape
How to accessorise your dress
To veil or not to veil

You see my dilemma , and all the while I’m trying to decide what you might like to read about my head is popping out designs and thinking of ways to redesign 50 year old dresses ( of the 200 I have!!! In my vintage room)
Meeting clients ,planning photo shoots , designing clients dresses, talking to clients ( conversations can run to hundreds of replies back and forth)
Managing 3 Facebook pages, Instagram and whats app. Email and my website. Plus of course actual SEWING! steaming, beading.
And bloody admin ( yak!!)

SO COME AT ME!! what do you want to see more of, hear about, read about??
I feel so bad that I failed to keep my blogging promise, in my defence my work has been blogged dozens of times in the last year which gave me a little get out of jail free card. But I feel I owe you all something of me.

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So Bexbrides 10 years! can you believe that? growing, moving changing like a strange but lovable creature in my life, I often think what am I doing? how did I get here? ( you know like that bizarre realisation you have driven somewhere but don’t know how?)

I feel a little bit like I took in a strange animal, and that I have no idea how to feed it, or what to do with it. But I’ve just done things that I thought were fun, or different and each day it’s still there, alive ( or is that my kids…) I wake up and there it is , Bexbrides panting and waiting like a crazy puppy waiting for me to take it on its daily adventure.

But times move quickly out in cyberspace, it’s a different, alien world to mine, which is all fabrics and lace, ribbons and thread, and pigment and beads.Daydreams and musing. The big wide tinterwebby abd its workings are a mystery, it’s just a place I go for inspiration and to lose too many hours on pinterest or Facebook.

But!! its also a place where my lovely clients find me ( as in reality my secret lair is pretty damn secret…)

So people who know about this shizzle…yeah they exist, I had to go on some training courses about blogs and social media and Google analytics?? I mean WTAF is that? they did have cool coloured sharpies though and biscuits…

What I found was out was I need to blog, so you can all listen to my mad ramblings ,and some thing about seo and rankings and er something..oh and see my images etc..

So ( yea I know I’ve used to many sos , I do like to so! get it? ha ) I needed a new website, as my old trusty one could not keep up with the times, and it hated iPhones with a passion.

So ( ha ha) here it is my 1st Blog post on my new website. ( built my my amazing hubby, he’s a keeper…)

Oh? yeah I need a subject, a topic, a story? So where to start, Trends,my designs, my inspiration, my awards, my ideas, what do blogs talk about? ooh real weddings Hmnnn…

Well its the eve today of our wedding anniversary .( Chris and Bex, Chris the long suffering husband/lover/friend/tinterwebby tech person and Bex the crazy dress lady)

Well how about this 20 years ago on the 20th April 1999 I started a journey with Chris Earl.A childhood friend who I has not seen for 16 years or so, who I met up with for tea, moved in 5 days later and who was to become 10 years later on the 20th April 2009 my husband, having put up with me for 10 years, and helping me produce 2 small humans ( one is now taller than me!) Five years ago we renewed our vows and there has already been a very good blog written about this, I’ll link it below so you can read our story.

But for this blog, my 1st it’s our wedding I want to remember, for it was what made me decide to start on this crazy Bexbrides journey, previously I had an Interior Design Business called Bexrooms, but the strange creature that was bridal and dressmaking stalked me and my dreams. So I thought what the heck let’s give it a go. How hard can it be 🀣

Three premises moves ( though on the same site) later, several awards, lots of hard work, hundreds of brides and 10 years down the line, in a bridal industry that has changed beyond almost recognition from a decade ago I still awake to that crazy puppy in my head saying “Right what’s today’s madness “

I am blessed to have a job I love, supported by family and friends and colleagues. Most especially my Husband Chris.

I still love it, I love all my clients, who love all my crazy ideas.

Live Love Laugh ( and yes I do have the wall sign…)

Have to have piccys on a blog so here are a few of our wedding in 2009 which was Medieval Princess meets Doctor Who theme . ( yep crazy then, crazy now)

As it was the wedding planning and all the dresses I made ( and Chris,’s 8th Doctor Who outfit )that started this craziness, hope you like the photos, in random order as I’m not that clever, ( though my tech hubby probably knows how, but I’m trying to wear my big girl pants and do this myself🀣.)

images by Stephen Cooper Photography

So 5 years ago we did it all again, as I just love weddings! so we renewed our vows,

photos by Victoria Edward’s Photography.

there is a full blog post on Chris and my story, I’ll post link at the end.

Bex. xx

ps this time it was Victorian Doctor Who theme, with Chris as the 1st Doctor Who.

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love Bex xxx ( and my family xx)

Hope you enjoyed the photos and that you will stay with me in my journey each month as I blog more random weirdness, from my crazy bexbrides Secret Lair/ Attic.

further reading on how we met, as yes that’s a crazy story too can be found here

A Victorian Dr Who Themed Wedding / Vow Renewal