Our new boutique!
I am SO excited to tell you all about our imminent move to our newly renovated luxurious boutique in Bowdon. We love the homely feel of our Knutsford boutique, but with an ever steadily growing number of brides on our books and new collections coming in every season, we decided it was time for a change and began the search for new premises.
Our wish list was long; we needed a spacious showroom space to display our beautiful wedding dresses in the luxurious surroundings they deserve; separate fitting room spaces were essential, ample storage space was a must, and equally important was studio space adjoined to the boutique. I also wanted a lovely large window to set up some lavish and dramatic window displays, a la Douglas Hannant:
Initially, we were reluctant to take the search outside of our lovely village of Knutsford, but after having seen everything Knutsford had to offer, we decided to view a great looking prospect on Oxford road in Bowdon. The space was beautiful, and perfect for a bridal boutique, but unfortunately not big enough to house all of our studio equipment. (It has since fulfilled its potential as Love Bridal Boutique, and by the looks of it Emma has done a fantastic job, it's beautiful!)
We loved the area, so went for a little walk around, and lo and behold, stumbled upon this absolute gem of a building at 31A The Downs.
We were immediately smitten. One thing we love about our current boutique is its period features, and with its curved Georgian window on one side, and huge square window on the other, with a pretty pillar in between the two, it had all the quirky period styling that I adore in an old building. A peek through the glass to see the interior did not disappoint; the beautifully high ceilings were begging for an antique chandelier or two!
When we came to view the property, we couldn't believe the potential. There was a lot of work to be done, it needed a little vision and a lot of imagination, but what was at the time a musty and dank cellar we saw as a fantastic warm and dry storage space. The light filled office space to the back of the building, we instantly knew would make a fantastic studio…all of the (very optimistic) wish list had been ticked off...
We were ready to sign on the dotted line, and we couldn't have asked for better landlords at Downs Court, who were willing to do everything we asked to get it up to our high standards.
The transformation is unbelievable. The damp cellars have been completely renovated, tanked and damp proofed and are now the perfect place to store our stock. The studio space has been emptied and whitewashed, and we can't wait to get our creative juices flowing in such a light filled and spacious place. What we are most excited about is our stunning new boutique. We had a fantastic time poring over wallpaper and fabric samples, investing in new furniture and deciding how we wanted everything to look and we can't wait to show off the results!