We’ve got another fabulous Welsh vendor to introduce to you all today (I’m sure a few of you already know her!) – the lovely Hannah Bishop from Hannah Emily Bridal, a beautiful boutique offering bridalwear in Cardiff. Hannah is also one of our blog sponsors, you can find her in the sidebar to the right :)
Cwtch the Brides introduces:
We asked Hannah a few questions to help you all get to know her and her business a bit better :)
Welcome to Cwtch the Bride! :) Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Hannah! :) I was one of those girls that loved dressing up, mainly in my mum’s dresses and heels – that’s where it all began! I knew from a young age that I would need to be doing something in the world of fashion but it wasn’t until I did some work experience in high school at a bridal shop in Penarth that I fell in love with wedding dresses. My ‘dream’ had begun and it was all so inspirational!
I had always excelled at textiles in high school and from there pursued fashion/design in college through to university as well as completing some styling courses along the way! I learnt a lot during this time about fashion in general, fabrics, pattern cutting, fashion eras, trends and fashion forecasting. It was hardwork but very influential in helping me to achieve my goal and what I needed to get to my dream job.
What made you decide to start Hannah Emily Bridal?
I met my handsome husband over a year and a half a go now, it was a bit of a whirlwind romance but when you know you know! I had 6 months to find my dress, which ruled out designing one myself as I wanted to be hands on with every little detail so I decided to go on my journey to find my dream dress.
I tried on several dresses in Cardiff but none that were what I was looking for, which then forced me to do more research. I then found a designer I liked and found the closest stockist to be in Taunton, Somerset! At this point I didn’t really expect much but the boutique there was so cute and I knew the sort of thing I wanted and there, finally, I found my dress!
It was even more stunning than I had imagined and it seemed ridiculous to me for Welsh brides to have to travel so far to find something a bit alternative and fashion forward, which gave me the final encouragment I needed to look into doing it myself with a little support from my husband.
Hannah Emily bridal opened in October 2012 and the boutique is just how I imagined! I had a strict vision on how I needed the boutique to look, and it really does look how I dreamt it.
What do you offer?
We offer our brides a exclusive, relaxing, friendly enviroment in a unique boutique with carefully chosen, truly beautiful collections and accessories (on occasion I do bring in my two little yorkipoos Conan and Rufio too!). We like to ensure finding your special dress is as special as you are, an experience you’ll enjoy and that will stay with you forever.
I love our dresses and meeting different brides-to-be and helping them find their dream dress is such a special moment to be part of. It’s always interesting seeing different wedding styles too – each bride’s style is always different which keeps things ever inspiring.
What size range do you stock?
At the boutique our samples range from a 10-16 (you can order sizes outside of this) and our prices range from £1185 – £3125.
What designers do you work with?
We work with Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Lara Hannah London, Charlotte Balbier and in the Autumn we will be launching the very beautiful Annasul Y collection. As a bride we can promise you that our dresses are unique to our boutique and that they are made from the highest quality fabrics and finished to the very highest standard.
What’s your favourite thing about working in Wales?
Our favourite thing about working here in Wales is that people are so warm and supportive – since we opened in Rhiwbina in October the other shops have been so lovely. There is a real community spirit here, Cardiff is such a beauitful city once you have lived here you never want to leave!
& now Hannah has some questions for you, our lovely readers! :) She’d love to know the answers so pop them in the comments:
Are you looking for a specific detail in your dress? Back detailing or a colour?
What would you like your chosen boutique to provide?
When looking for dream dress how do you mostly do your research?
Have you considered a budget for your dress before you begin?
Do you find designer days helpful?
Get In Touch
You can find Hannah only in various places, all listed below. Alternatively you can make an appointment to visit the boutique to see those beautiful dresses in person :)
Address: 5A Beulah Rd, Rhiwbina, Cardiff CF14 6LT