Our happy clients enjoying their event in Elizabeth Bessant Couture
Jessica Mchugh, Bride
Jessica Mchugh , bride wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding outfit. Ivory lace dress appliqued with handmade silk flowers and vines. Long tulle veil appliqued with flowers and vines. Ivory silk velvet cape lined with silk with matching detail.
“The dress was a big hit!” – Jessica, bride
“How wonderful Jessica looked at her wedding, the whole outfit was her and she looked lovely and was so confident. You worked so hard designing and making it for her, it was her vision. Thank you so much” – Linda, Mother of Bride
Photographs by James Fear
Amy Sheeran, Bride
Amy Sheeran, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture column dress with overskirt and cathedral veil. Hundreds of hours of handbeading and applique create a true one-off.
“We have had so many wonderful things said about this DRESS!!!!! She looked breathtaking: Amy’s dress of her dreams. To say it was a labour of love is an understatement. You have created such a beautiful dress and I can’t thank you enough.” – Sally Sheeran (Mother of Bride)
Photographs by: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyByGinaGray/
Amy Sheeran, Bridesmaids
Amy’s bridesmaids wearing Elizabeth Bessant made to measure bridesmaids dresses. Chiffon over satin, with handbeading and coordinating hand beaded belts and hair combs. Individually styled to suit each girl.
Photographs by: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyByGinaGray/
Michele Marriott, Mother of Bride
Michele Marriott, Mother of the Bride wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture outfit. Pink silk dress with Italian chiffon floaty coat, coordinating hat and silk clutch bag.
“Thank you for all your hard work and expertise with my wedding outfit. You were an absolute star and really helped to make the day very special.” – Michele Marriott
Jemima Marriott, Bridesmaids
Jemima’s bridesmaids wearing Elizabeth Bessant made to measure bridesmaids dresses. Chiffon over satin, with hand beading and coordinating hand beaded belts. Individually styled to suit each girl.
“Thank you for all your hard work and expertise with all 8 bridesmaids, you were an absolute star and helped to make the day very special.” – Michele, Mother of Bride.
Photographs by: www.hollyclarkphotography.co.uk
Karen Stroud, Mother of the Bride
Karen, Mother of the Bride wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. A dress of mauve lace over silk with hand cut flower edging. Worn with an embellished, feather trimmed fascinator to compliment her dress.
“Thank you for the beautiful outfit you created for my daughter’s wedding. I had so many compliments. The best part was not having to worry about the
dress all day as it fitted and moved perfectly. You understood exactly what I wanted and I loved the finished look.
Thank you again, Karen”
Sue Smith, investiture 2018
Sue wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Lilac and cream silk/linen dress and jacket with a coordinating hat with dusky pink and coriander green handmade silk roses and twists of the suit fabric.
A special outfit for a visit to the Palace…
Clients find me in all sorts of ways but for Sue Smith it was quite a chain of events… After being notified that she was to be awarded an MBE she asked her stepdaughter, who is a wedding planner, where she could find a designer to make her an outfit for this very special occasion. Her daughter posted a request on Instagram and Jennifer, one of my brides, suggested Elizabeth Bessant Couture as I had made her wedding dress. One look at my website and Sue was on the phone talking to my assistant Sam to book a consultation and explain what she needed for her visit to Buckingham Palace.
Issy Johnson, wedding guest 2018
Issy, wedding guest, wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture dress. Long floaty silk chiffon print dress in shades of aqua, blues and purples with satin half lining. Butterfly hairpiece.
“I felt fabulous. The dress was very comfortable to wear and at the same time it was so elegant. It was cut really beautifully and flowed as I walked. Plus the side fastening details worked so well for dancing and it suited the dress up as well as down. Thank you Liz…”
Sally Clark, wedding guest 2018
Sally, wedding guest, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Grey crepe dress with half sleeve and silk lining. Chanel style Linton wool ivory textured jacket with braid detail and brass buttons. Hat covered with silk and metallic trellis effect and hand made roses with beaded centres.
Jo Boston, wedding guest 2018
Jo wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture outfits. Day dress in shades of aqua and green cotton with silk lining. Blue silk/linen dress with pearl detail and matching jacket with silk bows.
”Just thought I’d send you a photo of your lovely dress you made me. We had a wonderful wedding in Devon with spectacular weather. The reception was in a marquee in a field overlooking the sea. I’m with my beloved youngest son! Many thanks for all your work you did for me. The lighter lining was perfect for the hot day.”
Carolyn Holland, Mother of the bride 2018
Carolyn wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Chartreus silk dress with silk lining and a floaty silk chiffon coat in chartreuse, blues, purples and navy. Panama hat with a band of the chiffon tied in a pussy bow at the back.
“The outfit was a great success and I had a lot of positive comments and it proved remarkably robust when I succumbed to the bouncy castle as well!”
Catherine Geddes, Bride 2018
Catherine, bride, wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress. Ivory silk satin Grecian style cowl back with silk lining. Deco style hand beading with vintage pearls and crystals on the shoulders and matching beaded belt.
“It was perfect in the hot weather and got so many compliments. Thank you so much for all your effort with it, I absolutely adored it and I’m rather sad that I can’t wear it all over again!”
Leigh-Anne James, bride 2016
Leigh-Anne, bride, wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress. Silk satin with soft gold lining, a low back and train. The edges of the neckline and low back are hand beaded with hundreds of Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Rio Burgess, Bride
Rio Burgess wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture wedding gown. Separate tulle top under a silk chiffon beaded gown with detachable silk taffeta skirt/train and chiffon belt. Lea (Mum) wearing an elaborate Elizabeth Bessant Couture beaded hairpiece to complement her own dress.
Tihomira Peytcheva, mother of the bride
Tihomira Peytcheva wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture evening dress and matching headpiece. Contemporary silver and pewter embroidered tulle over silk satin.
“There was a journey from the moment I met Elizabeth to the day my mother of the bride dress was ready to wear. First we sat together and I explained the whole concept of the wedding, the venue, the guests and my daughter ‘s ideas. Then we chose the fabric together. And only then the real creation of the dress began. We had to make a few changes as the dress was taking shape at each fitting. Elizabeth was very keen and never tired to do all the alterations until I was completely satisfied with the look. She also created the headpiece to match the dress. The whole ensemble turned out to be a masterpiece. I highly recommend Elizabeth and the entire experience I had with the wedding dress.” – Tihomira
Photographs by: Colin Ian Ross
Sarah Horricks, Bride
Sarah Horricks, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant silk satin grecian style gown with hand beading.
“Just wanted to say thank you for making me such a wonderful wedding dress and for helping to make the occassion a really special and unforgetable one.” – Sarah Horricks
Jan Moran-Neil, Mother of Bride
Jan Moran-Neil, Mother of Bride wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Jan mixed and matched with a silk suit for the church and a chiffon dress for the evening. Elizabeth designed a bag to tie in with her metallic pewter shoes and a fascinator with a touch of burgundy as a nod to the bridesmaid colour.
Becki Lovell, Step Mother of the Bride
Becki Lovell, Step Mother of the Bride wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Long silk dress made from Emanuel Ungaro Italian chiffon in an aqua and coral red floral print. Worn with an aqua silk chiffon cape.
“I first met Elizabeth in November 2016, I was recommended by a friend who had an outfit made for her daughters wedding. I was going to see Elizabeth about having a dress made for my step daughters wedding. I was concerned about getting the right outfit not wanting to have anything like the mother of the bride!
At my first visit with Elizabeth I was a bit nervous as I had never had an outfit made before, but straight away I was made very welcome with a cup of tea and a chat. Elizabeth completely understood my situation and came up with a suggestion of a floaty dress which would work well as the wedding was in our garden. From then on it was a lovely experience; Elizabeth was very patient with me especially with choosing the fabric as I must have driven her mad but nothing was to much trouble. Elizabeth drew an amazing sketch of the dress so I could see what it would look like in the fabric.
I enjoyed the whole experience, every meeting for the fitting with a cup of tea and a chat of course!
The dress was perfect, the fabric was gorgeous. I loved wearing the dress and felt very comfortable.
I have gone on to have another dress made for more of an every day occasion, and I am looking forward to having another outfit made next year for my step son’s wedding.
I would highly recommend Elizabeth without any hesitation. She is incredibly talented and a lovely person to get to know, my one warning is her outfits are addictive!”
Sophie Narizzano, Sister of the Groom
Sophie Narizzano, Sister of the Groom, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture dress coat. Ivory textured fabric with silk lining and covered buttons.
Jennifer Killingsworth, Bride
Jennifer Killingsworth, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress. Crinkled satin with hand beading and applique detail.
“Elizabeth you designed my wedding dress in 2002. Recently I wore it for a photo shoot in the Adirondack Mountains in NY. It was a heady idea, juxtaposing the dress and hiking boots etc – I’m adding the pictures for you”.
“Oh Wow!! Elizabeth I LOVE your work! The universe was certainly working in our favor when my Father and i were strolling through Knightsbridge on one of my visits to see my parents in London- we found your boutique- I couldn’t imagine any bridal gown on me and then I saw the dress in the window – more of a bohemian style but so beautiful and elegant, I get compliments on the dress all the time! Thank You for creating these beautiful dresses for people with different styles. I got thru that day because of you!” – Jennifer Killingsworth
Emma Kendall, Bride
Emma Kendall, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture gown. Crinkled chiffon bodice with dutchess satin skirt, heavily hand beaded with pearls and crystals.
“We had seen your work before, how stunning it is. You listened to exactly what I wanted but also used your expertise to recommend colours and materials that would suit my body shape and skin tone. Very professional throughout with regular updates and fittings that suited our schedule, nothing was too much trouble for you. You went completely above and beyond our expectations and we were blown away by the finished gown.” – Emma Kendall
Photographs by: www.maddybennett.co.uk
Ulrike von Salden, Bride
Ulrike von Saldern, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Silk dress and jacket with hand beading to match embossing on the shoes. Matching clutch bag and fascinator. Fur trimmed cape with diamante clasps.
“Today finally was my wonderful day and my outfit made me feel as special as the day deserves. Thank you so much for that.” – Ulrike von Saldern
Judy Hersh, Mother of Groom
Judy Hersh, Mother of the Groom, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture outfit. Full skirt made from Italian limited edition printed silk crepe, co-ordinating silk waistcoat with feature buttons.
“Just back from an amazing week in Italy! The outfit was perfect especially as the temperature was 40 on the day!!” – Judy Hersh
Felicity Rowe, Wedding Guest
Felicity Rowe, wedding guest wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture dress. Ivory and lime palm print silk chiffon with silk lining.
“The dress was lovely, much admired and many inquiries. I hope one of them comes to fruition.
Many thanks again, Felicity”
Wendy Critchlow, Mother of Groom
Wendy Critchlow, Mother of Groom, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture outfit. A mint lace dress and silk jacket with matching braid and pearls. Worn with an embellished, feather trimmed fascinator created to compliment the outfit.
Cecilia Hansson, Bride
Cecilia Hansson, Bride wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture wedding gown and wrap. Duchess satin draped gown inspired by Rita Hayworth in the 1940’s film “Gilda”, accessorised with a softly pleated organza wrap.
“EVERYBODY said what a BEAUTIFUL dress I was wearing and I felt like a princess! It stood up to the challenges throughout the 18 hour party, including the rather windy boat trip from the church to the reception venue. Thank you for making it possible!” – Cecilia Hansson
Rosemary Copeland, 60th Wedding Anniversary
Rosemary Copeland, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture mint lace dress and silk matka jacket. Silk matka handbag and lace fascinator complete the outfit.
“Having been a little apprehensive about having a couture outfit made for my 60th wedding anniversary celebrations, Elizabeth put me totally at ease with her professional and friendly manner. On the big day, as soon as I put the outfit on I was comfortable and didn’t worry about it at all. Her work is fantastic and every little detail is thought about, including shoes, hair and accessories.
I received lots of compliments and I couldn’t have asked for more – the outfit and experience was second to none, completely fabulous! Thank you” – Rosemary Copeland, celebrating 60 glorious years of marriage
Claire McBride, Bride
Claire McBride, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding gown. Duchess satin and Chantilly lace. The belt is decorated with antique porcelain brooches and earrings.
“Thank you again for making my dress. The more I look at the photos the more I love it. I also enjoyed wearing it for a second time the weekend after the wedding….. I loved the way my dress kicked out when I twirled. It was great! I did not think that I would get so excited about my dress but I was really excited on the day and so many people thought it was just perfect.” – Claire McBride
Jan Meek, Regular Client
Jan Meek, After Dinner and Motivational Speaker, the only woman on the planet to have rowed across an ocean and walked to two poles. Wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture hand beaded crinkle dress.
“I wore your gorgeous dress for a talk last week at a company celebrating 30 years in business. I received a lovely compliment from one lady who was wearing a fabulous dress; I had commented on hers and she said Oh no YOU have the best dress of the evening!” – Jan Meek
Lea Burgess, Mother of Groom
Lea Burgess, Mother of Groom, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Ivory panelled dart dress combining a mix of wool brocade and silk organza. A matching 1920s turban style hat, clutch bag and shoe detail complete the outfit.
Jennifer Wainwright, Bride
Jennifer Wainwright, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant chiffon crinkle wedding dress, handbeaded with pearls and Swarovski crystals.
“The dress is just beautiful and made me feel very special all day long. It’s now hanging in my wardrobe and every time I see it, it makes me smile. Thank you so much again, for everything.” – Jennifer Wainwright
Photographs by: www.leeallenphotography.com
Loraine Laine, Mother of Bride
Loraine Laine, Mother of Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Duck egg silk linen dart dress and dart jacket with silk bows. Her navy shoes and bag were coordinated with an Elizabeth Bessant couture fascinator.
Melanie Phillips, Mother of Bride
Melanie Phillips, Mother of Bride, Journalist and Author, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant Couture outfit. Chiffon beaded crinkle dress and shot silk jacket, with a matching hat.
“I just wanted to tell you that the outfit you designed for me was an absolute triumph. It drew widespread admiration, especially the hat and I felt really great wearing it all….
The whole business of designing it was a little oasis of calm and fun in the midst of some fairly fraught arrangements, and I so very much appreciated your tact, sensitivity and skill.” – Melanie Phillips.
Liz Campbell, Mother of Bride
Liz Campbell, Mother of Bride, wore an Elizabeth Bessant Couture outfit. A silk matka suit with a lace blouse and matching felt hat for her daughters autumn wedding.
Juliet Huntley , Regular Client
Juliet Huntley, Regular Client, commissioned an Elizabeth Bessant Couture outfit for relaxed occasions. A wool crepe trouser suit with a silk lapel and buttons to finish the waistcoat and a sandwashed silk blouse.
Jan Meek, Bride
Jan Meek, Bride and World Record Explorer, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit for her wedding at the Houses of Parliament. A silk linen jacket with hand beaded button detailing, a lace dress and complimenting hand beaded lace fascinator.
“The wedding was magical, a truly wonderful day and it would seem for everyone, I have never received such wonderful, enthusiastic and happy letters in my life, all saying it was a brilliant day, wonderful speeches and a BEAUTIFUL BRIDE IN A BEAUTIFUL DRESS! I felt like the bride, got lots of compliments, and the little head piece got lots of extra compliments.” – Jan Meek
Sarah Ricot, Bride, Mother of Bride and Bridesmaid
Sarah Ricot, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture duchess satin handbeaded gown with chiffon train. Debbie, Mother of Bride wearing a tulle crinkle dress handbeaded with Swarovski crystal, pearls and ribbon roses, matching bag and fascinator. Rebecca, Bridesmaid wearing handbeaded crinkle dress with velvet trim.
Photographs by: www.martinpricephotography.co.uk
Carla Bates, Bride
Carla Bates, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress. Corseted, red silk with pearl embellishment and ruched detailing.
Deborah, Glyndebourne Outfit
Deborah, regular client, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture silk draped dress with a hand beaded bag to compliment the print of the dress fabric.
Nicole Patterson, Bride
Nicole Patterson, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture crinkle wedding dress. Hand beaded with pearls, Swarovski crystals and silk roses. Worn with a tulle veil with matching bead detailing on the crown.
“Wow! Everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was, and I felt really really special.” – Nicole Patterson
Photographs by http://www.eltonmogg.co.uk
Sheila Henry, Bride
Sheila Henry, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress.
“My wonderful dress evolved over the course of 6 months. I gave Elizabeth a blank page, not really knowing what I wanted only a pair of shoes to guide me. Fortunately, Elizabeth knew just what I wanted and exactly how to achieve it. The silks we chose were so fine that at times I felt like I was watching Elizabeth sculpt from melted butter. Her intuitive approach to the entire process was beyond impeccable and in the end Elizabeth’s wisdom went so much further than the dress, it helped shape the whole day beautifully. I will never be able to thank Elizabeth enough for the completely unique experience and for the totally divine outcome.” – Sheila Henry.
Jo Konrad, Mother of Bride
Jo Konrad, Mother of Bride, wore an Elizabeth Bessant couture hand beaded crinkle outfit and silk velvet jacket with a matching clutch bag. While with Elizabeth, Jo fell in love with the idea of having a Chanel style wool jacket designed for daywear.
Harriet Highly, Regular Client
Harriet Highly has been wearing Elizabeth Bessant Couture for special occasions since 2010, when Elizabeth designed her Mother of the Groom outfit. The polka dot silk crepe dress and silk linen jacket pictured have been a successful addition to her wardrobe.
Sarah McKenzie, Bride and Bridesmaids
Sarah McKenzie, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture crinkle wedding dress. Hand beaded with pearls, Swarovski crystal and silk roses, with cut- out back design detail. Vicky and Sandy, Bridesmaids, wearing Elizabeth Bessant couture draped silk dresses.
Rosie McKenzie, Mother of Bride
Rosie McKenzie, Mother of Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture outfit. Hand scalloped edged lace dress and a silk linen jacket with coordinating hand beaded fascinator and matching clutch bag.
Hannah Steadman, Business Outfit
Hannah Steadman, wore an Elizabeth Bessant couture business outfit. Elizabeth suggested a mix and match silk skirt, dress and jacket to cover formal and relaxed interviews, along with business meetings. An original 1940’s buckle from Elizabeths own collection added a couture detail.
Valerie Pittman, Ascot Outfits
Valerie Pitman, wore Elizabeth Bessant couture outfits to Ascot 2010 and 2011. A silk crepe dress and jacket with taupe piping and bows in 2010 and a soft grey silk crepe dress and co-ordinating feather fascinator the following year.
Lucy Kane, Bride
Lucy Kane, Bride, Publisher of Time & Leisure Magazine, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress. Ivory Duchess Satin, with a boned bodice and detachable chiffon trains, incorporating an antique belt sourced by Lucy.
“A million thanks for all your amazing ideas and design skills to make the most gorgeous dress” – Lucy Kane
Justine Chiltern, Bride
Justine Chiltern, Bride, wearing an Elizabeth Bessant couture wedding dress. Gold silk gown with a ruched bodice, embelished with beads. Complimented with Elizabeth Bessant couture bridesmaids dresses in chocolate silk.