This week let me introduce you to the newest kid on the wedding block, bridal boutique Churchgate Porter. Located at Churchgate House, in the picturesque village of Fletching, Surrey, it’s a combination of a fashion-forward bridal boutique and a porter service. Championing the best independent, international designers such as Sarah Janks, Charlotte Casadejus, Patrick Casey and Anne Bowen, as well as accessories by Flo & Percy and shoes by Freya Rose – “we’ve chosen everything from the décor to our stock with free-thinking, creative brides in mind.”
With an aim to be different from your average frou frou pink and pastel wedding dress shop, owner Louise explains her vision – “I first ventured to the small and charming, quintessentially English village of Fletching in the winter of 2008, with my then husband to be. It was an extremely romantic scene. Cold, dark and frosty – the air felt a little bit magical, the centuries-old buildings were illuminated by twinkling Christmas lights and I instantly felt very, very at home… We bought a lovely house called Churchgate Cottage and married in the village church in 2009. It was a very pretty place to say ‘I do’ and also rather perfect as a gate leads directly from our back garden into the churchyard! It all sounds like a fairytale, and, to be honest it, it still feels like one, but fairytales usually end with a wedding. My wedding was just the beginning of an incredible journey for me. I realised that Fletching was the perfect place to showcase my love for the arts, fashion and all things bridal in a super little bridal boutique.”
Louise has given the rustic space “an NYC high-end fashion makeover. This really married the best of both worlds and represented my fairytale – the fashionista in the countryside.” You can see Louise’s passion for the arts running through every thoughtful detail, like these gloved hands protruding from the walls to carry beautiful Flo & Percy accessories.
Or innovative Freya Rose bridal shoe displays.
Describing the Churchgate Porter bride, Louise explains “She is independent and wants to relax into choosing her dress in her own way – no pressure and no cupcakes (or meringues, for that matter) here. We offer advice when it’s wanted and needed through style consultations and our one-on-one by-appointment-only service means that brides get our full care and attention from the minute they step over our threshold to the day they cross over their own!” Each wedding dress and bridal accessory has been painstakingly selected with this fashion forward bride in mind from the timeless vintage styles of Charlotte Casadejus to the simple, elegant gown of New York designer Anne Bowen.
For further details or to book your appointment at this beautiful boutique visit – www.churchgateporter.com
Image Credit – Devlin Photos, www.devlinphotos.co.uk