As you have probably guessed we love a good boho wedding at Bride and Tonic, and we instantly fell in love with the simple yet elegant wedding dress designs by Francis Bridal. Stunning, unique dresses that you can also wear a bra with? Winner! We caught up with the wonderful Trish on the Francis Bridal story…
Tell us a bit more about Francis Bridal…
Low key, luxe boho bridal, gorgeous wedding dresses for modern brides.
What inspired you to start Francis Bridal?
I had worked in luxury fashion for 15 years and really wanted to start something of my own, and then when I was planning my own wedding I found my niche – I love the boho style so much but found it really difficult to find wedding dresses that weren’t totally backless or see through. That was my light bulb moment!
How are you different from any other similar suppliers?
We’re a small independent brand and somewhat unique in that we offer boho style that you can wear a bra with! My background in fashion also comes into play. I have worked as a creative pattern cutter, product developer, studio manager, production manager and technical manager and have fit 1000’s of garments during that time. I wanted to bring that knowledge into the collection and offer shapes that are well cut and fit well; not just in the look book images or on a model, but on normal women’s bodies too.
What do you love most about working in the wedding industry?
It’s so lovely being a small part of someones special day. Often a wedding dress is the most expensive garment you’ll ever own and there is so much emotion and expectation behind that purchase, it’s nice to go on that journey with someone and maybe be able to show them the dream dress.
It has also been such a pleasure discovering the lovely community of like-minded wedding suppliers out there who have a similar vibe. I’ve really loved meeting all these creative, generous lovely people!
What would be your number one piece of advice for a bride to be?
Be yourself, whoever you want that self to be and don’t feel like you have to conform to anyone’s expectations of what you should wear or how you organise your day.
Tell us about the best thing you have seen at a wedding you have been to…
Both sets of parents owning the dance floor at my brothers wedding is something I will never, ever forget.
Finally, in one sentence tell us why someone should choose you to create favours for their day?
Friendly, personal service and gorgeous dresses.
Francis Bridal’s quick fire questions!
Platinum or gold…gold
Smart or casual…casual
Hotel or campervan…hotel
Dinner party or party party…dinner party!
Band or DJ…band
Sunrise or Sunset…Sunset
Winter or Summer…Summer
Truth or Dare…Truth