Real Brides

May 2017

Felicity

”After searching high and low online looking for a dress that was less ‘bridal’ I eventually stumbled across Andrea Hawkes. It was the first (and only!) wedding dress shop that I stepped foot into. I adored the use of clean simple lines, sumptuous silks and unusual fabrics to create a modern yet timeless elegance. I relished the opportunity to adapt the shape of collection pieces and choose fabrics to my personal taste. The made to measure service ensured that my dress fitted like a glove and sat beautifully on the day. Throughout the process the team were flexible and so incredibly patient despite my indecisive nature; their input was invaluable. The team have created such a gorgeous atmosphere in the boutique and it felt like such a haven of calm. My dress was a delight to wear on the day. I felt confident, classy, comfortable and most of all myself. I cannot thank Andrea and her team enough.”

 

(Photographer credit: Joanna Brown)

July 2017

Rosie

I had tried on a few dresses, but disliked the poor quality fabrics and the fussy designs that made me feel as if I was in fancy dress. Out of frustration I searched for ‘minimalist wedding dresses’ and Andrea Hawkes was one of the first hits. As soon as I entered the studio I knew I would find my dress there.
Andrea and Sophie were so friendly and welcoming, and guided me through the collection to help me pick the right dress, the ‘Elizabeth’. The pictures cannot do justice to how stunning the fabric is, especially when it moves. I felt beautiful and comfortable all day and received so many compliments, the registrars even named it their dress of the year! Thank you so much for creating it for me, it was perfect.

May 2017

Frances

“From the moment I walked into Andrea’s boutique, I knew she was the designer for me.  I have never been a fan of ‘normal’ wedding dresses so it was a relief to discover the simplicity and elegance of Andrea’s designs.  The only downfall of choosing my dress 17 months before the wedding was that I changed my mind about the neckline a few times.  Andrea and Sophie were extremely patient and understanding and the end result was perfect.  It was an absolute joy to wear!  I received so many compliments and the highlight was when my husband told me that the dress was very ‘me’.  I could not have asked for more!”

 

(Photographer credit: John Knight)

September 2016

Polly

“Andrea Hawkes was one of the first places I went to at the beginning of my dress search. I was totally clueless as to the style I wanted and went to several other places, but nowhere felt as welcoming, relaxed and reassuring as Andrea Hawkes, so I came back! I knew I wanted something a bit different and they were all so patient with my terrible indecisiveness. I ended up falling in love with a design from their new collection (Drew), the most beautiful silk, modern dress which just felt so amazing on and went perfectly with the family veil I wanted to wear. Such a great experience all round I have been recommending to future brides ever since! A huge thank you to Andrea and her wonderful team.”
August 2016

Olivia & Rachel

“We were so lucky to live around the corner from Andrea Hawkes Bridal and walk past regularly and admire the dresses.  The process of making our dresses was an absolute dream. We came with not a lot of concrete style ideas, not a lot of lead time, and I didn’t even know whether I wanted to look like a bride!  Both being girls, we were really concerned with wearing dresses that were complimentary to each other on our day. With Rachel being 6’4” tall, buying something off the rack or even trying sample dresses on was difficult. Andrea and Sophie were both so patient with our decision making process and worked with us separately to design beautiful dresses that were were over the moon with.  The experience of working with them to design our dresses will always be fondly remembered.
We had so many compliments on the day of how beautiful our dresses were and well they complimented each other.
Thank you so much”

 

(Photographer credit: Paul Grace)

October 2016

Alex

“Thank you so much to the team at Andrea Hawkes for helping me create the perfect dress. Everything about it came together perfectly. It was beautiful, elegant and timeless and I could tell by the look on Tom’s face as I walked down the aisle that he thought the same. Sophie and the team we’re extremely accommodating, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t change a thing about the day or the dress!
Thank you so much for everything.”
August 2016

Rebecca

“I came by recommendation to Andrea’s beautiful little shop in Islington. Excited at having met someone so easy to talk to, who understood the styles I liked and the individuality I was going for and impressed by the timeless elegance of her work, I set out on a mission to find the embroidery to detail the dress while Andrea set to putting our ideas on paper.

Every stage of the design and the creation of the dress felt collaborative with Andrea as she deftly steered me away from neckline disasters and toward more flattering shades for my skin tone.

I would absolutely recommend going to Andrea Hawkes for a wedding or special occasion dress. I ended up with something completely bespoke and original without being wacky and appreciated the unique skill set of everyone on the team. I could not have been happier with the results.”

June 2016

Anisha

“After a few unsuccessful attempts at wedding dress shopping in boutiques (and being floored by the price for some of the dresses given the quality), a good friend told me to meet up with Andrea. I was instantly impressed at how much care and attention she gave to me – if you go to the boutiques/shops, you deal with sales people who just want to make a quick buck – but Andrea took the time to go through my ideas and inspiration, and was so down-to-earth and easy to work with. Her work is immaculate and she sources the best quality materials, and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result. It’s worth every penny paying for a quality, bespoke piece versus off-the-rack.”
August 2016

Vivian

“I started my bridal dress shopping quite early as i wanted to enjoy the process and didn’t have a particular look in mind. I knew I wanted something special but I also wanted to be comfortable and feel like myself. I visited Andrea’s stall at Brides the Show in Islington after a friend told me about her boutique. I fell in love with the simplicity and elegance of her gowns.  I felt instantly comfortable and at home in her gorgeous boutique and with the place to myself I tried on a number of beautiful dresses without feeling rushed or under pressure. What really stood out was the quality, fabric and detail on the dresses. I worked with Andrea and her team to create something that was perfect, now in the SS17 collection as ‘Vivian’! Nothing was ever too much for Andrea and her team, my comments were appreciated and their expertise and advice perfect. It was really special to be a part of the process from start to finish. I had so many compliments on the day, particularly about the fabric of the dress, people really did notice the detail and I felt amazing.”
June 2016

Amy

“Andrea and the whole team are fantastic. Having tried on many wedding dresses I popped into Andrea Hawkes on a whim and spoke to her about the dress I had in mind. We worked on the design together and she sourced me the most incredible fabric. The whole process was professional and enjoyable and I could not have been more delighted with my dress at the end. It was stunning- and so fun to wear on my wedding day. We made it specifically so I could wear it again and I can’t wait to!”
June 2016

Lisa

“Working with Andrea on my dream wedding dress was a truly amazing experience. From starting out with very few ideas and no real enthusiasm, Andrea gave me so much inspiration and had so many good ideas that suddenly it was difficult to make up my mind. Andrea guided me through every part of the process, giving honest and professional advice, which I really appreciated and which made it such an enjoyable experience for me. She is extremely talented, and has a fantastic team working with her. In the end my dress looked stunning, and it was really “me”. I would recommend her to all my friends and family, and to anyone looking for a designer who truly cares about her customers and who respects the importance the wedding dress has for each and every bride.

Thank you Andrea & Colleagues for all your help, advice and dedication – I couldn’t have asked for a better team to create my wedding dress!”

 

(Photographer credit: Claire Graham )

September 2015

Maxine

“I first met Andrea at the beginning of my search for a dress at a bridal fair in islington. She immediately stood out to me as being different to the other bridal designers that I’d seen. Her designs are so modern and everything she produces has so much style and beauty. 

My husband and I are both designers and I have a particular interest in fashion, therefore the dress was extremely important to both of us. 

At the beginning I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for. However, after searching through lots of bridal websites I soon I realised i wanted a very simple elegant outfit but with an unusual edge, which was leading me to something quite bespoke. Andrea’s ‘Audrey’ dress was the closest thing out there to it, so we used this as a base and set to work.

I’m sure I was quite a challenging client a times, but Andrea and her team were so patient and accommodating. They got to know me and really tried to tailor everything to how they thought i would like it, but at the same time making sure it would look good and work well!  We certainly went on a journey together and developed a great relationship, which resulted in the end product being even more amazing than I could have ever imagined! 

I cant express how happy I was with my dress. It was perfect and I couldn’t recommend Andrea and her team more. They were all amazing from the beginning to the end.    

Thank you so so much!”

 

(Photographer credit: Mark Wallis)

November 2015

Veronique

“I enjoyed every moment of working with Andrea Hawkes Bridal – the team made me feel welcome from the first time I tried on one of their gorgeous designs.

I felt so special throughout the whole experience – my thoughts were listened to and the personalised tweaks to the design were so appreciated. The teams infinite wisdom and advice were grateful received and the result was a dress that I felt was truly unique and special. I have been recommending Andrea Hawkes to anyone who’ll listen, whether they have a wedding to plan or not. Such a considered and talented group of people – I couldn’t have asked for more.”

September 2015

Shannon

“I enjoyed every moment of working with Andrea Hawkes Bridal – the team made me feel welcome from the first time I tried on one of their gorgeous designs.

I felt so special throughout the whole experience – my thoughts were listened to and the personalised tweaks to the design were so appreciated. The teams infinite wisdom and advice were grateful received and the result was a dress that I felt was truly unique and special. I have been recommending Andrea Hawkes to anyone who’ll listen, whether they have a wedding to plan or not. Such a considered and talented group of people – I couldn’t have asked for more.”

September 2015

Sadie

“THANK YOU! My dress was amazing! I felt so comfortable and beautiful in it. Everyone all evening came up to feel the fabric and look at pockets and to say they wish they had found a dress like it for their wedding.

I wish I could wear it every single day. Thank you so much.”

October 2015

Kat

“I knew I wanted to go and see Andrea as soon as I got engaged. I had helped one of my closest friends with her dress hunt and mentally earmarked Andrea’s website after seeing the ‘Cecilia’ dress.

 

Being nearly six feet tall and into weight-lifting, I am bigger than the average bear. I had a bit of drama with another bridal designer who simply told me I could come and look at the dresses but there wouldn’t be anything for me to try on. You can imagine my relief when I received an email from Andrea telling me she had all sorts of sizes and we would make it work.

 

My mother came down to London from Yorkshire and we went to Andrea’s studio for a chat. She just got it. I tried a few things on but we ended up throwing ideas around, pinning toiles about my person and showing me beautiful fabrics that would make my dream dress. I confessed my love for the Cecilia dress but knew the current design wouldn’t suit me. Andrea got to work on creating a Cecilia just for me: a corset base covered in stunning ‘sea pearl’ silk and French lace over the top to create a train. It. Was. Amazing.

 

My husband and I are the kind of people who are in or out. We got engaged in scruffy shorts and t-shirt on the Rufiji River in Selous, Tanzania. If there would have been someone to do the deed I think we would have got married in that rickety old boat. However, being from Northumberland Joe wanted to get married in Bamburgh Castle. It was go hard or go home. A magnificent castle on one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK? Who was I to refuse?!
My beautiful dress fit in to the surroundings so well. The fit and technical elements were so modern but the overall feel was almost medieval, which was exactly what I wanted.

 

I did initially worry about getting carried away and then wearing something that wasn’t ‘me’. I know as soon as I met Andrea that wouldn’t happen. I looked the very best version of myself on my wedding day and I can honestly say that I have never felt so confident.
Thank you to Andrea, Camilla, Dan and all the team for looking after me. Thank you for the laughs, the cups of tea and making me feel a million dollars. You are all wizards and I am forever grateful.”

October 2015

Louise

“You gave me the outfit, which give me the confidence to walk down the aisle like I owned it! And I did own it!

I had no idea just how much fun I would have on our special day, made all the more perfect because I was wearing exactly what I wanted to wear, looking and feeling exactly how I wanted to look and feel. You are all ridiculously talented; thank you!”

July 2015

Sarah

“I walked past Andrea’s pop up store by chance in Stoke Newington, after I had visited several bridal shops and was feeling incredibly disappointed by the whole process. What the others lacked, customer service, attention to detail, personalisation, Andrea had in abundance and I am so grateful I walked past that Sunday afternoon.

Having a dress made with Andrea is an entirely unique experience. Andrea gets to know you and takes the time to truly understand what you love. She goes above and beyond to ensure that you leave with your perfect dress; the whole experience is an utter joy.

Andrea’s dresses are simple but totally stunning; each one is completely unique and created with a genuine love of design and quality fabrics. I had an idea of what I wanted but felt overwhelmed by all the choices. Yet Andrea worked closely with me, taking time to find out what I loved about individual dresses across her entire collection. It was because of this effort that she was able to design a bespoke dress for me that was more than I could have ever hoped for.

Andrea and the remarkable team were wonderful to work with, putting up with my last minute wedding anxieties with ease and laughter. I was genuinely dreading the whole wedding dress experience, but I ended up loving every minute of it. I never thought I would miss having dress fittings but I do; I think about my dress every day and how lucky I was to wear it and that’s how every bride should feel.”

July 2015

Melissa

“I was at my wits end: I had tried on dozens of wedding dresses in wedding dress shops, I had tried evening dresses, I had spent hours online and carting things back to the postoffice, but I felt completely out of kilter with what was available. I happened upon Andrea’s boutique and took a peek at her range of beautiful but contemporary dresses – and suddenly the wedding dress project was exciting again! Andrea instantly impressed me with her enthusiasm for beautiful fabrics and beautiful lines, and what’s more she seemed to understand my style (even if I didn’t!). Andrea and her team were fantastic and their enthusiasm, patience and attention to detail made the design and fitting process enjoyable and unpressured. Andrea designed a dress that was exactly what I was after: elegant but also modern and fun and ‘me’; the fabric was divine and the fit perfect. I felt absolutely wonderful on the day and I just wish I could wear it again and again!”
July 2015

Jen

“Andrea and her team were incredible. They not only took on the creation of my wedding dress with only 8 weeks to go until the wedding but they also dealt with the ever changing shape of my 5 month pregnant belly. As a woman who is not keen on dress shopping they put me at ease at every stage of the process and were totally accommodating to my needs. The resulting dress was beautiful and an absolute joy to wear. It fitted like a glove despite my belly expanding right up until the big day. I felt very special in my dress but also myself and I think that this is a very hard balance to achieve. I cannot recommend Andrea enough, she is friendly and professional and her dresses are exquisite.”