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Last week I met up with Francesca Allsopp the owner of Choola Bridal, who very kindly showed me around the beautiful boutique and told me about the history of Choola.
Francesca opened Choola Bridal 18 months ago, and I have to say I was very impressed with the standard of both dresses and the shop itself. Francesca has obviously worked incredibly hard to get to where she is now! Driven by a pure love of everything bridal, Francesca opened the shop when an oportunity arose to utilise her bridal knowledge, after many months of research and dedication Choola was born and ever since then the shop has gone from strength to strength!
The shop it self is beautiful, it has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere while at the same time oozing luxury and comfort, everything a bride to be could want when finding her perfect dress!
Francesca has taken her time to choose the designers for the shop, and has hand picked each collection. The designers include: Charlotte Balbier, Lyn Ashworth, David Fielden, Sharon Bowen and Amanda Wyatt so giving each bride a choice of the classically elegant to the glamorous and cutting edge.
Dresses start at £950 and go up to £2,500.
The shop also has a great selection of bridesmaids dresses, accessories and mother of the bride outfits.
Francesca advices making an appointment for a Saturday to avoid disappointment.
What really impressed me when meeting Francesca is the relationship she has with each designer, she has obviously spent a lot of time with each designer, getting to know them and as she says sees them more like friends now.
One thing that Francesca is very keen on is getting the designers in the shop to meet with her brides. So this Saturday 23rd January Francesca invited Charlotte Balbier to Sheffield to meet with 12 lucky brides.
Charlotte specialises in creating unique and feminine gowns for the contemporary and fashion conscious bride. Her natural flair and talent enable her to produce the most glamorous, fresh and inspirational gowns in bridal fashion. Charlotte is fast becoming a recognised and respected name in the bridal industry, bringing a young and modern edge to her fabulous gowns. Charlotte worked for many years in the fashion business and had a highly successful career in the American film industry. After working on high profile movies and attending the Oscars, Charlotte returned to the UK and launched her first collection in 2003.
Charlotte met each of the 12 brides on Saturday and gave then a choice of 40 gowns to try on. by the end of a very busy day, each of the 12 brides had walked away with their dream dress!! as well a champagne and cupcakes reception, a free makeover, vouchers and a goodie bag! The day was a great success for everyone!
For more information about Charlotte’s collection got to www.charlottebalbier.com
You can find Choola at 778-780, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8TB
call for an appointment on 0114 267 1303
or visit the website www.choola.co.uk