After losing 14 stone, real bride Kirsten Phipps started the search for her dream dress to show off her fabulous new figure

“Having visited a great number of bridal shops (some wonderful and some less so), I came across Veils of Berkeley on a trip to Gloucestershire,” says real bride Kirsten. “From the moment I walked into the shop, Pippa and Clare were just so helpful. I explained that I didn’t want a big dress, that I wanted something elegant, grown-up but still with the ‘wow’ factor.” As a 40-something, not-first-time bride, Kirsten wanted something appropriate for the ceremony – and for her age. “Throughout my visit, Clare and Pippa made sure I was comfortable, relaxed and having fun.

Playing dress up

I felt like a dressing up doll! We laughed, we shared stories and I got some very honest feedback which is so important when you’re making a decision as big as this. And then I found ‘the one’. As Clare fitted the dress to me, I could feel a growing excitement. And as I stepped out from behind the curtain it was clear from the reactions of both my daughter and Pippa that we had found the perfect dress.” But Kirsten would never have chosen this figure-hugging design two years ago. “I have lost almost 14 stone in weight during that time and never dreamed that I would be able to wear something quite so beautiful,” says Kirsten. “Clare and Pippa at Veils of Berkeley have made my dream a reality and I cannot thank them enough for their support, kindness and encouragement.

I would recommend Veils of Berkeley to any bride-to-be. There is something there for everyone and most importantly a smile and level of customer service which is second to none.

Book your appointment today at or call 01453 810070.


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