Atelier Bride, Cheshire, launches this weekend, November 1 2014

Atelier Bride, nestled within the exclusivity of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, is set to open its doors this Saturday (November 1 2014) and brides are invited to pop in for a glass of fizz and meet the owner, Rachael.

Atelier Bride is a luxurious new bridal boutique with one aim, to offer brides a perfect dress-buying experience. The boutique, entirely dedicated to fulfilling the needs of brides-to-be, features the very finest in wedding gown couture, with top designer names worthy of the red carpet.


To find out more information and contact details please see:


New London stockist


We are excited to announce that BOA Boutique in the beautiful town of Richmond, London, is stocking the Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett 2015 collection.

Located on the luxurious Richmond Hill, surrounded by high end boutiques and restaurants and on the bank of the river Thames, BOA Boutique offers top quality bridal gowns, occasion wear and accessories.

To book an appointment please see the following information:

BOA Boutique
8 Richmond Hill
Richmond upon Thames
Surrey, TW10 6QX

Tel: 020 8948 2340

Opening Hours:
Mon – Weds, Fri – Sat 10am to 6pm
Thurs 10am to 7pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm



Diary of a Lyn Ashworth bespoke bride

Chris and Kristy Alderson

Perth, Western Australia November 10, 2013

I come from a traditional Macedonian background (brought up in Australia) and Chris is born and raised as a Yorkshire man. Therefore the wedding was really a mix of the two. We met in Perth on a soccer (football) pitch while I was training. If you ask Chris it was love at first sight for him. For me, it took at least a couple of dates to understand what he was saying under the thick Yorkshire accent.

The week leading up to the wedding was eventful. We had an occasion on each night – including a traditional Macedonian “Making of the bed” where my bridesmaids made Chris and my bed for the first time. This is a female only event and after the bed is made the mother of the bride will put a baby boy and a baby girl on the bed to encourage Chris and I to have children! Hopefully at least one of each!

We also had a traditional pre wedding dinner with close friends and family and some traditional Macedonian dancing which was brilliant. Particularly enjoyable was watching all the people from Yorkshire getting involved and loving it!

I had a traditional Macedonian send off from my family home on the day of the wedding (kicking a glass to signify the girl leaving her parents’ home and starting a new family. We married in a traditional Macedonian Orthodox church, which is a beautiful building in its own right.

Unbeknown to us we had picked one of the hottest days on record – around 38 in the middle of the day, which skewed our photo plans between the church and the reception. We ended up having a few photos in the church because it was just too hot outside. These turned out to be the most beautiful photos.

The reception was at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club which is an exclusive Yacht Club in Perth. It has 180 degree views of the river and with pre dinner drinks and canapés for the guests out on the balcony I think people were blown away by how beautiful the venue was.

One of the best moments of the reception was the speeches. Between my Dad, the best man Sam Dexter and my Chris it was reiterated to me why I married Chris – he constantly makes me laugh. Our friends and family still speak about how brilliant the speeches were.

We didn’t have a theme. I wanted a very traditional and unique wedding so the reception was covered in clean whites. Each of the 20 tables where decorated very simply with 75 long stem Singaporean Orchids and nothing more.

For me I always dreamed of a traditional wedding with minimal but stunning details and that was certainly the case. My stunning bridesmaids brought the colour to the party with gorgeous red dupion silk dresses designed and made by my beautiful mother, owner of Breathless Couture. I wanted the girls to have 7/8 dresses to mirror my second outfit and to show off their shoes! They had a high neck dress like mine – I love the demure understated look. To me, that is what a wedding should look like.

Another beautiful memory was when the photographer took Chris and I away from the reception at sunset for a reality check and a few photos. I think it was one of the first times I got to kiss and hug Chris away from everyone looking.

The traditional Macedonian dancing was a very good memory for me. Traditionally the first two Macedonian songs belong to the bride and groom (in that order) and Chris was just brilliant and really embraced his dance. What was also lovely to see was all his groomsman joining in and enjoying themselves.


The Dress….


I tried really hard to find a dress off the shelf but it became apparent very quickly that what I had in mind and what the dresses on the shelf could offer were worlds apart. It wasn’t until I tried on Lyn Ashworth – Loretta Long dress and I felt the quality in the fabric and structure of the gown that  I was happy with a dress off the shelf. After sending an initial enquiry to Lyn Ashworth I met with Sarah to discuss whether she could make a bespoke gown for me that could be ready in time for my November wedding to come back to Perth with me.


I was adamant that I needed two skirts and Sarah was brilliant in making this a reality. Because Macedonian weddings are all about dancing this was important to me. Sarah was just amazing and the gowns she produced are unbelievable. I remember going to my third fitting and seeing my cathedral skirt hanging on the mannequin and just being in awe (and tearing up slightly!) of what she and the team had produced.

I ended up having a combination of white dupion silk and French lace (that is every girls dream right?!)I know the lace caused Sarah some grief, as it was so thick it ended up having to be individually hand appliquéd on to my bodice. I also managed to have a Italian diamanté broach for my slimmer skirt.

In all my life I have never seen such a beautiful wedding dress. It was more than the dress of my dreams, it was a Sarah Barrett design. No other way of explaining it.

My mum managed to come over for one of my fittings and like me, was in blown away by where the studio was situated and the serenity of the place. As a fellow designer and dressmaker my mum was supercritical of small details and Sarah did not disappoint. Each seam, cut and stitch where to perfection.

After my first meeting with Sarah where I conveyed my thoughts of a dress that is, a combination of Grace Kelly and a red Marchesa dress I had fallen in love with, the rest was left to Sarah. I was more than comfortable with her taking the lead in the design and construction of the dress. She just got it – she understood what I wanted and created the perfect gown to fit my body shape and to me, that’s a designer’s role. That’s why a bride pays for a bespoke gown – to leave it to the experts, and Sarah certainly did not disappoint.

Sarah made me feel like a Queen each time I came for a fitting. I was always made to feel like I was the most beautiful girl in the room when I was there. That was really special for me. I will never forget my English made dress to marry my English husband.



Brides magazine fashion shoot from the 90’s


Lyn Ashworth has been a leading name in the luxury bridal market for some time now. Here is a selection of wonderful images featured in Brides magazine in the 1990’s. We love the ruffles, hair and most of all the male models! Enjoy!

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Alderley Edge home to new exclusive bridal boutique

Nestled within the exclusivity of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, Atelier Bride is a luxurious new bridal boutique with one aim, to offer brides a perfect dress-buying experience.

The boutique, entirely dedicated to fulfilling the needs of brides-to-be, features the very finest in wedding gown couture, with top designer names worthy of the red carpet.

Proprietor of Atelier Bride, Rachael Leaitherland comments: “”After a long and happy career as a lawyer, I now have the opportunity to fulfill my dream, to launch a luxury bridal boutique in my favourite location, Alderley Edge.

“I had a wonderful experience choosing and purchasing my own wedding gown and want to offer that to other brides. Much time and thought has gone into every part of this business and I am so proud to offer such high profile designer names in an exclusive location.”

Made in England, bridal couture house, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, presents its 2015 collection of stunning gowns made from the most exquisite fabrics, hand-finished to perfection.

Creative director of Lyn Ashworth, Sarah Barrett, comments: “We are really thrilled that the 2015 Sarah Barrett collection is featured in Atelier Bride. The boutique really matches our ethos as a company and we know it will be a massive success.

“We will be working closely with Rachael and her team to ensure that brides fairytales do come true and they find their perfect wedding dress at the boutique.”


Atelier Bride is opening in October 2014.

For further information please visit:

Address: 3A London Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7JT.

To book an appointment please call Rachael on 07876 560919


Chatsworth Country Estate bridal boutique opens



Ladies that dream of marrying their very own Mr Darcy and living a fairytale life at Pemberley will be excited to hear that a beautiful bridal boutique has opened in its grounds and is will feature the 2015 collection from Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett.

Pemberley, which is actually Chatsworth House, based on the Chatsworth Country Estate, Derbyshire, is where Pride and Prejudice was filmed and this autumn will be home to Alexandra Anne Bridal Boutique.

Situated in a charming barn on the Chatsworth Country Estate in Pilsley, near Bakewell – surrounded by picturesque villages featuring lovely shops to peruse and diet defying eateries, Alexandra Anne offers brides and their bridal party an exciting day out whilst picking out the perfect dress. With two-hour appointments offered with no booking charge and free parking, brides can take time to relax and truly enjoy the dress choosing experience.

Designed and made in neighbouring county Staffordshire, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett creative director, says: “ We are thrilled that our 2015 collection will be stocked for the launch of the stunning new boutique based in the idyllic location of the Chatsworth Country Estate.

To find out more about the boutique or book an appointment please visit: