JANET Turley is exactly the right person to provide the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a big day.
The Billingham entrepreneur has been in business for 30 years.
Her excellent service now extends to our Bride of the Year Gemma Kerr and her bridesmaids.
Chris Cordner reports on Gemma’s visit to Janet’s excellent premises.
THREE bridesmaids will have a stunning look for one of the biggest days in bride-to-be Gemma Kerr’s life.
Gemma is now less than four months away from her wedding and her planning for her biggest day is taking shape nicely.
The 2013 Bride of the Year’s latest appointment was at Billingham shop Posh Frocks, run by Janet Turley.
Janet has been in the same premises since 1995 and the firm formerly known as Billingham Bridal had a change of name to Posh Frocks so that it took its prom wear section into account.
The Station Road premises is the ideal place to visit. It specialises in bridal gowns, prom dresses, Holy Communion wear and bridesmaids dresses. It also has a small collection for the mother of the bride.
Headwear and an on-site alteration service makes it a top-notch service, especially with Janet at the helm.
She explained where her inspiration for becoming involved in the wedding business came from.
“We grew up with mum making wedding gowns for people. She was a trained seamstress,” said Janet.
In 1983, Janet began her own journey into the wedding trade and she admits: “It is hard work but I really enjoy it.”
Posh Frocks now supplies exquisite bridal gowns and other wear for around 70 weddings a year.
The big style this year, said Janet, was “the vintage look, and something a bit more fitted”.
She said brides were turning to dresses which were aged in their look rather than something a bit more modern.
“Lace is in as well,” she added.
And Janet said a softer look was in demand for the bridesmaid dresses.
“Gone are the days of the big skirts. Quite a lot of younger bridesmaids don’t want the full length dresses.”
She said trends were often dictated by big designers.
Gemma’s bridesmaid dresses were a lovely design and “from a brand new range in the shop,” said Janet.
The winner of the Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography, will have three bridesmaids for her big day.
They are her best friend Sara Howe, fiancee Andrew Bazeley’s sister Lauren Morrow and Gemma’s daughter Madeline, aged six and who attends St Theresa’s Primary School.
Gemma said: “They are all getting excited about it especially Madeline. She can’t wait to try her dress on.”
Gemma, 28, and fiance Andrew Bazeley, 25, took the plunge to get married themselves when they were at Lake Garda in Italy for the wedding of Gemma’s brother Graham in May last year.
The romantic occasion was just the spur Andrew needed for him to pop the question himself.
He bought an engagement ring in Italy, got down on one knee and proposed.
Gemma, a cleaner and barmaid at the Burn Valley Social Club, said yes.
Now they’re plannng their big day which arrives in September. They will take their vows in the Captain’s Cabin on board HMS Trincomalee.