The thing we love most about trunk shows is that they give us the chance to introduce you, our brides, to the people who create your gorgeous wedding dresses. These amazingly talented people produce our stunning bridal collections and work with us behind the scenes to make sure your gown is perfectly made and delivered safely to Limelight in plenty of time for your big day. So we are excited to welcome Giles Turner, Yorkshire’s very own answer to Randy Fenoli to Limelight. Giles will advise you on styling  during our Eternity Bridal Trunk Show on the 19th & 20th May. Whether you are looking for sexy, boho, fairytale, sophisticated simplicity, vintage beaded, Hollywood glamour or classic English Rose looks, Giles will help you find the perfect dress from the latest collections from Eternity, Art Couture, Christina Wu and Adrianna Papell.

Adrianna Papell Limelight Trunk show may 19th& 20 2017

Adrianna Papell

Giles Turner

Giles love of fashion began when he worked in his father’s fashion showroom in Leeds. Giles then went to Bliss for Brides magazine, becoming their fashion editor, and so his career in the bridal world began! Giles is an extremely experienced bridal stylist and for many years ran his own bridal boutique. Now he works with bridal boutiques all over the country helping them choose the very best of the Eternity Bridal group’s designs for their brides. We thought you might be interested to know a little bit about Giles before you come to meet him so we asked him a few questions on your behalf …

What did you enjoy most about working with brides in your boutique?I loved fulfilling their dreams for their big day, I know it sounds corny, but seeing them light up when they find their perfect dress.

Tell us what you most enjoy about your current role. The variety, from choosing the collection to visiting various stores thoughout the UK

Who or what inspires you and why? I’m inspired by creativity on any level, the talents humans have for creating beautiful things whether its fashion, design or art.

What is your all time favourite dress from your collections and why? That is a hard question, there  have  been so many, I always say I used to be a magpie, so anything sparkly lol

Fitted wedding dresses with 1920's inspired sparkle

Fitted wedding dress with 1920’s inspired sparkle by Christina Wu

Which fashion era do you love most? 1920s

What is your favourite film, food, holiday destination, style icon? Pretty Woman, Tapas,  New York, Audrey Hepburn

What are your pet hates? Leisure wear as a fashion statement

Top five things on your bucket list? Visit Costa Rico, build my own home, run a marathon, walk the great wall of China, loose 4 stone lol

If there was one bridal related career move you would like to make – what would it be? I’m very happy doing what I’m doing.

When our brides meet you on our designer day, what can they expect from you in terms of styling and advice? Honesty, if I don’t like the dress on someone they will know. Also after the many years I’ve been in the business, my ability to help find the style that is just right for them.

Serena John

serena and son

The lovely Serena John is part of the design team at The Eternity Bridal Group. We thought you would like to know a little about the person behind the pencil responsible for some of the gorgeous designs our brides are wearing this season.

What was your first job? A pot washer in the village pub at the age of 14!!

How did you become involved in the bridal business ? Through my dentist, who is family. Amanda has the same dentist and whilst doing her teeth, he asked if she had any vacancies, as I had recently been made redundant.

Have you always been a designer or did that evolve from other roles in the business? I have always been in the fashion industry. I started sewing at the age of 11 and then went on to college, then university in London where I studied at St. Martins. From there I worked for various designers including Hussein Chalayan. I have been working for Eternity Bride for 8 years, I started working in the warehouse dealing with deliveries and worked my way up. My job today is still varied, which I love. Some days I’m in the warehouse dealing with deliveries other days I’m sketching the next collection with Amanda.

Who or what inspires you and why? I know it sounds daft but everything. I love all forms of art, textiles and history. At the moment I am obsessed with Japan and it’s culture. I’m trying my hand at Origami, I’m not very good though, I tried to make a butterfly and it looks more like a squashed frog.

What is your all time favourite dress from your collections and why? At the moment it is a Christina Wu dress, style 15638, I love the fabric and the beadwork is beautiful. christina wu cropped

Which is your favourite celebrity wedding dress? I loved the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

What is your favourite memory from your own wedding? Cripes, that’s tricky to answer. I know I should say seeing my husband etc. but it would have to be walking down the stairs and my dad seeing me for the first time in my dress. He got quite choked up and my dad is someone who never shows his emotions….that was a moment I will always treasure.

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What would you advise brides to think about when choosing their dress? Keep an open mind, you may have an idea of what you want but 9 times out of 10 that isn’t always the dress you end up with. Try on different styles, you may be surprised what suits you.

Who would you most like to design a wedding dress for? I would have loved to have designed for Elizabeth Taylor, especially the marriage to Richard Burton

Which fashion era do you love most? I have two, ‘20’s for the beadwork and fabrics and 50’s for the silhouette shape from Dior.

What is your favourite film, food, holiday destination, style icon? Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, curry – just love spicy flavours, Mauritius as that is where I went on honeymoon. Style icon……don’t really have an icon but I love the French fashion and how the women dress, so chic.

What are your pet hates? Cruelty and people using my fabric scissors for cutting paper!! 

Where do you see your career heading in the next 10 years? I would still love to be designing for Eternity Bride, I love working here.

Now you have met Giles on paper – why not meet him in person? To find your wedding dress among Serena’s amazing designs with honest advice from one of the industry’s most experienced bridal consultants phone us on 01484 605185 or book now at

www.limelightoccasions.co.uk/contact

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