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Eleganza Sposa – Scottish Retailer of the Year at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2018

The Bridal Buyer Awards 2018

Having spent the weekend in Harrogate catching up with friends old and new from the bridal industry, Eleganza’s final appointment at this year’s Bridal Show was The Bridal Buyer Awards. As finalists in the ‘Scottish Retailer of the Year’ category, it was with excitement and slight apprehension that myself and our operations manager attended the ceremony on the Monday night.

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Eleganza Real Bride Elizabeth tells us about her Eleganza Experience as well as her ‘secret garden’ themed Scottish wedding!


Amazing throughout!
What was your favourite thing about the Eleganza Sposa Boutique?
Lisa – my stylist. My experience with her was fabulous!
Lisa picked it out – it wasn’t online in time for me to do my ‘Love List’ but it was perfect. I screamed when I saw the back of it, “Turn it round! Turn it round!” It was timeless elegance and everyone said how I “knocked it out the park!”
For our wedding we decided on a rustic, secret garden theme with lots of green foliage and burgundies.
We had a traditional Scottish wedding with amazing food, music and lots of emotion! We live in Singapore so really miss home and our friends and family. It was intimate and so special.
Kristian’s face when he first saw me at the ceremony.
Yes and they’re special because of how happy we are.
Total professionalism throughout. As I live in Singapore and can only manage certain specific appointment times, the girls made this so easy for me! I really appreciated the super fast turnaround of my alterations over my hen weekend so I could get my fittings in during one weekend!
Also the tailored jacket which set off the dress beautifully and allowed me to have different looks – I’d never have picked that!



Zoe Alexandra
Paper White
Winton Castle Edinburgh
Hair and Makeup Lounge Glasgow
Heather’s Cakes
Winton Castle
Papa Shandy and the Drams
Stationery: Laila Lettering
Videographer: Adam Lyduch Films
Wedding Planners: Cheryl Dowie at Premier Weddings Scotland

– Eleganza Real Bride Elizabeth Wearing Jesus Peiro

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Eleganza Real Bride Janine’s elegantly romantic wedding at Airth Castle was the perfect setting for her beautiful Suzanne Neville​ gown!

Amazing! So relaxing and had a lovely atmosphere and the decor is exactly what a wedding shop should look like. I had always seen the wedding shop and knew it was where I wanted to get my dress from. I felt very special when I was in the shop.

Amazing. Very helpful and nothing was a problem, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t say anything.
My stylist listened to me and never made me feel overwhelmed or pressured. And I did not feel self conscious getting helped into dresses, as sometimes that can feel a bit awkward but I felt very comfortable.
My husband is in the Royal Navy and is a submariner, so shortly after we got married he was deployed for 4months and we are not allowed contact during this time. So I cannot wait till he is home and we can book our honeymoon to Rhodes and have some well deserved time together along with our beautiful son.
My dress was ‘Monet’.
At first When I tried it on I never had that ‘wow’ feeling as I felt something was missing. My stylist Laura picked me a lovely belt to tie around the waist and just like that I found my dream dress!As I am only 5ft 1 the corset was sitting too low as I have a short torso, so I actually got measured for the dress to be made to fit me. The belt also got altered, I had the satin changed and it was sewn onto the dress so that it didn’t have to be tied at the back which allowed the gorgeous button detail to be on show.To cut a long story short after a few lovely appointments to the shop for measurements etc. The day had come to finally try my dress on fully finished, cut to my length, belt sewn on EVERYTHING.. I was quite nervous but as soon as I put it on I honestly felt SO amazing in it, everything about it was perfect and I was ready to take it home.I also got my veil from Eleganza along with my wedding earrings which just made the dress even more perfect.
The walk to the car was funny as it was SO heavy and what was a short walk going into the shop was a very long walk back to the car! 🙂

My inspiration was simple romantic elegance with white bows and foliage flowers etc.
I didn’t want it to be too much as I feel you can lose the feel if there is too much going on.
From start to finish it was so relaxed. No drama, no worry, nothing! And that is exactly what we wanted. A day of fun, love and laughter.
I only wish it went slower as I felt we blinked and it was over! But you know what they say time flies when you are having fun and that is exactly what we had and more.
Walking down the aisle and seeing Sean’s face.
Everything was perfect. The lovely candles, the decor, the staff and the cheeky glass of prosecco! Nothing was a problem for them which helped put me at ease.
I never had any moments where I had to ask for extra help but I know if I did they would have said yes and helped me 100%.
Geebz photographer
Florette Flowers
Airth castle ( ceremony)
Airth castle ( in the main building)
Get It Glam ( Lorna Bigile)
Monsoon Bridal
Special Day Cakes
Airth castle

– Eleganza Real Bride Janine Wearing Suzanne Neville

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Eleganza Real Bride Julia gives us some insight into her Eleganza Experience and tells us all about her wild and rustic wedding.

How would you describe your first experience at Eleganza?

My experience with Laura was amazing from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble and I was given plenty time to narrow down my selection and re-try some dresses I loved the most. I felt so at ease and in very safe and caring hands. What a wonderful experience with my mum that I will cherish for life.

How was your experience with your stylist?

My experiences with both Laura and then Lisa were fantastic. The girls listened to my likes and dislikes and made excellences selections based on my tastes. This level of personalised service really helped my find my perfect gown. My overall experience was amazing. I couldn’t fault it.

Would you like to share your proposal story with us?

My husband proposed on a beautiful beach  called The Strand, on the island of Islay (where we met 7 years ago). The proposal was written in the sand with boxes saying ‘Aye or Naw’. He had taken me to the same beach for a surprise Valentine’s Day walk with champagne 6 and a half years ago.

Tell us all about your Suzanne Neville dress!

I chose the Coco gown from the 2018 collection, and modified to a strapless style. I loved the structuring and the classic button up style at the back. I’ve never felt so beautiful in my life. So many guest have comment on how stunning it was.

What was your inspiration for the wedding?

Our main inspiration for the wedding was to have a wild and rustic island wedding feel where everyone is well fed and watered, and with a great Ceilidh Band to get everyone up and dancing all night.

Tell us more about your big day!

We were treated to the worst rain of the Summer so far with torrential thunder and lightning storms throughout our meal. In the evening the marquee was so flooded that the local fire brigade were called to remove the flood water. If anything this all added to the electric feel of the day and will always be a memorable day for our family and friends.

What was the most memorable moment?

Walking out of the church with my new husband and our wee cavapoo, Ruby, who was our ring bearer.

Do you have a favourite photo from your wedding day?

Our classic confetti shot out side of the Church. It is so colourful and joyful I can’t help but smile every time I see it.

What advice would you give to future brides visiting Eleganza Sposa?

My best advice is simply to enjoy every minute of your day and night. It goes by in a blink. There will always be little things that don’t go exactly to plan – take them in your stride and remember the only thing that matters is that you’ve married the person you love.

Photographer: Maureen Du Preez
Florist: Fiona Doyle, Chatter Box Flowers
Venue 1: St Kiaran’s Church, Port Charlotte, Islay
Venue 2: The Rhinns Village Hall, Portnahaven, Islay
Makeup: Catherine McCarter Make Up
Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Cake: Groom’s Mum
Caterer: Laura Young, An Tigh Seinnse
Music: Jim Jam Ceilidh Band
Hair: Laurie Love Hair

– Eleganza Real Bride Julia Wearing Suzanne Neville

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Eleganza Real Bride Cheryl’s Scottish themed wedding was a very elegant affair! Find out more about her day below as well as her experience as an Eleganza Bride.

How would you describe your Eleganza Experience?

I couldn’t fault it! Very good, excellent service. Found my dress in the first one so obviously very good at their job. 

All the staff were so helpful and full of positivity.  Exceptional service as you would expect from a boutique
We didn’t propose as such; we just kind of said “Let’s get married” and if you listen to the song of the same title by The Proclaimers then you’ll know why.
Tell us all about your Suzanne Neville dress!
My dress was called “The Phoenix”.  I asked for effortless elegance and that’s what I got.  Everyone on the day said I looked like an old Hollywood starlet.  I wanted a button up back and for it to be sheer.  The dress fit like a glove; the seamstress and her team did an amazing job!
We wanted a Scottish theme.
It was just the perfect day!  I was so emotional seeing everyone I love in one room and seeing my wife to be standing waiting on me.  We were only apart a night yet it felt like a lifetime.  The ceremony is something we will never forget; the most memorable part of the day and the part we both wish we could live over and over again.  Everything just came together perfectly.
For me, the most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with my dad towards the woman I love.
PJ Phillips
Suzie Lui
Sloans, Glasgow
Pamper & Polish
BCBG Maxmara
Cakes by Caroline

– Eleganza Real Bride Cheryl wearing Suzanne Neville

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Eleganza Real Bride Jesse talks us through her Eleganza Experience and wedding day!

How would you describe your first appointment?

Superb I found my dress!! Laura was fantastic, made me feel really welcome and discussed my options with me.

How was your experience with your stylist?

Laura was fantastic she had previously looked at my Love List and knew the style I was looking for. She brought out some stunning options but I knew as soon as I tried the ‘Mona’ on it was for me.

Tell us all about your Riki Dalal dress!

It’s a fitted, detailed corset to my waist with lace design and sheer panelling on the back. The bottom skirt is soft Italian lace with intricate detailing around the edges. The dress has a blush, nude overlay which was different to the traditional ivory and white dress and something I love!

Did you have a theme or specific colour palette?

My theme was vintage, blush and white with a few bicycles thrown in for good measure!

Tell us more about your wedding day!

It was amazing from start to end. Louise Hughes from the bridal boutique did me and my sister’s hair for the day. We all did our own make-up and my sister Ruth did mine! We had a vintage VW van that was super cute and picked us up from the venue! The service was lovely at Our Lady’s and was so special. We then moved onto Ingliston where Shauna kept everything in check. She was phenomenal!! The food was superb and everyone is still talking about the sticky toffee pudding!

We then had the band Daytura who ensured the dance floor was never empty. The ceilidh was an absolute scream for our English guests- never laughed so much.
Kevin, our photographer was also brilliant. I really enjoyed the wee hours we had taking photos in-between the meal and the evening guests. It meant I got to spend some time with my husband and catch up.

What was the most memorable moment?

There were so many!! Climbing the fence to where it all began at Jason’s proposal, the vows, dancing with my mum arghhh brilliant day!

How did Jason propose?

Jason proposed to me just over the field from Ingliston Country Club. We are both outdoors people and were out for an evening walk when he asked me.

Please, tell us more about your overall experience with Eleganza Sposa

Personal. I felt like I wasn’t another bride that day, month or that year! Which made a huge difference. All the staff where wonderful from the day to the end. Nothing was a hassle and I was made to feel welcome and valued as a bride.


I couldn’t have done the wedding without all my family members! From my sisters and Jason’s Dad making a sweet cart- the whole thing was brilliant!!


Photographer: Kevin Key Photography
Florist: MUD Urban Flowers
Venue 1: Our Lady of Lourdes, Bishopton
Venue 2 :Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton
Makeup: My sister Ruth
Shoes: Steve Madden pink block heel
Cake: My mother in law
Caterer: Ingliston Country Club
Music: Daytura
Others: SKLMitchell did my invitations and table plan. They where bespoke invites for us with rose gold foiling which really supported my theme

– Eleganza Real Bride Jesse wearing Riki Dalal