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Bespoke Cheltenham Wedding Dress

Following my engagement to the man I love, I wanted a wedding dress that was entirely unique; a unique expression of who I am, who we are as a couple, and just how deeply I feel for him.

For these reasons, I was utterly grateful to find The State of Grace! Lucia and Claire not only understood what I hoped for, but their exquisite collections and warm professional manner reassured me that they could create it. In fact, they were the only ones, out of the dozens of dress shops and bespoke designers that I visited, who gave me this total confidence.

From there began a series of wonderfully enjoyable ‘toiles’, where The State of Grace team would drape me in evolving versions of my dress, assess me with their expert eyes and respond to my questions. Meanwhile, as the dress of my dreams materialised, I marvelled at how I transformed into the bride I had always dreamed I would be. And so it was that on a warm summer’s evening in Italy, I walked down the aisle to meet my beloved – truly in “a state of grace.”

It could not have been a more enriching and meaningful bridal experience. I’d love to do it all over again.


I had certain ideas of the sort of dress that I wanted for my wedding day but couldn’t find it off the peg and was feeling pretty uninspired and uncertain until I walked into the beautiful showroom at The State of Grace.

Lucia and Claire offered endless possibilities to suit my taste and showed me the perfect cuts and fabrics and colours to best compliment my figure and complexion.

It was such an extraordinarily personal experience with absolutely everything being tailored to me. Every detail was explored and I was given advice on everything I needed from the correct underwear to the best hair and make up – even the best tailors for my husband’s suit!

I adored my dress and accessories and felt a million dollars on my wedding day.


Bespoke Cheltenham Wedding Dress
Bespoke Cheltenham Wedding Dress

I wanted something COMPLETELY different for my wedding and all the bridal shops and bridal magazines felt a world away from my vision of how I wanted to look.

Then I walked into The State of Grace and straight away Lucia spoke my language. Not only did she understand exactly how I wanted to feel and look, but she was able to choose exquisite colours and cuts – in a heart beat – that I would not have thought of without her guidance.

She then styled the dress with her stunning jewellery designs, all so chic and dramatic in emerald green and black.


It really is hard to find the words to express how greatly you contributed to making me feel so happy and lucky on the most wonderful day of my life. The Carroll-Bennett wedding was the best fun I have ever had!!!!! Basically a room full of happy people. Friends and family from all over the globe partying like they had been friends for 40 years. And the venue was impossibly glamorous. So sumptuous and elegant. We truly felt like it was the best dream possible. Heaven in fact.

Through your talent and personal investment, you were able to give me (a very self conscious girl) a rare sense of pride and confidence. I felt fabulous. I felt totally and utterly myself. I felt genuine. I felt original, as if I were showing everyone who I was. I felt proud to walk down the aisle to Chris in front of all of our friends and family. The dress induced true romance and celebration and I never wanted to take it off.

The dress and accessories you designed and created are more beautiful and more appropriate than I could ever have imagined and I will never forget how dressing for the day both kick started the excitement and encapsulated a very romantic and longed-for event.

My mother and father think the world of you both, you will have the business of every friend of mine from Australia and the UK, my husband thinks you’re amazing…. and I will be your loyal fan, customer and friend always. I hope we can have a champagne at the Savoy one day soon.


Wedding Dress Cheltenham
Wedding Dress Cheltenham

“I’m so grateful to have found The State of Grace after exhaustive rounds of trying on the same boring dress.

Lucia, Claire and The Team care so much about everything they do and this was displayed in every aspect of my journey with them. Lucia helped me design and style my entire look for my wedding in Italy and I wouldn’t have been able to approach the task without her and Claire’s passionate and honest guidance.

I wanted a dress that was reflective of my personality and didn’t make me feel self-conscious in the way that so many off the peg ‘gowns’ had done. Lucia and Claire really got my vision and interpreted my every thought and whim like magicians.

I am indebted to them for making the experience from beginning to end a truly creative and wonderfully enjoyable one


Lucia, Claire and the Team were just amazing.

My dress, shoes and hatlette – all designed by The State of Grace – were absolutely perfect for my London wedding. I was even able, just as Lucia had assured me, to wear it all again for my husband’s 1940s themed birthday celebration on the Orient Express. And again it was PERFECT there too…

The team oversaw every detail and I felt amazing knowing I looked utterly unique but more importantly, my husband thought I looked absolutely beautiful.


Wedding Dress Cheltenham
Asian Wedding Dress Cheltenham

I was initially drawn to The State of Grace after reading an article in a glossy magazine about Lucia, her “Eurasian Couture” collection and her passion for Asian embroideries.

Lucia and Claire listened to my many ideas and helped to transform these into a piece of true beauty. Their expertise ensured that my dream dress was finally made into a stunning reality. I am still receiving compliments to this day.

The article on Lucia was absolutely true ñ she does combine the BEST of Asian embroidery and tradition with, the BEST of European cutting and couture finish.

I don’t believe anywhere else in London combines these amazing skills.


The dress was absolutely stunning and felt amazing. Thank you so much to The State of Grace for all their hard work and advice. So many friends and family members have unashamedly said that the wedding dress was the best they had ever seen – and I quite believe them! I felt like a film star.

I’m sure you hear it all the time and will know this yourselves, but the clothes we wear truly help us become ourselves, and this is so important on special occasions. I felt confident and beautiful on the day, and part of that is down to Lucia, Claire and their team.


Wedding Dress Cotswolds 
Wedding Dress Cotswolds 

I wanted something elegant and timeless for my wedding and am partial to quite a lot of sparkle and drama. I knew that I wanted something made beautifully and in the best quality fabrics possible but I just couldn’t find any existing designs that really expressed everything I wanted to on my wedding day. I also wanted a very different look for my church service than for my reception afterwards.

When I met Lucia, Claire and the Team I realised that they had all the professional experience, creativity and vision to bring all of these ideas to Life. They created a stunning silk coat with vintage detailing and a four metre train for church, a fully hand sequined deco style cape for my arrival at my reception and then a fully bejewelled corset dress with draping crystals and pearls and a stunning fluid satin skirt for the glamorous dinner and dance.

They left no stone unturned and made the whole process an absolute joy.


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