“What differentiates Lara B Bridal from other wedding dress shops? The answer is simple and was simple to me as soon as I walked into the shop. Its Lara herself. Lara is a wonderful lady and as soon as you step foot into the store you feel special. Her bespoke service from initial meeting to taking the dress home is impeccable as the service she provides is individual.The second thing is her bespoke dresses. Lara is a designer (which is a massive differentiator) and makes fantastic separates which she makes into a final wedding dress. I found with other dress shops, that I would like the top of the dress but wouldn’t like the skirt and vice versa: however, with her designs, you could tailor what skirts and tops you liked and then layer them.
The third thing is quality. The quality of the fabrics she uses are amazing and you can really tell the difference between other dresses you get in other stores.
I would recommend Lara B to anyone who is getting married. Any shape or size, Lara makes you feel special. I will miss Lara and Rosie and will cherish the fantastic memories I had in store with them creating the fantastic dress I got to wear for my wedding day. Thank you so much xxxxx”
Bride: Louise Archer
Dress: Lara B Couture dress and Augusta Jones shrug
Venue: Madingley, Cambridge
Wedding date: August 18
I didn’t really know what I wanted so Lara was great and giving me ideas and getting me to try all sorts on. She really does know what she’s doing, even just customising/altering existing dresses made me go from disliking a dress to loving it. Not only did she find me something that I looked and felt amazing in but she also made sure the dress fitted in with the whole wedding and genuinely seemed interested in our wedding plans. She also gave suggestions/recommendations on other wedding bits not just dresses. Lara and Rosie are so passionate about what they do and it really shows. From the bottom on my heart massive thank you for making it so easy and finding me my perfect wedding dress!”
Bride: Stacey Dodsley
Dress: Lara B Couture
Wedding: September 17′
“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of your help with my dress- I absolutely loved it and had SO many lovely comments about it from everybody… just wish I could wear it again. You were really great throughout the whole process, supportive and always gave me your honest opinion which I really appreciate. I’m so glad I bought my dress from you.”
Bride: Rachel Legge
Dress: Jesus Peiro dress
Venue: Chippenham Park
Wedding: July 17′
Bride: Jessica Baggely
Dress: Lara B Couture
Venue: Bassmead Barns
Wedding: September 17′
“Lara B stocks dresses which were different to the ones I’d seen in every other bridal store locally, and I was pleased to find beautiful styles without having to go to London. The experience is different too – when you book an appointment you have the shop to yourself, and the ladies can give you their undivided attention. Lara will work out what you’re looking for, and what will suit you, giving honest advice, according to your taste and body shape. The after- service was excellent too – once I picked the dress I was really confident the adjustments would be handled professionally, which is incredibly important in the run up to your wedding day. Equally for a shop with quality dresses and service, there is no snobbery here – just down to earth friendliness. Lara & Rosie are ‘women’s women’ – they seem to get that it can be an emotional experience and they seem to care that you get the dress that you’ll love, and they make you feel really at ease when trying them on. Lovely shop, I’m glad I got my dress from Lara B – the only downside – I could stay all day chatting with a cup of tea!”
Bride: Heather Roberts
Dress: ‘Anoushka’ By Anna Georgina
Venue: River Cottage August 16′
“Having been overwhelmed at other bridal shops, meeting Lara and Rosie was like jumping into a cool, calm stream. They both made the experience relaxed, fun and full of laughter. Lara helped me pick and try dresses, and within an hour I’d found a dress that I loved and felt happy in.”
Bride: Becky Amos
Dress: Margi by Rembo Styling
Venue: Granary Barns, October 16′
“Contrary to what I had been told to expect for wedding dress shopping, finding my dress was such an enjoyable experience and I put that down to Lara B and the service Lara & Rosie provide. I had a rough idea of what I wanted, and was guided through the process by Lara who offered practical, sensible advice which was shaped to suit my figure, personality and venue. There is a wide range of styles from a handful of selected Designers; personally I loved the Jesus Peiro range, and couldn’t decide between two dresses. In the end, I was actually able to create my own dress as Lara made it possible for me to have the skirt from one dress with the top of another. Lara also altered the neckline to better suit my body shape. On the day, I had so many compliments that the dress was made for me (and it was!)
Thank you Lara & Rosie for a great shopping experience and brilliant customer service from
start to finish, couldn’t have been happier! X
Dress: Jesus Peiro – 3001/7000 bespoke combination
Venue: Butley Priory, January 17′
“I just wanted to write and thank you for every thing you did to help create my wedding dress. You were so incredibly helpful, patient and most of all knowledgeable. I felt 150% in safe hands the whole way through the process – I know merging 6 dresses into one, certainly wasn’t the easiest, but you dealt with all the difficulties SO amazingly. You were a star, and it was such a relaxing, happy and fun environment in your gorgeous boutique.”
Dress: Augusta Jones – Alice, Sophia, Anita, Skyler…. into one,lol!
Venue: Uncle’s farm, July 16′
“I had the best time finding my dress at Lara B. As soon as I had it on I knew it was the one. Stunning dress. Lara is so lovely and helpful. I had a bit of a problem with the dress fitting I wasn’t happy about. And Lara didn’t let me leave till it was sorted and I was happy. The dress was truly beautiful and I had the best day in a gorgeous dress.”
Bride: Paige Beaumont
Dress: Jesus Peiro
Wedding: August 16′
Flowers: Tollys flowers
“Just wanted to send you a (slightly belated!) email to say a big thank you for making sure I had the most amazing dress…..it looked absolutely perfect on the day, so many people commented on how unusual it was and it was great to be able to say it was one of a kind that no one else has! I’ve attached a few photos I thought you might like to see J we had such a brilliant day!!
Bride: Emma Henshaw
Dress: Lara B Couture separates
Wedding: The Garden Barn, Little Bradley
“Lara, I cannot thank you enough for helping me to find the perfect dress! I absolutely loved my Jesus Perio dress and the feather bolero was just gorgeous with it. I wish I could wear them every day! It was so stylish and elegant and I had so many comments on the day and afterwards about how lovely and unusual it was and how beautiful I looked and probably for the first time ever I actually believed the compliments! The design was so simple and yet so stunning. The tailoring and the detail on the embellishment were incredible and I am so happy I came to you. Who knows what I would have ended up in if I hadn’t!?
What I loved about coming to you was the brilliant and personal service you gave. You really listened and got to know me and although I thought I wanted a completely different style, you suggested I just try this one on, although I must be honest and say I didn’t think all that much of it when I saw it on the hanger haha! But when I put it on I instantly felt amazing in it. The service you provided went above and beyond any of the other bridal shops I’d been to as you really cared and weren’t just trying to sell me any old thing. You were very patient with me with my various visits to try and match shoes and underwear and I always enjoyed coming in for a cuppa. I only wish I could do it all over again!
I am eternally grateful. Thank you so, so much.”
Wedding: South Farm, September 15
Dress: Jesus Peiro, 3033
‘I had done as most bride’s to be do, tried on as many dresses as possible, well why not eh? But this also meant I had developed dress blindness after going to only a few shops, making it really hard to know what suited you and also what you wanted!
After a while you start to realise that certain dresses, as lovely as they are, aren’t you, and that you also want a dress that will match the feel of the day you are creating. I love Downton Abbey and gorgeous Edwardian style dresses. I wanted some classical and that that would give me a bit of sauce to show off my bum and lets face it my boobs( an asset my husband was very keen to see accentuated on the day!). So after a while I started to whittle it down and now could go into shops and say yes and no instantly, however I never had that falling in love feel with any of them. I found one dress that was the right shape but the lace wasn’t what I had envisioned, so I knew the shape was what I wanted and I knew I wanted a ivory warmer colour.
When I arrived at Lara B’s three things hit me instantly, one the shop was beautiful and intimate making me feel very special, the dresses were all gorgeous and elegant; reassuring me I was going to look classically beautiful on the day and thirdly Lara herself was so utterly welcoming and supportive that I knew I could discuss anything with her and get exactly what I wanted! And I did!
When I found the Augusta Jones dress it was strapless, but I was in love with the bush silk underlay and the yummy amounts of amazing lace. Lara immediately said we can alter the top and shape the whole dress to what you want allowing me to add a piece of lace to the top and the back and adding buttons all down my bum. And when it came in I was in love and have been ever since! I had so many comments on the day, which you would hope you would, but I had people stopping me to turn me round to just take a picture of the back! Some may find this slightly rude as it appears that many images didn’t have my face in them- ha! But it was because the dress was just so yummy at the back!
Not only did Lara help alter my dress she also altered the bridesmaid dresses and made the while experience of trying all the dresses on such a magical experience. These days I will treasure forever!
I couldn’t recommend her enough! ‘
Bride: Emily Ward
Dress: Augusta Jones ‘Bell’ with changes.
Wedding: 6th September 2014
‘Cannot recommend Lara B enough! Lara and her colleague were absolutely
Bride: Nicola Fouey
Dress: Paloma Blanca with added Augusta Jones belt
Wedding: August 2014
‘I got a dress from Lara B for my recent wedding and what fantastic service I received. The shop is just beautiful with beautiful dresses. My Macy dress was unbelievable. I felt like a real princess in it. Thank you Lara for everything. I will definitely recommend you. Zarah xx’
Bride: Zarah Bowles
Dress: Macy made strapless with added belt
Wedding: Thailand, March 2014
‘I got married in April 2011 at the beautiful Hengrave Hall in Bury St Edmunds. I came to Lara with my mum who was visiting from France. I knew what style of dress I wanted but Lara came up with a skirt and bodice separate. My mum and I instantly loved the dramatic panelled full skirt and Lara was quick to suggest it could be made into a dress with laced up corset as I wanted… Which turned out to be our saviour as I was 4 months pregnant on my wedding day. Lara was very helpful and arrange for the last fitting to be as late as possible to accommodate bump. I felt fabulous in my dress, which despite not being a maternity dress was so comfy and fitted perfectly, I felt like a true princess at ease in the majestic hall. It was the best day of my life! Thank you Lara! Xx’
Dress: ‘Tegan’ by Donna Salado
Wedding: Hengrave Hall, April 2011
‘I Loved going to Lara B she found me the most perfect dress for my wedding day and helped me so much, I went into Lara B with a dress in mind but after Lara’s help i found the one. You were so helpful and so kind and help me put my mind at ease when we had venue problems!!
(I’m sure you remember Lara, hehe) you truly are the best and I wouldn’t of gone anywhere else! Thank you so much! Hayley xxxx’
Dress: Aunushka by Augusta Jones
Wedding: July 2012
‘I had originally booked an appointment with Lara B as she stocked a particular dress I had set my heart on. However, with Lara’s expert advice i found the most beautiful Augusta Jones dress and Jo Barnes headdress that I absolutely loved. Shortly after ordering the dress I had to make a panicked phone call to Lara asking if we could bring the order forward a few months and if the dress could accommodate a baby bump too. After being very reassuring and non-judgemental, Lara‘s expertise came to the fore again, carefully helping to design my entire outfit to one that would suit me come the wedding day. Lara’s approach is very friendly and professional, she takes a personal interest and professional pride in each of her brides. It is terrific that she only offers appointments for one bride at a time, therefore ensuring her full attention and for me, this meant I could be fully at ease to make such an important decision about my wedding outfit. I cannot recommend Lara B highly enough, from start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of trying on, choosing, adapting and finally walking away with my beautiful outfit.’
Dress: Connie by Augusta Jones
Wedding: Hengrave Hall, May 2011