Since opening her first bridal boutique, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge in April 2009 Hayley has gained a reputation as one of the top bridal specialists in her field. Hayley is a bridal fashion columnist for respected UK bridal title UNVEILED as well as a Personal and Brand Stylist for women all over the world and in 2014 took the helm at her second boutique The Bridal Collection.
As the owner of Two of the regions most prestigious and award winning bridal boutiques Hayley understands exactly what brides want from a luxury shopping experience and is passionate about giving her brides long lasting memories of this special purchase.
Hayley has a calming approach to her consultations. She offers guidance and reassurance on all aspects of your bridal style from body shapes to fabric cuts and making the most of your assets, giving you confidence to truly be yourself and express your personality in your final look.
Hayley Loves – Fashion, Travel particularly spending time in California and the Amalfi Coast. She has plenty of places on her bucket list still including Marrakesh, New Zealand, Santorini and the south of France. She would love to own property overseas one day soon. She also loves spending quality time with her husband and two boys.
Hayley loves shopping and has an unhealthy obsession with luxury stationary, planners and notebooks. She is the queen to do lists and spreadsheets and is a total coffee snob.
Interesting Fact – Hayley has successfully completed two charity cycle rides. One through the Jordanian desert and one though Vietnam and Cambodia, both over 450 miles long!
Hayley’s Bridal Style – Show stopping wow factor.
Favorite Designer – Too Many!! simply for the incredible cut on her gowns at the moment I would have to say Suzanne Neville.
Favorite Dress – Suzanne Neville Swanson and Jenny Packham Dare. I would wear one for day and one for night!
Favourite Celebrity Bride – For many different reasons my tops celeb pics over the last few years include; Solange Knowles, Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani, Nicky Hilton, Amal Cloony and of course our very own effortlessly chic Duchess of Cambridge.
Jeanette is Hayley’s mum and has worked at the boutiques since the very early days. What started as coming in to help on a Saturday quickly progressed to a full time role. Nowadays working part time at The Bridal Collection, Jeanette loves the mixture of working in the boutiques and looking after her grandchildren.
Trained and working as a hairstylist all her life Jeanette is perfect for giving you ideas on hair styling and accessories for the big day and is not afraid to encourage you to push the boundaries of your look to make it truly unique to you.
Jeanette Loves – Going to concerts and has an eclectic music taste. Dining Out and her favourite places are India, Rome and Turkey.
Interesting Fact – Jeanette’s claim to fame is she was on the hidden camera TV show, Just for laughs. We won’t say too much but it did involve some actors posing as policemen in suspenders…..
Favourite Designer – Suzanne Neville
Favourite Gown – Swanson
Favourite Celebrity Bride – Princess Grace of Monaco.
Sana has always loved sewing and remembers making miniature, hand sewn outfits for her toys and dolls. Whilst studying Fashion, she realised her passion was in heavily embellished, beautifully handcrafted and cleverly constructed garments. Since graduating Sana has honed her skills and knowledge of couture sewing and textile practices by gaining professional experience at prestige companies including the embroidery company Hand & Lock, London, bridal designers Phillipa Lepley Couture, Anita Massarella and now The Bridal Collection Team. “I thoroughly enjoy my hands on role as an in-house Seamstress and Bridal Fitter at The Bridal Collection. My favourite part is meeting the brides, pinning and transforming their wedding gowns so they fit like a glove. I love seeing a bride’s delighted face when they come back to retry their gown once it’s been altered. It’s also magical to see pictures of our brides looking gorgeous in their beautifully fitted wedding dress on their special day. I also adore beading and lacework, so if there’s ever a bespoke jacket, veil or belt that needs creating, I’m the first one to volunteer!”
Interesting Fact – I’m a super recogniser! I have a photographic memory especially for people/faces, so if I see you once, even if it’s for a second or two then I’ll remember your face in a line up and be able to place you where and when I have seen you! Sounds a bit weird and creepy but I promise it isn’t!
Sana’s Bridal Style – Vintage
Favourite Designer – Jenny Packham
Favourite Dresses – Apache by Jenny Packham and Paradis by Ian Stuart
Favourite Celebrity Bride – Princess of Monaco – Grace Kelly.
Arnya joined the team in early 2014, A self confessed wedding obsessive she is living her dream working every day with gorgeous gowns. Coming from a retail background as a personal shopper for a high end ladies fashion boutique. Arnya also studied art, design and photography so has a keen eye for detail.
During a consultation with Arnya you can expect honesty, creativity and lots of tips and ideas for your overall bridal look . 100% dedicated to her brides, Arnya looks forward to seeing her brides through every stage of the bridal gown process.
Arnya Loves – Interior design particularly Scandinavian design because of her Icelandic roots, Travelling, fashion and spending time with her partner and Three children.
Arnya’s Bridal Style – Boho/Effortless
Favourite Designer – Jenny Packham
Favourite Dress – Jenny Packham Dallas, Rembo Styling Honeybear, Suzanne Neville Scarlett
Favourite Celebrity Bride: Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo and Fearne Cotton.
Rich is Hayley’s husband and is the the turner of the cogs that keep the boutiques ticking over. From HR Support, Financials, Marketing, Keeping on top of Emails, Boutique Maintenance, Business Planning and Assisting with buying (it’s always great to have a man’s perspective!) Rich really is at the heart of the business.
Not afraid to answer the phone and have a chat to brides about their day, Rich can often be the one you speak to to book your appointment. Despite being male he is full of bridal knowledge and regularly swots up on our designers and their collections. Rich has a very calming nature which as you can imagine comes in handy working with a large team of women and all female clientele!
A lover of the practice joke and a very dry sense of humour he regularly has the team in fits of giggles and is the first to give new team members their nicknames and settle them in with his humour. He loves good coffee, spending time with Hayley and their Two boys, family holidays and video games when he gets chance. He is a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur football fan and loves to go to games whenever he can.
In short Rich does a lot of the “business stuff” that allows us to focus more on playing with pretty things and ultimately helping you, our brides. We simply couldn’t do it without him.
Jo has always had a passion for sewing from a young age, I would always be making toys and dresses for my siblings and costumes for the school plays. My Part time job through the Grammar School was with a couture wedding dressmaker (Julia Perry).
I went on to study Theatre Costume Design Interpretation at the London College of Fashion. After graduating I went on to work in some of the largest costumes houses in London including The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Opera House, English National Opera, as well as making costumes for West End Musicals (Les Mis, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Oliver, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Sister Act.
I spent over 10 years touring with shows including, Cirque du Soleil world tours of Kooza, Corteo and Quidam, UK & Ireland tours of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour, Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Tour as well as many others.
Jo loves – Long country walks with her dog Honey, renovating old houses, interior and garden design.
Sarah was one of our very own brides in 2014 and after her bridal journey with us could think of nothing better than being a part of our team and a part of other brides special shopping experiences.
Sarah has a luxury retail background and has also spent a long time working one on one with young people, developing excellent listening and relationship building skills. During consultations Sarah has a calm, reassuring and patient approach and strives to make sure you enjoy your experience with us. Sarah’s enthusiasm and attention to detail are exceptional and of course importantly she knows what it should feel like to be one of our brides.
Sarah Loves: Travelling, and is mad about Italy, India and New Zealand. Interior design, photography, yoga and music. Sarah has a love of adrenaline junkie sports and has jumped the 2nd highest bungee jump in the world, Queenstown in New Zealand.
In Sarah’s spare time she loves studying and practising her holistic, complementary body treatments alongside spending quality time with her family and friends.
Interesting Fact – Sarah’s claim to fame is she has been kissed by Robbie Williams.
Sarah’s Bridal Style – Boho Chic
Favourite Designer – Rembo Styling
Favourite Dress – Rembo Styling – Melodia
Favourite Celebrity Bride – Kathryn Brolin and Reese Witherspoon