Tue 10am – 4pm
Wed 10am – 5pm
Thu 1pm – 7pm
Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 5pm
SUNDAY APPOINTMENTS BY REQUEST ONLY – £35.00
Meet the experts
Bridal wear is our profession and our passion – the reason we start each day with a big smile.
Brides of Winchester is set in the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester.
It is owned and run by Laura Ward.
Laura knows a thing or two about weddings, and about Brides. She worked for many years as a wedding organiser in some wonderful luxury Country House hotels across the home counties and London.
Laura has always been passionate about supporting British brands. When searching in Hampshire for her own wedding dress she found it difficult to find a high quality, British designed and made gown.
Spotting a clear gap in the market Laura decided to open Brides of Winchester. In doing so she brought a unique bridal ethos to the south coast – an ethos of exceptional customer service with exclusively handmade dresses, designed and made in Britain.
Laura continues to seek out the very best of British bridal designers for her brides and offer the highest level of bridal service and style.
Some of Laura’s team
Hayley Coello – Senior bridal stylist and public relations consultant
With a degree in Public Relations, Hayley is our girl who looks after all our social media, PR and marketing. If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, Hayley will be the one who keeps you up to date with all our news.
Working with the public was what drew Hayley to PR and combining that with a passion for fashion and the bridal industry brought her to Brides of Winchester. Along with looking after our marketing Hayley is Laura’s right hand girl – running the boutique and looking after our brides. Hayley recently got married in May 2015 at Sopley Mill and wore a stunning silk bespoke Suzanne Neville dress.
Emma Watling – Senior seamstress and bridal stylist
Emma has a long history of working in bridalwear, starting 16 years ago as an apprentice to a bridal seamstress. Following this Emma took a break to bring up her two children and during this time worked from home in interior design and soft furnishings. 5 years ago, the bridal world was calling to Emma once again. She returned back to bridal working as a seamstress and consultant then after many months of pursuing Emma, she finally joined Brides of Winchester in 2015 as our senior seamstress, sales consultant and creator of bridal loveliness.
Sarah-Jane Whitehouse – Sales consultant
Hayley found Sarah-Jane (or SJ as we know her) at Rhinefield wedding fair where Sarah-Jane was visiting as a bride to be. Bowled over by her enthusiasm and knowledge about the bridal industry, we couldn’t help but embrace her into the Brides of Winchester family. Sarah-Jane’s mission is to help every bride find their dream dress. Sarah-Jane is busy planning her summer 2016 wedding and is the perfect person to talk to about all things wedding related.
Lynn Lodell – Customer Services
Lynn’s daughter found her dream Suzanne Neville dress at Brides of Winchester and found she couldn’t leave once the wedding was over!
Lynn meets our brides as they arrive for their initial appointment. Her smiling face and air of calm is just what they need. Lynn is the angel that sends the swatches out, manages the ordering processes and checks all the new dresses as they arrive.