Meet Our Team

From the moment you walk through the door, our friendly staff will be there to make finding the perfect dress easy and stress free. We're looking forward to meeting you!

Alta

Alta started a little wedding dress hire service back in 1991, when she was 20 and newly-married herself. She fell in love with all things wedding, and from humble beginnings, has grown her small business to the busy, bustling shop it is now.   She is particularly proud of her family of ladies who give everything to ensure their brides have a special experience, and take away lovely memories of being a bride-to-be. 

 

Alta has a soft spot for her curvy brides, and really enjoys managing the range and service she offers within the Curvy Collection department. Wedding dress shopping can be daunting anyway, but being stressed that nothing will fit is a worry that curvy brides don’t deserve.  She absolutely loves seeing a bride come in, perhaps anxious that she won’t find anything she likes, and leaving on cloud nine, amazed at how good she looks in her wedding dress!

 

Running the shop takes up most of Alta’s time, but at home she has help from her husband Chris, who acts as our resident Techie (and he fixes the printers!)  Their eldest children also lend a hand with social media, steaming the dresses, or DIY, so the shop is a real family affair. 

Lucy

Our lovely Lucy is our shop manager here at ABC.  She joined us back in 2017, which was the same year she had her own magical wedding day in Cyprus. Our brides know they are in safe hands with Lucy around!  She runs bridal appointments, as well as working closely with Alta behind the scenes. She helps choose the collections for the shop, and her great fashion sense is invaluable when picking the right dresses to showcase in the shop, or the perfect dress for her bride in an appointment.

 

Her knowledge of all things bridal is extensive, she is super-organised, and ensures that the shop runs like clockwork while keeping the fun and excitement alive that makes visiting Alta Costura Bride so special.  Her warmth and friendliness quickly puts her brides at their ease. 

Lucy loves to get to know her brides well, and is always on hand to help with any questions or special requests.  Going that extra mile is what we are all about, and she has a natural talent for delivering amazing customer service.  Lucy also is also full of fun ideas – any excuse for an in-store event where she can let her creativity run wild!

 

During the recent lockdown, Lucy and Alta loved working together on the launch of our Try at Home service, and her toddler Winnie is now very used to driving around in a car full of pink wedding dress bags!

Sarah

Sarah is our assistant manager, and joined us at Alta Costura Bride back in 2012, entering the wonderful world of wedding dresses!

 

As one of our longest serving consultants, Sarah really knows her stuff, and loves helping her brides find the perfect dress, and her experience really shows during her appointments. Her kind and reassuring manner is a big hit with our brides.  Time and time again, her brides will choose a dress that Sarah picked out for them to try - she has a real knack for finding the right dress for her bride, often pulling a wildcard that ends up being ‘the one’!

 

She has described her role here as her most fulfilling and enjoyable job, and loves how much she has learnt about the way us women view ourselves, and how brides need to not just look beautiful, but to feel beautiful too.

 

Sarah is married with two daughters, who both had their weddings a few years ago (in Alta Costura dresses, naturally!)  She can therefore empathise with our Mums of the bride, and understands how important it is to have everything just right for their daughters.

 

Sarah’s mission is to help every one of her brides to feel beautiful and confident on their wedding day.

Vicki

Vicki comes from a fashion background, and has been a part of the team for three years.  She loves to make every bride feel special and unique.

 

Vicki’s brides appreciate the way she puts them at their ease.  She is sensitive to how a bride feels, and is wonderful with our more anxious customers, helping them feel safe and relaxed.

 

She is also great at predicting what a bride will like, and very often picks out the perfect dress for a bride, that she would never have picked for herself!  Vicki feels that being a part of the bride’s journey is a real privilege, and finds it so rewarding.

 

Any bride-to-be will feel very comfortable in their appointment with Vicki.

Jo

Our bubbly Jo has a lovely, sunny personality, and you can’t help smiling when she is around! When we walk past a changing room and hear giggling, we can almost guarantee that it is Jo in there on the appointment!

 

Jo has always had a love of clothing and fashion, and has studied visual merchandising.  She has a natural ability to put a beautiful outfit together, and is really talented at choosing the right accessories for a dress to achieve the look the bride is after.

 

Our brides find Jo lovely and helpful, and her enthusiasm is infectious!  Her patience and attention to detail mean every bride is well looked after by Jo, and she works very hard to get everything just perfect.

 

Jo described joining the team here at Alta Costura ”A dream come true”, and it shows in the lovely way she has with her brides.

Hannah

Our wonderful Hannah has been at Alta Costura Bride for 6 years, which she describes as being like a family.  Hannah spends some of her time on the shop floor as a bridal consultant, and the rest behind the scenes working in the office. 

 

She enjoys the flow of the shop floor, and loves building a rapport with her brides, making them feel special.  Hannah is an experienced consultant, and frequently finds ‘the dress’ where other shops have failed!  She is great at quickly recognising what her bride is looking for, and her patience and experience shine though when she is in her appointments.

 

In the office she is an organised bunny! She loves keeping everything in order and up to date, as well as chatting daily to our designers to place the orders of the beautiful dresses our brides have chosen.

Hannah loves family life, and has two children and a dog to keep her busy at home. They go on long walks,  and she enjoys reading when she gets the chance, as well as unwinding with a good G&T!

Emma-Jane

Emma-Jane is one of our longest serving team members, having first joined us as a teenage Saturday girl!

Now truly part of the furniture , any bride will feel safe and at ease in Emma-Jane’s hands. She has a talent for making her brides feel relaxed, and confident.

 

Her knowledge of all things bridal is huge, and she has a real flair for suggesting little custom touches on a dress that will make it the bride’s own. In fact she was recently described as a “ magical little fairy” in a review, which we think is wonderfully accurate!

 

Emma-Jane has a musical theatre background, and also teaches dance when she’s not working with her brides. Perhaps that’s where her styling flair comes from. She’s not camera-shy, and so you’ll often see her pop up on a pic or video on our social media!

Olivia

Olivia has always loved sewing and fashion, and absolutely loves her role of bridal consultant at Alta Costura Bride!

 

After finishing her degree in Fashion Atelier at university, she started dressmaking and found her way to Alta Costura, having worked at another bridal shop previously.  We like to put Livvy’s sewing skills to good use too,  which is one of her favourite parts of the job. 

 

Our brides have described Olivia as kind and reassuring,  and she uses her sewing expertise to help her brides achieve exactly what they would like in their look for their special day.  Olivia loves to hear about the different wedding themes and venues, and is always excited to be part of her bride’s journey.  She finds it so rewarding to see  happy smiles at the end of her appointments!

When she’s not working with her lovely brides at Alta Costura, Olivia is at home with her husband and two babies. Once day, when they are old enough, she would love to teach them to sew!