Belchamp Hall Photoshoot

Belchamp Shoot 2

We were delighted to have been involved in a photoshoot yesterday at the stunning venue Belchamp Hall in Sudbury; built in 1720 this estate oozes vintage glamour providing the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.

Belchamp Hall is a spectacular venue which combines stunning grounds and a beautiful house, catering to up to 50 people – perfect for a small intimate wedding. We were privileged to meet the Estate Manager and owners who were extremely friendly and welcoming; we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Belchamp Hall as an amazing venue for a special wedding. Belchamp Shoot 7

Shoot wise; firstly, we created a gorgeous boho look for a model who wore the amazing Modeca Stacey gown which we complemented with a pretty floaty Mark Lesley lavender bridesmaid gown. We also created a glamourous vintage bride with the elegant Modeca Savanna bridal gown and an exquisite gold bridesmaid’s gown to complement. We even had a handsome Labrador called Mongo who joined the shoot looking very fetching in his co-ordinating florBelchamp 8al neckpiece; how adorable he was!


We worked with some incredible suppliers on this photo shoot; Award winning make-up artist Emma Brooks and Tina Crossley of Beautiful Hair ensured our models looked even more beautiful! Sam French of Wild Poppies Flowers For You created several wonderful displays and a fabulous statement floral hair piece.  Helen of Amelie’s Kitchen created a spectacular wedding cake and Dee Neicho Jewellery Designs made some fab hair accessories. Huge thanks to David of Humble Productions and Gavin of Gavin Conlan Photography – we are really excited to see the film and pictures and can’t wait to share them. Thank you to all involved it was a really fun day!

Wear Your Wedding Dress Again Charity Party 2015!


WOW what a night! The Abigail’s Collection ‘Wear Your Wedding Dress Again 2015 Charity Party’ finally came along. Over 100 guests including business friends and our wonderful customers joined Abi, Rob and the rest of our team and what and amazing night we had. The feedback from the event was utterly fantastic… we had an absolute ball!

This event was all in aid of the inspiring charity ‘Help For Heroes’ with funds raised going specifically to the Chavasse VC House (one of the UK’s Help For Heroes recovery centres) based in Colchester. Really exciting to seeing all our lovely guests as they arrived at the stunning Prested Hall (our tremendous venue event partner). The entrance to the beautiful venue was laid with a red carpet and gold ropes with Help For Heroes coloured spotlights lighting up the building… It was an incredible atmosphere.

This event gave us the chance for people to re live their big day and to celebrate in wedding dresses… We walked the red carpet whilst our awesome photographers Simon and Stuart from EPS Photography snapped ‘pap’ style pics. We had the fabulous stilt walkers (in wedding dresses) and fire act on arrival whilst the gorgeous Bombshells from Halo entertainment; 1940’s tribute act were playing they were flippin’ magnificent! The ultra-talented Hotshots played a couple of their sets and DJ’s Chris, Dave and Paul from Dreamwave Events threw down some party tunes.

A huge thanks to Dreamwave Events, Aurora Pearl and Jade’s Flower Design for making our venue look stunning! Prested Hall staff served some delicious canapes and we kept the bubbly flowing throughout the evening whilst Alan from Four Ace Entertainment wowed our guests with cool card magic. We scoffed the scrumptious and impressively designed Help For Heroes cupcakes made by the marvelous Heart and Soul Cakes. Our Butlers in the Buff were wonderful… As you can imagine they were a big hit! A massive well done to Mitchell & Andrew you did an absolutely exceptional job helping raise money by selling our raffle tickets.

Our luxury raffle was an amazing success with some brilliant prizes from Blue Strawberry, Poplar Nurseries, Cooper BMW Chelmsford, Perrywood, Smile & Wellbeing Clinic, Barker Shoes valet box and of course our superb venue Prested Hall.

The Candy Cart looked gorgeous and Premier Crew did a sensational job with all of the scrummy sweets which all our lovely guests thoroughly enjoyed, so much so we started to run out! The excitement isn’t over…Toby from TSJ Films has just made a fantastic short video of the evening, it was tremendous evening and the film captures the atmosphere! Check out TSJ film of the evening here.

Altogether the process has be an exciting, moving and overall successful charity project. After the last Wear Your Wedding Dress Again Charity Party 2013 we were keen to raise money for Help For Heroes again and also throw an awesome party! It’s with thanks to all of the incredibly supportive and generous companies mentioned above that we were able to throw our Guests a really rather special and spectacular charity party! Here’s to lots more together and hopefully a couple more totally awesome ‘Abigail’s Collection Wear Your Wedding Dress Again’ charity parties thrown in along the way….

Click here to check out all the amazing pics from the events on our Facebook Page.

Last but by no means least a very big thank you to our wonderful team.  High Fives all round, we did it and together we raised an outstanding £4000 for Help For Heroes £1000 more than our event in 2013 which is incredible! Well done everybody, we should be proud xxx

Double Awards Winners… Super proud!!

twia awards

WOW this week started with a bang! On Monday 16th November we attended The Wedding Industry Awards 2016! We became proud double award winners for both ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year’ and ‘Menswear Retailer of the Year’ in East of England! Eeek… So exciting!

We got all dressed up for the evening in the stunning venue ‘The Granary Estates’. We excitingly awaited the awards whilst sipping on champagne. It was an epic evening as we won in both categories for the East Anglian region! As a business and many of you will know we are genuinely passionate about delivering a high level of customer service, strive to be the best that we can be and also provide an amazing shopping experience! We are a passionate and enthusiastic team and are so thrilled and excited. We are especially proud of these particular awards because they are voted for by you our amazing customers! Click to view our other award achievements.

A MASSIVE heartfelt thank you to our awesome customers who voted in their hundreds! We are so so proud, we couldn’t have done it without you all!

We’re celebrating … Double Awards Finalists!!

We’ve been popping the corks at Abigail’s Collection and celebrating having received AMAZING news that we are regional finalists for The 2016 Wedding Industry Awards.  Winners are going to be announced on Monday 16th November and we are already planning our party outfits.

To become TWIA awards finalists in both ‘Menswear Retailer of The Year’ and the ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year’ category is such a massive achievement and we are super proud.  It is with huge heartfelt thanks to our incredible Brides and Grooms who took the time to vote for us.  If you know our business well, you will be aware that we love entering awards competitions such as these and have been lucky enough to compete and win at TWIA in previous years, so it is VERY exciting.  Click to view our other awards achievements.

We are passionate about our business and strive to provide memorable and personal appointments, THANK YOU THANK YOU, this means so much!  Watch this space for regional awards results.


Dreamy Modeca Hits Our Rails

Modeca Collection

So delighted, so thrilled, so excited… These beautiful gowns by Dutch design company Modeca Collection are elegant, upmarket and classically beautiful. The Modeca collection is pure romance for brides-to-be who appreciate attention to detail in the cut, the fabric and in every bead and pearl which delicately creates ‘the one’ for brides in search of utter gorgeousness! Fabulous soft silks, chiffons and tulles are used to create these romantic dresses.  The Le Papillon by Modeca collection featwitures dresses in finest lace with vintage undertones and contemporary sophistication for the modern bride. Covered shoulders and higher necklines focus on a vintage feel and a classic vibe; sexy open backs also feature in this couture craftsmanship….. The team have been twirling and whirling, we simply LOVE these gowns.

Buying Bling and Awards Partaaaay!

Awards Tables

In less than a week the team and I are off to Harrogate to see all of our designers, watch the awesome catwalk shows and (perhaps most excitingly) we’ll be attending the 2015 Bridal Buyer Awards!  They’re literally the Oscars of our industry and we are so flippin proud and excited to be finalists in no less than three categories!!!  We’re finalists in the Customer Services category, the Bridal Retailer of the year category and for the Best Groomswear Retailer too! We will of course be so thrilled if we bag ourselves an incredible title but of course for now we are really celebrating the fact that we are three times finalists.  We wish all of our Competitors, Suppliers and Designers the very best of luck in the awards, win or lose we intend to enjoy a glitteringly glamourous evening … last time we ended the evening in a kebab shop!!!!  Who knows where this evening will lead this time lol …..

Pass the tissues…

Plus Size Wedding Gowns

We proudly receive a lot of thank you letters from our Brides, it’s one of our favourite parts of the job, opening the thank you letters and sharing them with our colleagues!  It is so rewarding to see the finished look for our Brides from their wedding day, we always feel like we have been the wedding planning journey too so seeing brides with hair and make-up done and looking all glam in their gorgeous wedding dress means a great deal to us.  As many of you will know, our aim is to genuinely help all of our brides find their dream wedding gown and that is the case no matter what their dress size, style or wedding dress budget …..

Today we received a thank you letter from a gorgeous Bride who is a size 36.  It reminded us what a difference we bridal consultants can really make to a bride when shopping for a wedding gown.  It also made us all feel very lucky indeed to do what we do and to have the chance to be of service to so many amazing ladies, this is what she wrote and I thought I would share it with you all ….

‘As a plus size bride I was dreading the idea of trying on dresses and sadly I had the misfortune of trying two other wedding shops in town before I came to you…. What made the whole thing worse was that I had literally had nightmares about dress shopping and until I had been to you it felt as though those nightmares had become a scary reality.  It was my friend who suggested coming along to Abigail’s Collection, she told me about your private appointments and now I realise that it was the best decision that I made during my wedding planning, it makes such a big difference having the entire room to yourself without other brides.  You were all welcoming and friendly, your dresses were really lovely, I fitted into loads of them and I was made to feel really special, not plus size, not like a larger bride or a ‘big’ girl but just really special.  My lace dress that I chose was gorgeous and I LOVED the bolero that you had made especially to match.  I LOVED my wedding day look! Thank you for making me feel and look a million dollars.  I just wish I could wear my dress again, it was the best day of my life and it is with thanks to Abigail’s Collection that I felt amazing, from the bottom of my heart thank you’.

Mwaaah, as you can imagine, we all needed tissues!  This letter made our day and we are really proud that customers feel really special when they visit us, that is exactly as it should be!

Suits You Sir

Rob consultation in room pic 3 rsSuch massively exciting news!  We’ve expanded! Yes, following our incredible national award win in January we decided to roll out our Groom’s Room portfolio and have opened a second Groom’s Room location in Barnston, near Great Dunmow.  We’ve joined forces at Martels Event’s Village with a bunch of other fabulous wedding and events businesses.  Groom’s and their entourage now have the choice to visit our Colchester or Barnston Branch!  Look forward to welcoming guests to our spankingly brand new and fabulous Groom’s Room.  Check out for more info and watch this space for more news on our Barnston Branch.

Proudly We Were Voted The Best!

Abi Neill Rob Neill Business Owners and Kirsty Vaughan Shop Manager Both Awards

Well January went off with a bang! So on January 15th, as proud double regional winners for The Wedding Industry Award’s (East of England) ‘Menswear Retailer of the Year’ and ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year’ – we were invited along to the national finals in London!  We got all dressed up and I squeezed into the sparkliest of all sparkly bodycon dresses (brave yes I know, lol) and hair sprayed my beehive hair do to within an inch of its life! I then tottered along in ridiculously high heels side by side with Husband Rob and our lovely Shop Manager Kirsty to The Café De Paris and it has to be said it all felt rather exciting, swanky and glamorous!

We sipped champagne, nibbled on divine delights and excitedly awaited the awards!  It was an absolutely sensational evening because we were awarded the UK’s ‘Best Menswear Retailer of the Year’ and also received a highly commended trophy for the ‘Best UK Bridal Retailer of The Year’….  We were all so so so so so thrilled, excited and utterly over the moon!  Customers voted in their hundreds and we have received all of the feedback from the awards team.  We are a passionate and enthusiastic team hell bent on delivering exceptional customer service and an amazing shopping experience, these awards mean the blinkin’ world to me, my Husband Rob and the team because they are voted for by you our amazing customers, and it is not based on the sheer quantity of votes it’s based on scores and detailed feedback and Judges at a seriously high level by industry professionals I respect a great deal.  From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU…. We’re so flippin’ proud we even put them in our  window…..

Abigail’s Collection Of Awards

So we are feeling very happy, and proud and, well, pleased as punch with ourselves right now!

We’re really thrilled and excited to report that on Monday night we scooped two impressive industry award titles at a prestigious awards event in Norfolk.  The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) are the only client-voted regional and national awards in the wedding industry and bravely earlier this year we decided to enter two categories; Menswear Retailer and Best Bridal Retailer.

It was an epic evening as we won in both categories for the East Anglian region!  If you know us as a business then you might have found that we’re all genuinely passionate about delivering a high level of customer service and strive to be the best that we can but of course we also know that the East of England has a lot of passionate and committed wedding suppliers, so to win these awards based on votes and customer feedback in both categories against some very strong businesses was simply flippin awesome!

With over 3000 established bridal retailers in the UK and over 100 in Essex alone.  It’s a significantly competitive industry and we retailers have to work hard to impress!  Our amazing customers often send us the most wonderful cards and thank you gifts following their wedding days but this was the ultimate thank you from our customers who voted for us!  Winning these awards means so so much; we literally haven’t stopped smiling since our names were announced!

The team now go forward to the National Finals of The Wedding Industry awards held in London on 15th January 2015.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU if you voted for us, it was the best Christmas present ever!