It’s a sunny afternoon when I drive up to The White House in Morningside, Durban, a little oasis for brides, bustling with wedding-related businesses. My destination is Sposabella Bridal Gowns, an exclusive bridal boutique, and I find it at one end of the corridor – its light, modern showroom awash in sunshine and smiles from owner Gayle Erasmus and her team. From behind a mirrorball desk, they welcome guests like old friends. But the real star of the show is, of course, the dresses. With elegant silhouettes of lace, tulle and sparkle lining the shelves and draped on a host of mannequins, it’s hard not to get a little giddy, and I imagine many real brides do. And that’s where the Sposabella team comes in again, with their reassuring presence and extensive knowledge of what brides want (and need!). The boutique is home to the Enzoani Beautiful range, which is even more gorgeous in person than on screen, and for KZN brides, Sposabella is the perfect place to spend an afternoon trying on gowns and undoubtedly falling in love with ‘The One’. I asked Gayle a few questions about what makes her salon unique, and Michigan Behn was on hand to take these lovely images.
How would you describe the Sposabella bride?
A lady who loves the finer things in life, appreciates quality and wants to not only look spectacular on her special day but feel comfortable and enjoy every moment of it.
Which designers do you currently carry?
Sposabella is the exclusive stockist of Enzoani Beautiful Wedding Dresses in Kwazulu Natal. Enzoani has become one of the most sought-after brands across multiple continents, due to its dedication to innovative style, exceptional quality, and above all, a fit and finish like no other. Sposabella shares Enzoani’s vision – to provide each bride with her dream wedding dress, one that perfectly caters to her unique taste and personal style.
What are some of the things you consider when deciding on which designers to work with?
Quality fabrics, fit and workmanship are our top priority, as well as classic, on-trend design, and silhouettes that are not only comfortable, but elegant and eye-catching.
What inspired the design of your boutique?
We want our brides to be comfortable and enjoy their experience with us each step of the way. Our boutique is simple and neutral, putting the emphasis on the dresses and creating a comforting environment for our guests.
What are your favourite current bridal fashion trends?
I’m a total fan of soft flowing tulle, especially combined with a delicate illusion lace bodice and plunging neckline!