Ribble Valley bridal studio to feature in new documentary

The Ribble Valley is now widely considered the wedding capital of the UK. A reputation which is finding its way to the small screen with a little bit of glamour arriving this summer in this popular Lancashire destination.

Feathers & Florence Bridal Studio based in Longridge has been selected to star in the upcoming 10-part series for W, part of UKTV, called Wedding Valley, which follows Ribble Valley-based couples, suppliers and venues in their journey to their big wedding day. 

The team at Feathers & Florence started filming with Little Gem TV, the London-based TV Production company, in mid-July at the beautiful venue of Browsholme Hall & Tithe Barn in a ‘styled shoot’. A common event in the industry, a styled shoot occurs when many wedding professionals combine their talents and services for images and videos which are then used in the promotion of each professional's services across magazines and social media.

Co-founder Liam Mulligan said about being featured “it really is a great opportunity for us as a relatively new entrant into the wedding industry to be asked to take part in a documentary which aims to celebrate, not just the Ribble Valley and the centre of the wedding universe, but also the hard-working industry professionals which make the whole event of a wedding look seamless”

Passion, dedication and love are what brought co-founders of Feathers & Florence, Liam and Melissa, together. An urge to help underprivileged women, planning their own wedding and more love started their story launching Feathers & Florence; a tranquil, intimate and inspiring Bridal Studio in Longridge, Lancashire. Surrounded by rustic and rural wedding locations in the Ribble Valley – and the search for her own wedding gown – Melissa and Liam couldn’t shake the idea of having their own bridal shop.

That dream has come true as the studio doors opened to its first appointments in April 2022. The aim being to offer a safe and calming space to try on beautiful boho-inspired dresses. The collection has been curated by both Liam and Melissa to display the best in luxury feminine bridalwear. Think lace, champagne and floaty silhouettes. Every dress has something unexpected to offer with investments starting at £2000. Melissa and Liam have also made an effort to source gowns made from recycled materials wherever possible with designers like Stephanie Allin, Nicole Milano and Savin London gracing the studio hangers.

Liam and Melissa wanted their business venture to be more than just a gorgeous retreat for brides-to-be. For them it’s about equality – they are joining together (in marriage and business) as a partnership; a team. As a team of two, they wanted to give back. Right from the very beginning supporting a higher cause has been high on the priority list. This is why Feathers & Florence have pledged to donate 1% of profits to end Period Poverty and support women in crisis and get them access to period products to safeguard the dignity and empowerment of women and girls.

As this is a team effort, Liam and Melissa have chosen to document their story on Instagram, somewhat for prosperity but mainly to allow you to indulge in exquisite wedding content with a glass of wine on a Friday evening. “Look out for ‘The Edit’ posts; these offer tips and information to inspire your wedding planning journey. We want you to get useful insider knowledge to make your whole wedding journey enjoyable, not just being able to say yes to the dress!” says Liam.

A date for the release of Wedding Valley has not yet been announced. Follow their journey and dresses on Instagram @feathersandflorence