Campbell Spencer Bridal is run by Emily Campbell and Charley Spencer, a Perth-based duo with over a decade in the fashion business. The label focuses on versatile separates and ready-to-wear gowns, shipping worldwide from their online store.

➳ Take us to the beginning of it all for you - How and when was CAMPBELL SPENCER BRIDAL born? 
Charley: Campbell Spencer Bridal was actually born when Emily got married a few years back. We’d known each other for many years, but didn’t team up until then.

Emily: I was searching for a dress, and as someone who was pretty familiar with (non-bridal) Australian fashion, I was surprised at the abundance of poorly made, synthetic, imported dresses. I wanted something fitted and elegant with ‘options’ that could transform into a different look after the ceremony - and I realised Charley and I could do it better (and for less) than what I might otherwise end up with.
➳ What can CAMPBELL SPENCER BRIDAL offer a Bride to-be for their Wedding day?
Charley: I think we can offer something really timeless and elegant. We’ve looked at the evolution of bridal design over the last 60 or 70 years and drawn from those elements that have really stood the test of time, to try to create something as enduring as the occasion it’s for.

Emily: We can also offer bridal pieces made from beautiful quality silk, and handmade locally, at a pretty unexpected price point. Unexpected in a good way!

➳ Did you always know that you wanted to be a Bridal designer?
Charley: I think we’ve both always been drawn to fashion, but the change to bridal design happened more gradually. I studied fashion and textiles at Curtin and then RMIT, and went on to work in higher-end Australian fashion for many years. The transition to bridal was kind of an organic process I guess – being able to create ‘slow fashion’ and to have a hand in everything from making the pattern to sewing on the final embellishments makes it really rewarding.

Emily: I originally studied Law so it definitely wasn’t something I always knew. I think the older I got, the more I realised I needed to love my work - and I couldn’t imagine enjoying any job more than this one.

➳ Do you have any stories that you would like to share from your experiences?
Emily: We’ve only had good experiences so far! Working with women has been amazing – in terms of both our clients and the other businesses we’ve worked alongside. We’ve found so many women who’ve been willing to use their time and talents to uplift other women in business. There seems to be an amazing comradery amongst female entrepreneurs and I hope we’ve contributed to that!
➳ What advice would you offer to a Bride that is just starting out on their search for the perfect Wedding dress?
Charley: It’s ok to expect the best, even if you aren’t spending the most. Smaller local brands can offer amazing design-work and quality without the mark-ups associated with wholesalers, importing and large stores - so if you’re happy to forego the ‘large store’ experience you might find something amazing.

➳ Do you have a personal favourite style?
Emily: Anything well-fitted and simple, but with a touch of grandeur. I love seeing a classic, elegant dress transformed with an intricate lace train or cathedral length veil.

Charley: When a piece is quite understated the quality of the fabric and the design can really shine through, and I think there’s really something to be said for taking a simple thing and doing it in the most luxurious way.

➳ Please tell us about the best part about what you do:
Emily: Vicariously experiencing the joy of brides-to-be when they fall in love with a dress. It’s one of those moments when it all becomes real for the Bride, and seeing that transformation is something I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of.

Campbell Spencer Bridal

Also featuring: 
Photographer: Lana Rae Photography @lanaraephoto 
Makeup: Pia Donaldson @painted_bypia
Hair: Deborah Jack Campbell @deborahjackcampbell 
Location: Fridays Studio West Perth @fridaysstudio 
Styling: Meghan Smith
Accessories: Varga Girl @thevargagirls