(So personally, I love writing my thoughts and feeling. I find it extremely liberating. And this GC bride network started because I met a counsellor sitted beside me with a notebook and she was writing. She saw me also having a notebook beside and we strike a conversation, hence)



This is taken from the Prologue of the book Journey by Paulo Coellho.


Everybody has a good story to tell, and it is part of the human condition to want to share a little of our experience with others. There are some stories we must firsts share with ourselves before they become a part of the world, before they can begin to lead us on our journey. Think of all that you have not yet learned abaout yourself, admitted to yourself, or even understood about your hopes, your fears, your dreams. Even when no one is there to read your words, write for the pleasure of writing. Write to discover, to let go.

As the pen traces out words on paper, your anguish disappears and your happiness remains. For this to happen, it is necessary to have the courage tp look deep inside yourself and to write with honesty.


And what if it's something very intimate?


Don't worry. Thousands of years ago, Solomon wrote the following words: "Whatever has been is that which will be, and whatever has been done is which will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun" (Elccesiastes 1:9)


In other words: if thousands of years ago there was nothing new, just imagine now! Our feelings of happiness and anguish are still the same, and we should not hide them. And even though there is nothing new under the sun, there still remains the need to translate all this for ourselves.



There is a few questions I curated from the Journey by Paulo Coelho.


Q: What do you want most in life?






Q: What experiences have made you feel most alive?





Q: Consider your conquests. Think back to the magical moments over the years. Have any of these successes changed you?




From: Journey. A Journal of Discovery by Paulo Coelho.




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The backstory behind the GC Bride Network Group:

Just this morning, I was having my usual breakfast and the person sitted one metre away from me had a notebook and was writing. She saw me also with a notebook beside and naturally we started talking - one metre apart. She is a counsellor.


She told me about her work as a counsellor and I ask her about marriage counselling because I have always felt the calling to uphold marriages (since I am a wedding dress designer by chance)

One of the thing that caught me throughout our conversation was this topic - disappointment. An emotion we might experience it often but also neglect. Be it during our daily lives or in our marriage. I remembered an excerpt I read from a book, I thought I should share this because I felt so relief after reading it. Here goes.


"What is the most difficult thing in life with relationships?


Since it takes two people to make a relationship work, and a relationship can easily be disrupted by third parties, relationship are tricky thing to nurture. In my own experience, even relationships that were strong for a long time seemed to suffer when I started to feel disappointed in the other person. Whenever I feel disappointed, if I don't address the feeling, it always comes back to harm the relationship. In other words, a feeling of disappointment is like a warning light, telling me that if I don't do something about it, the relationship could fail.


But unlike other emotions, disappointment is very tricky to express. It comes out as petty and small-minded, whereas if I keep it bottled up, it only gets worse. All of which makes it difficult to act either way. If we are depressed, we can at least say so and ask for help. Similarly, if we feel sad, we can cry. But if we are disappointed, the feeling is harder to express because we have to explain it to the person who has disappointed us.


People who come to me for advise on this describe their experience of disappointment in various ways. When parents fail to keep a promise, their children feel disappointed -- say, if their father was supposed to take them out to play or come to a school performance, but he forgot. Many fathers I've spoken with have shared their feelings of disappointment upon being treated like they are invisible by their wives and children. The same feelings arise in a wife when her husband does not take her side in a disagreement with her-in-laws or friends. A young man or woman in a relationship can feel disappointment when the partner who has been so attentive graduallly becomes half-hearted, not even responding when spoken to. Office workers can feel disappointment too , when colleagues or subordinates do not respect their ideas, or when a boss does not say anything about a project they've worked overtime on.


Our feelings of disappointment stem from having expectations of another person that go unfulfilled. Such expectations are often unspoken, and yet we wish that people would somehow figure them out based on nonverbal clues and fulfilled them for us. When they are not met, we become frustrated and want to shout "Do I have to spell it out everytime? Why can't you figure out what I want by looking at me and my circumstances?"


But of course it is difficult to know exactly what someone else expects if they haven't told us. Without the power of telepathy, how can we know what someone else is expecting? If we do not express our feelings of disappointment, they will start to build up and transform into more difficult emotions, such as anger, hurt, or even betrayal, and we may come to hold a grudge. So it is best to share your disappointment, rather than leaving it to build up inside you.


If we do not express our feelings of disappointment, they will start to build up and transform into more difficult emotions, such as anger, hurt, or even betrayal, and we may come to hold a grudge. So it is best to share your disappointment, rather than leaving it to build up inside you. And when you express it, you should be careful not to do it in a way that is aggressive or critical of other person, or when the other person is angry. Instead, wait until noth of you are calm and composed, and talk about only how you feel right then, not what was done or said many years ago. It can feel awkward at first , but after a bit of practice you will be able to stop repressing these feelings, and speak calmly without damaging your relationship.



Excerpts from #1 International Beseller "Love for Imperfect Things" - How to accept yourself in a world striving for perfection by Haemin Sunim page 117-119





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"We'd pull out of the publication tomorrow! We want these images in Vogue and we need those to be embargoed until we get published!"


Our stylist Nico communicated this message to our editorial team loud and clear.

It was the eleventh hour. We were less than 12 hours away from publishing. Everything has been planned.

The contents were organised and the stories were set! How could she just decide to pull out the images at the last minute and everything is in chaos!


It has been on celebratory mode all along. We reached a milestone achievement of our first year anniversary with digital publication. It was not easy. In fact, far from it. The journey was liken to be a turbulent ride but a very rewarding one. It was our first publication since 5 months ago when we managed to publish the Summer edition in the midst a worldwide Covid lockdown!


We certainly did not expect such a decision. The team shot this series during one of the hottest day during the British summer. Everybody was tired but in high spirit. We were cheering everybody on.


"We should be glad they are submitting for Vogue! It is gonna be worth it!" It's alright we published something less. It does make a difference but we will be fine." said Erin, our assistant editor-in-chief.



Nico, the stylist was also the designer for all the statement headpiece for the images. She has an exceptional talent in making the model looks fabulous and glamourous in her accessories which has some x-factor oozing in every shot. The photographer Tim Copsey is a veteran photographer with tons of experience in editorial shoot. He knows the story he wants to portray, he knows the angles, he knows the vibes. Everything on set was led by his equally experienced partner-in-style Nico.


We couldn't be happier when we received the images. They were not the usual kind of bridal shoot we see on social media. These were truly something different.


Featuring Kayla wearing Yolanda from Elysian Collection.

Giorgia Couture created only one new design for 2020. The off-the-shoulder ballgown was it!

The entire collection was supposed to be called Dream of Love, an named inspired from the term "Liebestraum" a romantic and virtuosic piano composition by Franz Liszt.

You can book an appointment with us to try this dress from "Dream of Love" today.

www.giorgiacouture.com/appointment



P.S: Were these images published eventually? You bet! The road to Vogue isn't a walk in the park. There is no resistance, it just isn't going to happen for this one, yet!



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