For more than 25 years, designer Joyce Young has created gowns and outfits for brides, their mums and women everywhere who love great couture.
The Glasgow School of Art graduate, who with husband Maurice has two children and two grandchildren, lives for her family and her work, as her favourite pics from her social media feeds show…
Meeting a prince
I am a bit of a workaholic and don’t have a lot of time for holidays, but that’s no problem as I love what I do. We have travelled to the Far East, New York, Los Angeles and Paris so I don’t feel hard done by. And we get to attend lots of events. But the absolute pinnacle was our day at Buckingham Palace when Prince Charles presented me with an OBE for services to textiles. Wow, that was surreal! To receive a letter from the Queen and be recognised and rewarded for work that I love doing so much is very humbling.
A day to cherish
On my granddaughter Sophie’s sixth birthday we organised a family trip to London. Here we are in a coffee house in Primrose Hill. This day was particularly special as we met up with my niece Robyn Catinella, a fashion PR in Australia. We hadn’t seen each other for nearly 30 years. We talked into the wee small hours over a few gins.
Life, love and work
It’s quite hard to separate my personal life from my working life as the two are inextricably linked. My husband Maurice and I live and love the business. It is 25 years since we opened our first shop in Bearsden. We have a fantastic, skilled team of 20 people behind us but we are still involved day to day. This is us at the Scottish Wedding Show where we have exhibited since 1995. This year we will be staging our own show. We plan to have more in-house events.
Mother to daughter
This image was taken at our last Couture Bridal shoot. It’s girlie heaven for my granddaughters with all our mirrors and tiaras. They adore dressing up. I designed their christening dresses. The first thing they do when they come up to our house is put on dresses that I made for their mum, Susie, in 1986. I love to take photos posed beside the dollhouse and rocking horse in the same dress Susie wore at that age.
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