Bride Philippa Wears a Low Keyhole Back Wedding Dress in French Lace and a Surprise Change at Her Reception!


August 7th, 2013

Hi lovely brides-to-be, wedding vendors and followers!

I wanted to share a gorgeous wedding with you of my couture bridal client Philippa and her husband Sean who were married in Brisbane. Philippa is one of my interstate clients who flew down to Sydney for wedding gown fittings – making it an extra special adventure & bridal experience for her!

Philippa wore a luxurious silk satin wedding gown with French leavers lace. The gown had a Chinese rink collar and the back of the gown also featured a keyhole back with an alluring low back wedding gown look.

The wedding gown also featured cap sleeves in the delicate French leavers lace. – Leavers lace has a scalloped eyelash edge like it’s famous counterpart Chantilly lace, however the difference is Leavers lace has a slightly more defined texture and outline of the design than Chantilly lace.

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Angie Branch Photography for these wedding images. Angie is a Brisbane based photographer and I just love how she captured the magnificent and also the intimate moments of Philippa and Sean’s wedding. Angie’s photography style is very romantic and classic as you can see from these images.

The bride smiles in her bright red lipstick in her birdcage veil and lace capped sleeve wedding gown with high collar at the back by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride looks down softly in her bright red lipstick and a soft birdcage veil with her capped sleeve French Leavers lace wedding gown with high back necklineThe bride pulls up the hem of her silk satin wedding gown with hand cut French Leavers lace hem to show off her bridal shoes by Angie Branch Photography

The hem of Philippa’s silk couture bridal gown featured a lace scallop trim which was delicately hand stitched the full way around the skirt. I designed a low keyhole back for Philippa’s gown because it showed off her figure but created a modest and classic look framing her back in an unusual way from the other popular low back wedding dress styles.

Philippa’s wedding dress (like all my couture wedding gowns) featured fabric covered buttons down the back and also on the back collar.

The bride poses looking back at us holding her bouquet in her key hole French lace & silk satin wedding gown with small train - Angie Branch Photography
The bride poses on the black grand piano in her ivory silk satin wedding dress with French lace capped sleeves by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride poses on the grand piano in her silk satin & French Leavers lace low back key hole back wedding dress - Angie Branch Photography The bride poses on the grand piano in her silk satin gown with French lace capped sleeves & ivory peep toe shoes & birdcage veil - image by Angie Branch Photography.
The bride in her key hole back low back wedding gown with French lace capped sleeves gets her make up done

Philippa & Sean were married in St Alban Chapel at The Southport School in Brisbane. Sean is an old boy from The Southport School, so it was very sentimental to him & his family to be married there. It was very special that Philippa and Sean planned these key aspects of their wedding together, incorporating things that were important to each of them.

I designed Philippa’s wedding gown uniquely for her after much discussion about her wedding venue, reception location and the theme and feel she wanted to create for her wedding. I did a range of sketches for her and we refined it to the perfect design. We were both so excited when I emailed (interstate client) Philippa her final design and she knew it was “The One.” Philippa was 100% confident when she saw the finished illustration and we were excited to get started on fittings and bringing the design to life! I’ll share the original sketch in a future blog post soon! :)

The bride in her lace capped sleeve wedding dress with silk satin & groom kiss during the wedding ceremony by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride wears a lace key-hole back wedding gown with slim silk satin skirt and a birdcage veil hugging the groom with wedding cars in the background by Angie Branch PhotographyBride in her A-line silk satin wedding dress with small train & Groom pose as the bridal party jumps in the air by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride wearing her couture made-to-measure wedding dress and groom hold each other with sunburst lighting glowing behind themThe bride Philippa in her silk satin couture wedding gown & Groom Sean hug & kiss on the country dirt road with fields in the distance Photo Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride arches her back into a kiss with her groom on a country road with grass fields in the background wearing her silk satin gown with lace capped sleeves in French Leavers lace and lace scalloped hem

Philippa & Sean had their wedding reception at The Grange at the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove. It’s a beautiful location with French doors overlooking a green lawn & a luxuriously spacious dance floor.

The bride in her low back key hole back French leavers lace and silk satin wedding dress dances with the groom for their first dance at the wedding reception The Bride in her silk satin & lace wedding dress & Groom share a private moment sitting in the living room by Angie Branch PhotographyPhilippa wanted a gown that she could dance in as she and Sean planned to dance the night away doing salsa & ceroc, so we opted to create TWO wedding dresses! Below is the short gown Philippa wore for her wedding reception! A white smooth silk dupion gown with corded French lace beaded with tiny white pearls – and of course my signature fabric covered buttons!

The bridesmaid helps button the bride into her short silk dupion wedding dress for the reception or wedding reception dress with lace strapsThe bride kicks up her heel in a cute pose in her short wedding dress in silk taffeta for the wedding reception by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride admires herself in the mirror in her short knee length wedding gown in silk dupion taffeta with lace straps while her bridesmaid motions towards herThe bride wears a silk taffeta silk dupion short wedding dress with pleats & lace detail on the bust and straps while she cuts the cake with her groom

Philippa’s “Reception Wedding Gown” as I like to call it was just above the knee with a box pleat skirt. There were lots of pretty pearls on the lace that I beaded by hand to give it sparkle and the silk dupion had a taffeta feel about it because it was so smooth, it’s a gorgeous quality fabric to work with that I have available in a range of shades from silk white, ivory, oyster, antique beige, pale rose pink etc.

I hope you love these divine, classic and timeless images by Angie Branch Photography. This is Angie’s photography website link again if you would like to have a look at more of her work:

And I’d also love to share with you the super sweet testimonial Philippa wrote me:

Philippa's hand written testimonial about my couture wedding gown's created for her.

It’s very special receiving such touching words from Philippa. I truly care about all my bridal couture clients. I want everyone I work with to feel amazing and be really happy with their gown – whether it’s a wedding gown, an engagement or evening gown, a mother of the bride or a bridesmaids gown. So not only receiving this card but also keeping in touch with Philippa on my Facebook Page since her wedding has been really special.

The lovely testimonial card sent to me by bridal gown client Philippa.If you are interested in having a romantic, couture wedding dress made-to-measure like Philippa’s original design, contact me by sending an email to info@sarahaliceandrews.comor give me a call on (Sarah) ph. 0431 977 814. I welcome all enquiries. All gowns are individually designed just for you and made-to-measure with your unique measurements.Getting a wedding gown bespoke made is the ultimate bridal experience for someone who just hasn’t found the perfect wedding dress yet, or who likes aspects of several gowns and can’t find one that brings them all together!

I hope you have a lovely week! You can also see more by following me on:

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x Sarah

As Seen In Cosmopolitan Bride: We celebrate our ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Editorial.


July 15th, 2013

Hello to all my lovely brides-to-be, wedding vendor friends and readers,

We are published! We were so excited to be featured by Cosmopolitan Bride in their May 2013 Australian issue.

Cosmopolitan Bride Australia May 2013 Cover with model holding a rabbit in her couture wedding dress by Sarah Alice Andrews - Bridal Couturier(Left) Cosmo Bride Front Cover. (Right) Our featured wedding/evening gown by Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier.

Model wearing her cotton bustier wedding dress with ribbon embroidery holds a brown bunny rabbit in an editorial by Cosmopolitan Bride magazine

How appropriate my gown is featured with an adorable bunny! I LOVE animals.. Thank you again to Cosmo bride for featuring my gown in your publication. We were literally scouted at the One Fine Day Sydney wedding fair in February 2013 by a Cosmo Bride Fashion Editor who just HAD to photograph my couture wedding gown for the May 2013 magazine issue with an ‘Alice in Wonderland Theme’.

The gown details are: Bustier in vintage printed cotton with rose transfer print and ornate ribbon embroidery on the bustline. There is also a belt covered in ribbon embroidery which is detachable and was not shown in the Cosmo editorial, but you can see what it looks like below: Image by Foster Photography:

Ribbon embroidery and beading on a bow belt finishes off a floral print bustier and pale pink silk dupion skirtIt’s a very romantic and modern slimline gown with an abstract avant garde feel about it with all the interesting draping of the back. The skirt is attached in pink silk dupion in a fitted mermaid style. There are lots of other photos of this gown if you’d like to get a better idea what it looks like (here on the blog) and (here scroll down midway in the gallery).

This gown is available to order in any fabric and colour of your choice OR I am selling the sample at a discounted price.  The sample is approximately a size 10 but can be altered to fit a size 8 or 12. Contact me for prices, specific measurements and if you’d like to come and try it on or view it in more detail.

There is a big flower like ruffle at the back of the original gown, but it can be easily taken off if you want a more streamlined look. It’s perfect for the fashion forward bride or an evening gown look as it’s not the traditional white colour (the skirt is a pale pink dupion)..

Contact me for any enquiries by sending me an email to or give me a call on (Sarah) ph. 0431 977 814.

I hope you have a lovely week! Keep in touch:

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x Sarah

Real Wedding: Silk & Cotton with French Lace, Peonys & Australian Wildflowers – A Unique Bride


July 1st, 2013

Hello everyone!

I’ve had so much exciting publicity recently (If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you would have seen some of it) but I thought I’d better share another gorgeous wedding of one of my brides before I put any more media stuff on the blog! This post is about the wedding of one of my dearest friends Cate. I not only designed Cate’s wedding dress, but I was also her maid of honour!

Images: Foster Photography

The bridesmaid dressing the bride by Foster Photography details include a silk and cotton guipure lace wedding dress and vintage bridesmaid dressA detail of French guipure lace with hand beading in pearls on fine silk cotton and the bridesmaids hands buttoning the covered buttons of the brides couture wedding dressSilhouette image of the bridesmaid buttoning the bride in her wedding dress being photographedAll images are by Foster Photography except the silhouetted image directly above which was taken on a friend’s iPhone. My dress was vintage from Grandma Takes A Trip on Crown St, Surry Hills in Sydney. I know – I should have made my own bridesmaids dress. But I was SO busy with making not only Cate’s wedding dress but also so many others! And I adore vintage. I find the designs and details of vintage dresses inspiring.

The bride turns in a romantic classical pose in her silk cotton wedding dress with guipure French lace and the bridesmaid in her pink vintage dress prepares the bridal gownthe bride looks romantically and softly downwards posing in the doorway for Foster Photography in her silk cotton and guipure French lace wedding gown with illusion necklineDyptic of the bride looking like a romantic and classical beauty in her silk cotton couture wedding dress with French guipure lace made to measure image by Foster PhotographyCate’s wedding dress was made of a silk and cotton blend fine voile over a heavier silk satin. The neckline of her gown was done in just one layer of voile to create a soft illusion neckline look. We were going for a modest front and then a sexier figure hugging back.

I was originally going to use a silk chiffon as the outer fabric, but after selecting a French guipure lace, the chiffon was going to be too light and fragile to balance with the lace, so I chose the silk cotton voile which matched the texture perfectly.

It was also important to design a wedding dress for Cate that reflected her personality and that her husband to be David would love. Cate and David are extremely down to earth, extraordinary people. They actually live on a boat which they can anchor anywhere and sail around the world in! Designing the perfect wedding dress for Cate was a great challenge but also a labour of love.

The bride with her deep green eyes softly stares at the camera in a romantic classic pose with drop pearl earrings and detail of the guipure lace and cotton wedding dress showing by Foster PhotographyThe bride poses in the doorway for Foster Photography in her silk cotton couture made-to-measure bridal gown with small train and long straps in guipure French lace and covered buttons down the backThe gorgeous Tasmanian peony in Cate’s hair and her bouquet was by Christopher Doblo – a Sydney based florist and another good friend of Cate. He chose flowers for Cate’s bouquet that reflected Cate’s love of the Australian bush. Flowers in her bouquet include coffee coloured Julia Roses, cream David Austin Roses, baby pink Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, Flannel Flowers and green Hellebore with some Eucalypt Foliage Polygum.

The bride poses in her cotton and French lace illusion neckline wedding gown with her bouquet of peonys Australian wildflowers and herbs and a Tasmanian peony in her hair image by Foster PhotographyA bouquet of peonys and Australian wildflowers and herbs to reflect the brides nature and love of the Australian bush by Chris Doblo Floristry and photo by Foster Photography

Many of my couture made-to-measure wedding dresses feature covered buttons with real fabric roulou loops. Cate’s bridal gown also had hand beaded pearls on the French guipure lace which I beaded myself.

The guipure lace is characteristically a thick cotton lace with very defined outlines of shapes. Guipure lace can be any pattern including abstract symbols or flower and leaf designs such as the one here. The quality of laces ranges widely, but a good indication is the amount of pattern and variation in the design often means a more special, higher quality lace or a less expensive one. In this case you can see loads of variation and not just a small repeat pattern which makes it very special and exclusive.

A detail of the guipure French lace with hand beaded pearls and the back of the couture wedding gown with covered buttons in silk cottona detail of the brides bouquet with pale pink peonys and dark green foliage and the bride laughs in her illusion neckline bridal gown in silk cotton with an oversized Tasmanian peony in her hair and holding her bouquet by Foster PhotographyCate kept bursting into fits of laughter during this pre-wedding photo shoot by Foster Photography. It’s so beautiful to see a laughing bride! Most brides are so serious before the wedding ceremony and then they relax afterwards and that’s when the photographer is finally able to get some good photos of her!

The wedding was set on the Brisbane River with Cate and David’s boat anchored on the jetty a few metres away. Cate actually wished for rain because she said it would make the night of the reception more atmospheric. So if you’re unlucky to have it rain on your wedding day try to think of the fun and camaraderie it can bring and turn it into a positive!A view of the curves of the Brisbane River with the city in the distance and sailing boats anchored along the mangrove edges by Foster PhotographyI would like to give my HUGE thanks to Robin of Foster Photography for shooting this stunning photo shoot of Cate. You can see more of Foster Photography’s work on their website: and also in my previous blog posts here and here.

If you’re considering having a couture bridal gown created for your wedding day, then send me an email or give me a call. I do free consultations where we can discuss the type of gown you’d like to have created. I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact me here:

If you’re keen to learn more about us at Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier, you can check out the following:

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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

The Top 5 Questions I Get Asked by Brides About Having a Wedding Dress Exclusively Designed & Created:


June 11th, 2013

Hi lovely people,

Every day I meet with brides and discuss what their dream wedding dress would look like. As we sit down and look at ideas, photos, sketches and fabric samples, I get asked a number of questions from each bride which are usually around the same topics. So I realised it might be very helpful if I wrote a blog answering these questions!

My TOP FIVE questions I get asked by brides are as follows:

1. How much time to do I need to have a wedding dress made?

Good question! Some of my bridal clients book in as early as 12 months ahead. While others book in around the 6 month mark and sometimes we even have last minute brides with only a few months to go.

It’s good to get locked in as early as you can so we can get your design finalised and choose the fabrics. Some materials and laces can take several months to arrive if they’re coming from France, so if you book in early we have unlimited options to refine the design, choose the materials and laces and arrange fitting dates.

But we don’t need to start your first fitting too early. Many brides loose weight or tone up  for their wedding day. So if we start fittings 12 months ahead, then by the time it gets close to your wedding date your body will have changed and we’ll have to keep altering the shape and size of your gown.

However we do get busy here as most weddings tend to happen close together. The more we can plan and pace the work we do on your gown over the coming months, the better service we can give to you.

So what I would advise is – just contact me as soon as you can and let me know your wedding date. I prefer more time rather than less so don’t wait to set up your consultation with me!

However if you have only just found us at the end of your wedding gown search or you have a very short engagement period, please don’t be afraid to still contact me about your wedding dress. If we can fit you in to our busy schedule we will!

2. Can I make changes to my wedding gown design later if I decide I don’t like something?

This is an awesome question and I’m glad you asked! We do a first fitting in calico cotton where you can see how the whole gown is going to look and we will discuss ALL changes at this first fitting. You’ll be able to see the whole gown shape, neckline, skirt shape, straps, train – basically everything will be there in fairly clear detail.

This is an example of one of our gorgeous brides at her first fitting wearing the “calico cotton toile” version of her wedding dress.

While you are wearing the (calico cotton toile) gown we will discuss things such as the neckline and we can actually cut away the fabric while you’re wearing it (but very carefully!) to make it lower or more v-shaped or rounded or sweetheart right before your eyes.

You will be able to see roughly see how your gown silhouette is going to look and we will be making lots of small adjustments to the fit of your gown and minor design changes. So this is the optimal time to make any small changes you would like.

3. What is the latest stage that I can still make changes?

When I design for a client, we look at examples of my previous clients gowns, lots of sketches and other photos, your ideas and also the type of wedding ceremony and reception you are having. I then create a final illustration gleaned from the ideas we have discussed.

After I have done this sketch – of course you can change your mind! Even big changes are ok at this stage as long as we haven’t started the pattern for your bridal gown. If we have started the pattern then we will discuss what options you have available to make the changes you are requesting.

Then we create a calico cotton (toile) version of your gown. At this stage as I mentioned earlier, we can make lots of “small changes” such as altering the neckline shape slightly, making the skirt a little tighter, or the train a bit shorter etc.

Then we make the gown in the final fabric. If your gown is nearly finished then it’s going to be much more difficult to make any changes at all to the design – although we have been known to insert an extra panel to the back train to make it longer at the last minute! (We really go out of our way to make our clients happy).

However being able to make a change late in the process is extremely rare. It depends on what the design looks like and what you are requesting to change. So I would never count on having this option! Not to mention that major style changes after your gown has been cut in the real fabrics are not part of the agreement so they would incur extra charges. This might seem unreasonable but you have to consider for us it will require a lot more time and labour to draft a new pattern, possibly sew a new calico toile of the part you want changed, a fitting to try the toile on, purchase of more fabric to recut the style and then sewing it all up again and another fitting to check it all fits!

But don’t fear! That’s why we do a first fitting in calico! To make sure you’re happy with everything! :)

However one exciting thing we can do later on is decide how you want the beading and embellishments to look!

In every case, please tell us asap if you want to change something or are unsure about something and I will tell you what your options are. We are not scary or intimidating – so you can talk to us about any concerns and we truly want you to feel and look amazing on your wedding day!

Image: Foster Photography

4. How do I know if I’m going to like my wedding dress or not when it’s finished and what if I don’t like it?

With all the opportunities to see how your gown is going to turn out – a first fitting in calico cotton and then fittings in the real fabric to adjust the fit and perfect the embellishments, I don’t think you’re going to dislike your bridal gown.

If there are any problems it’s normally something in particular you don’t like about your wedding gown, but there are other aspects you are happy with. In this case just talk to us about these issues and we can usually rectify them.

But we definitely aim to avoid any problems by checking everything carefully at the wedding gown fittings so there is little risk of you hating the whole dress!

5. So, I’ve decided I want to go ahead and have Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier make my couture wedding gown, what is the next step?

First we need to finalise your wedding dress design. Sometimes this is done during the consultation, but other times it takes more discussion and several email exchanges before we get it right.

After you have confirmed you’re happy with the design, I will send you your first invoice for the initial retainer. This allows me to start your wedding gown pattern and start purchasing materials. So the next time I see you will be for your first fitting in the calico cotton toile gown and at a date that suits you.

If we are using special laces I will start sourcing these immediately.. Or you may want to wait to choose the fabrics until after your first fitting in the calico cotton when you can see roughly how your gown will look and it will be easier to visualise the effect of the different fabric choices. – Of course I will help you with this and guide you in the right direction to choose materials that are suitable for your gown.

I hope these FAQS are helpful to you! I find they’re the most common questions I get asked, but of course if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask me! Or you can also find more FAQs in the About your Gown Page or check out this post I wrote some time ago about Having Your Wedding Gown Designed & Made-to-Measure – A Step By Step Guide to the Consultation Experience.

An important point to remember is that you’re not alone in your “Couture Wedding Gown Creation Journey!” You have a designer (myself) and very skilled pattern and sample makers who are all going to be looking after you and ensuring that your wedding gown is perfect. We want you to look amazing walking down the aisle! To us that is the greatest privilege and why we are in this business!

Image: Foster Photography

If you’re considering having a couture bridal gown created for your wedding day, then send me an email or give me a call. I do free consultations where we can discuss the type of gown you’d like to have created. I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact me here:

If you’re keen to learn more about us at Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier, you can check out the following:

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Feel free to send me any comments about this blog post via Facebook or Twitter, send me an email or give me a call Ph.0431 977 814.

Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah


Polka Dot Wisdom – One Fine Day Sydney Review:


May 27th, 2013

Hi everyone,

I know I’ve been rather slack with my blog posting lately! (That’s because I’m super busy making beautiful dresses..) But I have received tonnes of publicity recently, so I’ll try to share some of the features with you starting with this article by the lovely Ms Herringbone of Polka Dot Wisdom (Polka Dot Bride).

Lovely post by Ms Herringbone don’t you think? It was such an enjoyable fair to be a part of.. There were so many gorgeous ideas to make your wedding totally unique.

I downsized the post so you can download it faster in your browser, but you can read the entire post here:

If you’re considering having a couture bridal gown created for your wedding day, then send me an email or give me a call. I do free consultations where we can discuss the type of gown you’d like to have created. I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact me here:

I also share lots of photos, industry news, things that inspire me and behind the scenes via:

Facebook –

Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Pinterest – sarahaandrews

Instagram – @sarahcouturier

Feel free to send me any comments about this blog post via Facebook or Twitter or send me an email!

Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Refresh your wardrobe and support World Change!


April 30th, 2013

My good friend Louise is holding her 4th “Under A Tree Clothing Exchange” this coming Saturday 4th May in Brisbane. So if you’re looking for something fun to do – and perhaps find some new pieces for your winter wardrobe then you should check it out!

What is a “clothing exchange” you might ask? It is an event where you take some quality clothes from your wardrobe that you don’t want or need anymore and you exchange them for other clothing items that are available on the day.

These could be dresses or tops, skirts, jackets, pants etc, even accessories including belts, hats or gloves. But they must be in good condition and not old and worn looking. You will be selecting from items other participants have brought along so make sure you bring things you think people would want.

Chatting with Louise, she told me that they will have volunteers available on the day to help you select something if you need help. And if you’re planning to go to this event alone, you can still have a lovely time. – Louise and her volunteers will make sure you meet people while you listen to live music at the event and enjoy tea and biscuits at pretty tables set up throughout the venue.


It’s all happening at a previous Under A Tree Clothing Exchange as people pick out their new items of clothing..


But there is more to this event than just swapping clothes. A Pot of Tea Under A Tree supports the Somaly Mam Foundation which is a charity which literally rescues young girls from sexual slavery in Cambodia. Louise tells me that “1 in 40 girls in Cambodia are sold into sexual slavery from as young as 4 years old.” How horrific is that!


But by holding these events to raise money for the Somali Mam project, A Pot of Tea Under a Tree has raised enough money to save 16 girls from Camodian brothels.


Louise’s mum Anne-Marie, Louise & myself (Sarah) at the launch of Project Futures in 2011 where we met Somaly Mam.


Check out the website for more information about the clothing exchange: and follow the links for information about the Somaly Mam Foundation.


Unfortunately I will be at my head quarters in Sydney this weekend! Lots of bridal fittings happening.. But if you are in Brisbane and you are able to go, I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it!


And if you’re considering having a couture wedding gown created just for you and made to your individual measurements, send us an email or call us. I do free consultations where we can discuss your gown and I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact us here:

I also share lots of photos, industry news, things that inspire me and behind the scenes via:

Facebook –

Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Pinterest – sarahaandrews

Instagram – @sarahcouturier

Feel free to send me any comments about this blog post via Facebook or Twitter or send me an email!

Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

REAL WEDDING: Melissa’s Slim Lace Wedding Gown with Low Back & Ultra Long Train..


April 24th, 2013

Hello everyone,

I’m excited to share some photos of my couture bridal gown client Melissa and Derryn’s wedding at Manly in NSW. Melissa opted for a full lace wedding gown that was super slinky and fitted her like a glove. The fabrics are a beautiful scalloped lace and silk satin underneath. I added some pearl beading to the dress for extra shine and detail. (& because who doesn’t love pearls? – they’re actually very fashionable for bridal gowns at the moment too..)

All photos are by James Bennett

Below is Melissa’s mum Gae’s dress which we created for her in silk chiffon with a little beading in blue and green. It’s such an unusual stylish look for Mother of the Bride and Gae modernised it with her signature jewellery.

We made the little page boy’s bow ties in matching satin to the bridesmaids.

I created silk and lace flowers with rhinestone beading for Melissa to wear in her hair and as a brooch on her bridal gown.

Buttons and loops are a signature of my wedding dresses. They are something that really sets apart a made-to-measure couture wedding gown from an off the rack wedding dress, as it is more work to create the buttons and loops and you need to have the gown fitted to your body. At the top of Melissa’s wedding gown we did a sheer lace panel for an alluring low back effect showing off the lace by making it more contrasting against the skin.

We created the Mother of the Groom’s gown in coral lace and Melissa’s (new) Sister in Law’s bridesmaid gown in peach silk chiffon. The ceremony was at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in Manly.

Melissa particularly wanted a super long train on her wedding dress.. Seeing these photos of her wedding ceremony I can understand why! How gorgeous does she look…

After the ceremony, the bridal party went to Little Collins Beach and North Head in Manly for photos.

We created the bridesmaids dresses in different shades of peach silk chiffon for a subtle difference. I love when bridesmaids get to wear different style dresses like Lauren and Emilee wore. Melissa was a lovely bride in that she let her bridesmaids totally choose the style they wanted so that both girls are actually keen to wear their dresses again – Brides take note!

All photos by: James Bennett:

I hope you enjoyed these images! Melissa was such a gorgeous bride and it’s a shame about the rainy day weather – it was pouring! But they definitely made the best of it and I love the dramatic look of the dark umbrellas against the pale landscape..

If you are considering having a couture wedding gown created just for you and made to your individual measurements, send us an email or call us. I do free consultations where we can discuss your gown and I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact us here:

I also share lots of photos, industry news, things that inspire me and behind the scenes via:

Facebook –

Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Pinterest – sarahaandrews

Instagram – @sarahcouturier

Feel free to send me any comments about this blog post via Facebook or Twitter or send me an email!

Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

Choosing your wedding gown style with a blank canvas & an open mind!


April 10th, 2013

Hello lovely brides, wedding vendors and friends,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you about design after lots of reflection about all the gorgeous wedding gowns I have created since I have been in business..

As a fashion designer it’s great to see how each wedding gown evolves and it’s especially exciting when I have a client who is comfortable to let me design her bridal gown based on my delicate design aesthetic.

I do love seeing your ideas including photos and sketches you have collected. It’s also important for me to be aware of fashion trends, weddings and haute couture collections. Some of you may have imagined your wedding gown for years.. And even if you haven’t it’s just a matter of a quick search on Google Images or Pinterest to be overloaded with wedding dress images! So it’s almost impossible not to have some clear ideas about what you want your wedding gown to be like!

However I still think it’s a great process to design your gown without looking at lots of photos but to start instead with a blank piece of paper. If we sit down and discuss your wedding and the type of atmosphere and theme you want for the day I can get a feel for the type of wedding you’re having and what sort of gown would be perfect for that occasion.

We can also discuss what aspects of your figure you want to show off (and also those things you’d like to disguise..). We can look through some of my sketches so you can point out the ideas you like and I will create a design that will really suit you and your wedding day theme!

An example of a client who went through this process was Cate (pictured above left). As Cate lives in Brisbane (and I am based in Sydney), we had a phone conversation about how her wedding was going to be styled, the venue etc and what Cate’s fiancé was going to wear. I met Cate in Brisbane a little while later and we discussed some designs I had created to show her and she told me which ones she liked and we created a final design from there.

I was really proud to have created Cate’s bridal gown – knowing she was so happy with it and that it suited her style so perfectly. Cate was an unusual client because she never collected any photos of wedding gown images at all! Cate allowed herself to be a blank canvas!

It was a huge challenge to design a wedding gown for Cate with only a telephone conversation, some photos of Cate on my mac and a blank piece of paper! But this process worked so well because Cate trusted me completely. While on my short trip to Brisbane, I showed Cate my ideas for her gown and we discussed them in detail and put these ideas into one final design.

You might have noticed Cate’s couture wedding dress on my Home Page, but if you haven’t here’s another sneek peek until I post a full blog about her wedding very soon!

Image above by Foster Photography. (I love their photography style. You can have a look at more of their work here:

If you are considering having a couture wedding gown created just for you and made to your individual measurements, send us an email or call us. I do free consultations where we can discuss your gown and I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact us here:

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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah


It’s a Wrap! One Fine Day Sydney – Wedding Fair Photos & Video:


March 11th, 2013

For those of you who didn’t make it to the One Fine Day Sydney wedding fair in February, you missed a wonderful day full of wedding inspiration! Loads of extremely creative vendors including photographers, wedding venues, caterers, DJs, wedding planners and us of course!

Over the two days, I made new friends such as makeup artist Liv Lundelius. I got to say hi to some of my lovely existing clients and I met a few wedding vendors I follow on social media including celebrant Sarah Cummings!

I was also approached by several bridal mag stylists and have some up and coming features (Hush Hush).. And MOST importantly I met loads of newly engaged brides who are just starting their wedding planning! It really was a great weekend!

I was quite proud of our wedding gown exhibit in the ‘Ladies Dressing Room’ at One Fine Day Sydney. I derived the whole design concept for our booth from my website so that we’d be instantly recognisable!

One of the decorations we used was ‘foamy’ roses (I just love the texture of them).. They have bendy stems so you can loop them around furniture and of course they won’t die or wilt so you can set them up days before your wedding and do really creative things with them.

We also tied silk dupion bows around the furniture and had pieces of lace and rolls of fabric draped artfully. Everything was DIY and easy to set up and (take down) in a short space of time.

A major attraction to the wedding fair was the ‘Gallery Space’. We featured several gowns on models in this space who rotated to different plinths in a kind of live gallery. We received loads of comments about our gowns for their uniqueness and wow factor! One of the models told me on Instagram that my pink wedding dress was her favourite gown to wear in the whole show..

If you’d like to see a little more of the weekend that was.. (and plan to go to the next One Fine Day Sydney event which I believe will be early next year) you can have a look at the official video from One Fine Day Sydney made by Paper Cranes below. A couple of our gowns are featured in the video too!

To see more of our behind the scenes, extras and other things we’ve been up to you can follow us on:

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And if you’d like more information about how to have a made-to-measure couture wedding gown created just for you and made to your individual measurements, send us an email or call us: Details on our contact page. Or have a look at our Gallery for ideas or Creation of Your Gown page for FAQs.

Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

Natalija & Jonathon’s Green & Pink Vintage Styled Wedding as Seen on Polka Dot Bride:


February 25th, 2013

Well what a huge beginning to the year we have had! Lots of big things have been happening at the studio and I have so much to share with you all since my last blog post!

First of all I’d like to share the gorgeous wedding of Natalija (Natalie) and Jonathon who were married in November 2012.

To create Natalija’s bridal gown we chose a blush pink silk dupion overlaid with ivory tulle and a rich ivory Guipure lace which we embellished with pearls and chiffon to create some delicate detailing.

Natalija was lucky enough to have her wedding featured on Polka Dot Bride as you can see below. Looking at how Natalija brought all the gorgeous elements together with the help of some amazing vendors, you can see why it was featured:

You can view the original blog post from Polka Dot Bride blog here:

Natalija was also kind enough to send me some extra photos of her wedding, so you can look forward to seeing more details of her gown with it’s fabulous kimono-esque bow detail and Guipure lace in a future blog post!

For more information about how to have a made-to-measure couture wedding gown created just for you in your choice of colour, silk fabric and style and made to your individual measurements, send us an email or call us: Contact us here:

You can also see more of what we’ve been up to including extra photos, industry news, things that inspire us and behind the scenes here:

Twitter – @SarahCouturier


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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah