Archive for January, 2012

New Trends: Inspiration for your Wedding Dress in Unstructured, Bohemian, Diaphanous Design

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This week I’d like to inspire those brides who have been searching for a different look for their wedding day. Perhaps something looser and less tightly structured, or just a more relaxed fitting.

You may have been searching for something romantic for a garden wedding like the flowing empire waisted gowns worn in ‘Pride & Prejudice‘ a Regency Period (1800’s) drama or a gown you saw in another splendid film or on the Red Carpet.

Or you could be wandering other wedding gown boutiques searching for the ultimate destination wedding dress that you can ‘throw in your suitcase’..

Below are some ideas we could create for you at Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier. As you can see we are also big fans of the T-Length (short) bridal gown look – even as an option to change into for your wedding reception so you can ‘dance the night away’ with your new husband! But the concepts I have illustrated also lend themselves to a longer length as well.

All images copyright Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier 2012

All images copyright Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier 2012

Elements we’re loving are ethereal, sheer silk organzas with the finest chantilly laces cut precisely and appliqued by hand. Beneath you could wear a fine silk satin slip that will feel lovely against the skin, so you could even surprise your husband to be on your wedding night by taking off the outer silk organza layer and wearing the silk satin slip to bed!

Fabrics we’re loving include: Fine silk satins, cotton voile, silk/cotton blends, silk crepe & fine laces with a natural texture. Hues could include Optical Whites through to Antique Ivory or Gold.

Think loose fitting gowns in silk chiffon, with handwork reminiscent of vintage lingerie slips from your grandmother’s chest or the grandest of ballgowns with tiny pearls stitched along the lace, free of the boning and letting the fabric fall lightly about you or – in a slinky bias-cut that hugs your figure. These looks could be done with a short or long length.


All images copyright Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier 2012

And of course we Love veils at our studio! Play up the drama with a long veil in silk tulle edged with French scalloped lace which we will create to match your wedding gown perfectly..

Or try a sweet birdcage veil over your face, or even a lace cloche hat. We love the ones by Maudies Millinery which you can find here or you can see more of Maudie’s hats, veils and bridal accessories at A Very Vintage Fair which is being held at The Bleeding Heart Gallery in Ann St, Brisbane city on 24 & 25 March 2012.


Both photographs are copyright Maudies Millinery 2012

If you’ve enjoyed gleaning some inspiration from any of these images, then give us a call or send us an email to discuss how we can create your dream wedding gown!

You don’t need to be sure of what you want – you just have to contact us and I will listen to your ideas (or I’ll suggest some if you’re not sure) and I will then design the most flattering style possible for your wedding day!

Enjoy! Sarah – Contact Us Here or chat with us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter.

Creating an icon – A little history of Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Hi Lovely Brides & Wedding Professionals,

I’ve seen so many lovely couples get engaged over the Christmas and New Year break – which is very exciting! So it’s just a short post this week as we have so many new enquiries and bookings to attend to!

Here’s a little history about the creativity behind our business – Our Logo. A great deal of thought was put into my logo (as with everything but especially my gorgeous bride’s wedding dresses! So I wanted to convey what our business is about and a little of our style. After some brainstorming we came up with this:

(This is the pretty web version – I adore Photoshop & all it’s possibilities! I’ve even used it to create fabric prints..)

The design was taken from some draping I created on a mannequin and then photographed from different angles. If you’ve ever wondered what I’m talking about when I mention “draping” well this is a good indication of what it is. As you can see it can be quite complicated, sculptural and artistic. There are no rules, except that when the draping is to be actually worn by a bride I think deeply about her proportions and what would suit her – But for this project I could let my imagination run wild!

Draping of this nature is impossible to replicate or copy and this is one of the many reasons I like to create ‘One Off’ couture creations for each individual bride.

I did the draping in a fine cotton voile because it has a wonderful strength & hold to drape & also a luminescent organza. Not every fabric can create these types of shapes because they are too soft or heavy. I have an excellent understanding of fabrics so depending on the look that you would like to achieve for your wedding gown I can assist you in making the right choices – whether I supply the fabric myself or if you have your own.

The draping of our logo is a bit abstract but it has a certain etherial quality and I could imagine working it further to create a sleeve or a bustle on the back of a ball gown etc. – Of course not everything I do is so avant-garde! I love to create subtle draping too across the waist line or around the bust to make a figure look slim, classical and elegant, but a logo should be a real showcase!

I hope you like it.. For questions or comments please visit my: Facebook or Twitter or send me an Email.

Thanks! x Sarah Alice Andrews