Archive for April, 2013

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

Tuesday, 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: www.underatree.com.au 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:

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Twitter – @SarahCouturier

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Instagram – @sarahcouturier

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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

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

Wednesday, 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 www.jamesbennett.com.au.

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: www.jamesbennett.com.au

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 – www.facebook.com/SarahAliceAndrews

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!

Wednesday, 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: www.FosterPhotography.com.au)

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 us and behind the scenes via:

Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SarahAliceAndrews

Pinterest – sarahaandrews

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