Archive for August, 2013

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

Wednesday, 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 www.angiebranch.com.au 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: www.angiebranch.com.au

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!

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x Sarah