Archive for the ‘Veils and Headpieces’ Category

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

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:

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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

Romantic, Simple or Elegant Bridal Veils Created to Match your Wedding Gown:

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Hello to all the lovely brides-to-be, wedding professionals and friends,

Some of you may not know that we can create veils, hairpieces, garters and everything Bridal – not just your wedding gown! We have even restored vintage hair pieces and veils to their former glory that you can wear as your ‘Something Old’ or ‘Borrowed’.

Here are some photos of one of our long veils in fine English Tulle worn by Rebecca.

Photo by Uber Photography – based on Sydney’s North Shore:

Rebecca opted for a simple tulle veil, as her gown (created by us) was already so elaborate. She then teamed it with a beautiful feather head piece she bought herself.

Photo by Uber Photography – based on Sydney’s North Shore:

You might want to find something special to match with your veil such as a brooch or a headband like Rebecca did, or have us make a matching headpiece with the same beading or lace as your wedding dress.

Veils can be made in any length, such as a short Blush style, Fingertip, Chapel or Cathedral length.

We can even add some beautiful lace trim to the full length of your veil if you want something very elaborate. If you are wearing a lace wedding gown, we can use the same lace as we used on your gown. Or if you have already bought your gown elsewhere we can source a lace for your veil that is a good match in colour and detail.

All of our workmanship is done by hand – even the binding of satin around the comb for a high quality look.


If you would like to have your whole wedding dress and accessories made or just your bridal veil, give me a call or send me an email – details on my contact page.

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x Sarah Alice Andrews


Erin & Rohan’s 1920’s themed wedding at Cabarita Beach.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Hello lovely brides & friends,

I thought you might like to learn a little about our website ‘covergirl’ Erin.

Erin and her husband Rohan were childhood sweethearts. Erin had spent the last couple of years working on yachts in the Caribbean and as a dive instructor. (Wow what a lifestyle!)

Erin chose a very fine silk satin and silk chiffon and I matched it with a very fine lace that I lightly beaded with pearls and bugle beads.

I also created a bridal hair fascinator for her to wear. See the below pictures (one pic is of me making sure I had the proportions right – although it was really designed to sit against Erin’s lovely light curls and not my dark straight hair as you can see!).

I’m very much about designing each piece individually for the bride and I like to ensure every single feature is a perfect reflection of the bride and her style. So a certain amount of imagination is required when I’m creating a piece like this to ensure it’s perfect for Erin!

Erin is a gorgeous, down-to-earth beachy girl and loves the tropics, travel and somehow managed to do her wedding planning while completing a challenging university degree.

I’m so glad Erin loved her gown. I love being creative and I really want to make every single client of mine happy:

“Everyone just loved the dress and it was amazing to wear. You really made my wedding Sarah and I will be recommending you to everyone I know!” – Erin, via email.

I gave Erin the originals of all my illustrations I sketched of her gown during the design phase as a gift and she was going to frame them for her wall. I wish Erin and Rohan a wonderful future and I hope to hear more stories of your adventures – wherever you venture next in the world!

x Sarah