“The Knot” Showcases Our Romantic Low Back Wedding Gowns:

November 28th, 2012

Hello lovely brides, fellow vendors and readers!

I thought I would share some of our recent publicity from The Knot!

You can click through to see the original article here: http://theknot.ninemsn.com.au/community/blogs/wedding-obsessions/sarah-alice-andrews-couture

It’s always interesting to see what comparisons other people draw between my bridal gowns and other influences. I like that they referenced the Indian Sari look as I do love those textiles and I would LOVE to plan a trip to India one day..

And we were also featured on this “Portrait Back Wedding Dress Gallery” below:

Here is the link for this article here: http://theknot.ninemsn.com.au/bridal-fashion/back-gallery

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 real brides, industry news, things that inspire us and behind the scenes here:

Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SarahAliceAndrews

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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

Romantic & Elegant Church Appropriate Bridal Gowns

November 14th, 2012

Hello everyone!

With the trends towards sleeves and illusion necklines coming through in a big way for wedding gowns at the moment, there is more opportunity for brides who want or need a Chapel ready (Church appropriate) wedding gown that covers the arms, shoulders and decolletage (think Kate Middleton’s gown).

Exploring this trend, while knowing that most brides still wanting to feel alluring and beautiful, I created some sketches and here is one of them:

 

This gown is all about the amazing French lace which is cleverly cut and stitched on to tulle around the neck and shoulders. It also accentuates the back with pleats creating a bustle effect which is very elegant.

A gown like this would also look super cute with a small ruffle right down the centre back all the way to the skirt train. (Can’t imagine this? I’ll have to draw it for you sometime..)

If you are looking for a Chapel ready gown you will find they are extremely hard to find. A lot of brides end up buying a strapless dress and having it altered to have the appropriate coverage, but it just won’t have the same effect as a bridal gown that was designed to have sleeves.

So talk to me about having a wedding gown created especially for you!

I am still taking bookings for as early as February 2013 weddings but not for long! So contact me asap if you want a couture dress made just for you for an early 2013 wedding!

Send us an email or call us: Contact us here:

Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SarahAliceAndrews

Pinterest – sarahaandrews

Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

 

The Beginnings of a Couture Bridal Gown Design: An Insider’s Look.

October 31st, 2012

Hello everyone,

For those of you are curious about how I create my couture wedding gown designs, it often happens on the mannequin. I start by draping scraps of fabric so that I can ensure that the ideas I have sketched or am visualising can technically work on the proportions of the human body.

Here are a few images of the process I went through for one of my recent bridal gown creations (This was from Rebecca’s wedding gown design). We call this ‘toiling’ or creating a ‘toile’. Usually toiling is done in calico cotton, but for these early draping sessions I used scraps of fabrics which would have similar texture to what the real wedding gown fabrics would feel like.

Some Instagram photos. To follow me on Instagram: @sarahcouturier

And below are some photos of the actual toile bride Rebecca tried on during one of her early fittings. You can see this one is in calico cotton. (And then later when we were happy with the design and proportions we made the real couture wedding gown in beautiful silk fabrics):

 And yes all this hand draping was done by myself. If you’d like to see how this gown turned out in the silk fabrics when it was finished, then make sure you check out my previous blog post about Rebecca & Paul’s wedding.

 Hope you enjoyed, if you’d like more information about how you can have your own couture wedding gown designed and made by us then you can contact or follow us via the following:

Send us an email or call us: Contact us here:

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x Sarah

Elegant & Romantic with Riverside Views: Sydney Dance Studios Wedding

October 17th, 2012

Hello everyone,

I am very excited to show you the full post of Rebecca & Paul’s wedding at Sydney Dance Studios, Woolloomooloo.

Rebecca is a gorgeous, intellectual young woman and she was such a lovely bride to work with. From the outset she had total trust in us to create and design her gown although she had clear ideas about the style. Rebecca wanted a sophisticated wedding dress that had lots of detail in the draping of the fabric so that she could avoid needing lace and other embellishments.

Rebecca trusted me to choose the colour and fabrics, so I chose a Silk Dupion as the main base fabric with a gorgeous satiny Silk Organza and soft English Tulle as the overlays.

The result was a very elegant, romantic wedding gown that suited her perfectly. We also made her veil and she sourced her own headpiece to match.

I would like to say a big thank you to Chris at Uber Photography – www.uberphotography.com.au for the photos of Rebecca and Paul’s Wedding:

I love how Uber Photography has captured all the precious moments of Rebecca & Paul’s wedding day, while also injecting some seriously fun and unique shots of the couple. Uber Photography are based on the North Shore and you can see more of their work their website: www.uberphotography.com.au.

I always love to hear about the story of how a couple met so I asked Rebecca a little bit about how she met Paul:

“I was invited back to my previous law firm for drinks one Friday night by my old boss to celebrate the move into their new office. Paul had started working there after I had left and we were introduced… We hit it off straight away and the rest is history!”

“Paul proposed to me on our 5th anniversary (Romeo & Juliet style on our balcony) to one of my favourite songs – Love Story by Taylor Swift. He had set up candles and love heart arrows down the hallway, long stemmed roses on the balcony, a bottle of Verve in a champagne bucket with glasses and strawberries and presented me with a little blue box from Tiffany’s with the most beautiful engagement ring inside. The whole thing felt like a dream! We decided that night to get married on our 6th anniversary the following year. We planned our entire wedding together, which is why I think everyone felt that the wedding was so ‘us’. It was a really enjoyable experience planning our wedding, and because we were equally invested in it and could count on each other with all the arrangements, it all went really smoothly.” – Rebecca

Below is Rebecca’s testimonial she wrote to us (about her couture wedding dress) which you can check out on Facebook:

 

I hope you enjoyed! More Real Wedding Posts to come so stay tuned!

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

You can also chat with us on Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Comment on our latest blog posts & stay tuned to up and coming posts on Facebook.

x Sarah

Recent Publicity on The Knot:

October 3rd, 2012

Hello to all my lovely brides & vendor readers,

I thought I’d share another snippet of our recent publicity. This one is from The Knot which I’m sure every bride knows! We were one of their featured suppliers in their e-newsletter on 28th August 2012.

You can see an online version of this email newsletter here: The Knot.

Don’t forget to tell all your friends about us! We create more than just wedding gowns, also mother of the bride & groom, bridesmaids, boutonnières for your groomsmen & special head pieces & accessories to match your wedding gown.

x Sarah

What’s Happening at our Couture Studio: September News Update

September 19th, 2012

Hi lovely brides, vendors and readers,

As many of you would know October and November are VERY busy months for weddings! So we have been incredibly busy finishing off gowns for our lovely brides and preparing for the early 2013 weddings as well!

Each of our bridal gowns are SO different to each other so we are really enjoying working on all of them. The chantilly laces are exquisite, the silk fabrics are exceptional quality and the hues range from white, ivory, pink to beige.

Some have gorgeous rinestone beading, while others are all about the draping and ruffles or an incredible French lace that I handpicked for the gown.

I can’t wait to share the photos not only from the weddings but also from the behind the scenes making of these bridal gowns. It’s hard to imagine just how much delicate hand-work, time, sweat, tears and love goes into each couture gown and why you would choose to have your wedding dress custom made as opposed to buying it off the rack.

Things to look out for in the next couple of months – a new Glamour Photoshoot with Foster Photography of one of my gorgeous brides and also more posts of Real Weddings!

Remember, I post every 2 weeks on a Wednesday so check my Facebook or Twitter to see updates about new posts. I know some of my readers would prefer I blogged more often, but we’re very busy making your gorgeous wedding dresses here so we don’t have much time to spend online!

x Sarah

Check out today’s Friday Roundup for our feature on Polka Dot Bride:

September 7th, 2012

Hello everyone,

I’m doing an extra snippet blog today to mention a news item being featured on today’s Polka Dot Bride’s Friday Roundup:

That’s right – I am making a trip for two days to Brisbane on Friday 14th September until Saturday 15th September (2 day trip) and I will be doing bridal gown consultations for Brisbane brides looking for a couture made-to-measure wedding gown on those two days between Friday 14th Sept morning 11am – 6pm until Saturday 15th Sept afternoon 10am – 5pm.

These consultations are strictly by appointment only as I have a very limited number of spots still available and I give totally dedicated time to each Bride.

At your appointment, I will sit down with you and we can talk about your dream wedding dress and what ideas you have or if you’re not sure what you would like, you can look through some of my designs and I’ll sketch up some ideas that I think would suit you.

We will then discuss suitable silks, laces and other materials to start bringing your gown to life!

Consultations are free and there is no obligation to go ahead with the design. – I always welcome plenty of discussion via email or phone as you have a think about the designs I have done for you and decide if they’re right for your wedding.

If you’d like any further info about how I conduct a consultation for my interstate brides you can see my blog link here: http://www.sarahaliceandrews.com/blog/?p=1252

Look out for the 7th September 2012 Friday Round Up blog post on Polka Dot Bride here: http://www.polkadotbride.com

To book an appointment please call or send me an email – details on my contact page.

Phone: 0431 977 814 (Sarah)

Email: info@SarahAliceAndrews.com

x Sarah

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

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: www.uberphotography.com.au

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: www.uberphotography.com.au

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.

You can also chat with us on Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Comment on our latest blog posts & stay tuned to up and coming posts on Facebook.

Or get inspired with us on Pinterest.

x Sarah Alice Andrews

 

Photo Slideshow from Rebecca & Paul’s Wedding at Sydney Dance Studios

August 22nd, 2012

Hello everyone!

Have a look here at some highlights of my couture bridal gown client Rebecca and Paul’s sophisticated and romantic wedding at Sydney Dance Studios.

http://www.uberphotography.net.au/highlights/rebecca_paul/

Rebecca’s gown was made in Silk Dupion, Silk Organza and a very fine English Tulle. All the draping was done by hand throughout the whole bodice and skirt and we also made her veil in the same matching fine Tulle. Rebecca teamed this with a beautiful head piece she bought herself for a stunning and high fashion look.

Rebecca and Paul’s wedding was shot by the very talented Uber Photography who I have found to be very friendly and approachable. I look forward to seeing more of their weddings soon. If you’re looking for a professional Sydney North Shore Photographer then you can check them out here: www.uberphotography.com.au

Oh and I love the music they chose for the slideshow.. Might have to look up that song on iTunes soon!

A full post about Rebecca and Paul’s story & more detail about Rebecca’s couture wedding gown to come soon!

 

x Sarah

Something Old (into) Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Designer..

August 8th, 2012

Hello to all my lovely clients, brides, and followers!

Since we recently updated our The Designer profile images, I thought I’d share a little bit of inspiration about what inspired the jacket I created and wore in the original Designer page shoot:


These images were taken by the very talented Robin Foster of Foster Photography.

I was inspired to create this jacket design when I was exploring an antique store in Paddington and I came across an old brocade blanket.. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it, despite many concerned looks from my friends..

I designed, pattern made and sewed the whole thing myself (quite a labour of love). I carefully matched up all the intricate designs of the panels and I hand stitched the button holes. As for the buttons.. Well I was very happy when I found those gorgeous copper metal ones.

So as you can see we have wide ranging services available apart from our couture bridal niche.. We can create whole outfits and styled looks for Mother of the Bride or Groom, Bridesmaids, Formal dresses, Racewear etc.. With couture made-to-measure design the list can include anything you wish to wear and in any size you require..

If you would like to discuss your wedding gown design OR another outfit, give me a call or send me an email – details on my contact page.

You can also chat with us on Twitter – @SarahCouturier

Become our fan on Facebook.

Or get inspired with us on Pinterest.

x Sarah Alice Andrews