Real Wedding: Silk & Cotton with French Lace, Peonys & Australian Wildflowers – A Unique Bride

Hello everyone!

I’ve had so much exciting publicity recently (If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you would have seen some of it) but I thought I’d better share another gorgeous wedding of one of my brides before I put any more media stuff on the blog! This post is about the wedding of one of my dearest friends Cate. I not only designed Cate’s wedding dress, but I was also her maid of honour!

Images: Foster Photography

The bridesmaid dressing the bride by Foster Photography details include a silk and cotton guipure lace wedding dress and vintage bridesmaid dressA detail of French guipure lace with hand beading in pearls on fine silk cotton and the bridesmaids hands buttoning the covered buttons of the brides couture wedding dressSilhouette image of the bridesmaid buttoning the bride in her wedding dress being photographedAll images are by Foster Photography except the silhouetted image directly above which was taken on a friend’s iPhone. My dress was vintage from Grandma Takes A Trip on Crown St, Surry Hills in Sydney. I know – I should have made my own bridesmaids dress. But I was SO busy with making not only Cate’s wedding dress but also so many others! And I adore vintage. I find the designs and details of vintage dresses inspiring.

The bride turns in a romantic classical pose in her silk cotton wedding dress with guipure French lace and the bridesmaid in her pink vintage dress prepares the bridal gownthe bride looks romantically and softly downwards posing in the doorway for Foster Photography in her silk cotton and guipure French lace wedding gown with illusion necklineDyptic of the bride looking like a romantic and classical beauty in her silk cotton couture wedding dress with French guipure lace made to measure image by Foster PhotographyCate’s wedding dress was made of a silk and cotton blend fine voile over a heavier silk satin. The neckline of her gown was done in just one layer of voile to create a soft illusion neckline look. We were going for a modest front and then a sexier figure hugging back.

I was originally going to use a silk chiffon as the outer fabric, but after selecting a French guipure lace, the chiffon was going to be too light and fragile to balance with the lace, so I chose the silk cotton voile which matched the texture perfectly.

It was also important to design a wedding dress for Cate that reflected her personality and that her husband to be David would love. Cate and David are extremely down to earth, extraordinary people. They actually live on a boat which they can anchor anywhere and sail around the world in! Designing the perfect wedding dress for Cate was a great challenge but also a labour of love.

The bride with her deep green eyes softly stares at the camera in a romantic classic pose with drop pearl earrings and detail of the guipure lace and cotton wedding dress showing by Foster PhotographyThe bride poses in the doorway for Foster Photography in her silk cotton couture made-to-measure bridal gown with small train and long straps in guipure French lace and covered buttons down the backThe gorgeous Tasmanian peony in Cate’s hair and her bouquet was by Christopher Doblo – a Sydney based florist and another good friend of Cate. He chose flowers for Cate’s bouquet that reflected Cate’s love of the Australian bush. Flowers in her bouquet include coffee coloured Julia Roses, cream David Austin Roses, baby pink Cecile Brunner Climbing Roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, Flannel Flowers and green Hellebore with some Eucalypt Foliage Polygum.

The bride poses in her cotton and French lace illusion neckline wedding gown with her bouquet of peonys Australian wildflowers and herbs and a Tasmanian peony in her hair image by Foster PhotographyA bouquet of peonys and Australian wildflowers and herbs to reflect the brides nature and love of the Australian bush by Chris Doblo Floristry and photo by Foster Photography

Many of my couture made-to-measure wedding dresses feature covered buttons with real fabric roulou loops. Cate’s bridal gown also had hand beaded pearls on the French guipure lace which I beaded myself.

The guipure lace is characteristically a thick cotton lace with very defined outlines of shapes. Guipure lace can be any pattern including abstract symbols or flower and leaf designs such as the one here. The quality of laces ranges widely, but a good indication is the amount of pattern and variation in the design often means a more special, higher quality lace or a less expensive one. In this case you can see loads of variation and not just a small repeat pattern which makes it very special and exclusive.

A detail of the guipure French lace with hand beaded pearls and the back of the couture wedding gown with covered buttons in silk cottona detail of the brides bouquet with pale pink peonys and dark green foliage and the bride laughs in her illusion neckline bridal gown in silk cotton with an oversized Tasmanian peony in her hair and holding her bouquet by Foster PhotographyCate kept bursting into fits of laughter during this pre-wedding photo shoot by Foster Photography. It’s so beautiful to see a laughing bride! Most brides are so serious before the wedding ceremony and then they relax afterwards and that’s when the photographer is finally able to get some good photos of her!

The wedding was set on the Brisbane River with Cate and David’s boat anchored on the jetty a few metres away. Cate actually wished for rain because she said it would make the night of the reception more atmospheric. So if you’re unlucky to have it rain on your wedding day try to think of the fun and camaraderie it can bring and turn it into a positive!A view of the curves of the Brisbane River with the city in the distance and sailing boats anchored along the mangrove edges by Foster PhotographyI would like to give my HUGE thanks to Robin of Foster Photography for shooting this stunning photo shoot of Cate. You can see more of Foster Photography’s work on their website: www.fosterphotography.com.au and also in my previous blog posts here and here.

If you’re considering having a couture bridal gown created for your wedding day, then send me an email or give me a call. I do free consultations where we can discuss the type of gown you’d like to have created. I’m also happy to liaise (initially) over email: Contact me here:

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Happy Wedding Planning! x Sarah

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