Posts Tagged ‘Foster Photography’

As Seen In Cosmopolitan Bride: We celebrate our ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Editorial.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Hello to all my lovely brides-to-be, wedding vendor friends and readers,

We are published! We were so excited to be featured by Cosmopolitan Bride in their May 2013 Australian issue.

Cosmopolitan Bride Australia May 2013 Cover with model holding a rabbit in her couture wedding dress by Sarah Alice Andrews - Bridal Couturier(Left) Cosmo Bride Front Cover. (Right) Our featured wedding/evening gown by Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier.

Model wearing her cotton bustier wedding dress with ribbon embroidery holds a brown bunny rabbit in an editorial by Cosmopolitan Bride magazine

How appropriate my gown is featured with an adorable bunny! I LOVE animals.. Thank you again to Cosmo bride for featuring my gown in your publication. We were literally scouted at the One Fine Day Sydney wedding fair in February 2013 by a Cosmo Bride Fashion Editor who just HAD to photograph my couture wedding gown for the May 2013 magazine issue with an ‘Alice in Wonderland Theme’.

The gown details are: Bustier in vintage printed cotton with rose transfer print and ornate ribbon embroidery on the bustline. There is also a belt covered in ribbon embroidery which is detachable and was not shown in the Cosmo editorial, but you can see what it looks like below: Image by Foster Photography:

Ribbon embroidery and beading on a bow belt finishes off a floral print bustier and pale pink silk dupion skirtIt’s a very romantic and modern slimline gown with an abstract avant garde feel about it with all the interesting draping of the back. The skirt is attached in pink silk dupion in a fitted mermaid style. There are lots of other photos of this gown if you’d like to get a better idea what it looks like (here on the blog) and (here scroll down midway in the gallery).

This gown is available to order in any fabric and colour of your choice OR I am selling the sample at a discounted price.  The sample is approximately a size 10 but can be altered to fit a size 8 or 12. Contact me for prices, specific measurements and if you’d like to come and try it on or view it in more detail.

There is a big flower like ruffle at the back of the original gown, but it can be easily taken off if you want a more streamlined look. It’s perfect for the fashion forward bride or an evening gown look as it’s not the traditional white colour (the skirt is a pale pink dupion)..

Contact me for any enquiries by sending me an email to info@sarahaliceandrews.com or give me a call on (Sarah) ph. 0431 977 814.

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x Sarah

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

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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

Ballet Inspired – Soft Tulle & Blush Pink Wedding Gown

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Hello everyone!

We have been SO busy in the studio these last few weeks labouring over gorgeous dresses getting them ready to send off in their brides arms for magical Winter weddings.

I have spent hundreds of hours holding a needle and thimble recently and very little time at the computer keyboard so this post is a little shorter than my usual entries..

Above is another GORGEOUS image from our latest shoot taken by the extremely talented Robin Foster of Foster Photography.

Hair and Makeup was by Deb from Canary Hair and Beauty.

The gown was made in a beautiful blush pink silk dupion which was overlaid with a soft peach tulle. I love this shot because it features the large cut-out section of the gown from a more avant-garde angle (this gown is all one piece as you can see on my HOME page).

It was very technically difficult creating this design as I didn’t want to add any pieces around the waist to give it support. I designed several different options for how to create this style which I may explore in the future. I like my gowns all to have a sculptural element about them and to look beautiful from every angle they are viewed at including the side. – So I was very happy that Robin Foster was able to capture this shot.

x Sarah

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Behind the Scenes: The makings of a Bridal Gown Couture Photoshoot

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Hi lovely Brides to be, Friends and Wedding Professionals!

We were very lucky on the day of our first ever wedding gown photoshoot to have Elisabeth Nimmo, produce a short film of the ‘behind the scenes’..

 

 

Elisabeth is so incredibly talented and I just love how she created this short film and really captured the atmosphere and unfoldings of the day as we produced the photos for my couture bridal wedding gowns..

I adore the music Elisabeth chose for this short film too: “My Muse” by Sarah Jarosz. I think it’s going to become a personal favourite..

Credits:

Short Film: Elisabeth Nimmo of Elisabeth Nimmo Photography

Photography: Robin Foster of Foster Photography

Hair & Makeup Artist: Deb Pevitt from Canary Hair and Beauty

General Assistance & Catering (Lifesaver you might say!) my artist mother Robyn Bauer of Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery

Couture Bridal Wedding Dresses: by myself – Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier

Let me know what you think of this video! Write a comment on my Twitter or Facebook!

x Sarah

 

Photos: The cutting edge of wedding gown couture – celebrating our first ever Photoshoot!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hello to all my lovely brides & fellow wedding professionals!

We are very excited to showcase our very first photo shoot here at Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier. These bridal gowns are available to order totally custom made to your individual measurements. Or if you like an element about one of the gowns such as the embellishments, fabrications or just something about the style, then we can design a unique wedding gown for you with one of these elements.

I wanted to create these wedding gowns to give you a little sample of our work and feminine aesthetic. These gowns are a little bit ‘Red Carpet’ but still very bridal as I took the opportunity to create styles that are a little fashion forward, even using a bit of colour which is something that my last blog post alluded to..

Of course we understand that each bride is totally unique and you may have a very different idea in mind for Your wedding day – but if you make an appointment with myself, I will sit down with you and discuss what your perfect wedding dress would look like and we can create a design that you love.

Fabrics used include the finest silk dupions, silk organza, silk taffeta, a beautiful French ‘Leavers’ lace with a scalloped edge, very fine English tulle and even vintage printed cotton. I created my own special ‘Ribbon’ embroidery which is the belt you can see on the slinky gown with ruffles and there was even some experimental fabric printing.

The French Leavers lace was hand woven on a 19th century loom in France which I had woven especially. Many of the laces I use are created this way. I searched through hundreds of different laces to find the perfect lace which I often do for my bridal clients to suit the vision we have for your wedding gown.

I would like to thank Robin Foster of Foster Photography who did the stunning photography on this shoot. Robin is a colleague of mine who I met when she shot catalogues for the international wedding gown and bridesmaids label I was designing for at the time.

I just adore Robin’s work and she did such an incredible job at realising my vision for this shoot. Having worked with a number of photographers in my career I knew there was no one else I wanted to work with more because I love the way she creates beautiful feminine poses for the models – she really knows how to get the best pose or look from a model or real bride, groom or client by making them feel really comfortable and finding a pose that suits them and their body language.

Robin also specialises in wedding photography and I love how she can capture such expressive moments in a wedding day of you and the people who are important to you. You can see more of her work here: www.fosterphotography.com.au

And I would also like to thank Deb from Canary Hair and Beauty for doing the beautiful hair and makeup for this shoot. It’s rare (in my opinion) to find a technician who can do both makeup AND hair so I was very excited when I saw her work and I knew I wanted to work with her.

Deb was such a pleasure to work with. She was very calm and self assured and could articulate what I wanted with very little explanation, but she also had some great ideas of her own.

Deb specialises in wedding hair and makeup and you can see more of her work here: www.canaryhairandbeauty.com

I hope you like our photos! Check out my Facebook or Twitter to leave us a comment. And if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your dream wedding gown, please send me an email or give me a call via my Contact Page.

Sarah Alice Andrews