Posts Tagged ‘Gowns with Ruffles’

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

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

Wednesday, 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:

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x Sarah

Elegant & Romantic with Riverside Views: Sydney Dance Studios Wedding

Wednesday, 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.

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x Sarah

A glimpse into the bridal gown designer’s studio:

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Hello everyone,

This afternoon I am preparing to sew beads and tiny clear sequins on to the corded lace of a wedding dress, so I thought I’d share with you a little something from the studio before I begin:

It’s another angle of some of my wedding gown designs..

It’s always interesting to see how they appear in photographs and I’m always conscious of how the design looks with the bride wearing it from every single angle. No one will be photographed more than the bride – and with all of your friends and family hoping to take photos of you walking up the aisle and dancing with your new husband in your couture wedding gown – we don’t know what angles will be snapped.. So we must make sure you look good in all possible ways!

If you would like to discuss your wedding gown design and the ‘angles you would like to feature or discreetly minimise’, just give me a call or send me an email – details on my contact page.

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x Sarah Alice Andrews

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