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Bride Philippa Wears a Low Keyhole Back Wedding Dress in French Lace and a Surprise Change at Her Reception!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Hi lovely brides-to-be, wedding vendors and followers!

I wanted to share a gorgeous wedding with you of my couture bridal client Philippa and her husband Sean who were married in Brisbane. Philippa is one of my interstate clients who flew down to Sydney for wedding gown fittings – making it an extra special adventure & bridal experience for her!

Philippa wore a luxurious silk satin wedding gown with French leavers lace. The gown had a Chinese rink collar and the back of the gown also featured a keyhole back with an alluring low back wedding gown look.

The wedding gown also featured cap sleeves in the delicate French leavers lace. – Leavers lace has a scalloped eyelash edge like it’s famous counterpart Chantilly lace, however the difference is Leavers lace has a slightly more defined texture and outline of the design than Chantilly lace.

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Angie Branch Photography www.angiebranch.com.au for these wedding images. Angie is a Brisbane based photographer and I just love how she captured the magnificent and also the intimate moments of Philippa and Sean’s wedding. Angie’s photography style is very romantic and classic as you can see from these images.

The bride smiles in her bright red lipstick in her birdcage veil and lace capped sleeve wedding gown with high collar at the back by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride looks down softly in her bright red lipstick and a soft birdcage veil with her capped sleeve French Leavers lace wedding gown with high back necklineThe bride pulls up the hem of her silk satin wedding gown with hand cut French Leavers lace hem to show off her bridal shoes by Angie Branch Photography

The hem of Philippa’s silk couture bridal gown featured a lace scallop trim which was delicately hand stitched the full way around the skirt. I designed a low keyhole back for Philippa’s gown because it showed off her figure but created a modest and classic look framing her back in an unusual way from the other popular low back wedding dress styles.

Philippa’s wedding dress (like all my couture wedding gowns) featured fabric covered buttons down the back and also on the back collar.

The bride poses looking back at us holding her bouquet in her key hole French lace & silk satin wedding gown with small train - Angie Branch Photography
The bride poses on the black grand piano in her ivory silk satin wedding dress with French lace capped sleeves by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride poses on the grand piano in her silk satin & French Leavers lace low back key hole back wedding dress - Angie Branch Photography The bride poses on the grand piano in her silk satin gown with French lace capped sleeves & ivory peep toe shoes & birdcage veil - image by Angie Branch Photography.
The bride in her key hole back low back wedding gown with French lace capped sleeves gets her make up done

Philippa & Sean were married in St Alban Chapel at The Southport School in Brisbane. Sean is an old boy from The Southport School, so it was very sentimental to him & his family to be married there. It was very special that Philippa and Sean planned these key aspects of their wedding together, incorporating things that were important to each of them.

I designed Philippa’s wedding gown uniquely for her after much discussion about her wedding venue, reception location and the theme and feel she wanted to create for her wedding. I did a range of sketches for her and we refined it to the perfect design. We were both so excited when I emailed (interstate client) Philippa her final design and she knew it was “The One.” Philippa was 100% confident when she saw the finished illustration and we were excited to get started on fittings and bringing the design to life! I’ll share the original sketch in a future blog post soon! :)

The bride in her lace capped sleeve wedding dress with silk satin & groom kiss during the wedding ceremony by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride wears a lace key-hole back wedding gown with slim silk satin skirt and a birdcage veil hugging the groom with wedding cars in the background by Angie Branch PhotographyBride in her A-line silk satin wedding dress with small train & Groom pose as the bridal party jumps in the air by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride wearing her couture made-to-measure wedding dress and groom hold each other with sunburst lighting glowing behind themThe bride Philippa in her silk satin couture wedding gown & Groom Sean hug & kiss on the country dirt road with fields in the distance Photo Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride arches her back into a kiss with her groom on a country road with grass fields in the background wearing her silk satin gown with lace capped sleeves in French Leavers lace and lace scalloped hem

Philippa & Sean had their wedding reception at The Grange at the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove. It’s a beautiful location with French doors overlooking a green lawn & a luxuriously spacious dance floor.

The bride in her low back key hole back French leavers lace and silk satin wedding dress dances with the groom for their first dance at the wedding reception The Bride in her silk satin & lace wedding dress & Groom share a private moment sitting in the living room by Angie Branch PhotographyPhilippa wanted a gown that she could dance in as she and Sean planned to dance the night away doing salsa & ceroc, so we opted to create TWO wedding dresses! Below is the short gown Philippa wore for her wedding reception! A white smooth silk dupion gown with corded French lace beaded with tiny white pearls – and of course my signature fabric covered buttons!

The bridesmaid helps button the bride into her short silk dupion wedding dress for the reception or wedding reception dress with lace strapsThe bride kicks up her heel in a cute pose in her short wedding dress in silk taffeta for the wedding reception by Angie Branch PhotographyThe bride admires herself in the mirror in her short knee length wedding gown in silk dupion taffeta with lace straps while her bridesmaid motions towards herThe bride wears a silk taffeta silk dupion short wedding dress with pleats & lace detail on the bust and straps while she cuts the cake with her groom

Philippa’s “Reception Wedding Gown” as I like to call it was just above the knee with a box pleat skirt. There were lots of pretty pearls on the lace that I beaded by hand to give it sparkle and the silk dupion had a taffeta feel about it because it was so smooth, it’s a gorgeous quality fabric to work with that I have available in a range of shades from silk white, ivory, oyster, antique beige, pale rose pink etc.

I hope you love these divine, classic and timeless images by Angie Branch Photography. This is Angie’s photography website link again if you would like to have a look at more of her work: www.angiebranch.com.au

And I’d also love to share with you the super sweet testimonial Philippa wrote me:

Philippa's hand written testimonial about my couture wedding gown's created for her.

It’s very special receiving such touching words from Philippa. I truly care about all my bridal couture clients. I want everyone I work with to feel amazing and be really happy with their gown – whether it’s a wedding gown, an engagement or evening gown, a mother of the bride or a bridesmaids gown. So not only receiving this card but also keeping in touch with Philippa on my Facebook Page since her wedding has been really special.

The lovely testimonial card sent to me by bridal gown client Philippa.If you are interested in having a romantic, couture wedding dress made-to-measure like Philippa’s original design, contact me by sending an email to info@sarahaliceandrews.comor give me a call on (Sarah) ph. 0431 977 814. I welcome all enquiries. All gowns are individually designed just for you and made-to-measure with your unique measurements.Getting a wedding gown bespoke made is the ultimate bridal experience for someone who just hasn’t found the perfect wedding dress yet, or who likes aspects of several gowns and can’t find one that brings them all together!

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x Sarah

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 www.jamesbennett.com.au.

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: www.jamesbennett.com.au

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 & Elegant Church Appropriate Bridal Gowns

Wednesday, 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!

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Happy Wedding Planning! 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

 

New Trends: Inspiration for your Wedding Dress in Unstructured, Bohemian, Diaphanous Design

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This week I’d like to inspire those brides who have been searching for a different look for their wedding day. Perhaps something looser and less tightly structured, or just a more relaxed fitting.

You may have been searching for something romantic for a garden wedding like the flowing empire waisted gowns worn in ‘Pride & Prejudice‘ a Regency Period (1800’s) drama or a gown you saw in another splendid film or on the Red Carpet.

Or you could be wandering other wedding gown boutiques searching for the ultimate destination wedding dress that you can ‘throw in your suitcase’..

Below are some ideas we could create for you at Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier. As you can see we are also big fans of the T-Length (short) bridal gown look – even as an option to change into for your wedding reception so you can ‘dance the night away’ with your new husband! But the concepts I have illustrated also lend themselves to a longer length as well.

All images copyright Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier 2012

All images copyright Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier 2012

Elements we’re loving are ethereal, sheer silk organzas with the finest chantilly laces cut precisely and appliqued by hand. Beneath you could wear a fine silk satin slip that will feel lovely against the skin, so you could even surprise your husband to be on your wedding night by taking off the outer silk organza layer and wearing the silk satin slip to bed!

Fabrics we’re loving include: Fine silk satins, cotton voile, silk/cotton blends, silk crepe & fine laces with a natural texture. Hues could include Optical Whites through to Antique Ivory or Gold.

Think loose fitting gowns in silk chiffon, with handwork reminiscent of vintage lingerie slips from your grandmother’s chest or the grandest of ballgowns with tiny pearls stitched along the lace, free of the boning and letting the fabric fall lightly about you or – in a slinky bias-cut that hugs your figure. These looks could be done with a short or long length.


All images copyright Sarah Alice Andrews – Bridal Couturier 2012

And of course we Love veils at our studio! Play up the drama with a long veil in silk tulle edged with French scalloped lace which we will create to match your wedding gown perfectly..

Or try a sweet birdcage veil over your face, or even a lace cloche hat. We love the ones by Maudies Millinery which you can find here or you can see more of Maudie’s hats, veils and bridal accessories at A Very Vintage Fair which is being held at The Bleeding Heart Gallery in Ann St, Brisbane city on 24 & 25 March 2012.


Both photographs are copyright Maudies Millinery 2012

If you’ve enjoyed gleaning some inspiration from any of these images, then give us a call or send us an email to discuss how we can create your dream wedding gown!

You don’t need to be sure of what you want – you just have to contact us and I will listen to your ideas (or I’ll suggest some if you’re not sure) and I will then design the most flattering style possible for your wedding day!

Enjoy! Sarah – Contact Us Here or chat with us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter.