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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

Inspiration from Other Realms of Design: Pencil Skirt & Jacket

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Illustration of the day:

An unusual concept for a draped jacket and pencil dress. Very kimonoesque with the twisted belt and bow at the back:

I was inspired in part by the Industrial Designer Tord Boontje (of whom I have a wonderful ceiling light). See some examples of his work here & here.

Couldn’t you just imagine a wedding gown design inspired by these? Well I must admit I do find inspiration from some very abstract sources sometimes, so you might not see how this could translate into bridal.. But that’s where my expertise comes in!

But if you like the inspiration and are prepared to see an idea transformed by myself, then I’ll design and create a big frothy gown with extraordinarily intricate detailing for you – and not only will it be wearable, it will sparkle like snowflakes falling..

Check my contact page to get the ball rolling.

x Sarah

Wedding Gown Designs: You don’t have to settle for ‘Almost Perfect’

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Hello to all my lovely brides & friends!

For those of you are finding it hard to find the ‘perfect’ design for your wedding gown, perhaps it’s a simple solution of combining elements you like together. Here are some designs that combine the same components but as you can see I have used them in different ways to create something totally unique!

If you want a traditional and very pretty style we could create something for you like this gown which has French scalloped lace edges on the sleeves and neckline:

Or if you like some aspects of the design above but you want something easy to move and dance in, you might like a shorter length version of the same design – T-Length bridal gowns are becoming quite popular these days believe it or not! Even as a second wedding dress for the reception. We could create it with or without the capped sleeves:

& another very pretty example:

We could keep the skirt very simple in a beautiful silk satin and make the bodice a really ornate and detailed feature with lots of panel work, embroidery and beading. Or if you preferred, we could even add some detail on the skirt as well and make it very rich like a brocade look.

These examples are some more obvious interpretations playing on long and short lengths, however the same thing applies to very simple changes. Perhaps you just want a different neckline, slightly more fitted skirt, or more beading on the bodice.. All these options are possible when you get your wedding gown created by a true couture designer. And you don’t have to be sure of what you want. That’s where our expertise comes in! Just contact us for a consultation and we will go from there!

Have a great week & happy wedding planning!

x 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.

Would you wear a T-Length gown?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Sometimes I’m approached by brides who would like to wear a t-length wedding dress or something a little shorter than the traditional floor length style. T-length dresses (a skirt usually around knee length) are perfect for a relaxed, informal event such as a beach or destination wedding, or an intimate church wedding with a cocktail party reception.

You might even prefer to wear a full length gown for the ceremony and photos and afterwards you could change into a t-length gown for the reception so you can dance comfortably and move around easily.

Of course wearing a t-length gown means you can show off your gorgeous shoes & pedicure! You could even wear a closed toe shoe and beautiful hosiery – there are so many beautiful lace patterned styles available. (Ask me for suggestions but here are a few I love: PantyhoseAnklet Socks or you could wear an elegant pair of La Perla Stay-Ups or Stockings.

When I’m designing a shorter length gown or a gown that doesn’t have a train, it’s important that the gown still has a very ‘Bridal’ feel and all the splendor and significance of a full length gown and that it doesn’t look too casual.

Maybe this can be achieved with an extra special lace – on a short gown we could add some frivolity such as an all lace skirt with a pretty scalloped hem or silk organza with hand stitched lace appliqued delicately so it’s all frothy and wonderful!


Even adding a silk organza train which can be detached for your reception.

Maybe we could make a special feature of the bodice with ornate beaded lace or lots of intricate panel work such as a gown like this:

On the gown above, the skirt is a gorgeous silk satin in a 50’s style box pleated look, so no other embelishment is needed. How pretty would it be to wear a small fascinator and veil with a gown like this?

Or you could have a pretty low back, we could even add some lace scalloped cap sleeves to this design for a romantic look. A birdcage veil would be so sweet over the face with this gown and we could put some of the same lace motifs into a clip on the side of the veil.

So before you decide to buy or commission a gown you might be wondering if a T-Length gown will suit you. I suggest that you think about the skirt lengths you normally wear. Do you like short or long styles? Are you comfortable showing your knees or would you prefer to hide them? We could make the gown above your knees, just below the knee, or ankle length if you prefer.

T-length gowns can also be any silhouette – even a fitted sheath like style.

If you work with a designer such as myself you will have our expertise to ensure that the length and proportions feel comfortable for you and suit you perfectly. Your gown will be first made up in a calico fabric (basic cotton) and at this stage we can easily change the skirt length and proportions as necessary. Whether it is above the ankle or above the knee we will ensure it suits your silhouette and the type of venue you’ll be wearing it in.

If the fabrics are chosen well and the design is well proportioned we can ensure that your gown sparkles and is truly bridal! So… The next question is: What should your maids wear? Well short length dresses too! Something pretty in a vintage style with plainer fabrics and demure colours, maybe pretty sleeves or shoulder straps, a higher neckline or strapless with soft ruching. You could even have each maid wear a slightly different style for an ecletic mix. – Talk to me about getting your bridesmaids gowns bespoke made too, or I can give you some advice on styles to look for.

x Sarah