To celebrate the launch of our bridal collection and all of the wonderful response we have received. We are giving away two 60% off gift certificates!
To win you have to follow us on Instagram @illumegowns. Find this picture and tag 5 friends below it, it is just that easy! With every 5 friends you tag you get another entry. Winners must follow us and will be announced on our Instagram account Wednesday the 26th.

Non-Bridal White Dress

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Our beautiful client Rosa needed a white, long sleeve, floor length Temple dress. She expressed that she did not want to look like a pioneer and she wanted it to be comfortable. We decided to use knit for its comfort, beautiful drape and non-wrinkle qualities. We designed a loose fitting top with dolman sleeves to give it a youthful look. The focal point of the dress is the ruching detail at the waist; Rosa has such a little waist we had to show it off. The dress fit her to a tee and the proportions complimented her figure nicely. We had a lot of fun on this one!

Bridal Designer Becomes The Bride


When you have seen and done it all where do you start?  Classic, boho, vintage – lace, beading, ruffles – mermaid, a-line, ball gown; I love it all!  Though i appreciate all design styles I have a clear voice as a designer.  I favor sleek silhouettes, clean lines, figure-flattering proportions and high-quality fabrics.  I am always true to this as a designer…


I had a vision of a sheath silhouette made from silk crepe, for its gorgeous drape, with long sleeves.  Clean and modern, very Calvin Klein esque – one of my favorite designers.  I wanted it to have an architectural feel to it.  This is achieved through structural design as aposed to applied design.  Applied design are elements that are added to the dress: bows, buttons, ribbon, flowers, etc. and is very popular right now.  Structural design is in the construction and seaming of the gown.


My favorite design detail is the pleating on the back of the skirt.  The pleats are fitted through the buttocks to show off the figure; they end just below the buttocks and open up to add volume to the train.  Another favorite design detail is the beading on the sleeves.  I created a pattern of rows of beading.  The rows start dense at the sleeve hemline, as they extend up the sleeve the rows are spaced further apart.


I did not have a slew of bridesmaids all in the same dress.  I went for coordinating instead of matching.  I made dresses for my sisters and nieces.  The venue was mission style with classic spanish design: terra-cotta floors, rot-iron fixtures and painted wood beams in the ceiling.  I did not want to fight the venue so I went with a color scheme of rust, cobalt & warm grey.   My sisters dresses were made from silk chiffon.  The print, of the long dress, was the first fabric I found.  This is what inspired the color palette.  The little girls dresses where made from a cotton rust & cream print.  We added fun details of pleats & ruffles, buttons, rust bias trim paired with a cream loped trim and contrasting topstitching.



We are really excited about our new partnership with Mode-sty!  There are many different reasons women want modest clothing.  Women in the work force are looking for clothing that is professional.  Connoisseurs of high fashion often desire clothing with more coverage to emulate couture runway looks.  Many of us are self conscious about parts of our bodies and don’t feel comfortable showing too much leg, arm and cleavage.  There are numerous different Faiths in our world; in lots of ways we are more alike than different.  Many Faiths teach the importance of modesty and consequentially there are countless women who have made commitments to dress modestly.  What “modesty” means to each women and to each Faith may be different but one thing I think we can all agree on is that it is getting increasing difficult to find current & stylish clothing with the coverage we desire.

At Illume we value women. We have a deeply rooted belief that each woman is of eternal worth.  We value modesty.  We are excited to be partnering with Mode-sty an online shop that sells modest & stylish dresses.  They work hard to bring you stylish, quality, modest dresses all in one spot!  They just added a bridal shop to their website.  We are honored to be the first bridal collection featured!  You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram @stylishmodesty and their blog.