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Having lots of fun designing today!  Most of my time is spent doing office work.  Every once in awhile I have to pull out the paper & pencils to get the creative juices flowing.

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Custom Bride Aubrey

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IMG_2658I was going through our archives today and came across these photo’s of Aubrey.  She was a custom bridal client of ours a couple years ago.  When looking through the photo’s I was reminded of how beautiful her gown was and decided to share them with you.  My favorite quality of this gown is the gorgeous guipure lace.  Guipure lace to not commonly used for bridal.  It has a three dimensional quality that adds nice texture to the gown, not to mention it drapes beautifully!  Another unique characteristic of this lace is there is no floral pattern, the swirly pattern of the lace is different and fun.  An extra bonus about this lace was it had a fabulous scallop edging that we cut and used to trim out the neckline, sleeves and hemline of the gown.  Another beautiful design detail, not pictured, was the covered buttons on the back of the gown.  They extended down the center back of the gown to the end of the train.  Aubrey had a very strong vision for the silhouette of this gown.  She wants a sleek sheath silhouette with a high neckline and cap sleeves.  Aubrey knows her figure well, the sheath silhouette complimented her tall lean figure well.  She was one of the easiest brides we have worked with; she knew exactly what she did and did not want.  I love the easiness of this sleek yet feminine gown!

Custom Bride Jessica

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We could not be more proud of this gorgeous custom gown created for our beautiful bride Jessica.  It is one of our all time favorites!  Jessica sent us an inspiration photo of a blouse she liked with lace trimmings.  We loved the idea of adding various lace trims to a gown instead of using an “all-over” lace fabric, which is most commonly used in bridal.   Jessica wanted a vintage feel.  We discussed ways to achieve a vintage vibe with out looking like a costume.  We used vintage design elements; the lace we selected and the tired skirt give a nod to the Victorian area.  To keep if fresh and current we made the dress out of a beautiful shade of peach.  We added an ivory silk chiffon overlay to soften the peach and tie in with the ivory lace trims.  To bring some youthfulness we added a keyhole to the back of the gown.  There are 7 different lace trims meticulously placed on this gown.  A great deal of time was dedicated to achieving the right proportions.  The weight of each lace tier of the skirt had to balance each other, as well as the brides figure, and the lace detail around the neckline had to be just the right weight to relate to the lace tiers of the skirt.  Sometimes you just have to stare at a design for a long time until the direction becomes clear.  We did a lot of staring at this gown:)  It was definitely worth it in the end.  The love for this gown keeps flooding in.

A special thanks to Gideon Photography for the beautiful photo’s.  This is one talented photographer and he is a joy to work with!  Check out his website and see his stunning work!

Custom Gown

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This gorgeous gown is a custom piece we did for our bride Sara.  She wanted a lace bodice with some sparkle to it so that is where we started.  Many different laces were considered; when we presented Sara with this beaded sequin lace she fell in love!  The lace was quite heavy and when constructed it would have a structural feel so we wanted to soften it in the skirt of the gown.  We chose silk chiffon for its light ethereal feel.  Our favorite characteristic of this gown is the color.  We stepped away from traditional white and went with a champagne huge.  The color really amps up the sophistication of the gown.  Sara was great at being open to a colored gown.  The end result is a beautiful gown that is part traditional part whimsical and a very happy bride!

A special thanks to Burnt Exposer photography for the stunning photo’s.  Check out their website to see all of their amazing work!

Bride Melissa in Esther Gown!

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Our Beautiful bride Melissa in our Esther gown!  It was like Christmas when we opened our email and found these gorgeous photos sent by the bride.  She looks so classically effortless in this gown.  The Esther gown really allows the bride to shine on her special day.  To see more photo’s and read info about this gown visit this link.