Published Southern Utah Bride Magazine




We are thrilled to have our Sally and Florence gowns featured in Southern Utah Bride Magazine!  A special thanks to art director Kasi Miller, photographer Malea Ellett, hair & make-up Blow Beauty and Gideon Photography for the opportunity.


Coming to The Perfect Dress!


We are so thrilled to announce that the ever so charming bridal boutique The Perfect Dress in Salt Lake City Utah will be carrying Illume Gowns!  Our gowns will be arriving this February.  If you or a friend have desired to try on our gowns and live in the area call and book your appointments now!

Illume Teams Up With Utah Bloggers


View More: Meredith Carlson Photography

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View More: View More: of Wild One Forever wearing our Fey gown – photo by Meredith Carlson

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View More: in Austen gown – photo by Meredith Carlson

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View More: in Fey gown – photo by Meredith Carlson

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We were so incredibly blessed to work with an amazing team of creative and inspiring women for this photo shoot.  Our models are bloggers and each have a unique voice and point of view.  We were thrilled to have them join this fun project.  We were also very lucky to have two gifted photographers, Meredith & Miyo, photograph this shoot.  Taylor Andrews Academy sent us a whole team of make-up artists and hair stylists to work their magic on our models.  They could not have been more pleasant to work with.  Be sure to check out all these ladies work!

Dresses:  Illume Gowns

Photography:  Meredith Carlson & Miyo Strong

Models:  Paige of Paige Arminta, Isabelle of Bella in Berlin, Kristen of Wild One Forever, Jessi of Haircut & General Attitude, Chunie Johnson & Addy Strong

Hair & Make-up:  Taylor Andrews Academy

Florals:  Ella Rose Floral

Video: Rachel Folsom

Illume Collection Sally Gown

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This beautiful bride may have one of the cutest smiles we have ever seen!  We enjoyed every minute we spent with her and her mother-in-law.  Sydney looked gorgeous in every gown she tried on but it was pretty obvious that our Sally gown was the perfect match for her special day.  We are thrilled for this young couple to start their lives together and for the many adventures to come.

Wedding Gown for Wedding Gown Designer



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In honor of my anniversary this week I thought I would post some photos of my wedding dress.  As a designer I have a very clear aesthetic; I favor clean lines, sleek silhouettes, figure flattering proportions and high quality fabrics.  Long sleeves are a passion of mine so that was my jumping off point for the gown.  My vision was a modern sleek gown made from gorgeous fabric.  To give a simple gown some interest add structural design, this was achieved through the seaming of the gown (hard to see in photos, see sketch).  Another fun detail was the beading, done by hand, around the wrist area of sleeves; if you look close at the above photo you can see it.  I had fun creating this dress for my special day!

Blessing Dress in the Making


Fabric Selection:  Peach English Net


Pattern-work:  I created a pattern using cut & slash drafting techniques.  For bridal I predominately drape my patterns.


Mock up:  I always do a mock-up out of muslin to check my patterning and make needed fit or design changes.  In this case I added extra fullness to the dress and sleeves to achieve my design vision.  Once the pattern is perfected I begin to cut and sew!

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Adorning:  To give the dress something extra special I used left over lace trims from a bridal client.  I combined them to create this lace motif.

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Accessorize:  Every girl has to have coordinating bow and shoes!  These were really fun to make.


Shoes:  No-sole lace sandals.  I was surprise that they stayed on all day.  They wrap around the toe and velcro behind the ankle.

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My little doll look adorable for her baby blessing; it was extra special for her to wear a custom piece by her mom!  Children’s dresses are really quite simple to make.  Even if you have the most elementary sewing skills you can do this.  Find a very simple pattern, have fun selecting materials (it is my favorite part) and just do it!