A large number of my brides come from referrals in the form of a happy bride who I’ve had the pleasure of working with recommending me to their friend. From time to time I am in the fortunate circumstance that I was with Frances where the referring bride was her sister! I had created a super cute pale pink with polka dots tea length wedding dress for Victoria and it wasn’t too long after the wedding that her sister Frances contacted me to discuss gown plans.
Naturally Frances didn’t want to have a dress that was too similar to her sister’s (what sister would want to copy their recently married sis?!?) and that made it all the more exciting for me as her gown ideas were certainly different to Victoria but still filled with old world charm.
After shopping around Frances couldn’t find her dream dress all in the one gown so we put together elements of gowns that she loved and in the end we had a gorgeous sleeveless illusion neckline bodice with a delicate lace overlay over top of silk organza. The underbodice had a sweetheart neckline and the back was a dramatic v shaped pointing down to a fabric covered button closure. Frances was really inspired by the 60s with her dress designs and a must have was a vintage 60s inspired wedding dress when it came to her skirt. With soft pleats but more of a column shaped skirt this design element just oozed 1960s glamour.
We then added a matching fabric sash for around the waist to soften the look a little and make it a smidge less “tailored” looking.
The other must for Frances was a bolero, so I made a matching capped sleeve bolero to wear in the cool evenings.
I absolutely love this dress design and it just might be a design that appears in my regular line! I think what also makes Frances’s wedding photos so utterly gorgeous is the venue that she chose. She was married at the historic Gabbinbar Homestead in Toowoomba – the grounds are absolutely spectactular and the rooms are incredible. They also have a bride’s retreat which is the perfect location for getting ready images.
All above images: Peter Rickards Photography