Rockabilly Wedding Inspiration - Melanie McNiven Portraits - Silver Sixpence Rear Window Dress

A little while back I was asked to be involved in a rockabilly inspired shoot that was taking place with a fabulous group of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane based wedding professionals.  Of course it doesn’t take much bending of my arm to be involved as I just love rockabilly inspired shoots. The images have been kept top secret for a while but were recently featured on The Bride’s Tree so now I get to share a peek with you!  Here… Read more »

Dottie - Polka Dot Vintage Inspired Tea Length Wedding Dress

I really do love working with slightly unconventional fabrics when it comes to wedding dresses and one that I really love is cotton.  I’m currently working on a brand new vintage inspired wedding dress design aptly named “Dottie”.  For this gown I’m using the very popular illusion bateau neckline under a sweetheart bodice with a large polka dot tulle overlay.  All of the under-dress as well as lining is made from cotton making the dress much more breathable than the… Read more »

Silver Sixpence 50s inspired tea length wedding dress with collar

I recently loaned one of my 50s inspired tea length designs, Betty, to industry friends for a very special shoot shoot.  In the lead up to the launch of Holden Oldies’ newly renovated mint and cream vintage holden wedding car they created a gorgeous inspiration shoot.  The gorgeous images photographed by Millyjane Photography were featured on the Vintage Bride website recently and I thought it only fitting to share some of them on my own blog with you all now…. Read more »

The use of “alternative” materials for bridal gowns is really gaining momentum at the moment and I’m often receiving enquiries about cotton gowns.   Not only does it make the price of the gown that little bit more affordable but they are also lovely breathable garments that you can even wash yourself after the big day instead of the $300+ dry cleaning bill that most cleaners charge as soon as you say the words “wedding dress”! Recently I had the… Read more »

Today is the first of my “Vintage Inspired Bridal Gown Design Days” – I have my collection of vintage wedding books and fashion history books together to bring along for my brides to flick through for inspiration and I’m looking forward to a lovely afternoon of chatting about vintage fashion and working through vintage inspired design ideas for the select group of brides coming along! For my vintage pattern of the week I thought I would share this little gem:… Read more »

There are times when I love what I do more than ever, and this was one time when Nicole came along requesting a short fitted wedding dress as she wasn’t interested in a big bouffant “meringue” for her day.  I love a bride who knows what they want and doesn’t let traditions dictate what they wear!! Nicole went for a fitted strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline with a guipure lace overlay that she found through  The skirt was… Read more »

I recently had the pleasure of recreating an extremely rare (and very expensive if you were ever to get your hands on an original pattern which I just can’t justify for such a straight forward design) McCalls Givenchy pattern that was modelled by none other than Audrey Hepburn. Add caption Eve has chosen this timeless style to be her formal dress which I absolutely loooooove…. here’s to young people who appreciate classic styling and steer away from the same old… Read more »

Phew… what a busy time it is…. my maternity leave is fast approaching and I’m busy, busy, busy with the final custom bridal gown orders before then as well as planning a really exciting new event – The Vintage and Handmade Bridal Showcase along with Hermia’s Wishes.   For more information on this event pop on over to So this is what’s going on in my work room at the moment… I’m just about to put the hem on… Read more »

Finally I have found some time to take pictures of my Melbourne Cup dress.  I was madly putting this together the weekend before the big day along with a cute black felt pillbox hat with a large felt flower at the back (sorry I haven’t taken pictures of that yet).  Excuse the crumpled skirt – I took these pictures post celebrations while awaiting a visit to the dry cleaners! As you may have read from my previous post, I decided… Read more »

Now this is a hairstyle dear to my heart – I just think the fabulous look of victory rolls completely sums up old world glamour. This hairstyle was insanely popular in the 1940s – women’s fashion was very simple due to rationing during the war so creative women started to add flair to their hairstyle to compensate for their simple clothing.  Generally I wouldn’t add a traditional veil to this style, but perhaps more of a short birdcage veil or… Read more »