Back in NZ – a bit of reflection

It’s been so incredibly inspiring to go to the Paris fine fabric exhibition, but I love being back in the studio and our workshop. My team’s been great, they have worked really hard while I was away and it feels good to come back to an organized, smoothly run atelier. With the team performing so well without me, I may be able to plan a few long weekends away this summer, which will be a real treat.

I love what I do, and the time away has rekindled my passion for our work. We all here are extremely proud of the beautiful wedding dresses we create, but it’s really the synergy with our wonderful brides which keeps us moving forward. Each bride is so special, her story is unique and so is her vision. This is a woman planning for the most important day of her life and she chooses us to create the wedding dress of her dreams. For us to promise to do so carries a lot of responsibility.

We are privileged to travel this path with the bride during the sometimes challenging months before the wedding. There is great excitement, but also the pressures of wedding and finance planning which may put strain on the bride. Family tensions, body insecurities, the relentless search for perfection. A lot of expectations are placed on one day, not least by the bride herself.

In our studio the bride is why we’re here, she is the center. Our job is to assist her to create the vision she has of herself at her most beautiful. Flawless, with a perfect body. Some of us are lucky, but for those of you who need a bit more help – I assure you, magic is real (and a lot of it has to do with great cut!)

Having a wedding dress created is completely and without any excuses all about you. Relax and enjoy, we are here to catch your dream.

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Wedding Dress Sketches

Back on my desk today, sketching wedding dresses for client orders. We keep our brides sketches confidential, so I can’t show you anything that’s currently booked or being made. But here’s a few of my favourite past sketches.

Our sketches are working sketches. I make sure the proportions are correct and will be accurate on the bride. Sometimes if a design is very complicated or intricate I need to sketch it first, before I know if the design will actually work.
Many considerations are necessary to ensure a design will look like the initial sketch.

How will the fabric flow and drop? What is it’s weight and sheerness?  Is the design of the lace chosen suitable to what we aim to achieve on the body?  Lace patterns can be quite distinctive, will the size and shape of the lace design enhance the gown design?
And last, but all important – is it technically possible, if not what changes have to be made?


This is Serena, who wore her grandmother’s wedding dress. This had also been worn by her mother. We re-designed it and reworked it, keeping another generation in mind.


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Sketching Wedding Dresses

Many of our summer wedding dresses are being booked at this time of year. We send out an original design sketch and fabric swatches which are treasured by the bride-to be as a reference, and we keep a copy as a working sketch.  “The  sketch” is a such a key element to begin the beautiful process of creating our brides dream gown that I am always looking to hone my drawing skills. I am currently attending a life drawing class on a Wednesday evening where I am enjoying the challenge of drawing the nude human form. I am having fun with the course and feel that my drawings are reflecting that.