The Making of A Dress: Aden's Blue and Silver Deco Wedding Dress

I tend to attract brides with an interesting and uncommon aesthetic. Brides who love taking risks and making statements. It's so fun to make a dress that doesn't fit the traditional idea of 'wedding dress' and yet, is unmistakably a wedding dress. And so, I give you Aden. 


Aden wanted something Art Deco and geometric. She had a vision of ultramarine and silver. I drew up this sketch as our starting point .

Mood Board for Aden's dress. I was inspired by Erté, Egyptian motifs, and classic Art Deco forms. 

I sourced silver appliques and blue silks. 

I made a mockup out of a thin charmeuse and organza so I could see how the two layers would play with each other. During the fitting, I used a blue, water-soluble marking pen to start planning the applique pattern. 

I cut the silver fabrics into individual circles and started playing with shapes and motifs to use on the dress. I was looking for a pattern with a large, medium and small version, each a bit different, all working together. 

And then I placed Aden's custom applique design on silver bobbinet. 

Front and back in progress...

Art Deco Blue Silver Wedding Dress

The dress doesn't truly come alive until the bride puts it on. Here is Aden just a few days before her wedding. 

4 Easy Ways Make Your Wedding Outfit Feel So You

Of course, I think the best way to personalize your wedding outfit is to get a custom gown designed, but if you don't go that route, here are some tips on how to personalize your wedding day look. 


If you're like me, wearing a gown isn't an everyday affair, so it can feel like playing dress-up. You don't want to play it so safe that you look as if it's just another day, but you also want to stay true to your own personal style. Here are four ways to find that sweet spot. 

1. Shoes

They barely peak out from underneath your wedding gown, but that doesn't mean no one notices them. Shoes are a great opportunity to play and add some personality (and color!) to your ensemble. What shoes do you feel best in? Shop for a shoe in that style. Wedges, flats, stilletos, your shoes can be whatever you want. You can use a modern shoe to offset a vintage-inspired dress, or a metallic shoe to make your princess gown a tad edgy. 

2. Hair. 

Think about who your style icons are. Have you always likened yourself an Audrey Hepburn, a Marilyn Monroe, a Brigitte Bardot? Now is your chance to go all out, in the style of your choice. Stick to looks that have always been your favorite. Don't get sidetracked by the endless photographs in a "wedding hair" Pinterest search. 

3. Lip Color

Berry, watermelon, nude, wine, you know as well as I do that there are more lipstick shades than any one woman can handle. My big tip for lipstick is: choose two. Choose a favorite neutral for the ceremony and then layer on a playful pop color for the reception.

4. Jewelry

You have your own collection, run of the family heirlooms, and an excuse to break out of the expected and get something new! Jewelry is your chance to take your outfit to the next level of opulence or to dial it back with something earthy. Don't have access to exactly what you want? Remember, there are fabulous places to rent jewelry so you can drip with diamonds even if your grandmother doesn't collect them! 


The Making Of A Wedding Dress: Emlyn

When Emlyn came to me in November, I knew hers was a dress to document. Not only did Emlyn have a great vision for her dress, but she was had a bun in the oven! By the time of her wedding, she was 5 months pregnant. I've never seen a more radiant bride. 

Emlyn started out with a wonderful concept- long sleeves, lace, high collar, not trying to hide her baby bump. I started sketching, Mia pulled the perfect English lace- peachy white with a silver metallic motif. I'd had that lace for over a year! It was just waiting for Emlyn. 

I added a last minute sparkle ruffle to the collar, sleeves and underskirt, it needed that extra decadence. Plus a vintage shoe buckle! I am waiting with bated breath to see the wedding photos taken by the incredible Lindsay Hite of Readyluck. I will be sure to share them with you! 

Tropical Escape

It's cold. Here's some warmth. 

This shoot, done in our disguised studio, gives a divine and much needed escape into the tropical.

Lauren wears an asymmetrical apple green gown inspired by Charles James. The bride I made it for said she wanted to look like a rock star at her wedding. 

Molly wears the ballet pink Iron Heart bodice and 16 Ton Organza skirt from my Collection along with the perfect blush organza sash. 

I hope these photos provide a delicious reprieve from this icy February. 

shot by Lindsay Hite at Readyluck 

event design by Intrigue Designs

hair and makeup by Amie Decker Beauty 

Are Sleeves The New Strapless?

A custom consult starts with me listening, and my client talking about her wedding and her dress vision. At some time during this chat, almost every woman I meet lists something she doesn't like about her body. The most common complaint is arms. I don't know why the gorgeous ladies I see aren't in love with their arms, yet this has been my observation. So over the years, I have made many beautiful wedding gowns and evening dresses with sleeves.

September brides in custom wedding dresses with long sleeves 

It seems that the bridal gown industry is starting to catch on. Which is great, because sleeves are beautiful for everyone, they are chic, sexy, elegant. Even ladies that like their arms have been asking me about sleeves. 

Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton know what's up. 

Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton know what's up. 

Thinking of going long-sleeved yourself? A few things to keep in mind:

  • The more fitted the sleeve, the more slimming the silhouette. The secret? A few buttons at the wrist or invisible zippers.
  • To check the fit, hug your mom. That’s right. If you can wrap your arms around her without moving the rest of your dress–it fits!
  • Sleeves that end just over the wrist, a la Kate Middleton, elongate the armand they’re devastatingly chic.

I Can't Resist A Winter Wonderland

In case you missed it, or if you live somewhere besides the Northeast of the US, I'll fill you in- it's been snowing. I love the snow for many reasons. One of them is it makes a good excuse for an impromptu photoshoot. We set out to the back of our atelier- me to take photos from the cocoon of my coat and Mia to blithely freeze in our 16 Ton skirt, a sequined cashmere sweater and her prized possession- a rabbit fur hat from a Parisian flea market. 

If you like Mia's skirt, you can order your own! just click on the collection tab in the menu. 

Shot with my iphone :)