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 :)