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In December 2016 I completed Candace’s dream wedding dress and spectacular veil! It was a project that required many hours of work, but in the end it was well worth it!
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Candace came to me after having tried on several dresses but none of them were quite right. She knew she wanted a certain look for her wedding gown and chose me to help her to achieve it.

She wanted a V neck lace dress with long sleeves, and a fit ‘n flare shape. She wanted the skirt to be in soft tulle for that romantic, floaty look. She wanted a statement 1.2mtr long train with lace cascading down onto the skirt. To accompany this gorgeous dress, Candace wanted a lace edged cathedral veil.

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I was excited to start this project as it’s just the type of couture work that I love! We went fabric shopping together and she selected a stunning cream beaded, embroidered lace with a magnificent embroidered guipure edging. The lace was heavily beaded with pearls and was perfect to achieve the look she was going for.
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I got to work creating a dress that would fit her like a glove. The bridal gown had a fully structured corset and the whole body was covered with lace that was cut and carefully hand sewn into place. The skirt required 18 meters of mesh, covering 9 meters of tulle. We hand sewed lace motiv’s down onto the tulle. The sleeves ended in the extravagant lace ending, as was the neckline and keyhole back detail.
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To complete Candace’s bridal look, we hand sewed a wide, intricate lace trim to the edge of her two-meter-long Cathedral Veil which trailed regally behind her.
When I finally saw these pictures from her wedding day I was blown away by how gorgeous she looked! This couture bridal look was certainly something for the record books, a spectacular couture look that I’m very proud of.

Thank you, Candace, all the best for the future!
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Hi Friends!
To all those who didn't know, I have moved into a beautiful new studio on Durham Avenue in Salt River, Cape Town!
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I'm super excited as the new space is light, bright, spacious and provides the perfect setting for my pretty dresses. 
I'm really enjoying welcoming my clients into this space and I feel like it's allowing me to give each one of them an enjoyable and memorable experience.

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As you can see, I have long rails for ready to wear Matric Dance dresses as well as bridal wear. I have a wide selection of both bohemian and traditional styled wedding dresses for you to fit on and get inspiration from. 
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I have Matric Dance dresses in every colour that are available to rent or buy.

so please feel free to call or mail me to book an appointment for your Matric Farewell or Wedding dress needs!
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Hi Friends!
Well this is really rather old news, but I've been rubbish at making the time to blog. This has something to do with the fact that I have been crazy busy making the wedding  dresses for the boutiques who are now stocking my bridal wear!

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In November last year, I traveled to Johannesburg and Pretoria, suitcase of wedding dresses in hand, hoping to find some bridal boutiques to stock with my dresses. I returned to Cape Town elated and ecstatic at having been received even better than I could have imagined!

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In December I delivered my first few wedding dresses to the exclusive Crystal Brides in Pretoria. Chrystal ordered a Chantilly lace flute shaped dress with champagne lining and a full tulle over skirt. This dress was elegant and extravagant, perfect for the glamorous bride!
She also ordered my Lilly dress and Daisy. These two dresses have a more bohemian feel to them and are light and easy wearing. 

In January I sent Dahlia and Peony to Wedding Connexion in Glenvista. Estee believes that every bride should get her day in a princess wedding dress and she loved these two designs.
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The latest exciting developments are that I am now supplying the new Lady Marmalaide Boutique in Parkhurst with five of my bohemian styled wedding dresses. I haven't yet done photo shoots of the latest two developments, but I will release these as soon as possible. I am doing well at this store so if you're in the area, please do stop in!

Finally, I have 4 of my dresses in the beautiful Wedding Boutique in Woodstock, Cape Town! 

Expanding and constantly innovating new bridal wear for my Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria clients is what Molteno Creations is all about so keep following my progress on this page or my social media platforms!
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Michelle was quite the blushing bride in her dusty pink wedding gown. Here’s her story…

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The lovely Michelle came to me after having seen my work at the SA WEdding show in 2016. She is a practical lady, and while she wanted to look beautiful and elegant on her wedding day, she also wanted a dress she could feel comfortable in. The didn’t like the idea of any dress that she would have to fuss with. She wanted something light and comfortable that would hold in place, allowing her to let loose and enjoy her big day. Other than this, Michelle knew that she didn’t want a white wedding dress. She had seen that a number of my dresses were blush pink or champagne in colour and she liked this idea.

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At the consultation Michelle tried on a few of my bridal gowns and she really likes the dresses I had made with the illusion neckline. The confort factor of these styles were most appealing and she liked how some of my dresses used the illusion mesh to hold delicately scallopped lace against the skin.


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We also found that the pinky colours looked really good on her skin tone and that the A-line silhouette suited her figure best.


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With all this in mind, I designed a corset dress for her with illusion bodice and lace cap sleeve detail. The back lace would be shaped in a v to slim down the back and the skirt would be made from soft tulle to create an A line skirt. I would then make a thin satin belt to cinch in the waist.


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With this style settled, Michelle and I headed off to the fabric shop. We found a gorgeous, delicate dusty pink lace with subtle bead and sequin details on it. We paired this with a elegant crepe satin and soft Italian Tulle. We selected 3 different complementing colours of tulle in shades of pink, blush and nude. The effect when the three were mixed together was absolutely dreamy! They looked like a floaty sunset cloud.


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The dress was a dream come true, after a few fittings and tweaks, it all came together beautifully and Michelle looked simply stunning on her wedding day.
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From the Brides mouth:
Once again, thank you! I loved it:) It was super comfy and I felt like a princess!!
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Rushka came to me in August 2016 looking for a designer to help her to create her dream wedding dress. As a creative herself, she had a clear idea of the aesthetic she was going for and felt that my soft, bohemian design style was in line with that.

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Ruschka had collected a few images of wedding dresses she liked, and also brought me a few dresses of her own that she liked. I love it when my clients do that as it gives me a clear idea of the bridal they like, and the clothes they bring of their own can show me and them exactly what looks good on their figure.
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Ruschka was going for a bohemian styled wedding dress. This typically alludes to the bridal design being understated, elegant, easy to wear, light and flowing. The wedding venue was to be the center of Cape Town and they were going to do the couples shoot on the streets of the CBD, the theme would therefore be that of modern boho.
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After looking at all of Ruschka's design inspiration, we settled on a dress with an unstructured bodice, with a scoop neck and low scoop back. The front of the bodice was to be lined with satin and covered by delicate Chantilly lace. The back would be made using only the lace against skin and I would cut delicate cap sleeves from the trademark Chantilly edging.

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The skirt would be made from a double layer of featherweight silk chiffon and finally I would make a little belt from raw silk. The back of the lace would be fastened with a fine row of silk covered buttons.

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The style suited Ruschka’s petite frame perfectly and we chose an off white which complimented her complexion.

After a trip to the fabric store and a few fittings, the dress came together perfectly and the result was nothing short of stunning!


From our brides mouth :  The dress looked amazing and I felt incredible and so comfortable in it the whole day. Thanks again Rose!
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What are bohemian wedding dresses?

We all know the term boho as it has become so popular in recent years, but what does the term bohemian wedding dress really mean? Well the boho styling refers to an effrotless style of wedding dress. Boho gowns will have light, flowing skirts, sometimes layers of floaty fabrics and easy to wear bodices. Corsets, heavy layers of stiff fabrics are out, while delicate lace is in. Bohemian bridal wear is 1970's inspired so sleeves are common, as are wide skirts and long trains.

What is a bohemian theme?



As I mentioned above, the boho trend started in the late 1960's and 1970's with the flower child era. This is typified by the celebration of nature and all things natural. The boho wedding theme is therefor most importantly one that is dominated by plants, flowers and raw natural elements. If the climate allows, as much of the wedding as possible should be held outdoors. Muted nature tones such as stone, grey, dusty pink, dusty blue and green are good colours to use. Nature should be celebrated in all ways, from the use of flower crowns, to moss and bark table décor. Go wild, litterally!

Does this mean they are cheap wedding dresses?



Simply, no. Bohemian is a style, not a price point. Just because the styling is more relaxed, it doesn't make the garment cheaper to manufacture. In fact, boho dresses can be more pricey as they often require huge amounts of fine lace, layers of fabrics, beadwork and other fine detailing.

Bohemian wedding dress inspiration

Now that you know a bit about bohemian bridal wear, let's have a look at some designers who do it best! I design my own dresses, but still draw inspiration from the great boho designers. Here are some of my favourite!

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Soetkin's dream wedding dress
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I met Soetkin at the wedding expo in Franschhoek this year and we immediately got on with one another. She said my whimsical design style resonated with her and she was looking to have her wedding dress made.
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Soetkin was looking for a wedding dress that was soft and feminine, but also elegant and classy. When she came to my studio for a consultation we tried on a number of my dresses and assesed what dress shapes looked best on her and what styles she likes.

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She wanted a dress that was not strapless, but had sleeves or lace straps. We settled on a corseted dress with lace appliqué' detail that would be feathered down onto an A-line tulle skirt. I would make lacy straps to create a slight cap sleeve.
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We went fabric shopping together and Soetkin chose a stunning embroidered, beaded lace in a pearly cream colour and soft cream satin and Italian tulle. Perfect for our design!

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As the fittings progressed, we decided that the lacy straps weren't really working, but instead an off-the-shoulder look suited her better.

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I finished Soetkin's bridal look off with a plain cream veil which was perfectly romantic and classic.


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Hi Friends!
on Friday the 25th of Novermber I'm holding a massive sample sale!

Wedding dresses from only R3000
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Evening wear from only R1000

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Clearing out the stock so don't miss out!

On top of all this madness, I have a rail of pre-loved Molteno dresses for sale!

Doors open at 10am to 6.30pm. Come anytime.
266 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town.
All welcome!
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As 2016 draws to a close, Abigail K and I thought we would throw out one last invitation for you to join us in our studio for a shop and mini portrait session. On Friday the 25th of November we are opening our studio to the public between 10am and 6.30pm.

I am holding a super sale on my evening wear, in which selected evening dresses will be on sale for as low as R1000! I will also have a selection of bridal wear samples on sale for as little as R5000. All are welcome to stop in and fit my dresses on, FREE OF CHARGE!

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Please note that on top of this offer, I am offering consultations for only R100, a saving of R180.
If you wish to have a one-on-one consultation, please book my mailing [email protected]

Also on sale will be the beautiful accessories from Bella Chiara. She will have a range of items to purchase and some sale items too.

Finally, Abigail K will be offering mini-portrait sessions throughout the day in which you can get two confidence boosting images for just R650!
Please book your slot by mailing [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
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Bohemian synonyms: nonconformist, hippy, free spirit, informal, artistic

So, you're getting married in beautiful Cape Town, and your dream wedding has a light and breezy bohemian feel to it. But what exactly is a bohemian wedding dress, and how do you style it?

As a designer, and great lover of the bohemian wedding dress, I thought I'd offer some advice on the subject.

What is a bohemian wedding dress?

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I would define a bohemian wedding dress as a dress that is fairly informal, unstructured, light weight, free flowing and easy wearing. Boho dresses often use large amounts of lace, layering and floaty chiffons.



It should be noted that bohemian as a style does not automatically link to a lower priced dress. The laces used tend to be the softer Chantilly's and woven laces and these can be some of the most costly of all bridal fabrics.

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Cape Town, the hub of the boho bride

Cape Town, due to it's gorgeous natural surroundings and warm weather, tends to lend itself to the bohemian themed wedding. Capetonians are also famously laid back so this trend suits us down to a T!

Styling your boho look

Bohemian Hair

The most popular boho hair looks are the tousled locks, either hanging loosely down the back or in a de-constructed up-down hairstyle. Loose braids have also become popular and work well if you want to place flowers in your hair.

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Make-up

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Keep make-up light and natural looking. Highlights of bronzes and metallics can work well depending on your skin tone. Nude lip colours and fresh skin work best for this style.

Shoes and boho footwear

Many bohemian brides choose to go with the foot jewellery, particularly if they are to wed on the beach. Alternately bejewelled sandals or decorated heels work beautifully for this purpose. Most importantly, make sure they fit the style of the dress and are comfortable enough to be able to have fun in!

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accessories:

Bohemian wedding accessories can be really fun! Beautiful head jewellery can be worn, or flower crowns or even sprigs of flowers.
See some ideas here!

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Shopping for your ideal wedding dress is no small task and many brides find it completely overwhelming. For this reason, I thought I would give you a few tips to bare in mind before setting out on your trip.
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Don't over book your day

While I always advise that my brides try on a number of different wedding dresses of differing styles and shapes, I wouldn't advise you try to do so all in one day. Book appointments with at least three bridal shops and try on a wide selection of dresses, but don't go to more than two or three shops in one day. The reason for this is that it can be tiring and you will start to feel overwhelmed and over saturated with choices. The result is that you won't remember what you tried on.

Pick a quiet time

If possible it's better to shop for your wedding dress during the week. This will allow for plenty of time as wedding shops are generally tightly booked on Saturdays.

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Be careful of who to bring with you

I wouldn't advise bringing too many people with you to your bridal fitting. Bring one or two people who's opinions you value. If you bring too many people their opinions may confuse you and you will struggle to get your own opinion heard.

Keep an open mind

Keeping an open mind when it comes to styles and shapes of wedding dresses is very important. More often than not my clients are surprised by what dresses look good on them and the style they thought they wanted actually doesn't flatter. Wedding dresses are constructed differently from normal dresses and they have structure that other dresses don't. This means that a shape that usually doesn't work for you, may be the right one for your wedding dress.

Decide on a wedding dress style

Before you go shopping decide on the style of wedding you are going to have. Are you planning an informal beach wedding, or a glamorous do on a wine farm? Think about the time of day you plan the wedding to be. If it's an evening wedding then a more formal bridal gown will suit, while if it's a morning wedding then a more informal style will be better suited.

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Which white do you go with? I rarely recommend going with pure white as this tends to wash out all but the darkest of skin tones. Off-white to cream colours are usually better suited. Don't dismiss the gentle colour times that are in vogue at the moment either. Champagnes, blushes and even pale blue hues can be incredibly beautiful and may suit your skin tone better.

Time is ticking

Finally, I would advise that you start this process at least 6 months before your wedding. This is because if you want to order an imported dress then it takes 3 to 4 months to get to South Africa. It's also to allow for the time to explore custom made options. My clients usually come to me after trying on a number of dresses but not having managed to find all that they want in a single dress. We then design the gown with elements of different dresses to obtain everything they want. The custom made process should allow for 3 months ideally so that it can be done in a relaxed manor and there is lots of time for fittings.
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I met Leoni for the first time over a year before her wedding. She came to me with a very clear idea in her mind of the wedding dress she wanted and we both knew that I was the perfect designer to execute it. Her inspiration came mostly from my favourite designer, Inbal Dror, but the combination of our ideas made for a highly original bridal design.

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Leoni wanted a deep V neck dress with an open back, fit and flare skirt, and a cowl back detail. I advised her that if she wanted a low back and a V neck front, it was best to have a lace piece that joined behind the neck to prevent the dress from slipping off her shoulders. She was happy with this so I designed the dress with a keyhole back.

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I further advised that I arrange the lace detail to creep down the skirt at an angle to slim the hips. It reached down to form a deep V at the back over the buttocks, again slimming and adding elegant detail to the gown. I was to applique the embroidered lace to create a dense pattern, filling the bodice section completely with the lace.
Leoni selected the most elegant, delicate ivory lace with a stunningly detailed scalloped edge that I was to use around the neckline and cuff of the sleeve.

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Over time, the design took shape and the end result was truly breath-taking. Leoni accessorised her wedding dress with a simple floating diamond necklace and delicate earrings. She wore her hair up to allow for the back detail to show and wore nude heels.

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According to Leoni, the wedding was “definitely everything I hoped for, and more!”.
Molteno Creations wish the happy couple much joy for the future!

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So, you have a dress style in mind and you have chosen to go the custom made route, but how do you choose which designer is to make your dream dress?

In Cape Town we are blessed with many talented bridal and Matric Ball dress designers,so as a client you are spoilt for choice. Here are some tips on how to choose your dress designer:

Design style


Te first place I would start when looking for the right designer for you, is on their website and social media sites. Look at their work and choose a designer who's design style resonates with you. Are you an all out bling girl who wants ALL the bells and whistles, or are you someone who favours the more simple, understated and classic look? Go through different designers portfolio's and you should be able to see quite quickly if their designs resonate with who you are. Select 2 or three who you really like and make appointments to meet with them to discuss your ideas.

Do they “get” you


At the consultation try to be as clear as possible about what you're looking for. Allow the designer to guide you with their experience, but you need to feel at the end that your designer “get's” you. Be sure that the designer understands the feel that you're going for and you must not feel that they are trying to push you into a different direction because that is their style. Be careful to discuss all elements of the dress in the consultation including fabrication. Are you looking for heavy stiff fabrics, r do you want the dress to be light and floaty? Be sure to discuss this with the designer and make sure they are on the same page. After the consultation go with your gut, if you felt like they didn't really see your vision and were trying to mould you into their vision, move on!

Quality control


During your fitting, take note of the quality of the garments you try on. Dresses might be a bit tired,as they are samples that have been tried on by a few people, but watch that they have still been constructed in a quality fashion.

It IS personal


A factor shouldn’t be overlooked, is that of personality. You are going to be spending quite a bit of time with your designer and the process is quite a personal one. It's really important that you feel comfortable with them. Be sure that this is someone with whom you feel comfortable to reveal yourself to, and I don't just mean by getting changed. Our insecurities may come up in the process and you need to be able to be open with your designer about how you're feeling. Choose someone you feel you could be friends with, as if you choose correctly, you will be by the end of it!

References


Finally, if you're at all unsure, look or ask for references. This is always a good bet if uncertain.
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Hi Friends, today I wanted to write a post about the advantages of having your wedding dress custom made, rather than buying your bridal gown off the hanger. Many people are nervous or hesitant about going this route and I wish to dispel some popular thoughts about the process. It is my personal belief, that if you choose your designer wisely, and follow his or her advice when it comes to what designs suit your body type and which fabrics will work best, the results you can achieve far out-weigh the bit of time and effort this route requires. Below are some of my biggest reasons for having your dream dress custom-made.

Celebrate your individuality

I feel passionately that all the clothes we wear are an extension of ourselves. Our appearance is one of the most effective ways we can demonstrate our uniqueness and inner beauty, and why should this not apply on our wedding day? Surely, on the day we to celebrate the unity of two souls who have fallen in love with each other's uniqueness, our dress should demonstrate this uniqueness too? I see too many women compromise on who they are because they feel like they should fit into the expected mould of what a bride should look like, and the end result is their loved ones looking at her and saying “who is that?”

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I say; don't feel you need to conform. If you have always dreamed of having a floral wedding dress or simply don't like lace, then go with that! It's your day! Have your dream dress made, if it conforms or not.

In the same ilk, if you have a dress that makes your heart skip a beat and you can't find it in the shops, then I say get it made! There are so many chances to compromise in life, but I don't think your wedding dress needs to be one of them.

Fits like.. a custom-made wedding dress

When having your dress custom made, you know it's going to fit perfectly. With shop bought dresses, you have to purchase a standard size, and I know better than most, that none of us are equally proportioned. This means that alteration will be required and you're still likely not to achieve the perfect fit. On your wedding day your highest priority should be having fun, and not on making sure your dress isn't falling down.
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Bridal Fabrics of the highest quality

In my experience, mass produced dresses don't use the softest, finest fabrics. Tulle is usually scratchy, satin heavy and stiff, and the lace itchy. Locally available fabrics are soft and of the highest quality and the results are dresses that are comfortable, elegant and beautiful. Also, what can be more exciting than getting to select your own bridal fabrics?
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Budget-wise wedding dresses

It is a false idea that having a dress custom made is more expensive than buying an imported dress. Due to the exchange rate and 100% import duty on wedding dresses, imported bridal wear is generally priced between R18 000 and R40 000 and this EXCLUDES alterations. Molteno Creations has a “bohemian” wedding dress range that starts at R6 500 and the average price of a traditional custom made wedding dress by Molteno Creations is R12 000 to R18 000. This is not due to the cheap use of fabrics, but rather that the cost of the dress is going to the designer rather than the tax man and to high overheads attached to running a store front shop.

While I have been writing about all the good things about making a custom-made dress, I still want to add that you must exercise discretion when choosing your wedding dress designer. Be sure to go to a reputable designer who has work to show you and has a fair amount of experience. And finally, remember, you get what you pay for. A “seamstress” who works from her bedroom on the outskirts of Cape Town may well quote you a good price, but there is no guarantee that you will get the dress you are dreaming of.

I hope the above blog helped you, happy shopping ladies!
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I first met Chelsea last year at the SA Wedding Show in 2015. She loved my designs and chose to come in for a fitting. After trying on a variety of my dresses we decided upon one of my most popular dresses with her own twist to it.
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Chelsea loved the bodice of my tulle dress but she wanted it to be made using chiffon. To create a slight tulip shape, I designed the skirt to have garde's in it and chose to male it using a double layer of chiffon.
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Chelsea and I had great fun selecting her fabrics, and settled on a champagne colour ghost chiffon, mixed with cream satin and a beautiful cream lace with 3D flowers for the embellishment.

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The lace she selected was perfect to create the floating lace effect up the center back of the mesh bodice and we chose to embellish her front neckline with a delicate floral motif too.

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The bodice was made to fit Chelsea perfectly and I delicately draped the ghost chiffon over the bust before finishing it with the lace motif's. Finally, we chose to add some extra lace at the waist of her skirt and trailing down the center back and onto her train which I think finished the unique wedding dress off perfectly!

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Chelsea was thrilled with the final result and I think she looked absolutely breathtaking on her wedding day! Congratulations to the happy couple and all the best for the future!

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Photography by the talented Justin Davis Photography.
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The Cannes film festival is one of the fashion highlights of each year, giving is inspiration and direction on the couture design trends for the year ahead. I like to get inspiration for my Matric Dance dress range from the kings and queens of couture themselves and the fashion houses show off their best design work. This year didn't disappoint, so without further ado, let's see what trends were seen on this year's red carpet.

Bold yellow

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While yellow is not a colour that everyone can wear, when you can pull it off it looks phenomenal. These Hollywood celebs chose simple, classic styles in this eye popping hue and in my opinion, hit the nail on the head!


Metallics in muted tones

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This has been a long standing trend on the red carpet, but with these intricate designs, clever cut outs and luxurious fabrics, these dresses are uniquely stunning and definitely stand out as my favourite couture pieces for 2016.

Floral prints

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This year saw some really interesting and original prints. From Gucci's bold, poppy design, to polka dots and impressionist flower designs, these dresses were fun and elegant. I love this daring take on red carpet couture and if you're a rule breaker like me, I encourage you to try this for your Matric Dance dress too.

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Not so basic black

The last couple of years has seent he return of black to the red carpet, and this classic colour works well every time. Givenchy used blackfor his amazing snake dress, while Julia Roberts wore a simple draped black dress that is both slimming and elegant. Throw a strip of white into the mix for the monochrome look as Victoria Beckham does so well, and you're A for away!

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Hi Friends! As we wrap up the summer wedding season and battle down the hatches for winter, I wanted to have one last look at one of my favourite brides of 2016.

Felisha and I met at last year's SA Wedding show and we clicked immediately. She wanted a glamorous wedding and her wedding dress was to be no exception. Having done her research, Felisha knew what type of wedding gown she wanted, and it was a mere matter or tweaking the style and deciding on the fabrication. She not only wanted a full glamour dress, but the veil was to be one of drama, drama, drama!

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The wedding dress we designed together was a flute shape with a sweetheart neckline and open back. The body of the dress was to be made with lace which was then broken up and feathered down onto the full tulle skirt. Felisha wanted a full train made from the tulle to create a real fairytale princess effect. The bodice was made with mesh which also enclosed the open back and would be embellished with lace at the neck and shoulders.

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Fabric shopping was great! We selected two differed t laces. For the main body of the dress we chose a cored plain lace in off white and then to compliment this we selected an embroidered, beaded floral lace with 3D flowers. The combination were stunning. We then selected tulle and satin to match as well as a stunning floral lace edging for her 3 meter long veil.

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The dress turned out beautifully and the style really flattered Felisha's slim figure. The veil and train provided all the glamour she had hoped for and all in all the happy couple had a day they will remember forever!
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This past weekend I was privileged to get to show my wedding dresses at the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase that was held that the Franschhoek Cellars. It was an intimate affair, but I was proud to showcase my work among some of South Africa's very best service providers.

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Franschhoek without a doubt boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa, if not the world, and it has some of the world's leading wedding venues. I was accompanied by such wedding venues as Backsberg, Rickety Bridge, Grande Provance,Haute Cabriere, Le Franschhoek, Glenwood, and of Course Franschhoek Cellar. We were treated with tasters of their award winning wines too which certainly added some flavour to the day!

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Other wedding service providers at the expo were Bokkie Daisy, a massage and make-up service provider, Huguenot Fine Chocolates, and Gifts from Franschhoek.

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If you're looking for a photographer in the winelands area, Bella Oh Photography was there to showcase their work.

I had some of my best designs up on display for browsing brides and I received some wonderfully positive feedback on my wedding dresses.

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All in all there was a wonderful variety of wedding service providers for those living in the Franschhoek region and surrounds, or even for those who reside elsewhere but plan to say their vows in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley.

Join me at the CTICC in June for the Wedding Expo!
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Hi friends!

This week I get to tell the story of Ana, my unique bohemian bride!

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Ana is a woman who has a very modern and understated sense of style. She wanted her wedding to be casual and simple, yet elegant and chic. For her dress, she wanted a bohemian wedding dress, but she still wanted it to be modern and unique.

We started by looking at a number of different deigns that she liked. She liked soft lace and the delicate designs found in Chantilly lace. Ana was drawn to the 3D flower trend seen in bridal wear in recent seasons, as well as soft, flowing fabrics.

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Ana knew she didn't want anything that was too constricting and was not keen on the figure hugging mermaid or flute shaped dresses.

As Ana has a very light complexion with her red hair, I advised her against wearing blue white, as it would make her look sickly and likely emphasise any uneven skin tone on her face. Instead we agreed upon an off white shade that was much warmer against her skin.

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Finally, with all factors in mind, we settled on this design.

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The dress is made with a fully structured corset and a soft, double circle skirt of chiffon. I then designed a lace over top that was detachable and removable. This top was made from Chantilly lace and embellished with 3D flowers cut from another piece of lace that I purchased. We formed a dispersed polka dot effect with the little daisies, which I think was a really fun touch.The top is fastened at the front rather than the beck and I made angular, bound arm seams to flatter the arms.

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The design was light and bohemian, yet has a modern edge to it and once it all came together I think Ana looked simply stunning! She finished her look off with a fair of simple pumps and tousled tresses and a flower crown.


What do you think? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
Much love!
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Hi Friends!

This year has gotten off to a flying start for Molteno Creations, with new brides, many a unique Matric Dance dress, and celebrities donning my gowns, but before I go into all of that, I want to tell you about a very special bride from December last year.

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When Pascalle approached me about making her wedding dress, I was most flattered! Pascalle is the granddaughter of Betty Keets, the owner of the Cape Town College of Fashion Design, where I studied. Pascalle was a year ahead of me at the College and I admired her work greatly as she is an extremely talented fashion designer herself. Pascalle, however, didn't specialise in Bridal wear which is why she came to me.

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She already had a clear idea of what she wanted when she came to me, and said she chose me as her wedding dress designer because she felt that I understood her vision best. Another great compliment.

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Pascalle wanted a pale blush pink wedding dress rather than the traditional white. If you look at my portfolio, you will notice that I am greatly in favour of breaking from tradition. She wanted a wedding dress that could be made into two looks through the use of an over skirt. The under dress was to be made from bias cut silk, cut with symmetrical art Deco inspired panels. The dress was then to be embellished with beading and carefully placed appliquéd lace. Finally, two double spaghetti straps criss crossed across her open back and were beaded with little matching pink pearl beads. The over skirt was to be made from a transparent silk organza.

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The design was elegant, unique, and the open back and slinky fit provided a sexy, modern edge.

The choice of fabric changed as we couldn't find a suitable organza, so instead we opted for an over skirt which was made from feather weight Italian Tulle. The dress was made from bias cut crepe and in a few fittings I achieved Pascalle's dream wedding dress!
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