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Whether it be your Matric Dance dress or your wedding dress, it's a wonderful experience to have a dress custom made for you. To avoid any risks, check out these four tips 
and know you're going to have great fun with the process!
Hi Friends! 
So today I just thought I'd share some thoughts on what the custom couture process is really about for me. To me it's a process that can bring you happy memories and help boost your confidence for the rest of your life, and this is why...

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I have written before about how important it is to get on with your chosen designer, but I'm going to say it again, IT REALLY IS IMPORTANT! When I start work on any custom order, I see it as embarking on a project WITH my client. Yes I am the one with the technical know-how to be able to create your dress, but ultimately, a custom-made couture wedding dress or Matric Dance dress is a commission and it's ALL ABOUT YOU! It's my job to guide you to what will work for your body type, put in my creative and technical imput, and of course physically make the garment. It's Your job to show me who you are. My passion is not just creating beautiful garments, but also being able to create beautiful garments that express you individual beauty, style and personality. When we work on a commission, I take you as my muse, my inspiration, and I just LOVE discovering your unique sense of style. 

I get so excited when a client brings me a new picture that I've never seen before as a reference and it get's my creative juices flowing in a whole new direction! There is nothing more fun to me than spending hours tweaking a dress until it's just PERFECT for YOU!

In my own bridal range, I think of different types of women who I admire, and try to design a dress for each of them. With a commission, together we get inspired and create a dress that has never existed before, and never again will!

I believe that, particularly on your wedding day, what you wear should be an expression, an extension, of who you are. We are all beautifiul, unique individials, your dress should be too!
My motto is, life is too short to wear someone else's dress (oh and boring socks, way too short for boring socks!)
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For more on custom couture wedding dresses, read here.
For casual boho bridal wear, here
For more on having your Matric Dance dress, mother of the bride/groom outfit, or occassoin wear dreams created, go here
Thanks lovelies, have a WONDERFUL weekend!
Hi Friends!
I wanted to show you some images from a creative shoot that I was priveledged to have been a part of recently! I was approached by Simone from Yellow Papaya saying that she was involved in creating a styled shoot with a bridal theme and would I be interested in lending out a dress or two for it. After having looked at Simone's work, I jumped onboard! Her styling is first class so I was excted at the chance to work with her.
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The theme was a laid back, South African farm wedding, so I put these two dresses from my latest 2017 Bridal collection. The gowns are both illusion bodices with flowing chiffon skirts. Perfect for a summer wedding in Cape Town.
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Simone arranged to do the shoot at the very elegant and sophosticated Bellevue Wine Estate in Stellenbostch. This historic venue has an original Cape Dutch farmhouse that was built in 1803 and breathtaking grounds on which to shoot. 
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Simone has formed a collaborative team with the talemted photographer Riehan Bakkes naming it the Dodgeburn Collective. Riehan took these gorgeous images while Simone did the styling. The models, rocking my wedding dresses are Deisy Narcy and Kayla.
To make sure these models were perfectly finished off, hair and make-up was done by Cellia Fourie. 
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All in all I couldn't be happier with the outcome and I hope I will get the opportunity to work with this creative team again one day!

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Lee-Shay was one of my brides who wanted something very original and specific. She and her fiance’ were planning an elegant wedding that was inspired by the 1920’s and 1930’s era. They were going for glamorous sophistication but her dress was to be subtly glam and timeless in style and design.

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Lee-shay wanted her wedding dress to be clean and simple. She didn’t want any lace on her dress, but instead wanted a bias cut vintage inspired gown that had clean lines and was simple, clean and glamorous.
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When we had our consultation, I advised that she have a more modern fit and flare cut on the skirt in order to accentuate her natural curves and cinch in her small waist.

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Lee-Shay wanted an ivory silk for her gown but we ended up selecting a heavier satin fabric so that I could achieve the structured, fine lines that we wanted. After a few fittings, the dress really came together beautifully and she looked incredibly beautiful on her wedding day!

This gown proves that less is indeed more, simplicity can be the most elegant of all.
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HI Friends! It's been a  while since I was at the Wedding Expo at the CTICC, but I thought I'd share some pictures anyway. 
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The show was a tremendous success and I got great feed back. My wedding dresses were also featured on a number of sites and blogs as well as a very flattering article in the Sunday Times. If you were there, I hope you enjoyed it!
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Assside from my stand, I was also featured in their fashion show whick showcased 5 of my wedding dresses from my latest 2017 Bridal wear range. The other designer who was featured was Cindy Bam. 
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The show went off effrtlessly thanks to a great etam of preffessionals, so I thought I'd share a few pictures. These show a variety of different styles of my wedding dresses that are for sale in my boutique as well as at the Wedding Boutique and Lady Marmalaide in Parkhurst.

I make custom couture wedding dresses too for the bride who knows EXACTLY what she wants, so if you have an idea in mind for what you want to wear as your bridal gown, please don't hessitate to make contact!
For more information, please don't hesitate to contact me.