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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!


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!

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.