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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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Posted on in Molteno
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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Posted on in Molteno
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 rose@moltenocreations.com

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 info@abigailk.co.za

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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