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Planning your 2019 wedding and wondering what bridal trends are in this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are five of the top bridal trends to help you recreate the look of your dreams. Your 2019 wedding planning starts here!
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No-care wedding hair

It should comes as no surprise that the Duchess of Sussex has inspired many brides to rock undone buns and intentionally messy hairstyles following the royal wedding. But these aren’t your typical “lazy day” hairstyles. Think of them as messy, but in a controlled way. The key to pulling of this look is to make sure that your hair doesn’t become a mess after a few hours. Loose waves, windswept locks, and face-framing curls are just a few of the many ways you can replicate this relaxed and effortless look for your wedding.

Natural makeup

In previous years, bridal makeup was all about the glitz and glam. This year, we’ll see many brides going for the “no makeup” or natural look on their big day. It doesn’t get more timeless than natural makeup that shows off your skin’s gorgeous glow. And a glowing complexion will always yield perfect photos! If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your natural look, try a bold lipstick.

Pear shaped engagement rings

2019 is said to be the year of the pear shaped diamond. These are a great choice for brides because their unique shape allows you to showcase your individual style and personality. Not to mention, they have a large spread which allows the diamond to appear larger than it actually is. For example, a carat pear shaped stone will appear larger than a carat in a cushion cut. This is perfect if your budget is a little lower because you can choose a smaller carat size and still get the look you want! We’ll be seeing this trendy style at most jewelers this year, including online jeweler Blue Nile, who offers pear shaped engagement rings in a variety of stones and styles.

All over sparkle dresses

From sequins to beading and metallic embellishments, sparkle gowns will be one of the top picks for brides this year. Not only can sparkle dresses be daring, they’re also very sophisticated. For this look, be sure to keep your accessories minimal so they don’t take away from your glitzy gown. Click here to shop our collection of unique wedding dresses.

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Bridal jumpsuits

If you’re ditching a big ceremony for a smaller celebration or just going for a more casual look, a bridal jumpsuit is perfect for you! Not only are they comfortable, they’re figure flattering and totally on trend. For a modern ceremony, a jumpsuit with a lacy top is perfect. For more casual nuptials, a tailored white pant suit is your best option! There are so many styles including flowy, bohemian, and cropped, the possibilities are endless for pulling off this trendy look!

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Examples of Beautiful African Fashion for Weddings

African fashion is known worldwide to be full of vibrant colors and striking geometric patterns, making the fashions coveted by designers who are looking to create or wear clothes that stand out. Women’s clothing will oftentimes showcase the colorful cultures of the surrounding locale in both style and design. Much of the clothing is made of unique materials, like cloth from tree bark or treated animal hides. Depending on the country or region, certain traditional fashions will also be worn to ceremonial events like weddings.

Integrating a richly textured fabric that is common to African bridal clothing that reflects a colorful pattern with vibrant threads can make a wedding outfit all the more eye-catching and memorable. Common fabric-decorating techniques in African fashions includes applique designs sewn onto contrasting fabrics, dyeing, and selecting brightly colored threads for embroidery. Many of these designs are often associated with African cultural tropes, like particular plant names, animals, events, or proverbs. 

If you are planning a wedding in Africa, or you are preparing to go to a traditional African ceremony of some kind, you may want to pay tribute to the many beautiful African fashions by wearing something special. Incorporating an item as simple as an African accessory into your look, whether you are the bride or a guest, can put you more in touch with African culture. Or, you can go the extra length and wear something more formal, like a traditional gown, to express your admiration of African fashion.

Wearing Gomesi Gowns

Gomesi gowns are the trademark of Ugandan women, worn as traditional wear at major ceremonies and functions. The history of the Gomesi is mysterious, and it is unknown how it originated into Ugandan culture. Usually, it is a floor-length, cloth, silk, or cotton dress made of bright colors that has a square neckline and puffy sleeves. The dress is tied with a striking sash below the waist. A typical Gomesi usually requires up to six metres of fabric, making it a sturdy, formal piece with plenty of structure.

Wearing a Gomesi for special occasions is typical of some cities and urban areas, while in some rural areas, it is also a form of African daily dress. Though it may be difficult for brides to integrate the beautiful Gomesi design into a contemporary wedding gown, the style is one that is common for weddings and would be recognized as such. If you are looking to pay homage to African fashion, sporting a variation or an exact Gomesi gown is a stylish idea for a wedding.

Accessorising with Head Ties 

In addition to wearing a traditional African dress or gown, you can also be inspired by African style in the form of your accessories. The head tie, also called the head wrap, gele, dhuku, doek, qhiya, or turban depending on the region, is a symbol of dignity and class for both men and women in Africa. Knowing how to properly tie a head tie is crucial to adopting this look and can make a bold fashion statement.

At a wedding, wearing a head tie is an easy way to add color to any outfit and to highlight your personal style with a striking accessory. The gele head ties, worn in Nigeria, are the most famous and flamboyant ties due to the fact that they are typically very large and dramatic. Head ties can beautifully frame the face and put the finishing touch on an outfit for a special occasion

If you are wishing to attend a wedding in style, you may want to consider adding an element of traditional African fashion to your look in order to reflect the vibrant and vivacious local cultures.

Written by Jackie

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 having your Matric Dance dress, mother of the bride/groom outfit, or occassoin wear dreams created, go here
Thanks lovelies, have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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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

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

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Hi Friends, welcome to 2016! I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and are as excited as I am to get stuck into the new year! Before I go running ahead, however, I thought it would be fun to reflect on my favourite wedding dresses from 2015.

I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of unique brides this past year who have kept my creative juices flowing and made sure there has never been a dull moment.

Phoebe was one of my most fun and creative brides of all time. A Capetonian jewellery designer and owner of her own business, Phoebe is all hippie and was determined she was going to do her wedding her way. She came to me with a number of pictures as inspiration and the musts were; one that there were to be tassels, and two that the outfit was to be cream and gold. She wanted the outfit to be practical, and easy for her to dance in once the celebrations got under way. To fit her styling and specifications, I designed a two part outfit. The under dress was a cream mini with tassels hanging from the neckline. I created an ombre effect with the tassels by hand painting them with gold fabric paint. The over skirt I made from gold Guipure lace which I again hand painted to create an ombre gold effect from the hem upward. Phoebe was very happy with the result and as you can see, had a ball at her wedding!

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In March the lovely Danielle got married in this traditional mermaid style wedding dress with long tulle train. The shape emphasised her killer curves and she looked absolutely elegant in her off white bridal gown. Together we selected a delicate, beaded off white lace with silver details which I used on the body of the dress and then let it cascade down onto the soft tulle skirt. I chose to add a simple belt with lace embellishment to complete the look and emphasise her tiny waist.
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Nandi got married in October in a simple, fuss free farm wedding. She wanted a wedding dress that reflected her classic, elegant style. She was getting married barefoot and wanted a dress that was easy to hear, soft, simple and elegant. I designed for her an intricately draped dress with a soft, wide flowing skirt and slit. We added a little bit of lace detail around the neckline and slit. We selected a gorgeous champagne colour chiffon for it and the result was slimming, a little bit sexy and 100% her!

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Jzadir was another bride who wanted to do things her way. She had kept a picture of a red and cream wedding dress for many years and at last it was time to make her dream dress come to life. Jzadir didn't want to wear a heavy, constrictive dress that wouldn't allow for her to have fun, so I designed her dress using lightweight fabric that flowed and was cool to wear. I incorporated her red panels and we made a red inverted pleat for the train. We chose a cream and metallic lace to match and I de constructed this and created a symmetrical design down the front and back bodice as well as shoulders and cap sleeves. The dress was uniquely Jzadir and suited her perfectly!


Gabi, a free spirited hippie from Paternoster, was a woman after my own heart. She too didn't want the traditional white dress but had many ideas and styles that she did like. We spent quite a lot of time together refining her ideas and creating her perfect design. We finally settled with this very unique blush pink lace bodice dress with layers of cascading soft tulle, lace and chiffon. I used three different coloured tulles, two laces and a chiffon to create this soft feathered skirt. The dress was finished off with tiny pearl buttons down the back and I feel is one of my greatest achievements to date!

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To compliment my bohemian wedding dress style, I also love the very sexy, more modern and traditional style of wedding dress. My favourite designer in this style is Inbal Dror, so when Talitha approached me with pictorial inspiration from him, I jumped at the opportunity to work with her. We looked at various design options, and settled with this slim fitting champagne flute shaped dress with a transparent mesh open back and Chantilly lace sleeves. We chose two different laces to achieve the look, and in the end the results were astonishing! Talitha looked gorgeous in her custom bridal gown.

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Laura was one of those clients who was fun to work with from start to finish! She came to me with her mother's 1970's vintage wedding dress which she wanted to have transformed into something modern and sexy. I used the lace to make this tulip shaped wedding dress with cap sleeves and a simple chiffon belt. Laura's bridal gown couldn't have been further from the frumpy original, and it really suited her style and figure. Laura loved it and the wedding was everything she and her fiancé Simbi had dreamed of!

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Finally, in November Sue wed her perfect man Martin in a classic dove grey and white boat neck dress. We designed this dress for the more mature bride who didn't want to be in virginal white. I added a grey chiffon cowl back and pleat at the back to create a little puddle train. I embellished the front and back with silver beaded lace and finished the back off with little satin buttons. Sue was the epitome of elegance and style in her custom made wedding dress!