Robyn's dress is still one of my favourite bespoke gowns I've made! When we started discussing her dress, she said that she wanted something vintage inspired that was also soft and whimsical. After trying on dresses in my studio, we combined elements from some existing gowns to create the final design.
Robyn's dress has a base of dobby mesh which creates a subtle polka-dot texture and referenced a the vintage aesthetic we were going for. I found the most beautiful beaded organic floral fabric that we chose to applique over the mesh bodice and into the hip area of the dress lining. We created a very soft, lightly gathered tiered tulle skirt that covered the polka-dot lining and some of the applique. I love how this created a subtle, textured effect with the tulle being layered over the beadwork. For me, a dress is the most interesting when it looks beautiful from far, but reveals more and more little details the closer you get.
We incorporated an heirloom element into her dress too; she had a piece of her Mum's wedding dress lace that she wanted to add into the dress somehow. As it was a bit yellow with age and didn't quite match the beadwork we had chosen, we decided to applique the lace onto the inside of her bodice; almost like a secret message in the dress for the bride. I do love how using a part of this lace was a physical representation of Robyn's family and their history at the wedding itself.
Photographer: The Woods Photography
HMUA: Nixon Makeup
Planning and flowers: Oh Happy Day