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There is so much to love about Cat and James’s wedding, every single detail was well thought out. So I’m not surprised that Cat and her mum put a lot of thought into Cat’s wedding ensemble and were very keen to re-purpose Cat’s Mum’s wedding dress. To do this, they needed to find an expert in vintage wedding dress alterations, they stumbled across us on their hunt and we are so very glad they did!
Cat brought along her Mum and the vintage wedding dress to our design consultation where we sat down and had a chat about what she had in mind. Cat was chasing a two piece outfit. Cat is petite so it was really important to her that she had a fitted skirt that fitted her really well and showed off her curves. We then worked together to incorporate the lace bodice from her mum’s wedding dress into a top with mesh sleeves that was super fun and playful (this idea reflects Cat personality perfectly!!).
Cat and James wed at the Flour Factory in Perth. Their absolutely beautiful wedding was jam-packed with talented local vendors and as a result, featured on the Junebug weddings blog. Click here to take a looksie.
“Mum & I knew after one meeting with Sandra & Brigitta that we wanted them to design my wedding dress. After only a few minutes Sandra had sketched on paper the design that was in our heads. Using Mum’s wedding dress that Nanna made for her 30 years ago they created a 2-piece top & skirt that made me feel absolutely amazing while also re-purposing a piece of my family’s history. They made the whole experience incredibly special for mum & I, we often think back on it and share a moment!” – Catherine, March 2018
Our morning was so relaxed & lovely – we had friends & family popping in all day. Seeing each other in our finery & helping each other with finishing touches was really sweet.
Our ceremony was hilarious! Kirk (Goodsell) was a brilliant celebrant. He told our love story in the best way!
The night ended in dancing with our loves to our favourite tunes and a midnight stroll through our beautiful city as married Laings!!
Photography – iZO Photography // Event Planning – Marielle Studio // Venue – The Flour Factory // Floral Design – Lily & Leather // Catering – The Flour Factory // Cake – The Milk and Sugar Co // Officiant – Kirk Goodsell // DJ – HeroDJs // Makeup Artist – Cat Elizabeth Artistry // Hair Styling – Zoe Mitchell // Wedding Dress – Elvi Design // Bridal Accessories – Bell Frankie & Co // Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Coco & Lola // Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – MacGregor & MacDuff // Rings – Linneys // Rentals – Hire Society, Pretty Willow Prop Hire, Pompette Events, and Beautiful By Design Event Hire // Lighting – Micktric Events
Kirsty had seen one of our boho wedding dress designs and knew from the beginning it was the style for her! We tweaked one of our designs to suit her, we changed the base colour to mushroom and made the bodice more fitted. The end result was stunning and suit Kirsty perfectly. We even created a veil and handbeaded headpiece to compliment Kirsty boho wedding dress.
Our wedding was at AQWA in Hillarys, on a windy day in December. It was a wonderful day and I was so comfortable in my beautiful dress which was the most important thing to me when choosing a design.
It felt meant to be when I found a picture of a dress I loved online, took it to Elvi Design and they said “that’s one of ours!” from then on, working with the team at Elvi was the easiest part of the whole wedding – and I was thrilled with the final product. A couple of months out I asked them if they could make me a headpiece after my hair stylist recommended it. They custom made the most beautiful piece to help hold my hair back and I had never felt more beautiful! The dress fit perfectly with our by the sea wedding.
As a girl, you naturally fantasize about what kind of wedding dress you’ll wear, those styles change and change again as you get older – but I will never fall out of love with my dress! And the lace… oh that lace… – Kirsty, December 2017
Photos by Tyler Brown Photography
Nayelly and her family brought such joy to our studio from the very first time we met to her final fitting when we handed over her sequin wedding dress. Nayelly’s family are from South America so her wedding was always going to be a BIG party and Nayelly wanted a wedding dress that she could dance and move about her cocktail reception comfortably in. Nayelly simply tried on one of our samples, the Millie tea-length sequin wedding dress, and fell in love. We made a few tweaks to the design so it fitted Nayelly perfectly. The beauty of this dress has to be the sequin silk bodice and the subtle latte full circle silk skirt. This dress was made for partying!!
Being fond of bright colours, Nayelly teamed her sequin wedding dress with a pair of burgandy suede heels that would inevitably match her lipstick and epic blooms by Bits and Blooms.
Tyler Brown was there to capture Nayelly & Greg’s special day and I really love the vintage vibe that sets the tone for the whole day. Both the ceremony and reception was held at Fremantle venue, The Guild Hall.
“The big day was great and the dress worked perfectly. Thank you for all your hard work. I really can’t imagine getting married in a different dress… Dancing in a different dress.” – Nayelly, October 2017
We created a boho wedding dress for Kate’s down south wedding, Kate was looking for a dress that would compliment the relaxed vibe of their wedding. Kate’s relaxed boho wedding dress featured a soft, flowy silk georgette skirt and a simple yet delicate lace bodice with shoestring straps and a low back. Kate finished her bridal look with boots (perfect for photo adventures in the bush) and a bright flower crown.
It was an absolute pleasure having Kate and her girl gang in the studio for each of her fittings. I bet the wedding was a wonderful day for all involved!
We got married on the 25th of November 2017 down at Fontys Pool in Manjimup. The day was beautiful and I felt amazing in my wedding dress, it was comfortable yet elegant and suited the down south vibe.
Getting my dress made by Elvi design was the best decision! Sandra and Brigitta were very professional and paid great attention to detail, they made the whole experience so easy, from designing my dress at the first consult to picking the lace and watching it all come together at my final fitting! It was everything I had dreamed of and more! I would definitely recommend Elvi Design to anyone wanting the perfect dress for their big day 🙂
Photos by Lana Pratt Photography
When Lorraine visited our studio she had a few ideas of what she might like and she was intent on having something different that reflected her personality. She also wanted the option to wear the dress again. For us, it was quite simple really, we designed and created a blue wedding dress consisting of a silk tank and a blue tulle skirt with a dramatic train, making it easy to wear both items again! We’re loving this environmental movement where brides are looking for different ways to put together their outfit on their wedding day, who said a wedding dress had to be a dress or even white?! Our tip is – invest to re-wear, purchase quality items that will stand the test of time.
Lorraine styled her blue wedding dress with the most gorgeous Valentino rockstud flats and a veil she borrowed from her sister.
Lorraine and James wed by the water in Fremantle followed by a relaxed cocktail reception at Distribution Lane. You can really feel the emotion of the day in the photos by Sarah Tonkin. I think I’ll let the photos do the talking…
I had never thought about weddings or dresses until we finally set a date. I started to scroll through social media trying to find a look or some inspiration. I really wanted something that captured my personality, I wanted something slightly different and a dress to call my own.
I was recommended by a good friend of mine to go and visit Elvi design. Having never heard about Elvi Design I stalked them on Instagram and fell in love, I made an appointment straight away.
Sandra and Birgitta made me feel so welcome and comfortable, dress shopping can be daunting, however, not with these two, and they are amazing at what they do!! You can see the passion the ladies have for design and helping you create that perfect dress.
I can’t thank Sandra and Birgitta enough for creating my blue wedding dress I was over the moon with it and it was everything I’d ever wanted.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process, it was so lovely getting to know them both and sad to say goodbye at the end of my final fitting.
I really liked Emma’s ethical approach to her wedding, she worked very hard to ensure that all the products and services for their wedding were locally made and/or ethically produced. The search for a handmade wedding dress led her to the doorstep of our studio.
Emma had tried on a few wedding dresses before visiting us but it was our ‘Eleanor’ gown that stole her heart. The intricate beaded lace and the epic soft silk chiffon skirt were the finer details Emma was looking for in a handmade wedding dress. We started on Emma’s dress six months before her wedding, she had four or five fittings before picking up her handmade wedding dress two weeks before her wedding. We even helped Emma decide on the perfect veil for her dress, a gorgeous fingertip length veil that ensured all the detail of her gown could still be seen!
Emma & Luke wed at the Perth Uniting Church in the CBD before heading to the Perth Hills for their reception at Darlington Estate Winery.
You guys honestly made me feel incredible. I tried so many dresses in stores and they were all just missing the little bit of glam that I wanted, and the lace we used NAILED that!! The dress turned out better than I ever dreamed, even though I was nervous about committing to a product I couldn’t see at the beginning. You guys totally set me at ease, the process was so fun and I felt so beautiful on the day, I still get comments about how incredible my dress was! You’re truly masters of your craft and I have so much satisfaction knowing that I truly felt amazing and that no one else in the world has the same dress as me. Highly, highly recommend getting dresses made by you two geniuses!
Images by Ben & Ebony
Ashleigh considered all of her options before going down the path of a custom made wedding dress. What appealed to her was the fact her gown would be unique, made to fit her and feature all the things her heart desired! We designed a super sweet wedding dress with pockets, a silk georgette soft skirt and a delicate hand lace appliqué bodice.
Ashleigh travelled to Perth from Kalgoorlie for her fittings. To cater for our country bride, we worked around her planned trips to Perth for her fittings making the process as easy as possible.
Ashleigh and Ruben married at Hay Shed Hill, one of my favourite in Margaret River. It was a very personal affair, the bride and groom spent the day getting ready together and even walked down the aisle hand in hand. Ruben even serenaded his bride during the ceremony (what a romantic!!).
Images by Merge Photography
I spent so many hours researching; pinning, Googling, looking up different wedding dresses on Etsy and eBay, even binge watching the TV show “Say Yes To The Dress”! I thought I had a good idea about what I wanted based on what I liked the look of in pictures. I came extremely close to actually buying a wedding dress I really loved the look of online – but just didn’t want to take the chance of buying it then it not suiting me.
I tried on a few dresses at a store in Bunbury just to see what styles suited me, and found that a style I thought I liked didn’t in fact look the best on me. It’s strange because I’m not a fashion forward person or fancy brand lover (I practically live in Kmart clothes!), but I knew I wouldn’t find a dress that had everything I wanted in the one dress, and thought that if there’s one item of clothing to make a fuss of then this is it. So I decided to take the plunge, and approached Elvi about making my wedding dress. I showed Sandra photos of what I liked, the dress I nearly bought and pictures of me in other dresses, and she drew up the perfect dress the first time – and it included pockets! And I wasn’t going to find that in a store dress!
We got married amongst the vineyards at Hay Shed Hill Wines in Wilyabrup, located in the beautiful South West of Western Australia (close to Margaret River). The location was one of the easiest decisions to make, and the first thing that we booked. Many happy childhood memories include me stayng in the share houses at the Margaret River Vineyard Estate where my late father had a lot of grapes. We would spend many school holidays with family friends there, and Ruben and I have many fond memories there from the early days in our relationship. The Margaret River area is a very special place for us both, as we got engaged there as well.
For us it helped having lots of time to plan. We got engaged in July 2015 and married in April 2017, so had over a year to organise everything. We just chipped away at it to be honest, so it didn’t seem like a mad rush. Book the bigger things first, especially the venue and photographer as they can book up fast and well in advance! I know it sounds cliché, but do your research, ask friends and family if they know anyone personally that is involved in weddings (for example our wonderful celebrant was recommended by a family friend). It helped having a handy man fiancé and a crafty Mum – we handmade a lot of things, which helped saved money but is time consuming. Ruben says get a place that has festoon lights already hung, haha!
I really don’t think you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time and have a wonderful wedding! Enjoy it and have fun – it’s true what they say – it comes and goes so fast!
When trying to find the right dress, Molly looked at a few bridal shops and even travelled interstate to see what was available. She ended up deciding on a custom made wedding dress because it meant she didn’t have to compromise on the design or the quality and it would be made to fit her perfectly.
When we met with Molly for her custom made wedding dress, we discussed her ideas and she tried on some of our samples. I then sketched up the design to suit her personal style and body shape. We then discussed the fall and drape of fabrics and decided on a soft, flowing silk georgette in natural ivory (a very flattering shade on most people). Molly wasn’t keen on lots of beading (and to be honest, neither am I) so I found a gorgeous little lace scollop to accent her waist. The lace detail was the perfect feminine touch to her custom made wedding dress. Molly’s gown was finished with handmade buttons down the back.
Molly & Sam wed at The Guildhall in North Fremantle, an elegant venue with rich interior detail. They then had photos around Fremantle before heading back to the venue to celebrate with family and friends.
Photos are by ByJP Photography – James Presneill based in Canberra / Hair piece by Ulyana Aster / Hair & Makeup by Kira De Spain / Bouquets by Prestige Flowers and Co / Venue: Guildhall Event Space, North Fremantle
I chose to get my dress made because I had tried on a number of dresses that were almost there but not quite, and I wasn’t ready to make a commitment to a dress that I wasn’t totally in love with. One dress in particular that I loved was the correct style but covered in beads, and I knew dead-set I didn’t want beading. So I took this ‘Grecian’ theme to Elvi Design and Sandy did an amazing job of interpreting my idea for a Greek goddess style dress and adding some oomph, (not to be outshined by the groom of course!) And I’m so glad I did, because what I ended up with was a custom made wedding dress that was as beautiful as I imagined, fit me like a glove, and is the only one of its kind because it was made just for me.
We got married at the Guildhall Event Space in North Fremantle. A couple of weeks before the One Fine Day fair 2016, Sam and I were having dinner at the Dominion League in Northbridge and discussing how it’s vibe was really cool and that we could see ourselves having our wedding there. We met Ashley (event coordinator) from Guildhall at One Fine Day and while looking through the photos of the space, I made a comment about how similar the décor and vibes were to Dominion League, wherein she told me that actually they’ve got the same owner! It was a sign! The look and the vibe was just what we wanted, what was included in their package was priced well, and the décor meant we didn’t have to do anything extra to add to the space.
There were a lot of things I thought would be super important to me on my wedding day, but when it actually came down to it, the most important thing to me was that by the end of it we were married. I’d spent the last 5 years watching my friends getting together, getting engaged, and getting married, and now it was my turn. I had the dress I wanted, I got to walk down the aisle to the song I had picked, I got to hang out with my closest friends all day. And at the end of it, I got to go home with my husband.
This wedding is an absolute cracker! Amy and Cam planned a relaxed wedding at Silversprings Cottages in Margaret River complete with a first look, love notes, bush adventures and the groom serenading his wife before they hit the dance floor.
Amy enlisted our help to create a relaxed wedding dress that suited her figure but was similar to the number her Mum wore on her wedding day. We created a fitted silk bodice with a soft lace overlay and then, going with the relaxed vibe, we went for a couple of layers of soft tulle over the skirt with a soft tulle bow. The end result was very feminine yet unfussy which was just perfect for our reluctant bride.
I could not be more grateful that I chose Sandra and Birgitta of Elvi Design to create my wedding dress. They are extremely talented professionals who are perfectionists in every dress they bring to life. But for me, what I appreciated above all of that was their patience, kindness and genuine advice throughout the process. I was not the girl who dreamt of her wedding dress and had no clue what I liked (very little) but only that I wanted it simple and ‘like my mother’s’. That seemed to be enough for Sandra to go on and together we slowly pieced it together. I truly loved my dress, felt like myself in it and most importantly I felt beautiful. So thank you so very much,
Your reluctant bride,
Photographer: Bianca Kate Photography
PHOTOGRAPHER BIANCA KATE PHOTOGRAPHY // VENUE SILVERSPRINGS COTTAGES // DRESS ELVI DESIGN // SUIT RODD & GUNN // MAKE UP BROOKE CARTER // HAIR INNOVATIVE HAIR DESIGN // FLOWERS DIY // CELEBRANT JEMILAH WRITE // ENTERTAINMENT THE AMPLIFIERS // CATERING SUPPER ROAD // STYLING EMPIRE EVENTS // HIRE YALLINGUP EVENT HIRE
On a stunning Spring day last year, Lauren and Andrew wed at Barrett Lane in the Swan Valley. Lauren’s prerequisite for her handmade wedding dress was it had to be soft and romantic yet dramatic. We created a bodice with delicate hand lace applique and a floaty silk skirt that formed a long train. We also made a bird cage veil to compliment her handmade wedding dress. Lauren was a delight to have in the studio, she trusted our team and the process entirely, the end result was stunning!
As you can see through their photos, Lauren and Duncan went the extra mile to ensure their guests had a great time. They hired lawn games, encouraged their guests to get on the d-floor by offering a swing class and then wow-ed their guests with a choreographed first dance!!
I had been looking at a few dresses at some shops and none of them seemed to be right. Once I started following Elvi Designs on facebook and instagram, I knew I wanted one of their dresses. The only criteria I had was that the skirt had to have Drama! There had to be drama about it and I had to be able to dance as we had been preparing a choreographed number that involved a couple of lifts. During the ceremony, I had this beautiful train that floated around me and when it came time to kick off the heels at the reception, the skirt folded up and was out of the way ~ Lauren, November 2016
Images by Capture & Rapture Photography
Seeing the final product and wearing the dress was an indescribable feeling. The skirt was soft, delicate and floated in the breeze. It was everything I had hoped for. Even months later after wearing the dress, I still remember the feel of my gorgeous skirt floating around my legs.
The most important thing to me on our wedding day was to have our family and closest friends together having a wonderful celebration. Most of them participated in the dancing lessons, the games area was a big hit and the chocolate station was annihilated.
Venue – Barrett Lane
Photographer – Capture & Rapture Photography
Cake – Wow Creations
Furniture – Owl & Bear
Chaise – Chandelabra
Car – Belle Classic Limousines
Games – The Garden Party Co
Dancers – Perth Swing Dancing Academy
Fingerprint Guest Book – Mitchell & Dent