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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 Katrina visited our studio, she had a very clear idea of the style of gown she was after, a lace wedding dress with sleeves. She had seen a design online that she loved but she feared it wouldn’t fit her petite frame. We worked with the idea she had in mind to create a wedding dress with sleeves that suited her body shape. Katrina enjoyed the whole process, especially given that she had the opportunity to choose her very own lace and fabric making it a truly unique design.
Katrina had sheer lace sleeves, an open back with lace detail, a train that was finished with lace scollop and our signature handmade buttons running down her back. The end result was stunning and the gown moved so beautifully!
We were also super lucky to work with Katrina’s sister on her wedding dress, they both got married in 2017. It was very special to be able to share the made-to-measure experience with both of these gorgeous brides! You’ll find a photo of Katrina and Kristy below.
“Thank you sooo much for my amazing dress 🙂 Everybody absolutely loved it!” – Katrina, March 2017
Wedding Dress with Sleeves: Elvi Design / Hire + Style: Turtle and the Pelican / Florist: Rue Rose Co / Venue: The Core Cider House / MUA: House of Hair / Hair: Inicka Rose Hairstylist Bridesmaids: Show me your mumu