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It’s such an honour when a dear friend asks me to make their wedding dress and Zara was no exception. We had a lot of fun at each fitting, with her Mum always in tow, it was a really special time. Zara knew she want a fitted design that would suit the Bali climate. We came up with a fitted v-neck bodice with an illusion lace back and a fitted silk skirt with a soft lace overlay. To allow for the humidity and inevitably ‘sticky’ weather, Zara’s Bali wedding dress was made from pure silk and also lined in silk, I bet it felt like wearing a nighty – so light and dreamy!
Zara and Matt exchanged vows at the Uluwatu Surf Villas surrounded by their nearest and dearest. The views are simply spectacular!! Their lucky guests enjoyed the location for a few days, what a way to get married.
“I have been following Elvi Design since their inception so as soon as i got engaged i knew exactly where i was going! Having now gone through the process with Elvi i can fully appreciate what a fine art they have mastered. Sandra and Birgitta are incredibly talented and they have such an eye for detail. They listened to me and made me feel special every step of the way. Sandra and Birgitta made me more than just a dress, they gave me the priceless gift of feeling like the best version of myself on my wedding day.
Thank you Sandra & Birgitta for making all of my wedding dress dreams come true!”
Photos by Apel Photography
Steph had lusted after tulle from a very young age so there was no surprise that she wanted a tulle wedding dress and not just a little bit of tulle, A LOT of tulle!! Of course, this was fine by me! A tea length wedding dress with a tulle skirt is the epitome of FUN.
Steph & Dan opted for a small, intimate wedding at Guildford Town Hall followed by dinner at Padbury’s.
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for my amazing wedding dress. Dan said he was “gob-smacked” when he saw me walking down the aisle (obviously the reaction you want!). I was able to move and to be energetic the whole day comfortably. Everyone loved the short veil. I left it on the whole night- who wouldn’t when it was that cute?
It was the perfect dress for our “throwback to the tradition of getting married at the town hall” kind of themed small wedding. I am so glad I didn’t choose a fitted, full length, full lace style of dress that I had tried off-the-rack, and which seems to be everywhere at the moment. My heart was set on a whole lot of tulle from the beginning!! Guilford Town Hall where we got married was also where I first learnt ballet as a 5 year old, so the full tulle skirt was meant to be, I think.”
Photos by Aimee Dehaan
I think for the most part, we’ve forgotten what a styled shoot is about as wedding vendors quickly became obsessed with being featured on the next best wedding blog. When I started my wedding business 8 years ago, Hello May didn’t even exist. Wedding blogs were a relatively new thing and Pinterest was on the verge of discovery. There are in fact so many other benefits to a styled shoot – it’s the time we take to be creative and play with ideas, meet other creatives, create friendships with said creatives and of course, make magic!
The aim behind this styled shoot was to showcase the natural beauty of the Perth Hills using the creative talents of local Perth Hills wedding vendors. We kept the styling to a minimum, opting for simplicity and elegance to compliment the natural environment. We selected a combination of natural white florals, green foliage, natural white fabric, Belgian linen and iron candleholders to set the mood. We found a gorgeous newly engaged couple – Manon & Kobus, who are also local to the Perth Hills, to spend the afternoon with us.
Whilst we had a few ideas of what we wanted to capture, we took an organic approach to the shoot and just let the magic happen between our real life couple and the photographer.
We wanted to encourage Perth couples that you don’t need to look far from the venue to source wedding suppliers. The beauty of working with creatives local to the venue is that they know the area the best. All of the wedding vendors in this shoot have grown up in the Perth Hills, live in the Perth Hills and are active members of the Perth Hills community.
Photographer – Coby Rachel Hobbs of Lana & co
Styling & Wedding Dresses – Elvi Design
Flowers & Styling – Lisa Jane Lush
H&MU – The Beauty Bar by Britanie
Steph, like most brides I meet with, had a rough idea of what she was after and was unable to find her dream lace and silk wedding dress in a traditional bridal shop so had started the unknown process of meeting with a bridal designer. I always ask brides where they are getting married to get a feel for their wedding. Steph and Ben were planning a wedding with a large guest list, their ceremony was set to be held at the Quarry with a reception at a hotel in the city. Both venues were BIG! Steph is petite and was hoping for an understated bridal gown which reflected her relaxed, easy going nature. After discussing her ideas, we came up with the idea of one dress and a couple of accessories to compliment the venues and provide a bit of ‘wow’!
We designed a lace and silk wedding dress with a detachable train. The fitted bodice had a boat neckline at the front and a low scoop at the back, finished with some delicate lace cap sleeves. The a-line skirt (made from silk) had an overlay of silk georgette. This skirt was floor length, so to create a bigger presence for the ceremony, we created a gathered silk overlay with a dramatic train. This could easily be removed for the reception so Steph could move around freely and change to flat shoes. When Steph removed the overlay at the reception, we made a sparkly beaded belt to pop on and add a little bit of sparkle to her reception outfit. The end result was very Steph – relaxed, romantic and a little bit of fun!
Images Izo Photography
I’ve been dying to share Tanika & Mike’s wedding, it was a stunning Autumn wedding set on a rural property just outside of Perth. Tanika’s bridal party wore black and boy, oh boy, did they look good! It worked perfectly in contrast with her classic crepe wedding dress. Tanika keep the accessories minimal, with statement earrings for herself and bold sunflowers for the bouquets. Whilst her styling was classic and minimal, those little pops of colour were fun and something a little bit different!
When we met with Tanika, she had a very good idea of what she wanted, we guided her to create a classic crepe wedding dress that suited her petite frame perfectly. I’ll let Tanika’s testimonial give you an insight into the journey of her dress. I love her honesty about the process, for so many brides, having a dress made in unchartered territory and can be anxiety inducing. We were there every step of the way and I think these beautiful photos show a job well done.
Choosing a wedding dress was probably the least exciting part of the wedding for me. Even though I knew exactly what I wanted, the thought of getting a dress still caused me a lot of stress. I chose to get a wedding dress made because I just couldn’t find what I wanted out there everything was lace and beads and dresses with a lot of detail and I just knew that wasn’t what I was after. After only going to two places and meeting the beautiful Sandra and Birgitta, I knew they were the ladies for the job.
Even with these two ladies, the dress up until the final fitting was extremely nerve racking for me. In saying this, I could not have asked for more in the ladies at Elvi Design. They scheduled extra appointments for me, answered all of my emails – and I emailed A LOT, and went over and beyond to help guide me towards my dream dress. They were always supportive, open, and explained in detail what would and wouldn’t work. Even though I was nervous (and sweating profusely) at each visit, the ladies kept me calm and made me feel so comfortable knowing that they were in charge of designing what I wanted. I can’t thank them enough for what they produced, and how they made me feel when I wore it.
Any advice to anyone getting a dress made by Elvi Design is 100% trust the process (and S&B) and realise that these two ladies have your best interests at heart. What they created for me was more beautiful than I could have ever pictured, and I would choose them over and over again. I have never felt more beautiful than I did in my wedding dress and it’s only a shame I will only get to wear it once! – Tanika, April 2018
One of the very best things about my job is being able to cater for brides that would not be able to find their dream dress off the rack. Courtney was not a ‘dress’ kinda girl and definitely not a corseted wedding dress kinda girl. She wanted to wear a dress that she felt comfortable in, it had to fit her nicely without being fitted (or with too much boning!!). I get this, it’s not every day that we wear a boned bodice and if you don’t want that on your wedding day, that’s fine by me! We designed a lovely short wedding dress with Courtney from luscious lace and super soft silk. Seeing these photos of Courtney just make us beam, she looks so happy and comfortable in her short wedding dress.
Photographer: Clements & The Fox
“Our wedding day was everything we hoped for and more, and part of that was made possible by the gorgeous and, more importantly, comfortable custom short wedding dress crafted by the amazing ladies of Elvi Design. From the first sketch to the final silk and lace garment, everything about the dressmaking process was incredible. Sandra and Birgitta were patient with me, someone who is typically most comfortable in a tee shirt and jeans, and made everything easy and reassuring. Everything about our special day, from the sunflowers and yellow Converse shoes to the Perth Zoo venue and female Best Man, was uniquely “us”. All our family and friends commented on how much the wedding dress suited me and I couldn’t have asked for a better compliment. It was a dress I could feel elegant and feminine in, while also allowing me to twirl and dance and enjoy the zoo carousel. I highly recommend to every bride searching for the perfect dress, particularly those hoping for something they can play and have fun in, to consider a bespoke dress from Elvi Design. – Courtney Joy and Rhys Pascoe”
We were so excited to take part of Wedding Upmarket’s annual styled shoot which has been published on bridal blog, Nouba. Featuring some of Perth’s best wedding vendors, this shoot was what wedding dreams are made of ~ incredible styling and colourful blooms that go pop! And the dreamy location of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club shows off the best of what Perth has to offer.
The mood board for this shoot was very exciting with vibrant colour, bold styling and ornate detail so we decided to opt for a minimal gown with a little bit of bling. Our ‘Lorilee’ gown was the perfect fit, the crepe bias-cut sheath style wedding dress features hand embellished shoulders and an eye-catching low v-back. We worked with the girls from the Pretty Parlour to create a bridal look that complimented the gown and the styled setting. Sasha, our model, had a pop of colour on her lips (to match the bold blooms) and a sleek up-do which worked will with our Lorilee wedding dress.
Images Christine Lim | Venue Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club | Stylist Flights of Fancy by Kristy | Florist Freek Florals | Furniture/decor M Events Hire | Tableware Side Serve | Breezeblock backdrop Bryan Was Here | Stationery Armila & Co | Desserts Caviar Catering | Cakes Posh Little Cakes | Gelato Cart That Little Gelato Cart | Bride’s dress Elvi Design | Hair & Makeup The pretty Parlour | Celebrant/DJ The Wedding Host| Videographer Freo Fox | Event Wedding Upmarket |
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
We are passionate about fabric and we pride ourselves in using the best quality fabric we can find. When Sarah visited our studio chasing a minimal design that allowed the beautiful fabric we use to shine, we were so excited!! Sarah’s silk wedding dress started with just an idea of a simple gown that would suit both their beach ceremony and Eagle Bay Brewing reception. We worked with Sarah to design a wedding gown that ticked all the boxes – comfortable, flattering and timeless.
We used a luscious heavy silk crepe for Sarah’s minimal silk wedding dress and also lined the gown in a lightweight silk. This ensured the gown was breathable and comfy on what could be a potentially warm day (hello February!!). The design was finished with a train that could be bustled easily, a thin silk waistband and handmade buttons down the back.
We also made an elegant single tier veil to compliment Sarah’s minimal silk wedding dress. Sarah finished her look with a pair of killer Gucci heels!!
Sarah and Bj were married at Meelup Beach before heading to Eagle Bay Brewing Co for their relaxed reception, one of the best venues in the south, I reckon!
Images by Freedom Garvey
The lovely Emma rocked up at our studio with her Mum’s wedding dress, she had tried it on and thought maybe, just maybe she could recreate it to be her own vintage lace wedding dress. I say ‘maybe’ because it did have some serious 80’s styling going on. I encouraged her to try it on for me so I could get an idea of how it looked. To my surprise (and hers!) the lace bodice fit her like a glove, it was meant to be!
Emma tried on a couple of our designs and fell in love with our ‘Anna’ design, an ankle length wedding dress with an organza full circle skirt and POCKETS!! We decided to use the ‘Anna’ dress as the base for Emma’s gown and use her Mum’s lace bodice to create the lace element and long sleeves. It was the perfect combination and created a lovely vintage lace wedding dress.
Emma was recommended to us by another Elvi bride which is the biggest compliment you can receive as a small business owner.
Emma and Ave married at Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley on a warm Summer’s day. Their special day was captured by Steve Wise.
I never would have imagined, after trying on my mums dress as a child that I would ever wear it myself ! Sandra and Birgitta were able to use the best parts of mums dress and create something I truly adored. It was so nice to repurpose something that has so much meaning to my mum and now does to me.
The entire process was such a dream, I felt like I was visiting old friends whenever I drove up the hill. I was so happy with the final product, I cannot recommend Elvi design enough.
*The pockets were especially wonderful and deserve a special mention (Thanks Birgitta!!) – Emma, February 2018