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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
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
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”
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
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
Keali was recommended to us by a friend and initially we spoke via phone and email to arrange her couture wedding gown whilst she was living in New Zealand and planning her wedding in Perth.
When Keali arrived in Perth we met with her straight away and started the process of creating her couture wedding gown. Keali wanted luxury from the beginning so we sourced the finest silk crepe and soft lace for her couture wedding gown. She had her heart set on having a dress that was unique to her. We designed a couture wedding gown that featured lots of beautiful elements that could be seen up close. The skirt featured a silk base with a layer of lace and then a layer of soft silky tulle with a lace accent that ran down the front of the dress and a lace peplum/bustle feature at the back. The fitted bodice featured delicate lace applique with the scollop gently tracing the neckline and sweet little shoestring straps. Keali was thrilled with the end result as it was better than she had even imagined it to be! This was a huge compliment.
Keali and Justin had family travel from near and far to share their special day. They held their ceremony at the beach before heading Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club to party the night away.
“Sandra and her mum created the most amazing custom dress I could have ever hoped for! They spent a lot of one on one time helping me to create the perfect dress. They are both absolutely lovely and I highly recommend their work!” ~ Keali, Nov 2017
Photos by Simone Addison
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