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Amy’s Relaxed Wedding Dress Perth

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Real Weddings, Testimonial | No Comments
Amy’s Relaxed Wedding Dress Perth

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.

Testimonial //

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,

Amy xxx

Photographer: Bianca Kate Photography

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Asha’s Perth Hills Wedding

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Real Weddings | No Comments
Asha’s Perth Hills Wedding

A Perth hills wedding always pulls on my heart strings!! From the moment I met Asha, I knew she was going to be a joy to work with. She was planning a backyard wedding just around the corner from our studio. Asha wanted a wedding dress that felt comfortable and feminine, not heavy and restrictive like the gowns she had previously tried on. I suggested a luxurious silk skirt with a soft silk georgette overlay, we then created a handmade lace bodice which was the perfect feminine touch. The beauty of silk is that is super easy to wear and will fare well on a warm day (Asha’s wedding day ended up being a scorcher!).

Asha & Jacob wed at a bushland reserve before heading back to their home to party the night away. Alan McDonald was there to capture their special day and Signature Floral Design provided the incredible blooms.

TESTIMONIAL //

Thank you for creating me the perfect wedding dress – it was really was more than I could ever have dreamed of. You ladies are amazing and I’m so grateful for the time and effort you put into every detail! ~ Asha, Nov 2016

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Bhreagh’s Festival Wedding Dress Perth

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Real Weddings | No Comments
Bhreagh’s Festival Wedding Dress Perth

Bhreagh is a vibrant ball of energy so it was no surprise that she needed a wedding dress she could skip down the aisle in! When we met with Bhreagh she was drawn to our tea-length designs, we sketched up a sweet festival wedding dress with a polka dot bodice and a tulle skirt. Over a few months, Bhreagh and her Mum visited our studio for fittings. At her final fitting, we all agreed that this dress was definitely ‘Bhreagh’. Bhreagh accessorised her frock with bright blue shoes and a lace headpiece (also made by us).

Bhreagh and Hammy planned a festival inspired wedding with lots of colour, lawn games, party lights, food trucks and great music for their guests. They hosted the wedding at Lost Lake Winery in Pemberton, they chose the south-west region as Hammy has a farm in the area.

I’m sure you’ll agree this wedding looks super fun and that these two look like they had the best day!

Bhreagh & Hammy’s Dream Team //

Photography: Nic Duncan Venue: Lost Lake Winery Hair: Guest Room Hair & Design Make-up: Annie Giacomel Flowers: Scentiment Flowers Lighting: Ferguson Valley Events

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Georgia’s Beach Wedding Dress Perth

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Real Weddings | No Comments
Georgia’s Beach Wedding Dress Perth

I still giggle when I think about my first meeting with Georgia, she had a very strong idea of what she wanted and we worked together to come up with the perfect beach wedding dress for her Bunker Bay wedding.

Georgia was adamant she didn’t want the typical, long wedding dress and was lusting after a short bohemian design that she knew she would be comfy in. We went through many samples of lace before finding a gorgeous boho design that we altered to suit her short beach wedding dress. Georgia accessorised her wedding dress with an ocean inspired headpiece and bare feet!

Georgia and Michelle exchanged vows in a low key ceremony in front of their nearest and dearest on the beach in Bunker Bay. The day could not have been more perfect for these two!

TESTIMONIAL//

“Thank you for making such a beautiful dress… it was perfect here are some professional photos that show off the dress… it was the best day of my life. Thank you for creating a master piece.”

Photos by Anthea Kirkman / The Love Story Photography

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Nikki’s Couture Wedding Dress Perth

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Real Weddings | No Comments
Nikki’s Couture Wedding Dress Perth

It is such an honour to be sharing this gorgeous wedding, Nikki has such talent in the kitchen (she is the lady behind Nik Naks Sweetest Treats), so it is no surprise that she crafted the most incredible wedding for her family and friends. I have never seen a wedding with so many desserts and handcrafted details.

We are so thrilled that Nikki selected us to create her dream couture wedding dress which had to be a masterpiece to rival all those pretty cakes! Nikki was looking for drama, so we designed a couture wedding dress with a plunging neckline, lace back and oodles of romantic tulle. We used 10m of lace scollop along her enormous tulle train, the end result was epic!

Nikki & Glen wed at Meneghello Estate in the Margaret River region. The venue provided a stunning backdrop with vineyards and sweeping fields in the distance. I am in awe of the effort these two went to create their special day. Glen custom built furniture especially for the event and Nikki (along with baking all the desserts) styled the entire event.

Images by Jason Tey

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Sabrina’s Breakfast Wedding Dress Perth

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Real Weddings | No Comments
Sabrina’s Breakfast Wedding Dress Perth

Oh boy, you know a wedding is going to be good when the bride has hired Perth’s best wedding suppliers to put together the most incredible breakfast wedding! Yup, you heard it right, breakfast wedding! Sabrina and Tom wanted to do things differently from the get-go, they selected the scenic Perth hills for their ceremony and reception before spending the afternoon in the Lancelin sand dunes to capture some incredible wedding portraits. This is where having a breakfast wedding really worked to their advantage, they were able to make the most of every minute of their wedding day!

Sabrina opted for a romantic full skirt with an overlay of floaty silk organza and a soft lace v-neck bodice with lace sleeves. Her dress was the perfect contrast to the stunning flowers she wore in her hair and bouquet.

Sabrina & Tom’s Dream Team

Photographer: IZO Photography // Stylist: The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator // Flowers: IVY // Venue: Core Cider House

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Lauren’s Handmade Wedding Dress Perth

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Real Weddings, Testimonial | No Comments
Lauren’s Handmade Wedding Dress Perth

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!!

Testimonial //

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

Photo credit: Capture & Rapture Photography

How did your wedding dress make you feel?

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.

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What was the most important thing to you on your wedding day?

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.

Photo credit: Capture & Rapture Photography

Photo credit: Capture & Rapture Photography

Photo credit: Capture & Rapture Photography

Photo credit: Capture & Rapture Photography

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Lauren & Andrew’s Dream Team

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

Sarah’s Retro Wedding Dress

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Real Weddings, Testimonial | No Comments
Sarah’s Retro Wedding Dress

With a love of the 1950’s, Sarah wanted a retro wedding dress because not only did it suit her personal style but also the theme of their wedding. Sarah also loved pastel colours and knew she wanted a hint of colour in her wedding dress. We designed and created a retro wedding dress which featured an ornate lace overlay and a soft blush pink coloured silk dupion base. The end result was just stunning and perfectly suited to their Spring wedding.

Sarah & Lloyd had their ceremony by the Swan River in Perth and their reception at The Raffles. The streets of Applecross provided a super fun backdrop for their bridal portraits, these two lovebirds even managed a quick snack with their bridal party at the local McDonald’s!

TESTIMONIAL //

“I always knew what style I wanted for my wedding gown, so when I came across the gown from Elvi Design, I knew it was the right fit for me. Even thinking about it now, after our day, there is nothing I would have changed about the dress. I love the tea length and the silhouette is reminiscent of my favourite fashion decades of the 40’s and 50’s. Having this dress made by hand around me was amazing. It was all so delicate and beautifully made, I wished the experience could have lasted longer!”

Sarah & Lloyd’s wedding has been featured on Polka Dot Bride, click here for more.

Photographer: Peggy Saas / Styling & Hire Items: Little Love Story / Hair & Makeup: Claire Randall Creative / Flowers: Botanica Naturalis / Reception Venue & Catering: The Raffles Highway Bar / Wedding Cake: Cake Love Couture

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Jess’s Perth Hills Wedding

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Real Weddings | No Comments
Jess’s Perth Hills Wedding

I was beyond excited when Jess’s enquiry landed in my inbox. Jess is the mastermind behind local Perth hills cafes, Jack & Jill and the Haynes St Larder, droves of keen breakfast eaters travel up to the Perth hills every week to taste her delights. The menu is incredible and I know many of my brides have visited Jack & Jill enroute to their Elvi Design fitting.

Jess believes in sourcing locally produced goods for her cafe so it was only fitting that she apply the same mantra to her own wedding. Jess and Scott got married at a private property in the Perth Hills and sourced local suppliers to bring their vision to life.

When we met with Jess, she was looking for a long-sleeve wedding gown that featured a few unusual details. She was chasing an alternative lace, sleeves with volume at the shoulder, a high neck and no buttons but a discreet closure. We helped Jess with these design details and sourced a stunning lace that featured a beautiful leaf pattern, the lace was complimented by a soft bone coloured base.

TESTIMONIAL //

“I really felt beautiful on the day. I absolutely loved my dress so much. And people are always commenting on how different and gorgeous it is :)”

Photos by Jaqueline Jane Van Grootel.

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Sarah-Louise’s Garden Wedding Dress

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Real Weddings, Testimonial | No Comments
Sarah-Louise’s Garden Wedding Dress

Sarah-Louise knew from the very beginning that she wanted a dress that was a little bit alternative to the usual ‘off-the-rack’ wedding dress, she also wanted the dress to suit the setting of their wedding. When we met with Sarah-Louise, we sketched up a sweet little garden wedding dress that featured a shorter hemline (which allowed the bride to show off some fabulous pink heels) and an elegant lace illusion neckline with three quarter lace sleeves.

Sarah-Louise also asked us to create a bird cage veil to compliment her garden wedding dress, we were thrilled with the end result!

Sarah-Louise and Oliver travelled to Canberra to marry at the National Arboretum, the gardens provided a stunning backdrop for their wedding photos.

Photos by Clare Martin Lapworth

TESTIMONIAL //

“Thank you! The wedding was absolutely wonderful. Best day ever. Lots of comments about the dress and how suited it was to me. Thanks for doing such a beautiful job, the dress was so perfect. Highlight of a magical day in the bush capital.” – Sarah-Louise, October 2016

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