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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
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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
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!
“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
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
“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
When we met with Nikky she was keen to find a swing dancing wedding dress with a pop of her favourite colour. We worked together to design a tea length wedding dress with a lace bodice and an emerald green waistband. Her swing dancing wedding dress was finished with a green petticoat and all those gorgeous handmade buttons down the back. The end result was a very fun dress that Nikky felt comfortable in and ultimately, she felt like it represented her style and personality perfectly!
Nikky bucked a few bridal traditions by having a bride’s kick (a male friend as her bridesmaid) and by going without a traditional floral bouquet. I love it when couples do what they want on their wedding day as opposed to following traditions or trends, there is no right or wrong!
Nikky and Ashley married at Wesley Uniting Church in the city before heading to the Old Swan Brewery to dance the night away.
“I went to Elvi because I knew I couldn’t find the dress I imagined in any dress stores and I fell in love with the beautiful vintage inspired dresses in the gallery on their website. The ladies are so friendly and welcoming, and my dress exactly matched the picture in my head of what I had always imagined it would look like. We only had a few appointments but by the end we felt like friends. It was an amazing experience and I love the memories that I have when I see my dress!” – Nikky, June 2016
Photos by EJ Creative
Emma and Marc travelled to Koh Samui, Thailand to exchange vows on the beach in front of their family and friends. Emma was a low fuss bride and wanted to be barefoot on the beach so she wanted her dress to reflect the relaxed nature of their wedding. Emma had seen a previous Elvi bride in a beautiful yet simple silk beach wedding dress and was looking for a similar design.
When we met with Emma, we draped some fabric on her and helped her select a soft lace to create the perfect beach wedding dress. The gown was finished with lace detail around the bust, lace cap sleeves, a small train and silk buttons down the back. Emma had a few fittings before walking away with a completed wedding dress that was ready to board the plane. Each of our gowns comes with a bag that is appropriate for travel.
The setting for their wedding was spectacular with a large, floral arbour and beautiful scenery. Emma, Marc and their guests partied the night away at their candlelit beach reception. It looks truly magical!
“Our Wedding was absolutely amazing, the perfect setting, with all our favourite people and my stunning dress! I can’t thank Sandra and Birgitta enough for creating something that was so perfect and suited to what I wanted. I received many compliments on the day and lots after too! Sandra and Birgitta were friendly and extremely helpful in helping me to choose my design and materials and I couldn’t have been any happier with the outcome. I only wish I could do the day all over again so I get another chance to wear it!” Emma, June 2016
Photos by Max Pinitong
Right from the beginning Mel knew she wanted a short wedding dress. Why, you might ask? Well, that’s simple, a short wedding dress provides you with comfort, the option to wear killer shoes (that people will actually see) and the movement to crank some serious dance moves on the d-floor.
We made a Mel’s short wedding dress from soft silk georgette and a bohemian style lace. The fitted bodice featured an illusion lace neckline with long lace sleeves. The knee length a-line skirt had an overlay of gathered silk georgette. Mel’s dress was just perfect for their relaxed City Farm wedding.
Photographer – Sarah Jean Arnason / Florals – Botanica Naturalis / Lighting – Edison Events / Catering – Miss Kitty’s Saloon / Hair – Pretty Parlour / Make-up – Milla / Stylist – Peak Lane
The idea of having a high quality and hand made gown that was unique to me was so appealing, I couldn’t resist. Especially when we are so lucky to have Sandra and Birgitta in Perth creating the most beautiful pieces for brides who want a custom gown. I went for a vintage / boho tea length gown with the most gorgeous lace sleeves and a silk georgette skirt. The whole process was amazing. I loved seeing the gown come together at every fitting. It was truly special and I couldn’t recommend Elvi Design highly enough.
The most important thing to me was getting to share our special day with our family friends. There was so much love in the room. It gave me warm fuzzies looking around during dinner at everyone smiling, laughing and enjoying themselves.
Ali and I chose to get married at Perth City Farm. We didn’t even look at any other venues! Our wedding style was rustic/vintage and the barn at PCF was exactly what we were looking for. It is in a central location and the space was perfect for a family style / long table dinner. It also opened up onto the courtyard where we had our dance floor. Another draw card was that there was no time limit imposed by PCF on when the reception had to finish up. We had to specify an end time so security could lock up after the event, but that could be as late as we desired! It was so great to be able to keep the party and happy times going beyond 12am, instead of being ushered out when your family and friends are just getting started on the dance floor !