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Bec & James travelled home to Tasmania to get married. It was a very sweet garden affair followed by a reception at Cascade Brewery. Their wedding featured so many personal touches making it really warm and inviting for their family and friends. The scenery in Hobart is also breathtaking, definitely on my list of places to visit!!
We created a custom made satin wedding gown with a fine lace bodice for Bec, along with a beaded headpiece and fingertip veil to finish off her bridal look.
Images by Anita Welsh Photography
Wedding dress shopping for me at first was like buying a car, I felt pushed this way and that, having difficulty staying true to myself. My Mum and Sister who I am close with both live interstate so feeling comfortable to make decisions without them was a high priority. When I found Elvi Design’s gorgeous studio in the hills, I straight away felt at home. Their kind, friendly, professional nature made me feel at ease and it was time to start my dream dress.
During the process from design to dress I appreciated my dress more and more each time knowing the love and care that went into making it. Having the dress custom made ensured that I was staying true to my vision and that it was exactly what I wanted. Sandra and Birgitta worked on my dress while I stood in it, I felt just like Cinderella (minus the poof). Their attention to detail was impeccable and it was incredibly easy to see that Elvi Design is not just a business but a real passion.
I felt amazing, wonderful and comfortable on my wedding day and the following day asked my hubby if I could wear it again, he just smiled at me.
Elvi Design is down to earth, friendly, professional and down right incredible in their design and dress making skills. It really is hard to write down how wonderful they are, as they are pretty darn AMAZING!! They made me the wedding dress of my dreams and I would not hesitate in recommending their business to any bride looking to get a beautiful gown made by wonderful real people.
Jodie & John held a beautiful, relaxed wedding at Moore & Moore Cafe in Fremantle. Jodie had a really good understanding of fabric and what kind of wedding gown she’d like when we met with her. I think it helped that her Mum knows how to sew. I know my expensive taste comes from my Mum… I was brought up lusting after all the good stuff! We designed a beautiful 100% heavy silk wedding dress with a detailed corset bodice, the bodice featured a super fine french lace overlay. It felt like a spider web, so light and delicate!! I can only imagine that it was heaven to wear.
Recently we have experienced a number of brides opting for a veil in the final stages of creating their wedding dress. Jodie knew she was going to wear a flower crown but was undecided about a veil. It wasn’t until her last fitting that we had a look at her options and she selected a simple finger tip length veil. The perfect option for their church ceremony.
Jodie & John opted for a low-fuss wedding with no bridal party and focused on a few simple things – beautiful suit and silk wedding dress, exquisite flowers, great location and fantastic food and wine! What more could you want on your special day.
Testimonial // “My wedding was everything I wanted it to be. Relaxed and casual whilst still being special. My gown of French Lace & Silk felt like a dream to wear, it was soft, silky and so well fitted to my body. Sandra and Birgitta created a gown exactly to my requests, I wanted something that was simple yet luxurious. Thank you Elvi Design!”
Photos: Doris Brunet Photography // Flowers: Twigged by Tali // Hair & Makeup: Creations by Kassy
I remember meeting Sheree at the Vintage Bride Fair in Perth early last year. She knew she didn’t want a traditional wedding dress and had her eye on our tea length wedding dress designs. When she visited our studio, she selected our vintage inspired ‘Evie’ tea length wedding dress design which features a beautiful illusion lace neckline and a silk dupion skirt with a lace overlay.
Sheree and Tim got married at Moore & Moore Cafe in Fremantle, “we chose the venue as we already loved the cafe and knew the food there was excellent, also because the rustic art gallery and cafe space perfectly suited the style of our wedding.”
Sheree selected a bunch of wonderful Perth vendors to bring her vision to life, “we met our photographer Peggy at the Wedding Upmarket and Elvi at the Vintage Bride Wedding Fair. My stylist I found via Instagram and our wedding celebrant was recommended by a friend. I found out that once you’ve chosen a couple of suppliers, they can usually point you in the direction of other good suppliers that have a similar style.” She also did a lot of DIY for her special day. She created the floral arrangements and being a talented baker, she baked all the sweets for the dessert table!
Testimonial // “Going to traditional wedding gown shops and trying on dresses was not my idea of fun and I worried that finding a dress I actually liked and would be comfortable wearing would be an impossible mission. Luckily my Mum and I came across the Elvi ladies at the vintage wedding fair. I loved every single dress of theirs but ended up going for a tea length silk and lace dress. I loved the process of getting it made especially for me and the fact that I have a beautiful vintage dress that I can keep and pass onto my daughter one day.”
Oh boy, it’s really hard to narrow down photos when it’s your best friend’s wedding!!! It was the most beautiful day for Tara and Matt, a perfect 30 degree day at Woodbridge House by the river in Guildford. The photos capture the love and excitement of both Tara, Matt and their family and friends as they finally tie the knot. It was such an honour to be a part of their special day and I loved every minute of it!
Now, let’s talk dress… Tara was unsure of what she was after initially, it also didn’t help that she looked good in everything!! So we sat down at my studio one afternoon and went through the day they had planned and what we thought might work best for their relaxed, outdoor wedding. I created a rough sketch of a tea length wedding dress with some kind of sleeve and lace detail. After a series of fittings, Tara ended up with the sweetest wedding frock made from the softest silk georgette skirt with delicate lace edging and a gorgeous bodice made from fine polka dot tulle. The gown was all about detail and was finished with handmade buttons and a belt with a bow. It was only at the very last fitting that Tara decided on her hair accessory, a hand beaded lace piece that we also made.
There are so many highlights from this magical day… but I think I’ll let the photos do the talking… if you’d like to see more photos from their wedding, click here to see their wedding featured on The Wedding Playbook.
A huge thank you to the dream team that helped create the best wedding day for these two, I can personally recommend all of them!!
Venue: Riverside at Woodbridge (Ceremony and Reception) // Photography: CJ Williams Photography // Stylist: Jess at The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist and Creator // Dress: Elvi Design // Hair: Steph at The Pretty Parlour // Make Up: Emma at Milla Makeup // Celebrant: Esther Bliss- Celebrate with Bliss // Florist: Jane at Ivy Flowers // Cake: Jess at Red Bird Cake Company // Entertainment- Les Trois Amies played at ceremony // Lighting: Micktrics Lighting // Furniture Hire: Pretty Willow and Curio Warehouse
When I was 12 years old I made a very good choice in best friends. There was no question in my mind that my darling friend Sandra from Elvi Design would be making my wedding dress. I had no idea what I wanted and we may have gone to a few stores to try dresses on before we sat down and she sketched out my dress.
I wanted something tea length to suit our outdoor venue plus I’ve always loved the 1950’s style. The sheer polka dots was all Sandra and its one of my favourite parts of the dress now and adds that playful feel. Having a dress made for you takes a lot of trust as you don’t know how its going to come together until the final weeks. This being said my best friend is incredible at what she does and I can highly recommend it- especially because you get something made just for you!
Laura was chasing a pretty wedding dress that would suit her garden wedding. She was lucky enough to use the beautiful grounds at Onyesha Day Spa as the backdrop for her wedding. The dreamy surroundings complimented Laura’s soft and floaty silk wedding dress. We created a fitted bodice with detailed lace work and cap sleeves all completed by hand. Laura finished her outfit with a hand beaded lace headpiece also made by us.
Thank you lovely ladies for the amazing experience of creating my beautiful dress. My gown was amazing! I loved the lace! I felt so beautiful on the day! I had so many wonderful comments about it on the day.
Thanks again, lots of Love Laura xx
Images by Kerri MacKintosh
Maddy and Jani tied the knot in the backyard of their family home. It was a perfect Autumn day in Perth for these two lovers!
To match their fun-filled wedding, Maddy had in mind a wedding dress with lots of details. She was hoping for a big skirt, polka dots, a bow and a wedding dress with pockets! We created a beautiful full skirt made from crisp silk dupion and a fitted bodice with a illusion neckline made from the finest polka dot mesh. The gown was finished with a bow and buttons down the back. We even made a sweet little flyaway veil with a flat bow at the top. It was a very fun bridal look for Maddy and suited her personality perfectly!
Take a look through the photos below and read Maddy’s wedding planning tips…
Surprisingly enough my wedding dress made me feel exactly like ME. I felt glamorous and a little cheeky at the same time. I wanted my dress to be classic and simple but still fun and playful and that is exactly what it was.
I owe all my wedding planning happiness to our wedding stylist Jess. She was one of the first suppliers we booked and was an endless source of wedding knowledge. She put us in contact with the caterer (who was amazing and exactly what we were looking for), the lovely Charlotte Haygarth who made our cakes (all 3 of them – YUM), our celebrant, and most importantly Sandra and Birgitta at Elvi Designs who made my dream dress. We were so happy with all the suppliers she helped us find and without her I don’t think there would have been much of a wedding. So I guess my tip is find someone who knows about weddings and pick their brain. Lets face it, for most brides this is the one and only time we will have anything to do with the wedding industry, most of us know nothing about planning a wedding and often have no idea where to start, so finding someone in the industry and asking them questions is the way to go. Even if you don’t have a wedding planner/stylist like I did, I think any vendor you have will be happy to point you in the right direction. I was also very lucky to have an amazing friend and make up artist who saved my bacon when I decided to find a new hairdresser 2 weeks before the wedding. Seriously find a vendor that you get along with and suck all the knowledge out of them. It’s way easer that doing research yourself.
We wanted something simple, fun and intimate. Originally we had a guest list of 15, which grew to 30 and which ultimately ended up being 45 (including bride and groom). It was perfect. We are not the most open couple when it comes to public displays of affection and love declarations and we couldn’t imagine sharing such an intimate moment with a big crowd. In the end it was absolutely perfect and felt very special to share the moment with a our closest friends and family and the people that were most important in our lives. The reception was also pretty perfect, everyone mingled and got along really well and I think lots of new friendships were made on the night. Because it was such a small group, rather then everyone just hanging out in their usual friend groups, they mingled more with new people. Everyone was included and everyone got along and had a good time. I was really worried about how all the different people would mix, but I needn’t have. Everyone got along so well, I get warm fuzzies thinking about it.
When I met with Sandra and Birgitta I didn’t really have much of an idea of what I wanted in a wedding dress. I had been dress shopping on a couple of occasions previously and tried on a few dresses which weren’t bad but nothing had really felt special, along with that, I had also found the whole experience of bridal shopping very disheartening. It was nothing like on “Say Yes to the Dress”! After a quick chat with Sandra we had narrowed down a style and picked out fabric and I felt happier and more excited than I had after hours of trying on dresses in bridal salons. The whole process of creating the dress was a pleasure. It was such a joy to catch up every few weeks and see the dress progress from a blurry image in my mind, to a drawing on a piece of paper to the amazing finished product. In all honesty it was difficult at times for a control freak like me to trust that the dress would turn out the way I wanted (half the time I didn’t really know what I wanted anyway). There were a few sleepless nights when I worried that the skirt wasn’t going to be big enough, or that maybe I hadn’t chosen the most flattering neckline, but Sandra and Birgitta always put my mind at ease, and if they found my bouts indecisiveness frustrating they never showed it. When I tried on the finished dress it was like Sandra had reached inside my head and found a picture of myself as a bride that I didn’t even know existed and made it a reality. It was like she had taken all the best parts of my personality and turned them into a very pretty dress that suited me, my husband and our whole wedding perfectly. Sandra and Birgitta are amazing at what they do, they were able to turn all my crazy ideas – pockets, polka dots and big bows – into something beautiful.
We love nothing more than playing with beautiful lace… Janina’s dress was no different. We worked with a delicate ivory corded lace over a blush pink silk satin to create a vintage lace wedding dress for her English wedding. The hint of colour enhanced the lace and added to the vintage style.
Janina provided us with a lovely testimonial about her experience so I’ll let her tell you the story!
“I was living in Perth whilst planning my wedding and wanted to find someone who could help me to design and create a dress that would fit the gorgeous English setting of Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park where Nick and I were to be married in October. I was referred through a friend who had also had her dress made by the team at Elvi Design. When I looked on their website, I knew it was going to be the right place – the dresses are all so unique and gorgeous! Sandra really took the time to understand what I was looking to create and the anticipation and excitement built at each fitting. I was so happy with the end result. The lace was so intricate and the dress really fitted the setting for our wedding. So many guests commented on how beautiful my dress was and it felt great to know I was wearing a one-of-a-kind creation! My sincere thanks go to the team at Elvi Design!” – Janina, Oct 2014
Images by Hannah Macgregor – Funky Photographers
Shannon came to our studio with the vision of wearing something different to her Winter wedding. She didn’t want to wear white so we came up with a design with a touch of silver. The gown featured intricate antique silver beading around the neckline and waistline which then flowed into a beautiful Italian metallic lace. We also made a flower girls dress for Shannon’s daughter, Audrey, what a sweet little girl!
Shannon and Brad exchanged vows at Vasse Felix winery in Margaret River, the ceremony was followed by a long lunch with family and friends.
A few words from Shannon –
“I just wanted to write and thank you so very much for all your hard work and care with the creation of my wedding dress. I was absolutely ecstatic with the final result and my very special day would not have been the same without all your contributions. Your ideas, skill and creativity, combined with your ability to listen to my thoughts enabled you to create a dress I felt really comfortable in and that fitted me perfectly. It was really enjoyable working with you both. Not only am I recommending you to everyone who asks but you also have two more future clients with our girls Edith and Aurdey! I wish you all the very best with your growing business and we will be in touch in a few years.”
Images by Russell Ord Photography
“From day one of meeting you you have made me feel as if I was the only person you were making a wedding dress for, it was so much more than I ever wanted and it truly made my day more perfect, and to have had such a beautiful experience through out the whole year of planning made it even more special, not only would I recommend you over and over I want to get married again just to wear my dress for longer! When I asked you to make my daughter’s dress I had no idea just how amazing it would be and it suited our wedding perfectly, she truly stole the show! I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my dream dress a reality, you and Birgitta are one hell of a team!!!” – Elyse Biggs, February 2014
Elyse and Rik got married on a beautiful Summer’s day in Kings Park, followed by a reception at the Old Swan Brewery. Elyse went for a soft, romantic style with a touch of vintage. We worked with the most exquisite fabrics to create a delicate hand appliquéd lace bodice and a soft silk georgette skirt for Elyse. We also created a flower girls dress for Elyse’s daughter Armani, she was just too cute for words!
We’ll let the photos by Ross Wallace Photography tell the story…
I recently caught up with Veronica who married her husband, Russell, last November. They had a traditional ceremony at a chapel in York followed by an open air reception at Faversham House in York. Their memories were captured beautifully by Jimmy and Shona of Izo Photography.