No.9 Bridal Couture 2012 Highlights

Wow, where do I start?

Who’d have thought January this year and winning the Wedding Industry Award 2012 best wedding gown designer Regional and national winner to now being in Australia? Certainly not me, but you never know what life lays before you.

Here are some of my 2012 highlights which include our fabulous brides and working with some truly wonderful people.

Award Logos

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We won this

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Appeared in this (among others)

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Worked with the amazing Jo Bilham, fabulous friend

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And gorgeous James Melia

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Delightful duo Chris Hanley and wife Claire at Sutton Park. Home of the Prime Minister David Cameron’s Mother in Law. (Lady Sheffield)

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And ate Macaroons on Lady Sheffield’s furniture!

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Rob Booker, who provided the amazing images for our Sirens collection and website

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The lovely Jane Hardman Ferris, HF Couture to you. Designer of exquisite pieces

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And Kizzy. Who ‘does’ hair in the most wonderful ways. Proud to have her work on our website.

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We’ve made some pretty frocks

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And showcased them on our website

We’ve even had little films made of our frocks by Marry me Films which appeared in Hello on line.

But above all of that, had the honor of working for some truly wonderful brides.

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Zoe

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And her maids

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Annie

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Annette

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Helen and daughter Saskia

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Joanne

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Lucy

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Malise

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Rebecca

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Kelly

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Louise (bridesmaids)

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Mikaler and maids

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and Sophie

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Victoria’s mantilla veil

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To our first Australian bride, Monique

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and dressing my daughter for prom.

I cannot begin to express how wonderful it has been to share this year with you all, but on a final note would just like to thank my wonderful family for putting up with an obsessed wedding freak who likes to make pretty frocks.

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I wish you the happiest of Christmases and a wonderful new year.

In no particular order

Jo Bilham make up

Rob Booker

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Chris Hanley

Kizzy Edkins Charisma hair

Sutton Park-The Wedding Affair

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The Day I Married My Best Friend – The Wedding of Mikaler and Steve.

“Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body…”

I do get very excited when I hear  my favourite wedding vendors are involved in a clients wedding of which I am making a gown and this was no exception. As soon as Mikaler told me three of those, photographer Rob, make up artist, Jo and hair wizard, Kizzy were her chosen vendors I squealed.

Mikaler had very clear visions of the gown she wanted. A VERY iconic image of a gown was presented to me and so I set to work to make Mikalers dream come true. On research we discovered the original gown didn’t have much going on at the back and I needed Mikaler’s gown to look amazing from behind as well as the front.

The gown was all about the gorgeous deep collar so I used a beautiful silk which could be molded and sculpted around her shoulders. The back was buttoned to add detail and an internal corselette gave the gown its structure and enhanced Mikaler’s beautiful silloutte.  A small blue crystal heart and silver sixpence was clipped to the corset for something blue and for luck.

The bridesmaids, having completely different shapes, heights and requirements, chose the same coloured silk with  the drape at the waistline echoing throughout each of the gowns. An internal corselette  inside the strapless gown added comfort and full support, while spaghetti straps were added to Mikalers younger bridesmaid.

I’d just like to say thank you so much to the wonderful talents of Rob, Jo and Kizzy and of course Mikaler for allowing us to share a part of her very special day. Also to thank Mikaler for sending over these wonderful images. You simply looked nothing short of stunning. Congratulations to you both.

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Photography Rob Booker

Make up Jo Bilham

Hair Kizzy Edkins

Venue Crathorne Hall Yarm

Without my brilliant jewels. Working with HF Couture

Without my brilliant jewels,

I am quite simply lackluster.
Bereft of all value and being,
They add sparkle to life itself.
Their many facets of individuality,
Each one unique and irreplaceable.
Priceless treasures within my heart,
Linked and bonded by infinite love.
The gift of family and sincere friends,
The most precious of all my possessions.
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Couturier to stars of stage and TV, I first met Jane Hardman Ferris of HF Couture the summer of 2010 at Harrogate Designer Wedding Fair. I was truly captivated by the genius in her creations, each piece intricately hand worked down to the tiniest seed pearl and so began my love for such sparkly, pretty things. The likes of Miriam Haskell, Stanley Hagler, Dior and Schiaparelli among others have inspired Jane’s creations and I knew instantly she was the only person who’s style would work perfectly for my first collection showcase, The Vintage Shoot. The collaboration received much media interest, being described as the most authentic shoot to be seen and features in Vintage Life, Pure Weddings and British trade magazine Attire Bridal. Many of these can be viewed here

Vintage side tiara HF Coutureimage www.robbooker.co.uk

Vintage side tiara HF Couture
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Widows net and jeweled headpiece HF Coutureimage www.robbooker.co.uk

Widows net and jeweled headpiece HF Couture
image http://www.robbooker.co.uk

This collaboration has steamed into that of an extremely solid friendship and we have worked intensely close ever since. Below, images from our ‘Sirens’ collection which can be viewed in full on our website here
Headdress HF CoutureImage www.robbooker.co.uk

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Couture Hat HF Coutureimage www.robbooker.co.uk

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Earlier this year we worked alongside fabulous photographer Chris Hanley with an amazing support team. Chris documented the shoot here and Marry Me Films contributed with these amazing films.

Floral headpiece HF Coutureimage www.chrishanleyphotography.com

Floral headpiece HF Couture
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Jane and my working relationship is intensely close and on occasions we have clashed because having the right look for her is just as important as having the right look for me, but it has never tainted the friendship. I regularly pass on clients to Jane for their headpieces and jewellery so the client will get that perfect balance on her big day and am super excited to introduce her to Perth WA. She is the couturier/designer and as she quite rightly has said.

“A headdress should
always be beautiful and compliment
the art of the couturier. It must never
compete with it, or draw the eye
away from the ‘main dish’. A good
headdress is like a great condiment
adding a little ‘pizazz’ to finish the
dish! That’s how I approach designing
all my pieces…..never overwhelming,
never too much, but always in tune
with the style of the gown and the lady
wearing it…”

 “Jane. Faithful friend, designer of the most beautiful and elaborate headpieces you could ever imagine. Bird, you sure do rock!”

Make up on ‘Sirens’ and Sutton Park shoot Jo Bilham make up artist

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Hair on ‘Sirens’ and Sutton Park shoot Kizzy Edkins Charisma Bridal Hair

http://www.charismahairdressing.co.uk/bridal-specialists/

Chris Hanley Photography http://chrishanleyphotography.com/

Rob Booker www.robbooker.co.uk

Marry Me Films -Forever Memories www.marrymefilms.co.uk

Cowboys and angels, leather and lace, Salt of the Earth meets heavenly grace. The wedding of Rod and Monique.

“It’s guts and love and glory,
One mortal’s chance at fame,
His legacy is rodeo,
And cowboy is his name.”- Baxter Black

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With it’s wonderful rustic charm, Windy Creek Estate nestles among the Australian bush, a relaxing place to while away any balmy afternoon. Not the easiest place to find among the many ‘No Through’ roads the Swan Valley has to offer, but I could easily become accustomed to the journey.  The company was as good as the wine Windy Creek has to offer as we mingled among guests, waiting for the arrival of our bride Monique.

The ceremony was relaxed and intimate if having 200 well wishers could ever be intimate and while the guests waited for the arrival of the bride on her horse, I watched the groom. He played his part well along with the groomsmen, holding up their table tennis come score cards as the bridesmaids made their way down the track, but you could see in his face, it was his bride he was waiting for.

The vows were sincere, and along with other guests we held our breath as Rod and Monique stood holding hands, palms up so we could see the gift they were giving. “These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on our wedding day and I promise to love you all the days of my life.”  It was then on to Chapel Farm for the reception, the setting providing the perfect canvas for Rodeo meets Princess, even down to the cake. So without further ado, may I introduce you to Mr and Mrs Rod Caddies.  Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your day and to meet your wonderful friends and family.

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I very much look forward to seeing the professional images from Perth Photographer Prophoto.

Some of the above images taken by myself or used by kind permission of wedding guest Ellice Neaves.