I am convinced that Ena is the modern Marylin Monroe, when I first met her she was softly spoken and a little shy but bubbling with excitement about her wedding gown. She chose our Olivia gown from our ready to wear collection. We absolutely loved how the mermaid silhouette showed off her gorgeous curvaceous figure and the lace fitted perfectly with her Morrocan inspired wedding. A classic beauty with modern and unexpected details, the epitome of an Elli-Nicole Birde. Ena we loved working with you and hope you had a spectacular day!
Amy was my unicorn, fairy, cat loving all things magical and quirky bride. I remember her stepping into my studio with these big eyes and a sweet shyness, after the initial chats about laces and tulles she said, "but you know what I really really want is a butterfly wedding dress." I was delighted and so set about creating Amys' 6 layer hand dyed tulle ball gown wedding dress with laser cut butterflies that were each sewn and applied by hand with love, a butterfly strewn veil completed this fantasy, the photos by Jack and Jane photography captured it all perfectly!
Jessica is one of those girls who is just effortlessly cool. An architect who shares my passion for design and detail it was a match made in heaven! She had seen one of our ready to wear gowns and with a few modifications, it was perfect. A geometric mermaid gown with an off the shoulder top and low v back. The oyster silk underlayer perfectly offsets the mirror image laser cut lace overlay which was the perfect fit with her industrial themed wedding.
This post is extremely personal as it is my wedding gown. I can say that designing my own dress was a privilege but also challenging at the same time. I had so many ideas buzzing in my head but I knew I wanted something timeless but also with unusual and unexpected detailing, my lace had silver gray undertones and had a gardenia floral design, a flower much beloved by the women of my family. I decided on a mermaid silhouette and an underlayer of silver silk satin. The top was an illusion bodice that had every piece of lace lovingly appliqued by hand. The ombre pearl beading was done in-house by our very talented beader and it really was one of my favorite elements of my dress. Another special piece was my headpiece created by Lorean Jewelry, he incorporated pearl flowers from my grans wedding headpiece to fashion something new for me, a treasure which i hope I can pass down through the generations.
Nicolene was the most breathtaking bride, what I remember most is how serene she was on her wedding day. I absolutely loved working on her dress, she wanted something classic, and traditional but also ethereal and textured. It turned out to be 40 degrees on the day of the wedding but even this didn't stop Nicky from wearing her long sleeve Chantilly lace gown a la Princess Grace of Monaco.
Zimasa is just one of those people who radiates happiness, a kind word for everyone in the studio, making her dress and dressing her on her wedding day was a very special process for me. Zimasa wanted something dramatic, yet elegant, we decided on a silk crepe mermaid gown with an illusion bodice, hand appliqued floral lace and custom pearl beading and of course a dramatic train and cathedral veil to finish the look.
Nicolene was just a delight, we were blown away when we saw her, the most stunning girl with dancing green eyes. She trusted me completely with her design, her words were something different but timeless. The team and I created what can only be described as an iridescent dream. A soft oyster silk mermaid gown with a gorgeous pale silver lace overlay, it almost looked like tiny snowflakes and leaves had crystallized on the gown. Her wedding took place in Tulbagh and the dramatic flowers by Anli Wahl were the perfect complement to her gown.
Ika is so passionate about local design and she was so excited about getting her dress custom made. She wanted something that was reminiscent of the romance of the 50's but with a modern twist and blush blush blush! So we created a gorgeous sequin corset and a 10 layer multi-tiered tulle skirt which we dyed by hand. This dress was just a celebration and I loved working with Ika on this.
Jessica is dynamite in a small package, as the owner of Jessica Notelo Fine Art Wedding Photography I knew that making a wedding dress for her was going to be an amazing process! Jess loves the sea so it could only be a beach wedding for her, we loved creating this whimsical gown, snow white silk sarin was overlayed with a beautiful corded leaf lace and a silk chiffon skirt. the veil was cathedral length and trimmed with matching lace. I loved working with Jess and she looked gorgeous!
Kastine is my now, cousin in law, making a wedding dress for someone that you know can definitely add extra pressure to the process. With Kastine it was the most enjoyable experience. From the start, there was a trust in having her dress designed and made by myself and my team and she was so creative and open to ideas. Her dress was soft nude corset with lace overlay and crystal geometric piping and her skirt was a snow white mermaid silk underlayer with a full tulle skirt overlayer. This created a 2 in 1 look which really added a sense of drama to the dress. It was so special to see Kastine get married and to be part of her amazing story.