Custom Designed Handmade Wedding Dresses

Here are some examples of my work, each a collaboration with a bride who will always have her dress to cherish and perhaps pass on.

 
 

Civil War Reproduction Gown

White Silk Taffeta Civil War Reproduction Wedding Dress with an authentic period corset built in.  Laced back, off the shoulder, with puffed sleeves.  Delicate lace trim.  The dress is based on a gown in Janet Arnold's book, Patterns of Fashion 2.

The bride and groom are both Civil War re-enactors and many of their friends also wore period clothing to the ceremony.

 
 
credit: two of us photography

credit: two of us photography

Slinky Bias Cut Charmeuse Gown

Fashion-forward Nicola chose a subtle silver charmeuse for her wedding gown.  Two layers of this luxurious French silk hug the bride's curves.  The subtle shade of silver glowed  on a rainy day.  The  gown, with a deep v-neck in front and cut to the waist in back, has thin straps which cross in the back.  The chapel train bustles easily without interrupting the columnar silhouette.

 
credit: Jeff Woodward Photography

credit: Jeff Woodward Photography

Sixty Yards of Silk Organza

 Loretta's gown  features a playful skirt made from sixty yards of soft silk organza.  The fabric is weightless and flows effortlessly with the bride. The cathedral train hooks up to the waist, adding layers to the skirt for the reception.  

The bodice is French Alencon lace, hand-pieced so there are no visible seams.

 

 

Delicately Embroidered Netting

Diana drew a sketch of exactly what she wanted in a gown.  I merely executed the design.  We sourced the lace together,  tulle with delicate embroidery and tiny pearls - just enough to make it special without glaring in the sun.  A taffeta underdress give the A-line gown its shape and the chapel length train bustles up easily.  This subtle dress was perfect for an outdoor wedding in Vermont.

 

 
credit: Grace Photography

credit: Grace Photography

 

Pearl-Covered Strapless Bodice

Vanessa found a pink Monique L'Huillier skirt that she fell in love with, but couldn't find a companion bodice.  She asked if I could make a strapless dress whose bodice was covered in pearls.  We used four sizes of pearls in four different colors to give the dress richness and texture.  The bodice has a narrow skirt of silk crepe and a large silk sash.  The plan was to remove the large pink skirt after the ceremony, but plans change and she kept the larger skirt on all night.

 
credit: Art Wedding Photography

credit: Art Wedding Photography

Lace bodice with chiffon ribbon-edged skirt , satin sash

Jennifer chose to be married on the coast of Ireland The multiple layers of chiffon and wanted a gown that would respond to the elements. The multiple layers of chiffon float on the breeze, while the long ribbons from the sash ensure that the skirt will fall back into place between gusts.

 
credit: Colette Kulig Photography

credit: Colette Kulig Photography

 

Embroidered Netting Scattered with 3-D Flowers

Samantha’s strapless gown is imported netting embroidered and appliqued with three-dimensional flowers. She wore an off-the-shoulder bolero for the wedding ceremony and removed it for her reception. A four-ply silk crepe dress underneath gives body to the diaphanous netting. We knew we couldn’t use a traditional bridal lace for Samantha, a former circus clown and division one basketball player. It took four weeks, but I think we found the right fabric for her ski resort wedding.

 

 
credit: Addie Roberge Photography

credit: Addie Roberge Photography

Three Pieces :Lace, Satin, and Chiffon

Krisztina chose to have her wedding outfit made in three pieces.  The Alencon lace jacket made her feel like a bride and she can wear the satin bustier and chiffon full skirt over again when she performs as a violinist  The lace and chiffon worked well to complement Krisztina's diminutive figure.  And silk chiffon is lovely for an outdoor ceremony, fluttering if there's a breeze and not glaring in the sun.

 
Credit: Geoff Hansen Photography

Credit: Geoff Hansen Photography

Polka Dot Dance Dress 

This design started with the shoes. We needed fabric that was silver and white. The bride loves polka dots and the perfect fabric was in New York. The dress was such fun to wear, she wanted another one. Two years later I made her a second dress, this one black faille with velvet polka dots.