Custom Designed Handmade Wedding Dresses
I am Rachel Kurland and Since 1986 I’ve been designing and handmaking wedding gowns for the bride who wants her wedding dress to be special and reflect all that is unique and beautiful about her.
Here are some examples of my collaborative work with brides who will always have their dress to cherish and perhaps pass on.
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 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
Guipure Lace Strapless Gown with Red Sash
Alison's Guipure lace gown has a pattern of leaves, perfect for a late summer Vermont wedding. The lace is hand-pieced so there are no visible seams on the dress.
The strapless gown has a crimson sash which ties in back and falls the full length of the chapel train. The sash matches the bride's shoes and the couple's car. We considered a red lining, but it detracted from the lace, while the pink makes the lace pattern pop.
Alencon A-Line Gown with Cathedral Train
Alencon lace imported from France and a silk taffeta slip to add body to the gown. The lace is hand-pieced to eliminate seams, allowing the floral pattern to continue uninterrupted. This bride chose a sweetheart neckline. The A-line skirt extends to a cathedral train which bustles up for the reception.
The ivory slip makes the pattern of the lace stand out and the light sash echoes the color of the slip.
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.
Jane Austen Meets Salvador Dali
Heather's butter cream silk chiffon gown is Regency style, with a scooped neck, high waist, and gathered skirt. The gown has a detachable train of chiffon lined with silk charmeuse. Originally designed with long sleeves, Heather opted for puff sleeves for her summer wedding. Corkscrews of chiffon with dangling beads offer a surrealistic touch - Jane Austen meets Salvador Dali.