Update: Wedding Dress Designer Nova McLaren!

What’s the latest on wedding dress designer Nova McLaren?  If you remember from previous posts, I showcased brilliant wedding dress designer Olivia Humphries, the genius behind the Nova McLaren Wedding Dress Label.  If you’d like to read some of the older posts, click on the following links.  I just love the beautiful options Olivia offers brides. No one knows better than the bride what she wants.  Olivia helps the bride achieve her heart’s desire.  And the price, while not inexpensive, is completive with other choices.

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Who better to tell the story of this bride’s wedding journey to the prefect dress, than her bespoke designer, Olivia Humphries:

“Alissa’s dress was a dream to work on! As her fiance’s family were originally from India, she wanted this to be a noticable influence in the wedding…which it was from lace sari, gold belt, gold earrings from a crafter in India, asymmetrical lace patterning on the skirt, elephant name holders, henna patterned stationary and bajhi’s and samosa’s for appetizers! Everything was beautiful.

Her family’s traditional midwestern and preppy CT styling was prevalent too in the styling, we used pearls to decorate her reception belt, beautifully delicate french lace for the just off the shoulder style, a beautiful long train and even longer veil – to please her mom!

 

They got married at the Branford House in Groton on July 8th 2017.”  Branford House photo below by Mary P. Karnes

The transformation from the first look where the groom saw her in the off shoulder pearl look to the Indian influenced lace sari and gold jewellry was so cool to see – the groom loved the surprise as did all the guests.  Would you like to see the beautiful western ‘pearl’ ensemble described here?  Check back next week!

All lace was from french crafter Sophie Hallette – Maralyn Monroe and Amal Cloony used the same lace as the sari design for dresses! The peach blush silk crepe was from a supplier in New York and the silk tulle for the veil from Pongees of London. The pearls on the belt were Swarovski.

 

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New Wedding Dress Designer!

 

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Here it is! The exciting opportunity to have a wedding dress made just for you.  And while not inexpensive, the price won’t break the bank!  The following words are those of the artist/designer.  I love the way she writes and speaks.  You can feel her enthusiasm.  Enjoy…

“Dressed in her wedding gown, the bride is her superhero self; beautiful, confident and glowing with happiness!

Weddings are something personal and unique to you and your relationship – so what better way to celebrate than a dress fitted to you, one created with you specifically in mind? My clients’ ideas and aspirations for their dress are my inspiration. Vintage dresses, couture collections, draping and textile details spark my imagination.

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What I love about my job is how much fun can be had on the creative journey
of making wedding dresses for clients who become friends.

The beauty in the way I work is that I take the time to get to know my clients – finding out your style and personality and giving you the opportunity to express this and feel beautiful, elegant and most importantly, yourself, on your wedding day!

I can blend your ideas, (for example: style icons you admire and wish to emulate in some way, or a new and unique idea you wish to bring to life), with my interpretations and design talent to create a dress that is personal and unique.

Between 6-12 months before your wedding date is an ideal amount of time for me to create your dress – although we can start sooner if you wish. Less than six months is possible also wth some extra fine planning.

My clients usually have some ideas of what they like and have been busy pinning by the time we meet – but if you have no idea, that’s fine – I have many! I have an assortment of images on my Pinterest page if you need some inspiration! I like to meet you for an initial consultation where we discuss ideas, I put forward some sketches and fabric ideas and I take your measurements. From then we can narrow down fabric selection and the design, or I do additional research to find the perfect ideas for you.

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Pattern Making and toiling comes next! I make a paper pattern to your exact measurements and create a toile (prototype) of the chosen design. From here we can establish what looks and fits best, how the fabric drapes and feels. If we get to a conclusive point here, I order the fabric and begin making. There will be two or three more fittings as the dress develops to ensure fit and design.”

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Above and below are some gorgeous examples of the fine products used.  Gives me goosebumps…

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And one of the infinite final products below.  Remember…if you choose to go this route, your options are ENDLESS!

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Please visit this phenomenal designer at: novamclaren.com

Your Wedding Dress Neckline

Your bridal gown. So much to think about — not the least of which is your wedding dress neckline.  Think it really doesn’t matter?  Think again… It matters…a lot.

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When choosing your dress, AND your neckline, the number one thing to consider is your figure.  Your wedding day is not the time to experiment.  Pick the style that most flatters you.  I think the gown below is exquisite.  The bride has a great combination of a sweetheart and scoop style.  She is slightly daring with the cut, but still presents a modest sillouette.  That’s the second point to consider.  A bride, in MHO, should not present a daring style, at least at the ceremony.

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The bride below chose a combo style as well – a sweetheart neckline with sheer gauze to her collar bone.  Quite the ingenue – which is what a bride should strive for.

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The dress below — could this dress be more beautiful? I don’t think so.  But is it appropriate, especially for a church wedding?  No.  Would it make just the perfect “Reception Dress”?  Yes.  it does have a place at a wedding.  But remember, this is just my opinion. That’s the thing about weddings.  There really is no right or wrong, just what you like, or don’t.

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I think of all the dresses on this post, the one below is my favorite.  The illusion neckline is perfection.  The tiny rhinestones on the bodice give just the right amount of coverage so the dress achieves a little more decorum.

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The final thing to consider when choosing your wedding dress AND it’s neckline, is how your guests will respond.  You really shouldn’t have to, but your do. The last thing you want to do is offend your grandmother, or your groom’s…

Are You That Edgy Bride?

Are you that edgy bride?   The one who does everything just a little differently? Is your wedding the time, OR the place to lay that out for all to see?  Well, that depends on you.  Remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to YOUR wedding.  As long as you are kind, think of others, and are respectful, it’s your day!  Do as you wish!  Ok, that was a pretty

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broad statement, ‘be kind’ and all that.  What I’m referring to, is taking others into consideration.  For example, if you’re having a large party of bridesmaids, and you’re considering excluding just one future sister-in-law, don’t.  Add her in.  Your friends will come and go, but family won’t.  OR…do not stick a guest at a table where she’ll be uncomfortable just because you had a tiff before the wedding…

But when it comes to your dress, your colors, your menu —

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it’s all about YOU!  There is no wrong, just your desires!  That being said…a few of the featured dresses on this post were posted for shock value.  I know few brides who would choose them, and even more importantly, who could pull the styles off.  One would almost have to be a 6′ tall model to do so.

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But really, aren’t they spectacular?  I think the one above would work for a destination beach wedding!  In fact the top three photos appear to be on a beach.  And I’d have to say…they’re better than Pamala Anderson’s white bikini!  🙂  Now that comment was for women of a certain age.  Perhaps some younger brides do not remember her, OR her beach wedding. But to slightly older ladies, it’s iconic.

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Perhaps a bit of color?  Now THIS is bold…  According to “Brides Magazine, 14% of all brides would consider a colored gown.  And a few more interesting facts from “Bride’s Magazine” — 18% of all brides find their dresses on-line.  And…only 1% of all brides purchase their dresses at a Sample sale.  I was surprised at that figure.  I thought it would have been much higher.

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