Let’s Catch Up With Nova McLaren

It’s time to catch up with the brilliant wedding dress designer Nova McLaren.  Olivia, the artist behind the label, has been hard at work this wedding season.  I don’t know how she does it, and with such creative perfection too!

Olivia’s July weddings for this year, as always, are something special.  One in particular strikes me. The bride is from the mid-west; the groom’s roots are from India.  For the ceremony, as a surprise for her groom, the bride has commissioned a beautiful lace sari to drape over her wedding gown.  It will sport a gold belt, and traditional Indian gold jewelry she has had specially made.  This will be removed for the reception and then her groom and their guests will see her exquisite french lace ‘off the shoulder’ gown.   The look for this dress will focus on pearls, both on the gown, and as accessories.  Olivia confides they are two completely different looks, but beautiful none the less. (if you’d like to read a blog post about “Two in One Wedding Gowns”, clink on the link.)

While I can’t show you photos in progress, due to the “top secret” status, I can show you some lace samples — exquisite!

The photo below gives a brief glimpse of the time consuming bead work Olivia does.  I am in awe of her talent.

Wonder what’s in the photo below?  I did also at first!  They are lace covered buttons; covered by hand!  Olivia works with the precision of a surgeon.  A wedding dress designer is not just a seamstress, but an artist.  One must truly love this work, and it’s apparent that Olivia does.

Are these gowns out of most brides’ price range?  No.  While not inexpensive, when one takes into account that all alterations are included in the price of the dress, the value is exceptional.  I still have two daughters to marry off…I will definitely be knocking on Olivia’s door to at least see what our options would be…Kudos Nova McLaren. (Link to website below)  And don’t worry…there will be another installment about this brilliant designer soon…  🙂

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Nova McLaren – Bespoke Wedding Gown

Looking for an update from the new wedding dress designer Olivia Humphyres for Nova McLaren?  Would you consider a bespoke wedding gown? I recently did a question and answer session with her that will answer your questions better I.  She describes a wedding shoot she worked on.  Enjoy!

MK:  2016 has ended.   What were you been up to this past year?

O: I started off in the early spring meeting with my friend Katey from Waterford’s KLW Design Co. – she and a bunch on CT wedding vendors were working on a collaboration for a styled wedding shoot.  It was a celestial wedding shoot inspired by the Pantone colours of 2016: Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz.  Katey approached me to design a gown for the shoot.
MK: oh sounds like a delightful concept, what did you make?
O: I designed a dreamy serenity blue gown using french lace, silk organza and tulle with a latticed lace bodice and an airy flounced skirt – I had an idea that I wanted a very delicate version of a Daenerys Targaryen, (From ‘Game of Thones’), Gown!
MK: Beautiful! Where did you shoot?
 
 
O: We took some shots at the photographers studio near Hartford, then we relocated to a local beauty spot on a river where the light was dreamy!  And finally at a friend’s farm to shoot with her horse.

O: The shoot was debuted on Aisle Society  http://www.aislesociety.com/post/pieces-light-celestial-wedding-shoot which was so exciting and gave me lots of images to promote NOVA McLAREN!

MK: I love the photoshoot, the dress looked beautiful and blue is a choice I see for the bride who wants to truely encompass her ‘something blue’!
O: Yes!  The dress is actually available for purchase for $3500 – and it has a veil too, and it’s famous of course!
MK:  What else has been keeping you busy this year?
O:  I’ve been working with my 2017 brides, I met with them in early summer for their initial consolations – we swapped ideas so I could get a good feel of what they like and how they want to look, I took their measurements and I drew them original dress sketches which really got them excited!
MK:  Oh wow and do you discuss fabric details at this point too?
O: Absolutely!  My clients love looking at the different laces and love being able to play designer.  I saw them all at the end of summer with their first toile fitting (the cotton prototype) and now we’re almost ready to order fabric.
MK:  Sounds super exciting!  Summer was when you made your move here to Connecticut, how are you finding our corner of New England so far – does it remind you of home?
O: (laughs) Actually, yes! All the names are the same as back home in England, some of the pronunciations are a little different but I guess the revolution happened! We’re down in Madison on the shoreline and it’s beautiful, I love having more time here now I’ve resigned from my position as Pattern Maker at Christian Siriano.
MK:  He seems like such a nice guy!
O:  He is!  Really lovely and a great designer to work for, I enjoyed my time there a lot but I’m very happy to have more time to focus on NOVA McLAREN; designing and making beautiful dresses, meeting with new clients and promoting custom bridal wear by me!
MK:  That’s great Olivia!  I’m looking forward to hearing about the next phase of the dress process!
 Don’t worry, we’ll check in periodically with Olivia and see what’s she’s up to in 2017!  🙂  You can always visit her website at: http://www.novamclaren.com