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

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

Would You Consider A Bespoke Wedding Dress?

Would you consider a ” bespoke wedding dress “?  And what exactly do I mean by “Bespoke”?

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According to Wikipedia,

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.[1]

Sounds expensive, doesn’t it?  But actually…not so.  I had the opportunity to speak to the most lovely lady from the UK Saturday morning.  She is starting her own custom wedding dress design company.  It wasn’t a conversation by chance, we planned the business call.  But it was enjoyable, and thought provoking. And no, it is not the company above.  I am going to be receiving a press release from her soon, and I will share it with you.  Yes, I know I’m being a bit of a tease, but it’s worth the wait.

I had been under the impression, as I bet you have been, that a custom dress was just out of my price range.  That is not the case.  And think of the possibilities!  If you’ve been dress shopping recently, as a bride, a mother of the bride, sister or friend of the bride, you know the dress choice often comes down to a compromise.  It may be cost, it may be design, but ultimately, something has to give.  That’s where a bespoke wedding dress designer can be your best friend.  She will help you choose your favorite fabric, color, design and make it fit your figure perfectly.

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Rock My Wedding

The above photos show some of the stages a designer goes through to create the perfect wedding dress.

When daughter # 2, my first daughter to marry, purchased her wedding dress, I was shocked at the mandatory fee attached for alterations – $ 700.00.  This fee was whether only a simple hem was required , or a total make over of the dress.  Unacceptable.  We had our own seamstress  do the simple alterations for a fraction of the price – to great results.  But with my new designing friend, all alterations are included in the price of the dress.

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Think a dress like this is out of your price range…well perhaps…  🙂  But your own custom gown is not. I can’t wait to share this phenomenal find with you.  Stay tuned!

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…