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New Hartford County Resident – Olivia Humphreys – Wedding Dress Designer

There’s a new citizen in Glastonbury who sports some impressive credentials.  Her name is Olivia Humphreys, and she is the creative talent behind the designer label, “Nova McLaren”.

The Nova McLaren line specializes in wedding dresses, like the ones in the photos above and below.  She also designs gowns such as ‘Mother of the Bride’ dresses and christening gowns.

Humphreys is a transplant from the UK.  Prior to her move to Glastonbury, she worked for a few years in Manhattan for design houses: Marchesa, Reem Acra and Christian Sirianao.  She also free-lanced during this time developing designs for a few chosen companies.

Humphreys made her debut as a television expert on “Connecticut Style” (WTNH), speaking about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and again on christening attire for the newest royal baby, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, little Prince Louis of Cambridge.   (Please enjoy still photos of her debut below).  Follow Humphreys on Instagram, and you can check out a snippet of her interviews: @novamclarenbridal.

As a mother of four daughters, I realize how expensive weddings, and wedding dresses, can be.  When I heard about the Nova McLaren label, I thought, ‘that’s what I want for my daughters!’  But the imagined price scared me a little.   While a bespoke, (a “made to order item of clothing’), dress is quite costly, I was presently surprised at Humphreys’ prices.  Nova McLaren wedding dresses start at $3,500.  This includes materials and supplies, hand stitching, beading, lace work, (if desired), all fittings, and – get this…a matching veil.  Just a moderately priced veil can start at $500.00. Fittings, at such locations as the overrated wedding reality show staple, ‘KLEINFIELDS’ in New York, are a flat fee of $700.00.  Humphreys’ materials are always premium.  The lace is imported from France, from the ‘Sophie Hallette Company’; in fact it is the same used by H.R.H. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, on her wedding gown and veil.

How long does it take Humphreys to create her works of art? It takes about ten full days.  First, Humphreys develops a paper pattern incorporating the brides’ desired style.  Next, she cuts the pattern out from muslin.  She then sews the muslin, and has a fitting with the bride.  If it looks right, the precious wedding material is cut and hand sewn. More fittings are required.  The last steps are the attachments of beads, pearls, lace, embroidery or sequins if desired.  These gowns are completely customized.  Think of what an heirloom these gowns can become… a keepsake to hand down from generation to generation.

Photos included are of designer Olivia Humphreys.  The gowns shown are from her personal collection.

Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Jewelry …

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You have your dress, your veil, your shoes…now it’s time to choose your jewelry. You want your jewelry to compliment your dress, not distract.  It’s vital that you select your jewelry to enhance your ensemble.  Above is a helpful chart that can point  you in the right direction.

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The bride in the photo above has chosen well for a strapless gown  Her necklace is elaborate, but that is ok, as her bare neck and shoulders are a good canvas for it. The bride’s earrings compliment her choice as well, as they don’t dangle and distract.

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The next bride has taken a different approach- but I think it works as her dress is so simple.  Perhaps, though, it is a little much?  I know I would probably focus on her shawl of jewels more than she would like.

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Our next bride opted for no necklace OR earrings, and I have to say I like it it. One focuses on the lovely lace of her gown, not her jewelry.  Her hair ornament is a nice twist.

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I like the broach on this bride.  It’s an attractive touch and the oversized earrings go nicely with it.  Had she added a necklace, it would have been over kill.

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The epitome of grace and bridal perfection? Jackie Kennedy. If you’ll notice in the above photo…no jewelry – at all.  With the beauty of the bride and the elaborateness of the gown, none is needed.

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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Let’s Catch Up With Nova McLaren

 

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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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