Wednesday, September 14

Trash the Dress - Tammy

A little while after Tammy's wedding (see the wedding post here) she met up with two of her cousins for a 'Trash the Dress' shoot.  This kind of shoot can be daunting, especially if there's the chance of ruining your dress.  I once saw pictures of a bride literally cutting pieces off her dress in a derelict building which I found completely horrifying!  That said, the pictures from this type of shoot are often very relaxed and carefree and the dress doesn't necessarily need to be decimated.

With this particular shoot, Tammy styled her dress differently to that of her wedding day.  I love the contrast of the ivory lace vs the graffiti walls.

And this shot is amazing!

PS Apart from some sand in the hem of Tammy's wedding dress, everything stayed in tact ;)

Any thoughts on Trash the Dress shoots?

Sam *

Tuesday, September 13


Barbara was one of the most relaxed brides that I worked with and, as she was pregnant, I got to dig out my notes from my pregnancy to try work out how big her bubbie tummy would be at the time of her wedding!  What all-round fun!

Barbara chose corded lace with a satin lining and although there was 'room for movement', I'm soo glad that she chose to show off her bump. 


Don't you think Barbara looked soo serene and beautiful?

Sam *

Monday, September 12

Al-jo & Rosa

Rosa chose a halterneck wedding dress with a fitted bodice and skirt of layered chiffon. The bodice was embellished with the most intricate and detailed embroidery I've ever done and I loved the end result. I also really liked the asymmetrical nature of the skirt layers.


Photography by Cara Lee Photography

Don't you love the forest in the background?

Sam *

Saturday, September 10

Tertius & Marle

Marle was one of the most petite brides I've made a dress for and I got to use my favourite fabric, once again! We used Raw Silk to drape the bodice and the skirt had an overlay of glitter tulle & veiling.  We scattered small Swarovski crystals over the bodice and handmade floral detail at the hip and buttons at the centre back finished off the detailing.


I loved the photography ... here are some additional pictures ...


Aren't the photos beautiful?

Sam *

Doug & Renee

Renee's wedding dress was made from Dupion Silk and beaded lace.  I love the scooped neckline with the scalloped edge of the lace and the draping across the waist.  We added lace applique to accent the pleats at the waist, trailing onto the skirt.  Buttons at the centre back finished off the detailing.

The bridesmaids dresses were made from the most gorgeous mint Dupion silk with necklines that matched that of the bride.



Sam *

Friday, September 9

Rob & Tammy

Rob and Tammy are very close friends so it was a real privilege to be involved in making Tammy's wedding dress.  Tammy works in the fashion industry and, having a passion for all things 'clothing', she knew what she wanted.  We shopped for the lace together and we both fell in love with the corded lace found at Paul van Zyl Fabrics.  There was a choice between beaded and plain lace ... we went for the plain but later added a series of Swarovski crystals to add some additional life to the dress.  Tammy's dress had a vintage feel to it and is a perfect example of understated elegance.  I love the surprise of the open back.


 I didn't make the yellow bridesmaids dresses but did make the little flowergirl dresses.  Didn't the little people look adorable?  I love the combination of grey and yellow.

PS Didn't the desserts table look amazing?!

Photography by Yvette de Beer

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sam *