Classic modern low back chantilly lace wedding dress for Rikki

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Rikki commissioned a simple, modern wedding dress. Her dress had a sweetheart bodice with lace overlay and lowback complimented by layered silk georgette for the full skirt and train.

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A lightly boned bodice with a classic sweetheart neckline swept low at the back. The whole bodice was covered with delicate chantilly lace which was edged with a satin ribbon trim on a boat neckline at the front and dipped in a graceful v at the back. Elbow length lace sleeves were finished with a pretty scalloped edging. Rikki’s waistline was highlighted with a satin ribbon and the back fastened with pretty buttons and loops.

The skirt was cut in panels, flat from the waist but full at the hem and extending into a small train behind. Rikki and I carefully layered ivory and white silk georgette, which is semi-shear, to create the perfect warm-white colour to flatter Rikki’s skintone.

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Originally designed for a different style of venue a change of plans meant the wedding was deferred and re-arranged as a town wedding, so the dress was altered to suit. Originally the dress had a very long, full train, designed to look amazing in a wide open country space, but this was removed so that Rikki would feel comfortable in the new, town, wedding venue. With six years separating the original design and final wearing of this dress we were lucky the concept was fashion forward enough in it’s inception to still look on trend when the wedding eventually took place!

Making Rikki’s Dress

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Pictures from the ‘toile fitting’ which is a practice run of the dress in cheap fabrics to perfect style and fit

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Final Fitting Pictures

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This picture shows the train before it was cut short for the second set of wedding plans.

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