Wedding Dress and Coat for Catherine

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: coming back down the aisle
Catherine got married in Guildford Cathedral in December so her coat and dress ensemble worked perfectly for the weather and spectacular venue.

Simple and elegant long wedding coat in ivory silk Mikado with slight lip and plunge v-neckline and criss-cross ribbon waist detail. The long sleeves with bell cuffs had real button and loop detail. The train flared with three box pleats and a back belt and cover buttons to finish. Her dress beneath was just floor length all round and made in layered soft satin and georgette for the plain circle skirt. The boned bodice was duchess satin with a guipure lace over-lay. It had a square neckline and three quarter length sleeves with flared cuffs to finish. A pleated satin sash drew attention to Catherine’s shapely waistline and was ornamented with a real antique gold and pearl brooch and extra hand sewn pearls. The back closed with real buttons and loops. I also helped to restore her mother’s vintage veil and made dresses and bolero’s for her attendants.
Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Bride with her bouquet

Catherine with her beautiful flowers all ready to go

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: a windy wedding day blowing her silk coat

It was a little windy on their arrival to the Cathedral but every effort was taken to get Catherine safely inside with her veil still attached

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Inside from the wind, all arranged and ready to go!

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Birds eye view of the Bridal procession in the Cathedral Aisle

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: walking down the aisle behind the bishop

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Nicola helping Catherine with the big ‘reveal’. Having a plan for who will raise the ‘blusher’ of your veil, and perhaps a practice is always a good idea!

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Sining a hymn

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: The Maid of honour in midnight blue silk

Nicola was a perfect bridesmaid, supporting Catherine through the service and always helpful at dress fittings! To see more pictures of her dress and the little bridesmaids click here.

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: smiling at her groom

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Original Design sketch for the dress

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Original design sketch for the coat

Original design sketches for the dress and coat. In the end the sash tails were left off the dress sash and the knot changed for the antique brooch detail.

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: The whole Bridal party Bride, groom and bridesmaids

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Just married!

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Smiling in her dress during the speeches

Later in the day Catherine removed the coat to reveal the pretty dress.

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: A kiss for the bride

Making Catherine’s Dress

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Detail of hand sewn pearls with the antique brooch

We used a beautiful antique pearl and gold brooch on the sash as a pretty detail and also Catherine’s ‘something old’. I added more pearls around it so it did not look too small on the wide sash.

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Detail of the buttons an loops on the bodice

Back detail: the button and loop closure

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Toile fitting for the dress

A fitting picture in the ‘toile’ or practice run of the dress

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Toile fitting for the coat

A fitting picture in the ‘toile’ or practice run of the coat

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Final fitting in the finished dress

A final fitting picture in the finished dress.

 Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Finished at the final fitting

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: detail of the pleated sash and cuff

Detail of the finished dress with pleated sash, antique brooch and lace applique detail on the sleeves

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Detail of the daffodil lace motif

detail of the lace on Catherine’s dress with ‘daffodil’ motifs around the neckline.Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: Vintage veil with hand appliqué lace

Catherine wore her mother’s veil, the lace applique pieces are original but had been removed and so we replaced them and spaced them to show up beyond the ivory of the coat’s train.

Cathedral wedding with ivory silk coat and dress: The whole collection, steamed and ready to go.

I also made three flowergirl boleros, an adult bridesmaid dress and a going away dress for Catherine. This is the whole ‘collection’ steamed and waiting for her to arrive and take them away! Click here to see more pictures of the bridesmaid and flowergirls.

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