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Headpiece

Headpiece

Hi brides to be. It is always a great idea to line up your final fitting with your hair trial. This particular brides wasn’t going to wear and headpiece but, as soon as I put this  Wendy Lousie Design vintage headpiece she changed her mind .
Hair was done by Artique Hair & Beauty Figtree  

Perfect Dress for body shape

Perfect Dress for body shape

Essense of Australia D1702. I always like to take photos of brides to be in their wedding dress. This bride is wearing Essense of Australia D1702 in a size 16. Perfect dress for her body shape  The guipure lace bodice  with organza ball gown skirt is a great style for the pear shape bride . It needs a little tweak at bust area, which is great as alterations won’t be as expensive.
Connie.xx  

Alterations of the week Justin Alexander 8706

Alterations of the week Justin Alexander 8706

Justin Alexander 8706. Alteration of the week: I added a small lace cap sleeve to make it look like a extended shoulder line. A very happy bride she loved that small change made her feel more comfortable with her arms .
Connie xo  

This Sweetheart bridal 6006

This Sweetheart bridal 6006

Hi Brides to be,It is SALE time !!! This Sweetheart bridal 6006 dress has been discontinued .
What a great dress and price! In a soft chiffon asymmetrical pleated front,very structured, soft low back cowl.  

Flower Girl

Flower Girl

Flower girls are so cute at weddings but it is a long day for a small child. I thought these little teddy bear ring holders were quite cute as they could keep it as a soft toy .This little girl just turned 3yrs old and she was happy to cuddle the little bride and groom teddy .
Connie xo  

Plus Size brides alterations

Plus Size brides alterations

Sincerity Bridal 3756.Hi brides to be,Plus size bride alteration. Bride is wearing a size 22 dress.
I made a tulle shawl across the arms. I also ordered extra oyster lace appliqués and placed them on the shawl so it didn't look like an add on . I think the alterations I made to the Sincerity Bridal dress complimented this bride's body shape. 
As you can see for yourself .
It's about styling a plus size bride to be not sizing .
Connie xo  

Lace Cap Sleeve Alterations

Lace Cap Sleeve Alterations

Hi Brides to be,This bride loved the Justin Alexander 8702 but wasn`t sure about the shoulder straps. I explained to her that I can purchase extra lace motifs from Justin Alexander and I can make a cape lace sleeve. It was hard for this bride to visualise the cap sleeve without looking like I have added it on.  

Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

Sincerity 3827. Great destination wedding dress. Sabrina neckline in  tulle with sea pearls beading on edge of neckline. Chiffon circular cut skirt with low illusion back . Bride to be has a size 8 on .  

Justin Alexander 9732

Justin Alexander 9732

Hi Brides to be. My bride Biljana came into my boutique looking for her dream dress. Justin Alexander was her favourite designer in all the dresses she tried on . She wanted to order her dress as close to her wedding date as possible without paying a rush fee, as she wanted to lose a few kilos . Biljana went onto the Justin Alexander website and loved 9732 . I said I don`t have that dress and I could`t get it in time for her to try on. Biljana had a good eye for detail and she was great at visualising, with my experience in made to measure I got her to try on a dress that is similar in shape . Biljana  order the dress without trying it on as she could`t get her mind off this dress she said “ it`s the one” . 


Biljana got married in Macedonia and recieved so many compliments . I know it can sometimes be a risk in not trying on the dress before ordering but this bride went with her gut feeling . 

Essense of Australia STYLE D1662

Essense of Australia STYLE D1662

The perfect dress for a plus size bride.This bride to be is wearing a size 18 Essense of Australia D1662 . The alterations I would have needed to do was to run in a waist so there would be more definition of waistline. The back low V lace works well for this bride to be. The V front neckline is also great for plus size brides . It's always great to see what a dress looks like in a size 18 . 

Sincerity Bridal 3804

Sincerity Bridal 3804

Sincerity Bridal 3804. Sabrina neckline in lace with tulle pleated cumber-band at natural waistline. The skirt cut in full circle tulle followed by chapel length train. 

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

It’s a home truth in this area that word of mouth can either make or break your business. In my case, I would say the community here is something that has enabled the success I have been fortunate to experience so far. Local experience and local knowledge is valued, local people like to support local people, and when the service and experience is good from a business, people like to share that with others.
 
While I do have many, many years of experience, this experience has been made right here in the Illawarra.  People know me as ‘Connie the dressmaker’ and my own history has been built here in the Illawarra. I have brides that come in, and whether it’s their mum, aunty, cousin, friend, whoever, people often tell me that somebody they know has had something I altered or made. It’s a really nice feeling to have a bride come in and to find out that I  helped her mum with their dress.
 
The Illawarra is a place made of communities, of families, so while it’s hard to say how many people would have found out about Accapella Bridal because of word of mouth, I’m certain that for those who did, it definitely gave them the confidence to come to Accapella Bridal and see me for their dress.
  

Brides beware of Imitations

Brides beware of Imitations

I had a bride in months ago to order her Justin Alexander Tea length dress. When she tried it on she remarked on the difference between the dress she had bought and the dress she tried on, as she had purchased an imitation of the same gown for $300 online. 
The dress my bride referred to as a 'reject' came in a tiny bag she said, wondering what she had bought when she pulled it out of the bag, she decided to pick off the 'gross' beads to see if she could make it look better. To no avail, she took it to a dressmaker in Canberra who admitted that while she might be able to fix it to a degree, the dress was it what it was... 'On of the better imitations but it's only ok.' In my opinion as a dressmaker, I have to admit, that I don't really think much of the quality of the imitations. The old saying that if something is too good to be true then it probably is definitely applies to bridal gowns. 

Sincerity 3802

Sincerity 3802

Sincerity 3802. This is a great dress if you like lace but not as the main fabric to your wedding dress. This is is chiffon and lace appliqué . It has lace cap sleeves illusion back finishing with a lace scolloped hem . 
The photos show of a bride to be trying it on in my boutique.  

Buying a Wedding Dress on a budget

Buying a Wedding Dress on a budget

Buying a wedding dress on a budget.I get quite a few brides in that only have a certain amount they want to spend. This particular bride had $1000 as her budget which included alterations. Her body shape was pear shaped bride.  

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