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Buy designer Gowns Locally

Buy designer Gowns Locally

Buy designer Gowns Locally 

I find it really humbling and I'm full of pride when a bride comes to me and tells me her worst fear is that she wouldn't find what she was looking for in Wollongong and would have to go to Sydney to find her dream gown. Having had a friend who had to take days off work to go to Sydney for 3 fittings, involving paying $60 for parking each time and alterations totalling $600, my bride is happy that she was able to redistribute the money towards something else to  make her  wedding day more special.
This is one of the reasons I started Accapella Bridal was to bring a high quality range of internationally designed dresses to the Illawarra region, which are constructed according to my standards of dressmaking and designs that rivalled high end boutiques in the city.
It gives me great pleasure to be able to bring that quality experience and product to our area and I hope that it's a rewarding experience for anybody that comes to Accapella Bridal.
Connie xo
 

Baby Bump

Baby Bump

Baby Bump. This story is the of the very best kind. While bumps in the road to planning a wedding are expected, one that isn’t always expected is a baby bump.One of my brides walked in a few months ago and absolutely fell in love with a fit and flare lace dress. Confident with her choice, we made plans for her final fitting closer to the big day. 9 weeks from that day she called to say that she is pregnant and that the wedding is still locked and going full steam ahead. This meant she would be 19 weeks pregnant on her wedding day… 

very special people.

very special people.

Sometimes you’re truly blessed to meet the most incredible people and be part of putting a smile on someone’s face. This story is about a day I can honestly say I will never forget.

Last week I got a phone call from Greenacres Retirement Options who told me the story of one of their residents Suzy. Ever since she was a teenager Suzy was fascinated with wedding dresses, cutting out and pasting pictures of them in her own wrap book to this day. Suzy is 72 years old, has a disability. The phone call I received was a request for my time to make Suzy’s dream come true.

With three staff to help, Suzy the bride-to-be arrived with her two bridesmaids, also from Greenacres. Complete with her makeup kindly done by the staff, it took a little to help Suzy feel less overwhelmed, but with the help of the lovely ladies from Greenacre, we put on her dress and her veil.

See the thing is, Suzy has an engagement ring, but unlike the other brides who visit me, eager to marry their grooms, Suzy only has her ring and dream. I was overwhelmed with emotion when the ladies told me that Suzy knows that she is severely disabled and that getting married isn’t an option, but they thought that shouldn’t mean she didn’t have this last experience.

The one thing that was the same between this and all my other fittings was the excitement, and the smiles. This time, I let this bride take photos. They’re going in her scrap book so that she could look at them everyday.

I wanted to share this story so that I could also commend the amazing people ladies who do the work that they do, very special people.

For the one or two hours I spent with Suzy and her friends, I feel honoured to be part of her special day. It truly touched my heart and I will always remember it. Before Suzy came to my bridal boutique, she only had her dream and her ring. I’m happy to say she now also has a beautiful memory and some photos for her treasured book.

Thank you Suzy and the team from Greenacre.

- Connie xo

 

Accapella Bridal

Accapella Bridal

I have an exciting announcement to share with you all today.... Just over 3 years ago , I saw my ideas and dreams become a reality when I opened my very own bridal boutique - Accapella Bridal. Now, the time has come to make those dreams and ideas even bigger, and I am ecstatic to share with you that I will be moving my business to a bigger location in Wollongong. The boutique has a mezzanine upstairs were I will be sewing and downstairs is my show room, still retaining the personal touch and experience for you all.  

Changing your mind

Changing your mind

The thing about bridal gowns is that amongst all the other things that go into planning a wedding, it's one of the things that is also done months in advance. 

Styling

Styling

Hi Brides to be, People often think that by having a certain shape over another is better or worse. Here is one of my brides that I have styled recently - an apple shape and at a petite 162cm tall. 

Bridal Expo

Bridal Expo

It's been an amazing week and a half and now sadly my trip has come to an end. I have had an absolutely amazing experience being exposed to the cutting edge design on the International bridal fashion scene, exploring new collections and being in complete awe of my exciting designers. I got to see the sights of London and a little of Paris (and taste them too!) 

A beautiful story

A beautiful story

 A beautiful story that I had to share. A wedding dress is for so many reasons sentimental but my bride Ashley's story had an extra something. When she was 1 years old, my bride Ashley was given a very special gift in a box that she was told to open when she got married. Now at 28 she unwrapped the gift her late grandmother had given her, to find a hand embroidered handkerchief. 

Bridal Trends for 2016

Bridal Trends for 2016

 BOW DETAILS It was bows galore at this year's show with fabrics of all shapes and sizes creating sugary sweet looks. From bow trimmed belts to large statement bows nestled on the lower back, a simple bow can make anything fancier, like present just waiting to be unwrapped.  

Plus Size Collection on my website

Plus Size Collection on my website

Hi Brides To Be, I know it's hard to envisage a dress if the model's body is a different shape or size to your own. I get a lot of positive feedback from my brides telling me they love how the Plus Size Collection on my website and how the photos I have are shown on a plus size, not a size 8, model. They tell me that if they see that it looks great on the photo that it would look great on them.

Short of me explaining how the dress would fall and what it would look like, I try and do a photo shoot for this reason every time I receive new stock. I hope you find something you like.
Connie xo 

score cards for her bridesmaid

score cards for her bridesmaid

Hi Brides to be,This bride made score cards for her bridesmaid so they could rate three dresses she loved in my boutique, out of ten.

I couldn’t help but take a photo. How important is it to you everyone’s opinion on your wedding dress? It can at times sway brides to choose what others like instead of what bride likes. 

At the end of the day it’s what makes you feel like a princess  
Connie xo  

Brides with a dress in mind

Brides with a dress in mind

My brides can come in with an idea of a dress in mind and sometimes this works well to have a starting point. 

She bride came in with a straight lace dress on her mind. After trying on a few gowns like this, and as I do, explaining to her how her body shape works with the different styles of different gowns, I asked her if she would allow me to choose something that would suit her better than the straight lace dress...  

it's all about styling the right dress!

it's all about styling the right dress!

My brides can come in with an idea of a dress in mind and sometimes this works well to have a starting point.

My bride came in with a straight lace dress on her mind. After trying on a few gowns like this, and as I do, explaining to her how her body shape works with the different styles of different gowns, I asked her if she would allow me to choose something that would suit her better than the straight lace dress... 
See for yourself in the photos , notice the waist definition with the second dress versus the straight lace dress in the first. Irrespective of size (this bride was a size 10 by the way), I'm saying it again - it's all about styling the right dress!
Connie xo  

Our little secret

Our little secret

Being a part of the biggest day in somebody's life is really a privilege and aside from this, there are other times when I really feel special. 
My bride Kylie fell pregnant completely by surprise and I am one of the first people she told outside family. Our little secret until the wedding day! Congratulations! 


Connie xo 

The making of a Tea length Dress

The making of a Tea length Dress

My bride to be wanted a tea length dress but couldn't find one  that she loved, but she did like the look of Sincerity 3771 so I suggested that I can transform this dress into a Tea Length for her, she was so excited and agreed to go ahead with it. 

a beautiful story to tell your child

a beautiful story to tell your child

What a beautiful story to tell your child that they were at their parents wedding, a special guest! Sometimes though, these special guests are a little hard to accommodate where a bridal gown is concerned! Nikki was 19 weeks pregnant on her wedding day. This was the perfect dress for her as it dropped and flowed - seamlessly hiding her baby bump. Her final fitting was done the week of her wedding to be sure we got a perfect fit, and we definitely did!,

Connie x
 

Slip Dress

Slip Dress

The slip Dress.Film stars of the thirties were the first to realise the potential for elegant seduction with the champagne of fabric, cut on the bias, caressing the body . A dramatic contrast to more voluptuous and ornate styles, the slip dress became all the rage. This is perhaps the most sexy and non-traditional of the bridal silhouettes. 
When selecting your gown, keep these timeless silhouettes in mind and, rather than trying to look “trendy” on your wedding day, think of `modern classic`. This will ensure your wedding gown style will never date and when, many years later, you'll gaze wistfully at your wedding photographs, you will be delighted with your choice.  

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