Calèche Bridal House

As society, style and economies change, Calèche has transitioned seamlessly to cater to the needs of the modern woman.

With over 40 years of fine couture design experience spanning two generations, we decided to renovate our studio in order to go back to basics and focus our energy on creating intimate journeys for brides; from first fitting, to final stitch.

The showroom in Chapel St Norwood is unassuming and raw. However, every single fixture reflects what Calèche is about. Our community is at the heart of our studio and company.

The showroom was designed by local architect Damien Chwalisz. Damian understands our vision and has the ability to blend classic and contemporary to bring a studio to life.

Our timber has been sourced locally. All of the floor and wall panels are raw and unpolished and the mirrors and furniture have been created from salvaged timber.  Eric has known the carpenter Nikola Bosatlija for over 7 years and it is clear that the Caleche vision whispers from every fixture.

We source our fabric from countries such as Japan and France, and are now integrating contemporary design techniques to create bespoke one-off designs that literally cannot be recreated. Constructed by hand from start to finish, all of our gowns are made from high quality, detailed fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail.

Calèche is about sustainability in all areas of life, Our entire production process occurs in our Chapel St premises. We support local charities,  sponsor sports clubs and have been in connection with Finesse ever since our founder Colette mentored Brigette as a model.

Liz reflected on this at the launch. With every stitch sewn in our Adelaide workshop, every dress tailored exactly to suit the bride. The team is there every step of the journey and the most rewarding part is seeing the photo’s of the day knowing that we contributed to those beautiful memories.

Today, Calèche gowns are stocked in selected boutiques across Australia and New Zealand while the Calèche Bridal House is a fresh setting for brides-to-be to view the latest collections or have their dream gown made especially for them.

 Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5 pm, Thursdays until 7pm and Saturdays by appointment.

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Bride of the Month – September – Amber Davies

We adore a great love story, and one of our absolute favourites is that of two souls being in the right place at the right time. For Calèche Real Bride Amber and her husband it was exactly that, having known of each other for a few years through their local church, it was simply right place right time that stirred a deeper friendship and eventually love.

 

Reflecting on the day Amber remembers feeling relaxed and excited whilst getting ready with her friends, the rain from the day before had cleared and the sun was pouring through the hotel windows. She remembers arriving at Westminster Schools Sir Shirley Jeffries Chapel and waiting to walk down the aisle and see her husband, Marks face. That moment of quiet and then that moment when you can actually walk down the aisle was so special to Amber.

 

In Ambers words, ‘the highlight of my Calèche experience was definitely how helpful everyone was. From my first appointment there I was totally understood, even when I didn’t know how to describe what I wanted all the ladies that helped me got what I was trying to say and nothing was too hard. I never felt bad for asking to have something changed, and they never forced suggestions or opinions on me, just allowed it to be completely my own dress which I loved. And the customer service was just fabulous… I would walk in after a bad day at work and walk out feeling great because of how the staff were so kind!’

 

It was such a pleasure to create your unique outfit for you Amber, we think you looked absolutely radiant and wish you and Mark every happiness in the world x

Images by Whitewall Photography.

 

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Lauren

Introducing our Bride of the month for March, Lauren Smyth.

On November 28, 2015 Lauren wed her love, Lachlan at Carrick Hill. The wedding was a black and white theme to which the dress and venue suited perfectly. Meeting as teenagers through friends, it took Lauren and Lachlan another 15years to reconnect and inevitably wed!

Reflecting on the day Lauren highlighted that a special moment for the couple was to step out from the reception and watch the sunset over Adelaide together. She had heard that your wedding day can be quite a blur, and that it was. To stop and enjoy a moment together before rejoining the celebrations was priceless.

Lauren wore our ‘Gia’ gown in cream for the wedding, with detachable straps. Enjoying the versatility of these straps, she wore them for the formal part of the evening and took them off before their first dance and sunset photos. She couldn’t speak highly enough of her dress, and we were so grateful to hear her lovely feedback that ‘the whole process with the dress and working with your staff was a pleasure, and I cannot recommend you highly enough to friends.’ The pleasure was all ours Lauren, you looked absolutely radiant on your day,

Ms Calèche. x

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Prue

It seems it was being in the right place at the right time for our January Bride of the Month, Prue and her husband Tom. Despite growing up only half an hour away from each other, it took going to Uni in Adelaide and then venturing back to the South East to finally meet at a dinner with mutual friends. The rest, as they say, is history.

Brands Liara Winery in the Coonawarra was where they wed in front of family and friends, and it was the first wedding the winery would host. Guests enjoyed pre drinks in the cellar door before the reception in the barrel shed.

When Prue came to Calèche she knew the exact dress she was after; a fitted mermaid silhouette with a flared skirt and bubble hem, deep sweetheart neckline and all over rouching detail. How could we resist creating this all over silk gown!

When reflecting on her day Prue mentioned that a highlight was taking a moment before dinner to just enjoy some quality time with Tom. Photographer Amy Agnew took some more photos as they enjoyed time to reflect, relax and laugh together. They knew they had done all they could to make this a truly memorable day and it looks to have been just that. x Ms Caleche

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Velinka

Introducing to you our bride of the Month for December, Velinka.

What a beautiful, complimentary lady Velinka is. From the first moment we contacted her about becoming our bride of the month she was full of praise to the team who helped make her day everything she had ever dreamt of.
Velinka came to Caleche looking for a personal and unique gown, and through working with designer Liz, we were able to create the dress of her dreams. Using a combination of corded and uncorded Chantilly meant there was a harmonious blend between sheer and solid detailing throughout the dress. The sheer scallop boat neck flowed into a deep V in the back and finished with a soft satin ribbon around the waist, whilst the lace skirt trickled down into the organza overlay.

The day itself began at St Laurence’s Church in North Adelaide, where Velinka and her husband celebrated their friendship that had blossomed into love. Conveniently timed during the Fringe Season the bridal party then took a stroll through the Garden and captured the festive ambience perfectly with photographer Mink Studios, before heading to the National Wine Centre for the reception to commence.

Velinka highlighted that a special moment of the day was during their first dance when they both stopped for a moment to look around and appreciate how perfect everything was. It had all come together and they were surrounded by all their loved ones.
Special thanks must be given to florist the team at Eliza W Flora, who Velinka said went above and beyond for her on the day. It sounds like a perfect celebration to me.
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Congratulations Velinka, wishing you a lifetime of happiness xx Ms Caleche.

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Brigid

Introducing our bride of the month for November, Brigid Agnew.

What a modern day romance Brigid and husband Rohan have celebrated. They met online and from their first meeting, knew they were embarking upon something special. With the birth of their son Patrick in the first 12 months of their relationship things were moving quickly, however both were absolutely thrilled.

Whilst on a stroll through the Adelaide hills Brigid and Rohan stumbled upon Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Stirling, and it was settled, this quaint church was where they were to be married. Wishing to embrace Rohans Scottish heritage a theme was quickly chosen, and Brigid highlighted that that was one of her favourite aspects of the day. Rohan and his groomsmen wore traditional kilts (and evidently so did a lot of the guests), and it was a particularly special memory for Brigid, seeing her man waiting for her at the altar.

Brigid chose to wear our ‘Angelina’ dress with its delicate lace, its natural femininity, and the subtle pearl buttons down the back that finish the gown perfectly. She mentioned the hardest part of the dress shopping for her was deciding which dress she loved most, and this gown was it.
The Bridal party wandered through the picturesque town of Piccadilly for photos with photographer Bridget Quain, before beginning the reception at Mount Lofty House. The traditions continued through what sounds to have been a wildly festive evening. A Scottish Ceilidh dance was performed and there was a traditional fiddle group for entertainment.

What a beautiful celebration this must have been, highlighting their culture, and their love for one another.

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Brigid. Wishing you and Rohan a beautiful life together.

Xx Ms Caleche.

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