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Caleche Real Bride Nathania with husband Josh

Caleche Real Bride Nathania with husband Josh

This month we’re featuring Caleche real bride Nathania, who wed her sweetheart Josh after a 4 year, long distance courtship. Making up for the time apart, this couple hosted 2 ceremonies – in Singapore and McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Their story began at a friend’s house in Perth even though Nathania was still living in Adelaide. Because of work, they then had to deal with living in Singapore and Melbourne, making Adelaide their meeting spot.

Extra export-2I just loved it when Nathania told me that while she was in Japan for work,  Josh flew up from Singapore to Adelaide for a day to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.

“He knew I needed my family to give us their blessings before I’d say yes to him. Josh had the proposal all planned out, starting from how he wanted to ask my parents for my hand in marriage, then proposing to me in his own romantic unique way”.

 

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“I love everything about it, especially the lace bodice and how the entire gown fits on my body”.

 

 

 

 

When it came time to choose her gown Nathania felt her Caleche dress was the one that really expressed her personality. She also loved that her Mum would be able to take part in the process of creating such a beautiful design.

Of course after such a well-travelled relationship, Nathania and Josh needed to have two celebrations- one in Singapore then another in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

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Their first ceremony was held in Singapore at a beautiful church where Nathania used to attend as a child with the reception at Sheraton Towers Hotel.

N&J-73Not long after, their second reception was held at Chapel Hill Winery. Great food, great wine – what better way to celebrate this love story.

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What a great photo with the glossy green vines of this well known winery, Chapel Hill

 

 

 

 

N&J-216A day like this is full of special memories, for Nathania the joy of being announced husband and wife was electric.  “It was the happiest day of lives!”

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Meet our Bride of the Month – August 2015


SMJess-Adam-Wedding-185Our featured bride today is Jessica, who tied the knot with her beloved in Moss Vale, NSW.

Jessica and Adam’s love story began with a flight to Bali, leading to their first date together happening overseas.  After their holiday romance blossomed they followed it with a night out in Jessica’s home town. Deciding to give their long distance relationship a go between Perth and Sydney, it took just 12 months for the couple to announce their engagement.

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Jessica obviously loves flying as even though she was based in Sydney, she chose to deal directly with our Adelaide store and thought the process of “…having them create a dress that was just for me was incredible!”

Jess thought “…Nothing was too much trouble and any ideas I had or changed were done with ease. The lace work in the dress was just divine and I could not have pictured something more elegant and classic for my wedding day. None of which would have happened if it wasn’t for the team at Caleche.”

SMJess-Adam-Wedding-199I love this photo that captures perfectly the look of the soft tulle veil that Jessica wore to the ceremony.

 

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Jessica and Adam chose the beautiful leafy, flourishing property at Mali Brae Farm for both the ceremony and reception.

 

 

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We agree with the couple that they “…were incredibly lucky to have such a picturesque venue”, also finding that the owners, Shelly and Greg, were extremely helpful and accommodating.

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There can be so many cherished memories on a day like this, and Jess found it hard to pick one as the best. In the end it was the moment she walked down the aisle to Adam. “…I was so incredibly happy and he had tears in his eyes…When I got down there his firsts words were “I love you”…”

SMJess-Adam-Wedding-500It’s heart melting times like these that inspires us at Caleche to create more gowns for many happy moments.Congratulations Jess and Adam!

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My obsession with classic couture – Tiffany Wedding Dress

Hello brides-to-be,

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I have a confession to make – while I love pushing the boundaries with innovative styles and fabrics, my true obsession is with lace and classic couture. That’s why I just had to introduce you to the Tiffany Wedding Dress from our new Illumination Collection. I just adore the intricately beaded French lace bodice – the placement of which is all done by hand so it moulds perfectly to the shape of the bride.

Setting off this exquisite detailing is a soft tulle skirt that adds an incredibly feminine and romantic touch to this wedding dress. It’s deliciously French and something that I know Colette Foubert – the original Ms Calèche – would have approved of.

Colette sailed to Australia from the fashion capital of Paris with her husband Olivier and their four children in 1973. Making their way to Adelaide, Colette started Calèche with one machinist, patterns and fabric spread across the floor. Together with Olivier, she travelled the country visiting every township that had a drapery or fashion store.

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Five years on the Calèche range was being promoted in every capital city and regional centre in Australia. To this day our family make all of our hand-crafted gowns in our Norwood showroom, continuing the tradition that Colette started so long ago.

Perhaps that’s why I can’t go past a wedding dress with simple styling and a whole lot of lace – it’s in my blood!

If you’re feeling the love for Tiffany, be sure to pop in for a viewing and to discuss options to make the dress truly your own, such as lace straps, an illusion neckline with lace trailing over the shoulders, a lower backline with nude tulle … the options are endless.

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‘Audrey Hepburn eat-your-heart-out’ wedding dress

Hello brides-to-be,

Was that a little flash of sunshine I saw the other day? Spring has finally made an appearance (about time!) which means wedding season is about to kick into full swing.

If your big day will be this time next year, now is the time to start the search for your dream wedding dress. A Calèche wedding dress takes at least 6 months to create. That might seem like a long time, but all of our dresses are custom made right here in our Norwood studio to ensure a perfect fit every time.Audrey 2

Once you’ve found ‘The One’ we’ll sit down with you to discuss the overall design of the dress and any changes you might like to make. We can mix and match different styles as well as creating a completely new custom gown. When you’re happy, we’ll get started on bringing your vision to life.Audrey 1

You’ll have three to four fittings to get everything just right. You’re very much a part of the process here at Calèche and we get to know you very well along the way.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for we can give you plenty of ideas to get you started. In fact, let me kick things off by introducing you to ‘Audrey’ from our new Illumination collection.

I just adore the simplicity of this 50s inspired ‘Audrey Hepburn eat-your-heart-out’ wedding dress. This style incorporates a slim skirt with a flared and flounced train and a bias cut band at the neckline to create a soft look – perfect for the elegant and understated bride-to-be.

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Welcome to our new Wedding Dress collection … Illumination.

Hello brides-to-be,

A few months ago I asked my designers to come up with a brand new wedding dress collection that would knock your socks off. Brace yourself for chilly winter toes, because they more than delivered!

Drumroll ladies … it is with great pleasure that I present to you Illumination.

I’ve asked the mastermind behind the new collection, our incredibly talented lead designer Liz Foubert, to share with you the inspiration behind the new designs and a few tips to help you on your way to finding your dream dress. Enjoy the journey and I hope you love the new collection as much as I do.

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Liz Foubert, Calèche Head Designer, talks about the new Wedding dress styles Illumination and her tips for choosing the perfect wedding gown.

The starting place for designing a new collection is the same starting place for choosing your dream Wedding dress styles – you consider the figure it needs to showcase and the personality it needs to reflect. Illumination showcases some amazing new fabrics and translates classic vintage designs into modern, romantic looks that suit a range of sizes, shapes and individual styles.

I find that less is more when designing a dress, so each of the designs showcases one major detail, such as a beautiful lace embellishment or the sweep of a skirt. Stunning embroidered and sheer laces and soft tulle are key elements of the new collection, although you will also find a few new shapes in a more structured fabric. A few daring pieces, such as capes and boleros, offer something a little different and reflect the latest trends from the European runways.

Full Length DianaOne of my favourite dresses from the collection is Diana.

The lace is placed perfectly to complement the curves of the body, while pearl Bodice Detail Dianabuttons down the back and on the cuffs of the full-length sleeves provide a romantic touch. This dress is equally lovely with a delicate cap sleeve.

In fact, Diana lends itself to being customised quite easily – just by changing the shape of the underskirt, trailing the lace on the tulle or opting for a different belt you can create a very different look.

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There is often a lot of pressure to find your ‘dream dress’, but my best advice is to start your search with minimal expectations – you may not have the emotional reaction the movies lead you to expect, sometimes it’s more of a practical decision that needs to be made.

I’d also recommend not making a decision on your first viewing or outing, as sometimes you can feel pressured into a choosing a style you may not ultimately be happy with.

Most of all, have fun and remember the Calèche Bridal Consultants  are here to help – whether you have a clear vision of what you want or are looking for a little inspiration, we have the experience and the expertise to create your perfect bridal look.

To lace a little …

Hello brides-to-be,

Introducing Paige…for the modern bride looking for a touch ofHand drawn Paige romantic nostalgia.

A light and exquisite silky tulle skirt, delicate beaded lace with 3D floral accents, and champagne coloured satin base come together to create a fresh and unashamedly romantic wedding dress.

Full Length PaigeThe modern sweetheart neckline, fitted bodice and thin satin belt highlight your body’s natural curves, while a hint of lace scallop detail around the neckline and at the shoulders add a feminine touch. This dress will win your heart with its clean lines and uncomplicated elegance.

For the perfect finishing touches add a simple raw veil – it will disappear into the layers of tulle in the skirt providing the illusion of a longer train, and subtle earrings or an understated bracelet from our Samantha Wills jewellery range.Bodice lace detail Paige

Love the look but want more cover up top? Consider changing the neckline to an illusion neckline with beading detail, or add a cap sleeve for a little more sparkle.

Lace back detail PaigeLove Paige just as she is, or want to add your own special touches? All of our dresses are hand crafted and tailored just for you in our Adelaide studio – that means you get the one-of-a-kind dress of your imagination.

We can’t wait to work with you to bring your dream wedding dress to life.

Check in with us on Facebook or Pinterest for more ‘lace a little’ inspiration.

See you soon in the studio.

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To lace a lot ….

Hello brides-to-be,

Autumn is in full swing, which means now is the time for our spring and summer brides to book in for your first dress consult.

We’re all so different and we believe in creating a bespoke gown to suit your style, shape and wedding theme. After all, this is the most important dress of your life.

All of our dresses are hand crafted and tailored just for you in our Adelaide studio – that means you get the one-of-a-kind dress of your imagination.

You might have a clear vision of how you want to look on your special day, or perhaps you are looking for a little inspiration.

Each month we’ll be featuring one of our amazing dresses, along with a little advice, to help take some of the guesswork out of finding the dress that best fits your body shape and personal style.Hand drawn Taylor

For the next few months we’ll be focussing on lace – to lace a little, a lot or not at all. Who knows, this month’s ‘lace a lot’ feature dress could just be The One.

Introducing Taylor…for the bride who embodies effortless beauty and timeless sophistication.

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A champagne coloured lightweight satin provides the perfect backdrop for the delicate floral lace overlay with bold scallop detail that is the showpiece of this dress.

The long vertical scallop detail elongates the figure, while the front split creates an alluring glimpse of the legs when walking.

A mermaid flare starts from mid-thigh Skirt lace detail Taylorcreating a sleek silhouette, while on-trend long sleeves complete the look. This dress is the perfect blend of conservative and sexy and will take you from the church to cocktail hour seamlessly.

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Wondering about the finishing touches for this dress? A floor length veil in soft tulle or a wreath of flowers in the hair would look stunning. And perhaps a little sparkle with a set of pearl or diamante earrings from our Samantha Wills jewellery range.

Want to make the look a little more your own? Consider replacing the full length sleeve with a gathered cap sleeve for a more delicate feel; go strapless with scallop detailing over the neckline; fit the dress tightly under the bottom for a more figure-hugging look; or up the modesty quota by removing the split in the skirt and changing the direction of the lace so the scallop is around the hem only.

So many options, so many ways to create your picture perfect dress. We can’t wait to work with you to bring your dream wedding dress to life.

Check in with us on Facebook for more ‘lace a lot’ inspiration.

See you soon in the studio.

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