Thursday, 21 January 2016

Rowanjoy 2015 Real Brides - Bespoke Ivory dresses

I have come to the final post of my round up of my gorgeous 2015 brides and these are my bespoke ivory creations.

First up is actually not a dress at all and was a delicate beaded top I made for Morven to go with the sequin skirt her friend was making her. The top was made in a georgette with a sequin lace trim on the hem and sleeves and lines of beads running vertically up the top. It was quite different for me to do so much beading and I love the finished top and think Morven looks super in it.

Kirstin was my penultimate bride of 2015, she got married just before Christmas and had a bit of a secret wedding (love) only telling guests a couple of weeks before the day. The silhouette for Kirstin's dress was kept quite simple with a fitted bodice and slightly flared skirt. The main feature on the dress was the amazing lace that Kirstin chose  - a repeated linear beaded scallop design - with the lines of the lace used going in different directions to create a really gorgeous design. I think Kirstin looks so beautiful and might be one of the smiliest brides I have seen

Photography Neil Thomas Douglas

Kelly was one of my summer brides from last year and Kelly's dress has a secret - its not a dress at all, its a skirt and top.

When Kelly first told me she wanted to have something that had a long skirt during the day but a shorter skirt for the evening but also didnt look like separates, I was very excited by the challenge and am so pleased with the result. The top was a fitted bodice with low back and lace details on the neckline at the front which turned into wide straps at the back. I designed 2 skirts for Kelly, both had the same waistband and the same combination of fabric - silk satin with a georgette layer over the top. The top was made from the same combination of fabrics and both the tops and skirts were finished with button fastenings at the back to help complete the look that they were one piece rather than 2. I think Kelly looks absolutely beautiful and from what she tells me no-one had realised that it was a skirt and top rather than a dress until she changed in the evening. Job done.

Photography Duke Photography


Charlotte was one of the brides I actually managed to blog about last year in full so read the story of her dress here and enjoy a couple of images here.

Julia's was one of the weddings I was lucky enough to attend myself last year and what a gorgeous day it was. There's nothing better and more nerve wracking than watching one of your friends get married in a dress you have made them.
 Her dress design  was all about the open back detail and the gorgeous delicate beaded lace used on the bodice combined with a soft silk crepe. The design itself came from some images of Downton Abbey costumes that Julia loved and I think she looks like she would fit perfectly in with the Crawley clan although with a bit less drama.

Photography Jen Owens

There is still one final bride from 2015 to come and the dress is a bit of a stunner so i cant wait to share when I get the photos.

But for now its time to get cracking on my 2016 brides and, well lets just say 2016 is definitely giving 2015 a run for its money.

Rowan x