In the Spotlight: Cathleen Jia Bridal Collection Launch

Make sure you take a seat ladies, because we have a new bridal collection to share with you which is bound to make you weak at the knees! Melbourne designer Cathleen Jia recently made an impressive entrance into the bridal world with a spectacular new collection –  Toujours. And Love Wed Bliss has exclusive backstage peek into the official launch party.

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The evening which took place at the stunning Angelique Boutique, in Armadale Melbourne was nothing short of fabulous. With a wonderfully glamorous atmosphere and a line up of breathtaking gowns embracing a vintage glam style, it was an event which would appeal to the romantic in all of us.

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The talented Australian designer’s collection is inspired by the romantic 1920′s, classic 1930s, and the elegant screen goddesses of the 1950′s.  A seamless adaptation of a glamorous era with a modern twist, it is a classic contemporary look which is nothing short of timeless. All the gowns are  exquisitely handcrafted with luxurious fabrics, and intricately adorned with delicate laces and hand-beaded embellishments, which makes them perfect for the quality discerning, style conscious bride. 

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At the launch, guests enjoyed a salon-style show featuring luxury gowns in subtle vintage colours, handcrafted headpieces and soft veils all beautifully complemented by gorgeous floral arrangements from Bud flowers. After experiencing an exclusive insight into the Cathleen Jia bridal range, and being treated to chic cocktail fare, guests said farewell with their own special gift bag in arm.

Tojours Bridal Collection by Cathleen Jia

If you would love to see this stunning collection in real time, just take a peek at the beautiful fashion film which debuted for guests before the Toujours collection was revealed. The black beaded gown is to-die-for as is, the immaculate makeup and hair by Miss Aimmey, and stunning event photography by Finessence photography!

You can see the new swoon-worthy bridal collection on the Cathleen Jia website, or if you prefer to get up close and try one on for size contact her Hawthorn studio for a private appointment.


In The Spotlight: Jennifer Gifford Designs

I have a real treat for all of us today. I’m honored to be chatting to one of my favourite Australian wedding dress designers – the amazingly talented Jennifer Gifford. Jennifer has kindly agreed to give us a sneak peak into her world and share with us her creative inspiration behind her stunning Jennifer Gifford Designs collection. So take a deep breath blissettes, because this feature is packed with gorgeous gowns that’ll have you breathless for the rest of the day!

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Q: When & how did Jennifer Gifford Designs evolve?

Jennifer Gifford Designs happened out of necessity, around the time the GFC hit I was forced to rethink my working arrangement and decided to get an ABN and set up a workroom at home. The rest is history really.

Q: Where do you source inspiration for your beautiful designs?

I get inspiration from other Couture designers like Elie Saab and Monique Lhuillier, but mostly I get inspiration from the Brides who walk through my door. It is ultimately the most exciting thing to create a wedding gown from the beautiful pictures and inspiration a bride will bring with her to her first appointment. This has then followed through into my Made to Wear collections.

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Q: What do you think sets JGD’s apart from other designers?

The thing I think sets me apart is, I didn’t set out to be a Designer as such. I am a Dressmaker or Machinist firstly; designing has just followed on from that. When you order a gown from Jennifer Gifford Designs you are receiving a gown the is not only designed by me but 100% made by me.

Q: Tell us more about Jennifer – what you would be if you couldn’t be a designer?

I think I would be in PR, Advertising or Interior design.

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Q: What is your favourite wedding trend right now?

I don’t know that I have one favourite trend as such, but I am loving the way couples are creating an event to remember for all the right reasons.  Something that is heart felt and original but most importantly put together beautifully. Whether it is a retro, bohemian or vintage celebration it looks and feels like a fabulous celebration of Love.

Q: We’d love to hear more about how you work. Describe a typical day in the Jennifer Gifford Designs Studio?

I have two daughters Neve (14yrs) and Maeve (20 Months) so things are a little crazy in the mornings but I am normally in the studio by about 9:30 in the morning checking emails and FB, making phone calls and starting on orders by about 11 ish.  I work to a system, which allows me to work within school hours.  I do however sacrifice my Saturdays and some Sunday mornings to see brides who can’t come during normal working hours for fitting appointments.

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Q: What do you think makes Australian weddings special?

We’re a pretty relaxed and creative bunch.  There is always a real focus on the day as a whole celebration for everyone it is very inclusive and fun.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for bride’s choosing a wedding dress?

Follow your heart, but be realistic!  If you really want a full lace and silk gown be prepared to pay for it.  I hate it when I have to be the bearer of bad news, but creating a wedding gown from scratch is never going to be cheaper than purchasing something off the rack. 

I LOVE what I do and it makes me so happy to be a part of this journey a bride takes leading up to her big day.  This is what I try to explain to brides when I quote them for their gown. It is not just the gown you are getting, it is everything that goes with it – right from the first consultation, measurements, fittings and the fun that goes with it.  You can bring friends and family to fittings and make some wonderful memories.  It really is a wonderful process having a gown made just for you.

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Q: What’s next for Jennifer Gifford Designs?

Jennifer Gifford Designs has recently undergone a little bit a of a revamp with a new Logo and brand new website.  Then I take a break over Christmas before starting my biggest year yet. Bookings for made-to-measure gowns are filling up fast for 2013 with April and May already fully booked.

I am planning a new collection of One Of A Kind Gowns that will be available for purchase from my studio and several Wedding events JGD will be a part of this year. These include A Very Vintage Wedding Fair and The Wedding Harvest in February and later in the year The Byron Bay Bridal Showcase.

I also have some exciting creative projects on the back burner that I am keen to get started on so there will be plenty to keep me busy that’s for sure.  What can I say, I Love my Job!

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Pride and Prejudice Inspired Wedding Gown Shoot

If you’re a modern bride who still has a soft spot for a romantic era, then this Pride and Prejudice inspired wedding gown shoot should tickle your fancy. Talented Calgary wedding dress designer Laura George decided to showcase her Fall 2011 collection in an elegant shoot inspired by the movie Pride and Prejudice. Captured by Sofia Katherine, it showcases how you can beautifully combine a modern look with elegant and romantic old world style. 

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Photography: Sofia Katherine Photography / Floral Designer:  Velda’s Grower Direct / Dress Designer:  Laura George / Makeup Artist:  Perfection Hair & Makeup / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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In love with Jane Austen’s romantic style? Then you’ll also love this inspiration: 

{Wedding Dress Spotlight} Collette Dinnigan Princess Diaries Collection

Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has a beautiful new bridal collection for 2012 appropriately titled the ‘Princess Diaries Collection.’  It’s a gorgeous collection combining both sophistication with understated elegance. What I love about these dresses is that although they have portray the ethereal quality of a fairy tale princess from centuries gone by, they could also equally portray a beautiful bohemian or vintage style of bride. If you’re looking for a designer wedding dress which has simple lines, soft pretty details and understated glamour, then a Princess design from Collette is the perfect gown for you.

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For more information about this bridal collection visit Collette Dinnigan


Monique Lhuillier Resort 2012 Collection

The Monique Lhuillier Resort 2012 Collection is a balance between chic casual and graceful glamour. Monique designed this collection with an intent to dress her clients for an earlier hour – ‘we’re talking before 5pm’ the designer reported. Instead of red-carpet gowns she is reputed for, her Resort 2012 Collection includes a selection of stylish shirt dresses, skirt suits, resort pants and tea length dresses. But of course, it wouldn’t be a Monique Lhuillier show without a display of beautiful gowns. Her evening looks include sexy dresses in fabulous Monet-like patterns and zebra prints. Glamorous gowns in sunset shades of pinks, coral and lavender. Classic gowns in black and gold with shimmering metallic embroidery and adorable tea length dresses in pretty pinks and tangerine reds.  Here are a few stand outs we think would be right at home at a stylish wedding. You can see all our favorites on Facebook in our Bliss Wedding Gallery.

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For me, the show-stopper is this gorgeous Wisteria Silk Organz Draped Gown with cascading floral embroidery. Just as lovely, is the Java Strapless Gown with embroidered bodice and draped silk faille skirt – either would look amazing on a bride wanting to make a fabulous and bold style statement!

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This Poppy Silk Faille Bateau Cocktail dress would be perfect for a 50s inspired bridesmaid and this Navy Cotton/Silk Ruffle Front Vest a stylish sensation for your next After 5 function or rehearsal dinner.

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Watch the sun go down in a glorious Sorbet Silk Organza Gown or a One Shoulder Sunset Print Taffeta Ruched Cocktail Dress.

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Glow from head to toe in a Gold Tulle Strapless Gown with cascading embroidery or a stunning Strapless Fully Embroidered Java Gown.

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Turn heads in this striking Black & Cream Ombre Chiffon One shoulder Side Draped Gown or Indigo Tie Dye Strapless Side Draped Gown.

For prices and availability visit Monique Lhuillier.  In Australia Monique Lhuillier gowns are available exclusively via Helen Rodrigues. For all of our Resort 2012 favorites see our Bliss Wedding Gallery.

Images via: Monique Lhuillier