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dresses to suit bodyshapes

Image by James Day for ‘Love A Fair’

Of course it will!! When a dress is well made, and well designed, it will always suit you. The most important thing is that you love it.

Let’s back track a moment. So many wedding publications tell girls which body shape suits which style of wedding dress. You get categorised based on your height, and the approximate silhouette produced by a combination of your shoulders, your bust, waist, and hips. We’ve all heard of Hourglass, Apples, Pears, Columns, Triangles, Inverted Triangles, and other over simplified categories. I simultaneously think of myself as Athletic Build (I have broad shoulders), Hourglass (my bust/waist/hip ratio), and Pear Shaped (my hips! oh how I have come to get used to them as the weight storer)…

The mass production of fashion has been putting people into categories ever since mass manufacturing began! The Industrial Revolution in the late 1800’s made clothing production more simple, and more cost effective. This has continued through to today. However, finely skilled tailors and bespoke dressmakers have been fighting this revolution ever since it started!

Image by Alister Buckingham

Brides often ask me what shape dress will suit them. My response is always the same – let’s make something that you want to wear! Something you’ll love, that suits your style personally and the style of your wedding day. When a dress is custom made, it will always flatter. That’s the best part! Through fittings, you should always be able to question the details – is this is best waist line? Will it look better with thinner straps, or thicker? Can we make a cap sleeve, bigger, oh no, smaller looked better? How fishtail-y do you want your fishtail to look? The amount of flare in the skirt can help balance shoulders, diminish waist, or lengthen a torso when done properly.

So, in answer to the original question – I encourage you to wear whatever shape dress you want to. It’s your day, don’t let a fashion editor who has never met you dictate how you ought to look! Own it, have confidence, and find the right person to help show off your best assets and gloss over your worst!

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such wonderful advice on having the confidence to wear a dress that you love just because you do!

About Studio C Bridal: Hi, I’m Caitlyn and I have made gowns for award-winning, internationally recognised theatre/ film designers and actors. My expertise lies in the ability to flatter the body shape, not create a ‘standard size’ garment, through technical sewing and fabric knowledge. I have an eye for fine detail, and the ability to see the beauty in every idea. I started Studio C Bridal with a passion to create beautiful, original, one-off pieces.

Image by Julia Archibald

What is your favourite wedding theme?

I’m a sucker for the sparkly and all things magical, so a fairytale themed wedding in a forest would be the best!

Image by Christian Oth Studio

What inspires you?

The wisdom of nature and the goodness in people.

What is special about weddings to you?

Everything! The unique rituals, the union of lovers, the binding of hearts, and the sharing of love between family and friends.

What is your favourite image of all time? 

It’s so difficult to pick only one! Does this one count as an image..?

Poem by Shel Silverstein

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Constance Spry Handbook of Floristry.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?

Create a wedding that reflects who you both are, individually, and as a couple. Let it be just as unique as you are, and don’t let anyone else’s’ opinion cloud your wedding dreams.

What is the one tool of your that you can’t live without?

That would definitely be my phone, it’s the central hub of all things!

What are you excited about right now?

I’m excited about spending some downtime with my lovely husband.

What is a special personal talent you possess? 

I have great spatial awareness and can do an awesome Thai accent.

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?

I love the forests and parks found around Healesville, Victoria. Being surrounded by such old trees and land helps me relax, to see the bigger picture in life and to just ‘lighten up’.

Image via Visit Victoria

Ms Chinoiserie Says: How beautiful would a fairytale themed wedding in a forest be?! So whimsical and romantic!

About Under the Ivy:  We offer bespoke flowers for weddings and events, with a taste for the unusual and whimsical. Each flower arrangement is customised to your style and budget, so you can feel assured that what you get on your wedding day is something that perfectly reflects you and your partner.

I love meeting wedding photographers and this week on ‘Behind The Door With’ I was lucky enough to chat with Madeleine of Madeleine Chiller Photography. Madeleine started her business back in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since, travelling near and far to photograph weddings, engagements and portraits. Madeleine says the best part of her job is the amazing people she meets and one look at her work tells me that she also makes her couples’ weddings look amazing!

“It was my high school studio arts teacher who first got me excited about photography” says Madeleine. “A school project photographing nature helped me discover that this is what I wanted to do.” Madeleine went on to study photography and assisting on commercial photo shoots before it was time to shoot her first wedding. “Shooting a wedding for the first time was an absolute rush,” says Madeleine. “It felt amazing working one on one with clients, capturing unrepeatable moments as the day unfolded.”

It was not long until Madeleine Chiller Photography was born and now Madeleine is busy creating memories from all kinds of different weddings – from the quirky and colourful to the elegant and modern.

Currently Madeleine works from home in Melbourne’s trendy suburb of Brunswick. “It’s a great area as it close to the city and has fantastic bars and cafes to meets clients in,” says Madeleine. It’s also the location of the home office where Madeleine clocks up countless hours editing and sorting through photos to create the perfect reflection of the day. “I’m thinking about moving to a creative space, if I can find the right one,” says Madeleine “but it’s got to be a perfect fit!”

Madeleine doesn’t just shoot weddings – she also loves engagement shoots and parties too. I love the idea of having an engagement shoot and really getting to know your photographer before the wedding. “I believe your engagement photography can feel just as special as photos taken on your wedding. While your special day is all about celebrating with friends and family, these portraits are just for the two of you.” Madeleine tells me she has also done a lot of portrait photography and has a new favourite subject –  toddlers doing ‘cake smash’ photos!

As with many photographers Madeleine loves travel and has shot weddings in fantastic locations all around Australia. “It’s my dream to shoot a wedding in Thailand or Bali,” says Madeleine, “but I also love shorter trips to wineries and anywhere along the coast.” It will be so exciting to see where her camera takes her next!

Images by Madeleine Chiller Photography

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such beautiful photographs; the emotion and tenderness captured in those special moments is amazing.

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events.