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The windmill turned at Tuscany Wine Estate in Pokolbin, as rose petals settled on the grassy aisle and guests took their places.  Everyone was delighted to see Katharine as she walked down the aisle on her father’s arm. Of course, the most delighted was Robert!

The vows were charged with emotion, with Katharine holding back tears throughout. But when it was time to have their first kiss as husband and wife, well, it was difficult to hold back the joy – all captured by our wedding videographer!

Ms Zigzag says: What a gorgeous couple – and you’ll never believe how they met! You’ll just have to watch to find out. 

About Marry Me Movies: As wedding cinematographers we don’t just ‘video your wedding’, we capture priceless moments and memories. We use cinematic quality imagery combined with a documentary style of storytelling to create a spellbinding wedding film. A ‘forever film’ that will ignite memories and infuse magic into any moment of any day, for the rest of your days – allowing you to fall in love again and again.

It’s not easy to know what you’d like to do with your life when you’re in high school and even in the first couple of years out of school.  However, that’s not the case with today’s young bridal designer interviewee, Caitlin Moussa. She says, “Ever since I was little, I was always in love with the idea of fashion, big designers, branded clothing, the lot!”

Believe it or not, Caitlin created this stunning wedding dress while she was still in high school and today, we’re asking her everything about her passion through to the process that went into creating such a breathtaking dress. We hope you enjoy this Centennial Park, Sydney shoot as much as we do!

What led you to design the gown?
I fell in love with a different approach to a wedding gown. Having a skirt on its own, which can either then turn into an overskirt over another dress or can be worn on its own.

What inspired your creation of the gown?

Christian Dior was one of my inspirations for this gown. Back in the 50’s, he emphasised the small waist of the female figure. The skirt has a fitted waist band, which defines a small waist then dragging the eye down, it is puffy towards the bottom. The fabric that I chose also led me to create this style as the lace has softness that was able to trickle down in between seams.

Tell us about the process you went through for the design and creation?
I had to really consider what look I was going for, so I had a few looks to go under the skirt and I thought this one was quite fitted and suitable compared to the others that I had designed. My inspirations and the fabric helped me with the process of creating this design and choosing multiple creations to find the best suited style and way of making the garment.

What materials did you use?
The skirt is made with a silk satin base, which forms the gown and has allowed it to drape nicely without catching the tulle. Over the silk I have used four layers of bridal tulle, which gives a delicate look and great softness to the whole gown. On top of the tulle at the waist, pieces of beaded and embroidered lace have been cut in specific pieces and appliquéd onto one layer of the tulle.

What techniques did you use?
The tulle layers have a french seam to hide away the edges. I have used ‘appliqué’ as one of my techniques through hand stitching the lace. I did bead all of the pearls and sequins on the lace to make it more of a luxurious piece of work.

What do you hope to design in the future? 
In the future I would love to start a bigger bridal collection with many of my own creations consisting of many beaded laces and embroidered tulles. Hopefully I will be able to create a ready to wear collection along the way and witness many beautiful girls wearing “Caitlin.”

What has influenced you to go down this path of designing?

I have much older siblings and they were also in love with fashion and had a lot more knowledge at that time than I did, which has brought me into that industry as we shared our love for clothing. I kept researching and dreamed of making my own clothes and seeing my own clothes. I kept looking at things to find inspiration to help me design new things, and to try and create like some other designers did.

When I was 12 years old I did some work experience with a designer that was a family friend and she helped me to make and create my own designs. She taught me how to make my own patterns and I also helped her with her work. She made me do some fiddly work to get me used to it, allowing me to be patient with lace work and beading, and fall in love with lots of detail and teaching me many ways to use lace and to change it in order to make it original with my own touch. I worked with her nearly every holiday I had off high school.

What has influenced you to go down this path of designing? Continued… 

She taught me how to make my first custom made couture garment, which was for my 16th birthday. Over time I started to make my own dresses and make new patterns for myself, trying to design some new clothes for myself. Coming from a Lebanese community, we always had many functions and I always wanted to be one that came in her own designs. A year later is when I started designing and creating for other clients trying to start something of myself. And after that is when I started my high school project of this wedding dress. My school project took me about half a year to create as well as studying and “sleeping.” With experience now over time, I know I’ll be able to create designs faster than I did before.

Ms Zigzag says: I’m so impressed with this young designer’s passion, skill and determination. What an inspiring story and stunning gown. We will be keeping our eye on you, Caitlin! 

Caitlin Moussa Bio: Caitlin designed and made this dress during high school. She has started TAFE this year to further her knowledge and skills.

If you’d like to contact Caitlin, she can be reached here: caitlin@caitlinmoussa.com / Ph: 0401 003 220
/ @caitlin.moussa

Models by Ignite Elite Modelling Agency.

Photographer: Zara King / Bride's Dress: Caitlin Moussa / Makeup Artist: Cherry Cheung

Image by Leo Farrell

I love unexpected wedding venues and this week I’m thrilled to be visiting a very unique one, Mountain Goat Brewery. Mountain Goat are famous for their beer and after opening their Richmond brewery in 1999, the owners started opening for tasting nights once a month. As the business grew, they relocated to a bigger warehouse in Richmond with more space and started hosting events and eventually weddings.

Image by Kirsten Wusthorn

I meet Brad, the events manager, and he tells me that couples love the space as it offers something really different from your standard wedding venue. “At first it was a venue that the grooms loved, but now it’s just as popular with brides who love craft beer,” says Brad.

Image by Kirsten Wusthorn

A real working brewery, Mountain Goat is divided into the brewery at the back and the brew house/bar at the front. It’s got a gorgeous industrial vibe with polished concrete floors, a giant bar stacked high with colourful beer boxes and lots of mismatched furniture and plants for greenery. Brad tells me that the overhead fairylights are very popular at weddings and that the big roller door is perfect for an unexpected grand entrance from the bride and groom.

Image by Kirsten Wusthorn

Mountain Goat run the bar and couples are spoilt with a choice of six beers on tap as well as wine and other drinks. Brad tells me that couples love coming in before the wedding to sample different beers and choose their favourites for the big day. It’s also a great place to come for date night and Brad tells me that he often sees couples who were married in the space popping back for a trip down memory lane.

Image by Kirsten Wusthorn

For food, couples can choose any caterer they like, and the roller door makes it the perfect space for food trucks. “It’s a really versatile space that can accommodate a ceremony, cocktail reception, fully seated dinner and dance floor,” says Brad. “We can set it up however they like”.

Image by Kirsten Wusthorn

Of course being a brewery couples get really creative with incorporating beer. Brad tells me he’s seen beer wedding favours and even custom stubby holders featured at weddings. I love how different this wedding venue is and I’m sure it’s an unexpected delight for any guests who love their beer!

Image by Leo Farrell

Ms Zigzag says: This venue is perfect for the modern couple who want to celebrate their love and commitment to each other in a relaxed environment without all of the fuss. I love that you can bring in your own caterers and style out the venue however you please. 

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.