Sparklewren

aesthetic art corsetry

Bridal Week - two sides of the same coin

My job, when making bespoke pieces, is to interpret people's daydreams. That, as you can imagine, is a treat and a joy. 

People come to you because they already love your work. So generally you have a good starting point to work from. If someone contacts us, for example, it's pretty rare that they don't want lashings of lovingly hand-worked lace appliqué! But even so, each piece is unique to the bride and her tastes. 

The two gowns that I wanted to share today are two sides of the same coin. They are both ornate, bespoke, awash with lace, and made from silk. They both suit their respective brides beautifully and both brides were dreams to work with. But they are wildly different in aesthetic. 

First, Juliet. 

Juliet wished for a corset and skirt ensemble, making for a more versatile outfit that could be separated and worn again and again. This is often how it is for our bridal clients who are, first and foremost, corset enthusiasts. The colouring was perfect for her skintone and character. Opulent and grand, but in a simple non-fussy way. Symmetrically placed metallic lace was the primary detail of this piece, creating the feeling we wanted. Lacing ran the full length of the ensemble, again revealing Juliet's love of the corsetry aesthetic.  The pictures below by Matthew Bishop Photography show gorgeous Juliet on her wedding day. 

Juliet wished for a corset and skirt ensemble, making for a more versatile outfit that could be separated and worn again and again. This is often how it is for our bridal clients who are, first and foremost, corset enthusiasts. The colouring was perfect for her skintone and character. Opulent and grand, but in a simple non-fussy way. Symmetrically placed metallic lace was the primary detail of this piece, creating the feeling we wanted. Lacing ran the full length of the ensemble, again revealing Juliet's love of the corsetry aesthetic. 

The pictures below by Matthew Bishop Photography show gorgeous Juliet on her wedding day. 

Then Brenda. 

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Brenda's Swan gown was not corseted. Indeed, it was very lightly constructed of charmeuse and georgette (silk, naturally) to gently drape around her figure. Hand-made silk roses accentuated a low back, which is just so so elegant and perfect for those who love to reveal their back. Crisp white lace, vintage pearls (from her grandmother), and a hand-rolled hem completed this piece in a couture way. A true future heirloom. Just as much "Sparklewren" as Juliet's ensemble, but seen through a different filter.  You can see more of the dreamy Swan gown, as shot below by Shepherd Photography. 

Brenda's Swan gown was not corseted. Indeed, it was very lightly constructed of charmeuse and georgette (silk, naturally) to gently drape around her figure. Hand-made silk roses accentuated a low back, which is just so so elegant and perfect for those who love to reveal their back. Crisp white lace, vintage pearls (from her grandmother), and a hand-rolled hem completed this piece in a couture way. A true future heirloom. Just as much "Sparklewren" as Juliet's ensemble, but seen through a different filter. 

You can see more of the dreamy Swan gown, as shot below by Shepherd Photography. 

The thing these two lovely people had in common was trust. Trust in the creative process.

We work intuitively here, adapting and playing and dreaming as we go. My job is to understand your aesthetic preferences, your daydreams, and to weave them into my work. If Sparklewren isn't going to be a good fit for you and your preferred way or working or aesthetic or price-point then I'll generally try to help you find other designers that might be more suitable. Every good artist wants to make the best work they can, to give you the best experience they can. Which means that here at Sparklewren we seem to be best suited to creative, courageous, trusting, passionate clients. 

These dreamy designs only make it into the real world when we're on the same page and have a mutual trust. And when it works, my goodness it works well... I absolutely adored both of the above bridal gowns and adored working with their owners.