The story of Bernadette’s fitted lace wedding dress with sleeves

" seemed so easy to feel her lovely energy"

A custom made fitted lace wedding dress with sleeves

When Bernadette walked into my studio, I clearly remember her beautiful smile and soft curly brown hair. She sent out a sexy and elegant aura. As we began sketching her custom couture gown, it seemed so easy to feel her lovely energy and in particular, I noticed her love for hearts and pearls…


…as we continued creating we decided on a fitted all over lace dress that finished with a swooping train. A look that showed off her elegant curvaceous figure with see-through lace sleeves for a sexy and modest feel.

We created a pearl beaded belt to emphasise her waist with a heart detail feature in the front. Bernadette loved the idea of contrasting her red high heels. We matched her pearl heart beaded belt with red suede high heels that were covered with red hearts.


The styling aspect for me and completing the whole look for my brides is something very special. We finished the look with a pearl beaded wrist cuff that was attached to a ring worn on her hand and a dainty hair clip to emphasise her beautiful smile and soft curls.

What did the bride think about her dress?

“Getting married is so exciting, but stressful also! Catherine made my journey pain-free, peaceful and fun, we had such an amazing time working on my dress, she supported me and understood what I wanted. The fit of my dress was amazing, as was the design! I felt so beautiful on my wedding day, thankyou Catherine for being part of this amazing journey with me!”

A few common questions

A fitted piece of clothing is designed so that it is the same size and shape as your body. It can emphasise all of your elegant features perfectly.

Well as the name suggests a beautifully crafted fitted dress should follow the contours of your shoulders, back and buttocks without pulling or bubbling up. Every element of the design takes into consideration your body shape so that it fits your body perfectly and looks sensational if you are seated or walking.

At Catherine Colubriale we offer a choice for our clients whether they require a wedding dress, evening gown or something unique for a special event.

You can choose a dress design from our House Collection which will then be adjusted to suit your body size or you can opt for a completely Custom Couture design which is a one off creation.

The types of dresses can include;

  • A-Line
  • Trumpet
  • Column
  • Mermaid
  • Tea Length
  • Ball Gown
  • Sheath
  • Fit and flare

depending on what selection you make there is then a choice of colours and materials we can work with to create something truly unique.

Knowing which style will suit you best is one of the hardest things for any woman to figure out on their own. That is the benefit of visiting an experienced courtier like Catherine who can help you discover the right design choices. 

Catherine has over 30 years of experience custom making dresses for thousands of women of all types of body shapes and sizes. 

Catherine will make you feel comfortable so that you can explore ideas with her that will fit your body perfectly & leave you feeling amazing as soon as you put the dress on for the first time.

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Catherine Colubriale
Catherine Colubriale

Australian courtier with over 30 years experience designing evening gowns, wedding dresses & bridal wear. Catherine has worked for global icons like Elizabth Ardern & Mary Kay.

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