The story of Emma’s fairy tale ball gown bustle wedding dress

"...her kind approach immediately reflected her Scottish heritage"

A custom made bustle wedding dress in Royal Blue

The lovely Emma walked into my studio after she was recommended by one of my fabric supplies. Her positive energy and Scottish accent and kind approach immediately reflected her heritage. 



After our meet and greet, I realised how important it was that her gown reflected the grandest majestic liveness of a royal wedding gown. Emma’s wedding was going to be in Scotland with her family and close friends. This was her dream.


Getting married in a Scottish location like a mythological fairytale comes to life with the majestic views of the mountains overlooking the sunset, Prince charming meets his Princess.



The choice of a traditional fairy tale ball gown with an unconventional bridal dress colour of Royal blue, Silk Magato fabric and silk organza using two shades of fabric texture and colour of blue to add depth and dimension to her gown.



The neckline was scooped sitting just at the tip-off of her shoulders and finished with flattering gathered sleeves, a very feminine and elegant effect. The gathering of the bodice softens the look while adding texture and depth to the two-tone fabric. The drop waist bodice was detailed with a beautiful handmade flower in a lightened blue organza fabric with a bustle back that acted as the focal point of the luxurious gown.

A few common questions

A bustle refers to the process of transitioning a wedding gown to function as if it has no train. A designer like Catherine can help you create a dress that fits you perfectly, but then also has either buttons, hooks, or ribbons to create the bustle style that you desire. This can make it easier to walk around post-ceremony for getting photos taken, greeting guests, wandering around the reception and even dancing.

A bustle isn’t just used for ball gowns, there are quite a few types of bustles that get used on wedding gowns to create a uniformed hemline after the ceremony.


They seamlessly secure any extra fabric off of the ground and into the back of the dress to keep it from dragging across the floor which makes it easy to then walk, dance & mingle with guests.


  • Ballroom bustle – this is the most flattering bustle type as it hides the train completely without changing the overall look. It is a clever way to create an untouched floor-length look.
  • American bustle – this is a simple design idea where the train is attached and cascades with one or multiple pick up points.
  • Bow bustle – the fabric is folded above the gown and secured under a bow to flow visually with nice symmetry.
  • French bustle – a clever way to have the train fold under itself instead of over for an understated look.
  • Royal bustle – a dramatic look that has multiple folds creating more dimensions to the silhouette with either single or multiple pickup points.

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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