The story of Jamie’s wedding dress with cathedral detachable skirt


"...a beautiful, caring young woman..."

A custom made wedding gown with detachable skirt made from Italian style embroidered lace

Jamie is the daughter of my very good friends. I had the pleasure of watching her grow up into the most beautiful, caring young lady. She is very special to me and when she asked me to design her wedding gown and bridal party, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to get started.



The ideas started flying into my mind and I was excited to share them with her.



We began by looking at lots of different laces and fabrics for inspiration. Jamie’s style was elegant, dramatic and timeless. A high class wedding was about to be created.



I  sketched a few ideas that suited her style. I decided her petite body would suit a straight classic dress with emphasis on the Italian style embroidered lace. We used this spectacular lace all over the body of her tube style dress which gave Jamie an elongated look and feel.



Jamie wanted something for a train but didn’t feel a heavy satin fabric would be her style so I suggested we use a double silk organza for her detachable overskirt. The detachable skirt was  lightweight and very easy for Jamie to carry on a 6 metre train. The train was embellished with Italian style embroidered lace to complement the whole look and Jaime’s personal style.



I went on and designed for her 3 bridesmaids who wore fitted bodices attached to a pencil skirt. We used 3D floral lace in nude tones to cover the entire bodice and finish the lace cascading over an organza peplum that was attached at  the waist. A very sexy and modern bridesmaid dress.



I designed the mother of the bride in a gorgeous blue to compliment her eyes. It was absolutely stunning on her. I used imported Italian embroidered lace, all over her one shoulder tube style dress. It was emphasised using a plain blue satin, that had a bow finish. 



The whole bridal party looked magnificent and I was so lucky to have shared this journey. 

What did Jamie think about getting a dress made?

“Catherine not only created my dream wedding dress but made the whole experience so magical. From the very first appointment to the final fitting both myself and my bridesmaids were so happy. We felt comfort as she was so kind and honest with everything. 


She also created the most amazing dress for my mother, my bridesmaid and flower girl. Highly recommend her and cannot wait for another event to have a reason for her to create another dress for me.”


A few common questions

Hopefully, the photos can explain just how amazing a couture wedding gown can look on a bride. Every little detail is created to suit the individual to create a completely unique wedding gown that won’t exist anywhere else in the world.

A custom made 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. In this example it was also created with a skirt that could be detached.

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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