The story of Lia’s fairytale custom couture wedding dress

"...a wedding gown fit for a princess..."

A couture wedding gown with a fairytale design style

Lia was recommended to me by a friend. After designing and making Lia’s first dress she went on to make many more with me. I got to know Lia well before she was  planning a wedding.


One day I received a call and Lia said guess what? “I’m getting married!” I was so thrilled for her. Tying the knot with the one you love is the best experience to encounter.


This was official, a wedding was going to take place in the months ahead and I couldn’t wait  to get started on designing and creating something unforgettable.


Lia was a very sexy and gorgeous young lady. She knew what she liked. I had been designing for Lia for a few years and by now knew her style really well.


A fairytale wedding fit for a princess was in the making. I loved designing for Lia as she allowed me to push my creative boundaries because she loved and appreciated art and the artists. The plan was a fairytale wedding with mystery that reflected  history.


Designing and making the whole bridal party included;

  • The wedding Gown
  • Mother of the Bride
  • Mother of the groom 
  • 3 x Bridesmaids. 


The bridesmaids were made in dutchess silk satin using soft pastel tones, each colour chosen to complement the individuality of the girls. The bouquets were made using venetian handmade masks with feathers instead of traditional flower bouquets.


Lia’s wedding dress was Custom Couture, every detail was personalised from start to finish.  Her wedding gown was fit for a princess, a fairytale wedding gown she could enjoy wearing and remember forever. Every bride deserves to feel gorgeous and stand out like a princess on her wedding day. 


The design process and hours that went into Lia’s wedding dress was worth the end result. Lia’s  dress used  30 metres of duchess silk satin. The layered peplums finished with fur detail around the hem which gave a warm winter feel. The  belt on the front and the heart shaped cut out on her back  was emphasised using large Swarovski crystals. The hand beaded Swarovski bolero had a high collar that sat close to the back of her neck with extended shoulders influenced by Karl Lagerfeld, a cutting edge Designer.


Lia was able to change up the look of her wedding dress by removing her bolero, turning the wedding dress into a strapless wedding gown.


A fairytale bride that I will never forget.

What did the bride write in her review about her dress?

“When I first walked in her door many years ago, she knew exactly who I was by just a few words. The warm welcome is addictive and you can’t help but want to stay all day:) you can call Catherine at any time, she is truly an amazing and unique being!


Even if I had a new idea to add , she was always there for me, she works with any crazy thought you may have and turns it into a work of art! Catherine puts all her effort and time into making everything perfect for you.


She is a great designer who you can see more as a friend than anything else. I recommend everyone to Catherine as I know all the work she has done for me has been nothing but absolutely beautiful”


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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