The story of Vanessa’s white princess wedding dress

" example of living life in the 'now'..."

A soft silk dupion wedding dress style

Vanessa was a bride that wasn’t afraid of pushing the boundaries of traditions and doing things the way she liked. When Vanessa and I got talking and exchanged ideas I quickly discovered Vanessa was confident and headstrong and was able to make a clear decision and stick to it. A true leadership quality to have.



Vanessa wanted a very clean and no fuss looking wedding dress., She liked the idea of the gown being in one fabric and one colour. We decided a super smooth silk dupion would be the best selection. The silk is soft enough for volumising the skirt and could be structured for the bodice.



Designing Vanessa’s wedding dress I kept the look clean, creating a high waisted fitted bodice which emphasised her waistline  and complimented her body shape beautifully. I chose to gather the bodice to one side creating softness around the bustline. Fine shoe string straps and a full princess skirt attached at the waist. We hand beaded a headband which was worn around her high bun. Vanessa chose to wear Blue sparkly shoes for her ‘something blue’ which created a personalised look.



One day during the fitting, Vanessa unexpectedly said to me “I want to trash the dress.”



My heart sank! What? I thought to myself ….she doesn’t like her dress. But I knew she was totally in love with it. As Vanessa kept talking, it actually meant to dive in the ocean and have the photographer in the water with you taking the shots.



I paused for a second and thought….why not this is the only time you can do it and make it memorable. Vanessa was thrilled with my support and I was happy she had the courage to do what she really wanted to do.



I believe in living your life in the now!

What did the bride think about her dress?

“After months of looking at gown after gown and meeting with people I was starting to believe that my “dream” dress never would become reality. I heard great things about Catherine which made me make my first appointment with her with the expectations that I would leave disappointed like the rest. 

Well was I wrong!!! 

From the moment we met she didn’t even need to know what I wanted she just knew!!! I never left without trust in Catherine and never was left uncertain in anything from start to finish!  Always making me feel like I was the only bride in the world! Even when I proposed the trash the dress which would be a designer’s worst nightmare, she showed such excitement and never questioned my decision once! 

Such a beautiful woman inside and out with a vision that is amazing and unique!!”


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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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