Wedding Belles

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Dress: Sohomode

Shoes: Wittner

My beautiful friend Callie got married on Saturday, to her wonderful beau Gareth.

Long time readers of Frocks And Frou Frou might recognise both names from my own wedding to The Sophisticate. Callie was my gorgeous uber-bridesmaid, and Gareth the amazing minister who performed the service.

Callie looked STUNNING in her full chiffon skirt and a navy blue top. Elegant and timeless, and just so beautiful. And she wore Chie Mihara’s on her feet, which were just spectacular. I was so excited to be able to attend their wedding, and it was such fun! There was trivia, and puppets, and hilarious musical interludes.

callie's wedding collage

It was surprisingly warm for an April wedding – 26 degrees, and the most perfect sunny day. I wore my new Sohomode dress, and blinged it up with some sparkly accessories.

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Both earrings and bracelet were bought when I was shopping for my own wedding. The earrings are outrageously sparkly and came new from one of the bridal shops along Sydney Road where I bought my wedding dress. The bracelet is one of several vintage rhinestone bracelets that I bought off eBay.

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I turned the sash that Louise had made for the dress inside-out and fastened it with a rhinestone brooch, unexpectedly emulating Callie’s “something old” wedding brooch, which she wore at her waist. It’s a brooch that several generations of her family wore on their wedding days, and it was the most perfect finishing touch to Callie’s outfit.

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I was pretty pleased with my DIY nail-art, too.

I used this Washi-tape nail art tutorial to do little pink glitter love-hearts over nude nails.

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Not bad for a first try, I thought!

Everything Bright and Breezy

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Dress: Sohomode

Belt: Dangerfield

Shoes: Wittner

Presenting: The New Wall!

What did you think? It’s actually in my bedroom, which courtesy of a wall-sized floor-to-ceiling window is flooded with natural light, and I thought it provided a good neutral palette to show off the frocks.

Like this new frock, which is a Sohomode dress with a difference. Both my previous Sohomode dresses have been her traditional tea-dress style, with the cap-sleeves and ribboned yoke neckline.

For my third I thought I’d try something  a little different, both in style and in colour.

Louise suggested I try her “scoop” variation, which has a wider, scooped neckline (my favourite!) and does away with the capped sleeves.

I choose a dreamy pastel blue fabric, because there wasn’t anything in my wardrobe that vaguely resembled it.

When it arrived I decided it was a pretty confection of a dress that resembled the classic party dresses of the 50′s and early 60′s. The fabric’s much floatier than the heavier cottons in my two previous dresses, and the skirt is fuller. When I wear my pink petticoat from Domino Dollhouse underneath it completes the vintage look.

I love the wider neckline, and the way it plays up my shoulders and collarbones and doesn’t flash any cleavage. I might have to sew in some bra-keepers as the straps to have a tendency to slip on my slopey shoulders

It still has all the little details that are a signature of Sohomode’s beautifully made dresses: lining in the bodice, hidden pockets in the side seams, a beautifully dipped feature back, and it comes with it’s own belt, though today I subbed it out for this narrow navy blue one.

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And a gratuitous photo of Suki, who ventured out of her hiding place in the wardrobe to investigate what was going on.

We’re both gradually settling in – my brother’s made us feel very welcome – and though I still feel a bit disorientated if I wake in the middle of the night, I think both Suki and I are going to like living here. There’s fantastic cafes all around, a pilates class only a few blocks away, and one of Melbourne’s best craft markets an easy walking distance from the front door. Maybe I’ll see you there one Saturday.