When Steph married her sweetheart Fabian the design had to encapsulate the innate class, style and elegance inherent in her personality.

I looked to Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren’s wedding gown in the 1954 film ‘Houseboat’ and vintage Jacques Fath and Balenciaga for inspiration.

The gown is sophisticated and grown up, and has a retro feel to suit the winter wedding in the Southern Highlands.

The final design features a detachable, French lace trim silk georgette train; French Chantilly lace with almost 100 hand-sewn tiny lace covered buttons; a built in, steel boned shaping corset; silk faille skirt and bodice with hand-sewn hem and a separate hand gathered bridal tulle petticoat.