Best friends to bridesmaids to Brides by Francesca Brides

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Brides by Francesca Sydney Real Weddings

Tell us about your experience finding your dream gown

Tess –  It took me a little while to finally find my dress! It felt like I went to every store in Sydney looking for the perfect one. I had an idea of what I wanted and just couldn’t manage to find one that fit that vision. When I tried my dress on at Brides by Francesca I felt such an immediate sense of relief! It was pretty much exactly what I was looking for and with the help of the store I was also able to customise certain parts to make it even more perfect.

Julia- I had to find a dress within about a week as I had very little time to plan my wedding and had to get a rush order on whichever wedding dress I chose. My stylist Gabrielle was absolutely amazing – she made me feel so comfortable and like everything would be ok, even though I was definitely nervous about the time frame. I tried on a lot of dresses with Gab but fell in love with a Giovanna Alessandro dress and went back two days later to buy that dress. Before I did, I found another GA dress online that BBF stocked so I tried that on. It was even better than the first! It was what I had always wanted, simple but special, long sleeves, modern and everything else! I felt so amazing in it and I bought it then and there.
I’m so happy with my decision – I felt absolutely amazing in my dress, not to mention I’m the first bride to wear GA from BBF!! Gab, Francesca and Lesley made the whole process so easy for me and even though we had to put in the rush order and had less time for alterations, they made me feel so comfortable with the whole process. So happy with my GA dress from BBF!!!
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How did you choose your bridesmaids?

Tess – My three friends and I have been best friends since high school so it was a no-brainer that it was going to be them. They are the best and most supportive people I know so I couldn’t have done any part of my wedding planning without them.


Julie – It was one of the easiest choices I made! My three best friends from high school – we’ve known each other for almost 20 years now and they’re so beautiful, supportive and fun. I wouldn’t want anyone else standing by my side on such a special day.

Three of the four of us actually got married within about a year of each other, and we were the same group of bridesmaids/bride for each of the three weddings. It’s been so special to stand by their side and have them standing with me.

We’re all wedding day pros now!

 
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Tell us more about your wedding planning experience 

Julia- I originally planned my wedding in the UK in September 2020. Obviously, Covid had other plans. We postponed until September 2021, but in February 2021 we had to make the decision to cancel that wedding (that we’d already fully planned!) completely. It was a really tough decision but we didn’t want to wait any longer. We then planned for June 2021 without really thinking how quickly we would have to plan another wedding! (4.5 months). Covid threw another spanner when Sydney went into lockdown on the day of our wedding – we’re just so lucky it happened and in the end I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

Tess and I shared more than a dress shop – we also had the same musician! He was amazing (another way I simplified things for myself).


Tess also had some frustrating covid experiences. She had her wedding canceled a couple of days out in March 2020. It was an incredibly emotional time. Luckily she got everything picked up and moved to December 2020 and it was such a perfect day!

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What advise to you have for Syndey brides to be?

 Tess – Make sure you surround yourself with people who are willing to help and support you or who will just not roll their eyes at you after you come to them with the thousandth question about the smallest decision! And get recommendations for vendors from people you know if you can! It’s very daunting starting from scratch.

Julia – Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s easy to become caught up in the detail of things when really it’s the purpose of the day that matters. What helped for me was choosing a venue that could do a lot of the planning so I didn’t need to work with so many different suppliers. Our venue – the Boathouse Shelly Beach – did the food, drink, reception & ceremony venues, flowers, place settings and cake! I also got a photographer and videographer from the same company too. Makes things so much easier!!

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BERTA Evening line trunk show in NYC

The new BERTA 2019 evening line was just recently published, via sneak peeks on social media, and it has already become a worldwide phenomenon. Praises from wall to wall, as well as major celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra and Golden Barbie who already chose to wear dresses from this cutting edge collection.

Now, this celebrity favorite collection is finally making its debut at an exclusive trunk show event at Brides by Francesca.

Email us for more information now  –

info@bridesbyfrancesca.com.au

BERTA Style 19-66

BERTA Style 19-86

BERTA Style 19-81

BERTA Style 19-69

BERTA Style 19-76

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BERTA Style 19-70

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Recap: BERTA NYBFW F/W 2019 Runway Show

The F/W 2019 BERTA runway show featured a tantalizing collection of chic silhouettes, full glam embellishments, and delicate capes. The beautiful Israeli supermodel, Neta Alchimister, opened the show with one of the groundbreaking BERTA styles, a short feathered full on glam dress. The room was full of energy and excitement as each model walked down the runway. This was a standout collection that completely broke the internet. Buzzing all throughout social media some of the top editors, bloggers, and press were in awe of the alluring collection. Drama, romance, and glam this runway show proves time and time again why BERTA is the most sought after bridal designer in the world.

Photo by Collin Pierson

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Ben Abarbanel

Photo by Anton Oparin

Photo by Easellecho

Photo by Easellecho

Photo by Easellecho

Photo by Easellecho

Photo by Anton Oparin

Photo by Collin Pierson

Photo by Collin Pierson

Photo by Collin Pierson

Photo by Easellecho


Credits:

Hair: @love_amika @naeemahlafond

Headpieces: @mariaelenaheadpieces

Makeup: @stilacosmetics @charlieriddle

Shoes: @shoedazzle

Photographer: @collinpierson

Videography: @top_fashion_photographer

Recap: BERTA bridal NYBFW Showroom

One of the most anticipated moments are getting to see the beautiful BERTA creations up close and personal. The showroom that followed the immensely successful and praised BERTA runway show, in which all the new BERTA lines were presented to retailers and buyers from all over the world, was encouraging in every way possible. The collections on display were the praised BERTA Athens Collection, MUSE Barcelona collection and the new PRIVEE’ collection. All three lines created a buzz worthy event that continued its way thru social media. The new lines were accepted with much love and enthusiasm, and they will soon make their way to authorized retailers; stores all across the globe.

BERTA Style 19-101. Photo by Joy Strotz for Ceremony Magazine

BERTA Style 19-113. Photo by Joy Strotz for Ceremony Magazine

BERTA NYC Flagship showroom. Photo by Joy Strotz for Ceremony Magazine

Nir Moscovich, the BERTA Fashion House director, and his team. Photo by Joy Strotz for Ceremony Magazine

BERTA Styles 19-101, 19-103, & 19-107. Photo by Joy Strotz for Ceremony Magazine

The BERTA NYC showroom entrance in SoHo, Manhattan.

Nir Moscovich, the BERTA Fashion House director, and his team.

Inside the BERTA NYC showroom for NYBFW appointments.

BERTA PRIVE’E style 19-P10.

BERTA Styles 19-112, 19-105, & 19-104

MUSE Styles DEMI, DIANA, & DIANE

BERTA Styles 19-103, 19-107, & 19-101

BERTA Styles 19-113, 19-110, & 19-111

BERTA styles 19-103 and 19-101

MUSE Styles DAISY, DOMINIQUE, & DEMI


Credits:

Location – BERTA NYC Showroom @bertanyc

MUAH – MH Hair & Makeup @mghairandmakeup

Flowers – Brenton Wolf Design @brentonwolfdesign

Photography – @joystrotz for @ceremonymagazine

Jessica Couture

New Zealand Couturier – Jessica Couture stuns at the Brides by Francesca Trunk show 26-28th of October.

The new 2019 collection beautifully compliments the modern bride.

Romantic laces and silhouettes complimented with edgy modern designs.

Jessica Couture knows how to make a woman feel beautiful on their big day and we are excited to bring you these dresses instore for you to try before they become available in stores at the end of the year.

Make an appointment instore now to try this exclusive collection for yourself – info@bridesbyfrancesca.com.au

 

 

BERTA takes on NYBFW 2019

The NYBFW schedule is live, runway is ready, and all that’s left are the final touches. The ever so dominant and bold BERTA Runway show is set for Friday, October 5th at 10:00 AM in NYC. BRIDES BY FRANCESCA will be there live to see every single detail and report back to you from New York!!

New BERTA 2019 Evening Line – Behind the Scenes

The BERTA evening line has fast become a celebrity-favorite in the past few seasons, since its launch in 2017. With the likes of Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Sharon Stone, Taylor Hill and Karlie Kloss among the fans of this much praised and sought after evening line, the anticipation for the reveal of the new 2019 collection was immense.

It is with a lot of excitement that we share with you a sneak peek behind the scenes from the photo shoot of the new 2019 campaign. Embellished rich fabrics, fully beaded, and intricate embroideries in a palette of blush, gold, silver, and nude is the opulence of the 2019 BERTA Evening collection.

Soon to grace red carpet events and beautiful celebrities from Hollywood and around the world, this masterpiece collection will be available for purchase at our boutique soon!

Here is just a sneak peek of the 2019 BERTA evening collection and all its glamour.

We will be in New York this year for Bridal Fashion week October 5th – 8th to see them all in person!

 

The Magic behind the Pronovias “In Bloom” and the New collections

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The Atelier Pronovias 2019 collection has been crafted down to the last detail to dress the dreams of every bride. The IN BLOOM concept is inspired by the blooming gardens in which different elements live in perfect harmony and reach their maximum splendor in the seasons when light and color infuse every corner.

Special features of the new collection, crafted in the Spanish atelier and scattered with gorgeous flowers. Pronovias favor carefully selected fabrics, such as elegant silk chiffon to create light dresses with lots of movement. Silk tulle is used to create new volumes, while silk crepes or brocades stand out, together with lovely French lacework.

 

Inspired by nature

Themes of nature emerge throughout the collection, brightening up each design. Flowers appear in hand-embroidery and in fabrics such as Mikado, while adding volume in appliqué.

For the first time, color takes center stage in magnificent designs created for innovative brides. It can be appreciated both in the details and in degradé effect gowns with finishes in subtle powdered colors.

Femininity, elegance and sensuality

The collection surprises us with dreamy maxi volumes for women who are looking for a princess-cut dress and gowns with a straight silhouette and simpler lines, ideal for brides who want an elegant but more discreet design. Dresses with stylish open backs and breathtaking necklines also stand out.

Splendid feathers attract attention in some designs, while there are jumpsuits and short dresses for the more daring brides. Sophisticated beaded bodices also add shine to some gowns. As for accessories, delicate floral-inspired headpieces take center stage this season, with colored gemstones adding a unique touch to the look.

Crepe is the most representative fabric in sensual and elegant dresses, while mikado and organza serve as a canvas onto which dresses that emphasize the femininity of the wearer can be drawn.

The collection stands out for the variety of patterns and silhouettes it presents for next year’s new look. We find gowns that celebrate the feminine figure, dressing each type of body to perfection.

From the princess-cut or A-line models, that are cinched at the waist and can be fully adapted to any bride, to the mermaid-cut designs, ideal for women who want to elegantly show off their figure. What’s more, for women searching for petite dresses, we offer sophisticated designs for a straighter silhouette.

Also attracting attention are long trains and, as a detail, crossover skirts are incorporated, which reveal the feet without sacrificing even the slightest trace of classic elegance.

The Pronovias 2019 dresses confer uniqueness and distinction, adapting to the desires of the most demanding brides, for the most important day of their lives.

Would you like to be the first to try on these beautiful gowns? Request an appointment in store at Brides by Francesca now.

Criniti’s Woolloomooloo Grand Opening

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Brides by Francesca had the honor of supporting the opening of the new Criniti’s in Woolloomooloo on June 15th.

The new location has surpassed our expectations and we know this gorgeous waterfront venue will be the new ‘go to’ hot spot for any coming  wedding reception or event.

 

 

Creative Director & Styling @noelnassarevents
Photography @muirweddings
Social Media Partner @bridesjournal
Decor|Furnishing @harboursidedecorators
Florals @azariadefloralstylist
Cakes @cakesalon
NN Event Stylist & Manager @jeremyalexanderevents
Balloons @balloonelegance
Floral Features @fleur_events
Lighting @mandylights
Candelabras @whitelabelhire
Custom Bar Frame|Wall|Plinths|Candlesticks @thetreasureroom_
Crystal Candelabras @chandelierstodiefor
Drapes @drapes_and_dreams
NN Head of Fashion @barbara_gouskos
Berta Gowns @bridesbyfrancesca @berta
Suit @alexgoodmancustom
Male Model @signature_
Flower Girl Dress @amandabardenofficial
Hair & MUA @cheveux_hair_and_beauty
Jewellery @affinitydiamonds
Stationery @edgehousedesign
Select Plates & Cutlery @the_ella_group
Vases @thecollectivehire
Pyrotechnics @sydney_fireworks_pyrotechnic

Australian Achiever Award 2018

BRIDES BY FRANCESCA WIN AUSTRALIAN 
ACHIEVER CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD 

Brides by Francesca, in Rockdale, NSW, has won the 2018 Australian Achiever Award for Australia’s Bridal & Wedding Services & Supplies category.

Now in their 21st year, the Australian Achiever Awards are an independent, unbiased award system based on assessment ratings from companies’ own clients and therefore an indication of a well-run healthy business, worthy of patronage. The ward focuses on seven criteria, namely: Time Related Service, Addressing Client Needs, Care and Attention, Value, Attitude, Communication and Overall Perception.

The criteria are rated individually in percentage terms and the final score is an amalgam of these. Anything above 80% overall is regarded as exceptional and reflects outstanding customer service.

Brides By Francesca achieved a 97.25% overall score for Customer Service and Relations, topping all other Australia Bridal & Wedding Service & Supplies business. The 2018 Australian Achiever Award proves Brides by Francesca delivers on the promise of customer satisfaction.

Brides by Francesca is a renowned high-end bridal boutique, which services clientele all over Australia and New Zealand. It is owned by Francesca Orlando who has over twenty years experience in the bridal industry. Francesca and her team of highly qualified couturiers provide a personalised and intimate service, allowing their brides to create their dream gown. They provide one-on-one sessions, where the team give customers their undivided attention. Francesca says “Our focus is on service and providing the best experience for our clientele. We jump hoops to help our brides achieve their dream expectations, and feel special and beautiful.”

Some comments received from Brides by Francesca customers were:

“Francesca went so far above and beyond, completely exceeding my expectations. She provided a perfectly
personalised service for me; I felt special like I was the only person she was helping.  She invested so much time and
energy into the entire process and was at every fitting making sure everything was perfect. I made heaps of
changes which she was more than happy to accommodate. She was extremely flexible and worked around my
limited availability.  Because of her, it was a stress‐free, fluid easy process. I had a really amazing experience. “

“I have found Brides by Francesca to be highly professional. Their customer service is second to none. All of the team
are fantastic, they are very friendly and provide an amazing experience. “

“I was really pleased with them. They made sure I got everything, exactly as I wanted. I changed my mind every five
minutes and they handled it so well and were more than happy to accommodate. They fit me perfectly and the
dress was still a perfect fit months later when I needed to wear it again. The quality of my dress and all the
accessories were beautiful.”

For more information, go to www.achiever.com.au
or contact Francesca Orlando at Brides By Francesca on 02 9597 2387.