Rock your frock: The Pear

Flattering will get you everywhere (see what we did there?!). Flattering the natural shapely shape of your body, that is. By finding the party frock that best suits your figure, you’ll feel in fine form. 

Dress your beautiful body in ways that highlight the features you’re damn chuffed with and downplay the disappointing (shhhh! if you don’t mention them out loud, they don’t exist!). You’ll feel confident being the centre of attention.

So grab yourself a tape measure, take a long hard look in the mirror, and give some thought to what shape you are. Then the fun part – finding the frock to rock it!

Welcome to our shiny new series of blog posts about the best gowns for your body shape. We’re starting with all you gorgeous pear-shaped gals and in the weeks to come will be sure to provide tips for every body. We’ve also invited our First Comes Love faves to show you some samples of custom-designed and ready-to-wear gowns that will work with your figure. They’re all available here in WA too. Go figure!

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1. Camille by Sally Eagle, available at Through the White Door
2. Arlette by Charlie Brear, available at Through the White Door
3. Sophia by Rue De Seine, available at Through the White Door
4. Rochelle by Truvelle, available at Through the White Door
5. & 6. Custom designs by On A Whim
7. to 10. Custom designs by Loui Col Designs
11. to 14. Custom designs by Elvi Design
15. to 17. Custom designs by Chein Noir Dezines
18. & 19. Custom designs by Cleo Borrello
Illustrations: Angela Mitchell from Mitchell & Dent

2 comments on Rock your frock: The Pear

  1. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the tips! I love the idea for this series of posts. Tough choice, all of these dresses are gorgeous.

  2. Jane says:

    It’s good to see someone finally embracing real body shapes. Can’t wait to see the rest and get some good advice! – Jane

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Then comes marriage: Janke & Mitchell

Janke and Mitchell’s wedding was about all two people in love, lovely friends and the loving support of their families. So much love. Big love.

Janke’s gown was custom designed by a friend, her mum did her make-up and a family friend French-braided her hair. Family friends designed the stationery, prepared the native blooms for the bridal party and venues, and supplied the day’s wedding transport. Mitchell’s friend and Janke’s brother sang a slowed-down acoustic version of Chris Brown’s Forever, following Janke’s walk down the aisle to Sigur Ros’ Hoppipolla – a favourite from when the couple first started dating.

The only deviation from their day of togetherness was when guests were invited to sample either his favourite (Red Bull & vodka) or her favourite (Pimms) at their Moore & Moore cocktail reception in Fremantle. We’d like to think folks chose to indulge in a little of both!

The abundance of love was also reflected in an abundance of cake. “We had a buffet of ten of our favourites from different local bakeries!” Janke explained. And “Instead of a guest book, we invited guests to take Polaroids and write a quick hello on them. They now hang proudly in our home in big frames, as a memory of our special day and everyone we love.”

We love that Janke and Mitchell shared their day and their images by iZO Photography with us. What do you think?

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| Venue: Fremantle Town Hall in Fremantle, Western Australia. Followed by a reception at Moore & Moore in Fremantle. | Celebrant: Pastor Ken Lee from Nations Church | Photography: iZO Photography | Film: White Ribbon Films | Wearables: Janke wore a custom gown by her friend Danielle Trubert, hair by family friend Tina-Louise Els and make-up by her mother Julienne Arnold. Bridesmaids wore gowns by ASOS and shoes by Zu. Mitchell and the groomsmen wore suits and accessories by Ralph Lauren and ASOS. | Blooms: family friend Noelene Fisher | Stationery: Hello Mylan | Entertainment: friends and family inlcuding Fritz Arnold and Emma Ford.

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Then comes marriage: Sandra & David

We’re so darn excited to share this wedding with you. It’s a pearler! Sandra is a wedding gown couturier we’ve been delighted to get to know, as she’s exhibited her Elvi Design elegance at First Comes Love. We know what her work is like: stylishly beautiful, contemporary but with a nod towards the glamorous gowns of yesteryear, impeccably crafted by hand with the highest quality fabrics and laces, and made with the help of her family (her dressmaker mother Birgitta is a part of Elvi Design). Its not surprising her wedding with David was the same.

Sandra’s gown, the bridesmaid’s gowns and even the mothers of the bride and groom’s gowns were all by Elvi Design. Birgitta hand-embroidered a belt with a traditional floral folk print to complement an antique brooch that once belonged to Sandra’s Finnish grandmother Elvi. The pattern was used throughout the wedding, printed on handmade table runners and cushions made by the family. Even the floral boxes were handmade by Sandra’s sister who is a carpenter.

David took care of the eats and drinks for the day, selecting traditional fruit cakes for dessert. Less traditionally, his ‘no roses’ preference saw the couple opt for a modern mix of natives with delphiniums – the perfect powdery-hued ‘something blue’.

A highlight for the couple was being able to surprise their friends and family with a bridal rumba to Lana Del Ray’s Young and Beautiful. Following on from the day they met at their local supermarket to their big day, we wish these young and beautiful two innumerable days of goodness and gladness together. Congratulations!

Enjoy these gorgeous pics by Christine Lim Photography.

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| Ceremony: Mazenod College Chapel in Lesmurdie, Western Australia | Celebrant: Father Michael McMahon | Reception: Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley, Western Australia | Photography: Christine Lim Photography | Wearables: Sandra wore gown, veil and belt by Elvi Design, shoes by Prada, antique brooch and earrings from her grandmother Elvi, hair by Jody Fiannaca from Blow on the Go and makeup by Grace Buckley. Dave wore suit by Saba. Bridesmaids wore gowns by Elvi Design. Groomsmen wore suits by Saba. Wedding rings by Rohan Jewellery. | Blooms: Sandy from Manic Botanic | Styling: Jess from The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator | For hire: furniture by the Curio Warehouse, linen, flatware and glassware by Hire Society. | Cake: Red Bird Cake Company | Stationery: Mitchell & Dent | Special extras: printed table runners, printed cushions, pennant flag bunting, wooden cake topper, wooden boxes for blooms and additional ceremony and event stationery by the bride and bride’s family | Entertainment: James Beecroft | Vehicles: the father of the bride’s vintage cars.

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Love is all around

Let us tell you what we love. We love it when clever creatives gang up and show us goodness. And this styleshoot sure does deliver on the good goods. Set against the stunning backdrop of York – from a grand old country manor to the giddy heights of a heavenly hilltop location – there is so much to swoon over here, you’ll barely be able to breathe. Fetch the smelling salts!

And when you’ve recovered, be sure to visit all of these fine folks and find out what they can create for you. Links for the clicking on are just below the pics. Ready? Deep breath in…

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| Venue: Laurelville Manor in York, Western Australia | Photography: Sarah Tonkin Photography | Styling and for hire: Heart Strings & Pretty Things | Wearables: Aniqua wears gown by Sara Fox & Co, hair and makeup by Birdsnest Bridal, ring by Ecali Fine Jewellery. Dan wears own suit. | Blooms: Alice & Rose | Cake: Sugar Plum Sweets | Stationery: Paper Fusion

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  1. Lucy says:

    Oh stop it! Those last couple of photos… so much beauty <3

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Then comes marriage: Kate & Mike

Kate and Mike are THOSE kids. They’re stylish, they’re smart, they’re hard working, they’re fabulously fit, they’re far too good-looking for their own good AND they’re sweet-natured sweethearts. Trust us. If you meet them, you’ll want to pinch their adorable cheeks. Hard. Just to see if they do actually exist.

They met whilst working at the Australian Institute of Fitness. Kate said, “The attraction was there and as we spent more time together, we learned a lot about one another.” From that initial attraction deep love grew, but it is that early impression of themselves they chose for their wedding invitations – a custom illustration of the couple in shorts and sneakers. “Mitchell & Dent got everything right, from the height difference to the tattoos.”

Kate and Mike chose Caves House in Yallingup for their wedding, as couples have for over a century. This grand old dame of an art deco hotel overlooks immaculate gardens, but it was when they found a hidden footpath to the beach that Kate said, “we knew we were in luck and had found our wedding venue.”  

Just like their venue, their whole wedding day was the perfect mix of traditional elegance combined with a little relaxed, outdoorsy, off-the-beaten-path playfulness. See? Adorable.

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| Venue: Caves House in Yallingup | Celebrant: Diane Moore of The Owl and the Pussy-cat Celebrations | Photography: Nicolle Versteeg Photography | Wearables: Kate wears gown by Donna Tobin Couture. Mike and the groomsmen wear suits by Paul Smith, socks by Happy Socks. The bridesmaids wear gowns by Little Gracie. | Blooms: Zest Flowers | Stationery and fans: Mitchell & Dent | Wedding favours: homemade berry jam by the bride’s sister | Wedding cakes: Celebration Cupcakes | Cake topper: Melabo Wed | Entertainment: Ziggy Atwell, the groom’s father David Chandler & DJ Mandy B.

2 comments on Then comes marriage: Kate & Mike

  1. Diane moore says:

    Wow so happy to see this come up on my feed … Gorgeous couple … Gorgeous day!

  2. Vicky Etherington says:

    My absolute favourite thing about this is Kate’s hair. A simple ponytail! Just stunning

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