Stepping aside from the usual

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Customisation of a vintage dress

When Sarah brought her dress to us we were instantly excited. The beading, the vintage lace and the challenge of modernising this vintage store find made our workroom very happy and up for taking this reinvention challenge.

Sarah’s perceptive sister picked this dress for 50 Euros in a vintage store in Dublin and posted it straight to her bride to be sister know she would fall in love with it.

In the initial appointment Sarah brought the dress in the hope we may be able to help/ Straight away Trudy started to pin, removing shoulder pads and giving this bride and insight to how her beautiful dress would look in eight months time.


Working closely together with Sarah we remodelled this beautiful vintage find into a wedding gown everyone should be envious of.

The team worked hard to keep the vintage aesthetic while bringing parts of the dress up to date for this modern day bride. The dress was fitted perfectly to Sarah’s shape, even with the surprise baby news a few months before the big day.

Sarah also sought inspiration from Pinterest while looking for a headpiece. She wanted lace, beaded and sitting with her dress. Off cuts were used from the hem of her original dress and pieced together to create a headpiece that tied in a bow replacing the traditional veil and finishing off the bridal look perfectly.

Over eight months of the fittings and alterations took place then Sarah’s dress was ready for it’s debut. The wedding set, Thurlby Domain, captured beautifully by the amazing Dawn Thomson Photography. These photographs speak for themselves.

We are delighted to have worked with such a beautiful bride and made her dreams come true with this stunning gown & headpiece.

Congratulations Sarah & Ferghal.


The Longest train

Our Dunedin based bride couldn’t find anyone to create her dream. A four metre long train was a part of her forever-desired gown, very fitting for her cathedral and castle wedding. From little to scale mock ups on the table to a large clear floor space rented in order to cut & create this well planned out dress.

The logistics behind such a creation include the weight of all the elements that the bride is required to haul around all day and so to keep things practical and manageable a slim style skirt was made for the reception party. After getting married in Dunedin’s first church, the fairytale wedding was held at the spectacular Larnach’s castle in Dunedin. Sarah’s bespoke gown looked right at home in this grand environment. Her dress was the perfect fit for both locations. Liz hand stitched lace motifs onto the bodice of Sarah’s dress to complete the look and trimmed the veil with a delicate piece of lace.

The team at Nemo bridal & couture love to spend the time on the detail and to solve the daily challenges. Sarah had this to say about the girls at Nemo;

“Amazing. I was nervous about getting such a big dress made and had a very specific idea in mind. The dress I got was better than I imagined and they even made me a second skirt for the reception and my veil, which were also perfect”

Congratulations Sarah & Brent