"Thank you so much for making my gown the prettiest thing ever! Everyone thinks it was all me when in fact it was all you!"

"All the raves you have received on The Knot and The Wedding Channel do not do you justice. I knew immediately you were the one…"

"Thank you, Claudine, for all your work on this gorgeous dress! You truly have magical fingers..."

"I can't tell you how amazing I felt trying it on I would highly recommend you to my friends and colleagues."

"Thank you for (re-)making my dress and doing an amazing job!"

"I've never felt more beautiful than when I said 'I do' to the man I love, while wearing such a beautiful gown."

"Thank you for the alterations and the perfect bustle! I love it!"

"Thank you for the beautiful work on my grandmother's dress. I am amazed by your work."

"[Your alterations made it feel] as if my dress had been custom-made. It gave me a figure but didn't feel uncomfortable."

"…thanks for the alterations on my wedding dress and rehearsal dress. Everything was perfect."

"You are clearly a person of integrity who loves what she does. I felt… like I had known you a long time."

"Thank you for making my dream dress come true. I received so many compliments… you'll be getting some new customers."

"You created my innermost dreams! This is the wedding gown I've dreamed of since childhood!"

custom wedding dresses - bridal couture

The Couture Bridal Process…

…with personal attention of the designer/couturiere along the way.

Each couture bridal gown design requires a minimum of three fittings, and concludes with preparing the completed gown for your special ceremony.

  1. Make an appointment for your first consultation. bridal couture
  2. Initial consultation. An initial consultation allows you to share your dream with Claudine. Bring to the bridal salon any and all ideas you have — photographs, magazine tear sheets, or simply a verbal description of what you envision. Together you will explore various options, including necklines, skirt shapes, sleeve length and fabrications. Claudine will work her magic, translating your ideas into a rough sketch that will become the pattern for the muslin sample. Wear light clothing to this first meeting, as Claudine will also take your measurements at this time.
  3. The muslin fitting. At your first fitting, you will model a "design garment" made to your measurements in muslin fabric. This garment is your pattern. At this fitting, any minor design changes and alterations are addressed. Final fabric, beading and lace are selected at this appointment. Claudine also designs custom bridal headpieces to complement your distinctive look, which will be discussed at this fitting. bridal couture
  4. First garment fitting. At this fitting, you will try on your couture bridal dress for the very first time. The wedding gown is marked for final adjustments and alterations, including the hemline. Claudine asks that you bring the wedding shoes you will wear. If additional fittings are required, they will be scheduled at this time.
  5. The final fitting. You will don your completed couture bridal gown. Bring wedding shoes and jewelry so Claudine can assist with your final accessory decisions. An appointment is made at this time to pick up your wedding dress at Claudine's bridal salon, or you can arrange for our "Day of Wedding Delivery Service." bridal couture
  6. Pressing & steaming. One to two days prior to your scheduled pick up, the wedding dress, bridal veil and bridal headpiece are pressed and steamed. Your couture bridal gown then will need to hang from three to eight hours, depending on its design and fabrication, before it can be bagged for travel.
  7. Gown preservation. You now have a family heirloom wedding gown in addition to a beautiful couture bridal dress. You may return it to Claudine for cleaning and preservation. Your cleaned wedding attire will be returned to you in museum-quality packaging.

“My bride is an imaginative individual with a dream needing to be created.”

Find more photos of the creative process in our Bridal Gowns Gallery