Helena Couture Designs

Multi award winning bridal designer and couturier based on the Gold Coast, Australia

Adam and Julie's Stamford Plaza Wedding.

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July 6, 2018

It was such a pleasure to meet Julie and Adam and have the pleasure to design and create Julie’s wedding dress.  Adam was such a gentleman, driving Julie to all her appointments and showing general chivalry.

Julie’s wedding dress evolved over time, to not only include the heavily beaded bodice from the original design, but to also include extra embroidery detail over the top of the beading.  The effect was still soft and understated but creating impact and depth at the same time.  The style matched perfectly with who Julie is. 

A Chapel length veil with lace detail at the comb complimented Julie in her wedding dress.

Please do yourself a favour and have a look at their wedding images captured beautifully by John and Josie Martin from Evoke Studios.

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Wedding Supplier List:

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Photographer: Evoke Studios

 Venue: Stamford Plaza

Dress: Helena Couture

Hair & Makeup: Hollywood Brides

Decor: Beautiful weddings

Cake: Cheesecake shop

Flowers: Northside flower market

Celebrant: Cheryl Landsburry

 

World of weddings showcase at the Intercontinential Sanctuary Cove

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It was our pleasure to have Helena Couture Designs participate in the World of Weddings Showcase at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove for the second year in a row. 

It's always lovely meeting new brides, their entourage and also other invited exhibitors. 

I will be showcasing some of the dresses from the fashion parade in our blog and trust you will enjoy them as much as the audience did on the day.

Enjoy,
Helena

Same Sex Styled Woodland Bridal Shoot

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 Liana by Helena Couture Designs

Liana by Helena Couture Designs

SAME SEX SHOOT 2018

DRESSES – Helena Couture Designs

I’ve worked on many shoots with Laura from Lola’s Wild Flowers, so when she asked me to join this one, there was no hesitation.  Laura said it is a same sex styled shoot and I knew which two dresses were going to complete the feel of the staging perfectly.

I chose the gowns SPRING and LIANA, as they both had a similar base colour/lace pattern and worked well together.  The styles suited ladies of differing figure shapes and showed how different, yet complimentary, these two dresses, with minimal traditional bridal structure would create a soft, relaxing look for both brides.  Nicola from Goddess Makeup Design, then did the hair and makeup to complete the look.

Originally the shoot was going to be in the woods, but that day started and ended with bucket loads of rain and that’s when Space 10 stepped in.  I’ve never been to Space 10 before and once I found my way there to drop the dresses off, I saw the beginning of something beautiful developing.  Due to the weather, we were unable to shoot outside in the forest, so the forest, or part thereof, was bought to Studio 10, where Katie from Arctic Fox Furniture Hire and Styling and Laura created this magical scene you see in the great images.

Milina from Milina Opsenica Photography and Jerome from Bird and Boy Photography have done a wonderful job with the images, making you feel like you were there.  The cake from Jacqui Riley - Divine Cakes looked so good, me being a sweet tooth, just wanted a bite, but as you can see the cake was intact and my waistline saved, this time.

I want to thank all the vendors involved in putting this shoot together and the models Cassidy and Stephanie.

Please click on the links below to see more from this wonderful shoot. 

 "Classic red roses, masses of lush foliage, flickering candles and two beautiful brides in two equally beautiful dresses – there’s plenty to love about this styled shoot! Shot at the Gold Coast’s contemporary-chic Space10, this gorgeous collaboration brought together a collection of special creatives (including QB fave Helena Couture Designs). We can’t get enough of the warm tones, the romantic styling and that enticing buttercream cake! "QLD Brides

"Classic red roses, masses of lush foliage, flickering candles and two beautiful brides in two equally beautiful dresses – there’s plenty to love about this styled shoot! Shot at the Gold Coast’s contemporary-chic Space10, this gorgeous collaboration brought together a collection of special creatives (including QB fave Helena Couture Designs). We can’t get enough of the warm tones, the romantic styling and that enticing buttercream cake! "QLD Brides

 "We're loving this shoot for  @helenacouturedesigns !"  Wedding And Bride 

"We're loving this shoot for @helenacouturedesigns!"  Wedding And Bride 

 "A Gold Coast team of talented Wedding professionals join forces to bring you this luxe bohemian styled Wedding inspiration shoot. We have the opportunity to admire the shoot from the perspective of two photographers, Bird and Boy Photography & Milina Opsenica Photography - this shoot will ignite your wildest inner goddess." To the Aisle Australia

"A Gold Coast team of talented Wedding professionals join forces to bring you this luxe bohemian styled Wedding inspiration shoot. We have the opportunity to admire the shoot from the perspective of two photographers, Bird and Boy Photography & Milina Opsenica Photography - this shoot will ignite your wildest inner goddess." To the Aisle Australia

 Be inspired with more inspo ideas on Helena Couture Designs instagram page.

Be inspired with more inspo ideas on Helena Couture Designs instagram page.

 "So in love with this absolutely stunning same sex styled shoot – thank you  Helena Couture Designs  for sharing" Ideal Bride

"So in love with this absolutely stunning same sex styled shoot – thank you Helena Couture Designs for sharing" Ideal Bride

Down by the beach with Helena Couture Designs

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You've seen the photos, now have a sneak peek behind the scenes of how it was put together.

Mixing the beauty of the beach and surrounding area with Helena Couture Designs and her creative team - KeykoDesigns Photography, Skye Fagan Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist, Here and Now Florals by Sue Westbrook, our model Paris Muir and set assistant It'sTahana.

QLD Brides Fashion Showcase 2016

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Designer : Helena Karkovic Helena Couture Designs With a Diploma of Applied Arts in Fashion Design, Helena is a couturier with a love of luxurious fabrics, exquisite laces and stunning Swarovski crystals, all of which she uses to capture the essence of her bride's style and personality in her individually designed gowns.

My dresser Leonie and I arrived around 2pm at the South Bank Convention Centre, Brisbane.  There was a flurry of excitement from the models, designers, dressers and organisers getting ready for the full dress rehearsal, which went off not only without a hitch, but brilliantly.  The Tamblyn models that had been there since 9am were fantastic and on the night of the fashion parade did justice not only to our bridal label, but all the bridal labels, showcasing seventy bridal gowns, some of which were only going to be shown Friday night.

I quick selfie of Leonie and I before the parade started.

Leonie and I had some time to kill between the full dress rehearsal and the actual parade that started at 7pm, so we took a wonder around the QLD Brides Wedding and Honeymoon Expo and met some very creative exhibitors.  One exhibitor in particular Vicki from Studio Rosa Floral Artistry and her husband were creating a divine mix of floral art and what started as a conversations between creative minds ended up with Vicki creating a boho styled bouquet for our “Age of Aquarius” bridal gown “Blossom”.  Thank you Vicki for your generosity, your beautiful “Blossom” inspired bouquet now takes pride of place on our dining table.

Leonie and I also saw a wonderful cheese cake, which wasn’t baked or refrigerated, but made from cheese!  Heidi, I thought of you straight away.  I personally am a sweet tooth, but know many who are not and what a perfect way to end your meal with a cheesecake from The Cheese Bar!

 

But those of you who are sweet tooth like me, have a look at these delicious treats handmade by My Sweet Treats!  I’m torn in two, as I want to eat them, as they look divine, but at the same I don’t want to eat them, as they look too good to eat.  What a conundrum I’m in, but I’m sure my taste buds will win.

We saw many wonderful displays, but didn’t think to photograph them all, till we neared the end of our journey.  One display caught my eye, due the realness of the faux plants used.  I could not believe how real these faux ferns looked, used as back drop for Sandstone Point Hotel which matched perfectly with the living floral beauty Coconut Earth Flowers.

So the fashion parade was a hit.  The audience loved our bridal gowns.  They loved how uniquely individual each one was and I again was able to share it with some very special people in my life, two of them being my husband Tony and my daughter Tahana.  We enjoyed the after party and before we left the people from In The Booth were kind enough to let Tahana and I captualise this moment, in some photos, before they closed up for the night.

As we neared the end of our journey, to get ready for the show, one thing both Leonie and I were impressed with was not just how great the models looked with their hair and makeup done, but the efficiency Stefan Squad took to transform eighteen models in only a few short hours.  The models looked stunning, but the speed that was used and watching them work like a well oiled machine was amazing.

How real do these look!

Thank you to all involved in creating such a perfect night and a great way to show off Helena Couture Designs and start the expo.



Your Local Wedding Guide Bridal Expo - Gold Coast

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Our bridal label, Helena Couture Designs was a huge success yet again! 

The parades went flawlessly, a great mix of all vendors and couples and we were busy all day!  Tony and I were exhausted and are both still recovering.

We were also very happy with the response we received from brides and grooms to be.  We always try to make our label and booth stand out from the crowd and show girls what they can really get for the same value in most budgets.

7 News Gold Coast yesterday captured "Victoria" and "Raquel", two of the many favourites of the day. 


Application of the "Kelly" Lace

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Each couture gown we design and create is as unique as the wearer.  Even when we use the same lace, such as the “Kelly” lace below, you can see how the figure shape of the client and the application of the lace creates three very different looks.

Only the wedding dress on the far right is finished.  The first two were at different stages of completion.


Geoff & Rachael's Wedding Day.

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When I first met Geoff and Rachael, I knew Geoff by reputation only of his business Motion Art and the beautiful work he produces. 

As time went during Rachael’s fittings, she and I began to know each other more and in turn I also got to know her twin sister Tegan and she met my family. 

What a riot Rachael and Tegan’s fittings were to become!  My husband often wondered whether we got any work done, due to the laughter and talking coming from the studio on the days he was present. 

Since their wedding, Geoff and Rachael have become the parents of a little girl and Rachael has become one of my dearest friends.

Bridal Gown, Jewellery & Veil : Helena Couture Designs

Bridesmaid Dress : Helena Couture Designs

Photographer : Deep Grey