Constellations Collection

The Constellations collection has been designed with the romantic in mind.  With soft and delicate overlays and beautiful intricate detailing these gowns are something to behold.  Customisation is available on all of these beautiful gowns including sleeve changes and your choice of colour when choosing your underlay.  Versatile and timeless perfect for the modern romantic.

 

Gabrielle

Lucinda

Celine

Valerie

Austin

Harper

Alisha

Heart Aflutter Tour Part 1

To kick things off we will be spoilt with a Sunset River Cruise on the Seine followed by dinner at Laperouse

Plenty of sightseeing with Coco Klick from @Travellur

I plan to spend as much of my spare moments walking the streets of this beautiful city.

 

 

A very special Photo Shoot with Joy Proctor & Greg Fink at the incredible Chateaux Vaux Le Vicomte

Finding hidden treasures and beautiful views. Apparently there are some great views to be seen from the Terrace at Printemps

Lots of Tea and Coffee stops in beautiful spots.

Obviously there will be some Must See places to go.

 

 

 

 

Most importantly there will be some much needed quiet time wandering around the beautiful parks and soaking up the sights.

Keep up to date with all of my adventures on Instagram @jennifergifforddesigns

Set Your Heart Aflutter Tour created by Flutter Magazine with Joy Proctor Design

All images by the incredible Greg Fink

Dove by Lilli Kad Photography

Soft and delicate, the new Constellations Collection captured by Kerstin from Lilli Kad Photography is truly romantic.

A simple setting and natural light makes this Sneak Peek Editorial something beautiful to behold.

Shot on Fuji Film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits

Lilli Kad Photography

Tiarne Elle from Dally’s Models

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Bright Wedding Inspiration by The Bride’s Market

I was so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful shoot created for The Bride’s Market.

Jennifer Gifford Designs will be back for the next event in May and I encourage you to take advantage of the Early Bird Ticket Offer on until the end of March.

Grab your Tickets HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We wanted to create a beautiful statement of love with lots of colour and happiness. Brisbane Racing Club is a wonderful setting for a wedding big or small and it is a perfect location for a vibrant love-filled celebration.” 

CREDITS

Photography Soda Wedding Photography

Flowers Wilde Flora

Hire AVIDEAS

Gown Jennifer Gifford Designs

Suit Black Jacket Suiting

Makeup Blissful Makeup

Cake Holly Eloise Cake Artist

Stationery EJR Designs

Venue Brisbane Racing Club

Celebrant Alana Salm from Whiz Bang Wedding Club

Hair Hair by Popular Demand

Event The Bride’s Market

Constellations Editorial

LUCINDA

ALISHA

GABRIELLE

ARABELLA

HARPER

 

 

 

Ethereal, soft and romantic, preview the new Constellations Collection on the blog now.

Beautifully captured by Callie Marshall from  Florido Weddings with stunning hair and Makeup from Tracie Weaver and introducing Gabrielle the face of JGD’s 2017 campaign.

For all enquiries and bookings fill in the booking form HERE.

The Fitting Process – Everything you need to know

Ever wondered what’s involved in getting a gown “Made to Measure”?

Well, read on as I explain the very simple process in 6 easy steps.

1. Measurements

The beginning of your gown journey. This appointment is short and sweet and normally takes about 15 minutes. I recommend wearing close fitting clothes that are comfortable, you do not have to strip down for this appointment. If you have your wedding shoes please bring them but don’t stress if you don’t as you wont really need them until your third fitting. Please let me know if you would like to try on the sample gown again so I can allow more time together.

2. First Fitting

At this fitting I create a toile of your gown, in most cases just your bodice, which is made in calico. It is recommended that you bring the bra you plan to wear on your big day to this fitting and every subsequent appointment. I also suggests you wear separates i.e. jeans and a T-shirt for ease of fitting. The calico shell is then used as your pattern to cut out your bridal fabrics for your second fitting. Allow 30 minutes max for this fitting.

3. Second Fitting

 

This fitting will be very similar to the Calico fitting except your bodice will be made in your fabrics. So please wear separates and bring your bra. Allow 30 minutes for the fitting also.

4. Third Fitting

 

At this fitting your gown will start looking like, well, a gown! It will have its skirt on and may even have lining in it. You will need your bra and foundation garments for this fitting and it is important to have your shoes as well. I recommend keeping all of these items in a bag in your car or near the front door at home so as not to forget them. This is a great fitting to bring friends and family to if you wish.

5. Fourth Fitting

 

This is the fitting to make sure your hem is the perfect length and you are pined properly for the zip to be sewn in. It is vital that you have your wedding foundation garments AND your shoes with you for this appointment. We also work out the position of your bustle if you require one and any other final details.

6. Fifth and final Fitting

 

Your final fitting and collection! This is when I check that everything is perfect before you take your gown home. This fitting normally falls the week before your wedding, leaving plenty of time if there are any last minute details to attend
to. You will need your shoes and foundation garments as well as your veil and accessories. It is a great opportunity to see everything as a whole so please feel free to style your hair and do your makeup for this appointment. I also recommend bringing one of your Bridesmaids or your mother with you to observe the dressing process. This ensures there is someone else who knows all the little details for the day of your wedding. Your gown will be given to you in a White Garment Bag and is best laid across the back seat of your car to avoid creasing.

A day of mixed emotions for me, happiness and joy and a little sadness that I wont get to catch up with you again until your pictures are ready to share.

Please note that generally the time I spend with you is quite short, straight forward and relaxed.  The time I spend behind the scenes working on your gown can be several hours at a time to make sure your gown is at the perfect stage for each of your fittings.  This is why I book appointments on Fridays and Saturdays only to make sure I have ample time to work uninterrupted on your gown.

All images Prue Franzmann Photography

“Made to Measure” & What you need to know.

Here’s a little run down on the process of having a gown Made to Measure so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Please budget between $3000 to $5000 for this service.

 

 

 

Getting in early

As I work completely independently, it is essential you make an appointment as early as possible.

I always recommended that you book 9 to 12 months in advance, as busy wedding periods can book up very quickly.

Generally I take on a maximum of four weddings per month and spaces can fill fast.

My peek wedding seasons are March, April, May and September, October, November.  These times can book out 12 months in advance.


 

 

 Initial Consultation

At your initial consultation I always allow an hour to spend with you in the studio trying on gowns and discussing your options.

You are welcome to bring people with you to this appointment although I always recommend bringing just one or two trusted friends or family members.

To many opinions can cause confusion and unnecessary stress and anxiety.

I recommend wearing something that is easy to get in and out of and comfortable nude underwear and bring a strapless bra if you have one.

I always try to make this appointment a relaxed and fun experience, as it should be when you are shopping for your wedding gown.


 

 

Money matters

If you are happy to go ahead with your order a 40% deposit is required, this secures your booking and covers the costs of your fabrics.

The remaining balance of the gown will need to be paid in monthly instalments, with the final payment due the month prior to your wedding.

This ensures you are not lumped with a large bill just before your big day. I prefer not to handle cash so I recommend setting up a reoccurring EFT for peace of mind.

I can also take Credit Card payments in store and over the phone.


 

 

Fabrication

Once your deposit clears I will order all of your fabrics {please note that these can take anywhere from a
week to three months to arrive}.

When your fabrics comes in I will cut swatches and either send them via mail or make an appointment with you for their collection.

The swatches of your fabrics are helpful when choosing Bridesmaids dresses, flowers and shoes.

If you require more than one swatch please let me know at time of ordering in case more fabric is required.


Looking your best

The next time you will see me will be for measurements, about 12 weeks prior to your wedding or for those brides marrying overseas 12 weeks prior to your departure date.

It is imperative that if you are planning on loosing any weight in the lead up to your wedding that you begin your maintenance phase once your measurements have been taken.

An extra fee may be charged if alterations are required after your second fitting due to weight loss or gain.

Planning a wedding can be very stressful and starting a healthy eating and exercise regime is a great way of coping with tricky seating plans and difficult bridesmaids.

Please always remember though, that he is marrying you because he Loves you just the way your are!


Time Frame

The process from here on in is fairly straight forward and stress free, every two weeks or so I will see you for a fitting with generally 4 to 5 in total.

Your first fitting, two weeks after your measurements, will be your calico toile and this is then used as your pattern for your gown.

The second fitting will be similar to the first but your gown will be in your fabrics.

Your third fitting sees your skirt go on at which time your length in checked. You will need your shoes for this fitting.

The fourth fitting is to ensure your gown fits perfectly before the zip and hem is completed.

Your final appointment/fitting is to make sure everything is perfect before collection which generally falls one to two weeks out from your wedding.

For more information on the process check out my FAQ Page Here or to book an appointment fill in the form on the Contact Page Here.


All images by Prue Franzmann Photography.

Hinterland Wedding inspiration

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The colour palette for this beautiful shoot was a burst of warm summer tones which suited the lush setting so well.  I was blessed to be able to supply two gowns for this shoot, the Kate gown in Blush and the Fleur Gown.

Oringinally Featured on Fly Away Bride with words by Lindsay.

Kristie from Byron Loves Fawn is easily one of the nicest photographers I’ve met, not forgetting her talent and it was a real dream to work alongside her.

The prettiness in Australia is continuing today with the second part of the Hinterland Wedding inspiration shoot. I can’t describe accurately the beauty of the location and envy any bride considering a wedding in Gurragawee. Location aside, Kate, the proprietor was beyond accommodating and even though an event was taking place there the evening of the shoot, she was more than hospitable. Watching Rebecca work her magic on the floral swing and other pretty flower features was like watching magic and she continues to be a huge source of inspiration! You should check out her instagram feed! Ava Belle did a wonderful job on hair and make up and you might spot some pretty little headpieces, all hand made by this talented lady. We would have been lost without the help of The One Day House, an amazing company specialising in unique rentals, antique chairs, hand-made tables and lots of vintage props and finds. We are indebted to Byron Loves Fawn for producing such beautiful memories of that day.

 

Planning; Fly Away Bride | Photography; Byron Loves Fawn | Venue; Gurragawee | Styling; House of Hannah | Dresses;Jennifer Gifford | Rentals; The One Day House and House of Hannah | Flowers; Fleuriste | Models; One Island Agency | Hair and Make Up: Ava Belle using REDKEN and M.A.C | Jewellery; Stylist’s Own | Invitations and Calligraphy; House of Hannah

Modern Romance

Jennifer Gifford teamed up with a talented group of creatives to bring us this new take on modern weddings. The scene harnesses the romance and connection of a couple on their big day, but is presented in a more edgy context, with moody styling and daring fashion. Scroll down for more, with photography by Prue Franzmann.

 

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CREDITS

Florals + styling Poppies for Willow

Photography Prue Franzmann Photography

Hire + lighting AVIdeas

Gown Jennifer Gifford Designs

Suit Gentlemen United in Style

Venue The Gardens Club

Stationery The Wondery

Hair + makeup Jennifer Carlson

Model Vivien’s Brisbane