(POA. Designed to your unique budget & timeline)
Four-six month+ creation time.
With a modern approach and an eye with an edge when it comes to the world of the wedding dress, a Hermione de Paula Love Story gown is like no other. Carefully designed with you, each piece is an entirely individual and personal work of art. The dress is designed for you to document your history, with your past present and future woven into the fabrics. A rich memoir of yours and your partners love, telling its tale in silk threads. Be this expressed via big and blooming colourful display of your shared passions or delicately hidden within secret coded symbols and symbolic flora and fauna from all the places you’ve travelled together. Landscapes and landmarks create a map of your relationship. An embroidered diary dreamscape full of native flowers from those special trips recalls everything that brought you closer over the years and creates an heirloom treasure to be passed down and added to by your future generations. The tales of the tapestry can be revealed or kept concealed for only those who learn your secret language should you wish them to read it. Inspired by Hermione’s love of storytelling, her fascination lost between the pages of treasured illustrated books such as the Codex Seraphinianus and the Victorian Flower Dictionary her obsession is to always delve closer into the detail, not all is what it seems.
"Her flair for ‘romantic surrealism’ in both her prints and her design motifs results in sheaths that surprise upon closer inspection." Harpers Bazaar USA, AUGUST 2019
Your unique artwork is not limited to your couture wedding gown but can also be translated into other beautiful pieces for the big day. Once your artwork has been developed for you – it’s yours to share across your whole wedding should you wish. Hermione de Paula creates bespoke ‘Wedding Party’ outfits for Bridesmaids, Maid of Honour and Mother of the Bride where an essence of your artwork can be transformed into something unique with matching embroidery or print to work harmoniously with your bridal gown.
Alternatively, your original hand drawings and paintings that were created for your gown can be further developed into high quality printed silks for the lining of your partner’s suit with matching pocket squares or ties for him and his groomsman. Add a personalised touch with your unique artwork and include a secret hidden message to each of your loved ones across your wedding stationary or decorations. Your unique artwork and embroidery also translate perfectly to bridal robes to wear on the morning of your magical day for you and your bridal party with your names embroidered on the back or a set of beaded initials on the front for you to treasure forever. Matching eye masks and travel pillows can be created as the perfect plane comforter as you set off for your honeymoon. The possibilities are endless. Our Love Story artwork has even been tattooed for a second wedding anniversary...
Time, detail and trust is important in this process as the Hermione and the creative team work on turning visionary ideas into reality. We celebrate the luxury artisanal craftsmanship which goes into creating this heirloom art, each and every piece having its own personality. Ultimately the memory of making it becomes another layer to the stories hidden within it. Diving in and exploring this world of opportunities for your embroidery, print, design and detail is an unparalleled and exhilarating experience which we can guarantee will be a creative explosive right from your heart and stimulate all of your senses.
Our Love Story service is an immersive process where you have the opportunity to choose every detail of your gown. For our international brides we are able to share digital design decks and hold skype fittings. Hermione and the team travel internationally regularly for client creative appointments as well as introduce you to our oversea tailoring teams who we partner with to create a smooth process. We are able to ship toiles and swatches for review. The experience has full support at every stage, overseen meticulously by Hermione and the team.
Whatever the fantasy, Hermione de Paula can make it happen, like a chrysalis to butterfly metamorphosis or a rose bud unfurling into full bloom. Dresses usually take six months to create depending on your unique design and timeline, however if the deadline requires, we will always endeavour to make magic happen so we work backwards from your wedding date and can let you know the possibilities.
We offer an intense personal design collaboration with Hermione to develop an art couture gown exclusively with you, in which you can communicate and share your unique Love Story with your friends and family on your special day. This will include creation of new artworks starting with individual hand drawings and paintings based on the collaborative brief between you and Hermione, working with different colour spectrums, developing embroidery and beading techniques, as well as a fully tailored fitting service and developing a new gown silhouette specifically for you. Witness the transformation from drawing to embroidery through a series of swatches alongside your fitting sessions, bringing both gown silhouette and embroidery artwork to life.
Following your creative consultations with Hermione and the team we will offer a design proposal with options based on your unique budget and brief. We advise our brides to consider a little flexibility in their budget due to the creative process which might offer up new ideas along the journey they may wish to explore further.
Take a look through some of our beloved Love Story muses in the galleries below.