What to do with your Wedding Dress after the Big Day
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Kerrie Hess’s illustrations are iconic. Renowned for her minimal yet elegant style, her designs expertly convey the glamour, frivolity and beauty of the fashion world, yet are just as influential as the subjects she depicts. Australian-born and Brisbane-based, Kerrie’s artworks have gained international acclaim, with everyone from Cartier, Printemps Paris, Kate Spade New York, Louis Vuitton, Collette Dinnigan and Net-a-Porter showcasing their collaborations with her.
Despite her fame, Kerrie has extended her talent to creating personalised portraits, launching her Custom Bridal Dress service to give every bride the opportunity to create a timeless memory of their special day. They’re the perfect memento that will be cherished forever, and speaking of mementos, we sat down with Kerrie to ask her one of a newlywed’s most important questions – what to do with your wedding dress after the big day?
Aside from ‘till death do us part’, a woman’s wedding dress is arguably the most important part of the big day. They say you can’t put a price on love, but when it comes to your wedding dress we tend to disagree! So when the vows, champagne, and cake cutting draws to a close, where does the dress go? Far to often we put it in the dry cleaning bag, left as a sweet reminder in the back of the cupboard of your fairy-tale day. What a waste right? Well, to all the brides out there, take a look at these creative, and elegantly genius hacks on how to turn your dress into an ‘every day’ keepsake. Long live the love.
Kerrie Hess Bridal Dress Portrait More often than not our wedding dresses are tucked away from public eye after the big day. But forgo hiding your dress from that special day with Kerrie’s custom made artworks. This isn’t your average portrait. Kerrie Hess’ custom artworks are a must for every modern-day bride. From photos, French watercolour paint, charcoal washed canvases, or gold leaf embellishing, these portraits are the perfect addition to a mantle-piece filled with your vintage Vogue editions and Chanel perfume collections. A timeless memory of your most special day, Kerrie’s bespoke artwork are painted by hand to make your dress the best yet. Don’t have time for a custom portrait? Don’t fret! Kerrie’s Limited Edition Prints for the soon to be released Bridal Prints will have you sorted!
John Deer @cleverdeer
Jazz it up We are so not a fan of spoiling expensive items, but taking to the scissors and channelling your crafty soul is the perfect way to re-vamp your dress! Get nifty and chop off the lace trimming, beaded bodice, and tulle. These elements can be used on your future child’s christening attire, incorporated into jewellery, or even added to custom lingerie for your first wedding anniversary. In the words of Katherine Heigel’s sarcastic bestie in 27 Dresses, “the best part about it, is that you can shorten it and wear it again.” Definitely so true, the opportunities are endless!
Raquel Benito @racquelbenito_
Renew Your Vows A shotgun (renew your vows) wedding with numero’ uno in Santorini? We’d use any excuse for a loved-up holiday in the Greek Islands. Re-purpose your dress into a pretty little cocktail number for that balmy day you renew your vows. You’ll get to show off your Mediterranean tan and sea salted locks against a backdrop of crystal waters and white-tipped cliffs. How’s that for envy my friends?
Click here to discover more about Kerrie, and here to find out how you can have a customised portrait commissioned.