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    NEWS — wedding

    Behind the Scenes in the Atelier


    Our talented photographer friend Aric Man came and spent some time with us in our atelier, to capture a little behind-the-scenes video of the creation of one of our bridal gowns as shown at New Zealand Fashion Week as part of the New Zealand Weddings Magazine showcase.

    We love what he produced for us x

    Natalie Chan Presents: Blissfully Botanic Lookbook

    ‘You’ve been for a stroll in the garden picking flowers and daydreaming with your lovers name on your lips’

    Having had a long time love affair with flowers, Natalie has drawn inspiration for her latest bridal collection from blooms and botanical gardens. Each design in the collection features a type of fabric flower from petite and scattered to a bold cluster of blooms. Another constant inspiration is exploring fabric manipulation and textures, the culmination of these ideas resulted in Natalie and her team researching into the different types of floral motifs on laces and fabric and also creating their own by artfully painting large flowers onto silk fabric before hand-appliquéing them onto gowns in different forms.

    Quality fabrics such as silk dupion and lace can be seen on the gowns as well as fine tulle and silk organza which give a wonderful transparent depth to the designs. Bodices are contoured close to the body while skirts generally tend to be floor length and sweeping. Natalie Chan brides are imagined in ivory but also in pops of beautiful pinks from soft hues, to brighter tones of coral and water lily pink.

    We present to you 'Blissfully Botanic'

    Botanic Delight

    Dazzling Charm

    Falling Roses

    Peering at Posies

    Tumbling Flowers

    In a Bed of Flowers

    Daintily Blooming paired with Cascading Vision

    We hope you love it as much as we do

    New Zealand Weddings Show Backstage Diary

     We loved being part of the New Zealand Weddings Magazine Show at New Zealand Fashion Week this year, and today we bring you a few backstage snaps of how our days went while we were backstage dressing models and preparing our collection for the catwalk!

    Models Rebecca, Sophie and Ariel in our latest designs. Pre-show its important for designers to hold fittings with models so we can allocate gowns to the girls that are best showcased for each individual figure.

    Designers often have show cards with all of the information of the outfit that each model is to wear, this ensures things run smoothly on the day and helps backstage volunteers get an idea of how the gown is to be styled.
    Hair and makeup is vital in helping to tell the story of the whole look. The team from Bobbi Brown and Joico did a wonderful job.

    Image from NZ Weddings Instagram

    Rebecca showcased the finale outfit in our capsule collection, this is of course usually reserved for the most standout look, which we thought appropriate for this bold veil and gown which featured a three metre long train!

     Natalie with one of the dresses. This design has been appliqued with beautiful hand painted silk flowers.

    Our mood-board to set the tone of the models walk.

    Models Helen and Ariel backstage.
    Image from NZFW
     A stylist from Joico perfecting their work.
    Image from Instagram
     Natalie prepping the models for their walk!
    Image from Instagram
    Natalie Chan brides!
    Image from NZ Weddings
    Stay tuned for a look at our full collection next.
    The Natalie Chan girls

    Natalie Chan's Very Whimsical Tea Party- Drinks Cart

    Recently we staged a bridal and bridesmaids shoot with a group of talented and like-minded friends to showcase a selection of my latest designs. 

    Alongside the fashion styling we styled a lovely wee drinks cart infusing our love of  the look of romance meets rustic. Below is a description of a 'drinks cart how-to'...

    Source a beautiful vintage tea trolley or two tier table.

    Pick a theme around your favourite themes, mine here is romance meets rustic.

    Gather appropriate props in relation to your theme, we have gone with glittered wooden letters, roses, old books, a teacup and wooden logs.

    Dream up your dream menu, and put it to reality! Here I have gone with champagne served with strawberries, ice blocks made from iced tea and an array of pretty berries, and lastly a selection of organic ice teas.


    Think about your serve-wear in accordance with what you will be serving, I love drinking champagne out of champagne saucers so naturally have chosen a collection of my favourite crystal cups. The champagne is kept chilled in a silver ice bucket while the ice blocks are presented on glass cake stands.


    When styling it altogether, think about aesthetics, proportions and easy accessibility. Utilize your props to create height and interest. Also think about the overall space you want to display in, here I have found a space in front of a personal favourite artwork of mine and have also strung up some festoon lights.

    And viola! Step back and admire your display before your guests come and kindly devour your hard work!


    Until next time!

    The Natalie Chan girls


    Natalie Chan's Very Whimsical Tea Party

    Recently we staged a bridal and bridesmaids shoot with a group of talented and like-minded friends to showcase a selection of our latest designs. 

    As the scent of fresh roses and fragrant candles filled the room, three girlfriends shared giggles, stories and secrets over a spread of cakes and tea. 

    As for their attire...a selection from the latest collection of Natalie Chan's couture bridal wear, the bride wore a gown featuring lace and floral beaded embroidery applique on the shoulders while the skirt is made up of tier upon tier of pleated tulle ruffles and ombres from ivory into a beautiful rose pink shade, atop her head is crystal headband secured with a satin ribbon bow. At her side, her two best girlfriends were equally stylish, one in a baby pink silk dupion dress with a structured lace headpiece to complete her look, and the other in a long blush pink skirt paired with a silk crepe blouse worn with large silk flowers in her hair. This girls only club was celebrating their dear friends last moments as a wife-to-be, and what better way to do so, then with a very whimsical tea party!

    A look at the tablescape


    The wonderful naked cake from Bluebells cakery adorned with fresh flowers from Cartier for Flowers.

    Cupcakes and iced coconut rested upon fine china from The Vintage Table. 


    Stay tuned for the next blog post in our high tea shoot series!

    Until next time
    The Natalie Chan girls



    Dresses And Headwear: Natalie Chan
    Sweet Treats: Bluebells Cakery
    Floral Design: Cartier For Flowers
    Tableware Hire: The Vintage Table
    Photography: Weddings In Vogue