A Dream Destination Wedding On The Amalfi Coast


Intuitively, she sees how a timelessly elegant French lace robe 
can transform the experience of getting ready on the morning of her wedding: there she iswrapped in lace and silk, sipping champagne with her girls, the picture of anticipation, of radiant, feminine, expectant happiness. 

She sees...herself, the Girl & a serious dream, a dream that is about to come true...


This intimate wedding inspired by a classic Italian fairytale has an aura of freshness - from the venue: Duomo di Amalfi, a spectacular 9th century cathedral in Ravello, to the lush and lovely florals by Myrtle et Olive.





Australian bride, Jem, got in touch with us for her morning-of wedding day attire, and once we found out it was a destination wedding, we were overjoyed to go over all the different options with her. 

Ever since we designed a custom piece for the Moda e Arte Workshop, we've been inspired by the beauty of the Amalfi landscape and architecture.

Jem wore our signature Swan Queen lace robe, paired with our Pima cotton Ivory slip underneath. She handpicked our unlined lace robe for it's classic yet modern feel, and intricate lace motifs that delicately frame the silhouette. The lightness of our French lace made for a breezy, lighter than air look and made for the ultimate morning bridal style. 

She looked so radiant, happy, and beautiful wearing our lace robe while getting ready for her wedding at the stunning Palazzo Avino suite.




Cheers!Jem clinks champagne glasses with her maid-of-honor wearing our Samantha Silk Robe  

The perfect choice for her wedding style - a sophisticated ensemble that's relaxed and light, and effortlessly paired with our slip for beautiful "before the gown" photos.

We couldn't adore her bridal style more, and among a saturated market of imitations and copycats, it was a delight to meet a bride who not only has an eye for the real thing, but an appreciation and love for the quality and craftsmanship of our designs. 


After a morning of getting ready bliss, an intimate photo session followed with amazing Aussie wedding photographer, Jemma Keech, and styled by our friend and international wedding planner + designer, Joy Proctor. Then, she stepped into her stunning custom gown by Paolo Sebastian, and walked down the aisle surrounded by gorgeous mosaics and a crystal chandelier. An intimate ceremony of close friends and family followed, all gathering into a candle and flower filled dining room for the reception.






Afterwards, a breathtaking view from the terrace and a firework finish brought this celebration of love to a spectacular close. This romantic wedding brought together an amazing team of talented and creative vendors, bringing Jem's vision to life.

Congratulations to Jem and Brodie! Their wedding is truly one to inspire...


Xx, Anita



Photography: Jemma Keech | Videography: Marco Caputo Films | Floral Design: Myrtle et Olive | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Ceremony: Duomo di Amalfi | Reception: Belmond Hotel Caruso | Hair & Makeup: My Wedding Mirror | Bride's Lace Robe: Girl & a Serious Dream | Custom Gown: Paolo Sebastian | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning & Design: Joy Proctor Design

Valentine's Day Gift Guide



Valentine's Day is almost here so we rounded up a sweet little gift guide for the ones you love most! 
Inspired by our current musings and our #SeriousDream date essentials.

When it comes to fashion and accessories, we love all things feminine yet modern. 
Now's the time to treat yourself to something special!



 Rosa French Lace PantiesSomething cheeky for the lingerie-obsessed


 Lucia Bralette by Frankie Phoenix: A lacy bralette is a V-Day must have! Mix + match with a pair of Rosa's.



Protagonist Drape Hammered-Charmeuse Dress: Slip into this classic baby pink number for an ultra-glam date look



Swan Queen Lace Robe: You can never go wrong with French lace - Our signature Swan Queen style is sure to tickle her fancy in a variety of colors.


Comme Des Garcons Play Red Perfume: Open your heart to a bright & sweet new scent 



 Tulip French Lace Kimono: A sweet treat for the everyday luxury lover



Welcome Companions Glove Coin PurseThe perfect companion or extra hand on a night out. 




 Swan Queen Lace Gown: Amp up the drama with striking vintage-inspired dressing gown in bold black lace.


Happy Valentine's Day!

xoxo,

Anita

A Boudoir Story Wrapped in Romance


An intimate take on a boudoir moment.




This stunning portrait session was shot by fine art photographer Jose Villa. Warm, natural sunlight played off the neutral walls of Sunstone Villa, and allowed Samantha's beauty to be the focus.


Confidence and romantic details shined through Samantha's boudoir looks so beautifully, celebrating the sweet anticipation every bride feels before walking down the aisle.



We love all the texture and delicate details on our Godiva French lace bodysuit peeking out from beneath our Sublime silk tulle veil, creating an ethereal glow around her. 



And when worn with our Godiva silk tulle cape, layers of soft silk tulle draped her silhouette like flowing water.

Then wrapped in our Nina Silk Chiffon Wrap Robe, Samantha is a vision in pure silk. The fluid drape is perfection paired with her Louboutin peep toe heels.




The effortless charm of Samantha's session is enchanting, and truly a sight to behold.

A boudoir session as lovely as this is a keepsake every bride would cherish dearly for years to come.


Xo,


Anita



Introducing Giselle Leavers Lace Robe for Anthropologie


We are so excited to share that Girl & A Serious Dream is part of the new Anthropologie Fall Intimates collection!

For the past year, we've been carefully working on new designs - testing brand new concepts and ideas - all while sourcing laces to create the most beautiful pieces. 

Every step of the way we make sure that everything we create is special, well made, and fills you with the feeling of truly owning something unique.

Our Giselle Leavers Lace robe was designed to be a fresh take on the classic robe. We wanted this design to have the essence of a bridal cover-up feel - elegant, sophisticated, and sleek - while staying true to our brand, like our eye for the little details: hand cut engineered scalloped edges, impeccable fit and versatile styling.



G&SD for Anthropologie

Giselle quickly became one of our favorite styles to date. From the moment we slipped the first one on our dress form, its fine craftsmanship and luxe fabric paired perfectly with its comfy, stylish feel. We couldn't be more proud that our Giselle robe is all handmade in the USA with love and the utmost care.

The leavers lace we use was made exclusively for us from the archives of a sixth-generation, family-owned lace mill, where they've been perfecting the art of lace making since the mid-19th century! We were smitten by the softness, and truly love how rich in texture and intricate our Giselle lace is.

Designed with an A-line silhouette for a timeless and flattering fit that easily goes from a lace robe to a chic lace jacket, finished with a removable, matching lace self-tie belt. One of our favorite things about this robe is how it can be styled as loungewear or streetwear: over your best lingerie for a chic, timeless look, or over your favorite dresses as a sophisticated lace cover-up.





We wanted Giselle to stand out, and we knew our signature hand cut lace applique was the perfect finishing detail. By expertly engineering the lace into a special spot on the garment, we were able to blur the lines between tradition and innovation by having scalloped edges all around, creating a truly unique design. 

 Available in ivory & black lace on our shop. Perfect for the holiday season worn over an LBD, paired with a cami and jeans, the options are endless...

In the studio starting production

There is about a full year of development that goes into each piece - from initial ideas to final product. It's a long journey, but it's all so worth it when we see you wearing our designs! 

Working with Anthropologie has been an amazing experience, and we're so thankful to be able to offer our favorite styles through their online shop and large-format stores in Portland, OR, Newport beach, CA.

Thank you for coming along on this amazing journey with us. We can't wait to show you what we have in store for the new season!

Xo,

Anita


Real Wedding: Something Old & Something New


Vintage-inspired glamour and Old World charm - what more could we ask for! 
Our real bride Paige took her New Orleans wedding to a new level of elegance, and back to another time.

Dressed in a stunning ensemble reminiscent of the turn of the century, Paige walked down the aisle of the breathtaking Marigny Opera House. Her beautiful dress by Sarah Seven glowed against the moody color palette of garnet and plum, while gold details that glittered the banquet hall heightened all the glitz! 

Our friend and ever-talented photographer Lauren Kinsey captured all the beauty.


Paige's Juliet cap veil we made with lace from her mother's antique wedding gown was a real showstopper


We love working one-on-one with our brides, and when Paige got in touch with us to design her wedding veil, we couldn't wait to get started! Bringing the past to life while creating something new is a design challenge we've been dreaming of.




We designed a custom Juliet silk tulle cap veil with an applique lace train, using the most gorgeous antique French lace cut from her mother's wedding gown, which was more than 25 years old. Since it was stored for so long, the wear and tear of the delicate lace was more than just beginning to show. We carefully analyzed the lace on the garment and pondered how to bring the fragile fabric back to its original state. 

The old lace developed a yellowish patina of age that we restored by professionally washing. Then we painstakingly removed each lace piece from the gown and restored the motifs by trimming each one by hand. 

Finally we were ready for the fun part: designing the veil!





Already familiar with the lace motifs from the restoring process, we spent the next days draping, arranging, and pinning the lace to find the best way to showcase its antique beauty. 

Each piece of lace was hand-cut and sewn to silk tulle, creating a truly one-of-a-kind piece.


In the studio working on Paige's veil

It was an incredible experience to design this wedding veil for Paige. We're simply delighted she was able to wear this heirloom piece that's been passed down in the family, to her very own wedding.

It means so much to us that we were able to make something so dear to her heart a part of her big day.

Xo,

Anita



Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Cinematography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Coordination: Down Annie Lane | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | Catering: Dat's Good Food | Invitations and Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Fine Arts Ensemble | Bridal Veil: Girl & A Serious Dream | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Marigny Opera House | Event Styling and Floral: Mitchell Willis Events | Linens:La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Napkins: Backyard Printing | Reception Band: Jimmy Maxwell | Rentals:Party Rentals Delivered | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band


Behind The Scenes: BHLDN + Girl & a Serious Dream

We're still in awe over our dream collaboration with BHLDN, and are excited to share all the details from behind the scenes...

After our Swan Queen blush lace robe launched at Anthropologie last Spring, we were invited to Philly to visit the URBN offices and meet with buyers for BHLDN Bridal: Anthro's sister store. 

 


All our favorite brands are headquartered on this amazing campus, where the offices were built from a renovated Navy shipyard. 



Each building on campus exclusively houses the URBN brands. BHLDN being with Anthropologie.

The design of the campus completely reflects URBN's vintage-inspired style; beautifully blending old and new, just like what you find inside Anthropologie stores! We wandered the grounds in awe of the aesthetic, the atmosphere, and the people.


Free People Building

Interior of the Anthropologie Building


Art Installation inside the Anthropologie Building

Here, with Alexa Egeck: lingerie and accessories buyer for BHLDN


The BHLDN offices were filled with lace, tulle & lots of sparkle, and the energy throughout their space was magical. Getting a behind the scenes look of their moodboards, and seeing the team hand-picking the newest samples was heaven! You could tell that everyone genuinely loved being there.
Our meeting with the amazing ladies at the BHLDN offices was wonderful. We fell in love with the culture even more, and were beyond excited to join BHLDN. 

Soon after our meeting we were given the good news. Our Elizabeth lace robe was picked up for BHLDN's Bridal lingerie shop!


BHLDN's space


 Named the Araminta lace robe, this oh-so-sweet lace robe is the perfect piece to pair with bridal lingerie, and to slip on while getting ready on your wedding day. Get yours on BHLDN now.


It's been such an amazing experience working with both Anthro & BHLDN, and we're beyond excited for everything that's in the works.

Thank you to everyone at BHLDN and our amazing G&SD team. Another big thank you goes out to my husband for all his help behind the scenes.

xo,

Anita