The Rebecca Gown

All images by Jennifer Stenglein

I wasn’t going to include a ‘Weddings’ section on my blog as I’ve already had my wedding and thought it was a stage of my life that had passed. Then a friend suggested I should have one and I also remembered how much I loved sharing my wedding stories and suppliers with people. It made me think- I need to share my wedding knowledge with you guys. It also made me ponder (and become excited) about how many girlfriends and family members I have who are not married (yet) and how much future planning fun I will have with their weddings. So alas, the weddings thread was born!

I married hubby on New Years Eve, 31st December 2010.

Unfortunately (but oh-so fortunately!) I was 10 weeks preggo on the night so I couldn’t cut loose on the D-floor with the J-man as planned. The whole point of having a NYE wedding was so we could party our butts off, and there I was with a stunt glass of champagne all night (Oscar was totally worth it though). I had an amazing time and the best thing is, I can remember every bit of it!

I don’t recommend getting accidentally pregnant just before your wedding (oh, or your hen’s day which your besties have been planning for a year). No, save it for after the big day.

We almost had a dress disaster as I was starting to literally bust out of my ceremony dress in my final fittings. My miraculous, beautiful J’aton Couture boys (stay tuned to the blog for the story on how we met) did some last minute alterations and voila, I had my dream dress- all 30kgs of white, amazing, decadence. I LOVED my wedding dress and it seems so many other people did too. The Boys say they still get calls from brides-to-be every single day enquiring about it. They have sold a tonne of them and I have seen so many copies getting around too. I’m glad it’s been such a successful creation for them, they literally put their blood, sweat and tears into it.

This dress actually almost never was. Instead, I wanted a sparkly, mermaid style wedding dress based on the “Keisha” which was the dress Keisha Whitaker wore to the Oscar’s in 2008 when she attended with her husband (google it). When I first saw this Keisha gown in a Harper’s Bazaar editorial I D.I.E.D! I thought, whilst gasping and heart palpitations manifesting, “Ive just found my wedding dress!!!!!!” Ok so I was a bit of a crazy lady as I wasn’t even engaged at the time, but it was a strange feeling- I just knew it was ‘the one’ (glad I didn’t tell hubby who was then just my boyfriend that I’d found my dream wedding dress- he would have run for the hills). So I loved this Keisha dress before I had even met The Boys and was fixated on it. When Juddy finally proposed it was first on my hit list.

This was when The Boys, who were now my great mates, said “Nooooooo, not Keisha, we’ve made a million of her. You need a white princess dress to walk down the aisle in. You need to look like a bride, not like you’re going to the Brownlow. We’ll make you a modified Keisha for later in the night after the ceremony (a much more intense, sparklier, detailed version- yes, more detail I hear you ask? We named it Keisha-on-steroids).”

So off The Boys went designing this poofy, white, princess dress. “You don’t have to wear it if you hate it, but we are designing it especially for you and we guarantee you’ll love it,” they said. Hmmm, I eagerly waited for the princess dress to take shape and dah dah dah dah….. WOW, what a masterpiece! As if I wasn’t going to wear it- it was the best thing I had ever seen in my life! (I know i’m going OTT on the exclamation marks here but it was a worthy moment- !!!)

I should never have doubted those Boys, they are pure genius and absolutely inimitable. I had my dream, white, princess bride dress which the boys named The Rebecca Gown, and Keisha-on-steroids to slip into for after dinner.

Happy days. So spoilt rotten. So lucky. So grateful to have these amazing men in my life.

The Rebecca Gown (I always feel like a wanker typing that, but seriously, that’s what The Boys called it) had kilometres of fabric in the skirt. The corseted bodice was made in the finest, manipulated lace with every single bead hand fixed on the gown (so The Boys like to remind me- “that bloody dress almost killed us. Our blood is in that dress”). The never-ending layers in the skirt were so soft and consisted of four different fabrics, all hand cut by The Boys. Heaven in a dress!

So that is the story of how The Rebecca Gown came about. I hope you like the pics.

Stay tuned and I’ll detail Keisha-on-steroids too, from the initial sketch to the fine detail on the bodice. Get ready to swoon. xxx

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  1. Margarida H

    Hi Bec, after seeing your two Gorgeous Gowns, do you think the boys at J’aton will ever come up with any other Gown/s that will top those Gowns?? They’re just so Stunnnninnng, I’d love to see what they will come up with next!! :)

  2. Hayley M

    Hi Vera – comment from December 17th 2012 below
    I am desperate to find a gown as amazing as ‘The Rebecca’ and I wanted to know if you could give me any information on how you found the one you loved? I have looked everywhere and can’t find anything that comes close….
    Hope to hear from you!

    1. Margarida H

      Heyyyyyyy!! I would love to make a Gown just like Becs’ :) I am a seamstress/couturier here in Perth for over 20 years. I have Found the exact Fabric from the exact French suppliers but have no-one to make a gown for :( I’m so desperately hoping someone will want me to make them a Replica. It’s such a gorgeous Rebecca Dress, I wish i seen it when I got married 5 years ago cos I would’ve made one for myself. LOL. :)) I made a Jodi Gordon Replica for a client, looked stunning, same Fabric but changed the skirt to a Mermaid to client specification. My client looked amazing and stunning also. I can send photos via email. My email is [email protected] if anyone is wanting to see a picture. Loooove Your Dress Bec, just gorgeous. xxx

  3. Kayla P

    I am having my wedding in about two years time and I have had a sick obsession with your dress for years and now I follow your blog consistently. From the moment I saw it I knew that would be the one. Even when looking around I can’t bring myself to even consider anything else as nothing compares to yours! I just want to find out a few details as I cannot find a dress similar enough at all and I think I will have to have it made couture. I’ve emailed the J’Aton boys and am just dying to hear back. But I know that there are a few things I have to have in mine- a couture, one of a kind- laced and beaded bodice and the same type of fabric at the bottom as yours- was it chiffon or something else? Even if it had less material at the bottom and wasn’t as puffy but had the same fabric- that’s what would make me the happiest bride. Anyways, there are many question I have and would love to chat about the dress and other aspects of your wedding. You had a wedding which would be an inspiration for any bride to be. xx

    1. Margarida H

      Hi Kayla, Did you manage to get your wedding dress? How did it turn out?? :) Hope all went well for you and you got your Beautiful Dream Dress. Otherwise I’m available to make your Gown for you. :)

  4. Alison J

    I’m not even the whole way through the blog and I’m already obsessed! Both dresses are absolutely mind blowing! I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford something like this in my lifetime but here’s to wishing… You have a great blog here! Xx

  5. Alison L

    Hi Bec. I have always loved your wedding dress – amazing. I am in the process of getting my dress made. Is the skirt colour of your dress Ivory? Thanks xx

  6. Not that I’m anywhere near getting married, I absolutely loved this post. I feel I will become somewhat of a obsessed reader of your blog after the homewares posts- I love them!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! Love this dress & you of course look beautiful. If you don’t mind me asking, how much would this baby set you back? x

    1. Hi Amy,
      It all depends on how much bead work and fullness you go for in the skirt (ie. I had kilometres and kilometres of fabric in the skirt but they can do it much cheaper with less fabric but more tulle underneath to still make it appear full). I got a great price as they are my dear friends but I think this style ranges from about 20-50k. They are expensive but I believe they are the best in the world. x

  8. Joanne G

    So glad you took J’aton’s advice on the Keisha dress. Your wedding dress is undoubtedly the most stunning I have ever seen.

  9. I can not express enough how my moment with The Rebecca Gown was to your Keisha! I am getting married in march and was lucky enough to find something similar to yours and although I’m not paying couture prices I feel amazing in it and I just wanted to say that you were my inspiration! The only thing I’m stuck on is makeup.. Do you have any suggestions for Sydney makeup artists?

    1. Hayley M

      Hi Vera – comment from December 17th 2012 below
      I am desperate to find a gown as amazing as ‘The Rebecca’ and I wanted to know if you could give me any information on how you found the one you loved? I have looked everywhere and can’t find anything that comes close….
      Hope to hear from you!

  10. I was fortunate enough to see this dress in the flesh this week with my girlfriend who is getting married. Absolutely mindblowing! It’s no wonder it’s become the #1 pin on all the bride-to-be Pinterest pages! X

  11. Your dress is one I can stare at any time of the day. It was so aahhhh-mazing. An iconic dress that provided that GASP I NEED TO HAVE IT NOW moment for so many other brides.

  12. There is honestly nothing not to love about this piece of art. The J’Aton boys deliver consistently and this dress still takes my breath away. Your dress has provided your ‘Keisha dress moment’ to so many other women. That must feel special (but annoying hehe) xx