Hands make for bridal masterpieces
STEPHANIE Patey's hands are her business.
Delicate, crafty and artistic, she uses them to shape silk petals, sew crystal jewels and transform a blushing bride into a breathtaking masterpiece.
Mrs Patey is the founder of Ivie White, a bridal accessories business setting the benchmark for wedding fashion around Australia.
Using her eight years experience in the bridal manufacturing industry, she has launched a stylish website to give brides a unique look for their special day.
"I came up with the concept two years ago after working with wedding gowns for a local designer," Mrs Patey said.
"I love working with brides and creating something beautiful with my hands, but I wanted something that was my own."
After working alongside renowned designer Tammie Nitchke, Mrs Patey started designing and making the hair accessories from her home in Woombye.
She launched her website in January, which has attracted the attention of hundreds of brides nationwide.
"The website has gone crazy and the business has pretty much taken off since then," she said.
"The beauty of this business is that fashion is forever changing and so the website will evolve."
Made from the finest French silks and chiffon, the flowers, veils and fascinators are individually crafted to suit the brides' tastes and personalities.
Her individual approach to business means that her creations are made-to-order and allows brides to help with the design.
"Most brides have an idea of what they want for their hair but struggle to find it, I give them an opportunity to help design their dream piece, then I can make it for them," she said.
"And because each piece is made-to-order, I can work together with the bride to design something that they are truly happy with."
Her silk and chiffon flowers take around two hours to complete, with each petal delicately shaped using specialised heated tools.
She then attaches Swarovski crystals and pearls.
"My favourite part of this business is working together with the bride and creating and designing together," she said.
For more information, go to iviewhite.com.au.