Elizabeth May Bridal

Elizabeth May Bridal

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My beautiful Bridesmaids in their Beautiful Elizabeth May Dresses !! Thank you so much for all your work!
I just wanted to thank you for doing such an Amazing job of my flowergirls dresses!! They looked Beautiful!!! Merry Christmas Team you have earned it! The Dunns xX
Your gorgeous gowns featured on Paper + Lace! :)

Bridalwear designer Julia Barnes believes the perfect wedding dress is more than beautiful fabrics and design. Creating the most memorable gown of a brides day is realised through understanding the unique character and style of the bride who wears it.

Operating as usual

What do you make yourself available for?

This year has been a ride for sure! Some parts have been scarey and heartbreaking, some parts have been joyful and exciting, and some parts have been transformational and liberating for me.

After the first lockdown I quit Facebook for 40 days and 40 nights.
It was BLISS!

Ditching social media opened up all this space for me to breathe, for me to connect back in with myself and my creativity.

I realised how much time I wasted scrolling social media, going down one rabbit hole after another and how that was affecting me.

I had been making myself available for things that were not feeding my soul...they were eating it.

During the 40 days of no FB, I began to create again - not for any other reason than to create something beautiful.

There was no plan for what I was creating - I simply followed the sparks of inspiration and excitement as I played with fabrics and shapes.

And this INCREDIBLE (if I do say so myself! ) gown was the outcome.

Over the last 3 years I have created beautiful wedding gowns for brides.

I have created amazing gowns just for fun for creative photoshoot collaborations.

The gowns that I have created for brides have been a mixture of gowns that have been an amazing creative journey while others have been more traditional.

I have come to a space where from now on I am ONLY available to create for brides who seek me out to create something that is truly unique and aligned with my creative style. Brides who are willing and able to sink into the mystery and trust of the creative journey.

I am NOT available to create a replicated version of a gown they have seen elsewhere by another designer.

And this feels so good.

To be clear in what I want to spend my creative energy on.

Because creative energy is life force energy......and I am only available to devote this energy to that which makes my heart sing and what I can be fully invested in creating, from a space of deep love and devotion.

So if you are my kinda bride I would LOVE to hear from you!
Let's get crazy and creative together!

Much love
Julia

Dress by me
Photography and Makeup by Two Little Starfish
Styling by Susi Liddington
Model Lucy Oakley

I am receiving so many downloads right now as to how I am showing up in this world, calling in authentic soul aligned clients, how I want to work, who I want to work with and what that "work" will be....

After a period of quietness and integration after an intense transformational journey over the last several months, things are becoming super clear.

As I am able to hold myself in whatever stage and state I am experiencing and only showing up authentically and honoring myself, I am able to be in a state of flow and heart led authenticity that is not only healing for me, but reaches out and resonates with others.

Allowing all the parts of myself to come back together without pushing or pulling or forcing has allowed me to open up to and sink further into a space of unconditional self love of all aspects of my wholeness.

My dreams and desires and visions are becoming clearer and clearer - not in the how, but definitely in the what. The how doesn't matter - trust and surrender is key here.

I am excited.
I can feel the quickening in my womb of creation and gestation and birthing.
I can feel the full support of the Divine Feminine and tapping into my Divine Masculine - beginning to journey with bringing these into unity.

With love
Julia

Designing and creating Kat's gown was one of THE MOST special, synchronistic, connected, conscious, magical and deeply devotional journeys I have experienced with a bride. It was EVERYTHING that I desire to share with each and every bride.
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It all started while I was traveling through India and Nepal: Namaste Bitches
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Kat came to see me the weekend I returned from overseas and we both felt a deep connection straight away.
Synchronicity was amazing: Kat's grandmother was a bridal designer...her name was Elizabeth May.
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Kat entered a competition that I was contributing to with her soulful and deeply moving love story of when her and Tony met, and it was with much excitement, joy and celebration that she was the winner! I was so meant to create her wedding gown!
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Fittings were always full of laughter, love, celebration of her divine feminine and followed with margaritas and lunch dates.
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The creative process was a true co-creation. Every detail was consciously considered and intentional. It was a sacred journey together.
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Love, trust, respect and magic was stitched into Kat's gown by myself and a beautiful friendship that I love and cherish. I created a sigil - a magic symbol - from one of her vows and stitched this into her gown.
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Kat and Tony's wedding was one of the most deeply loved up weddings I have been to. Their devotion to each other and their two beautiful children was an honor to witness. I SOBBED my way through their heartfelt, soul aligned vows to each other.
They were married at Wenderholm - literally 100 meters from where Saul and I got married!
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Kat, I love you! Thank you for the trust you had in me to create your gown. Thank you for your beautiful friendship, your radiance, your shining light thst this world needs, your soulfulness and your magic! So blessed that we met and that we continue to journey together, to grow together, to create magic together.
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Julia xx
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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REAL BRIDE @katshields1984
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Adoration....
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There are no words for the deep soulful love and respect of the divine within each other that Tony and Kat have for each other.
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It was an honor and a privilege to meet Kat, create her dream gown for her, become friends and be invited to their wedding with my beloved.
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I adore you Kat!
So much love sister
Julia xx
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.

SO MUCH L-O-V-E โค๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.

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[06/22/20]   Epic...
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
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That time I created a gown in 2 weeks just because we wanted to create something beautiful...
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Elizabeth May Bridal
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.

So many beautiful details to create Sara's incredible bespoke gown.
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Starting with an soft beautiful embroidered lace with 3D flowers I carefully cut around each repetition of the design to be able to place the flowers on the circular shape of the tulle skirt and train.
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Pinned in place and hours spent sewing the lace detailing to the skirt to create a waterfall of flowers flowing down the skirt and train.
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Individual flowers stitched onto the bodice cups and the top of the skirt where it joins to the bodice.
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Flowers removed from the embroidered lace for the bodice of the gown.
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12 layers of tulle in 4 shades of pink (including UNICORN PINK!) to create the fullness of the skirt and train with depth of color.
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Covered buttons detailing down the center back closure of the super low cut back.
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This gown truly was a labor of love, devotion, and conscious creation. So much intentional attention to every part of the detailing which I absolutely LOVE about creating bespoke bridalwear.
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Thank you Sara for the amazing journey we shared in the co-creation of your wedding gown. Every fitting that we had we explored new ideas and played with the fabrics and the detailing together to create a truly unique gown. My gratitude for the honor of being a part of your wedding in this way and the trust that you had in me to create your gown.
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Much love
Julia xx
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REAL BRIDE
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.

Sara and her maids.
The epitome of divine feminine grace.
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REAL BRIDE
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
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Congratulations to these two beautiful humans who married back in February!
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Sara, creating your beautiful gown was a true labor of love and devotion to beauty, femininity and creativity.
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Absolutely DIVINE.
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Much love
Julia xx.
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Aaaalllllllll the beautiful details of Erin's gown.
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Custom beaded and as always, made-to-measure for that perfect fit.
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
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Rainy Sundays are perfect for creating...

REAL BRIDE Abbey

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[04/30/20]   This beautiful video of creation by @_elizabethfaye has been a catalyst for a desire to share my creative process.

I cannot even express how amazing it is to see the creative process of artists/designers/CREATORS.

I am INSPIRED and EXCITED to share more of my creative process in designing and making bridalwear.

And it is something new that I am keen to offer my brides - a video documentation of the creation of their wedding gown!

Just gotta get my technology sorted...the last week has been fairly frustrating trying to capture my process in a way that looks as beautiful as Liz's. (Any advice or ideas totally invited and welcomed!)
Liz kindly sent me the whole 4 minute video so that I could share it with y'all.

Super excited to be collaborating with Liz in the near future...watch this space!

Would LOVE to hear from you what you would like to see more of the way I create. Hit me up in the comments!

Much love
Julia xx
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful. .
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Choosing laces and working with brides to decide on the placement on the body is my favorite part of creating bridalwear.
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Cutting the lace to matchup embroidery details and carefully cutting around details of the lace to take it apart and place it back together in a different way to create striking details is where I devote alot of time, love, thought and intention.
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I love it when wedding photographers take the time to capture these details.....thanks @gregcampbell.photo !
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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REAL BRIDE
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I love creating beautiful and unique options instead of a veil....Abbey still had the drama of a windswept veil...without the veil!
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I created the tulle 'cape' detail to be detachable so that they could be removed for the reception...attached at the shoulder of her gown they were the finishing touch to her bold lace gown.
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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REAL BRIDE @abbeymoore1402
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Doing the deed....
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Congratulations to Abbey and Reuben!
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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REAL BRIDE @abbeymoore1402
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As we enter into the last week of level 4 lockdown I have finally come to a place and space of reflection.

Over the past 4 weeks
I have seen myself in a way that I never would usually be able to witness myself as I don't generally spend so much time via online communication to speak, teach and connect with others.
But weeks of video calls and Facebook Lives and online teaching, I see myself all the time in the corner of the screen.
My facial expressions, the way my body moves, my conscious and unconscious actions and reactions.

It has invited in ALOT of self reflection and brought many things into conciousness for me to process and integrate.

The slower pace has truly allowed me to FEEL more in my body - when something feels out of integrity, when something sparks true excitment, how it feels when I follow my intuition, that uncomfortable feeling when I am squashing something down....it has all been such a FELT EXPERIENCE.

I have so much gratitude for the lessons and the learning and the experiences of the last 4 weeks.

With the New Moon I have alot of ideas and creative seeds I want to plant and nurture and manifest and grow.

As the pace of life has slowed down I have found so much more time and space to be inspired and creative juices have been flowing.

I have been inspired by what I have been learning, what I have been teaching, what other creatives have been doing.

I have been inspired by so much and am now in a phase of letting some of that inspiration land and manifest into creation and learning.

I am inspired to share more of my journey of creation so watch this space.

Much love
Julia xx
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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Yoga is my other super power.....

Vinyasa FLOW Monday and Wednesday 10:25-11:30am on Facebook Live Yoga With Julia

A beautiful soundtrack to drop into a flow state....from one movement to the next as we balance mind, body and breath.

As within, so without....calm, centered and balanced with grace, ease and flow.

Would love to see you on the mat tomorrow!

Much love
Julia xx
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Elizabeth May Bridal.
One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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Too good not to share!

BARBIE AND KENโ€™S* BIG DAY

After the interest in the engagement shoot of Barbie and Louis, (*It was highlighted to me that Barbie was eloping with a 1Direction doll and not a Ken doll), I have decided to post the pictures of their big day. Ken and Barbie must have parted ways amicably as Ken was even invited to the wedding, where he brought along his new girlfriend, also called Barbie who controversially wore a white dress ๐Ÿคฏ

Louis was joined by 1Direction band member Harry ๐Ÿ˜ as his best man and Barbie had, well, another Barbie as maid of honour. There was a plethora of famous and well-known guests who all had a great day in the glorious Easter weather ๐ŸŒ…

Unfortunately, Ken let himself down at the ceremony and was asked politely to leave and then, made an inebriated return later at the lakeside evening do ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿคญ

Hope you enjoy. Isolation has taken my sanity ๐Ÿ˜‚

Stay safe and well. Much love, Agnieszka โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

One Direction
Barbie
Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson

Big decisions of how much chocolate is too much chocolate...
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....never too much...especially in iso!
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It has been an interesting 3 weeks that we have been in lockdown. Personally I am loving it.
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So much time and space to just be.
Sleep ins, family time, daily walks, yoga, book reading, movie watching, snuggling up with my faves, kitchen dancing, creativity, learning, homecooked meals, wine, love, laughter, chocolate....all in abundance. All with grace, flow and ease.
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This time has reminded me alot of our travels through India for 3 months....just the 4 of us in our little bubble....reconnecting without all the noise of expectation and busyness.
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It has also been a time of unexpected abundance and growth.
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I have learnt so much to be able to continue teaching Diploma Fashion students online.
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I have been having online Bridal consultations with new brides and sinking into a space of creativity and joy.
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I have been teaching yoga online via Facebook Live.
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The 3 facets of my work that I love being held and nurtured in this lockdown container #grateful
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I am usually a social butterfly flitting from one social occasion to the next...yet I haven't missed that at all.
I'm loving being home with no social commitments or expectations. Definitely experiencing a new found love of a more introverted lifestyle.
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Daily I see at least 1 silver lining to this lockdown and I am personally making the most of the time....not in a way of getting sh*t done, but allowing the days to flow in whatever way naturally arises....
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Happy Easter y'all.
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May you eat as much chocolate as you like without being sick!
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Much love
Julia xx
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Hey beautiful people...

Yet again it has been a while in between posts...

In the midst of the COVID19 lockdown in NZ I have been called so deeply to show up and be of service for the greatest good.

I am going to be teaching Vinyasa Yoga on Facebook Live starting tomorrow through my page Yoga With Julia

Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:25-11:30am for as long as we are in this isolation period.

Would love for you to join me!

No experience required.
Come exactly as you are.

Sending love and light to you all.
Stay safe and well.

Much love
Julia xx
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One-of-a-kind. Bespoke. Beautiful.
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