Romantic Silk Taffeta Gown

January 19, 2018


On a lovely day in September, my brother married his love. Kira wanted something romantic and feminine, so we settled on a silk taffeta gown with a corseted basque waist, handmaid silk flowers and a beaded lace neckline.

Our family! (Side bar, I whipped together my own dress the week before! [I’m the one on the bride’s left.])



….Happily ever after!





photo credits to Ryan and Jacy Wedding Photographers 

Beaded Ethereal Dream

January 12, 2018

2017 was a whirlwind of a year! Four family weddings, MOH twice, and a trip to Scotland with the man kept me so busy, I am only now sharing photos with you all! The next three blog posts are so very special to me, as they feature three of my sisters (two of them sisters by marriage). I hope you enjoy!


Ruth was the girl who always said that she wanted a simple wedding in the backyard, and that she would wear a second hand-wedding dress. That certainly is not how her dress or her wedding ended up!


Over a hundred yards of tulle and silk went into this delicately beaded confection of a dress.


More than 300 hours of hand-stitching lace to tulle to create that organic feel. The end product was so very worth it. Ruth looked like a classic Dior model, swirling about a Paris atelier!






Photos by Seth Burwell Photography


Delicate Organza Gown

April 5, 2017


It has taken me far too long to post the photos of this gorgeous dream of a gown.

When Sarah and I first sat down to start sketches for her custom bridal gown, we both had a very different look in mind. But such is the design process! We needed something that would both capture Sarah’s elegant personal style, and work well for their woodland wedding. I am beyond pleased with how it turned out!







The skirt petals are silk organza, with layers of tulle underneath to give them movement.







I appliqued delicate Alençon lace to the silk taffeta corset bodice and shoulder straps.





Silk taffeta covered buttons and grosgrain ribbon added the final touches to Sarah’s dress.






The skirt of this dress is one of my favorites- so flirty, romantic, and elegant! It truly reflected the bride’s personality, which is how I know our design was successful.






Photo credits to Nickel Images 

Back in the studio!

September 20, 2016

Happy September, everybody!


It’s a new chapter for us. Jed and I just moved to sunny Yakima where he will be attending medical school. We love it here for many reasons, but one of the big reasons for me is that I finally am going to be able to breathe some life into Cassandra Couture.


There is going to be much prettiness to come, and some big plans for the future. But in the mean time, here’s a snapshot of a current dress project to whet your appetites.



Hand embroidered details


I hope you all are enjoying the nip in the air, and the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes!