Katie: Real CB Bride

Updated: Aug 3, 2021



Katie and I have never met in person. This seems to be one of the new norms when it comes to planning a wedding during lockdown, closed borders and the prohibition of being face to face with anyone outside of your immediate household.


Yes, Katie is one of my first 'Virtual Brides'! But oh my goodness, is she real and is she just fantastic. Carte Blanche Bride is about celebrating beautiful quality, eclectic - and sometimes quirky - taste with European standard, and as you will see below Katie and I hit it off from the beginning.


She is one talented lady, not only are her and her new husband Pete an absolute bundle of fun; Katie is also the founder of With Smee - a high octane and very talented event design agency in Sydney. So their wedding was always going to be EXTRA ordinary.


"I was so grateful to Anastasia to...get her amazing expert advice on which fit best."



Katie very generously shared her wedding dress search journey with me, as well as the wonderfully effervescent wedding video by More Life Films - do yourself a service and watch this film. It's just magic.

"I'm definitely more of a casual person and our wedding as on a beach, so I wanted something that wasn't too structured or full."


Why did you chose Laure de Sagazan's Verlaine gown?


"One of my best friends wore a Laure dress about 8 years ago and it has always stuck in my memory as such a beautiful style. I think all Laure's dresses are so elegant and feminine but also stylish. I'm definitely more of a casual person and our wedding as on a beach, so I wanted something that wasn't too structured or full. It's also very important to me to be comfortable and walk easily!


As I am in Sydney and Carte Blanche Bride was in Melbourne in strict lockdown, we had to do a very different style of dress fittings! I was so grateful to Anastasia to send the dresses to me and then I could send her photos and get her amazing expert advice on which fit best. I only chose the Verlaine once I'd tried it on and loved it more than the others. I really appreciated Anastasia letting me try on from afar as my heart was really set on a Laure dress."


Was fit and quality important to you?


"The fit and quality is so clear once you try her dresses on. They are so flattering and fit your body so well."


Had you tried many other styles before choosing this dress?

"Yes I tried a few different designers who were in Sydney (as I wasn't sure when I could get to Melbourne!) but nothing compared."


Become a Carte Blanche Bride today.


Select your own Laure de Sagazan wedding gown at our Melbourne Showroom or get in touch HERE to discover when we are in your state for the biannual trunk show.


Carte Blanche Bride takes care and pride in caring for our clients, you will have our support throughout your decision-making process and long after.


We can't wait for you to be our next Carte Blanche Bride!


Katie's stunning wedding creatives include:


Photography: Mitch Pohl | Venue: The Cove Jervis Bay | Dress: Laure de Sagazan | Celebrant: Married by Todd | Film Creatives: More Life Films | Flowers/Styling: The Wilds Sydney | Mens Suiting P Johnson Tailors


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