Our Shopfront profiles offer up a fab opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes and get to know some seriously talented humans in the wedding biz. First featured in Issue 38, we got chatting to Anastasia Tushuizen from Carte Blanche Bride, who shared with us the inside details about her oh-so-chic boutique in Melbourne, which houses a curated collection of French-designed couture wedding looks. Our gal pal Miranda Stokkel stopped by to snap the stunning space in all its glory. Scroll down for details…
First up, describe Carte Blanche Bride in a sentence? The destination for bespoke, French-designed wedding looks for women with purpose and personality.
What designers do you stock? I represent all-French designers and they are exclusive to Carte Blanche Bride. Laure de Sagazan, Donatelle Godart, Margaux Tardits and just recently the super gorgeous and talented duo that is Atelier Blanche.
Price range of gowns? Floor-length wedding dresses range between $5000-$10,000 and short/civil wedding dresses from $600-$4000.
Talk to us about the Carte Blanche experience. Clients say that coming to Carte Blanche is a breath of fresh air, the showroom is calm and airy. I only have one appointment at a time, so the space is all yours to soak up with a glass of Champagne! I collaborate directly with all my clients and my 13 years of styling women of all ages, styles and sizes means you are in good hands.
What else can brides find in store? A selection of really special French-designed and made jewellery and accessories for special events, bridesmaids gifts and of course to go with your wedding dress.
Where are you based? Carte Blanche is located in the leafy Claremont Avenue precinct in Malvern, Victoria. Just a skip around the corner from Malvern Station.
Do brides need to make an appointment to try on a dress? Yes, the showroom is by appointment. It means I can get to know you and the look and feel you desire for your wedding. Plus you have the space all to yourself. We help all our clients into the dresses they are trying on. It may sound confronting, but there is nothing worse than not knowing how to get into a dress, getting hot and flustered or being too shy to ask for help. It also means you have time to try on more than just 3-4 looks during your appointment. I work fuss-free with honesty and integrity and I care wholeheartedly about my clients. It’s an honour to be part of such a big life event after all.
How far in advance do you recommend a dress is ordered before the big day? 8-12 months before your wedding date is the ideal timeframe. I always want to ensure pillows of time to keep the process calm and relaxed.
Want to catch some more goodness from the lovely Miranda Stokkel? Head on over here to catch a bunch of her gorgeous couples. Keen to make an appointment at Carte Blanche Bride? We’ve got details! Just head on over here. And to make things even easier for you, we’ve compiled five of fave designers at Carte Blanche Bride. Check it out here. But first, scroll all the way down for snaps…