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A DREAM IS A WISH


A Dream is a Wish…

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A DREAM IS A WISH


A Dream is a Wish…

While we are no longer living in the 1950’s, I’d like to believe that little girls still dream of one day finding that perfect wedding dress. This was very true in my case. The moment I put on my 1992 Casablanca wedding gown, I knew immediately that I had found ‘THE ONE’.

My love for bridal fashion over the years has inspired me to share my ‘Ahaa!’ moment with other kindred-spirits in pursuit of the perfect dress. With a little sketch here and a few alterations there, beautiful dreams can come true.

 

So, Would you like an adventure now . . . Or shall we have tea first?

 
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PEN & PAPER


Pen & Paper

PEN & PAPER


Pen & Paper

To me, pen and paper never fail to convey graphic poetry out of significant moments in time. This has been my truth ever since I could hold a pencil. You could always find me in a corner somewhere drawing a weddings dress and princess gowns. I secretly hoped that one day I could bring my creations to life. Today, that’s exactly what I do.

Bridal Portraits

Every dress begins as an idea. This idea needs to be sketched in order for others to understand the value it holds for the wearer. It’s my job as an illustrator to capture and interpret the essence of a dress that has or will make you feel more beautiful than ever. Whether it’s a preliminary doodle or a full-on render, a lovely sketch of your gown is a simple yet creative way to convey nostalgic sentiment into a work of art for all to see.

 
 
 

Other ARTWORKs services

When it comes to drawing, bridal is my favourite subject of all but I also love creating Boudoir and Pregnancy portraits as well as Nursery and Fashion illustrations.

Please visit my Instagram page to view some more of my work.

 

ORDER PROCESS

Orders can be placed in person or by email. When details have been communicated, I will email a rough draft of the artwork for approval. Once the draft is confirmed, I will proceed to render the final product. Artworks are completed within 2-3 weeks, pending draft approval.

I use a variety of artistic mediums for my illustrations; Pen, pencil, marker, watercolour, acrylic, digital, you name it. As a fashion designer, I sometimes like to incorporate fabric for a unique textured look. And with todays’ love of technology, I am no stranger to digital illustration either.

You can also request your illustration be made into a collection or series. In essence, this is a compilation of individual drawings narrating a common theme or personal story of your choosing. This is a wonderful way to decorate your home with series of visual artwork.

 

 
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Live Fashion illustrations

A growing trend for private/corporate/retail events is LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATION. I will come to your event for a couple of hours and sketch your guests in all their fashion glory! (TIP: Can also double as memorable gift for party guests.)

Minimum reservation time for LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATION is 3 hours. Each illustration takes about 5-15 min. (depending on the details) I use pen and marker and will draw on A4 or A5 marker paper.

Should you like something more personal, I offer private sketch sessions in the comfort of my tea room.

 

~ Quotes and availabilities upon request ~

~ All artworks are custom creations ~

~ Commissions are individually discussed during a scheduled consultation or through email communications. ~

~ Live Fashion Illustrations must be booked at least 3 months in advanced ~

 
 
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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT MY FAQ'S PAGE OR... 

 


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NEEDLE & THREAD


Needle & Thread

NEEDLE & THREAD


Needle & Thread

Altering a wedding dress is very delicate work. It should be done by someone who will handle your dress with care but who also understands and respects the sentiment it holds for you, the bride. With over a decade of experience as a seamstress, I have adjusted my fair share of wedding gowns, as well as special occasions dresses for bridal parties, prom and countless others.

My motto is simple: “To every problem, there is a solution.” So no matter what alterations your dress requires, with a little patience, an open mind and a nice cup of tea, beautiful things will come to pass.

Speaking of beautiful, keep scrolling down to find out how you can get a 20% discount off your dress alterations and help save our beautiful planet, one stitch at a time.

In addition to dress alterations, Custom Bridal Accessories such as, veils, garters, fabric bouquets, etc. are available upon request. So don’t be shy to ask, I would be happy to make you something that compliments your attire! Be sure to visit my Instagram page to view my work.

 
 
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~ Be sure to schedule your appointment at least 1-2 month in advance. Some exceptions may apply ~

~ I accept prom dresses, evening gowns and other special occasion dresses ~

~ Please note that wedding dresses are my priority during wedding season ~

 

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT MY FAQ'S PAGE OR... 

 


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A STITCH IN TIME


A Stitch in Time

A STITCH IN TIME


A Stitch in Time

As a young entrepreneur and a mom of three, I feel that it is important to use any platform at my disposal to address the climate change issue we are facing today, as a global community. The eleventh hour is here and we can no longer afford to ignore the warning signs.



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The reality is, our world is in trouble and here are a few ways we can help. By reusing and recycling something old, sourcing alternative eco-friendly materials, or by choosing minimalistic styles and multi-functional purposes, we can optimize fabric use and reduce our carbon footprint one gown at a time.

This is a start but I am hoping to inspire others along the way. Which is why I am offering the following incentive:


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GET A 20% discount

off your dress alterations iF . . .

  • Your dress is an heirloom

  • Your dress was made by a local Montreal designer

  • You bought your dress second hanD

  • Your dress was made from recycled or eco-friendly materials


Luckily the trends favour our good intentions. 70’s bohemian style is making a comeback, DIY and upcycling a wedding dress is becoming more and more popular and buying second hand is good for your budget anyway, so we are off to a great start!

As the old saying goes; “A stitch in time saves nine” so let’s make it count!

~ Discount applicable pending proof of purchase. Heirloom dresses will require proof of old photo.~

 

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT MY FAQ'S PAGE OR... 

 


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SEWN TO PERFECTION


Sewn To Perfection

SEWN TO PERFECTION


Sewn To Perfection

Creating a custom gown tells a story that up until now, only you envisioned in your mind.

As we sip tea in the comfort of my tea room, I will sketch the initial concept for your dress. Together we will establish a budget and cover all pertinent details relating the project. From fabric choice to dress fittings, full transparency throughout the entire process will give you peace of mind that your vision is in good hands.

Before any cutting begins, a few formalities must be addressed. A signed contract and a 60% deposit is required at this time. This deposit allows me to purchase all necessary *materials to kick-off you project.

*Please note that I will do my best to source eco-friendly materials for your dress.

 
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During your first fitting I will take all your measurements to create a prototype. We will then further discuss in detail your fabric options, embellishments and create an overall plan for the development of your wedding dress.

 
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Once your mock-up dress is ready, you will come in for your second fitting so that I can make the necessary adjustments. Details like colour, fabric, style must be finalized at this time. Otherwise making changes later on could result in delays or extra fees. (We don't want that) Another 20% deposit will be due at this time.

 
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On your third (or fourth) fitting, you will try on your actual dress for the very first time. Minor alterations will be needed at this point but should there be major ones, more fittings can always be scheduled. Please note that any additional changes made at this point will be charged accordingly on a new signed contract.

 
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Finally! Your dress is complete. I will have you try it on one last time to make sure that all the bells and whistles are accounted for. Final payment is due at this time. Otherwise you'll be walking down the aisle in your unmentionables.... (Psst, I would rather you save that for the honeymoon!)

All that’s left now is to wish you well and I hope to see pictures of your wedding on Facebook! ;)

 
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~ Prices are based on the design and the needs of each individual client ~

~ A custom wedding dress is 15-20 week process , so please book in advance ~

~ Custom prom and special occasion dresses are welcome ~

~ Please inquire about an eco-friendly dress, your planet will thank you!~

 

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT MY FAQ'S PAGE OR...

 


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ABOUT A MOM


About a Mom

ABOUT A MOM


About a Mom

 
I was that typical little girl who could spend hours drawing her wedding dress, planning her wedding and dreamed that one day her prince would come... (...And yes, he did!)

Now I work form home doing what I love. I design, create and fit dresses to my clients specifications. I love working with passionate people. I can think of nothing more satisfying then to sip tea with someone while discussing their dream dress.

But when I am not having tea, drawing or sewing, my kids keeps me plenty busy! They are my pride and joy and the reason why I started À Thé Souhaits. Being able to work from home and be there for my family, no matter how busy life gets, is by far my greatest success.
— Melissa

Graduated in Illustration & Design

Graduated in Fashion/Costume Design

Certified International Event & Wedding Planner

Montreal born and raised, Melissa had a passion for wedding dresses at a very young age. As a result of her natural artistic talent and eye for aesthetics, she knew she was destined to pursue dress fashion in some way shape or form. For a creative project in high school, she made her own prom dress. It was her very first creation and was evidently not her last.

In college, she would go on to study Illustration and Design at Dawson, and then continue onto Fashion and Costume at LaSalle College, a few years later. After graduating, she found work as a graphic designer yet felt no satisfaction being an employee in a big company. Getting married set the spark for starting her own business as a wedding planner; the original purpose of À Thé Souhaits. However this course was short-lived with the birth of her son. To help with the family finances she would do alterations from home and all it took was one client with a wedding dress to set her on the right path. Melissa was meant to design and make wedding dresses.

In the course of developing her business and becoming a mom, Melissa felt an important need to be environmentally pro-active. Her business is small, yet she still believes it’s her responsibility to be part of the solution in changing the carbon footprint of bridal industry. She strives to design gowns that are beautiful, comfortable and eco-friendly.

A former bride, a mom, a fashion designer, a wedding planner and an eco-activist. All credentials aside, it's Melissa's kindhearted nature and friendly disposition that will inevitably win you over!

 


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AM I YOUR CUP OF TEA?


Am I your cup of tea?

AM I YOUR CUP OF TEA?


Am I your cup of tea?

 
 
 

There's only one way to find out. Book your free consultation now!

 
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