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HOMEPAGE


Welcome to my Atelier

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HOMEPAGE


Welcome to my Atelier

Every girl dreams of her perfect wedding dress and I was certainly no exception.

But my dreams extended beyond that. I wanted to created a service that would allow me to share my love for bridal fashion with other kindred-spirits. À Thé Souhaits is not a dress shop but as a blank canvas. A place for brides to put their dreams onto paper and watch it morph into the most amazing dress you will ever wear.

And what better way to begin a journey then to have tea with the person who will share this experience with you?

 

So, Would you like an adventure now . . .

. . . Or shall we have tea first?

 
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FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS


A little graphic poetry

FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS


A little graphic poetry

I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. I remember drawing wedding dresses and princess gowns obsessively and secretly hoping that one of my creations would be my own wedding dress. Nothing like a six year old with a goal!

To me, lead and paper never fail to convey graphic poetry out of significant moments in time. It’s my job as an illustrator to capture and interpret the essence of a dress that made you feel more beautiful than ever, or, the one that you have been dreaming about but can’t seem to put into words. 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.

 

ARTISTIC MEDIUMS & TOOLS

I use a variety of artistic mediums for my illustrations; Pen, pencil, marker, watercolour, acrylic, digital, etc. 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. Along with a fluid knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Autodesk Sketchbook is my preferred method for digital rendering.

Services

My services include: Bridal, Haute Couture Fashion and Nursery illustrations.

I also create ILLUSTRATED COLLECTIONS; A compilation of individual drawings narrating a common theme. (Many new parents commission these collections for their nursery)

In a nutshell, when an order is placed (and details have been communicated), I email a rough draft of the artwork for approval. Once confirmed I proceed to rendering the final product. Artworks are completed within 2-3 weeks, pending approvals.

LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

A growing trend for private/corporate/retail events is LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATION. This is when I 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. Special request will be considered.

 

~ Quotes and availabilities upon request ~

~ All commissioned artworks are individually discussed during a scheduled consultation or through email communications. ~

~ Live Fashion Illustrations must be booked at least 1 months in advanced ~

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

 


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CUSTOM CREATIONS


Custom Creations

CUSTOM CREATIONS


Custom Creations

As we sip tea in the comfort of my tea room, I will sketch the initial concept for your dress. Together we will establish your budget and cover all pertinent details relating the project. From fabric choice to dress fittings, full transparency throughout the entire project 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.

 
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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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DRESS ALTERATIONS


Dress Alterations

DRESS ALTERATIONS


Dress Alterations

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.” 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.

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

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

 

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

 


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ABOUT


A mom with a passion

ABOUT


A mom with a passion

 
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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CONTACT


Am I your cup of tea?

CONTACT


Am I your cup of tea?

 
 
 

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

 
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