On the Wings of a Dream

sustainable ethical vintage lace wedding dresses

I consider myself to be extraordinarily fortunate to be able to earn a living from my art, doing the kind of work that fills me with energy rather than robs it.

An opportunity arose recently to collaborate with a bunch of fellow creative souls, a group that was drawn together by a love of nature and the promise of an adventure in the wilderness.

Eco friendly wedding dress vintage lace bridal gown

With black coffee and Lexapro I met the dawn, grateful to leave behind dozens of unanswered emails and my harried life. An escapee, running from routine and a slow death by suburbia.

Off we went, in search of our true selves, to spend a day in the beautiful Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. As soon as we arrived, I found myself confronted by the grandeur of my surrounds, and how small and insignificant I seemed in comparison. It was an instant reminder of how detached from nature my life had become. Our spirits soared.

wedding blue mountains sydney owl ethical sustainable eco

There we stood, under the moody sky, breathing in the ancient landscape, with nothing to distract us from the present moment. As we spoke, our words were carried away like sparrows in the icy wind.

Lost in Paris vintage lace wedding dress bridal gown bohemian boho sustainable eco friendly ethical cotton

Bohemian Beauty dress

Lost in Paris vintage lace wedding dress ethical sustainable Sydney store shop custom made

Hopeless Romantic dress

Trainer Alex from Feathered Friends, introduced us to his magnificent owls. I was mesmerised as we learnt their language. Ks ks ks ks, – the owls are trained to fly towards this sound, rewarded with a freshly prepared piece of mouse.

owls sydney blue mountains hire owl feathered friends wedding

The inertia I had been feeling all week lifted as we climbed the hills, the exposed tree roots serving as stairs. I knew for sure that this day would end with me drinking a bottle of red in the bath.

wedding blue mountains sydney owls ethical sustainable eco

But this was vodka weather. Our model, Russian ballerina Sascha, was wrapped in blankets to stave off the cold in between shoots with photographer Jen, from Silversalt Photography.

Lost in Paris vintage silk lace wedding dress ethical sustainable eco friendly boho

Hopeless Romantic dress

Sascha transformed into a free-spirited bride, with a wise owl as her guardian and the sacred mountains her betrothed. Together they wandered, dancing with the landscape. Two untamed hearts, powerful and dangerous. I realised that the only body issue I have is that I can’t fly.

ballet photoshoot blue mountains sydney wedding dress vintage lace boho bride

Sascha’s bouquet – a ruggedly beautiful assemblage of mostly native Australian plants by Edith from Floral Ink – echoed the subdued tones of the surrounding foliage.

flowers floral crown wedding boquet blue mountains sydney florist Floral Ink

flowers floral crown wedding boquet blue mountains sydney florist Floral Ink

Hair and makeup artist Tania Bowers took the concept one step further, using dramatic lines to accentuate the landscape’s – and Sascha’s – raw beauty.

Tania Bowers makeup artist hairdresser hair blue mountains sydney wedding bridal gown vintage lace dress

Bohemian Beauty dress

This pristine landscape is far removed from the textile industry. The second-largest polluter on the planet, it is second only to the oil industry. The fashion industry is driven by consumption, where profits are maximised regardless of environmental costs.

Sustainability lies at the heart of my business. It is what drives me to create dresses from salvaged and recycled fabrics – fashion with a low carbon footprint.

But I am more eco-worrier then eco-warrior. Most days I feel like I am yelling into the abyss, my lone voice carried away by the wind. These are the days I lose my balance, when the wings of a dream are not enough to lift the weight of reality.

 

eco friendly bridal gown australia sydney ethical wedding sustainable vintage lace dress

Lost in Paris Sydney bridal shops made to measure wedding dresses gowns vintage lace

Hopeless Romantic dress

At the end of the long day spent in the wilderness I have rediscovered my inner compass. I am healed. I inhale the strength of the mountains and exhale the courage to face the everyday assault of a noisy, busy life in the world of fashion.

Alyssa Devanny Soovoroff wedding blue mountains sydney owls ethical sustainable eco

owl selfie