Meet the Designers
Melanie grew up in a small country town in the North Island of New Zealand with a love of the outdoors, horses, music and reading. She learnt to sew from her mother at a young age, so by the time she was 12 was more than capable of making her own clothes. Those pieces that still fitted (some a little shorter) she was photographed still wearing many years later. Fascinated with pretty things, at 19 years old she brought a roll of white satin and 5m of fine lace and from the spare room made her first small collection of bridal gowns. Inspired by her love of sewing and creating beautiful garments, Melanie takes great enjoyment in turning simple pieces of fine fabric and laces into gorgeous wedding gowns.
“Seeing a bride on her wedding day in my handcrafted gowns is very emotional and gives me a great sense of honour that I was able to help make that dream come true”.
And so the doors of Melanie Jayne were opened.
Melanie specialised in bridal couture in NZ and has dressed many brides and their attendants. When Melanie and her family migrated to the sunny shores of Australia in 2004, she brought her skills and expertise to Coffs Harbour. She established her own small bridal boutique with dreams that her daughters may one day play their part in the art form of bridal couture. Melanie continues to design & create beautiful wedding gowns for brides from all over Australia made from fine silks, satins, exquisite laces and intricate beading. Always designing her gowns to suit the personality and shape of the wearer. Delicately moulded around the body, and paying great attention to the final fit.
Kimmie the middle daughter of Melanie Jayne, born in New Zealand and growing up under her mothers sewing desk, always had an eye for fashion. One day at the age of 8 she put together some outfits consisting of roughly hand sewn satin and lace tops with matching skirts for her younger sister and cousin. The girls wore these to town that afternoon to visit the boutique, and Kimmie was not far behind beaming from ear to ear. She was so proud of her handiwork that day and since then she has grown to love working with the fine fabrics and sparkles that adorn the bridal gown.
Kimmie went on to study Applied Fashion Design & Technology. She has now joined with Melanie Jayne, bringing her valuable skills in concept drawing, pattern making, fashion illustration and fine hand finishing of garments, to compliment Melanie Jayne’s designs.
“Together we can create the dream gown that is irresistible to any bride.”
Kimmie creates heirloom veils made from the softest of imported tulle and natural gem stones and pearls. Matching hairpieces and accessories are also designed to blend with the brides attire.
Brides are offered a full personal service in Melanie Jayne’s boutique, which is located in the picturesque Promenade Shopping Centre in Coffs Harbour NSW Australia.