custom wedding dress design
Behind the Scenes

Hi there, I’m Katherine! I design custom wedding dresses and soft lingerie for the classy and elegant bride enchanted with the thought of intimate Parisian weddings and anniversaries. My work is inspired by the time I spent living in Paris, and the lifestyle that I fell in love with when I married my French husband. I’m an old-school romantic with an affinity for classic design, floral prints, and a cozy cup of tea with friends. I design for brides in Paris, NYC, and beyond, all from our lovely studio just outside of NYC. So welcome, I’m so thrilled you’ve stopped by! Pour yourself a cup of tea, tuck your feet up and settle in with me! Stay classy, K

Katherine Bignon Custom Heirloom Vow Renewal Gown by Katelyn James Photography

Katherine Bignon Family Portrait Session by Abby Grace Photography at Chateau d'Amboise, France
Katherine Bignon Design Illustrations photographed by Abby Grace Photography 

Meandering through Paris

I spent a week this winter wandering the streets of Paris with the kids, while G was off at work up in La Defense. We found every park we could, munched on way too many pastries, and had an all-together lovely time as I introduced the littles to the ...

Paris, France Bridal Inspiration | A Custom Wedding Dress Design

This summer, I'm headed back to France with two custom gowns, and an incredibly full heart as Abby Grace Photography and I launch The Signature Atelier; an intimate destination workshop for photographers just outside of Paris, France. We're hosting 1 ...

Réanna + David | Custom Wedding Dress Designer for an Intimate Wedding in Paris, France

This custom wedding dress for a beautiful & intimate wedding just outside Paris, France is one for the books. I adore all of my brides, and I've been blessed to have some pretty incredible ones, but this one... I don't even know how to put it int ...

Bretagne, France | Le Bignon Travelogue

In January the kids and I hopped on an overnight flight to Paris, ready for our 6 week year-opener in France!! We left a few days before G because his vacation time hadn't quite started yet, so I was on my own with the littles for the first five days ...

A Tulle Skirt for a Bride | Paris France, Destination Wedding Dress Designer

If you have ever considered a tulle skirt fort your wedding attire, then I can't wait for you to see the pictures below!! When I designed my first tulle skirt a few years ago, I never imagined that eventually they would be part of a bridal collection ...

Dear K, I Want a Wedding Dress + a Reception Dress, Can They Be Totally Different?

Dear K, I want a wedding dress plus a reception dress. Can they be completely different, or do I need to make sure there's continuity between the two gowns? Sincerely, Overwhelmed-and-confused-with-all-the-options.   Dear Overwhel ...

Paris Anniversary Session Inspiration | Le Pont Alexandre III

This is one of the first spots in Paris that I saw at night, and I fell in love with it instantly. It was just after I had moved there, and a friend and I went to see the National Cuban Ballet perform Giselle at le ­­­Grand Palais. At intermission we ...

Silk Skirt Bridesmaids Inspiration | Willowdale Estate, Boston MA Bridal Designer

Every girl who has ever been a bridesmaid has most likely at least once looked at at least one of their bridesmaids dresses and thought, where will I ever wear this again? You know the thought right?! All the dresses look beautiful lined up next to t ...

KB Loves Classic Style | Pointy-Toe Shoes

So it’s no secret that I married into a French family, and have spent a LOT of time bouncing back and forth between Paris & the states. And if you’ve been following along for a while now on instagram you know it’s no secret that I LOVE good class ...

What Silk Do You Use? | NYC Custom Wedding Dress Designer

One of the first questions I hear during each and every consult with my brides is, “What will the dress be made out of?” They want to know whether it’s silk or polyester, what the fabric will feel like, what it will look like, and how it will move. A ...

Dear K | I’m dreaming of a gown with buttons, but…

Dear K, I've been dreaming of a gown that buttons all the way up the back, but I'm not sure I trust my husband enough to unbutton it safely without damaging the dress. Plus, he's going to complain. What do I do?! Sincerely, Dreaming Of My P ...

Amy + Jordan | Custom Gown Design for an Intimate Destination Vow Renewal, Aix-en-Provence, France

"It was the legacy of love and marriage, manifested in a gown" - Amy Demos Jordan Demos and his sweet wife Amy reached out to me to design a custom heirloom gown for their destination vow renewal, planned to take place in a lavender field just outs ...