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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 

Inspiration, The Hardest Part About Developing Your Brand

Before I rebranded and freshened up the look of Katherine Bignon, and clarified exactly what this brand is, I spent all my time trying to attract everyone. Literally everyone. I tried to make sure that my blog posts were so varied that I was always a ...

The Elizabeth Gown

When I sat down to design this collection, the original intent was to create portfolio work, along with website content. I wasn’t sure whether I would ever “launch” it as a collection and release the designs to be created for brides. But when I start ...

In the House Where We Met, Part 2

(Just in case you'd like to first read Part 1 of this week's Paris Travelogue, it's right here!) Continued from last week... I changed my name when I moved to 26 rue du Pilouvet, an ordinary French street, lined with tiny Peugeots and compact R ...

The Story Behind Your Brand

I spent years being embarrassed that all of the garments I designed were created on a little home sewing machine. Just me and my tabletop machine. I’d pull it out when I was ready to sew, and then pack it up when I needed to cut and create patterns o ...

Meet Réanna | Paris France, Custom Wedding Dress Design

If you read last week’s installment of the Paris Travelogue + City Guide, you’ve actually already met the beautiful bride that I get to introduce you to today! I lived with Réanna and her family the year that I spent in France, and now I am SO excite ...

The Beauty in the Process | NYC Bridal & Fashion Illustrator

It was right in the middle of our photoshoot, while we shivered and chattered and apologized over and over to our dear model who was courageously wearing silk strapless bridal gowns in the middle of Central Park on a December morning, that I looked a ...

The Jardin Gown

Every time I see a portrait of a bride and groom on the steps of City Hall, or hand in hand strolling on cobblestone streets while they elope, I have to admit my heart skips a beat. The simplicity of it is always so beautiful! And if you pay attentio ...

In The House Where We Met

You can’t find chocolate chips in French markets. This is what I’ll tell Piper one day, our firstborn who grew up in between two languages, two cultures, and two countries, with a French father and American mother who floated back and forth in betwee ...

The Sketchbook Series | NYC Bridal Fashion Illustrator

Sketching used to make me cry. Having an art assignment to turn in made me procrastinate, bite my nails, and get super nervous. I loved art, don’t get me wrong, but I never felt like my work was good enough to be put onto paper, let alone be showed t ...

The Paris Travelogue: Bonjour!

The first time I walked through Paris I was told to keep a tight grip on my purse, make sure none of the zippers or pockets were facing out, otherwise someone would surely slip their hand in and take something, and to keep my passport in a pouch unde ...

Passion & Purpose | The Reasons Why We Create

I heard this question asked at a conference recently, (one filled mainly with photographers, hence the photo-specific wording), and it stopped me in my tracks. “If God took away your camera, what would you do?” Fill in the blank for yourself, if God ...

The KB Shop

As of 12 noon today, the KB Shop is live! It has been a dream of mine for a long time now to launch a shop and I am over the moon excited that it's happening! My vision is for the shop to flow right alongside our Bespoke Bridal & Trousseau design ...