Lea-Ann Belter at Your Dream Bridal
The Lea-Ann Belter Wedding Dress Collection is full of beautiful, timeless silhouettes, luxe textiles, and couture finishes. Completely customizable and available in all sizes, each Lea-Ann Belter Bridal wedding dress is handmade in our Toronto atelier using traditional couture techniques.
Forever painting and drawing, Lea-Ann Belter knew from a young age her future lay in her creativity. Lea-Ann Belter has been a Your Dream Bridal exclusive since we opened. And every season she creates the most gorgeous collection of dresses perfect for the timeless romantic bride.
LEA-ANN BELTER WEDDING DRESS STYLE
Available in all sizes and completely customizable, each Lea-Ann Belter Bridal gown is individually crafted of the finest silks and laces in her Toronto bridal atelier. Made to enhance your natural radiance, these gowns are a joy to wear, enabling you to swirl, twirl, and dance with abandon throughout your wedding day.
The sparkle of hand-sewn crystals. The feel of lace and silk beneath your fingertips. That breathless moment at the top of the aisle when heads turn to see you for the first time. Designed to enhance a woman’s natural radiance, a Lea-Ann Belter Bridal gown captures the timeless romance of your wedding day through flawless execution and impeccable quality.
ABOUT LEA-ANN BELTER
Upon graduating from an art-focused high school, Lea-Ann continued her formal education at the Sheridan College of Crafts and Design, where she specialized in glass and textiles. She went on to earn her diploma from the International Academy of Design and Merchandising, after which Lea-Ann trained with a couturier where she refined the characteristics that define her work – flawless execution and impeccable quality.
Lea-Ann ultimately found her calling when she designed a wedding dress for her brother’s fiancée. She found bridal was the perfect expression of her love of fashion, amazing fabrics, timeless aesthetics, and meticulous execution. Before long, Lea-Ann opened her first wedding gown boutique in the exclusive Yorkville area of Toronto. Five years later, she launched the Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Collection through a network of retailers.
A LITTLE Q&A WITH LEA-ANN
Q. Where are you based and how many years in business?
Lea-Ann Belter Bridal and Astrid & Mercedes are based in Toronto, Canada. The lea-ann belter bridal collection is 30 years old this year and the Astrid & Mercedes collection is 6 years old.
Q. Where are your gowns made?
Our gowns are proudly cut, sewn and finished in Toronto, Canada.
Q. How did you get into designing bridal?
I have always been very artistic so when my brother’s then-fiancee asked me to design a wedding gown for her I jumped at the opportunity. The gown was beautiful and I was hooked. I enrolled in fashion school shortly after.
Q. What is the vision of the Lea-Ann Belter collection, there seems to be an ease to the designs?
I design gowns that enhance a bride’s natural beauty, body type, and personality. My collections tend to be more classic and timeless as opposed to being trendy. I want a bride to pick up her wedding picture 20 years from her wedding date and still feel like she would wear the gown again.
Q. What is the vision of Astrid & Mercedes?
The A&M collection is named after my two nieces. Astrid is a very accomplished athlete who leans towards a more classic and tailored style while Mercedes is the quintessential girly girl. The collection pulls from both of their personalities – half of the collection is clean and classic with an almost preppy feel and the other half is much more whimsical and flirty.
Q. What is your design process?
This is always such a hard question to answer because it varies so much. I love amazing fabrics and find a great deal of inspiration in them. I often will find a fabric that I love and will have it for a long time before I decide what to do with it. We have a small retail showroom attached to our atelier in Toronto so I also listen to a lot of feedback from real brides and consider that when designing a new line and then of course I have a very talented team that also adds to the design process.
Q. What kind of fabrics do you like to work in?
I love to work in many different fabrics. I of course gravitate towards luxurious silks and french laces because they are incredible – buttery silk satin is one of my absolute favorites but I also love a crisp silk taffeta or the texture of silk dupioni.