We spent Easter weekend with our families, marking things off the wedding list. 5 dress shops and 40+ dresses later I’ve discovered I have really expensive taste in wedding dresses, not just furniture and shoes. I was looking for something understated, more architectural. No beading, sequins or lace and no synthetic fabrics. I was hoping to find a dress that hinted at the same architectural detailing of the Plant.
Melissa Sweet’s collection could not have been more perfect… or more out of my price range. The “Molly” is this sweet off the shoulder dress in silk cotton faille. The photo doesn’t do the fabric justice. It’s subtle but rich, I’ve never seen a wedding dress anything like it. The other is “Newport.” The pleated bodice creates a very flattering line that reminds me of the corregated metal at our location. I never dreamed I would fall in love with a strapless dress. And that one would exist that didn’t make me feel like a linebacker in a tutu. Alas, it was not meant to be.
I have the dresses narrowed down to two…both from La Sposa’s White One collection also very pretty and understated and the cost will allow to spend a little extra adding some detailing to compliment my style (i.e. a pleated tulle ruffle peaking out of the bottom of the dress) I had originally designed a dress but with 6 months to go and no great leads on dressmakers in the area, I knew I had to get the ball rolling.
I’m still on the lookout for unique bridesmaid dresses. I would love to use Anthropologie but I can’t wait until August/September for their fall line to come out to choose a dress. But if I WERE going to use Anthropologie and I was getting married this month, I’d love the green Peacoat Shift Dress and the Confetti Whirl Dress.
I designed a dress. Finding exactly the look I want has been difficult and the process time consuming and frustrating. But surprisingly…this is how I turned the corner from wedding apprehension to wedding excitement! The more and more I consider this event a giant art project…an excuse to spend money creating things I’d never have the opportunity to otherwise. It’s like a design portfolio/commitment ceremony. How perfect…
It’s a combination of 3 different J.Crew wedding dresses photoshopped for your viewing enjoyment. The fabric will be a silk dupioni or shantung and the ruffle at the bottom; multiple layers of silk organza. I love the way capped sleeves look on my frame (minimizes broad shoulders and ads definition to otherwise rinky-dinky arm muscles). And the pockets!