photo: Kelsi Kliethermes
A bride-to-be who has long known that she will be blessed with her mother’s treasured wedding dress is fortunate to avoid the hunt for the golden egg of wedding gowns. What happens though when this treasured gift is from the 1980’s? Her mother’s dress provided elements wanted by the bride; delicate pearls and exquisite lace. Although, as with most 1980’s dresses, it also included puff sleeves and shoulder pads. While the bride recognized the significance of wearing her mother’s dress, the 1980’s dress was designed in a manner not true to the bride’s style. So, how was the bride to combine her mother’s dress with a look in which she would feel like her authentic self?
Inspired by the beginning of the first couplet of the traditional wedding rhyme, “Something Old, Something New” I quickly introduced this bride to Winnie, an exceptional seamstress, at the Enchanted Bride. Winnie spent time getting to know the bride and then created a dress representing the bride’s elegance and grace. Each pearl was carefully removed from her mother’s dress and hand-stitched on the bride’s gown and veil comb. We also added a silk dupioni cape with Winnie designing this complementary piece. After Winnie removed the intricate lace from the mother’s dress, Winnie carefully trimmed each piece of lace and hand-stitched the lace on to the cape. Winne again added details from her mother’s dress to this bride’s beautiful and custom wedding day style.
This bride walked down the aisle in the dress of her dreams. It was gorgeous, representative of her style, complementary to the bride’s wedding celebration and, most valued, a personal and sentimental connection shared between the bride and her mother during such an extraordinary occasion.
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