I still get the odd email inquiring about my wedding dress. and now I even have a comment on my blog about it. So you asked for it… It’s funny as I only bought it 2 months before the wedding. I was originally planning on wearing a long formal Mr K bridesmaid dress. I didn’t want to waste so much money on a dress I’d wear once but I’m so glad I did in the end.As you all know I’m relentless with my research. Nothing was different in my chase for the dream dress. Jean Fox Bridal in Parramatta made it for me. I had the best assistant and seamstress who really made me feel comfortable and special… that is hard to come by. While I did base my design on a dress they had in stock, I totally made it my own. I liked the simple rouching detail diagonally across the front and straight-lined folds that seemed to cinch me in at the back. I made the train a lot shorter so it would “pool” at my feet. I made sure the bust had adequate boning for support as I didn’t want to wear a bra. Most comfortable day of my life.
I had 2 inches added to the bust line so it didn’t expose to much breast and to balance out the weight of my arms. I didn’t like how the bust-line cut straight across. I’d taken my wedding jewelery to the last fitting and the brooch I planned to pin to my bouquet happened to be with it and on an impulse I pinched the fabric into a soft sweetheart neckline and it was perfect. I’d never worn the brooch before, I’d bought it years ago just because it was beautiful.
Ahh the colour and fabric… sigh. The Mr K bridesmaid gown I planned to wear was a sea foam colour, imagine aqua. So I was already open to the idea of wearing colour. Once I started looking at more formal gowns however I found myself going towards ivory and champagne colours. The dress I based my dress on was in the store on a manniquin and it was in Latte. I thought that might be nice but the colour looked horrid on me.
So I asked if it came in any other colours and if she had fabric samples. She dug out 5 rolls of fabric and bought 4 to the counter. White, Ivory, Chocolate and Latte. I didn’t take any notice of them as I was transfixed onthe roll she never brought over to show me. The softest, most beautiful silvery blue I’d ever seen. I kinda just pointed and said “that, that”. It was made from Dupion Silk and it was heaven to touch. Imagine traditional silk with texture and lustre. sigh.
I wore a multi-layered lace edged tulle petticoat and a pair of cotton leggings udnerneath. I did wear the Mr K dress towards the end of the reception as well. It’s so sad to think of my darling in a sealed box, waiting for daughters that may never come. By the way your drycleaner can put your dress in a carboard box with tissue paper and airlock it with plastic to protect it from mould and bugs for $40 and it’s well worth it. It just means that I can’t just open it up and try it on, on nights like these.
I also wanted to add a couple of the bridesmaids dresses. I was so proud of them. I went shopping in Chatswood one day and there they were hanging on a discount rack underneath a 70% OFF sign in the doorway of an independent retail outlet. It wasn’t a formal store or Supre but an eclectic mix of pieces. Cobolt blue was all the rage in general fashion at the time but it had always been a fave of mine and I knew it would look hot against the guys chocolate suits. The but detail had little folds making it similar to mine and even had tulle underneath. It was a fluke I’d even found them. What more was the style, so complimenting to both my girls and one which we’d previously agree on.
Here I go dribbling on about one of the best days of my life. It really was a celebration and still makes my heart swell thinking about it and the look on Steve’s face and the happy tears running down our faces… sigh. After all it’s not about the dress, shoes, location, time or money. It’s about being selfish and selfless at the same time. It’s about love and celebrating it… but I do love a good wedding 😉