We have a lot to share when it comes to the wedding. Because everything about it was either custom, crazy or somewhere in between. We got a lot of concerned looks, advice and the feeling that people wanted to see it fail in someways. Well, to their dismay or lack of entertainment, it went perfectly as far as we're concerned.
Why did it cause disbelief amongst our friends? Because we told them we'd be building a structure to house 300 people at the reception, that'd we be serving after-dinner tacos but no dinner, and because from the ceremony benches to austin's suit to my wedding dress, nothing was really ready-made.
Today I'm sharing how my wedding dress came to be. But if you're intrigued about the rest of it, head over to this post on Design*Sponge for a sneak peak of some of our wedding projects photos by Logan Clement. Or watch this amazing video by The Wedding Format that just debuted today.
I never tried on a real wedding dress. I tried. Kind of. Austin's mom, sisters and I walked-in 3 different bridal salons one afternoon but were without luck. Every place was booked solid by women that were more organized by me. I guess I should have expected that on a Saturday in January. But it wasn't too disappointing because about a week after we got engaged, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to be buying a dress in the traditional sense. I didn't think I wasn't going to find anything that felt like me within my budget.
I did find one dress that I liked. A two piece gown -- a long-sleeved lace body suit with a chiffon skirt over the top. It was $7,000. Plus, long-sleeves in July wasn't going to work. But I now had a concept. Two pieces. I searched for months for the perfect bodysuit but most things I found looked cheap or like underwear. Not my wedding vibes. So then I expanded my searches to shirts and dresses. Then I came across this little beauty. Modern lace with edgy sleeves and an open back. Obviously the bottom of the dress wasn't going to work but I wasn't worried about that. I ordered it, it came, and it fit like it was made for me.
I then started looking for skirts but soon found that white maxi skirts don't really exist apart from a few not-so-bridal looking options. After trying on the chiffon skirts from online, I decided that silk crepe was more my style anyway. I talked to my aunt who makes gowns for special occasions and asked if it would be possible to turn a dress into a bodysuit and to create a custom skirt. She said yes so we started designing.
My wedding dress cost about $350. And I loved it more than anything else I designed for that day. When it got dirty (because we got married in a field) I wasn't bummed because it wasn't this crystal bead embellished masterpiece. It was exactly what it needed to be: simple, beautiful and a little surprising.
all photos by Logan Clement