- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I mentioned my Jorge Manuel dress in another thread and said I’d make a new thread to explain its story. This is a little long, but I think the story is interesting…
Last month, the blog that Weddings Unveiled magazine runs announced an essay contest. The winner of the contest would get a one-of-a-kind gown by Miami-based designer Jorge Manuel, courtesy of the designer and Madison Row, a Charleston bridal salon. The dress shown was unlike anything I had seen before. I was completely intrigued by it. I wasn’t familiar with Jorge Manuel’s work, but I started looking at every dress I could find by him. The details were different, but feminine. The sihouettes were pretty traditional, but there were always modern details or asymetry that sort of turned the classic trumpet or modified A-line on its ear.
So, I got to writing. I scraped plenty of essays, but finally found my voice and cobbled together my entry. Five finalists would be chosen and announced on March 15th. I was stunned when I made the cut. The other finalists had great stories and I tried not to entertain the possiblity of winning as a result.
Well, yesterday morning, I saw that Jorge’s Facebook page said that they had picked their winner. I clicked on his website. The I clicked on the contest page. Then I screamed.
ME!!! I won the dress!
I was over the moon. As if winning a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind dress isn’t enough, Jorge Manuel himself called me a few hours later to congratulate me. He said that he and the bridal salon that sponsored the giveaway were flying me to Charleston for a “gown turnover party” and that they were inviting wedding planners and bloggers to cover the event. Jorge decided that this giveaway is going to be a tradition, so I’m just the first of a line of winners!
So, here’s the dress. Jorge told me that it’s even more spectacular in person, which I find hard to believe. The detail work looks amazing.
All of the images are from Jorge’s website or the Madison Row blog. They were taken by Jennifer Bearden.