- 12 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
Greetings, festive Bees, from Portland, OR!
Eons ago, before my October 2008 wedding, I posted some photos of myself in different gown options seeking your advice (the post was titled: The Imperfect Gown). I got so many delightful and helpful responses!
Determined to get in touch with past generations, I actually decided to make my own gown instead of wearing any of the gowns I had in my possession. It was a huge project and took me 9 months, but I made an all-silk dress with three layers of china silk and chiffon for about $240. In retrospect I should’ve saved all those hours of intense sewing and worn the Watters gown you can see in the post: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/02/27/the-imperfect-gown/.
But, moving on…because the gown I made was so voluminous, I wore a more informal Nicole Miller gown to the reception, and I put my ceremony gown, along with my grandmother’s and aunt’s wedding gowns, on display on dress forms at the reception, which was a smash hit. The best word to describe the gown I made is diaphanous. It moved like liquid; I was obsessed with this effect after the Vera Wang spring 2008 bridal show and thankfully, I achieved it. I also love the grey/lavender color of the top layer. Two layers have a satin sheen, but they grey is matte; this added interest and depth.
I don’t have many detailed photos of the construction, but the gown I made (the ceremony gown in the photos here) is an empire-waisted Kwik-Sew gown, with the bodice modified to criss-cross, w/pleats on the sides like a Romona Keveza gown that I loved (photo included). That whole Kwik-Sew gown was then topped with a removable 2-layer apron of chiffon of my own design but roughly modeled after the skirt of a Badgley Mischka for Vogue pattern. A sash covered the top of the apron. The apron was a bit heavy so I had to yank the whole gown up a couple times during the ceremony; my advice to all brides out there is to TEST wearing the gown for a while, walking around, up and down stairs, with the undergarments! And plenty of fashion tape! Good luck to all you brides-to-be!
I just wanted to share with you the final dress because I got so much help from the wonderful bloggers on this site! These photos are candids – I’m STILL sifting through the thousands of pro photos in my scarce free time. By The Way, the handsome groom is wearing a drop-dead gorgeous De Fursac black suit he bought in Paris after he proposed.
Oh – a 5-minute Argentina honeymoon slideshow w/sound is posted at http://www.lexieseptentrion.com/photos.htm . Enjoy and thank you so much for your help before the wedding!
Sincerely, Mrs. Guest Bee
p.s. I can’t attach more photos (of the reception), but a couple reception photos are posted on the same web page as the honeymoon pics (scroll down to the bottom right of that page).