Emily works in the fashion industry and had a good idea of the kind of dress she wanted to wear. She brought me a few photos of dresses that she loved but couldn’t find, so I created a dress inspired by those images especially for her.

What makes the dress so uniquely Emily — in a way that you could never get from a store-bought gown — is that she was involved in every aspect of the creation of the dress. She selected the lace pattern from samples I suggested, as well as the specific shade of pink-ish mauve charmeuse under slip of the gown.

There are several details and subtle elements that really set it apart from the sea of lace dresses in bridal wear.

If you look closely, you can see that the placement of the lace is asymmetrical: on the body of the dress, at the neckline, and the drape over the sleeves — and that is exactly how Emily wanted it from the beginning. Each piece of lace was individually placed and sewn on a perfectly sheer illusion.

Another important element of the construction of the dress is that the charmeuse under slip is a separate piece, which allows for more fluidity and movement than a sewn-in slip would. I suggested tailoring the under slip a bit to highlight Emily’s shape – I see brides work so hard to look good on their wedding day – and I say flaunt it if you’ve got it!

Finally, there is a lovely side-button detail, which I suggested to add one more touch of visual interest and emphasize the vertical line.

It was such a pleasure creating the dress of Emily’s dreams — and making it even a little bit better.

Photo: Sonya Ruth Photography

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