I was so honored to work on Meghan’s gown. She brought me the dress that both her grandmother and mother wore to their own weddings in the 1950s, and 1980s, respectively, and asked me to use it as the base for her own wedding dress. This was truly a family affair, Meghan’s mom and grandmother came to all of her fittings, and it was wonderful to be part of this tradition!

The original dress was lovely and very much of its time, with a bateau neckline, nipped waist, ¾ sleeves, and an enormous skirt. It was made of a beautiful peau de sois, a lightweight taffeta, with an overlay of delicate aleçon lace.

It was very important to me to both honor the original dress and create one that made Meghan look her best. The solution was a strapless gown with a less-exaggerated skirt, layered with appliques of the antique lace.

I didn’t have enough of the lace from the original dress, and so searched high and low to find one that matched to supplement. The overall effect is classic, luxurious, and ultra feminine.

Some of the special details that I love on this dress include the organic hemline created by the design of the lace, the delicate lace detail at the neckline, and the exaggerated button detail on the back, which runs from the very top to the hem.

As a finishing touch, I suggested the delicate mantilla headpiece, which plays off the intricate lacework of the dress, and has a similar feminine, traditional feel.

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