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CUSTOM GOWNS FOR THE CUSTOM GIRL

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Brittany

Julia Wilde

Brittany first appeared in our inbox with an inquiry about a custom red wedding gown. The day of her appointment arrived and in walked a dazzling blonde, her arms full of magazine pages and a pinterest board devoted to red dresses. Let's call a spade a spade here. We love a left-field bride, but this was a big statement, and her mother and I looked on with anticipation as Brittany slipped on one white dress after another before she eventually came to a red one.

She was irrefutably, incontestably, and stunningly... right.

The girl lit up the room in red; nothing else came close. To this day, why this is true of Brittany and a red dress is still something of mystery.

Anyway, magical color established, Kathryn immediately began sketching into Brittany's requirements:  V-neck, drop waist, deep ruby red silk? Check, check, and check.

Enjoy the breath-taking result on this Lady in Red, married one fine November day in historic lower Manhattan.

(And can we also just note the fact that she got to flip the traditional bride-in-white, maids-in-color move - and added red shoes to complete her ladies' outfits? I mean, come on. How amazing is that?!)

Jen

Julia Wilde

Jen's incorporation of nude in a soft ombre struck the perfect note between romantic and forward. As a designer, herself, she came in armed with four different gown ideas she wanted to develop, and we went through them all! We made muslins with various moving parts, including lots of tulle, detachable peplums, pleated bodices, and the incorporation of French ribbon. At the very end of the process Jen fell in love with the idea of a nude ombre.  We developed the technique so that the actual color would sit underneath an English netting skirt. The combination kept things light and allowed the structure of the dress to really shine. You can read more about her spectacular wedding to Jon on one of our very favorite wedding sites, 100 Layer Cake!

Jen

Laila

Julia Wilde

Laila's only requirement was that she kept her shoulders covered. We accomplished her need for class - and added a little dose of sass - with a one shouldered flower embellishment. A stunning beauty, Laila also kept it real by doing make up for her bridesmaids and guests! Have a look at some excerpts from her spectacular wedding below.

Laila Cityscape

Alexa

Julia Wilde

Alexa came to us after falling hard for the deep green dress Keira Knightly wore in Atonement. Kathryn was pretty thrilled, as she'd been hoping to design a similar dress since seeing the film! Fate. Though she was struggling a bit with the traditional bridal look, Alexa was already planning to wear a beautiful white gown for her own wedding, and she initially came in to create a custom piece for her best friend's marriage. However, during the process, she fell so hard for her beautiful dress that she decided to save it for her own day, changing out of her bridal gown after the ceremony and joining her new husband on the dance floor with a dramatic emerald entrance.

Take a look at her gorgeous photos below - and check out how effortlessly the surprise gown change worked with her already green-tinged wedding details! See? Fate.

April

Julia Wilde

April wanted to individualize each knee-length, purple silk dress to suit all six bridesmaids. "I had every type of girl: from sexy singles and modest moms to a bride to be who lived in England and a glowing mom to be (my pregnant sister, who ended up giving birth to my niece the week before!)," the bride says. The purple dresses were knee-length and worn with plaid sashes around the waist. We did not design or manufacture April's wedding gown - she did! Right down to the meticulous print on her skirt.  We think it's absolutely stunning, and just had to include a photo here. That woman's certainly got an eye!

Diana

Julia Wilde

Pink! Short! Lace! Brooklyn! Let us count the ways we love Diana. As an architect, Diana's passion is texture, and she very much brought that love to the creation of her dress. Of course, her OTHER passion for all things '50s and Chanel couture didn't hurt the process either. She did not want a traditional gown, and felt that keeping the hemline short was the most true to her. She fell head over heels for a beautiful french lace, to which we added literally thirteen other different textures and colors, and the rest is history. The dress, like her vintage-inspired wedding, felt simultaneously like a departure into the (very stylized) past and a celebration very close to home. To read more about her spectacular day, check out this feature on Ruffled! Cheers, Diana!

Laura

Julia Wilde

We love a good mother daughter story, and we certainly got it with Laura and her mom. Laura wanted a feminine, classic ball gown with blue roses, and she also wanted to honor her mom as both the mother of the bride and the matron of honor, in a custom matching blue duchess satin gown. While designing with Laura was a joy, adding her mother into the mix and creating her special gown was a truly touching, lovely process. Check our Laura's wedding below!

Kitty

Julia Wilde

Kitty was a classic, feminine bride who adored lace, and wanted to incorporate it in a way that would be appropriate for a garden wedding overlooking the Hudson River.  We kept the lines clean, called attention to her beautiful collar bone with a strapless neckline, and used a stunning, intricate lace that shone as the star of the show. At the last minute, the weather turned cold for the wedding day and we designed a white fur wrap with a big blue satin bow to keep our bride warm.  Kitty's mother (whose dress we also designed, along with the beautifully colored watermelon bridesmaid gowns) told us that this was her very favorite item of clothing at the wedding. So, ladies, if you're concerned about Murphy's Law hitting your wedding, sometimes a closed door does indeed open a fashionable window!

Check out the bride's family below - and note Kitty's bouquet, which is especially outstanding.

Mary Kate

Julia Wilde

We like to think of all our brides as rockstars. But Mary Kate really took it to another level with the inflatable electric guitars at her reception. She married Matt at a good ol' Texan Barbecue in Austin... in a very formal bridal gown, featuring both duchess satin and lace. Despite our initial reservations at such a casual/elegant juxtaposition, Mary Kate rocked the look and formality took quite nicely to informality for a night. Mary Kate's gorgeous gown featured detachable sashes in both ivory and Tiffany blue, and a Tiffany blue petticoat that peaked through as she danced.

And dance she did.

Talia

Julia Wilde

Talia works at an art gallery in the West Village and, along with being a true fashionista, is known for rocking her signature pearl necklace in everything from jeans to a little black dress. She wanted to combine a modern silhouette with delicate embellishments reflective of an old world sensibility.  Inspired by her signature look, we used clusters of tiny creamy pearls and baby Swarovski crystals to heavily bead her dramatic sweetheart shaped bodice.  We then decided on a delicate ivory organza skirt, which perfectly connected the dress to the feeling of the celebration - a roof top reception overlooking the Hudson on a warm July evening.

You rock those pearls, Talia!