And, now, finally The post about The dress of all dresses!
As my oh so loyal readers know too well, I built up quite a bit of suspense around my wedding dress. The look, the feel, the cut, the silhouette, the texture . . . you name it, I wouldn’t reveal it.
The only tidbits I would divulge were the names of the genius’s behind the design of said dress, the ever talented Marchesa girls.
Was I being a tad bit dramatic?, perhaps; but, I had to keep you guessing and then coming back for more . I also did want very much for it to be a surprise, especially to my now husband (still so strange and wonderful to use that term of endearment in every day conversation…).
So, at long last, here is The dress of all dresses, my Marchesa, from their very first bridal collection, Spring 2010:
Some pics. of me in The dress from the wedding courtesy of our AMAZING photographers Amy & Stuart. (Much better for viewing the details):
A Beauteous Pic of Just My Beauty:
What I love the most about this lovely is that it was everything I was looking for; and, yet, completely unexpected at the same time.
Here are the key elements I was looking for that this fab. number fulfilled:
- Slinky Mermaid Silhouette
- The perfect combination of red carpet and bridal
- Risk Taking
- Fashion Forward
Now, these are all fairly general non-negotiables that could have been found in more than several striking gowns. But, there was just something about the Marchesa that hooked me the moment I slipped it on that very first time.
Perhaps it was the intricate silver beading (a detail I never ever thought I wanted) that captivated me.
Or maybe it was the unusual use of horse hair that Marchesa is so known for. Yes!, a portion of The dress is made out of horse hair. It is this coarser fabric that gives the bodice, neckline and train such a fabulous sculptural quality.
Or perhaps it was the way I discovered said lovely . . . through the eyes of one of my dearest and closest friends who happened upon it in the Bergdorf’s bridal salon, shoved, almost hidden even, in between two enormous princess numbers. I was then begged to try it on, as my first instinct was not to.
And, you know how the rest of the story goes. Once I slipped it on it was all over . . . it, of course, had to be mine. Alas, it was very much an unexpected gem.
Now, just for fun I thought I would also finally give you the scoop on the other two lovelies that were in the running before the Marchesa came along. Although they were both crafted by the original wedding gown master, herself, Vera Wang, they are really quite different from each other as well as from the Marchesa.
Here They Are For Your Viewing Pleasure:
Vera Wang #1 – Fiona:
Vera Wang #2 – Calla Lily:
As you can see with the Vera’s it was either all fashion all the time a la the Fiona or a quiet, subtle elegance a la the Calla Lily, with not much compromise in between.
In my my humble opinion The Marchesa happen to be the perfect combination of the two.
Stay tuned for more wedding wear . . . footwear, rehearsal dinner. . . as much as you can take!
In The Seams
P.S. It’s good to be back