April 13, 2016 Real Bride – Kimberley (me!)

While it seems strange to be writing a blog post on my own wedding; here goes!
Sean and I planned a long engagement to allow me plenty of time to design and make not only my own dress, but the bridesmaids, my mothers, and my grandmothers. I very excitedly chose my fabrics in March with the intention of starting my dress right away. Much to Sean’s horror I left my own dress until the very last minute and started it in December – four weeks before our wedding!

MY DRESS: Knowing I didn’t want anything too ‘bride-y’ and knowing I wanted a slimline silhouette left me with a world of possibilities when it came to the design of my dress. With the use of a heavily beaded silk georgette, I opted to highlight the simple beauty of the sparkling fabric. Combining a 30’s inspired bias-cut silhouette with modern cut-out detail in the bodice was a perfect way of combining old with new.

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BRIDESMAIDS/GROOMSWOMEN: The bridesmaids chose a stunning Italian silk brocade organza with gold detailing and a smooth metallic gold silk for their dresses; and each helped design their own dress to create something they loved. Each dress is unique and tailor made to each individual bridesmaid and features deep box pleats, pockets and a slimming waist belt.

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MOTHER OF THE BRIDE: For a woman who rarely wears dresses, I was amazed to hear Mum wanted me to create a dress for her to wear! Featuring a printed silk georgette and a beautiful deep red silk dupion, Mum’s dress cinched in at the waist, floated around her legs, and highlighted her best and favourite features.

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GRANDMOTHER OF THE BRIDE: Grandma very excitedly chose a stunning lilac/pink silk dupion with matching pink Italian guipure lace for her outfit. Knowing she wanted to be comfortable, elegant and ladylike opened the doors to many design options. Eventually settling on a tailored jacket with lace detailing and a matching tailored skirt; Grandma looked absolutely beautiful.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Joseph Sarkodie
MAKE-UP: Makeup by Erin
HAIR: B Coloured
FLOWERS: Petals & Leaves
VENUE: Sails on Lavender Bay
STATIONERY: Abra Card Abra
FURNITURE HIRE: Events by Nadia