And the big day has arrived. We finally got ourselves into the biggest project ever..a wedding dress. And for those of you that work in fashion, you will know it’s not as easy as it may sound at first. Of course, you have the idea, the image in your head on how it would look, how you will make it and what materials you will use…and then you realize it’s all a long and wonderful process…but not as fast or simple as you thought it would be.
Now, in the beginning I always had the idea of a striking, puffy and imperial wedding dress since I was a child, I guess. I was one of those girls that used to play dress up in sheets and wearing flowers crowns with mum’s veil from their wedding gown. But once my turn actually came,considering my wedding was taking place in a beautiful garden, I had to change my thoughts to something more appropriate. I went through 1900’s designs, the Victorian and then the Edwardian era (due to my vintage obsession), saved 1000 photos for inspiration, searched for possible fabrics and accessories and picturing the whole setting as final. After about a month of getting to no conclusion, I remembered the Gatsby party dresses, with all their glamour and shine, but simpler to carry. Seemed like a better idea, as I also wanted to whole flower and candle concept to decorate. So my wedding dress turned up as a 20s flapper, keeping one detail i couldn’t give up from my initial royal idea 🙂 ..the tail.
Another thing I had very clear was that I wanted my mum to make it. She is after all, the magician behind all the Made In Retro custom made pieces. And then it all started. We began with knowing for sure it had to look like a one time dress, but may be used later on. So we decided to sew separate pieces that once put together, looked as a one time gown only..though it wasn’t. First thing was the tail skirt. We used a beautiful champagne satin and a cream color soft tulle on top to make it flowy. Cut from a single piece, in which the tail cannot be detached, it was made in a siren shape in order to fit the next piece on top …the actual dress. The upper dress was made short and straight so it can be worn separately. The fabric is embroidered forming a flower design with a hint of blue-ish grey thread in the center (which I loved ,as it breaks a bit the whole “white” concept of a wedding dress, which was the reason for using a cream color overall also). We kept the design backless with long satin straps. And finally, to wrap all the pieces together…especially because of the shape of the upper part, a wide V shaped belt which was the tiniest piece yet the longest to sew. We first made the actual plain belt in the same satin as the straps and the skirt lining. After, we cut around a crystal and pearl embroidered tulle and applied it to the center. Finally, to fill in the gaps and bring everything together with the rest of the outfit, we glued original Swarowski crystals all around, and finished by taking similar beads to the ones used in the dress flower pattern,threaded them into long layers and hand sewed them in a drop down wave shape to both the belt and the straps.Once that was done, I gave the finish touch with Clarks nude Mary-Jane shoes, ivory stockings, vintage inspired ring and earing I got as presents, and a very vintage like wedding bouquet I made myself .I can trully say now that both the time invested as the effort payed off as I felt amazing in it.
Also have to mention my maids of honor were also dressed in custom made pieces,as we also wanted their dresses to be easy to use again and didn’t see any I liked already for sale.So we made them in chiffon, short and simple and a separate circle opened skirt in the same fabric, with a bit of extra length in the back that they could easily put on for special events. And of course , my mum had her own made by herself.
I leave you with photos of everything and end this post by giving special thanks to our photographers, Neil Carey and Gina Dixon; to the best of friends,Sharon that home made all the cupcakes and the wedding cake which you will see below and also took care of me throughout this special day and the hectic previous ones; to my all time hairdresser, Renate who made the whole look complete;to my maids of honor for making my walk easier, To Villa Favorita for providing the amazing surroundings and to every and each of the ones that were there on the day…i can say I have the best people around me.
And last but never least a special thank you to my amazing mum for having such patience and being so talented…and for walking me down the aisle. Because yes, she gave the bride away. 🙂
Dresses- Made In Retro
Cake and sweet table- Poppy & Lee
Hair: Renate Estilistas
Photography: Neil Carey & Gina Dixon