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Ladies First, right?
- katrina -
Oh my goodness. This dress. If any one detail would be the most sentimental (besides the groom of course), it would be this dress.
Growing up, I was never that girl that fantasized about her dream wedding. But I was (okay, still am) that girl who watched any wedding show: Four Weddings, Who's Wedding Is It Anyways, and of course Say Yes To The Dress. Sure the Filipino girl in me loves the romantic side of weddings, but the fashion kid in me is all into the dress details. So when I got engaged, I was so excited to go dress shopping. Not necessarily to say "Yes To The Dress" (which is silly tbh), but to see all the pretty silhouettes and fabrics that would be perfectly me.
That didn't happen.
I had the opportunity and the honor to wear my mother's dress. Yes, honor. I don't use that word lightly because it truly was a privilege to wear her dress. Sure, I missed out on the whole shopping experience, but when my mom offered me her dress, none of that mattered. I'm sentimental. And I loved the idea of an heirloom piece, especially when it was my late Lola who made it for my mom. Every bead and appliqué hand sewed by her, for my mom, for me.
But...my mom got married in the eighties.
And that is completely fine! Except, pouf sleeves, mandarin collar, and heavy satin is not my cup of tea. Thankfully, the mermaid/fit and flare silhouette was something I already had in mind. The point in the front bottom was original and edgy, while the cut of the body gave me a little booty action.
So you know how I said I watched a lot of wedding shows?
Does anyone remember that very brief series "Something Borrowed, Something New"? The premise of the show was basically my situation: either buy a new dress or redesign your mother's dress to be your dress.
Now it must have been fate that even before I was engaged, I found Toile.
A custom atelier and boutique in Fishtown that houses girl boss brands. Owner and designer Bianca became my fairy godmother. We re-fit the entire bodice, re-did the neckline and backline, changed out the skirt for tulle, moved the mandarin collar as appliqués for the back, re-worked the sleeves with hand beaded details. It was a lot of effort and I am truly thankful. A year working together and she made my mother's dress mine.
Old...check! Now for the new, borrowed, & blue.
As if the dress wasn't enough, my mother also gave me this beautiful custom pearl and diamond necklace that was inspired by an earring/ring set she had previously passed down to me. I told you I was a sucker for heirlooms.
My matron of honor had me covered for the borrowed. It was the last minute detail that I still didn't have figured out until the morning of. Thankfully she brought a lot of jewelry, and we settled with this white seed bead bracelet that perfectly paired with everything else.
Blue were the shoes. A nod to my Sweet Sixteen where I wore blue Converse with my Cinderella dress. This time I traded the sneakers, for some killer heels because Husby is 6'5'' to my 5'5''. Also these heels needed to be chunky because stilettos are not friends for an outdoor wedding.