Im sure many of you have watched with a box of tissues in hand, the incredible ceremony that was the marriage of two soulmates Constance & Denim. Their love and admiration for eachother, their free lives and their two beautiful families becoming one is a recipe for a tear jerker.
I was first introduced to Con last year when she emailed me in a desperate hunt for a wedding dress that was different. She needed a dress that complimented her personality and her body shape. But to top it off she just loved the IXIAH brand, the use of feathers and shells, the embellishments and accessories it was all just so ... "her". So with an abundance of compliments I agreed to meet with her and start discussing designs and ideas to create this masterpiece.
Our first meeting was to measure Con and discuss concepts and ideas. I just remember the entire table of girls almost falling over themselves as Con just cracked jokes about how she 'doesn't' want to look on her spedcial day and about her best and worst body parts. Con made it clear she wanted feathers, to show her legs & loved shells & possibly a beaded harness. She also loved the idea of a corset that drew her body in and shaped her. She then mentioned the wedding was only a few months away and that she was pregnant and will be 4 months by the wedding so we had create something incredible yet possibly adjustable for her growing and glowing body.
So with all of this my ideas were starting to come to life and I spent the next few weeks creating different design ideas for what I thought would work for her. I drew and presented these ideas to Constance and had her measurements taken.
The idea she loved ready to proceed so my incredible pattern maker created an initial pattern and toile for our first fitting.
It was then that the dress really began to take shape and form. I added feathers and organised beaded. We decided to dye tulle to match the metallic finish on the corset, we had the corset lace up at the back for ease of fitting and we design a seperate skirt made with layers of tulle that would be sheer and show Cons leg, while also wrapping under her belly for an easy and comfortable fit. We then added feathers to cover her underwear line and shape her belly - something she didnt want to hide but embrace. Once this fit was perfected it was time to create the final dress.
Once the dress was made then I could start my work on the embellishments and accessories. Beading is the longest process but absolutely my favoourite part of making wedding dresses. It is a time where i sit with all my beads and create a huge number of formations until soemthing works. This can take hours or days, it really depends on the style and the design. With Con's dress it came together within a few days. I went for copper bright beads to compliment the champagne colours in her dress. I contrasted these with shells, wooden beads and a irredescent diamonte bead that added just the right amount of sparkle. I also made a neckpiece/choker as a harness would have been too much for this style. I knew at this point it was going to be incredible.
When the dres arrived back from our embellishers it needed a few hand tweaks, eyelets in the back and some finishing touches but it was beautiful. I had to hand the dress to Cons best friend Annalise and we FaceTimed Con to show her as time was so tight. It was a pressing time waiting for Con to receive the dress and text me that she loved it which is always a relief.
And then I just waited for the 6th of Jan for this girl to shine, as she does so well!
Make sure you watch the video for all the behind the scenes and details and the full wedding ceremony. And be sure to have that box of tissues ready.
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