Grace is a classic example of what many of my brides do. First, she knew she “had me in her back pocket!” And then she went shopping. The gown she bought was rather close to what she dreamed of, but it was a long way off…
In the gown’s original state, it was huge, a halter neckline, and it featured silver beading. Grace needed it to fit, wanted the straps over her shoulders, and wanted gold beaded lace as the embellishment.
Regarding the fit, the gown was done in a polyester taffeta, which is quite crisp. Turning her straps from the halter to over her shoulders started to tip the pleats on the front. At one point the bodice was completely apart! In addition to wrapping her waist in gold, I suggested that we use the lace as the extension of the straps. It was set on flesh-colored organza so that the lace appeared to float on her skin.
Of course with all of the reconstruction going on, Grace also lost a few pounds so the resizing continued on!
Ultimately, we achieved perfection! A French bustle finished off the back of her ball gown. We also did a stunning cathedral veil to match as well as taking one of the lace motifs and making a comb for her hair. Her amazing smile made all of the stress totally worth it!