I don’t often have the opportunity to create a bridal gown with historic influence with contemporary flair. It’s one thing to go retro, and quite another to combine Victorian refinement with current day flair. Jennifer came to me with her vision for just that.
Jennifer’s design included a very formal peplum bodice of a beautiful jacquard with Venise lace detail added. (I beaded it with Swarovski crystals and pearls, of course). The skirt was satin, also trimmed with Venise lace. Jennifer provided the true Victorian corset to wear under the gown. At some point Jennifer requested pantaloons (long bloomers) in keeping with the Victorian theme.
What I did, along the way, was to redesign the peplum bodice into a coat with a undiscernable front opening, over a tank type bodice that attached to the skirt. I also included my copyrighted bustle. I was thinking of the dancing at the reception! As formal and proper as she looked going down the aisle, I knew there would be dancing later.
I also made her lovely veil which we both knew was decidedly NOT Victorian, but complimented the ensemble beautifully. I think you will agree that Jennifer got her historical perspective.
Beautiful wedding day pictures were taken by Brooke Cox Photography.