Sometimes social media platforms can bring the best clients to you! Allie was definitely one of these brides; we just LOVE her! One day, I was strolling on Facebook and noticed a post on a Charlotte Brides & Newlyweds group asking about redesign. I read the comments on the post, and felt like something was just lacking in every response. I mean, Allie wanted to use her mother's gown, and deserved more than a response just listing a company's name. I decided to take the personal approach and send her a private message. It is so easy for a bride to feel like another number, and I didn't want Allie to have this feeling at all, especially so early in her wedding planning. Within the hour, we had set her up with a personal design consultation for her and her and her mother the following weekend.
During the consultation, Allie tried on her mothers gown, which was preserved quite nicely. We talked about what she liked, disliked, numerous ideas, exchanged some inspiration of gowns and silhouettes, played with fabric swatches and design elements, until we combined the ideas into a perfect design for her. The original gown was an ideal 1980's bridal gown, with a dropped waist, dropped back Basque waist with micro pleating, leading into a long cathedral satin train. The hem was adorned with beaded lace trimming and the top was fully beaded with enlarged pleated sleeves.
While sipping on mimosas, it was time to start designing. The bodice was a must keep, as the fit was perfect! Since Allie has the waist line most girls only dream of, the decision was made to raise the waist to natural waist, in order to accentuate! Using the satin of the skirt as the lining of the back, replace the front satin skirt, with a 1/2 circle skirt, in matching satin of course, and get rid of the sleeves. My favorite addition, was adding a 3 layer organza circle skirt creating such beautiful movement. A Cinderella for 2018! As we came up with