behind the seams

THE DRESS,
THE LOOK,
THE LESSON

wardrobe styling by Mercedes Grainger
photography by Jordan Weiland
hair by Maggie Hall of Tracy and Company
makeup by Yolanda Floyd and Melissa Kinsey of Salon Salvatore
prop styling by Lisa Malott of WISH Vintage Rentals
floral designs by Laura Helm of Ashton Events
models – Kimberlee Howe & Madeline Brand – BMG; Jacqueline Hoag – Modern Muse

the dress

Maybe you spent your youth dreaming about what you would wear on your wedding day.  Or, perhaps it never crossed your mind.  Either way, shopping for the perfect wedding dress can be the most fun and exciting part of planning a wedding. Aside from the decor, the food, and the music, the dress is a way for you to express who you truly are on one of the biggest days of your life. But as important as the dress is, what’s more important is to let your beauty and love shine through. This is the day you will keep and hold in your heart forever. In pictures and in memories, you want to look back and remember how beautiful you felt, inside and out.

the look

Dreamy, classic, delicate, intricate, thoughtful. By choosing one of these attributes, or combining a few, you will most definitely create a look that’s personal and unique to you.

the lesson

Less is more. Keep it simple with clean silhouettes, while still adding detail by incorporating lace, beading, and stitching. Avoid anything too revealing, over the top, or distracting. Add fun and flair with a glam pair of earrings and use your shoes as a way to bring a funky aspect to your look. A few perfectly placed flowers in the hair or vintage looking hair pins can also pull everything together with an understated elegance.  

Vera Wang says it best, “ I want to see the dress, but focus on the woman”. The most important thing when choosing the perfect dress for your special day is YOU.

Dress Sources:
Anna Campbell “Eloise” gown from Malindy Elene
Alvina Valenta #9551 from Malindy Elene
Daalarna Couture from The Bride Tampa
Olivia Gray Desgins (a Lakeland designer) oliviagraydesigns.com
Casablanca #2141 from Robyn Lynn
For more dress details, pick up a copy of our June 2016 Weddings Issue.