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Real Wedding: Erin and Richard


Bride: Erin May
Groom: Richard Hobson
Vera Wang Wedding gown style: Diana, Spring 2010
Boutique purchased: Marcella’s La Boutique
Wedding date: August 21, 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Photographer: LaVie Photography

Did you have a certain style in mind when you started your search for a dress?
I am an artist and knew I wanted a traditional silhouette, juxtaposed with edgy details. I’m not the sparkle type, so I was looking for something ethereal, but utilitarian — a structural piece of art.

What made you decide on your Vera Wang gown?
I had already bought another dress, but after seeing the Diana on the Spring 2010 runway, I was sold. The first time I tried it on, I don’t remember noticing how I looked in the dress, I was so obsessed by the layering and raw edges. 

Did you bring anyone along dress shopping?
I attended a trunk show on my own to try the dress the first time, then brought back four of my bridesmaids. They said after seeing my face coming out of the dressing room, there really wasn’t another option. I was in love.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day outfit unique?
I wanted to keep a raw feeling, so I kept the belt plain and wore a plain, full-length veil. I found a wonderful pair of distressed, antique earrings that perfectly suited the dress.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding?
My wedding inspiration was the Tim Burton movie “Big Fish” and the forests of the Northwest. Our tented reception was in a forest grove and had a vintage carnival feel with edgy and unexpected details.

Did your gown style relate to any other design elements of the wedding?
Our cake was created to emulate the raw edges of the fabric.

What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was walking down the isle. I chose a very dramatic song and my guests were holding vigil candles. The mood was incredible.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress?
Buy what you love, and do not settle! If fashion and beauty is important to you, loving your dress makes all the difference in the world.

Are there any other anecdotes you would like to share?
During our ceremony, the stage was much darker than our Officiant had anticipated. So dark that our best man had to take a candle from a floral arrangement and hold it over the officiant’s notes, burning his fingers!

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