Inspiration comes in many shades. Because there are so many subtle variations, I am forever experimenting with white. Each season I create three new shades especially for my wedding gowns. For me, nothing is more enchanting than mixing several tones in one dress. Perhaps it is an ivory grosgrain ribbon on a white satin bodice or pure white lace on an ivory taffeta train. This deliberate blending of whites has resulted in some of my most signature looks.
A fondness for white need not be limited to the gown. A veil, bouquet or wedding slipper can accentuate a white scheme, as can a floral centerpiece or an upholstered seat cushion. Due to intrinsic purity, however, an all-white wedding requires enormous discipline. The scent of gardenias, the crispness of a white dinner napkin, the ceiling of a white tent or the glow of a white taper should all be meticulously stated to achieve a cohesive finish.
Depending on the bride’s preferences and the overall design scheme, any tableau of whites can either be starkly minimal or decidedly elaborate. The marriage of different whites provides depth, dimension and texture without the distraction of color.
Fun fact! In ancient Egypt, brides wore gowns of white linen for good luck and fertility, while in Greece and Rome, white symbolized celebration. It was not until the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert in 1840 that white wedding gowns again became fashionable. Subsequently, every bride who wears white preserves the wedding tradition inspired by Queen Victoria.