Wedding gown style: Dierdre
Why did you choose this dress?
The theme of our wedding is an “indoor garden party.” I wanted a dress that was romantic but didn’t take itself too seriously; something graceful and fun. My brother, Lyle, actually knew from the very start that I would pick the Dierdre, but he watched me try on quite a few dresses just to appease me. Brother always knows best!
Who accompanied you on your fitting? It looks as if you had a big group with you.
My bridal shower took place at one of my favorite restaurants near my parents’ house in Wellesley, MA, on the afternoon of the fitting. All of my bridesmaids were at the shower, some from out of town, and everyone thought it would be fun to come into Boston to accompany me to the fitting. My parents were there (dad served as photographer!), as was my 90-year-old grandmother. Although she thought she wanted to wait to see the dress until I walked down the aisle, she couldn’t resist joining us at the fitting.
What was their reaction?
Everyone loved the dress! Said it was very “me.” Grandma cried.
How did it feel stepping into the dress for the time?
Like it was really happening…
Were you nervous?
Actually, no not at all!
What type of veil did you choose and why?
The night before the fitting, my mom pulled out a large gold box with “Bridal Chest” written in cursive across the front. The box contained her wedding dress. We opened it and pulled out her high-necked, long sleeved dress, beautifully decorated with lace cascading down the front. The chest also contained her veil, which had beautiful lace flowers scattered across it. I wanted to incorporate something from my parents’ wedding into my own wedding, and was hoping to use part of her veil, but it looked as though some of the flowers had yellowed from the way they were attached. We took the dress and veil to the seamstress, Lilianne, at Vera Wang in Boston to hear her thoughts. Lilianne took the lace from my mother’s dress and lined the very edge of a classic Vera Wang veil and it was absolutely beautiful – something new and something old in one.
What did you bring to the fitting?
After a long search, I found a fabulous pair of pale pink patent leather Valentino peep toe pumps with a large patent bow on the toe. They ended up pairing perfectly with the dress. My maternal grandmother, with whom I am very close, has a very large collection of jewelry and she brought multiple strands of pearls and various earrings for me to try on. I chose a pair of her diamond flower earrings, and my paternal grandmother’s pearl necklace with a diamond clasp. I’m very lucky to have something borrowed from both grandmothers!
Did you learn anything surprising about wedding dresses during this process?
Vera makes the most gorgeous wedding dresses, but we all already knew that!
What advice would you give to brides going through the fitting and dress-buying process?
Keep an open mind and try on lots of styles. You don’t know what you will fall in love with until you try it on!