I did spend some time hunting for a dress at a few boutiques around Melbourne and while I admit it
certainly was fun...I discovered pretty quickly that I wouldn't find what I wanted. I also did consider trying to find an original vintage but the odds of finding the right style, the right size and in the right condition was very small (especially with my broad shoulders!) So it didn't take me long to decide that having my dress made was the way to go. Before I had really decided on a design...I managed to get my hands on some beautiful cream silk that I fell in love with.
So this was the starting point. I have always liked the 1940's silhouette (early to mid '40's) and feel that it suits my body type....I also love the glamour of the late 1940's and early 50's but don't have the curves to pull it off!
I grabbed a sketchbook and started playing around with some ideas. Some things I had to keep in mind were that the dress would be traveling with me to Hungary. Also, our wedding in Hungary was held in a beautiful old church (300+ years) so I knew that I had to have a dress that was fairly traditional, that would suit the venue. I was also planning on wearing the same dress at a civil service back in Australia so wanted to keep this in mind too.
And so here it is.....
above: my sketch
Below: Outside the Bridal registry after our civil ceremony in Melbourne, Australia
Above: Back view of the dress at the ceremony in Australia
Below: Outside the Church in Hungary, worn with a long Cathedral length veil.
Aren't our flower girls gorgeous!!
Stay tuned, more pictures coming soon!