Jessica Simpson, in her gorgeous wedding dress on the cover of People magazine, made me think about my own wedding gown — perfect for #TBT!
No, my gown was not a big designer name like Jessica’s custom Carolina Herrera. But my gown was custom made just for me. My soon-to-be mother-in-law, who was a bridal seamstress, made my dress.
For our wedding, we had a “Supper Club” theme with swing dancing, cigarette girls and cigars. Guests dressed in vintage clothes. Instead of going with a vintage dress though, I just wanted something very simple with very clean lines that wasn’t defined by any particular era… timeless. I am so glad I chose this route. I see photos of some of my friends weddings and some of the more elaborate dresses look a little dated.
We went down to the fabric mart and bought the fabric, she made a pattern and then the dress itself. The gown was made of silk and had a very subtle, very delicate, sheer gold fabric train on the back. I had seen something similar in a magazine and she was able to take that idea and create our own version of that. I ordered a headpiece with golden accents, which ended up costing more than my entire gown! We added some inexpensive tulle for a veil, which I only wore during the ceremony.
I love that my dress had such a personal connection. To this day, I still say that’s quite the wedding gift!
-- Ryan Patterson
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