Engagement season is upon us (hello, holiday proposal!), and that means brides are beginning to think about the wedding dress and bridal accessories. Custom, alternative wedding dresses – i.e. styles that are not your run-of-the-mill, off-the-rack look that reflect more of your individual personality – have been a mainstay of my atelier for longer than I can count. (Check out the Brides page of my website to read more about my Brooks LTD custom gowns and see examples from some real brides.) Some say ‘the beauty is in the details,’ and I’d have to agree – especially when it comes to a bride’s big day. Adding personal touches to your wedding look can make you feel even more connected to the garments you’re wearing, making them exponentially more meaningful for such an important rite of passage. One way to add a personal touch (and be sustainable while you’re at it!) is to repurpose a family heirloom, such as a part of a family member’s wedding dress, either by incorporating it into your dress, or even reimagining it as an accessory. One of my favorite recent examples of this has to be the time I worked with bride Megan and her family to create dresses for both her rehearsal dinner and wedding day.
Megan and her twin sister Erin are, needless to say, very close. Megan wanted a way to incorporate something of Erin’s into her bridal look, as her “something borrowed.” So we took the strap from Erin’s own wedding dress, and I transformed it into Megan’s headpiece for her special day. Their mother Jina was thrilled, as well as the twins. It was clear to me how proud (and tearful!) this added detail made them feel, after looking at their wedding photos. What a fun project to be a part of!
Custom Wedding Dresses by Brooks LTD
Not all brides are created the same! I specialize in unique, one-of-a-kind wedding gowns that are tailor made to fit you and your personality. If you’re getting married and are looking for something bespoke, please visit the Contact page of my website to schedule a consultation.