A couple weeks ago I blogged about a special bride and her family whom I had the pleasure of working with last year. Specifically, I wrote about the family heirloom that I transformed into a headpiece for the bride. These ladies were such fun! Not only did I get to create the bride’s unique headpiece for her wedding day, but I also custom designed her rehearsal dinner dress, along with her mother and sister’s wedding day ensembles. Now, these were not your average rehearsal dinner, mother of the bride, or maid of honor dresses. This crew was far too creative for that. And, after all, every custom design I make is a reflection of the wearer and their personality. What we ended up creating together were three bold outfits that paid homage to the colorful personalities of the women, along with the location they were being worn in. Plus, as an additional challenge, each look was intentionally created using multiple layers that could be worn all together, or mixed and matched for a whole new look at future occasions. What appeared to be a gown was actually separates, including pants! How’s that for long term, sustainable use?
With her rehearsal dinner taking place at a Colorado Rockies baseball game, the bride and I knew that purple (the team’s color, for those unfamiliar) was the obvious color choice. As an avid Rockies fan, the bride wanted to make sure that her outfit showcased her team pride. We chose a sheer purple fabric with tonal purple embroidered accents to use for a jacket and pants, and a purple silk charmeuse cami and shorts as the under layers. Sheer pants layered over shorts is a trend that has been making waves lately, and I thought this was a fun occasion for just such a look. Particularly for a nontraditional bride with a sporty vibe. It was quite the showstopper, and the bride’s radiant smile in her custom ensemble made me a happy designer.
For the wedding day, the bride’s mother and sister chose bold jewel tones – one ruby, the other turquoise, respectively. The mother of the bride’s dress featured a full length lace layer, again over a satiny silk charmeuse slip. A wide silk belt inspired by a Japanese obi belt accented her waist and broke up the length of the ruby lace overlay.
The bride’s twin sister sported a bright turquoise ensemble, which included lace pants underneath a smooth silk charmeuse skirt. The lace pants peeked out from a split in the skirt, subtly showing off this unique detail when she moved. We paired these with a lined lace cap sleeve top. The beauty of this ensemble was that the bride’s sister could wear her matching lace-pant-and-top look without the skirt at a later date, making the outfit multifunctional. I do love a good convertible style!
As evidenced from the photos, everyone loved their custom designs, which helped make the happy occasion even more special. They fit each woman like a glove – both literally, and figuratively. The looks were playful, colorful and unique, just like the wearers themselves. And in the end that’s what couture design is all about.
Custom Occasion Dresses by Brooks LTD
Wedding season is coming up, which means that it’s time to start thinking about bridal, mother of the bride, and bridesmaids’ gowns! I specialize in custom designing unique, one-of-a-kind ensembles 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.