Though my wedding dress shopping trips (here and here) were wonderful, none of the dresses I tried on felt like “The One.” When looking back at pictures of myself in wedding gowns, I could plainly see my face all lit up when I was swathed in big poufy skirts. I had become drawn to the ball gown silhouette I swore never to wear. A new Internet search, this time focused on finding floaty ball gowns, was commenced. It was during this new search that I found HER.
Who is she, you may ask?
She is the most gorgeous wedding dress that has ever existed; the perfect combination of romance, poof and sexiness. I present to you”¦Isabel (I don’t like calling her Tara Keely #TK2210, as it seems too impersonal. I might add, I tend to name inanimate objects like cars, shoes and kitchen appliances).
|* Picture from JLM Couture|
|* Pictures from JLM Couture|
As wonderful as she is, I couldn’t justify spending thousands on a dress I will wear for only a couple of hours. I had fallen in love with Isabel’s lace, tulle and the her versatility as convertible dress. In slides Mami Boa to save the day, when I whined to her about my love for Isabel, her response was simple; call Jose Braulio. Jose Braulio is a local designer whom we have known for 10+ years. Over the years, he has designed:
My QuinceaÃ±era dress
My Prom Dress
Lil’ Boa’s Prom Dress
and a couple of other special occasion gowns. As you can see we have quite a history with him and having him custom design a wedding gown for me was a brilliant idea! (Can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself) I could have some of the things about Isabel that I loved, combined with his unique aesthetic but without a hefty price tag.
Last weekend I drove with Mami Boa to his design studio for an initial meeting. I showed him pictures of Isabel and he agreed that it was a beautiful dress which would work perfectly for the style/feel of our wedding and with my body shape.
After a couple of minutes conversation about the wedding and my dress preferences, he came up with a preliminary sketch. On my wedding day, I will wear a all-over lace mini dress with off the shoulder sleeves and a tulle overskirt tied on with a satin ribbon.
Swoon! I love what he came up with on the first try. He took a gazillion measurements and said he would call in a month for my first fitting. I’m so happy to finally say yes to a dress (even though I won’t actually have it until a couple of weeks before the wedding…eek!), even more so to one I absolutely adore.
Did you consider a custom gown?
* All picture personal unless noted otherwise
- Isabela, Puerto Rico
- Undergraduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- May 2012
- El Faro Convention Center