The process of constructing Katie’s floral garden dream gown from conception through to wedding day.
I have known Breeyn for several years. We have worked together at fashion shows, and on photoshoots, and I was Breeyn’s wedding hairstylist. I have always been a big fan of her risk-taking style and her attention to detail, and before I was even engaged I had reached out to Breeyn about making my wedding dress.
I am not your traditional bride. I work in the wedding industry and I have seen it all, done over and over, and I wanted something a little different. Most women want to look “like a bride” on their wedding day, but I wanted to look like me. I had a good idea of what style I liked, and what fabric I wanted, but translating that into a design was where I needed Breeyn.
The entire process was lovely. Breeyn took my vague descriptions and my mis-matched photo references and translated that into the dress of my dreams. From the sketch to the dress I was so impressed with how she brought my concepts to a reality, and created such beautiful work.
Breeyn always made me feel comfortable and special, and I felt like my dress was as important to her as it was to me. I knew that she was probably in high demand, and that she was probably crazy busy, but she never made me feel like I was low priority or forgotten about. I have heard of many dress debacles from brides who purchased their dress from the “Big Bridal Stores” and I feel so blessed to have had no dress stress.
Katie is a wonderfully talented hair and makeup artist, and she and I had worked together on so many important projects. She did hair and makeup for my Vessel collection fashion show, we’ve collaborated on many shoots, and most importantly, she did my hair and my girls’ hair on my wedding day. I was so excited and happy that she chose me as her designer. She was certain about her fabric straight out of the gate – a beautiful sheer organza with a floral print. FLOWERS was the theme of her wedding, it is safe to say. This woman cased every detail straight down to having real dried flowers decorating her nails. Have you ever seen anything like that bouquet?? And her veil, omg, her veil. Commissioned from David Dunkley, it was inspired by Cinderella’s veil, and created to look as though it was being carried for her by birds. So awesome!
Katie was also sure she wanted me to work my embellishment magic. She wanted flowers and more flowers, and bugs. She was really hoping to have little insects crawling around the flowers on her gown. The fabric made the design of the embellishment pretty easy for me. I just pulled out the patterns in the print and bumped up the vibrancy of the colours to create a fairytale garden to highlight the back of the gown. Because we wanted her skin showing through, I created a custom-built bustier that worked with the sheer back design of the gown so that she didn’t have to worry about any special undergarments. We also wanted to keep the skirt light and airy, keep the sheerness of the organza, but create some volume. Hence the tiered ruffle tulle petticoat. That was fun to create, and it totally gave us the volume we wanted without adding any weight or dulling any translucency. This dress was light as a feather to pick up, even with all that beading on the back.
It was so much fun to make, and I loved working with Katie to make such a unique and special dress.