Finally, got some time to write. This time, I am sharing with you the story behind my beautiful gown.
Ever since the day I have dreamt of becoming a bride, I have always wanted my gown to be simple, classy and classic. I wanted clean lines and all. I am never a fan of extravagant, huge, ball gowns. So when I got engaged, I already knew what I wanted. I guess the saying is true, what you wear on your wedding day resembles your personality – always been a lover of classic pieces.
So I started checking shops here and there, hoping I’ll get to chance my dream wedding gown. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere to be found. So, I opted to have it made. I started looking for possible designer who’ll work on my gown.
We’ve met a few before Ingrid Santillan. I saw her work at BrideStory, an online website that houses a list of wedding suppliers. I don’t know who she is. I wasn’t even after her designs. I just threw a message and hoped I’ll get a reply – and she did.
Prior to our first meeting, we already chatted online. I sent her my peg and she quoted for me. I was honest enough to tell her my budget for the gown – which was already big for me but for the “normal” budget, it was actually low. When we finally settled with the price, the meeting pushed through.
My idea of my wedding gown is something timeless. It has to be something I can hand down to my future little me — with hopes she’ll be my size. Hahaha!
Anyway, so when Ingrid and I met, she sketched two designs for me. To be honest, the one which I did not choose was actually very sexy and classy, but I can’t. I cannot carry the gown because it wasn’t me. Then she made this:
At first, I was hesitant about the low back, the beadwork and all. However, she insisted. Putting my trust on her, I agreed. By the way, brides, do not hinder your designers to create something beautiful for you. Once you’ve decided to let him/her do your wedding gown, put your 100% trust on him/her. Trust me, they know what they’re doing.
I fitted the gown thrice prior to the wedding. They made necessary adjustments (made sure it really fits me well).
Let me tell you, when I wore it on my last fitting, it was only then that the wedding sank in. I wasn’t feeling it until they made me wear the final gown, the veil (which by the way was very long – and beautiful), and my shoes.
On my wedding day, Ingrid and her assistant helped me put on my wedding gown – at no additional cost, by the way. May I just say, Ingrid was way more than what I prayed for. She was very kind and generous. Though simple designs are not her forte (as her designs are fully-beaded, glamourous ball gowns), she gladly accepted the challenge of making me one. She made sure I am one beautiful bride, wearing a beautiful gown on my wedding day. I owe her a lot. Yes, if you are a soon-to-be bride, I highly recommend her.
So here you go, sharing a few shots of the gown – a bit sad though ‘cause I don’t have a photo capturing the intricate back details of the gown on my wedding day. I think it’s a sign that I should wear it again and have a photo taken, right? Hahaha!