Ok, to the ones that are about to say "I do" it may not be a shot gun wedding. The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. have been together for 8 years! They have been awaiting this day for so very long and have definitely been through trials getting there. However, this Saturday, they will join together finally being able to announce to the world they are husband and wife.
So why did I title this blog "Shotgun Wedding". Well, from my point of view, it FEELS like a shotgun wedding! I didn't know the bride until a little over two weeks ago. The bride-to-be, contacted me by email telling me her story, and I was very saddened for her. Even at this moment, all I knew about her was the struggles she had with getting her dream wedding gown. The poor bride had purchased a wedding gown from another designer, only to be scammed in the end. Here she was 2 1/2 weeks away from her wedding day and she didn't have a gown. She asked if I could pull it off. Admittedly I was hesitant. A wedding gown in two weeks! (not to mention, I was already filled with orders and preparing for the grand opening of our studio. However, I decided I wanted to help this young woman. I am a sucker for weddings and know how it feels to not be content with your wedding. I want brides to still feel happy years later when they look back at their wedding day.
And so the story continues......you think two weeks is fast to finish the gown? After 46 emails exchanged between the bride-to-be and I exchanging sketches and fabric selections and deciding exactly what would be her dream gown, we completed the transactions and I ordered all the necessary fabrics. About a week later I received an email that I was to not rush the gown. The wedding was cancelled beyond either bride or grooms control. Later as I became to know them, this was just yet another hiccup in a string full of them to get to their wedding day. And so I relaxed and worked completing other orders and rearranged my schedule. Wait! The wedding was back on! Head spinning, I was convinced I was going to give this girl a great dress. She deserved it!
So, I spent the better half of Sunday working on the dress, finishing up the gown yesterday, while the bride-to-be headed my way to fit her dress and pick it up. Would you believe they had yet another set back even on their drive as they were stalled in traffic for 3 hours? Wow!
Like most weddings I have worked, there are no times for photos and I just hope you get some returned for my lookbook. I can't tell you how many weddings I designed for and have no useable photos of my work. But here is the finished product. I stand proud of the completed gown, and if you saw it in person, it sparkles just as a bride should.
I wish this bride and groom the best of luck in their future. I will be thinking about them this Saturday as they commit to each other and get to stand against all the poor luck they have had getting to this day!