I haven’t had a chance to write a feature blog post lately as I’ve been pretty much occupied (or rather engrossed) working with my fiance on our wedding website, which I am proud to say, we had launched yesterday.
It is now live on www.17122011.com.
Every girl dreams of their big day and imagines twirling around in her wedding dress as she gazes at herself in the mirror thinking ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?’ and always, the mirror says ‘You are the fairest one of all!’. I know I may be sounding a little too cliche, but let’s face it, 8 out of 10 women most definitely have concocted dreams of being in their very own fairytale at least once in their life!
When I was in my early teens, my mom had brought home a bridal magazine and gave it to me, as she knew I loved looking through fashion magazines. It was one inch thick and I had probably leafed through the pages fifty times, folding the edges when I found a dress that I could envision myself wearing on my wedding day.
I’m not a skilled sketch artist or fashion designer, I’m quite the amateur, but I often have vivid pictures in my head and draft those ideas on paper. I must confess that I’m a frustrated fashion connoisseur, secretly wishing I had enrolled in a Fashion Academy, or at least had become a Fashion Editor for a magazine, a Buyer for a well-known fashion brand or own a Boutique for petite women such as myself. For now I’m content with updating my blog with what-haves, nice-to-haves and must-haves at The Look Bureau. But my dreams come true every day (I met my Prince, didn’t I?), so hope lingers on…you never know what tomorrow will bring.
From all the bridal designers and couturiers I had scoped out and shortlisted, I chose Edward Teng from the Philippines. I felt in an instance that he would be the one to bring my ideas to life just as I had pictured it in my head. I sent him my notes (filling one A4 page) with detailed specifications for the gown, along with rough sketches and sample pictures of the silhouette, bodice, neckline, shoulder, back and special requirements. He had made a couple of sketches based on my specifications, and it’s amazing how he just ‘got me’. I suppose it also helped that I knew exactly what I wanted so there were not too many alterations to the design, hence it wasn’t long before I approved the final sketch. My first fitting will be in June!
In a nutshell, my gown for the Ceremony will be in light ivory, a mermaid silhouette with a layered bodice, a sweetheart neckline, a rosette detail one-shoulder, a trail of royal purple fabric covered buttons down the back and a chapel train; and for the Reception, the bottom half of the skirt as well as the one-shoulder will be detached from the gown to reveal a shorter cocktail dress (which I had specifically requested so that I can dance at my wedding with ease!).
[This blog post has been reposted from the journal of our wedding website published on May 10: http://www.17122011.com/en/journal/here-comes-the-bride.html]