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Jess’s custom made dress by Atelier Des Modistes

August 4, 2011

Cakelets, it’s time to wrap up our Jess + TJ wedding coverage and talk dress! Considering this was such a personal experience for our bride Jess, we figured it would be best to leave the dress chat to her. Alright, Jess, give us the scoop – you have us on pins and needles awaiting to hear how you and the talented Suzanne conjured up such a dreamy dress!

One of my very favorite parts about the whole wedding planning process was creating my own dress and working with Suzanne of Atelier des Modiste. It’s something I would recommend to every bride simply for the fact that you get to create the exact dress you want in any style, using any fabric. It’s also a sure way to get a dress that is totally you (plus it’s less than half the price of most name brand dresses). From picking out all the gorgeous fabric lace, to adding the fun detail flowers, and even to her adding a gorgeous embroidery over my heart on the inside of the dress – it turned out to be such a fun process and the result was nothing less than perfection!

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I really can’t say enough fabulous things about Suzanne! She completely understood my vision, and somehow (even though I was not like this for any other aspect of my wedding) I trusted her to spin up the dress of my dreams! The chevron, ruffled look was directly inspired from a dress I brought in as inspiration, but really, everything else came from her imagination. The entire fitting and creation process of getting a custom dress made was probably one of my favorite aspects of the overall wedding planning experience.

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The entire experience was so personal, from Suzanne helping me pick out the most perfect sparkly Miu Miu wedges to pair with the dress, to her hand stitching our initials right over my heart on the inside of the dress. I highly recommend going the custom route not only because you come out with a perfectly fitted gown that looks exactly like you dreamt, but also taking a budget into consideration, even with an unbelievable amount of time spent hand stitching my dress, it was still less expensive than a Vera or a Monique, and it was one of a kind!

Talk about the dress of your dreams, right? Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful and fun experience, Jess! Want to recap our week-long coverage of Jess + TJ’s wedding? Check it out here, here, and here.

Photography: Gia Canali / Dress sketches: Suzanne Hanley of Atelier Des Modistes