Wedding Dresses & Style

Gina’s Summer Bliss

posted: 02/26/13
by: TLC
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Gina celebrates her dress choice with Kelly and Sam.

Medical student Gina brought along Dad to her session with Kelly and Sam. While Dad was sentimental about Grandma's gown, the practical bride thought there might be a better way to honor her memory than by wearing the high-collared, shapeless dress. Kelly set out to modernize the garment, and Sam sought clean, summery gowns for Gina. Get all the details from the experts!

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Gina's Borrowed Gown After

What were the basic details of the original dress?

The dress was very basic! There was a bit of scalloped detail and some lace that was added by her aunt when she wore it.

What were the elements that really dated the dress?

This dress was extremely simple. The simplicity was what actually dated it!

What were the biggest challenges in transforming the dress?

The dress was too short for Gina. It's always difficult to add fabric to a wedding dress without the seams being seen. Also, the waistline wasn't right for Gina's body type, so I wanted to bring it up to her natural waist -- which only made the dress shorter.

What was your inspiration for the transformation?

Trying to find a balance between what Gina wanted and what her dad wanted to see her in. I also didn't want to change the dress too much, although drastic alterations were necessary to bring it up to date.

What details from the transformation would you like to point out?

I kept the original shape of the bottom of the dress and brought the waistline up. I did take out some of the fullness of the skirt to flatten the front. Also, I modernized the top by removing the sleeves and adding mesh and appliqu?s to make the dress younger and fresher. This allowed me to open up Gina's chest without being too revealing.

What did you think when Gina didn't choose your dress?

I feel like she made the right decision choosing Sam's dress. Throughout the whole process, she really wanted something new, but she gave the heirloom dress a real chance. I think that was important to her father. At the end of the experience, everyone was happy! The borrowed dress turned out great, and Gina found a beautiful new dress for her wedding day.

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Gina's New Gown

How did Gina's wedding venue and theme influence your dress choices for her?

Gina planned a summer wedding on the lawn of a grand estate, and since this was an outdoor wedding, I wanted to choose a dress that was light, airy and elegant. That meant white dresses -- crochet lace and soft organza felt right for the season. There was definitely some pressure from Dad and Mom to select a dress that erred on the conservative side, but I think Gina was open to something that had a hint of sexiness. Like every bride, she just wanted to feel pretty.

Based on her body shape and personal style, what types of dresses did you pull for Gina?

Gina was very tall and short-waisted with great curves and a pretty bustline. We tried a couple of styles on her, but ended up settling on classic, natural-waist dresses with A-line skirts, which seemed to work best on her frame and please the crowd. The big point of contention was the bustline. Gina's dad was adamant about her not showing any cleavage at all. Many of the dresses we tried had a sweetheart neckline, which worked well to minimize her bust and elongate her neck and chest area, but in the end we decided to order her something new with modifications to the bust, making it a semi-sweetheart. The placement of the belt was intentional to visually elongate her torso and balance her proportions.

I was really torn between two dresses for Gina. I loved the simplicity of the dress that had crochet lace at the waist and hem, and also loved the light organza dress -- but only with changes. I am not a fan of pick-ups and fussiness on the skirt of a dress. In the end, we modified the skirt of Gina's something new and took away the pick-ups for a cleaner, more modern look.

Do you have recommendations for Gina's hair, makeup and accessories for an overall bridal look based on the dress she chose?

Since Gina is tall, I knew I wanted her hair down for balance; plus, I thought it looked more romantic and youthful with the dress. For hair, I chose modern beachy waves with a few pieces pulled away from the face and a Swarovski crystal encrusted headband. I placed a simple veil low in the back of the gathered hair just to complete the look and make it more bridal. The jewelry was strong and made a statement with pearls and rhinestones. Gina is tall enough to carry a necklace, earrings and a bracelet, and I think the jewelry really finished the look. The makeup was fresh, clean and summery: warm neutrals on the eyes, blush pink on the cheeks, and a brighter pink glossy lip.

What did you think when Gina chose your dress?

I think I screamed "Yay!" or something like that? I was really happy with her choice! I know Gina had a real wave of emotion when she saw herself in the borrowed dress, and I think Kelly did a wonderful job reimagining the dress and updating it while still maintaining the '40s feeling. In the end, I think Gina felt very pretty in her something new, and she could envision herself getting married in that dress. I also think she knew her fianc? would love the dress, and that sealed the deal. Gina was a very logical bride, so she chose the dress that made sense to her heart and her head. I can't wait to see pictures of the wedding!

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