Wedding Dresses & Style

Jaime’s Glamour Quest

posted: 02/21/13
by: TLC
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Jaime and her dad hug it out after she finally picks a gown.

Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Jaime was used to looking like a total glamour puss in uniform, but she wanted her wedding day look to kick up the glamour a few notches. The indecisive bride tried on more than 100 gowns before meeting Kelly and Sam! While Mom was just anxious for Jaime to find a dress, Dad had some pretty strong feelings about his little girl wearing the heirloom piece they brought with them. Read Kelly and Sam's style notes for Jaime!

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Jaime's Borrowed Gown After

What were the basic details of the original dress?

This dress had lots and lots of fabric, plus discolored lace. There were two different laces that didn't match each other. Plus, there was a high, choking neckline that Jaime didn't like at all. She and her mom both thought the dress was laughable!

What were the elements that really dated the dress?

Everything about this dress was dated -- it looked like a daisy-crazy, flower-power hippie dress! The one great thing was that the chiffon was perfectly white and not too stiff, so I knew I had a ton to work with.

What were your biggest challenges in transforming the dress?

The biggest challenge was getting the dress exactly the way I wanted it. Because Jamie's mom wasn't attached to the dress, I knew I could think outside the box on this one! Jamie was young and spunky, and she had a great athletic body. I wanted a high fashion dress for her that was super form-fitting.

What was your inspiration for the transformation?

Parisian runway! I wanted sex appeal, form-fitting and high-fashion ruffles, but I also wanted to honor Jaime's description of the perfect dress. She asked for something modern with cap sleeves and bling, and I gave her just that.

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

I used all of Jaime's mom's dress -- even the lace. I hid the lace in the ruffled layers because it didn't match the new beaded fabric with the silver embellishment. In some dress transformations, the fabric isn't worth using, but in Jaime's case, I loved the fabric and it was perfect for my design.

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

I was shocked she didn't choose my dress, and so was Sam!The re-made dress was perfect for her, and I actually thought she would eventually change her mind. It may have been a bit forward for her, but she looked perfect in it! Sam's dress was amazing, too, but it was nothing like she had described to me when she was telling me what she wanted in her dream dress.

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Jaime's New Gown

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

Jamie was thinking about having her wedding at her local country club, and she knew she didn't want to be restricted by the dress in any way so she could dance, party and have fun. And she knew she wanted some bling. That was about all she knew. She was really waiting to find a dress and let that set the tone and theme of the wedding. On one hand, this allowed me to have total freedom when it came to choosing her dress style, on the other hand, it added to her extreme indecision because there wasn't a ton of direction.

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

Jamie was very slim and toned with an amazing body, but she was also very petite--tiny. That was a huge challenge because she was swimming in the bridal samples, and it was hard for her to visualize how her dress would actually look in the end. I wanted a dress that gave her lots of length, so I chose simple fit and flare dresses that showed off her figure and made her look taller. I added very high platform heels so she could see how a dress that was ordered just for her measurements would look. I wanted a dress that was embellished, but not overwhelming for her size. The final choice had bling in a vertical pattern on the bodice and the back of the skirt. This worked in the same way a vertical stripe does to create the illusion of extra length. I didn't want to break up her tiny frame too much, so I was looking for tonal details that kept her looking streamlined and long.

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

This was one of my favorite dresses of the season. It was simple but really elegant, and it just looked right on Jamie. That said, the dress didn't need too much, and when you're petite like Jamie, less is more. I added a fingertip satin trimmed veil and pulled her hair back to accommodate the veil and open up her neck to make her look taller. Some drop pearl earring to elongate and a touch of bling at the wrist to complement the embellishment on the dress, and Jamie was good to go! I still recommend some extra height when it comes to shoes, and I chose a neutral palette for the face.

What did you think when Jaime chose your dress?

I was really thrilled that Jamie chose my something new! I loved Kelly's remade dress and thought she really brought it and did an amazing job. I actually started to get nervous when she came out in the borrowed dress because I thought I had it in the bag on this one! I really stood behind both dresses and thought she was perfectly gorgeous no matter which one she chose, but of course it was happy to see my dress win the day.

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