Wedding Dresses & Style

Lauren’s French Country Romance

posted: 02/22/13
by: TLC
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Lauren's mom shows off her '80s gown.

Petite bride Lauren knew one thing for certain: She wanted her wedding to whisper French country romance. But her mother was even more certain about something else: Lauren was definitely wearing her dress from the '80s! How did Kelly and Sam style this bride and make her whole family shed happy tears? Get their report!

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Lauren's Borrowed After

What were the basic details of the original dress?

This dress had a high neck with appliqu? details and cap sleeves that continued to the back like wings!

What were the elements that really dated the dress?

Typical '80s fabric and crispy lace. Although it was dated, I still liked this dress as is.

What were the biggest challenges in transforming the dress?

It was hard creating a dress Lauren would like that was possible out of her mom's dress. This was a pretty aggressive makeover!

What was your inspiration for the transformation?

Simplicity. To me, Lauren was a simple bride. She was already gorgeous, and I didn't want anything too flashy to overwhelm her simple elegance.

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

I basically used the entire lower half of her mom's dress as a train for the new dress! This was the detail I liked most.

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

I actually thought she looked better in the new dress. Sam picked some amazing choices for her! When the bride sits down with me, I'm only getting a description of what she thinks she wants. Once she tries on what Sam envisions her in, her mind sometimes changes. The corset dress was beautiful -- and ultimately, the right decision.

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Lauren's New Gown

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

Lauren was planning a French country wedding, which I absolutely love. So I wanted Lauren's dress to be romantic, lacy and totally modern at the same time. Lauren is a young bride and had never tried a dress on before. I didn't want to age her, and I wanted the dress to play up her natural beauty. The lace, corseted dress fit the bill perfectly for the venue and the theme. It was pretty, sweet and a bit sexy at the same time.

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

Lauren had a great body, but her torso was a bit boxy, so I chose a dress that created the illusion of extra curves at her natural waist. The boning and corseted style really pulled her in and gave her a beautiful shape. I lined the corset with fabric because I don't love seeing that much skin at a wedding. I think that made the dress more appropriate without compromising its sexiness. The skirt of the dress was almost a modified A-line, which I think is super-flattering on many brides, but in the end, I nipped in the skirt a bit to give Lauren the fit and flare shape she and her entourage were loving at the store.

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

I wanted to add a youthful, modern touch this to this French country theme, and that continued in my choice for hair and accessories. I had Lauren's hair pulled over one shoulder, which is chic, pretty and very popular on the red carpet right now. I added three small diamond clips that were scattered throughout and a laced trimmed veil for a classic touch. Lauren was already pretty, so she didn't need a lot of make up. I always like a simple face that's timeless and lets the bride's natural beauty shine through.

What did you think when Lauren chose your dress?

This was Lauren's dress and there was no question about it. I think this dress really chose her, and, of course, I was thrilled to see her in it at the end. You can definitely tell when a bride feels good in a certain dress, and Lauren loved how she looked in this one--it was written all over her face.

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