White, long, puffy bridal gowns are not everyone’s cup of tea, and we have always recognised that a wedding should be individually created to celebrate the lives of the bridal couple. Here, Justine shared the details of how her wedding dress by Amanda Lee came about. Read the full account of her wedding here.
Justine: “As you can expect, an unusual dress comes about in more unusual circumstances, and we did not really take the ‘usual’ route of trying on gowns at different bridal studios before picking up a piece that we liked. Amanda Lee is the creator of my dress. [My husband] Brian and Amanda Lee of Amanda Lee Weddings have been close business partners for many years, and naturally, Amanda became a friend of mine as well.
“The very first time I met Amanda, she told me that when my big day came around, she would be extremely happy to help me design a wedding gown. I was apprehensive about it at first, as I could not really see myself in a typical, long wedding gown. I had been toying with the idea of wearing a simple, off-the-rack white dress so that I would not have to go through the hassle of sourcing for an outfit that I would like.
“Brian had a wing-tip collared shirt made, complete with orange checkered elbow patches and collar lining, to be paired with khaki Bermudas. We had also both bought sneakers from Toms, as I was adamant about not wearing heels – comfort and mobility were my top priorities. I contacted Amanda to ask for advice on an outfit, and again, she extended her help to me. I came up with a basic design that very night, and I sent a very rough sketch of it to Amanda, together with some pictures that I had Googled to try to elucidate my ideas. Within days, Amanda had made an appointment with me to talk about my outfit.
“I knew that I did not want a long gown, and because I was such a tomboy, I had asked Amanda to make me a pair of shorts, or a romper. I also did not want a typical tube or bustier top, and I asked for shoulder pads to be added to make the silhouette more edgy. However, the question arose as to whether a romper was formal enough for the whole setting. I then suggested that Amanda make me a convertible outfit instead, with a detachable skirt that can transform my outfit from something more formal and elegant for the solemnisation to something quirky after it was over.
“Amanda promised that the fitting would be as painless as possible, but because the mannequin that she normally works on does not have legs, I had to become the mannequin while she took about 3-4 fittings to painstakingly sew on each piece of lace overlay, shoulder pad, black floral 3D design at the waist area, and even each fold on the bubble skirt. In the end, a truly unique outfit was created that not only was very comfortable, I also did not have to worry about the wardrobe malfunctions that come with tube/bustier tops and short skirts. It allowed me much freedom of mobility, and imagine the surprise on our guests’ faces when I appeared without my skirt for the second half of the wedding!”