Plunging lines, timeless shape, intricate fabrication, and eye-catching details. Inspired by taking elements of the past by incorporating sleeves and fabric mixing, Gretchen created a modern take on a vintage-inspired gown for Diana's whimsical nuptials.
This look includes two layers of light mocha silk charmeuse, two overlays of lace-one in light ivory Chantilly lace and the top overlay in light ivory double embroidered French alencon lace. It is complete with a built-in bustier and petticoat, hand-stitched lace scallops along every neckline and hem, and covered buttons lining the sleeves.
The most special part of this gown was the gorgeous texture the two laces created. It gave the dress dimension and romance and let it speak for itself. Because of the sleeves and daring necklines, she decided to keep her accessories minimal and opted for a single layer cathedral veil for the ceremony and kept her wedding ring the only bling to her look.
Classic shape, timeless lines, clean silhouette, decadent fabrication and effortless beauty. Being the first bride to walk down the aisle in a custom Gretchen Dawley gown, Kayla set the tone for the brand. This gown solidified Gretchen's vision of using simple, elegant blocks for her dresses and letting the bride's form and personality take it to the next level.
After sifting through concepts and sketches of different styles and silhouettes, Kayla opted for a more classic look with focus on fabrication and fine details.
This look is made of champagne silk satin with a full overlay of French alencon lace, complete built-in bustier, hand-stitched lace scallops along every neckline and hem, and 85 covered buttons running down the entire back of the gown.
To perfect her custom look, she wore a single layer chapel veil, silk chiffon floral hair piece encrusted with vintage rhinestones, satin ribbon sash, vintage rhinestone and pearl broach, and completed it with a true vintage pearl necklace and clutch belonging to her grandmother.
Dramatic back, sleek fabrication, intricate seaming, and lace with a touch of sentiment. Rachel's gown is inspired by the classic 1920s-1930s bias cut dress. A bias cut dress is draped to match the curves of a woman's body and echo its fluidity of motion. Gretchen modernized the age-old concept of a bias gown by playing with seam lines, necklines, and dropping the back all the way to the waistline.
This look includes two layers of light ivory silk charmeuse, hand-stitched vintage lace around the neckline, and French seams.
To carry out her flawless look, she completed it with a single layer-raw edge chapel veil, deep red lips and nails, and mix and matched delicate gold necklaces. Her simple and timeless look spoke volumes with the drape of the fabric and the details that told a story.
The greatest detail of this piece is the vintage lace trim adorning the neckline. During a fitting, Rachel brought her mother's wedding gown dating back to the early 1980s and asked if she could incorporate any part of it into her dress. After sifting through thousands of pearls, yards of diamond white polyester and puffy sleeves, this sweet and subtle lace was found and incorporated into the dress
A sweetheart neckline with geometric elements, a mix of soft and textured fabrications, draped panels, and the sweetest of details all come together to bring just the right touch of romance and elegance to Avila's spring time nuptials.
Inspired by the open countryside and the beauty of nature, Gretchen brought her vision to life by incorporating the ornate detail and texture of lace and mixing it with the whimsy, breezy feel of chiffon.
This gown offers two looks. The fitted underskirt is made of silk charmeuse with a full overlay of re-embroidered lace and hand-stitched scallops along the slit and hem. The fitted bodice is made of silk satin, and features a front silk chiffon draped detail with chiffon off-the-shoulder straps. The most unique part of this gown is the detachable silk chiffon wrap skirt with a full 15-yard sweep at the hem. Complete with a built-in bustier, hand-made covered button details, and clean lines, this gown is truly one-of-a-kind and tells an enchanting love story all on its own.
To play up her fairytale woodland ensemble, she completed her look with a darling floral crown to rest on her tousled waves.
Geometric shapes and lines, princess seams, a mix of hard and subtle details, ornate fabrication, and a killer train all join together to bring just the right touch of statement and drama to Christa's summer nuptials. As a lover of fashion, hip hop and the city lights, Christa's dazzling gown was inspired by the woman herself bringing together all those aspects of who she is and how her personality and flavor would shine through in her look on her wedding day.
This look is made of a fully sequined fabrication. The sequins are double-sided offering champagne elegance on one side, and show-stopping gold on the other. This dress includes a full bodice structure for added shape and support, structured necklines and cut-outs creating clean lines, handmade covered button details lining the back neck and sleeves, and a full 5-yard sweep at the train for just the right amount of drama. This gown weighs in at 25 pounds making it the heaviest gown to ever walk down the aisle within the Gretchen Dawley label.
The most special part of this gown is the sparkly fabrication mixed with the easy, yet cool shape of the high-low front and exaggerated train. Being this is a statement gown, Christa opted for subtle accessories with sparkly drop earrings and glam side-swepted hair.
Looking like liquid mercury gliding down the aisle, this gown will be one for the books.