I pursued floristry because I was all about the flowers. Now that I am a florist, I am all about the wedding flowers. Wedding floristry is what I am most excited by, by a long way. But strangely I've seemingly become all about wedding details across the board. Like I've hinted at in previous posts, I spend a great deal of my spare time on wedding blogs. A great deal! Predominantly my focus has been on the flowers, and then the decor and wedding photography as secondary interests. But lately my brain space is being consumed by wedding dresses. I have no clue why I'm interested, but I am. And like any arm-chair expert, I have fervent opinions. In the last three or four weeks I have watched an embarrassingly large amount of Say Yes to the Dress and I Found the Gown and Don't Tell the Bride.
Don't judge me too harshly.
Whilst these shows are fun, they don't quite satisfy my fascination for wedding gowns. And I think it's because they lack variety. Apart from the odd statuesque and overly self-assured New York bride who confidently picks a structured, art-deco inspired gown, the majority of the dresses walking out the door at Klenfield and Bridals by Lori are white, strapless ball gowns, with sweet-heart neck lines. Even the consultants in the bridal stores concede to camera that the majority of the off the rack dresses fit this precise formula. Why? Where is the choice and variety?
Where is the antique lace in off white?
Where are the high neck lines?
Where are the delicate buttons as an alternative to corsets?
Why has everything been embellished with crystals masquerading as diamonds?
And for the love of all things chic, where are the sleeved gown options?
Below are some links to dress inspirations that don't fit the cookie cutter bridal aesthetic from Wedding Sparrow.
And yes, I know I just dissed the sparkles, but below is an example of chic, show-stopping embellished dresses.
But at the end of the day, if a white, jewel encrusted, strapless, cinderella-type ball gown rocks your socks, then wear it. There must be an abundance of them for a reason, even if I don't recognise it. Don't let anyone dull your sparkle, least of all me. I just want to see some variety!
Styling and Photographs by Moss & Vine
Photographed open magazine spreads are from Hello May magazine and
Bride to Be magazine.
Wedding photograph is my own Nan at her 1950s wedding.