We drove down to Valle de Guadalupe, the ‘of-the-moment’ wine country about an hour south of the border. The setting was the perfect place to capture the feeling of this dress: romantic, youthful, both traditional and bold.
Valle de Guadalupe is a dry, rolling landscape with giant boulders that look like they grew out of the grass. What makes this place so romantic – and popular – is that it’s just a ten minute drive from the beach, making it the right combination of sun and ocean breeze to grow bold red wines.
This dress, too, is that special mixture of opposites. Its cut is traditional – a ball gown – with a full skirt, lace, and coverage through the shoulders. But it is also new and fresh: a youthful lace pattern, an ethereal feel, an earthy ivory color, and mesh and lace that keep the dress feeling light and bold. The back is open, providing a contrast to the traditional elements, without leaving the bride feeling bare.
I created the top using the same style of lace from the skirt fabric, and hand-embroidered the lace the provide the right amount of coverage, in design of my own that swirls across the shoulders.
And because of the mix of materials and styles, a variety of shapes and ages look great in this dress. I designed it for the bride that is on-trend, for a wedding that mixes old and new, an event that is relaxed and romantic.