Soft, feminine and completely dreamy, bride Stephanie’s bridal style exudes a loveliness beyond words. Shades of pink and creamy white provide the perfect palette for a spring wedding – and the floral crown and bouquet by Deitra Butler of Lush Couture Floral tie everything together flawlessly. Get ready to swoon over these exquisite photos from Taylor Lord Photography!
The Couple: Stephanie and Ajay
The Wedding: 6.29.2013 – Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
The Vision: I always wanted an intimate garden wedding, but when I fell in love with my Indian husband, I quickly learned a wedding that small would never be an option! I had to find a balance between my west coast earthy/hippie desires and his extravagant culture and love of glamour. I took inspiration from the Crillon Ball in Paris, Jane Austen stories, Grace Kelly, and a little mix between Kate Middleton and Kate Moss’s weddings. I wanted a lovely, peaceful, romantic atmosphere.
The Style: I have never seen another flower crown paired with an updo, and I think that is what makes it an interesting take on the trend. I took inspiration from Kate Moss’s wedding flowers, Lana Del Rey, and of course Pinterest. I put my trust in my florist that she would make something magical, dreamy and light that could also go along with the glamorous aspects of the wedding.
The most important aspects of my bridal style were fit, comfort, and timeless grace. I didn’t want a look that would overwhelm me, or draw attention from my natural bridal beauty. I chose a natural waistline to enhance my hourglass figure and the full skirt for ease of movement… and who doesn’t love a floaty fabric that blows in the breeze? My mother and I are tall women, so since she wore ballet shoes on her wedding day, I wore my own version – sheer Zara ballet flats that had subtle sparkle and make me think of glass slippers.
The Dress: Before shopping I did lots of research to narrow down the look I wanted. When the time came to find a dress, I flew home to Portland for Christmas and used that opportunity to shop with my mother and sisters. We went to a lovely boutique called Charlotte’s Weddings & More and found the dress quite quickly. I knew I loved a Reem Acra dress from several seasons ago, but couldn’t find anything like it, so I found a similar gown by Justin Alexander and had a tailor add silk chiffon sleeves.
The Accessories: I found my wedding jewelry in a Bloomingdale’s in Los Angeles with one of my bridesmaids, I didn’t want the jewelry to stand out, only to add a bit of polish. The earrings were lightweight and flattering with an updo, the tiny bracelet was true to my personal style of dainty jewelry. I bought them quite quickly and easily with the advice of my trusted friend! On the wedding day, for my “something old” and “something borrowed” my sister Kaitlynn offered me a little silver ring of hers, and my “something blue” was a handkerchief of my mother’s, tucked into my bouquet.
The Advice: Be brave enough to stay true to yourself, choose a cut and fabric that flatters your figure, and feel free to adjust your dress if you can’t swing a designer gown!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Taylor Lord Photography
Event Planner: Meredith Commender – Significant Events of Texas
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Park Cities Baptist Church
Florist: Deitra Butler of Lush Couture Floral
Catering: Mumtaz Indian Restaurant
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander via Charlotte’s Weddings & More
Bridal Accessories: Bloomingdale’s
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Jenny Yoo, Rent The Runway, ASOS, Weddington Way, David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Calvin Klein (suit), H&M (bow tie), Aldo (shoes)
Hair Stylist: Micaela Soto Makeup & Hair
Videographer/Film-Maker: Mantle Films
Live Music: David Brymer, Emily Otteson
Rentals: GBS Linens, Significant Events of Texas
Rings: Blue Nile
Thank you Stephanie for sharing your gorgeous bridal style with us – you looked gorgeous!