This section of Kittenhood is dedicated to handmade wedding dresses. For many of us, it’s the one dress we have made to our exact measurements and our exact taste during a lifetime. And it’s supposed to last a lifetime – at least in our memory. So we got in touch with creative women who wore beautiful handmade dresses on their wedding day – a detail that’s virtually impossible to go unnoticed.
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Alina is a particularly photogenic woman, so prepare yourself for a visual feast! For her wedding two years ago, she wore a dreamy gown with just enough delicate details to make it stand out. It was paired with simple, natural hair, a fantastic bouquet, and photographed in the midst of lots and lots of greenery. Have a look at her own photographs and let’s hear the story of her beautiful dress!
Kittenhood: Did you always know what kind of wedding dress you wanted?
Alina: Yes, but that idea of how my future wedding dress should look like changed a few years before my wedding. During my high-school and college years, I loved Princess Grace Kelly’s wedding gown. I pictured myself in something with lace, long sleeves, and a high, rounded collar. I still love that dress, but the way mine would be changed as I was growing up.
“I always loved that idea of the wedding dress passed down for generations, from mother to daughter.”
K: How did you come up with the design for your dress? What inspired you?
A: I always loved that idea of the wedding dress passed down for generations. From mother to daughter. But my mom didn’t save her dress, so I wanted something inspired by it at least. She made her gown herself and it was the simplest and most delicate thing. Therefore, I wanted something like that for myself. Something made of tulle, with a silhouette that falls naturally. That is all I had in mind at first.
K: Who made the dress?
A: The dress was made by one of the best designers in my hometown, Romana G. Urmanczy. She is a lovely person to work with and she really puts heart in everything she does.
K: Does the dress define your personal style or did you get out of your comfort zone for the occasion?
A: I always wanted my dress to define me and my personality. I believe that a lot of girls choose their dress based on something they see in a romantic movie or just because it’s by a popular brand. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But I wanted to feel confident and beautiful in my gown, and most importantly, to feel like myself.
K: What was the one thing you loved most about the dress?
A: That delicate details on the top. The short, see-through sleeves with floral motifs and little rhinestones, inspired by a Reem Acra dress that I loved.
K: Was it a surprise for your husband? If so, what was his reaction?
A: He didn’t see my dress until I walked down the aisle with my father. That was another “traditional” moment that I loved and always wanted for my wedding day. He loved it and believed it was a dress that matched my personality.
K: Were there any other handmade details in your wedding?
A: Yes. Two of my older sisters contributed to my wedding invitations. One of them hand-painted the image that I wanted, and the other incorporated the painting and made the design. They also hand wrote every table menu and handled other decorations.