Catalina's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

Catalina’s wedding dress story

As you might already know, this section 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. Read the first interview here

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Catalina's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

Catalina’s was the first wedding I attended as an adult. Her dress was perfect, with lots and lots of hand-applied beads all over the bodice and the cross-strap back. The knee length was elegant and the fabric had this beautiful movement while she was dancing. It was also instantly recognizable as one of the gowns from that year’s Oscars. But I’ll let her tell you the story of that herself…

Kittenhood: Did you always know what kind of wedding dress you wanted?

Catalina: Oh, no way! First of all, I’ve never had that girly dream of being a bride. But, after I decided to get married, I had to focus on the dress. It was the most difficult task for me!

K: How did you come up with the design for your dress? What inspired you?

C: After months of research and terrible headaches, when nothing really fitted my expectations, I was finally saved by The Oscars. My beloved actress Cate Blanchett wore an extremely beautiful dress for the event. It was love at first sight, my mind was cleared up, and I knew that dress was had also been designed for me.

Catalina's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

K: Who made the dress?

C: The dress was made by a local designer and super woman, Oana Lupas, who loved this idea and accepted the challenge. 

K: Does the dress define your personal style or did you get out of your comfort zone for the occasion?

C: The dress fitted my style like a glove! I had to get out from my comfort zone with a lot of other aspects of my wedding, but the dress had to be my perfect match. 

Catalina's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

K: What was the one thing you loved most about the dress?

C: Oh, it’s very difficult to say… I love the beads embroidery, made by such a talented person! This was the first thing that caught my eye on Cate’s dress. We couldn’t reproduce the sun from her dress exactly because it was impossible to find yellow beads that didn’t look cheap. 

K: Was the dress a surprise for your husband? If so, what was his reaction?

C: Of course it was! His reaction was: “You’re so beautiful!” I could see the sparkles in his eyes. It was a sweet emotional moment.

Catalina's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

K: Were there any other handmade details in your wedding?

C: Yes, the flower arrangements, made by a very talented woman, and the wedding souvenirs, made by my aunt and uncle. 

Catalina's wedding dress story - Kittenhood

Catalina and Bita got married in the summer of 2011 in Dej, Romania. Photos by Dacian Groza