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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What happens when a bridal designer gets married? You guessed it: a visual feast happens! Kelsey Genna lives in New Zealand, but for her wedding, she and her now-husband decided to elope to Italy. Her dress was a dream: floor length, open back, covered with embroidered flowers and butterflies. It’s the dictionary definition of “romantic”!
Kittenhood: Did you always know what kind of wedding dress you wanted?
Kelsey: Absolutely not. In fact, I probably always thought I’d go for something much more extravagant than I did. But being an elopement and in a relaxed setting, it seemed suited. We are celebrating our first year anniversary formally with friends and family, so I will most likely pull our a more fabulous, bridal gown for this (or a few)…
“I’m sure as any bride knows, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one dress for your wedding look!”
Kittenhood: How did you come up with the design for your dress? What inspired you?
Kelsey: Since we were eloping I wanted something which suited that setting, it’s not the sort of dress I would have chosen for a traditional styled wedding. I wanted something feminine, colorful, with a flower element because those are three things which are really true to my personal style. To me, the fabric was a perfect match for Amalfi with the colors and wildflowers, and really was where the design developed from.
Kittenhood: Who made the dress?
Kelsey: It was handmade by myself and my talented dress-making team!
Kittenhood: Does the dress define your personal style or did you get out of your comfort zone for the occasion?
Kelsey: It’s very much me. It is the sort of dress I would have chucked on for even just a fabulous dinner.
Kittenhood: What was the one thing you loved most about the dress?
Kelsey: The variety of color, flower element, and the variety of textures.
Kittenhood: Was it a surprise for your husband? If so, what was his reaction?
Kelsey: It was not a surprise… he had seen it before we left for the holiday. In fact, I only tried the dress on once myself before wearing it. Our elopement was very spontaneous!
Kittenhood: Were there any other handmade details in your wedding?
Kelsey: I picked my own flowers from the garden of where we stayed in Ravello.