Wild Card Wedding Dress
Most brides come to us with an idea of what they want to wear walking down the aisle, and Emily was no different. She envisioned herself in a backless, high neck wedding dress with some type of illusion lace detail. As her stylist pulled gowns that met the description, she also grabbed a few “wild cards”– dresses that were a little different, but worth trying on. While it was out of Emily’s comfort zone, she ended up falling madly in love with “Zulani” by Maggie Sottero. The off-the-shoulder wedding dress features an eye-catching pleated satin bodice over a sculptured organza ballgown skirt with horsehair trim. The best part? It was beyond comfortable! Comfort was Emily’s one non-negotiable when shopping for a wedding dress.
Emily tied the knot in a gown that could not have been more different than her original vision, but she would not have wanted it any other way.
The Walk Down the Aisle
While many brides cherish being walked down the aisle by their father, it meant more to Emily than most. At the time of her wedding day, her father had been battling cancer for over seven years. Because of this, she always feared not being able to share that special moment with him. Unfortunately, he passed away just a few months after the wedding day. However, Emily is extremely grateful to have shared so many special moments and memories with her father on the most important day of her life. She will always look back on photos remembering the happiest day of her life, feeling beautiful in the dress her father loved, and marrying her perfect man.
One of Emily’s favorite parts of planning the wedding was incorporating significant details. First, she wore her grandmother’s bracelet as her “something old”. Then, her amazing florist worked a few silk Lily of the Valley flowers into Emily’s bouquet that came from her grandmother’s bouquet and mom’s bridal headpiece. One of her bridesmaids was a sorority sister, so they pinned their Tri Delt badges around her bouquet for “something borrowed” and “something blue” — the badges had gorgeous sapphire stones on them!
In addition to heirlooms and personal details, Emily loved the people that were part of her wedding day. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen were phenomenal, and they had a close friend officiate the ceremony. Another friend performed the processional and first dance songs, which made those moments extra special.
Emily says, “The highlight of the night and probably the most personal wasn’t even planned by me, but by my maids of honor, Kelsey and Katrina. I’m a major Disney-lover, as are they, and they SANG their speech as a full-on Disney medley – it was so special, personal, and absolutely hilarious that I hear about it from guests to this day!”
Thanks for sharing your special day with us, Emily!
Bridal Store: The Bridal Collection
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero “Zulani”
Photography: Suzanne Nevill Photography
Flowers: Rachel Hunter, A Florae
Video: Jeff Garrity Productions
Makeup: Mary Wolfgang MUA
Hair: Danielle Sanchez, Tangles Salon
Live Music: Evan Roth
Wedding date and wedding hashtag
September 29, 2017 #davisido17