FIND­ING JESSECA’S DRESS

If there’s any­one who can help a bride fo­cus on lo­cat­ing her dream wed­ding dress, it’s Her World Brides Con­tribut­ing Ed­i­tor Steve Thio.

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How Steve Thio helped ac­tress Jesseca Liu find her dream gown.

Like most brides, Jesseca Liu had very clear ideas about her dress. As hers was a beach wed­ding in Langkawi, it had to be some­thing sub­tly glam­orous light­weight and easy to walk in.

SHORT­LIST­ING THE STYLE

The ac­tress looked for sil­hou­ettes on­line for many weeks, edit­ing her choices again and again, so that the fi­nal se­lec­tion would be very clear and fo­cused. Then it was Steve’s turn to vet her choices, and he picked up on her pref­er­ence for slinky, mer­maid styles.”

PICK­ING THE RIGHT FAB­RIC

Once they’d set­tled on the sil­hou­ette, it was time to talk fab­rics. Of course, heavy ones were out be­cause she wouldn’t be com­fort­able out­doors, and dense laces were too clas­sic and a bit “aun­tie”. Jesseca needed some­thing that flowed beau­ti­fully and was light­weight.

THINK­ING OF THE DE­TAILS

Jesseca didn’t mind lace em­bel­lish­ments, but wanted a modern, sub­tle pat­tern, so that ef­fec­tively ruled out full-on lace gowns. In­stead, they looked at dresses with lace ap­pliques or em­broi­dery as ac­cents.

PLAN­NING THE SEARCH

Steve nar­rowed their search down to three main bou­tiques, which car­ried dresses he knew Jesseca would like. “Too many choices and too many places can add stress and con­fu­sion.”

TRY­ING ON DIF­FER­ENT STYLES

Steve’s motto: when gown shop­ping, try on as many gowns as you need to – and even in styles you’ve never imag­ined your­self wear­ing. Try­ing on var­i­ous styles can also help you short­list the de­tails you like about the dresses you’ve tried. For in­stance, the back de­tail of a ball­gown or the place­ment of a lace em­bel­lish­ment on a par­tic­u­lar dress. The de­signer or sa­lon can then look for a gown with sim­i­lar de­tails in a sil­hou­ette or de­sign that you would like. He also added that some brides ac­tu­ally fall in love with dresses they would never have con­sid­ered at all un­til they put them on and saw how beau­ti­ful they looked in them.

TAK­ING YOUR TIME TO SAY YES

Jesseca saw a few dresses that she liked on their first out­ing, but didn’t feel like she’d found the per­fect one. So Steve told her to mull over it, while he checked out a few other bou­tiques. And, as luck would have it, he spot­ted a se­lec­tion of slinky mer­maids he knew would be per­fect for her at a bridal trunk show. One dress in par­tic­u­lar stood out from the rest for it’s modern sim­plic­ity. Steve loved the sim­ple lines, the satin silk fab­ric, and the ab­sence of in­tri­cate or­na­men­ta­tion and de­tails. Most of all, he loved the off-shoul­der, draped sleeves, which he knew would high­light his pal Jesseca’s slim shoul­ders and neck beau­ti­fully. So he made a date to view it again with her.

FIND­ING THE PER­FECT DRESS!

Dur­ing her ap­point­ment, the ac­tress tried on a few other dresses be­fore she slipped on Steve’s favourite (op­po­site). And, lo and be­hold, she looked stun­ning! The un­der­wiring in the bodice shaped her torso beau­ti­fully while the off-shoul­der de­tail threw the fo­cus on her neck and shoul­ders – just as Steve pre­dicted it would. The whole dress was light­weight as well as easy to move in, and the satin silk flowed beau­ti­fully over her slim curves, mak­ing her look sen­sual in­stead of overtly sexy.

GO­ING FOR TWO LOOKS IN ONE

It came with a poufy, sheer lace train that went around the hips for a ball­gown look dur­ing the wed­ding cer­e­mony, and then could be de­tached to re­veal a slinky mer­maid sil­hou­ette for the evening cel­e­bra­tion. Jesseca loved the dress the minute she saw her­self in the mir­ror, and in that mo­ment ev­ery­one present knew it was the dress!

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