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.
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!