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The DRESS - Our HANDMADE ETSY WEDDING - Dorana & Todd 12/26/2009

After all, isn't always about THE DRESS!?

Everyone knows that I've been fantasizing about a Autumn wedding ever since that last scene in Robin Hood: Prince of
where Marianne walks with her white dress floating around
her while gorgeous leaves fall down upon them with the incredible
colors of gold and reds creating that amazing backdrop!

We didn't do too bad ourselves with this incredible backdrop off of 72nd and
Broadway! This picture was taken after the snow storm right before
Christmas as I did a trial run of my makeup, hair and unmentionables!
(And yes, I promise, I AM wearing shoes - strappy red-satin knotted

I absolutely fell in love with the off-the-shoulder, simple gown
that Mary Jane wore
in the Spiderman 2 movie in 2005! I learned that
the dress was basically glued onto her body to create that
off-the-shoulder, form-fitting bodice and that we would have to do quite
a bit of creative design and sewing to pull it off with my ample bosom!

Another favorite
of mine had a beautiful empire, straight skirt with beautiful

I, of course turned to the amazing talented artists on Etsy to find a seamstress that
could combine my favorite dresses into my
perfect wedding dress

I could not have been more blessed to have found a more patient,
miracle-working seamstress in all of the world
; Linda Mampalao
of Etsy's
Aside from having less than 6 weeks to make my custom designed gown with
both Thanksgiving and Christmas in the mix, she helped me pick out the
fabrics and added her own special touches tying the two dresses

I wore my great aunt's vintage yellow topaz and gold calla lily earrings, the pearl and diamond
necklace that my mother gave me on my 21st birthday that my father had
given to her the Christmas after I was born, and amazing red satin
strappy heels!

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The weather didn't quite cooperate on our wedding day, but nothing could
have darkened my day wearing this breathtakingly gorgeous gown!

We are hoping to take the dress with us on our honeymoon to have the
opportunity to take more pictures of the two of us together in the sun!

Thank you Linda!

Photography by Stephen Shadrach.

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