We are really excited to share these photos of our beautiful bride, Elizabeth in her Trash the Dress photo session that had us in awe the moment we saw it. Not only was this a gorgeous destination wedding in Fiji, the couple looked wonderful, happy and in love.
It is often said that many brides know exactly what they want for their wedding day, but I honestly didn’t. All I hoped for was the opportunity to wear one of your gowns on a private island in a tropical paradise. As luck would have it, that came true: I was married on Castaway Island, Fiji in the ‘ever so lovely’ Fontenelle gown on May 15, 2010.
After I got engaged, I was certain: if I could afford it, I would be wearing Juliet on my wedding day. As I walked into Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC and told them to bring me every gown possible by Claire Pettibone, I wasn’t disappointed when my sister and girlfriends told me that Juliet wasn’t the one. The tears in their eyes, as I tried on the Fontenelle gown convinced me that there was no other dress for me. I have never felt more beautiful in my life. I have received so many emails stating: in all their lives, they’ve never seen such a beautiful gown.
In adding something new to my wedding attire: I found a vintage ribbon from Italy that complimented the fabrics so perfectly, it was almost as if the ribbon was from your own collection. I wanted the pictures to show the gown swaying in the wind by the beach, but didn’t want to have a train or veil. I got the idea to hang the ribbon from the flower on the back of gown from your Larissa gown. It worked beautifully!
The wedding just fell into place after picking our location and finding the perfect gown. We wanted paradise all around us and we wanted our guests to take an adventure that they would remember forever. A 13 hour plane ride from LAX and a 2 hour boat ride later, we had a total of 28 people (including my two photographers and my 82 year old grandmother). At one moment on the night of the rehearsal dinner, my fiance and I looked down the long black table-clothed table, filled with sparkling candles, and then we looked back at each other in amazement, as we simply couldn’t believe all these people had traveled this far to share our special day with us. It was surreal.
On the day of our wedding, everything happened so fast. I had meticulously planned every single event, detail, decoration, flower, color (green, pink, whites), etc. over the past year; I even shipped glass vases to the island. I centered everything around the dress, as I’d hoped for the dress to be the absolute center of attention. I didn’t want any of the colors to overpower the dress. It was very difficult planning a wedding without seeing anything. Although my ideas seemed great, I had no idea if they would look great, altogether. I wish there was a picture of my face, as I walked into our cocktail event and reception area. It was a complete fairy tale. Our guests were so amazed and impressed with the final presentation. The staff at Castaway Island said that the only thing missing were the magical fairies themselves.
Elizabeth mentioned that it was a difficult decision to do the shoot, but felt rewarded after seeing the photos. She gladly assured us after taking the dress to a cleaner it is still in great shape!
Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your gorgeous Trash the Dress photos, and congrats to you & and your hubby!