When you want to plan a dream wedding, it helps if you are a dress designer! Witness the fairy-tale ceremony created by our own Lindsay Cook Dini, designer at the renowned Decode 1.8 fashion house.
Imagine a cozy, rustic-chic wedding in a sleepy hamlet on Long Island, New York. The bridal party is bedecked in long gowns of pastel shades of blush and gray, with just a touch of champagne. The bride’s mother echoes her daughter’s mermaid silhouette in a flowing lace dress featuring pale pink appliqued blossoms spilling down the front. Her grandmother is also wearing lace, in a gray, one-shoulder long dress, which imparts a classic statuesque profile.
The outdoor backyard setting is intimate and relaxed. Finally, the bride makes her appearance, arrestingly beautiful in her white lace mesh organza dress with a peek of illusion at the top. She is “perfection in a dress,” wearing a gown of her own design, set off with a simple veil of organdy. Then, as the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife, sighs can be heard from those gathered to celebrate the couple as they begin their life together.
But let’s do a rewind and see how we arrived at this memorable moment.
Decode 1.8 Dress Designer Lindsay Cook Dini had always dreamed of being married in a lace mermaid gown. She got her wish, by hand-drawing her own sketches (just as she does for the Decode 1.8 dresses she designs) and putting her talented staff to work. For a month they labored to create the dress of her dreams, as she selected the fabric and monitored the exact placement of the cut-out, sewn-on lace.
Meanwhile, she guided her wedding party toward the hundreds of flattering choices available from Decode 1.8, allowing them to select their own comfortable, well-fitting gowns, with the sole caveat that they wear a style in the blush-gray-champagne color palette. The unique mixed-yet-coordinated look drew raves from the attendees and has since attracted the attention of many of the top bridal stores in the country as a concept they can present to their customers.
So how did Lindsay feel when she saw how beautifully everything came together that morning?
“I was so nervous walking down the aisle, I wasn’t even thinking of anything except for not tripping,” she admits now with a laugh. But because of the ease built into every Decode 1.8 style, she says the most memorable part of her wedding was the dance party after the event. “My dress and the bridesmaids’ were so comfortable that we danced all night without having to change!” she recalls.
When asked whether she had any advice for other prospective brides-to-be planning their own weddings, she emphatically counsels that they remain true to themselves and their own vision.
“Don’t worry what other people’s opinions are. It’s your wedding and your memories.”
If you’re planning your own wedding, don’t try to mimic Lindsay’s look unless it’s also your dream. Scroll through our original styles for bridesmaids, mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses you’ll find on this website and use them to spark your own vision for your special day.