OH, NICE TO MEET YOU, WEDDING DRESS OF MY WILDEST DREAMS. | Images by André Teixeira of Brancoprata / Jose Villa Workshop, Mexico {PART I}

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Happy Friday afternoon-almost-weekend you guys!  I sorries; I knowww it’s late even for me :) but most of today was spent working on some projects/some upcoming news of the personal variety – that yes, of course I’m going to share with you soon – and the remaining time was weirdly spent editing shots I took at a recent Vera Wang event because I feel bad I haven’t freaking SHAAARED them with you yet, jeez, but I promise they are coming, I promise promise promise.  Ok anyway I really wanna hear your deepest, darkest thoughts on the following, so here we go…

I think I’m telling a lot of people’s stories when I say this… so tell me if you’ve experienced this, too:

You know how in the beginning when you start looking for dresses, you’re brimming with excitement and you’re so sure you’re going to find “The One” and you’re like Bachelor Brad Womack at the beginning of his second season, where he says “one of these women is goin’ ta be mah wife,” and it just feels like a sure thing because, I mean, there are so many choices! and you’re certain that you’re not gonna stop being pumped and driven about your dress shopping.  And then you know how after months of perusing wedding dresses they all start to sort of bleed together and it gets kind of overwhelming because nothing’s popping out at you as *a keeper* and at this point when people ask you about them, you turn into Bachelor Brad Womack A Few Episodes Into The Season, and you start describing the dresses like how Brad described the women who were competing for him, which is with zero emotion or differentiating details?  And you get so overwhelmed with dress choices/possible wives that you start saying things like “I thought I knew where I stood, but now I got no ideer agin,” and you’re left feeling pretty disillusioned and uninterested, because “crap, I can’t tell the differences between these girlies anymore and muh favorite one has a kid already which is pretty much a deal-breaker for me because I don’t see past T & A when I’m considering a life together,” and you need a therapist to come visit your Bachelor rental property and you start talking about your childhood and how you weren’t loved while you and your therapist look out over sprawling vistas and many similar-looking women (to you), and you feel almost defeated…?

So, do you – are you feeling me on that?  Yes?  No?  What has your dress shopping experience been like?

Well here’s the beauty part of this post (it wasn’t back there where I talked about The Bachelor for a whole paragraph and made you throw up a little bit in your mouth): Sofia and André of Brancoprata sent me what the uber-talented André came away with, camera-style, from their incredible experience in Mexico at the most recent Jose Villa Workshop, and I am quite proud to say that today, ladies and gentlemen, TODAY… we are seeing the trappings of what can be described only as one seriously Unforgettable Dress.  It’s a Claire Pettibone, ladies and gents.

… and it is spectacular.

Do you love?

P.S. – and there was a taste up at the top of this, but here’s a larger, healthier taste of what’s coming up next week, in Part II of this shoot:

You guys it has become clear to me that it is indeed possible to fall in love with a table scape.  Deep, deep, erotic, passionate love, full of lovemaking.  There ya go, there’s your weirdness dose for the day, in case you were wondering where it was.

So… what do you think of the dress, mis amigos y familia?

Some fun question bits, if you’d like some fodder: When you think about/shop for a wedding dress, do you look for special details, or straightforward simplicity?  Do you like a sheer back, or covered, or open?  Do you prefer straps, to strapless?  Do you like all white/ivory/cream, or do you think you’d like a dose of color?

Please do share!  I’m dying to know!

xoxo!  - Alison

Brancoprata is member of TKB’s Vendor Love. You can explore more of Brancoprata in our guide.

Photography: André Teixeira of Brancoprata / Workshop: Jose Villa Workshops / The beautiful couple is Jana Williams and Dave Baez / Location: Hacienda El Carmen / Abby of Style me Pretty / Styling: Jill La Fleur / Cinematography: Joel Serrato FilmsKarina Puente / Brian of Richard Photo Lab / Jim Cagel Accountant / Mar of Team Hair and Makeup / Kate of Flower Wild Design / Paper goods design: Amber Moon / Calligraphy: Mara, Neither Snow / Cake: Erica O’brien / Wedding Gowns: Claire Pettibone / Hair Pieces: Mignonne / Engagement session gowns: Everly

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  1. Camille on December 2, 2011

    That dress is utterly awesome. It’s got such a shabby-chic look to it, while remaining stunning. Color is so hard on a wedding dress and this pulls it off amazingly. I envy.

  2. Lena on December 2, 2011

    I threw up in my mouth a little when I saw this gown because I could not IMAGINE how magical it was, even though you said it was the wedding dress of your wildest dreams. STILL didn’t see it coming.

    RE: wedding gowns, my mother and I lob them back and forth, but have for many years before John got down on one knee. I say, “Mom, isn’t this darling?” and she says, “Shitty interior support.” And then she sends me an Oscar de la Renta with opaque white tights. And so on and so forth. So we’ll see what it looks like when I actually get in a store with dresses and my mother.

    My guess? Tea length, full skirted. Maybe a 3/4 sleeve for an October wedding in Mississippi? We shall see…

  3. Ilana on December 2, 2011

    I had that very same dress shopping problem – only I had never even made it into a dress shop before I was completely and utterly overwhelmed. The internet can be a terrible thing. I am easily overwhelmed and was on a weekend trip to Los Angeles to attend a friend’s wedding and had a serious overdose of wedding too-much-ness – and then I found it. My Aunt took me to a botique wedding shoppe and I found Nadine by Stephanie James Couture and fell flat out in love. However, it was approximate 17 times my dress budget. Thankfully, it snapped me out of the dress funk and I knew exactly what I wanted. I ended up finding an amazing dress – not at all like that one – but which is wonderful and much cheaper.

    I do live that dress up above there, though.

  4. Casey on December 2, 2011

    YES YES YES YES YES – I spent far too many dollars on every imaginable wedding mag, searched the internet high and low, and then had a very real meltdown on my second day of dress shopping!! By the end, I had no idea what I liked or hated, or even what my first name is! But I ended up with something I will *hopefully* still like in April!!

    Also – this dress, GORG.com. So good. Kind of put more doubt into my head, haha.

  5. cdette on December 3, 2011

    I think the logo of the ” OMFG” in the top pic next to the dress pretty well sums it up for me, and probably not how the logo is meant to be. Can we put Mexican doilys and cheap lace on a dress and call it done? I guess we could add to the cheap theme and throw Chiclets at her feet down the aisle? Sahbby without any chic.

  6. hailey on December 3, 2011

    my dress shopping has been just like that except it didn’t take me months, it took 1 day of trying on a upwards of 15 dresses and not finding ANY i liked enough to call contenders. i think i went in with too many preconceived ideas of how it was going to go and so i got discouraged and took a couple months break (yes, after 1 day of trying). this claire pettibone dress is a bit like what i’m going for-my favorite weddings are when the bride wore a dress with a sheer back or intricate lace design for the way it comes out in the detail shots. (the 2 things i’m looking for in a dress are that it flatters my figure and that it has something unique about it that will get picked up nicely in my wed photos. you can blame my wedding blog addiction for that ;D)

  7. The Demoiselle on December 4, 2011

    Blown Away!

  8. Libby on December 4, 2011

    Oh Alison, it’s lovely! Claire Pettibone dresses are so beautiful. You should get it!!!

  9. Kelly on December 5, 2011

    It really a stunning dress and incredible!!AMAZING!!And romantic table scape!!!

  10. Danielle on December 5, 2011

    This dress is holy gorgeous! But I have always loved LOVED Claire Pettibone’s dresses. I would hardly call the lace cheap as I could never afford one of her design’s in my wildest dreams!

  11. Courtney on December 5, 2011

    OMFG indeed. Wowza.

    Well, in regards to my own search I *knew* I wanted lace…one of those keyhole backs that make you weak in the knees. Yet, I was utterly underwhelmed when I put one on. In fact, I felt like I had stolen my grandmothers tablecloth & tried my luck at freehand sewing. Yes, it could’ve been the designer…and I could’ve tried others. But then I saw it…a pretty little Vera in all it’s fluffy goodness. It spoke to me in a “Hi, I’m girlie-meets-sexy-but-only-because-i’m-not-trying-too-hard” kinda way. Ivory.Taffeta + organza overlay. Frayed edges. Big Bow. And wait for it…..POCKETS. I’m in love.
    It can be done–even on a budget. :)

  12. Kerry on December 6, 2011

    I’m going to be the wild card here and say that I didn’t even really notice the dress because I was too busy being blown away by Andrés mindblowingly awesome photographic skills. I have been dying to see what he came up with and I knew it would be good… can’t WAIT for part 2! xx

  13. Kristen on December 6, 2011

    I covet that dress in the worst way. Oh my hell! that is gorgeous!

  14. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on December 9, 2011

    that dress is ridiculous, in a REALLY REALLY good way! Love it so much. And all the rest too.

  15. Lady Gray on December 21, 2011

    What an incredible dress. I love it. My dream wedding dress is still this one though… http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=281194248574829&set=a.281194245241496.83800.201631593197762&type=1&theater

  16. patricia on January 28, 2012

    Love your dress the photos and the tiny table setting.

    Wonderful memories to keep.


  17. Holly on February 22, 2012

    Wow, I totally love this dress! Honestly, I’m not a fan of most wedding gowns. I found a Lazaro that I completelyb fell in love with, but of course waaaaay out of my budget. Like 5k-ish. Aaaaaand they don’t make it anymore, but there is one of his bridesmaid dress’ I think I’ll go for instead. Its funny how you can pick things that are SO drasticly different. Like the first Lazaro dress is mermaid, strapless, ruffled neckline I guess it would be, embellished and embroidered in about everyway, and soooooo beautiful. The other one I love is just a simple english net, a line, v neck, sheath. Its probably the one I’ll end up getting but I can relate to the confusion, liking so many different styles, wondering which one is the one. This one is really stunningly beautiful, I love the colors…its white but not white white. Id feel a little funny in all white when my 4 yearold daughter is the flower girl. As Miranda said “I have a kid, the jig is up!” Yeah I’m not into the totally white white…maybe off white, I’m pretty angelic, lol.

    But I digress… Beautiful dress, thanks for sharing.

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