DEAR TKB: “I fell in love with a less than traditional gown…” PLUS: Would You Wear One of These Dresses On Your Wedding Day?

Happy Friday, hunnies!

I have to be honest with you; I am at a complete loss for how to start off this post because I’m sitting here waiting to leave for his and hers dermatologist appointments and I’m very on edge.  We’re going together because I have this secret (not so secret anymore) deep-seated fear of dermatologists, and Honey has to dermatologist-ambush me when he wants me to go.  I can’t seem to kick the assumption that the next time I see a dermatologist, s/he’s going to tell me that one of my 5 million+ freckles has the C Word in it.. I don’t go very often for this reason.  It’s more like almost never (I realize this is terrible).  It’s that whole *I’d rather not know* thing.  I’ve been a total baby about this one thing in my life.  Definitely glad I have Honey to force me into it.

Anyway whenever I can’t think straight/am too nervous to write, I like to employ my crutch: Bambino pics.  Enjoy!

Dearest TKB: 

I instantly fell in love with a less than traditional colored gown on my first day of gown shopping and bought it that day!  And while I still love my dress, I am stuck in a dilemma.  Since I did choose a colored gown I want to make sure I still feel like a bride, and not just a fabulously dressed gal.  But veils typically only come in white or ivory!  

We all typically assume that the veil should match the gown but I am curious what you think?  Go for the mismatched look?  Try and find something that will match?  Or just give up and go with a fabulous hair accessory?  

So, with colored gowns being all the rage these days, I wonder what real brides are choosing in leu of veils.


Dear K,

You’re going to see some blue-ish black-ish dresses in this post.  Notice that none of them are wearing anything on their heads.  I’m a fan of keeping the area about the face and neck free and clear of extra pizzazz, when you’ve got a colorful gown doing all the work already.

But it’s your call, of course.  I can’t wait to find out what you decide!

Turning it over to you guys now… do you have any advice or suggestions for Miss K?  

Ok, SO!  The question in the title that asks, “would you wear one of these dresses…” is coming into play now.  It was Enzoani that turned out to be my top pick in the Miss Ultimate Supreme 2012 Bridal Market Dress Pageant, in the category of “colorful applique frocks.”  And you guys… I wish you could have seen this first one in person.

When I came upon it during bridal market I yelled out “holy crap you guys, this dress!”  Which was weird because I was alone at the time.  But anyway whether you love colorful wedding dresses or they’re not really your thing, it’s hard to ignore the radness of what’s happening below.  I’m curious: would you consider wearing a colorful dress on your wedding day?  Do you know anyone who has?

As a person who generally enjoys looking at things that encourage dopamine release, personally I’m a fan.

Some other pretties I took shots of:

Here’s some more professional-looking eye candy, sent over by Enzoani.  Now I want you to pay special attention to the first one because holy shit.  The first one.



Sans the belly floof I am super digging this one:


Okie dokie, that’s about it!  What did you think of all these dresses?

By the way, if you happen to have any advice for Miss K, would love to hear it.

And: would you dare wear something other than white on your wedding day?  Really curious where you all stand on that issue.

kisses and hugs, guys.. and wish me luck today, please. :)

xx, Alison

 Runway shots: Enzoani, Instagram shots: m’self

Label(s): Blue, Color, White, {Bridal Market}, {Fashion}

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  1. Lena on November 9, 2012

    As a heavily freckled gal, I understand your fear. John is even worse–the suggestion of a new freckle suddenly means he’ll be spending 20 minutes in the mirror and on WedMD. But a few weeks ago I saw a very new, very dark spot on my cheek, and rushed to make an appointment thinking, “If it’s C, at least I’ll have found it super early!”

    The dermatologist assured me it was just a skin tag, disgusting and a sign of premature aging, but not cancer. Which was a relief, until I rubbed it off. Because it was a scab.

  2. Alison on November 9, 2012

    Omg Lena, I love you.

  3. Grace on November 9, 2012

    The dress that I linked here (on the bottom) – – is my idea of the perfect dress with incorporated color. I would wear it on a Monday!

  4. Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on November 9, 2012

    I have TONS of freckles & I have never been to the dermatologist! Yikes. Oops. Now I’m freaking out. But on the subject of colored wedding gowns, I had a Bride absolutely rock a white gown with tons of deep red embellishments. She made me a believer!

  5. Beauty and the Groom on November 10, 2012

    What intricate complex designs these dresses have…the beaded parts or the richness of flowers embellishments are with no equal beauty.

  6. gigi on November 10, 2012

    I agree with your assessment. A fabulous hairstyle and earrings would be enough. The dress has so much going on, it doesn’t need any extras.

  7. Sean Young on November 12, 2012

    Oh.. I love this blog! Our Civil Celebrant Louise Goodrem recommend we research for our wedding online… came across your site.. such a great resource.


  8. Caleigh on November 13, 2012

    I say no veil. Just a kick ass hairpiece (headband, broach-whatever you call it- etc.) would be enough. When you have a statement dress, a veil is unnecessary!

  9. CBL on November 15, 2012

    OMG, there are several dresses that I’d wear to my wedding. One day I’ll get there.

  10. David on November 28, 2012

    My finance has chosen a non-traditional colored dress. I haven’t seen it yet of course, but I needed to know for my suit, which will also be non-traditional.

    Maybe it is because I live in California, but it’s the 21st century and I think white is so over-rated and cliche.

    Also, no veil. I don’t think that anything should obfuscate the bride’s beautiful face. Just some male perspective for you ladies.

  11. She-Hulk on December 19, 2012

    Nowadays, people have relaxed their reasoning to wear white for a wedding, and I think people look more at the quality/formality of the gown rather than color. I may be biased-I’ll be wearing an antique gold dress, under a champagne/ivory/silver beaded robe from a different wedding dress.

    On top of that, I’m a makeup artist/hair stylist, so I’ve seen a lot of unusual combinations from some amazing custom designers.

    As far as the veil goes, that depends on the color of your dress. If it’s one of the pale shades in vogue, you should be able to find a white/ivory/champagne headpiece that will blend pretty well.

    If it’s darker or brighter, I’d advise talking to whoever is doing your alterations, or the store where you bought it. You may find they can custom-dye it to more closely match the dress, when they are altering it for you. You never know if you don’t ask, right?

    Another idea is using your accessories/flowers to blend out the colors more evenly. Have an ivory veil and a red dress? Buy or build a headpiece with white and red flowers. You can work the veil into the hair style, and the blend of colors in the flowers will help prevent it from being too jarring.

    Or you can get a choker made with a section of lace trim that matches the veil. (Look on Etsy for some very talented designers, if this sort of thing isn’t commercially available in your area. Again, you never know unless you ask. Just because you don’t see it in the store options doesn’t mean that someone hasn’t already thought of it.)

    If you really want a veil to go with your colorful dress, go for it!

  12. nyfika 2013 on January 2, 2013

    I would stick to traditional white dress… And would lose the veil too :-)

  13. Wedding Organisers in Delhi on January 17, 2013

    Simply Wow….. the gowns are stunning.. They are not too jazzy. but extremely pretty.. you are gonna look like a princess if you wear them on your wedding day… I love them…

  14. Ball Dresses NZ on August 12, 2013

    It’s good to break with tradition now and again and do something with a bit of flair! The blue is stunning :)


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