Happy wedding, Jessie and Connie!
If you’ve been following us this year, you’ll know that in March Mignonette became the gown sponsor for the eleveneleven Wedding Contest, a contest that allows a deserving couple to win a five-star wedding from some of Chicago’s best wedding vendors, regardless of financial need. After being chosen as finalists by the public, each couple was then asked to make a video explaining why they should be chosen to win a wedding. The contest’s sponsors then voted on the winning couple, which this year was the gorgeous duo of Connie and Jessica.
Their wedding, on (you guessed it) 11/11/12, was an absolute celebration of girliness, from the sparkly shoes and rhinestone gems (both provided by sponsor The Left Bank Jewelry), to the amazing hair and makeup, to the cake, to the photography and planning. See below for more pics, and try not to explode from all of the cute. Just try.
On Sunday the 11th, my team and I (wonderful saint of an assistant Sarah and my long-suffering wife Anne) descended on the hotel with the gowns and an arsenal of extra beads, pins, thread, needles, and assorted gewgaws. I even managed to get my special industrial steam iron into my purse in case of wrinkles. The brides were relaxed and surrounded by an army of friends, plus the makeup artists, hairstylists, photographer, flower girl, relatives, and the planner. Adding us to the mix only seemed like chaos, but we found plenty of things to do, with Anne making sure the brides remembered to eat while Sarah did last-minute alterations to a few bridesmaid’s gowns from Bella Bridesmaid (I admit to running around like a chicken with no head).
As I hope you can tell, I went crazy on these gowns, which in my world means everything from making my entire team spend a day sourcing the right appliques for Jessie’s dress, to actually creating a new fabric for Connie, with five layers of vintage hand-stitched floral lace interspersed with silk satin brushed to get just the right glow.
Jessie’s Grecian peplum gown was made from 100% silk chiffon with Austrian crystal applique on the gathered bodice and a separate beaded belt. $1,900
Connie’s gown was vintage hand-sewn lace from the 1950′s pieced with new matte silk satin. Connie’s dress also had three layers of tulle petticoats, a boned inner corset, silk lining, and a separate belt with silk flowers and rhinestone appliques. $2,100