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D.I.Y. wedding dresses: Pregnant, Bride, and Bridesmaids edition.

The reason for our trip back to the US was that two of the Mr.’s sisters were getting married, three weeks apart.

So as you can imagine it was a bit of a scramble from an attire perspective given that I was 7-8 months preggers! After a very depressing search for formal pregnancy dresses online, I gave up and decided to have two dresses made here in Hong Kong.

I had the dresses made at Matador Couture. Note, they’ve recently moved to: 8/F CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. They did a brilliant job, both in terms of sewing quality and in terms of predicting how I would grow in the next few months. Being able to get clothes made is one of the best perks of living in Asia. I always recommend giving them a lot of guidance so I either bring in actual clothes or pictures to copy. And I pay a lot of attention to fabric swatches.

This wedding was mid-June so I was further along in my pregnancy so we planned extra room to allow for that and pretty much copied the dress below, in the brides requested color of blush pink. Her other color was moss green, which I incorporated in the fascinator. We also thought it would be hotter so we used more breathable fabric.

My two rules for preggo dressing — which actually can apply anytime, but especially when pregnant — is to make sure you have one great accent piece (which distracts from your belly–scarves are a favorite!) and to wear jewelry that makes you happy. So to this dress I added a fascinator from Kokin, which I picked up while I was in NYC for work. I walked by the store window and fell in love with the big bow! My jewelry accent piece was pearls, which I really rarely wear so it was fun to get them out.

Now, I’m sure you’re dying to see the bride as much as I’m dying to share her with you: Deirdre looked divine in every way!

Her dress also has a DIY story: she found it in Filene Basement’s running of the brides for mere pennies and had it altered significantly to perfection. I really loved the cross necklace she wore (groom’s gift!!) and hear earrings also went perfectly with the beading.

And here’s a shot of her with her dashing groom–doesn’t he look amazing in bright blue? Their wedding dance was the BEST I’ve ever seen… it involved ridiculously complicated choreography and lots of jumping on top and swinging from chairs.

And there was a very DIY element to the bridesmaid dresses as my mother-in-law, bless her, made them herself!

Now back to the first wedding…

My signature accent was a little capelet and my jewelry was a birthday bracelet from the Mr. that picked up on the blue. These were the photos for inspiration:

I liked the pleating of this dress and since I was three weeks less pregnant for this wedding, I thought it was a little more subtle.

And the capelet from this dress… and I think they actually looked pretty good together! But now for the bride!!!

Suzanne’s dress was a thrift shop find for $100! Aren’t the buttons absolutely Jackie O awesome?

And the lace overlay was just stunning. Now for the bridesmaid dresses, which my MIL also made… and you can see her making a last minute adjustment here. They had such a fun vintage feel! And I loved that they were all different, but coordinated.

I’ll end on a “raised note”: Suzanne married a Captain so they had a sword salute exit from the Church which was so very cool!

And if anyone needs a very preggers wedding dress, I’m happy to lend my two out… just drop me a line!

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