THE GOWN DESIGNER
Morgan Boszilkov, Natural Bridal Collection, Atlanta, GA
"I make sure every wedding dress I design is something I would wear myself. But when it was time to actually make my own dress, it turned out I had no idea which silhouette would be right for my body. I originally imagined I wanted a princessy A-line ballgown, but I quickly realized that a mermaid silhouette fit my body type best. I knew I wanted to incorporate my grandmother's wedding dress fabric, so I used the satin from her dress for my bodice, which worked for the sleek silhouette. Also, because I'm not well-endowed, I embellished the neckline with hand-sculpted flowers made of sustainable silk organza—using eco-friendly fabrics and sustainable materials is very important to me.
"To tie the flowers in with the rest of the gown, I enhanced the flare at the bottom with a light draping of the silk organza. The result was romantic, elegant, and whimsical—which I think reflects my personality.I also designed a shorter dress for the reception, because I wanted something that was easy to move in. It featured a V-neckline and a fit-to-flare silhouette, and was made of organic jersey knit with silk organza ruffles along the bottom. One thing I hadn't thought much about before my own wedding was the impact that accessories have on a wedding-day look. During the time I was working on my gown, I had a client request a headpiece to match her dress. I decided to adapt her idea for my own look. I created a romantic floor-length veil for the ceremony and used silk pieces salvaged from the gown to make a fabric flower for the reception. The right accessories can take a gown from being 'almost you' to 'totally you.'"
Photos: Kyle Egan Photographer