For most brides, finding the perfect wedding dress is at the top of the planning list. All eyes are on the bride, and being able to look and feel remarkable is of the utmost importance. For model and former reality star, Uche Nwosu, that's also the case. While her modern-day love story is more unique than most (she met her fiancé, Clinton Moxam, on MTV's dating show "Are You The One"), her journey to the aisle is definitely a story that's more relatable.
The couple got engaged in 2020 and has plans to marry in 2021, so they, along with couples around the world, have been tasked with planning a wedding entirely during a global pandemic. However, this fact has not stopped the bride-to-be from finding her dream dress—in fact, she plans to wear not one but two wedding dresses on her big day.
Shopping for dress number one was a different process because it was about finding the perfect dress—when I didn’t quite know what I was even looking for.
For dress one, Uche went shopping with her mom in Chicago, trying on "gown after gown after gown." “I actually never envisioned the dress," she admits. "I always thought that when I went shopping, that I would just know when I found 'the one.' And that’s exactly what happened."
Uche is waiting to reveal her special choice at the wedding, naturally, but she's more than excited to share the exclusive details behind her second dress with Brides. It will be a custom piece she's designing with Megan Condipodero, founder and creative director of Marquise Bridal, an Australian-based bridal brand.
It’s been fun creating this custom dress because it’s the opposite of dress shopping. It's knowing what I want and bringing it to life.
“Shopping for dress number one was a different process because it was about finding the perfect dress—when I didn’t quite know what I was even looking for," she says. "It’s been fun creating this custom dress because it’s the opposite of dress shopping. It's knowing what I want and bringing it to life."
Due to travel restrictions and COVID-19 safety measures, Megan and Uche have been working to create the look virtually on Zoom. And while both say they would have loved to work together in person, they have not let the distance get in the way of their collaboration. “It has actually been a seamless process!" reveals Uche.
To start, the pair took inventory of Uche's fashion aesthetics—what she liked and disliked, what fabrics she wanted, and her silhouette preferences. Once Megan got a sense of Uche's style, she drew up a few sketches and created the prototype. "She absolutely nailed it!” says Uche.
When asked about what she valued in her wedding dress, Uche says, “I’ve never really felt like 'traditional' wedding dresses were my taste, and everything Megan creates is so modern and unique, yet timeless and polished. My first dress is definitely dramatic and over-the-top (in the best way possible), so I wanted something more form-fitting and sleek for the second.”
“One of the hardest components of choosing a design is deciding on the silhouette," admits designer Megan. "Uche had a very clear vision of the core concept of the gown, which was very much aligned with the Marquise Bridal brand."
“For any designer and client, it is always a unique experience working on something creative through a wholly digital experience,” Megan also adds. “Uche has been incredibly fluid and easy to work with. Her excitement and appreciation have been absolutely contagious, and I feel very much at ease creating her gown and knowing that we are creatively on the same page.”
Uche's advice for brides-to-be looking to create a custom dress? Find a designer that reflects your personal style, and the overall vibe and aesthetic you are looking to create with your custom dress.
We couldn't agree more! After all, you’ll be spending many hours building your vision, and you need someone who will make your experience as enjoyable as possible, even if it is on Zoom.