I Painted my Wedding Dress to Resemble a Dip Dye

I’m a MESSY Artist, white was banned from the closet due to the fact I would probably get paint on it. I was also banned from paint and any other form of art the week prior to the wedding, just to avoid any skin stains or mishaps. Heck, nice things were banned from my room/studio in the fear they would never make it out alive and unpainted.

       When I said I was going to paint my wedding dress, I was surprised no one tried to steal all my paint and hide it until after the big day. Trust me there were some really concerned people! But white is not allowed in my closet………so I had to ;)  

JK! Really I think it has just gotten to that point where people know the art in me cannot be contained. Color color color!!! EVERYTHING!

in the end.....I actually did color just about everything in my wedding, all the flowers, my hair, a giant jenga game, the invitations, seating chart....  I'll put a full break down of all my vendors and DIY's in another blog for you but quick shout out to my photographer James Tang for all these great images and Pine Rose Cabins for just being so darn pretty!

Back to the dress...

I got this dress at a discount store way in advance. Never thought I would end up picking out a dress like this, SO bridal, but when I put it on I felt like a bride. I had no idea how I was going to add color, and for quite some time I was worried I picked the wrong dress. As beautiful as it was, It didn't feel like it fit my personality at all.  

The original dress is "Savoy's Bellezza" when we purchased it, it was a size 6 (I'm barely a 1!). Got it taken in and even added some straps.
To avoid an expensive lace hem fix I also got beastly tall shoes -- with the added bonus of being a good kissin height for my 6'2" man ;) 
 These beautiful boots are called “Abner” by Jeffrey Campbell ---not the best pair with the dress but perfect for this woodsy outdoor venue! 

These beautiful boots are called “Abner” by Jeffrey Campbell ---not the best pair with the dress but perfect for this woodsy outdoor venue! 

 I had decided on Blue, Purple, Maroon, Red, Orange, Yellow with white accents for my wedding colors.

Blue is Chris's favorite color. (Husband)

Dark Purple always was and always will be my favorite.

Yellow was my Grandfathers favorite color, Included to remember him and honor him at the wedding, he was like a Dad to me. 

I worked as a face painter then and had this wonderful color combo I used for sunsets, starting with yellow and then orange, red, maroon, purple, blue it was perfect combo. All the colors I wanted in a harmonious way that in a subtle way reflected a sunset. 

 

 

However I was still at loss for how I would incorporate these onto my dress. There was nothing online that really fit and my ideas were not panning out.

First I cut out and colored tons of pieces of lace, planing to sew them to the dress. Too Patchy.

Next I tried adding colorful tulle under the lace. Too Subtle

Puffy Paint. Too Shiny

Dip dye. Too Light.  

Finally, I was fed up with all these tests and fails, so I just took my airbrush I had been using to color my flowers and just sprayed it and kept spraying it more and more and more and more! I was terrified but honestly messing up my wedding dress didn't sound as bad as wearing all white... Plus I'm a decent problem solver. 

 

At first, I was 99% sure I could do this. 20min into coloring, I thought I ruined my dress. It took a few days for me to regain confidence and work on it again. 

Not everything went as planned, the process was slow.

I just kept painting hoping eventually it would come together. 

 

In the end, the color made the dress a perfect fit for me.

Bridal but Colorful.

Traditional yet Unique.

Bold but Elegant. 

The shock and awe of my dress helped me feel calm and confident. My colorful personality was shining through and everyone there loved it. I wasn't trying to make some big statement it's as simple as wanting to wear something I felt beautiful in. It's the Artistic personal flare. For me life is my canvas. I look for any and every opportunity to add that personal flair and artistic touch, I wasn't about to hold back because it's normal to wear white.

My now husband was NOT shocked in the slightest, my family thought it fit me perfectly and his family was excited to have an Artist join the family. Yes, even Grandma loved the color. 

 

After my Wedding dress went Viral in 2016 I started coloring gowns for other brides. Click here if you have any questions regarding my services.