Photography by Two & Quarter
On September 24, 2016 Erin and Gareth Williams were married at St. Theresa’s church and celebrated with a romantic reception at Fairmont Southampton. We loved Erin’s Amsale lace wedding gown and cathedral length veil so much that we interviewed her to get all the beautiful details!
Your dress was stunning, and we understand that there is a special story around the final design. Please tell us about it!
I wore the “Collette” by Amsale, which is in the designer’s Christos collection. Christos designs are especially known for their use of Alençon lace, created in the French town Alençon in Normandy. Best described by the designer, the Christos collection is the perfect blend of modern and vintage couture detail, evoking beauty and purity with a romantic tone. I found and purchased the same Alençon lace to create a bespoke cathedral length veil.
Fun fact: I debated adding sleeves to my dress until my final fitting when I decided to leave the design as Amsale envisioned it and kept the dress strapless.
Tell us about your veil…
I had my veil custom designed after saying “yes” to the dress! It is a custom cathedral length veil made with Alençon lace. The opportunity to wear a blusher is a rarity in one’s life! I wanted to ensure I was the classic, elegant bride I always dreamed I would be and knew I wanted to wear a blusher from the start!
What was your favourite element or detail of your dress?
It absolutely has to be the lace! The lace is so beautiful and intricate and it dated back to the sixteenth century, which made it even more special. I felt so feminine and romantic on my wedding day, and I was so comfortable! The lace was lightweight and so easy to dance in, which was a must!
How did your husband react when he first saw you in the dress?
The photos of Gareth’s reaction are some of my favourite of our wedding day. The smile and tears in his eyes tells it all!
Any advice for a future bride on finding her dream dress?
Have a well-envisioned idea of your day, including the venue, your bridal party’s dress style and of course your groom’s attire before you go shopping. It will be much easier to decide the look you are going for when you have those details in mind. Be sure to try on all different styles—you may end up in a ball gown when you were expecting to fall in love with a mermaid dress silhouette!