Couple: Duane and Elizabeth Gregg

Wedding Date: September 13, 2014

Location: Bald Head Island, NC

The Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander, style 8502

Photography: KMI Photography

More Details: Growing up, the bride’s family vacationed at Bald Head Island every year. This small island off the coast of NC is only accessible by ferry. Golf carts and bikes are the common method of transportation and life really slows down there. It was the perfect setting for our dream wedding. Our ceremony was held in the Village Chapel — a small, intimate building that overlooks the marshes and creeks of the island.

One of our favorite parts of the evening was when we surprised our guests with light-up tambourines halfway through the reception. The tambourines, combined with our band, SoulPlay, kept everyone on the dance floor all night. That was quite a challenge given that it was a very warm night with minimal breezes and our reception was outside. When the reception ended, we sped away in a Rolls Royce golf cart — our “getaway cart.” It was the perfect end to an unbelievable celebration.

One of the most challenging parts of wedding planning was finding the dress. After trying on nearly 50 dresses, I had given up hope that I would find what I had envisioned. With the help of the New York Bride & Groom team, my vision came to life. On my first visit to NY Bride, I tried on a few dresses “just for fun” — including a strapless, silk and chiffon ball gown (Justin Alexander, style 8502 — I’ve included a photo of it).

I loved the sheen and light weight of the fabric, but swore I would not wear strapless. Plus, I tend to like more of a soft A-line than big, poofy gowns. When the staff started tucking the crinoline layers away and overlaying lace to show me how they change the look at the dress, I was sold. Though we were not 100 percent certain what the final dress would look like, we knew we were in Nacey’s talented hands.

My mom and I bought lace at a local fabric store and met with the seamstress several times. She essentially took my dress apart — removing much of the fabric on the top of the dress and rebuilding the upper half from scratch. Using a base of tulle, she hand-stitched the lace appliqués one by one in a beautiful pattern, finished with lace trim, and then added white buttons down the back. After removing several layers of crinoline, the dress created the soft A-line silhouette I love. In the end, I had a one-of-a-kind, beautiful dress that I was so proud to wear on my wedding day.

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