Kevin and I had the honor of having our wedding day attire designed and handcrafted by two amazing couturiers, Katie Ermilio and her father Bob Ermilio, a third generation bespoke suit maker. It was a very interesting process and surprisingly detailed oriented. With endless options of lace, silhouettes, length of train, the exact color of ivory I wanted followed with fittings and adjustments all the way up to the wedding day. It was truly an amazing process to be a part of and to understand how much work goes into making garments of this caliber.
The step by step process looks something like this…
Design meetings where Katie shows me sketch options based on the inspiration I sent her. I wanted the dress to be very soft and romantic as well as timeless, with a wanted a modern day smartness to it as well.
Katie shows me draping options in her studio to help communicate silhouettes and design options. I’m measured in every way possible and then the designer starts on the muslin version of the dress.
Fittings in muslin. Here is where we make sure the cut, size, silhouette, length, fit and design are all correct before cutting the dress in the actual garment fabric.
The french lace comes. The veil alone takes around 36 hours of manual labor.
We have a bodice fitting and decide to shorten the sleeves into a floating lace effect.
Another fitting this time with the first skirt option which we decided to make much fuller. The week of the wedding I had my last fitting where we put final touches on everything. Katie came with the gown to dress me on our wedding day.
The most important and time consuming step are the measurements. Mr. Ermilio gives us a lesson in the difference between hand made suiting and machine made. Just as with my dress, there endless decisions from the size of the lapel, fabric choices, color, button options, height of the waist to length of the trousers.
Kevin chose an Italian paisley silk to line his tuxedo jacket. Not only is it incredibly beautiful but he will never mistake which jacket is his at events!
Fittings to perfection.
Thank you so much to both Ermilios for giving us so much of your time, talent and attention to detail in the most important of days.
21 thoughts on “His & Hers”
Talk about breath taking! Your dress is an instant classic! Thank you for sharing this process with us (I always love being able to see the behind the scenes process).
Absolutely fantastic!! What a process, makes it even more special 🙂
Jamie, you looked flawless and amazingly beautiful on your wedding day!
PS. Featured some of your images on the Northern Light Blog today…
that’s an awesome post! I love knowing all about the process of a perfect outcome =)
Bespoke makes such a huge difference! That is why I only make bespoke jewelry, it’s about the style and taste of the client. Check out my blog: http://www.DeliverMeDiamonds.com
Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,
Thank you for inviting us so intimately on your journey!
wow!! how amazing!! I love your dress!!!
Your wedding must have been beautiful. So whether you together long last 🙂
Jamie, you’re finally back! We’ve missed you 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous redesign and great way to start together! Love, love, love ALL the pictures!!! Must have been a wonderful wedding! Many blessings and happiness to both of you!!!
Just stunning! So fascinating to see the step by step and I love that of course you took so many photos along the way! This inspires me to get a sketch done of my wedding dress!
Beautiful photos : )
It’s really neat to see the behind the scenes shots! Thanks for taking and posting these!
Incredible!! Thank you for taking us through this process, Jamie, that many of us may have never seen or ever will see again!
This is such a nice documentation of the process of such a memorable life event.
,,,to one day look forward to a dress designed just for me, the thought is a dream come true. thank you, jaime for inviting “us” to join you and kevin on your journey. an exciting one it has been thus far!,,,
Lovely…You look absolutely gorgeous…Thanks for sharing behinde the scene events..
That is so awesome! I love how happy you look and your dress is absolutely stunning!
Oh Jamie, every detail of your wedding is gorgeous and amazing. Many many of the best of wishes to the both of you. My heart is so happy for such a great couple. I am also thrilled to pieces that your wedding was photographed with film, I love it! I’m going to share the photos with my film photography courses this semester!
Thank you for sharing the process and details with us!! Congrats and you look absolutely amazing!
Beautiful wedding so romantic. Best wishes on a blessed life together with good health, love, peace, success and prosperity
I’ve met the Ermilios and seen their work. You couldn’t have gone to better people as your dress and your husband’s tuxedo show. Well chosen and beautifully done. A year’s late congratulations and best wishes.