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My Wedding Dresses

I’m not one of those girls who had my Wedding Day all figured out. I wasn’t pulling out a scrap book created from the age of 12 and I had no idea what I actually wanted, but I knew I wanted to feel like a Queen in my dress, as I marry my soulmate.

I had no idea what would suit my body shape, so I went to Olivelli’s in Johannesburg with my bridesmaids, Lucia, Karolina, Tandi and my Mom for a fitting. My sister got her wedding dress there and it was magnificent! I joke about trying on every style from the mini to the meringue, but that’s exactly what I did.

Ironically, the dresses I thought would be WOW, did absolutely nothing for me and the dresses I tried on reluctantly, transformed me! It was such an interesting exercise and I’m glad I had an open mind.

I walked away with a much better idea of which styles suited me and even had one dress in mind, but I wanted to continue the search because deep down I knew I would KNOW the minute I found the one!

I might not have known what my ultimate dress would be, but I did wonder what it would be like to have one designed, especially since it would be unique to my personality and body shape.

The only designer I would want and hoped for, was Hendrik Vermeulen. I have worked with him before for the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival and when I have worn his creations, I have felt transformed and incredible. Hendrik is a Couture Designer, and his talent is God sent. He knows how to dress a woman’s body and how to make you the best version of herself.

I set up a meeting with Hendrik and JD. We sat, drank tea, chatted away and I sat excitedly clutching my phone, ready with Pinterest inspiration pictures and the photos of the dresses I had tried on.

Do you ever doodle when you’re on the phone? I do and that’s what it looked like Hendrik was doing on a piece of paper… he didn’t look like he was sketching. After a while, we turned the conversation to the dress… I was about to launch into my experience of trying on dresses and show him the pictures and Pinterest board, when Hendrik turned his sketch pad around and showed me the wedding dress he envisioned would look amazing for me.

I stared at it and burst into tears. Happy tears. Hendrik had drawn the dress of my dreams – the dream I didn’t even know I had, but there it was… in pencil. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one! Perfection. I was speechless until I blabbered: “B…but… we didn’t even talk about… wait… but how did you know?”img_2686img_2690

You’ll see the sketch has the date for the 20 February. If you missed the pre-wedding story, catch up here When everything changed and I suddenly had not one, but 2 new dates, Hendrik, JD and I chatted about what we would do.

I explained the difference of the 2 ceremonies and Hendrik created the most incredible dress for the Greek ceremony.bailey-schneiders-greek-wedding-dress-design-by-hendrik-vermeulenEach gown was perfect for each ceremony. The Greek dress was very regal and elegant, respectful for the Greek church. The English ceremony dress was ethereal and dreamy – the first dress designed! img_5151

I couldn’t stop twirling in both my dresses! I felt comfortable in them, I could move, breathe, dance and have fun!

The Greek: Silk Dupione wrap around neckline, re-embroidered and hand beaded Chantilly lace bodice over a silk Dupione full circle skirt. The silk Dupione actually sings. If you rub it together it makes the sweetest sound.

The English had a tri-dimensional effect re-embroidered and hand beaded Chantilly lace bodice over mesh, mermaid cut panelled silk chiffon skirt and removable silk chiffon petticoat. Once removed, the chiffon had two sexy slits for my legs.

I wore the same veil for both days – a long Cathedral veil made of Italian veiling.

The fittings were wonderful and exciting. In fact, out of all the wedding stresses, my dresses were the breath of fresh air and the one two things I didn’t have to worry about!

Here is my mother in law, Dimitra and JD chatting about the material and lace.bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-7bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulenbailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-2 bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-3 bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-4bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-9 bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-5 bailey-schneider-dress-fitting-with-hendrik-vermeulen-6
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Hendrik and JD – THANK YOU! Thank you for making my days so special… I felt like a Queen and I will never forget that feeling. Thank you to you and your team who worked tirelessly on the dresses and who ensured that every bead and every stitch was perfect. I don’t have enough words!

Here are the photos of my dress from our Greek wedding. Photography by Shantelle Visser.040316bs-92040316bs-299
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bailey-schneiders-wedding-dress-by-hendrik-vermeulen-13 I’ll get into the ceremonies and the party next 🙂

Thanks so much for reading. I’m loving sharing this, because I get to relive the very best days!

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Every thing about this blog post is awe-inspiring!!!! It feels like I have been transported into your wedding dressing planning and fitting!!! And you look absolutely STUNNING in both your wedding dresses. Cant wait to read about the ceremonies and party 🙂 xx

    November 16, 2016 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Tanya

    Wow Bailey thank you for sharing your wedding journey with us! You looked beautiful in both dresses and I love reading about how it all came together xx

    November 16, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    Wow, the happiness just radiates out of these photos!
    Both your dresses were amazing Bailey! Cant wait for the next installment 🙂

    November 16, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Zara

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Both dresses suited you so PERFECTLY… you could never have just picked a ready made dress to be as perfect as the 2 that were designed for you! x

    November 16, 2016 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Wow – absolutely breathtaking – both of them!!!

    November 17, 2016 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Janine

    Oh my word Bailey – as they say wowza!! All the photo’s are absolutely stunning and breathtaking but my absolute favourites are photo’s 8,9,13,14 and 20 for the Greek ceremony dress and 11,12 and 13 for the English ceremony. You made a lovely bride :).

    November 18, 2016 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Vanilla Blonde - Our Greek Wedding - Vanilla Blonde

    […] up, so that it’s not one massively long post. The posts are as follows: Pre-wedding story. My Wedding Dresses. Our Greek Wedding. Still to come: Our English Wedding and Our Wedding […]

    November 22, 2016 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Vanilla Blonde - Our English Wedding - Vanilla Blonde

    […] segmented our wedding story, so if you have missed one, catch up here: Pre-wedding story, My Wedding Dresses, Our Greek […]

    November 23, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Heidi van Heerden

    WOW! Is it possible for one woman to be so beautiful! You looked amazing Bailey. Thank you for posting these gorgeous pictures and sharing your experiences. I love reading you blogs and seeing your pictures. You and Sox make a great couple and it’s wonderful to see the love…

    November 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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