For this styled shoot, we focused on the idea of alternative dress options. Marina, our model, wore this dress for her wedding in 2018. Marina had two weddings planned, a destination affair in Mexico, and a traditional Ukrainian ceremony in Vancouver, BC. Since Marina had splurged on a Maggie Sottero gown for her destination wedding, she was looking for a more budget-friendly option for the Vancouver service. Boutique and mainstream shops can be an amazing resource for alternative options when it comes to bridal outfits. Albeit, it does take a bit more of an independent shopper to bustle through the racks, and provide self-service, as the assistance may not be of the same standard you would anticipate from a bridal store. Yet, we wanted to showcase, if you have the determination and open-mindedness, you can come out with some extremely good finds.
This two-piece number was purchased from Privilege Clothing. The gorgeous long-sleeved, high neck, lace top was $75. The pleated chiffon high-waisted skirt with side wrap was also $75. When Marina brought it to the register, she was informed that they were both apart of a 50% off discounted sale. Therefore, making the entire outfit a total of $75.00.
Pair that with a felted hat from Forever 21, and boots from Josef Seibel that have all the style without lacking any comfort, and you have yourself on-point bridal attire at a very minimal cost.
These photos were taken in Pemberton, British Columbia with Mount Currie as our backdrop. We felt it gave the perfect atmosphere to represent an independent, fierce, modern-day bride.
– British Columbia Hair and Makeup Artist, Colleen Conroy Makeup & Hair