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What It Feels Like to Get Married in Oscar de la Renta

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By: Stephanie Mark

Growing up, I always swore I would never wear a traditional wedding dress, even after I got engaged. I always pictured myself in a really great white dress (think Solange in her caped custom Kenzo or celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak in Brock Collection), but never one from a traditional wedding-dress designer. When I was home visiting my family after I got engaged, we decided to make an appointment at a bridal salon just so my family could go through the process of trying on dresses. Nothing particularly caught my eye, but I could never have predicted how I felt when I put on that first wedding dress—my heart nearly exploded! Not only was I a bride, but I actually LIKED being in a wedding dress. In an instant my mind was changed, and thus began my search for the perfect gown.



Back in New York, I filled my weekends with appointments all over the city. Would I find “The One” at Mark Ingram? Would it be a bold and sparkly Naeem Khan from the bridal department at Saks? I fell in love with many dresses along the way, but still nothing really felt like me. As the search was winding down (and I was having a slight panic attack), I decided to try one more spot: the mecca of wedding dresses for most brides—Oscar de la Renta. Seeing as I wasn’t even planning on wearing a wedding dress, Oscar always seemed too traditional for me, but I was about to realize I was severely mistaken. I slipped into a beaded and sequin column gown, and that was it—I had finally found the one. My joy only spread when the designers, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, graciously offered to help refine the dress so it was *exactly* what I wanted and looked perfect when I walked down the aisle.


The process was a total dream. I met with both Laura and Fernando, as well as the atelier director and head pattern maker, and began to make slight changes to the dress. Referring to the original sketches, we did slight tweaks to the train and body, as well as perfecting things like length and fit. By the end of my third visit, the changes were solidified, and it was time to say bye to my dress until I wore it on my wedding day.



One of the best things about the dress process was that my friends and family were all completely surprised. No one except my business partner, Jake, and the amazing team at Oscar had seen the dress. Finally slipping into the gown on the day that I married the love of my life was a magical moment I’ll never forget—almost as magical as personally being fitted by the designers themselves.


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