Photos by Leslee Mitchell
You may have come to know and love our “designer-bride” Megan Powell Wiedenhoeft through our first two posts on her stunning (as in Style Me Pretty gorgeous) Cedarwood Outdoor Cathedral wedding. As a graduate of the O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee, Megan is totally plugged in to all things chic and stylish, including wedding fashion! After marveling at Megan’s beautiful wedding dresses (yes, plural) you may wonder how a girl ends up wearing three different gowns. Here is Megan’s journey in wedding fashion…
“Fashion is an absolute passion of mine and I have always wanted to wear beautiful and glamorous gowns, so here was my chance… Now I did swear to myself in the beginning that I would never be one of “those” that had two gowns, much less three for my wedding, but I guess never say never!!
“Years ago, before my grandmother passed away, she gave my family money to use to buy a wedding gown for me. I happened to be looking with one of my friends who was engaged at The White Room and found a stunning Jasmine silk taffeta ball gown with Swarovski crystal beading that I fell in love with. I convinced my mom a few days later to go with me to try on the sample (even though I wasn’t engaged) and when she saw me in it, my mom knew then it was the perfect gown. We went ahead and ordered the gown and my grandmother was able to see the pictures of me wearing it. One may have thought at the time we were crazy, but looking back on it now I am so glad we did.
“Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away three years ago and even though she didn’t get to see me be married to Brett, whom she wasn’t able to know, it was special to know that she had seen me in the gown already and I knew she would be with me in spirit that day. When I tried it on for the first time ever in April, four years later, the dress fit like a glove, and did not need one alteration. So when it came time to decide if I was still going to wear the dress I bought way back when, it was an easy answer. There would have been no better choice than that gown for the (Cedarwood Outdoor Cathedral) ceremony and obviously it was meant to be.
“So how did the reception dress come about you may ask. Well I knew Brett liked a simpler silhouette and I wanted to make sure I wore a dress that evening that he would also love (he not knowing I had one for the ceremony already). I showed him thousands of dresses online and the only one he really lit up for was “Cecily” by Amsale. It made it nice that this dress was made of lighter material and was certainly more light weight than my ball gown. So without him knowing, and with my parent’s kindness and generosity my mom and I went in search for “Cecily” and found it at The Bride Room in Green Hills. It made the perfect dress to dance and have fun in on that hot summer night and fit the look of the occasion beautifully.
“I then decided to change into a shorter dress for our departure for two reasons. One, I didn’t want to take the chance of the sparklers ruining either of my gowns; and two, I knew I would be more comfortable riding in the truck without so much “dress” around me. I found my “going away” dress at Off Saks 5th Avenue before the flood in May destroyed the store. It was a fabulous “shift” style dress, with pockets and a fantastic jeweled neckline that gave it a whimsical flair. All set on top of silver, jeweled 5” of heels of course!
“To finish the look of every dress, I also added pieces I made myself to put in my hair. Both pieces had to include feathers and crystals for added sparkle of course. My earrings were touches that I also loved, especially the handmade crystal chandelier earrings by Paris I wore during the ceremony. My reception earrings were turquoise and crystal from Anthropologie and were more playful and of course matched the colors I used for the décor of the reception.
“For my bridal shoot I wanted to capture all things vintage and to have an artistic touch to every image. Geared more for a fashion spread than anything I had fun showcasing such glamorous gowns at my alma mater, O’More College of Design. The Abbey Leix Mansion which is the focal point on campus was the perfect setting filled with gigantic gold gilded mirrors and plush sofas with feminine curves. As you can see, with the help of Leslee Mitchell, we pretty much nailed it.
“With the wedding, the whole evening was a combination of creative and unique flourishes with elegance and timeless style; and my dresses and accessories?? Well they were no exception. I was able to have my Swarovski crystal beaded sparkle fixation, Brett got his simplistic yet elegant wish in his choice of dresses for me, and we both were able to end the evening in style. A girl simply couldn’t ask for more and I am truly grateful for everything.” – Megan
Here’s the contact information for Megan’s fab Nashville fashion vendors.
Wedding gown: Jasmine from The White Room
Reception gown: Amsale from The Bride Room
Hair: Brooklyn of Tangerine Hair Salon and Spa
Jewelry: Earrings by Paris from The Bride Room
Bracelet by Homa from Arzelle’s
Reception earrings from Anthropologie
Thanks, Megan, for sharing your fashion adventure and story, and Leslee Mitchell, for sharing your lovely images!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team