The color was one that many brides would never consider wearing on probably the most sartorially important day of their lives. What’s more, the dress was only a picture online, with no guarantee what it would look like when it arrived, or if it would even fit. But despite it all, Grace Limon, from Sydney, was determined to get it for her wedding in May 2017.
Traditional wedding customs include rules such as the bride and groom shouldn’t see each other the night before they get married, and the bride’s father should walk her down the aisle. Another popular one for brides is that they should wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on their big day.
Alongside these, of course, tradition dictates that the bride should wear white when she gets married. The color was actually popularized by Queen Victoria when she wore white to marry Prince Albert in 1840. Many brides have chosen to wear it ever since.
Limon, then 30 years old, had known since she was a child that she didn’t want to get married in a formal white frock. And although the color may be synonymous with weddings, in recent years the image of a frumpy white meringue has begun putting some modern brides off.
Nevertheless, Limon did attempt to follow the custom and tried on a white dress. But the experiment left her far from enamored with the color. She told the Australian Daily Mail, “I was like no, that’s not me, I can’t do it. I love pink, purple, I like something a bit different from the norm.”
The bride-to-be didn’t reject the color – or should that be a non-color – completely out of hand. In fact, some of the starring ladies on her big day did wear beautiful bridal-like dresses of gleaming white. But these were her maids of honor, of which she had four, as well as a cute flower girl.
In fact, the reason that Limon plumped for white for them was so that her own colorful dress would provoke even more of a reaction. Limon told the Daily Mail, “We tried other colors and it didn’t work and the white just made my dress stand out more.”
As for the bride herself, her dilemma was solved when she was browsing the internet one day before her nuptials. Coming across a designer dress on Instagram, she was instantly hooked. So far, so normal – many women spend hours researching the perfect dress before their big day.
But Limon did things slightly differently. Falling in love with the dress, her mind was set. Without even inquiring about trying on the garment, she took the plunge and bought it online. “It was a really big risk… I went with what my gut was telling me and just went for it,” she told the Daily Mail.
Luckily, Limon’s confidence was rewarded, and she loved the hue. “It really paid off. I felt like a princess in it,” she said. Her choice, however, was to divide her family at first. While her mom was as much as a fan of the dress as she was, her siblings were initially unsure.
Limon concedes, “They were a bit against it at the start, but when they saw it on they changed their mind and loved it.” It certainly warranted their esteem. With a flattering low cut and stunning lace detailing at the top, the color was what really blew everyone away.
For the dress, designed by Hayley Paige Bridal, was a beautiful dusky pink – or #millennialpink as the fashion world calls it, where the soft shade is very hot right now. And part of the attraction for Limon was the ethereal way the color changed in the light.
There was still one important person that Limon had to win over, her fiance of eight years, Frank Ienco. He didn’t see the dress until the big day – one dress-related tradition that the couple did stick to. Luckily, he was just as enamored with the choice of gown as his new wife.
The now newlywed told the Daily Mail, “He said, ‘I couldn’t imagine you in anything else.’” Altogether, the outfit proved a resounding hit among the wedding party. Many men, especially, found the color a refreshing change from the norm.
So successful was her choice of dress that Limon has shared a series of amazing pictures of the day. The shots show her surrounded by her maids of honor and lighting a candle with her husband-to-be during the ceremony.
In another, she poses against the background of Sydney Harbor Bridge. Others taken against the start contrast of a grafittoed wall, just go to highlight the exquisite tailoring of the dress. It’s easy to see how special it makes her feel.
And in all of them, her outfit truly does stand out. So much so that her advice to other betrothed women considering a break from tradition for their wedding dress is, “Just do it and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks! As long as you feel good about it, that’s all that matters.”
Judging by the comments she’s garnered, others couldn’t agree more. The wedding photographer, Yazzen Photography, posted an image of Limon holding her bridal bouquet while gazing at the tulle skirt of the dress on social media. It has received 366 likes and counting.
Captioning the stunning picture, Yazzen Photography writes, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Commenters below write, “Gorgeous” and “What is the name of this gown!?? It’s amazing… want something like this someday.”
The popularity of #millennialpink doesn’t seem in doubt. Running with the color, the diligent bride seems to have attended to every detail of the wedding breakfast. Even the cake is in a soft cream shade and decorated with similar pink roses to her bouquet. Brides-to-be seeking inspiration need look no further.