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Hair and tiny hats!

Posted in Friendors, Outfit on Monday, October 5, 2009 by nightmarewedding

On the subject of styling my hair for the wedding, there were two things that I was absolutely adamant about:

1. Veils are a big no-no unless it is a birdcage veil in a colour that is NOT white.
2. A wedding is the best excuse to splurge on a mini hat.

Ah, the mini hat. Little top hats. Fascinators. Feathers. My weakness.  Being a huge fan of the Burlesque style, I grew quite the obsession with mini-hats and am constantly trying to find a perfect opportunity to wear them. When we first started planning the wedding, I was glued to Etsy in search for this wedding hat. You could even say that I was more OCD about it than my wedding dress. The first milliner I commissioned was Creepsuela, who had a great rep for making beautiful mini-top hats. However, the great hat/postage mishap of June 2009 nearly broke my heart and I thought I would never see the hat I had been dreaming of for nearly a year… but guess what? IT ARRIVED! …. but only after I had commissioned a second talented milliner, Bubbles and Frown to make me a wonderful little asymmetrical hat with a more true to Halloween aesthetic.

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So now I have two wedding hats. Bubbles and Frown will be my ceremony and reception hat. Creepsuela will be my after party and Rocky hat. I am madly in love with both of them.

Now what to do for the hair? Originally, true to pin-up and burlesque fashion I was more drawn to soft curls that scream classic Hollywood glam. Unfortunately, from past experience, my hair is kind of a pain in the ass to deal with when it came to curls so I was concerned about how long it will last.

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Yea. I know. Another Dita Von Teese reference photo. I can’t help it if I want to be like her when I grow up!

My hair and makeup artist, Jenni Evil had a different vision in her mind, one that would compliment both Halloween and the wedding hats at the same time. She wanted to do a messy sort-of-up-do that, at least, in the way I saw it, channeled some Helena Bonham Carter circa Sweeney Todd.

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While an up-do wasn’t the first thing I had envisioned for my hair, I kept an open mind and let her experiment with my hair last night during my trial. What she came up with was so wonderfully loud and crazy that it was perfect!*

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Here is the trial hair with my Creepsuela hat. The photo doesn’t quite show the epic volume of poof that I actually had going on, but I love it! The lesson for today is: make sure you give your friendors some room to play, you never know what kind of awesome thing they will come up with that could even be better than your original idea!

*Well, almost. We realized at the end of the trial that the fancy sides-swept ponytail should have been placed on the other side to accommodate the shape of both hats and my partly shaved head. It’ll look more badass during the wedding!

Warming up Repo! style

Posted in Outfit with tags , , , , on Saturday, October 3, 2009 by nightmarewedding

As much as I love late fall, it does have its downsides. The most obvious being that it’s not exactly walk-around-in-a-tube-top weather. Being a child from a tropical country, I get cold really easily. If I don’t bundle up and walk around outside in 10 degree weather, BAM! I’ll surely be sickly and sneezing the next day. Since my dress is a strapless corset, I have to acquire a stylish fall coat fit for a Halloween bride.

This is where my nerdy love for Repo! The Genetic Opera came in handy.

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One of the first things I fell in love with about this movie was the costume design. Starting the monthly shadow cast for this film gave me the opportunity to put together a lot of fun replica costumes based on this film. However, since I hadn’t played the character of Blind Mag yet, I never got a chance to commission the making of my favourite costume of the film: her hooded cloak. Well, this wedding is my excuse to finally get one made!

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Our very own Blind Mag, Dolly was kind enough to make me a cloak of my very own. She made this replica cloak herself when she took on the role in our cast back in March. She did such an awesome job and received so much praise from the Repo! community, including the costume designer of Repo!, Alex Kavanagh. It looks just like the real thing!

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Well, Dolly just finished my Blind Mag cloak and I couldn’t have looked any more bad ass than this! It’s absolutely perfect for a Halloween wedding. I’d wear this cloak every day if I could!

Less than one month ’til the big day!

Licensed to Wed and a Groom is dressed!

Posted in Details, Outfit on Saturday, September 12, 2009 by nightmarewedding

These days it’s rare for Mr. Zombie and I to have a day off together. Our work schedules are always different, so in the rare occasion that we do have a day off, we make the best of it. In this particular day off, we opted to accomplish a lot of wedding-related tasks.

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First and foremost, we had to get our marriage license from the Toronto City Hall. In the province of Ontario, marriage licenses are valid for three months. We had been told that this would be both an exciting and lame experience, which was so true. Dealing with the government offices, with its stale-coloured walls, forms and number sequences are never fun. However, seeing all the smiling faces of couples about to elope and the pleasant license-granting workers made it all the more warm and cozy.

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The entire process took about half an hour, a flash of our IDs and $130. It was that simple. Mr. Zombie and I are officially licensed to wed!

The next errand on our agenda was finding the perfect wedding outfit for the groom. For this, we headed down to the trusty Canadian menswear store, Moores to pick out a snazzy suit. For all you Canadian television watchers, Moores was responsible for quite possibly the most tear-jerking, ovaries-tingling commercial about a couple getting married with the tagline “And while everyone is looking at her, she will be looking at you”. Needless to say, we had been making jokes the entire day about this trip. But I tell you… the damn ad was true. As soon as we found the perfect suit for Mr. Zombie (which really only took all of 15 minutes and three different outfit choices), I had a happy tear or two down my cheek at how handsome he looked. (I know… you can go vomit a kitten now).

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Mr. Zombie was adamant on wearing all black for the wedding. Black suit, black chucks, black tie. And why not? He looks like a badass white guy who so happened to become an honourary Asian mobster. Hubba hubba.

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The suit is a stripled black-on-black two piece (because, really… who needs the cheesy vest?). The jacket was the perfect fit and the only tailoring required was shortening the pant legs. It’ll look awesome with the appliqué he’s planning to embellish the suit with!

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To tie in some of my dress to his, he got a grey silk kerchief to put on his jacket breast pocket. Finding the perfect tie took the longest. The wonderful French-Canadian gentleman who served us was adamant that a plain black tie was only appropriate for funerals and not weddings and brought us many different “offbeat” choices for ties. In the end, he found us an awesome black on black striped silk tie that matched the suit perfectly.

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While we were there, we also found the perfect ties for the groomsmen. They are black and orange striped ties (sorry the iPhone image sucks and shows the black as blue!) and they were one of the extremely few ties with the perfect shade of orange on them (Seriously… do people have a serious hate on orange? Why are they so hard to find?). The groomsmen will look pretty hot this Halloween!

After a long afternoon of wedding tasking (we had more done, but I will save this for another blog entry), Mr. Zombie and I celebrated with some fresh mango bubble tea. It’s hard to believe that there is less than two months left until our big day. There’s still a lot of tasks left to accomplish, but getting the bigger priority items out of the way is such a relief!

Evolution of the dress Part I: Epic Fabric of Epicness

Posted in Outfit on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 by nightmarewedding

T-minus two months until the wedding and I believe this will be my very first wedding dress post.

I’m going to level with you guys… I haven’t really thought much about my dress. My mind had been wrapped up in all the other details (ie. crafting, finances and of all things… my damn wedding mini-hat) that the dress sort of  got pushed off to the side. It’s not that I’m not excited about it or anything. I just had other things to think about. I also know that the task of the wedding dress was in good, trusting hands. 

Ashley of Provocotoure Studios was an old neighbour and friend of ours. She’s an incredibly talented fashion designer who can really pull off outfits with both edge and class. Everything she’s done has been one of a kind. She works hard and she works fast. I’ve seen her plow through custom orders (wedding dresses included) in under three weeks and they look like a million dollars. She’s a goddess of fabric manipulation.

My wedding dress has been on her drawing book since Mr. Zombie and I got engaged. From the get-go, I had very little requirements for the dress: 

– It had to be loud, yet classy (after all, it is Halloween)
– It had to show off as much cleavage as possible (hey, I need proof for my grandchildren that I was once a hot babe)
–  It had to be something that I can wear again (because I was not about to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress I can only wear once, thanks)

We both looked at Burlesque costumes, more particularly photos of Dita Von Teese for inspiration. 

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The rest of it, I left to her creative hands. She hasn’t turned me down so far. The evolution of my dress from her sketches has been, well… pretty freakin’ epic. 

Case in point: 

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Here is a preview of the corset fabric Ashley had custom embroidered for me while she was away in Alberta for a few weeks. This started out as plain pewter silk fabric. Look at her genius work! Just look at it*! This is all I have so far of the epic wedding dress, and I couldn’t be more excited. Hottest. Corset. Ever. 

 

* err… and don’t mind the crappy iPhone photo. I swear, I will get a new camera someday!

Zombie shoes! I haz ’em!

Posted in Outfit on Thursday, July 16, 2009 by nightmarewedding

Remember those Zombie shoes I drooled over a few months back? Well, ever since then, the damn shoes haunted me. It was featured on blogs that I followed on my GoogleReader. It was in the very few magazines that I read. It was talked about by friends of mine who didn’t even know that I blogged about them on this wedding blog. I had hesitated to buy them beforehand because I was afraid that they might be too tall for my clumsy non-stiletto-wearing feet, but I could still have a back-up pair incase my feet got tired, I would have an arm (my dad, and later Mr. Zombie) that I could hold onto when walking down the aisle, and I could just simply take them off while going up and down “the staircase of death” to get to the cinema stage. I had options. My feet can survive a day for zombie shoes!

Well, when I finally decided that the zombie shoes were  the perfect wedding shoes for me, Murphy’s Law also took effect. They were NOWHERE to be found in Toronto. I couldn’t find any stores online who would ship them to Canada. eBay didn’t have them in my puny size 6. A mad search was conducted. Twitter friends from all over North America hit every  alternative store to look for them: in LA, San Francisco, Vegas, Chicago… hell, even in Alaska. 

Well, it took a couple of months, but a friend of Mr. Zombie’s finally tracked them down somewhere in Ohio. The package arrived yesterday, and all I can say is “sweet freakin’ victory”!

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It’s funny. I never thought I would go this crazy looking for a pair of shoes. Footwear was never something I dwelled on. Originally I was going to wear second-hand $10 boots from Value Village (which I just scuffed up too much in my shadow casting days), but these babies just called out to me. Call it my magical bride moment. Since I don’t get to go to a bridal store to find my perfect dress, I may as well get the experience with the shoes, right?

Now… to learn how to walk in stiletto heels…

Damn you, careless postal workers!!!

Posted in Outfit on Monday, June 29, 2009 by nightmarewedding

I received terrible news the other day. 

I had commissioned a very talented milliner, Creepsuela Switchletto to make my wedding hat. It’s going to be a really awesome mini top hat with a burlesque flare. I even sent her some of my dress fabric so that it would match my dress. After a few months of waiting (I insisted that she could take her time on my hat order since the wedding is so far away), she finally sent me a message last week informing me that my hat was done. Yay! Just in time for my first appointment with Provocouture Studios to start my dress! Creepsuela boxed up the hat carefully and sent it on its merry way.

A few days later, it arrived back at her front doorstep. The box was all tattered and squished. The hat was virtually destroyed with water damage. I feel terrible about it. It’s not because I’ve been inconvenienced, but I feel really bad that all of Creepsuela’s hard work was wasted because a postal worker was careless with the package. She has to start over from scratch. Thankfully, I still have four months left and there’s still plenty of time to make a new hat. Still, no one should have to make a product twice because the post office screwed up. I’m sorry, Creepsuela!

I shake my fist at you, postal workers!!!

The lesson here for future brides: always start early with projects and commission things early. That way, if stupid things like this happen, you still have plenty of time and little to no reason to fret about replacing it. 

Well, they’re almost perfect…

Posted in Outfit on Sunday, April 5, 2009 by nightmarewedding

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If I could actually walk in them…

Where are you, perfect wedding shoes for Miss Zombie?