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"Don't Mind If I Do" Retro Wedding Dress

Added Dec 10, 2010

by Melissa Cari...

Milwaukee, Wisco...






I got married in Jamaica in March 2010. Here’s my wedding dress. I wanted it to have a vintage look but still be lighthearted and fun. Absolutely love how it turned out.

We planned to jump in the ocean and pool in our wedding clothes so I actually made two identical dresses. Inside on the lining, I embroidered a heart and our initials.

The ivory material is a home decor fabric from Joann that came pre-pinched in these beautiful gathers. I used pattern McCall’s 5001 but shortened it quite a bit. Get details and see more pics at my blog.

Material Notes

pinched taffeta, tulle, boning




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bridal, Romantic, Vintage
Taffeta, Tulle


photos by trevor shorey and eric holubow

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    Aug 9, 2011, 06.59 PMby cur-jargon

    Beautiful! Amazing! So fun to look through these pics. Your dress turned out fantastic and love, love, love your sense of style, as well as your husband’s. Congratulations! You’re perfect for each other :)

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    Aug 4, 2011, 02.08 PMby katy-lady

    this is way too cute for words. love it! everything about it is perfect :)

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    Aug 4, 2011, 12.07 AMby cyndi-de-crafti

    OMG, this is drop dead cute! I want another wedding just so I can make a dress like this cute….to the same man….of course! :) Good job! and congrats!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 06.48 PMby chillwear

    Just beautiful. I have always loved the decor fabric you used. I’m inspired!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 10.07 AMby milka83

    the fabric is amazing, love it

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    Aug 3, 2011, 08.44 AMby tirrs

    lovely dress, lovely shoes, lovely pictures, really lovely!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 02.12 AMby Rebecca Bourque

    I adore this dress. The pattern itself is cute but your fabric choice hit this one out of the ballpark. It’s FAB!

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    Jan 31, 2011, 11.52 AMby sophie11

    Just divine! Oh and your wedding photos …… Are just sensational!

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    Dec 16, 2010, 05.04 PMby neama

    Now THAT’S what you call a wedding! ADORE the dress, love the shoes, the make up & hair compliment the whole retro feel, and the pics are amazing. Very well done mrs!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.17 PMby strawberrydestruction

    Breathtakingly gorgeous! The texture, color, and pictures are amazing. kudos ;)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 03.35 PMby Melissa Caringer

    Thank you guys! Seems the shoes and photography are as big of a hit as the dress. :)

    Shoes are Lady Dragon by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Shoes (http://www.zappos.com/lady-dragon).

    Photos were art directed by my husband Trevor Shorey (info@trevorshorey.com) and shot by our friend Eric Holubow (ebow.org).

    Thanks again for the sweet comments! ♥

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    Dec 14, 2010, 09.03 PMby lkeogan

    This dress is AMAZING. Congratulation. You look gorgeous :)

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    Dec 14, 2010, 05.17 PMby jrosebud

    omg! i just feel in love with this dress! it’s simply amazing and so are the photos…….Congratulations!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 03.28 PMby kelepso

    Wow oh Wow!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 03.27 AMby sisterkristen

    Beautiful dress & great photos!!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 02.32 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona


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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.32 PMby Imenka Bezprezimenkovska

    yummy!! great dress suitable for the mood!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.17 PMby leenute

    adorable! love it!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.07 PMby sewhappy-1

    I love your dress!!! And the parasol! Sheer genius! :) Now if only there were a way to wear stuff like that everyday without getting weird looks…

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    Dec 13, 2010, 09.43 PMby charlotteauzou

    Amazing !

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    Dec 13, 2010, 07.43 PMby nellyvdb

    Wow, I love the look, congrats on your wedding, you looked gorgeous in your creation!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 06.34 PMby cantare

    Original, fun, creative, and beautiful! And those wedding pics are awesome.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 06.32 PMby easbrooke

    So darling! That is an awesome dress. :) (I love the photos too!)

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.57 PMby inaida

    Congrats on you wedding!!! the dress is just AMAZING!!! oh Jamaica! great place!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.12 PMby loyl8

    one of my favorites by far!! You did such and awesome job and the pics are amazing. I have been wanting a pair of those Vivian Westwood for Melissa I think dragon lady shoes!! Fab all around!! Congrats!!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 04.10 PMby carottesauvage

    Waow!! a padded wedding dress ! what a statement!superb…

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    Dec 13, 2010, 11.13 AMby barbaraagatha

    I am so envious: you caught a perfect look. The shoes are to die for and the dress with the gathers is not easy to pull off: one extra inch on the waist and it would look frumpy! How the hell did you tailor it so well??!!! :D

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    Dec 12, 2010, 05.15 PMby belit

    Wonderful dress and these shoes are to die for, love them! :)

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    Dec 12, 2010, 10.54 AMby Jodi Wade

    I LOVE IT!!!! The fabric, the shape! You two look so adorable!! I love the second to last photo. Such a perfect dress….

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