It seemed fitting that for today’s Trousseau Tuesday we feature our Zinke East Coast Sales Rep, Jen and her bridal portraits! What most people don’t know is the gown she wore for her bridal portrait session was not the same gown she got married in. Rewind three and a half weeks to wedding day; Jen’s bridal portrait day: The Oklahoma heat was in full force, even at 6:00am, and Josh McCullock was snapping away! Shannon Schroeder did Jen’s makeup and Ashley from Jara Herron Salon and Spa did Jen’s hair. We were rockin’ and rollin’ and having a great time! Needless to say the bottom of Jen’s dress got a little dirty from her Aunt Betsy’s backyard and tennis court. No biggie, the cleaners will be able to get that right out. Jen took the dress to be cleaned and they told her it would be ready in one short week. Fast forward one week: It was a Friday morning, two weeks before the wedding, and the office was buzzing with events, apparel meetings and Jen’s phone was ringing off the hook. Next thing you know I am looking up with Jen in front of me, her face in a state of shock as the words “they ruined my dress” come out of her mouth. I jump to my feet ready to take on whatever is to come. In short the dress was completely ruined by the chemical process it took to clean the dress; Jen was in tears and without her custom dream wedding gown. As soon as Jen was off the phone I was on the phone with Gabriella’s New York Bridal Salon, where the dress was purchased, as she told the rest of the Zinke girls what had happened. Jen’s maid of honor had already been in touch with the salon to give them a heads up of the situation. In the midst of preparing for hurricane Rita in New York, Leah Jen’s sales rep was awesome! She emailed me the measurement sheet complete with 17 measurements for Jen and I to fill out. I officially added seamstress to my bridal coordination resume and we got the measurements right back to Leah in NYC. The dress that took 6 weeks to make was now going to be rushed into production and back to Jen in Oklahoma in one week! Yes, we looked into plan B dresses just in case, but it wasn’t necessary. Even with NYC shut down the dress entered production, and arrived via expedited shipping on September 1, nine days before Jen’s wedding. She rushed to the tailor in Tulsa, OK to alter any last minute fitting needs and Jen was headed out of town to St. Louis for the weekend. She returned to Tulsa, picked up her dress the week of the wedding and it fit like a glove! I told Jen I had never been in this situation before, but we would get through it! Sure enough, we did and you would have never known the difference – outside of the high stress situation. A big thank you goes to Gabriella Bridal Salon for their quick response to recreate Jen’s dress and to Shannon, Ashley and Josh for being Jen’s bridal dream team! Here are a few of Jen’s bridal portraits and a sneak peek (from my phone camera) of Jen and her new husband, Steve, on their wedding day! We are so glad she is relaxing on the beach now; she deserves it!
Images via: Josh McCullock Photography
Image via: Christina – Zinke Design