Yesterday I attended a trunk show by the lovely wedding gown designer, Elizabeth Dye. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth’s wedding gowns are among the few I have found that don’t look like a pile of whipped cream topped by something out of the Moulin Rouge. Not every bride wants to be a Disney princess! Elizabeth’s gowns were a breath of fresh air compared to some of my recent dress shopping experiences! With gorgeous fabric and romantic cuts, her gowns are simple enough to be comfortable, but detailed enough to make a statement. They are contemporary with vintage flair. Elizabeth is also willing to enhance gowns for her clients should they want a warmer tint or personal embellishment added. She also designs completely custom gowns for a very reasonable price.

Paperwhite Gown from Elizabeth’s website, photographed by Lisa WarningeThe trunk show was hosted by Hello!Lucky, another local stationer here in San Francisco. My friend and I were greeted at the door by a dapper gentleman in a pinstripe suit who handed us glasses of pink champagne. There was a crystal plate of chocolate on the table where Elizabeth was piecing together a stunning silver lace bolero, behind a spread of handmade hairpieces. There were about 15 beautiful gowns with handmade embellishments of silk flowers, lace, feathers, tulle and sparkly thread. I tried on her Keepsake Lace Gown and a one-of-a kind creation.

I wish she would open a permanent shop in San Francisco! I think the bridal fashion market here really needs someone like her. I have been struggling with the surprisingly few local options being either couture boutiques in the Marina or completely counter-culture shops in SOMA with ensembles like leather corsets over neon tulle. Oh boy!

AuthorEmily Foran