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A Veil for Miles and Miles

A Veil for Miles and Miles

I don’t care much for Joan Rivers, but I remember watching an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” where she was one of the guests and she talked about how much she hated when brides want to look simple because your wedding day is like the one day for the rest of your life that you can be as glam as you want to and have no regrets about being over the top.

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I pretty much knew going into my dress shopping that I wanted something glam, I wanted lace, beading, a full skirt and sparkle, without being cheap or gaudy looking.  You read about my experience shopping for a dress at Sposa Mia in McAllen and I found in the end that trying a dress on is completely different from falling in love with one from a magazine.  I ended up with a beautiful and very unique, form fitting Martina Liana gown with a lush organza skirt made of lots of individual little flowers.  The bodice was custom made with a corset back and has lace, beading and rhinestones.  It was perfect.

Still, the original idea for my wedding was to have my Mom make my wedding dress.  She made my quinceañera dress, countless costumes growing up and many of my outfits as a kid.  I was really reluctant to purchase a dress instead of having her make one for me.  Still, we picked a pretty tight timeline to get married in and knowing that I’d be moving to San Antonio in a week, we ordered the dress in April and it didn’t arrive until October!

I asked my Mom instead to make me some very special accessories for my dress.  Since we selected an outdoor venue and because I knew I wanted to dance all night long, I selected a dress without a train, so I wanted a cathedral length veil with lots of sparkle and I would settle for nothing less!  My Mom went shopping with me to find a veil and I scoured the internet for something unique at a cathedral length, but the prices and the veils just didn’t match what I was looking for.  So I asked her to make it for me.

My Mom spent countless lunch hours hand beading the accent trim on my veil with hundreds of tiny Swarovski crystals and added a lace edging to the bottom of the veil to add some weight to fight the winds at our venue and to match the lace on the bodice of my dress exactly.

HUNDREDS of crystals.  It was subtle, unique and gave my dress the extra wow factor.

I knew this was the only time in my life I would ever wear a veil so I wanted opulence and elegance, and as I told my vendors, something Elizabeth Taylor would want.  I think my Mom did an amazing job on my veil.

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Last two photos are by Eric Sierra Photography

Dress: Martina Liana
Jewelry & Tiara: Nordstrom
Veil: My Mom :)


Laura Elizabeth Morales is a young professional in San Antonio by way of the Rio Grande Valley. She writes about life in San Antonio and South Texas. She is a Public Affairs Senior Account Executive at KGBTexas .communications and occasionally posts client news. All opinions are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the company.


  1. Jennifer @ Geek Chic Mama · March 11, 2013 Reply

    Lovely! Long, graceful and classic. How awesome to have something your mom made for the wedding :)

  2. Lisa @ A Little Slice of Life · March 11, 2013 Reply

    Beautiful! What an amazing memory and something you can pass along.

  3. Marla Zickefoose · March 12, 2013 Reply

    Your dress is gorgeous!

  4. Victoria · March 14, 2013 Reply

    Your dress, look and veil were gorgeous! I’ve been debating about whether to wear a veil and its true, it is the only time you get to wear one. And I totally saw Joan Rivers on say yes to the dres as well! #greatmindsthinkalike

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