Like a beautiful mermaid emerging from the sea, Susan strolled down the beach on August 29, 2015 to marry her love, J.R. Gorham, at the Westin on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Picking the perfect dress to wear at a beach wedding is no easy feat. The dress material needs to be light and airy, it needs to have a “beachy” vibe to it, and it still needs to look and feel like a wedding dress. Since Susan is a longtime fan of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress, she knew that Pnina Tornai would be the ideal designer for her dream beach wedding gown.
With her heart set on a mermaid gown, it was the little things that mattered when it came time for Susan to choose the dress that she would wear to marry the love of her life.
“I really wanted high quality construction so that when you got up close you could see the details,” Susan explains.
Knowing that Pnina had the right aesthetic to fulfill her vision, Susan picked a sheer-corseted mermaid gown with scalloped lace detailing and a low back. Going for more of a red-carpet look rather than full on bridal, Susan decided to have the back slightly lowered and some of the underskirt removed from the dress to achieve a lighter and more beach-appropriate look.
Of course to complete the ensemble, a bride needs the perfect accessories. Susan selected her jewelry from Kleinfeld, including her stunning Swarovski headband, which complimented the embroidered neckline of her gown. Lastly, for shoes, Susan opted for a pair of fun and flirty Tiffany Blue Christian Louboutin heels.
The final product of soft and intricate lace with Swarovski crystal embellishments made a sublime combination that flawlessly melded with Susan's glamorous beach theme. With beautiful hues of blush, pink, and white, Susan glided down the aisle of romantically scattered flower petals.
“I wanted a very soft feel, like a garden full of flowers,” says Susan, explaining, “The flowers and the dress were the two most important things to me.”
The soft, romantic theme was carried into the ballroom for the reception, which was a vision of pure elegance. Susan's alluring dress continued to dazzle as the dress' Swarovski crystal embellishments flawlessly transitioned the bride's versatile look from light and beachy to elevated and elegant.
With a smile on her face and her new husband by her side, Susan glowed in her perfect Pnina Tornai mermaid gown and celebrated a day that she will hold in her heart forever.
Photography: John Brackett
Writer: Jazmine Keels