A wedding dress is the most important garment a woman will ever buy in her lifetime.  No piece of clothing will ever mean more or hold the significance of the wedding gown she chooses to be married in.

Wedding Gown designers offer so many beautiful options for brides of all heights, weights, shapes, and sizes.  But for some brides, such as Hayley Freeman, off the rack and even couture just won't do. 

When off the rack and couture just won't do, Las Vegas brides's turn to Mina Olive for one of a kind wedding gowns.

When off the rack and couture just won't do, Las Vegas brides's turn to Mina Olive for one of a kind wedding gowns.

Wedding Gown designers offer so many beautiful options for brides of all heights, weights, shapes, and sizes.  But for some brides, such as Hayley Freeman, off the rack and even couture just won't do.  Hayley had a very specific vision for her wedding, and knew that she needed a dress that would stand up to the drama and romance of her venue.  Equally important was that the dress have movement that would enhance their first dance, support for her awesome curves, and enough sparkle to catch the eye and captivate from every corner of the room.

The only place to secure such a gown in Las Vegas is at Mina Olive.  Designer Megan Thompson specializes in one of a kind gowns guaranteed never to be seen on anyone else again.

Tailor and seamstress Suki with designer Megan Thompson and bride Hayley Freeman (now Heard) at the Mina Olive showroom.

Tailor and seamstress Suki with designer Megan Thompson and bride Hayley Freeman (now Heard) at the Mina Olive showroom.

So when a day of shopping lead only to frustration, I lead Hayley and her family directly to Mina Olive's shop in Tivoli Village.

Founder and Designer Megan Thompson was amazing!  She talked with Hayley about her vision and her concerns, asked a ton of questions, and then asked some more.  She presented Hayley with fabrics, accent jewels, talked through styling options, and finally presented Hayley with a sketch...

Designer Megan Thompson's sketch of Hayley Freeman Heard's Wedding Gown.  Custom Wedding Dress by Mina Olive.

Designer Megan Thompson's sketch of Hayley Freeman Heard's Wedding Gown.  Custom Wedding Dress by Mina Olive.

The dress was, in a word, everything!  With a bodice built of a sparkling champagne fabric and dense beading, with soft, sheer pleated straps, and with a skirt of hand cut, hand sewed ruffles and rosettes, Megan's design incorporated every one of Hayley's wishes while addressing her concerns and never once sacrificing fashion for function.  

The design even included buttons down the back and space for an heirloom broad that Hayley had been gifted with, which ultimately became a part of her veil.

While this vintage broach was originally intended to anchor her train and serve as a part of the bustle, Megan had the inspired idea to turn it into a comb we used to secure her veil.

While this vintage broach was originally intended to anchor her train and serve as a part of the bustle, Megan had the inspired idea to turn it into a comb we used to secure her veil.

The design was finalized in November 2013, and production started in January just after the new year.  Megan began by building the foundation of the dress and a mock up muslin.  It may not have been the prettiest part of the process, but we immediately saw the fit and shape coming together.

The muslin was built directly onto Hayley's frame, ensuring a perfect fit.

The muslin was built directly onto Hayley's frame, ensuring a perfect fit.

Like many bride's, Hayley's upcoming wedding inspired her to get serious about her diet and fitness.  She and her fiancée decided to tackle Shaun T's fitness regime as outlined in the T25, and it worked!  Actually, it worked too well!  And by Hayley's next fitting the dress needed to be taken in over 10 inches all around!  Can you imagine!?!

The only downside of losing weight before the wedding...Alterations!  This is when working directly with a designer and a talented seamstress becomes a priority.  Only someone who helped create the dress can properly tailor it so it fits like a second skin.

The only downside of losing weight before the wedding...Alterations!  This is when working directly with a designer and a talented seamstress becomes a priority.  Only someone who helped create the dress can properly tailor it so it fits like a second skin.

Mina Olive designer and founder Megan Thompson needed to take Hayley's dress in over 10 inches around thanks to T25!

Mina Olive designer and founder Megan Thompson needed to take Hayley's dress in over 10 inches around thanks to T25!

Finally, the day came for her final fitting.  The look on her face says it all!  Look at her smile!  Her hands!  I love everything about this moment - It is just pure joy!

And on her wedding day, Hayley stunned in her custom made, one of a kind creation by Megan Thompson and Mina Olive.

Now THAT'S a wedding dress!   Wedding Dress Designed by Mina Olive  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito Events

Now THAT'S a wedding dress!  

Wedding Dress Designed by Mina Olive  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito Events

I could note imagine Hayley in any other dress!  Thank you, Hayley, for having such a strong vision and for never settling for less than exactly what you wanted!  And thank you, Megan, for bringing this gorgeous creation to life.

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Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love! Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.