May Day 2012

Posted on April 30th, 2012 in Behind The Designer,Home page (right column)

May Day preparations begin long before the last week of April. For me, it all started last fall when I was asked to design a May Day dress. I was thrilled with the opportunity to design a gown for this much anticipated event at my school – Girl’s Preparatory School. This is a day for the seniors to be presented in their finest colorful gowns and for the entire school & community to recognize this milestone in their lives.

The center lawn filled with family, friends & special guests

My designing was in full swing from November on…meetings to connect with my clients…design sketching…more meetings to select a design…and you get the idea. It is a process that takes time to perfect a design that reflects the one wearing it.

While my work on the first gown was underway, I got the opportunity of a lifetime…designing the May Queen gown! A moment that left me speechless and honored to design for one of the most gracious, humble and talented ladies I know – Miss Rachel Kelly. I first met Rachel when she gave her chapel talk in the fall of 2011. We had never met prior to this, although I knew who she was from being a fellow GPS girl. For her chapel talk she sang a song that she wrote and recorded – Yet Rejoice. It was so moving that I went up to her afterwards and introduced myself. I shared with her how touched I was by her talent that she had shared & wished her well in her pursuit of furthering it. Once I found out in early 2012 that Rachel had been chosen by her peers to be the May Queen, I sent her a congratulatory email. From that I found myself grateful and humbled to be designing this very special gown for her.

Needless to say my experience designing for Rachel has been amazing. She is a close friend now and we have a connection that will be life long. I am so proud of who she is and all that I know she will be as she shares her talent to make a difference in the lives of others. Look for her and her singing group, As Issac, as they perform at Riverbend, June 12 for Faith & Family night. Go to iTunes and download her song & group CD – they are awesome & share an incredible message that will move you.

With the May Queen gown completed, I spent some time with her for a photo shoot prior to May Day. Thank you to Jackie Jones Photography for capturing Rachel & her gown beautifully.



This gown was about the details and that included the 19′ train. Rachel was glowing in it…& now on to May Day.

What a beautiful day it was to celebrate May Day! The weather was sunny with a perfectly gentle breeze. As the seniors walked down the sidewalk to the stairs that descended to the lush green lawn, anticipation was in the air. Seeing the array of colorful gowns was breathtaking. Miss Finley Bandy was the first to be presented and she was beautiful in her lime green Designs By Malyse gown. It was a privileged to have Finley wearing one of my designs. We had a great time getting to know each other & we are going to miss you Finley on our basketball team!!

Miss Finley Bandy

A fabulous day it was!

Me watching it all

The Queen & her court

A truly amazing day! Lots to catch you up on. More blog posts coming…to keep up daily visit me on Facebook.

Photo credits: Jackie Jones Photography



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