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When artist Taylor Ann was planning her upcoming wedding day, she knew that it needed to have more than a hint of colour and creativity about it. She wanted to avoid the bland and predictable cookie-cutter wedding template or staged managed event.

Instead, her magical day took place in a beautiful outdoor setting where her closets friends and family gathered to see her marry the love of her life.


One of the most eye-catching moments of any wedding is surely the dress worn by the bride. It can often be one of the most expensive items too, sometimes costing thousands depending on the designer, cut and brand.

But Taylor Ann decided that on her special day, she wanted her dress to reflect her own unique love of colour and not be based on someone else’s idea of beauty or style.

“I’m a messy artist, white was banned from the closet due to the fact I would probably get paint on it. I was also banned from paint and any other form of art the week prior to the wedding, just to avoid any skin stains or mishaps.” she explains

“When I said I was going to paint my wedding dress, I was surprised no one tried to steal all my paint and hide it until after the big day. Trust me there were some really concerned people!”

“For months I had been cutting out and colouring pieces of lace I planed on stitching to the dress. As I laid it on the dress though it just did not look how I wanted, instead of a fade from one colour to the next it just looked like patchy flowers that were messy and hard to even see.”

“I scrapped that idea and started brainstorming a few others like colourful tule (too light), puffy paint (too shiny) and fabric dyes (didn’t take colour well).”

“Finally I was fed up with all these tests and fails, so I just took my airbrush I had been using to get nice fades of colour on the flowers and just sprayed it. All in all it was about 3 layers of paint on each layer of fabric and even on the inside of the lace edge.”

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