- Lizzie and Dane Boudreau got married in February 2020 after 10 years together.
- Lizzie didn’t want anything about her wedding to be traditional, including her bridal look.
- Instead of a dress, she wore a two-piece ensemble by Gabriela Hearst that she bought online from Net-A-Porter.
- “It’s totally just the aesthetic and the energy that I wanted to portray on my wedding day,” Lizzie said of the unique look.
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Lizzie Boudreau met her future husband when she was just 17 years old.
Lizzie and Dane Boudreau met through mutual friends the summer after Lizzie graduated from high school.
“Within probably an hour of meeting him, I was like, ‘Wow, I would totally marry this guy tomorrow,'” Lizzie told Insider.
They were living on opposite sides of the country at the time, so they decided to casually date each other. But after a year, they agreed to be in a committed relationship.
They have been together ever since.
The Boudreaus got engaged in April 2018.
Their relationship was long distance for seven years, but when Dane ended up in San Diego, Lizzie moved there to be with him.
A year after they moved in together, Dane proposed.
As they started planning, Dane and Lizzie knew they didn’t want their wedding to be traditional.
Lizzie also knew she didn’t want a traditional wedding dress.
“My sense of style is very nontraditional,” Lizzie, who has a background in entertainment and fashion, said. She doesn’t love dresses or skirts, so a big wedding dress didn’t sound right for her wedding.
“I wanted it to be something that was an updated 2020 version of something that Grace Kelly would wear,” Lizzie said of the look she imagined.
She set her budget at approximately $US5,000.
Before she was even engaged, Lizzie was drawn to this two-piece bridal ensemble she saw on Net-A-Porter.
The cut of the pants shows a bit of midriff as a flirty touch, while the pants provide flexibility.
Although she was drawn to the look, Lizzie agreed to browse a store in person so her mum could see her try on dresses before she bought anything online.
Lizzie felt like the first wedding outfit she tried on was too matronly.
The outfit included a matching top and skirt in a linen blend. The skirt had a trumpet fit, while the bodice had quarter-length sleeves and a low neckline.
Lizzie didn’t love the two-piece look.
“I just felt like I looked so much older than I was, and it just wasn’t whimsical,” she said.
She also wasn’t crazy about this form-fitting, silk gown.
The low neckline and clingy material made Lizzie uncomfortable.
“I don’t think I’ve ever worn a shirt that shows cleavage in my entire life,” Lizzie joked.
She decided to return to shopping online after the experience.
After trying on the gowns, Lizzie knew the Gabriela Hearst outfit was the wedding look for her.
She bought the two-piece outfit online from Net-A-Porter, which was a bit nerve-wracking since she couldn’t try it on first.
Lizzie ended up having to return the first top she bought, as it was too small.
Not only was the outfit beautiful, but it also appealed to Lizzie because of Gabriela Hearst’s design process.
“I love her designs,” Lizzie said of Gabriela Hearst. “She’s phenomenal.”
“She’s also very eco-friendly when it comes to her designs and production, so that was super appealing,” she added.
Lizzie worked with a tailor to make the ensemble fit as she imagined.
“I had an amazing tailor that I’ve worked with for years when I was dressing celebrities,” Lizzie told Insider.
The pants needed a lot of altering, as they didn’t fit right, and the tailor also sewed a bra into the top so Lizzie wouldn’t have to wear a separate undergarment.
Lizzie spent about $US500 on alterations for the look, putting her right at her $US5,000 budget for her outfit.
Lizzie paired the ensemble with funky, pointed-toe heels.
She knew she wanted to wear closed-toe shoes with the look.
Lizzie found Manolo Blahnik heels that had an intricate bow on them.
She fell in love with the chic design. Plus, the heels weren’t too high, so she knew she would be comfortable all night.
A unique headpiece completed the look.
Lizzie had been picturing herself in a padded headband or crown, and when she spotted this Mignonne Gavigan piece online, she knew it was perfect.
She wore the headband with vintage heirloom earrings from her family and rings from Samantha Conn of Luna Skye. Lizzie’s sister bought the headband for her as a wedding gift, which made it extra special.
She also paired the headband with a floor-length veil designed by her tailor for the ceremony.
Janet Villa did the bride’s hair and makeup.
Dane also had some fun with his wedding ensemble.
At first glance, his tuxedo might look like a classic black suit, but the jacket is actually a dark burgundy with a black lapel designed by Ermenegildo Zegna.
He also opted not to wear a tie, creating a modern look. He paired the outfit with Saint Laurent shoes.
Lizzie and Dane had a first look ahead of the wedding.
Lizzie liked the idea of seeing each other in private ahead of the ceremony, as she sometimes gets overwhelmed in emotional situations.
Morgan Hydinger photographed the wedding day.
“He loved it,” Lizzie said of Dane’s reaction to her unique outfit.
Lizzie said he told her she looked beautiful, but most of all, he thought her outfit was cool and unique.
“He was super stoked,” she added.
Lizzie loved how her outfit looked and felt.
“I felt great,” she said. “I was thrilled at how everything looked. I was super comfortable.”
“It’s totally just the aesthetic and the energy that I wanted to portray on my wedding day,” she added.
Lizzie’s sister was the only member of her bridal party.
“I knew how much money someone would have to commit to being in my bridal party, and I just did not feel comfortable making anyone spend that much,” she said. “So I just had my sister, who was maid of honour.”
The Boudreaus were married at the Santa Barbara Courthouse in February 2020.
They weren’t interested in a church wedding.
The courthouse was painted with stunning portraiture that fit with the unique flowers Lizzie ordered for the event.
Bright Floral Design provided the flowers.
Because of a delivery mix-up, Lizzie didn’t have her bouquet when she walked down the aisle.
The flowers got delivered to the wrong place, and they were placed in a closet that made them difficult to find.
They were eventually delivered after the ceremony, but they didn’t arrive in time for Lizzie to hold them as she walked down the aisle.
Luckily, the pants featured pockets, so she had somewhere to put her hands.
The Boudreaus’ reception space once housed a vintage carousel.
The reception space, which is called the Carousel House, has big windows.
Lizzie wanted the lighting to feel natural at the event, so rainbow lanterns hanging from the ceiling set the mood.
The wedding was full of bright colours to set a fun mood.
Lizzie planned the wedding herself, and she was determined for the day to be what she wanted rather than what others expected it to be.
“People are going to not even think that they’re at a wedding,” Lizzie said of her vision for the wedding. “They’re going to be at some fun, colourful party.”
The wedding also had plenty of food options.
Lizzie was glad she didn’t look like other brides.
“I just wanted people to walk away with a sense of we’ve never seen anything like that,” Lizzie said of her look.
Her outfit struck the balance between bridal and chic, avant-garde fashion.
Lizzie advises other brides to follow their instincts when it comes to their wedding-day looks, rather than listening to what others want.
“Wear what you want to wear,” she said. “If you want to do crazy colours, just do it.”
Lizzie’s favourite part of her wedding day was being alone with Dane after the ceremony.
“It was great to finally be with Dane because we hadn’t seen each other all day,” she said. “How I best deal with stress is having him around. He’s my calming force.”
The newlyweds snuck away to McDonald’s together before the reception to get a snack.
“We’re like a perfect set,” Lizzie said of herself and Dane.
“We are different, but we view the world the same and we have the same sort of ideologies,” she said. “We’re both very weird and unique.”
“We’ve been through a lot together,” she said.
“Deaths, marriages, cross-country moves, being gone for months at a time, family crises,” she said. “Just a lot of emotional, heavy stuff.”
“And he’s never, ever wavered from being my absolute support system,” Lizzie said of Dane.
“I think there’s this really otherworldly understanding between the two of us,” she added.
“People always say you can give someone a look and they know exactly what you mean or what you’re trying to evoke,” she said. “And that’s exactly how we are.”
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