By now, we’re sure you’ve seen the gorgeous beach wedding of Jinjara Mitchell and Jordan Connor. The acting duo said “yes” to family, friends and loved ones on September 4, 2021, at the Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino, British Columbia. From the decor to the beach to the wedding vows, everything was just perfect for their big day. Plus, and one of our favorite details of the whole wedding, was fashion. Jordan donned a black Lazio tuxedo from Suitsupply, but the real star of the breakout was Jinjara, who wore a custom ball gown designed by famous bridal brand, Anne Barge.
If you’re like us, you probably can’t forget how gorgeous and ethereal Jinjara’s dress was – and for those wondering how she created her dress, get ready because you’re in luck! We chatted with Jinjara and Shawne Jacobs, Creative Director and Owner of Anne Barge, about everything that went into creating this personalized wedding masterpiece.
For Jinjara, choosing to work with Shawne was a natural decision. “I chose to work with Anne Barge because their dresses capture a certain timeless aspect of wedding dresses that I really love. Their dresses are beautifully designed and have that feminine quality that I really wanted too,” shares the actress. . “I have always dreamed of wearing a dreamy, fluid and feminine dress, and I could never have imagined working with another [designer]. ”
After an initial visit to the designer’s boutique in New York, before the pandemic, Jinjara and Shawne immediately began the process of designing a unique and timeless look. “I first got in touch with Anne Barge via email, and from there I went to their store in New York with my sister, where we tried on some of their dresses and pieced together different aspects. from my favorite dresses to create my own unique wedding dress, ”reveals Mitchell.
My dress was more beautiful than the one I imagined in my head!
The designer and actress agree that visiting the salon was an integral part of the whole process. “We love meeting the bride to ask her several key questions: Where are you getting married? What type of marriage are you planning? In what season are you getting married and where? How many guests will be present?“said Shawne. “All of these details play into the decision of the dress. [And Jinjara] wanted a formal dress but not too formal. ”
Brides, take note! From the start, Jinjara communicated her expectations and desires for the perfect dress, and her clear vision paid off! After a few virtual follow-up and fitting appointments, Anne Barge’s team delivered a unique and breathtaking look. “My dress was more beautiful than the one I imagined in my head!” the bride gushes.
Some of my favorite moments are when I ask a bride to try something for me. It might not be what she thinks she wants at all, but the moment she tries it her eyes light up.
In addition to effortless teamwork and concise communication, Jinjara and Shawne had fun throughout the sartorial journey. They also entered the process of being open-minded and enthusiastic about creating a dreamy look, which Shawne believes all brides should embrace when finding or designing the perfect wedding dress.
“Keep an open mind while shopping. Some of my favorite moments are when I ask a bride to try something for me. It might not be what she thinks she wants at all, but the moment she tries it on, her eyes light up, “says Creative Director Anne Barge. “Don’t be afraid to try new shapes and shapes on your search.”