> if(requestedWidth Jodi Brooks wears an Alençon lace gown designed by her
aunt who's known simply as Brooks
in the fashion-design community.
..."To have someone you love design your dress, and know how much they love what they do, made for a really special experience," says Brooks, a reporter with KCNC-Channel 4 in Denver.
"I knew it was going to be something elegant.I'm not 22 and didn't want to be swallowed up by a dress."
The designer won't let anyone but her
niece call her
"Debbie."Known simply as Brooks
in the fashion-design community, she
specializes in custom clothing and has been plying her
craft in Denver for more than three decades.For the past several years, she's
worked out of a LoDo atelier where she
often hosts trunk shows of work by other couture designers.
Knowing how much effort goes into each gown, Brooks works with just a handful of brides each year but was eager to do a gown for her
is model-tall and slim, which made the project all the more rewarding.
The reporter and her
aunt collaborated for almost a year on the wedding dress, from shopping for lace and linings to the multiple fittings."From the start to the finish, we watched it grow," Brooks
and Rodney's names inside her
has designed many custom bridal ensembles but says this one was special because of her
closeness to the bride, and because she
was able to dress other members of the wedding party as well.For the rehearsal dinner, she
created a chic black and white floral dress for Jodi
, and for the wedding, Brooks
designed a dress for Jodi's mother, and a silk organza dress for herself.
Mothers of the bride often have trouble finding appropriate attire, Brooks
says."They want to be stylish and sophisticated, and not come off as matronly."
Both Jodi and Brooks
agree it was a labor of love."My aunt is such a special person in my life that to have her
do this made me feel wonderful," Jodi
It's a feeling she's
recalls a trip to Italy during which she
got compliments on wearing a Brooks creation at a music industry event."Every time she's
made me something it is in her
own vision, but reflects my style too."
For all of the fuss about the dress, however, Jodi
doesn't forget to point out that the real high point of the process was "marrying the right guy."