I do not subscribe to / follow any particular trend, instead I buy and wear things which reflect my personality and mood. When it came to my wedding gown, I had pretty much the same thoughts.
I knew that an off-the-rack gown would not work for me. It's just too 'predictable' and too 'flat'. I wanted something FUN, dramatic yet classy. At the back of my mind, I was hoping to create something which is also uniquely timeless as I hope to keep it for my daughter. :p
It was quite a tall order when I went gown / designer hunting years back. I met up with a few designers but none was able to reflect and capture what I wanted. Thankfully I found Patrick of The Wedding Present. I showed him a few of my doodles, pictures of some gowns which I like and with God's grace, he got it!
Rather than going backless for my gown, I decided on a short bodice but with an "overlay" made of organza which forms a train. More than that, I wanted embellishments for the train using feathers, vintage lace and shredded tulle (yes, it was indeed shredded to create the torn effect :p). The designer was brilliant with the materials chosen and he also created it to be a A-symmetrical line. It was in short, perfect. :)
Did you keep your wedding gown for your kiddo too?