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Elaine Welteroth Got Married in a Gorgeous White Dress From Her Own Closet

The Project Runway judge recycled this glamorous gown for her beautiful at-home wedding.

By Michelle Regalado
Elaine Welteroth

It’s official! Elaine Welteroth and longtime love Jonathan Singletary tied the knot on the stoop of their Brooklyn home on May 10, despite having to cancel their original wedding plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The beautiful, at-home ceremony was officiated via Zoom and broadcast virtually to friends and family, but there was one detail in particular that we simply couldn’t tear our eyes away from: her stunning wedding dress.

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Elaine took to Instagram to share a photo of her look for the big day. As seen in the pic below, the Project Runway judge wore a beautiful gown featuring a lace embroidered top with spaghetti straps and a floor-length pleated skirt. And though it may look like it was ripped straight from the runway, it turns out that the label-less dress is one that Elaine already had in her closet and decided to rewear in the spirit of the intimate occasion.

I hadn’t worn it in over three years,” Elaine told Vogue of her gown. “But it was the first idea that came to mind when I envisioned us getting married on my stoop. And since the mantra we set for our stoop wedding was, ‘Do the best you can with what you have,’ I decided to not overthink it.”

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5.10.20 ❤️💫 Some things only come around once in a lifetime. This love. That day. Our moment. Too divinely aligned to let it pass us by. Let this be remembered as the day LOVE. COULD. NOT. BE. CANCELLED. #LoveLockdown Photo by @micaiahcarter . Thank you to our BELOVED community for helping us transform an otherwise disappointing reality into the virtual stoop wedding of our dreams. And for helping us bring some light into otherwise dark times. The gratitude in our hearts is endless. We DID it, fam!!! Officiated via Zoom by our childhood Pastor, Dr. Stanley Long Most whimsical #flowerflash of our dreams by @lewismillerdesign @irini_arakas Photography by @micaiahcarter Photography by Annabel Braithwaite of @belathee Video by @better_call_sacredpact DJ’d by our sister-friend @Adeline Live strings by @rootstock.republic Violin by @JanninaN Cello by @mparsoncello Speech of the century “live in the streets of Brooklyn!” by my dad via Zoom Veil (my “something borrowed”) mailed in by my mom @tita.dee Custom @brothervellies shoes by my boo @aurorajames Wedding hair direction via FT by @vernonfrancois Production + styling support by @SinclairBolden of @everydayppl Zoom Emcee + Video by @redisdancing Zoom Motherboard Managed by @swim_bike_di Broom design by @chloe_dulce Block secured by @BrookeCHall Zoom bonding exercise by @feibz First married meal by @risboBK First dance song by @snohaalegra Additional inspiration by @priyaparker Everything above and beyond and in-between: @ggggavin @makeenz Story by @voguemagazine in bio

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Elaine topped off the gorgeous dress with her mother’s veil, which she says “ended up matching the dress perfectly,” and a pair of custom shoes from Aurora James of Brother Vellies.  She also did her own hair and makeup, with a little virtual help from her longtime friend professional hairstylist, Vernon François. 

Between the stunning dress and that wedding day glow, Elaine made for one radiant bride. Congrats to the newlyweds!

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