Sheri Autry Couture

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then. . . .

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As a designer of “uncommon fashion for Brides, Lovers, and Special Occasions,” I suppose I should have considered what might come next – but I have to admit I wasn’t really thinking about maternity dresses!


That changed when my younger sister, Betsy, was close to giving birth to my nephew Boone and was preparing for her final, pre-baby maternity photo shoot. She approached me about designing a simple strapless dress (stretchy, of course!) in her favorite color, spring green.  Hmmm. . . . this presented a new challenge to me, and I welcomed it. Of course, I said yes. 

I designed this simple, comfortable and ultra-contemporary stretch lace maternity dress with a pleated mermaid-style bottom that perfectly complimented Betsy’s coloring and showcased the darling mom-to-be’s ample curvature. That was my nephew in there, so I was excited by the result and the beautiful photos.

I thought that might be the end of my maternity design career, but it wasn’t long before I received a request from my photographer, Cesar Chavez, about creating a dress for his wife’s maternity shoot. He wanted a light and airy lace dress for her that showed her beautiful belly and that would complement the “woodland” theme of the shoot.

I had a lot of fun creating an elegant and romantic soft dress that captures her sweet personality and excitement about becoming a mom.

Photo Credit (left): Cesar Chavez Photography

By now it’s clear to me that no matter what the “special occasion,” mothers-in-waiting” who value an untraditional approach to fashion want to express that personality. After all, they were once fashion-forward brides, too!