M’O: Let’s start with your wedding! Where was it?
J.O: In An Island called Punta Iguana in Baru near Cartagena, Colombia. It was 13 years ago…
M’O: What did you wear?
J.O: A white ruffled dress—and no shoes because it was on the beach.
M’O: What is your best memory from the night?
J.O: Dancing Salsa, and seeing the biggest shooting star I have ever seen...it was a magical moment.
M’O: How did your husband propose?
J.O: My oldest son (he was 3) came with a ring and the most incredible letter from Cesar proposing (we lived together but were not married).
M’O: Who is the Johanna Ortiz bride?
J.O: My bride is looking for a sort of “unexpected romance.” She's in search of a sense of effortlessness through a romantic statement and non-traditional dress that feels festive yet remains elegant.
M’O: How should a bride go about choosing her dress?
J.O: I really think you have to go with your personal style. I love for the bride not only to feel like “the bride” but also to feel elegant and comfortable, with a sophisticated sexiness.
M'O: You’ve designed 12 looks in the collection. Does each correspond to a specific type of woman?
J.O: I feel this collection has a “wear” for every “who” and “where.” There’s a "beach bride" dress, a “garden party" bride, then a more specifically evening dress... the collection journeys through options of lace, ruffles, minimalistic sheer and slick volumes.