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Mom’s Dress Part 3, The Big Reveal

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Photo courtesy of Photography by Sarah Crail

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Photography courtesy of Photography by Sarah Crail

Thank goodness for other kindhearted  wedding pros. I had this idea for the big reveal after I was done making a fabric bridal bouquet. My goal was to capture “that moment”, you know, the one that made all of the effort and contemplation worth all of the hours of worrying. Worrying if I lived up to what I said I could do for the bride.

I met Sarah Crail, Photography by Sarah Crail at an Indy Wedding Ideas networking meeting. I asked her if she would be interested in photographing the big reveal. She didn’t hesitate. She told me it would be an honor. What a wise decision on my part to have asked this talented photographer. You’ll see why in a moment.

God bless Katie. I knew it was going to be somewhat emotional opening the box that contained her bridal bouquet. Emotional because I transformed her mom’s wedding dress into what she would be carrying down the aisle. Emotional because her mom is no longer physically here, but she would be here in spirit and that was a big deal to all of us who participated it this adventure. Katie said yes to the photo shoot. She brought her mom’s sister with her, Aunt Laura.

Right now I am holding my breath praying I got this right

Right now I am holding my breath praying I got this right. Photo courtesy of Photography by Sarah Crail

The big moment

The big moment! Photo courtesy of Photography by Sarah Crail

It was a pretty blustery day as Pooh would say. We had planned to meet up at a local park. Preferably one with flowers, but it was just too cold & rainy. Here comes Sarah to the rescue. She contacted a local B&B, Four Sisters Inn and asked the owner if we could use the space for a couple of hours. The owner so graciously agreed. What a perfect setting! Surrounded by vintage items in a beautiful old house. The place of dreams for me.

Her eyes say it all. This right here makes it all worthwhile.

Her eyes say it all. THIS right here makes it all worthwhile. Photo courtesy of Photography by Sarah Crail

In case you were wondering, the flowers in the bouquet and boutonnieres were entirely made from her mom’s wedding dress. We also made pendants for the girls in the bridal party using lace, organza and appliques from the dress. All were beautifully sentimental, but I just had to sneak a little bit of fun into the ring bearers boutonniere.IMG_2867

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I’ve sprinkled some pictures here and there throughout this blog entry. My hope is that others will see what can be done with the old wedding dress that is hanging in the closet. If you are not going to wear it, but it has great sentimental value why not turn it into the piece that you will carry down the aisle? What better way to represent your loved one?

For the girls in the bridal party

Sweet gifts for the girls in the bridal party. Photo courtesy of Photography by Sarah

Something special for Aunt Laura

Something special for Aunt Laura

Many, many thanks to Katie who shared something so very personal with me. It was an honor and great pleasure to make this bouquet for you. I believe wholeheartedly that your mom was smiling down on you and was pleased with your sweet gesture.

And many thanks to Sarah Crail for sharing her time, talent & ingenuity with setting up this wonderful experience.

Four Sisters Inn, you made it a much more comfortable shoot. Your place is absolutely gorgeous! We enjoyed checking out all of the wonderful vintage items you have in the home. It made for a perfect backdrop. We are forever grateful.

A tribute to mom

I LOVE this image taken by Photography by Sarah Crail

Lovely shot of the stem & Katie's engagement ring.

Lovely shot of the bouquet stem and Katie’s engagement ring. Photo courtesy of Photography by Sarah Crail


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Task Master of Fly by the Seat of your Pants

I admit that I am a bit of both a task master and a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl. I’m the type to get all of my tax info together in January, but wait until April 14th to file! On the other hand, when I am working on a bridal order I will start gathering and putting together as soon as I talk to a bride and get an idea in which direction she is headed. Often times that’s a mistake because by the time we meet for our consultation she has changed her mind. Sigh…….wish I could tame both ends of my tendencies.

Johanna Goodyear photograph

Photo by Johanna Goodyear…..Dreamstime Stock Photo

 

I’ve tried making lists. There’s nothing more satisfying to me than crossing something off of my list. But, and it’s a big but too….I then have dozens of lists all over the house. I leave them here and there just so I can feel accomplished when finally putting a slash through that big, daunting chore. Doesn’t translate to a neat and tidy house though.

Julie Bush photograph

Photo by Julie Bush…..Dreamstime stock photo

 

However, I am obsessive about making bouquets and hair pieces. I see beautiful buttons, or fabrics and I am done for! What if someone were to want a navy, satin fabric bouquet with sparkly rhinestone buttons? Doesn’t matter that a bride hasn’t ordered it yet. I’ve heard or imagined that one will contact me very soon with such a vision. This explains the dozens upon dozens of yards of material I have stored in my 5’x7′ work area. It also explains the hundreds and hundreds of beautiful buttons I have stored away as well, or finished projects with no buyer.

 

     “Etsy!” “Ebay!” That’s what my brain screams at me when I think of all of the finished items taking up space, but then the other part…..the wait till the 14th to complete your taxes says, “I’ll do that tomorrow”. Grrrrrrrrrrrr……see what I mean? I am like the Linkin Park song, Given Up….”I am my own worst enemy…”

Just the Right Touch

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     My favorite part of making a keepsake item is when a bride brings to me a piece of jewelry or fabric that she wants added to her bouquet. I recently finished an order for Katie. Katie is the sweetest young lady and I was touched by all of the different things she wanted to add to her bridal order.

   The first thing given to me was her dad’s newborn necklace. Yep, the very necklace he wore home from the hospital. I couldn’t get over how tiny it was, the beads spelling out her maiden name of Turk. After many discussions we decided that it should hold a place of honor wrapped around the top of her flower stems. Seems a very fitting place to be, don’t you think?

    Next came great grandma’s tiara. It was old and quite fragile, but still beautiful. It was determined that great grandma herself had probably made it. Since it was weak in a few places and was coming apart I decided to re-wire some of the tiny pearl beads. We would have them weave in and out of Katie’s bouquet. There were plenty of pearls left over to save for her sister, Miranda when her time comes.

     There were several charms that contained pictures of Katie when she was a tiny baby and others when she was a toddler. Those went into two grandmother’s corsages, mom’s corsage and dad’s boutonniere. Many brooches were used to personalize the wedding bouquet and the Maid of Honors bouquet, as well as her hairpiece.

     All in all this was the most sentimental bridal order I have made to date. It was my absolute pleasure to share in the stories behind each and every piece. My hope is that there are many happy tears on Katie’s special day and a lifetime of happiness between her and her new husband.

Just the right touch

Daddy’s newborn necklace