Post # 1
Any bees that have seen my posted pictures of the dress I’m having made understand that I am not the typical bride. That being said it is made much easier by the fact that this is my second marriage, we are paying for it ourselves and I’m 43. I wish that every bride had the option (without the negative family input) to have their dream dress. I haven’t heard anything negative from family about it…although to be fair, I haven’t shared with them either! lol They will get their first look when my FH does (or that morning) and I expect that some of them will be shocked but that is their problem not mine.
FH and I met onstage at the theatre during a production of The Christmas Carol. We are both amateur actors and are completely into the arts. My dress was an easy choice for me. I love purple and look horribly jaundiced in anything white or off-white (we’re talking full-blown liver disease yellow!). So our journey continued with choosing an outfit for FH.
It started off with just looking at typical tuxes which he honestly seemed bored with…he wanted something with a little more flair! So then we looked at Irish kilts since he is Irish descent and can trace lineage back to the 1600s but decided very quickly that he would forever be telling people, “No, I’m not Scottish…It’s an IRISH kilt!”. From there, I decided to show him a few pictures that I had found and loved and seemed to fit us but had been holding back until he had decided the others weren’t for him…
…and here our Steampunk Victorian Wedding was born! It fits our artistic flair, our love of colour and fashion, our ‘geeky’ side (which is oh so strong! lol) and our exact circumstances of when we met…perfect all the way around!
So it took a little bit of leg work and a LOT of luck but I found a seamstress locally (literally 1 minute from my house on the same street) to make my dress since it cannot be ordered from the original designer. She is young and at the start of her career but showed me some examples of her work and they are gorgeous! Since I started working with her, her business has increased exponentially and I am glad that I got in ‘on the ground floor’ so to speak. She also loves Steampunk and is excited to get to make a wedding dress that isn’t your typical white princess dress.
Without further ado, here is the original dress:
Post # 3
That dress is incredible! I always love the way rich purple looks with blue! 🙂
Post # 5
So I’m breaking the first few posts up just to make it a bit easier for me and my computer.
We picked out the fabric months ago. That was fairly straight forward but there were a few coomplications with customs. The dress manufacturer is in another country and due to custom restrictions (they are not registered to produce dresses in my country), we had a bit of trouble getting the fabric in. In the end it worked out fine though due to another cost saving measure that my seamstress proposed. In order to save time making the top of the dress (including the corset which is time consuming and thus expensive), she proposed that we order one of the company’s bridesmaids dresses with the same topline in my chosen colour…that way she could just remove the bottom of the dress and spend all her time on the bottom and the beading. This seemed like a great idea at the time and worked to our advantage because then the fabric was shipped to ‘alter’ the dress rather than to ‘make’ a new one.
Sheesh…government…customs…what a pain! lol
So here are the fabrics and colours that I picked. They are as close to the original as I can find, top quality and absolutely gorgeous!
Post # 6
@Luayne: Squee! I’ve been keeping an eye out for the first signs of your dress!
Post # 7
And here is the bridesmaid dress that we are using to make the dress with. I just tried it on the other day so this is the very first picture of me in my ‘dress’. I can’t wait to see how it develops over the following months. She measured out for the train (to order the organza) while I had the dress on so I could choose the length…very similar to what you can see in the original picture.
Please excuse the ‘ugly’ pictures. I had my wisdom teeth removed the day before…face is swollen, had barely slept and was feeling like a bag of crap except for the euphoria of finally getting to start this process! I will continue to post pictures as it develops.
Post # 8
YAY! Photos!!! I am so glad you are going to chronicle this on the ‘bee. I have been (and still am) very excited to see how that beautiful dress is created IRL.
Post # 9
WOO HOO!! Can’t wait to watch the progress! I am OBSESSED with the color of your dress!!
Post # 10
not to pester, but.. Any progress??
Post # 11
Yes, I would love to know about any progress, too! I can’t wait to see the final look!
Post # 12
Oooh! This is going to be so fun to watch come to fruition. Can’t wait!
Post # 13
I can’t wait to see the final result! 🙂
Post # 14
Nothing yet. It will be a slow process because this is not her full time job…she runs the bridal shop in our town and our wedding isn’t until December 19 so no big hurry.
Post # 15
@Luayne: Ah I gotcha. Well make sure to keep us updated as it comes along! I’ll be keeping my eye out for your posts!
Post # 16
really looking forward to seeing how this develops, and i have to say aside from everything else, your hair looks absolutely gorgeous!