Sometimes we really don’t know how you DIY brides do it all. With 3 weeks left until her wedding day, Mrs. Jade here, made her wedding gown! For $200, nbd. It’s no wonder she chose to have a single white rose as her bridal bouquet. We wouldn’t want to cover up that beautiful handiwork either. But of course that wasn’t all she did, the floral arrangements, ceremony backdrop, invitations, centerpieces were all handmade … and gorgeous.
Jade created and designed her invitation suite then had her roommate custom letter press all the goods- invites, menus, and coasters.
Making your own wedding dress makes for a good story, yes? Here’s Jade’s…
The biggest DIY was the gown, and being a procrastinator (perfectionist?!) I waited until I had no other option but to make my own gown as the wedding was 3 weeks away and I didn’t have anything to wear yet! My expectations were too high (can’t a girl just get a Marchesa around here?!), and a creative drive from running on pure stress… my mother, sister, and I all tag teamed the idea and went from there! I sketched out what I wanted, hunted for fabric, and went to the fabric store with an idea, $200, and a wedding in 3 weeks. We bought a pattern to work from and ended up ditching it last minute to make our own, custom-fit pattern. I still don’t know how it turned out the way it did… After we made the lining of the dress together I went to work creating the bodice, I stitched together pieces of beaded lace I hand cut to my desired pattern and meticulously added/ hand stitched the entire top half of my dress. I then continued to just guess on how to create the bottom half of my dress, and before I knew it, I had something to try on. Working Monday-Friday and planning every other detail of the wedding, I only had the weekends and occasional evenings to work on my dress. In a matter of 3 weekends, one over nighter and an hour the day of the wedding, I had a finished champagne gold colored, beaded gown that was my very own design, craft, and doing. I am still in shock, doubt I can pull that off again, but it makes for a great story.
So happy for these two! Jade, your hard work definitely paid off. Congrats!
Photographer: Benj Haisch Photography / Videographer: Rose City Cinema / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Calvary Chapel Downtown Vancouver / Invitation Designer: Bride worked one on one with Illustrator Christa Hand of Egg Press in Portland, Oregon . Hair & Makeup: Make-Up: Kendra Stanton of Citizens of Beauty / Florist: Bridesmaids / Cake: Sandra Burdeshaw / Catering: Sugar & Salt Bakery / Wedding dress: designed and handmade by Bride / Wedding shoes: BCBG MAXAZRIA / Veil or headpiece: Jade Rose Collection / Earrings: miner cut diamonds from the 1920′s, belonged to brides great grandmother / Necklace: family heirloom from the 1940′s / Groom’s Suit: Express / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaid dresses: MANGO, Urban Outfitters / Flower girls: Marchesa for Target