Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Combined Effort...

....or why it takes at least 3 or 4 females to find the perfect dress.

Back in October, Aunt Catha, Cameron and I flew out to Phoenix to help Jordan find the perfect dress for her wedding. She warned us she wanted simple, plain, but elegant, simple, plain,but elegant, simple, plain, but elegant. But we didn't listen and made her try on all sorts of big, fancy, gaudy, big fancy, gaudy,big, fancy,gaudy.

Out she would come from the dressing room shaking her head from side to side. Nope, not the one. But she endured the trying on for our sake.

Again, nope, not the one.

Again, nope, not the one.

Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Then I started looking on different racks and found one that was simple, plain ....with just a tee tiny bit of pearls and lace. I brought it to her and she said she would try it.

Then out she came from the dressing room with the biggest grin on her face.

Yep, this might be it.

But it had a long ribbon that tied in a bow around the waist. We tried the bow in the front, on the side, in the back. And there was just something about the ribbon bow belt that was bugging all of us. It looked too simple. Not elegant enough.

Then Aunt Catha suggested a cummerbund. And then we saw some on display and found an ivory one to match. One could be ordered in Jordan's size but for now we played around with a black one in her size. Then an ivory one not in her size. It was so much better than the ribbon belt but still the cummerbund needed something in the center of the back where it overlapped.

And the flower idea was born.
And the bride-to-be declared this the dress.
Jordan and I shopped for the satin, lace, and silk scraps....picked out a pretty button....and I made the flower for her to wear on her wedding day.

So she had something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...and something homemade.
I know Caroline, the photographer, got some shots of this flower...but for now this is a photo from Veronica, our LSU Tiger bridesmaid....or it could have been from Rachel, our make-up artist bridesmaid...I took it off of facebook...from one of those cute girls who have already posted some pictures. I want to be sure they get credit for getting some great photos.

And then we decided she needed a green cummerbund with a green flower for the party after the ceremony. A co-worker of Jordan's, who happens to be a great seamstress, made the green cummerbund with fabric we found that matched the bridesmaids' dresses from J. Crew. It was one of my favorite parts...seeing the bride on the dance floor with her cute green flower.

Getting a hug from Aunt Catha....who had the great idea for a cummerbund.

And the good news about the dress? Way under budget.

Not that that happened again during the process.

1 comment:

  1. The flower you made is gorgeous. It's allllllll gorgeous!