My Hands Still Shake.
The depth of love one can have for a single possession is the exact passion I have put into this dress. The love and care I have had in creating this dress. The stress and struggle that the dress and I have faced together. The effort and education that I endured from taking on such a project. This dress has been one of my longest and toughest projects I have ever committed fully too, in my life! Well, maybe my business in general counts as the longest and most difficult project I have endured.
We move on. We get stronger. We grow. That is why, when someone asks you to create the dress of their dreams, to take visions to paper to fabric to the aisle, it can be a bit intimidating, but you do it. I took it as a joke at first, like a nonchalant "make my wedding dress. Lol. Haha. Hehe". But that is precisely where, Rachel (the bride) and I, meet eye to eye - when it comes to our work, our passions. We are serious as F&*#! Wow uh, I have sworn a lot in this post already. Two reasons: 1. I am strategically choosing the strongest and pain carrying words I know. 2. I am justifying my swearing due to being a Yooper. Meanwhile, two Facebook messages later with Rachel, we were meeting for a consultation and signing of the contract (I made up, "faking it until I make it") for Rachel's Custom Traditionally Beaded dress!
Favorite Fabric and Bead shops:
- Mood Fabrics - best site for quality and fashion fabric's
- Fabric.com - cheap fabrics and great selection
- Joann's Fabric - great for supplies and muslin fabric's
- Fire Mountain Gems - my go to for size 11 Delicas
- Auntie's Beads - great selection of seed beads
This dress took two or three drafts, which mean creating the dress in full using cheap fabric and testing the fit. Making sure before chopping into the real fabric, and let me tell you making the first cut into expensive fabric is a heart racer!
People say the journey is just as important as the finished product or something like that. Maybe it's the journey is more important than the ending. Well in this case and in anything I make, the journey and finish product are equally important. I work happily only sharing good vibes in my job. I will never make something sad or angry. I make sure my process isn't tainted with bad energy or negativity. The journey that each piece of jewelry or project goes through before reaching its owner is taken seriously with love and care. I think that's what makes my work unique. I've witness hateful people create, and I've attacked by other designers. I don't get how they do it. I even overly analyze why someone would have even what to build a brand that way. It sounds silly, but I do think it matters. It does to me, and I know my audience would appreciate transparency. I create work I would wear; I would be proud of. What my family would be proud of.
Photographer: Sabrina Leigh Studios
Ceremony: "The Brown House"
Florist: Cindy Powell
Caterer: The Dog Father
Cake Artist: Cindy's Sweets
Hair: Erin Connor
Makeup - Gisele Ryan
Dress: Tashina Lee Emery Designs
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