Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The story of a dress. Rowanjoy bride - Rowan (yeah, its me)

There is a strange kind of pressure when you are doing something you do as a living for yourself, as peoples expectations are always going to be that little bit higher. I found that making my dress, but hey I like a bit of pressure and only starting making it 3 and a half weeks before the wedding seemed like a sensible way to add to the pressure! Despite everyone thinking I would be finishing it the day before the wedding, I knew it would be fine and finished it with a week to go. Then there's the added pressure you put on yourself. For all my brides I'm always confident in the design that they will love the dress, but for some reason making my own I seemed to question myself more than usual.

I always knew I didnt want a traditional looking wedding dress and there was always going to be some colour involved. Originally I wanted a patterned fabric but being a complete fusspot I couldnt find anything I liked at all. So one colour with some coloured lace to create detail and pattern was the solution. I think I got about 30 samples of fabric before I found the right one, nothing was quite the right shade of green or the right type of fabric - told you I was a fussy bugger. Eventually I found one I loved and then sent a sample to my lace supplier who kindly had offered to dye lace to match it for me. They were unable to match it perfectly instead it was a couple of shades darker which actually worked so much better as the lace stood out against the paler green. 

A selection of my samples (sorry for the crap photo)
I knew what the design of the dress would be when I first decided to make my own dress. It was a style I knew would suit me, I would feel comfortable in and that was very me - these are things I always tell my brides they have to think about when choosing a dress so I thought I better listen to my own advice.  

Original Dress sketch
So that was the dress all designed and ready to go and despite a slight panic when ordering the fabric that it might not get here in time to get the dress made, it all turned out fine! So here it it is and a few more photos from our wedding day.

Rowan x

All photos(except my terrible iphone photos) 
Caro Weiss Photography


  1. Fabulous dress, Rowan! You look absolutely gorgeous :) Congratulations! x

  2. Gosh! What a beautiful dress - I LOVE the way it flows! You look even more beautiful than the dress!