Thursday, June 16, 2016

It's been quite awhile since my last post.   Journaling is something I have to work at!
In my post from 2014,  I talked about my daughter's wedding gown.   I've attached some photos.
This gown was a custom design, hand-made by my good friend, Karen Lukianoff for my daughter, Aliisa.   It is awesome!  

My daughter is seeing her dress put together for the first time.    Still more fittings and alterations were to come.   At this point, most of the beading on the lace was done.

 My long time hair stylist, Peggy, doing a trial hairdo with veil prior to the wedding

 The day we received the bridal veil in the mail from Spain!   The groom's aunt made this for Aliisa.  She has a bridal business in Spain.

More details of the veil.   We didn't quite know what it was going to look like, especially the length!  It is beautiful!!

 The tiara I made for Aliisa.   She gave me an idea for what she would like...more like a headband than a crown.  Crystals and pearls.   Looked great in her hair after the veil was removed at the reception.

 Karen at her kitchen table working on the dress.  The dress took over part of the living room and part of the dining room for weeks!

 Bustling the gown and figuring out where the hidden buttons would be.

at work in my "studio" on the brooch bouquet.   Mostly vintage rhinestone brooches I have been collecting for years.   Some brooches from both of Aliisa's grandmothers.   This was a surprise I made for my daughter.  My first time making one of these, but I knew that I wanted to make this for her big day!
 You can see a little of the sparkle of the beads on the dress.   Myself and a group of my Beady buddies worked on sewing 3mm crystal roundels on the lace of the dress.   Karen did the heavy beading on the top of the dress.   We had about a month to work on the beading.   Karen gave us lace panels of the skirt to work on.

 The first time, during alterations, that the veil and gown met up.

 Bridesmaid jewelry I made.   I forgot to take a picture of the Bride's jewelry I made!  I made Aliisa, crystal drop earrings and a pearl and crystal beaded bangle bracelet.

 This velveteen cape with crystal closure, was also made by the Aunt in Spain.

 The wedding was on Jan. 4th, and our church, Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livonia, MI, was still beautifully decorated from Christmas!
 The completed Brooch Bouquet, with pics of the 2 Grandmothers attached!