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Title: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 24, 2007 07:34:09 PM
***UPDATE***
Our wedding was covered by the Sun Times in Chicago today. We are featured on page 2 of their print ad, and on line at:http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article (http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article)

My Mom and my Grandma made her wedding gown, back in 1962. My sister tried it on when she wed, 10 years ago, but it wasn't her style. I tried it on, and was in love. Sadly, I don't have a 19" rib cage, but I do have a small waist, so that worked in my favour. I was in love with an Alfred Angelo dress, that had a corsetted back. I showed the picture of the dress to my Mom, and she thought she could modify her dress with the corsetting and the trim. We've been working on it for a couple months now. I think my Mom has done a brilliant job. We don't have the beaded trim on it yet, but it is really close to being done. I've also attached a photo of my dress patch, done professionally, that will be sewn inside the dress.

Here is an evolution of a "hand me down" wedding dress. All told, the rehabbing of the dress cost; 70 cents for the beaded trim, $6 for the green satin, and the cost of pressing and cleaning. Wearing your Mother's dress.... priceless. (ha ha, sorry, had to go there.)

My Mom in 1962, wearing the dress:


My first shot at trying it on. Wow, it didn't zip up past my waist, and it had SERIOUS bullet-boob action, and it was sooo wrinkly.


Me, mugging with my Mom's lace bolero. It didn't even fit up to my shoulders. Man, she was tiny.



My Mom put in a section of green satin in the back to corset over:


And she did the green trim around the top, along with redoing the breast part, so it wasn't so pointy and bullet-alicious:


Here's a longview of the back, all nearly done!



Finally, my kick arse dress patch:



We got FI a French cuff shirt today for under his suit. That was exciting. We are really counting down the days now!

Thanks for looking.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: tattooedcrafter on June 24, 2007 07:38:27 PM
that is so awsome, I love the finished look.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Puppy_girl on June 24, 2007 07:42:49 PM
oh that's so pretty!
at first i was just kinda scrolling down looking at the pictures and i was like, "why are her boobs so pointy?"  then i was like, "oh, they're not supposed to be that way..."   :P


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 24, 2007 07:45:50 PM
oh that's so pretty!
at first i was just kinda scrolling down looking at the pictures and i was like, "why are her boobs so pointy?"  then i was like, "oh, they're not supposed to be that way..."   :P

I know, totally disturbing! My Mom's chest and ribcage were in slightly different places! Some major modifications were done in that area.  :o


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: cigarettesandvalentines on June 24, 2007 07:48:28 PM
what a gorgeous dress! and such great memories, using your mom's dress.

and i too was like "uh pointy boobs?" :D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Mienna on June 24, 2007 07:51:06 PM
Your dress is beautiful! And I'm envious of your Moms 19" ribcage. :p I will have to ask my Mom if she has her wedding dress, and maybe modifying it will give my boyfriend the hint (we have been together 7 years already, hehe).


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: ellamaude on June 24, 2007 07:59:31 PM
Beautiful!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: chrissiemags on June 24, 2007 08:03:35 PM
you're right your Mom did an awesome job adding the corset!  How awesome that you are going to wear your Mom's wedding dress.  I wish my Mom had saved hers so that I could have worn it..you are right priceless!  ;)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on June 24, 2007 08:05:17 PM
Wow... that's awesome!  I love the shade of green that's been added to it.  Your sister missed out!

Madonna would love the pointy boob shots. ;D

Your mom has a beautiful smile in her wedding photo! :o


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 24, 2007 08:29:13 PM
Thanks guys, my Mom will be thrilled to hear you all like her hard work. She's been so worried about it. I can't wait to wear it.

Yeah, Sweets, she still has that movie-star smile. I love my Mom. My sister has a totally different style, her dress was very high necked and Victorian looking. I should thank her for passing on the dress! If they had modified it for her, they would have taken it in! Then, there would have been NO chance of me wearing it!! ha ha.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: baby-bumblebee on June 24, 2007 08:38:11 PM
Your mom rocks! I love what she did. Shr took a semi but very pretty dress and made it really modern and unique. I really love it!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: notverytalented on June 24, 2007 09:00:57 PM
Tell her not to worry!  That's beautiful.  Just beautiful.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: uglyshyla on June 24, 2007 09:26:49 PM
That is so awesome you are using your mom's dress.It looks lovely.
Are you just amazed at how tiny framed the women were back then.My mom and I are almost the same height and next to her my ribcage and arms look like a football player.LOL


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: uradelight on June 25, 2007 03:22:09 AM
wow, that is gorgeous! Your mom did a fantastic job :)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: tinybits on June 25, 2007 03:47:05 AM
wow. .that is goergous! i love the changes she made. no one  would know it is the same dress if you dont tell. i love it.. and by the way what is the dress patch?


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: thekster on June 25, 2007 03:48:08 AM
hahaha "bullet boob" that cracked me up.
i too am envious of a 19 inch waist. was your mom the original barbie? why is she worried? it looks great! they only thing i would change is to put a white ribbon lacing it up for more contrast. i dunno if it's as shiny in real life as it is in the picture, but it's kinda hard to see it laced up, and that's my fave part of a corset.
she did a lovely job


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sajona on June 25, 2007 03:48:58 AM
that is so lovely - really inspired! My mum's beautiful classic dress got ruined when she took it to the cleaners after her wedding so I never got to wear it :( I am 3 sizes bigger than her though. It was a very similar style to your mums one (she was married 1961). All the best for the wedding!
Caroline


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: HSG on June 25, 2007 04:10:45 AM
Lovely gown, and the best part is you get to wear the same one as your Mom. What a great start to your own marriage! :)

I hope my daughter will one day want to wear my gown.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: ingysoup on June 25, 2007 04:22:04 AM
How beautiful and wonderful that you get to wear it!  Kinda brings a tear to my eye. ;D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: McJulie-O on June 25, 2007 05:36:00 AM
Your mom rocks!

Not only was she able to do the sewing mechanics necessary to transform her old dress into something brand new and 21st century stylin', but she had the emotional strength and balance to sacrifice a landmark of her past for your benefit.

Yep! Definitely a hero!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: thekster on June 25, 2007 06:07:16 AM
i think a lot of moms would love to have their daughter wear their wedding dress. i know i certainly would, anyways.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: balkandina on June 25, 2007 07:49:03 AM
Oh, this is sooo lovely. I would love for my daughters to use my wedding dress in some way. This looks like a designer dress. And congrats!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: woeboat on June 25, 2007 08:22:53 AM
Wow!

To wear your mother's wedding dress, that's such a beautiful sentiment.

You guys have done some major work to it, it's gorgeous. So is your mom! :) That picture of her on her wedding day, it's very classy.  ;D

Good luck with the rest of the dress and congrats on getting married.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: CraftingHands101 on June 25, 2007 08:30:35 AM
Your mom did a great job on modifying the dress!! That was funny when you said...
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Wearing your Mother's dress.... priceless


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: riario on June 25, 2007 09:10:41 AM
wow that dress turned out so great - of course you had a very beautiful classic to start with  ;)
if only my mom's wedding dress was that nice, my parents were married in the late 70's so it's got the whole poofy sleeves stuff  :P


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: akehurstm on June 25, 2007 09:19:17 AM
Yes, what is a dress patch?

You are very lucky to have your mothers dress to work with. My mothers dress was UGLY. We ALL think it's ugly. My mother even thought it was ugly on her wedding day. But my parents are still married (so I guess it's not the dress that makes a lasting marriage) :)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: schtankylu on June 25, 2007 09:25:58 AM
What a beautiful job!

My mom borrowed her older sister's dress. Mom was horrified to learn that my aunt had sold it in a yard sale!!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: hipmama1970 on June 25, 2007 10:02:57 AM
That's just beautiful! Congratulations, I'm so excited for you :)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: andreamarie on June 25, 2007 10:03:10 AM
That dress us stunning!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Mienna on June 25, 2007 10:17:55 AM
What a beautiful job!

My mom borrowed her older sister's dress. Mom was horrified to learn that my aunt had sold it in a yard sale!!

I think I would faint! It was nice of her to lend her dress to your mom, though.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 10:25:42 AM
hahaha "bullet boob" that cracked me up.
i too am envious of a 19 inch waist. was your mom the original barbie? why is she worried? it looks great! they only thing i would change is to put a white ribbon lacing it up for more contrast. i dunno if it's as shiny in real life as it is in the picture, but it's kinda hard to see it laced up, and that's my fave part of a corset.
she did a lovely job

Yeah, it was a bit unnerving putting it on the first time. My chest is definitely not in the same place hers was. Yikes. Mostly she was worried that she might not do it right, or do right by me. I think she is ace, and has done an amazing job. She will be happy that you said you think it should be corsetted in white. That is what she keeps trying to foist on me! But, here is the dress I fell in love with, and you will understand then why I wanted the green detail. Plus, I think it ties it all together.


I am hoping it won't have as many photographic issues on the wedding day. The photos we took were indoors, in the evening, and with a flash. So, fingers crossed it comes up better.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Loverugger on June 25, 2007 10:29:43 AM
That is so lovely... that is great that you could alter the dress to be for YOUR day! congratulations!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 10:33:21 AM
wow. .that is goergous! i love the changes she made. no one  would know it is the same dress if you dont tell. i love it.. and by the way what is the dress patch?

I'm totally going to tell anyone who will listen that it is the same dress! ha ha. I hope everyone who goes to our wedding goes up to my Mom to tell her how great a job she did on the dress. She really deserves the kudos for all her hard work. Thank you for the compliments. I should print this all out and give it to her!

I don't know the origins of the dress patch. One of my fellow lampworkers (I'm a glass bead maker by trade), Christy, makes garters and dress patches and ring bearer pillows. I asked her to make me a dress patch for the inside of my wedding dress. Basically, it is a piece of satin, with our monogram and wedding date on it. I am using it as my "something blue". Then, after we're married, I'm going to remove it and include it in our wedding scrapbook. I love embroidered things, so anytime I can include them in my crafts, etc, I do!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: bhean on June 25, 2007 12:25:09 PM
Just beautiful...I love all the work your mum has done and I love the idea of a wedding patch.  I thought that you were putting it in so that when you are handing your dress down, there would be a record...Congrats, you are going to look stunning!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: SnowfallDesigns on June 25, 2007 01:09:20 PM
That is awesome!!  I love the style of the dress - you are so lucky your mom had good taste!  My mom got married in a mint green skirt suit with a forest-print shirt under it (it was the 70s!) The shirt even had little deer on it!  I've worn it with the pants several times for plays and such. 
Anyways - wonderful job restoring the gown!  Good luck with the rest of your wedding plans.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: kaitlin on June 25, 2007 01:17:35 PM
This is just gorgeous. I'm getting married at the end of this August, and I bought a similarly-styled corsetted Alfred Angelo dress, except mine has beading and such.. He's a genius.

The green was a GREAT touch, you both did such a great job, and what a great memory to share!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Anna D. on June 25, 2007 02:17:41 PM
WOW!

Marci, they have done an amazing job, I remember a few months back you showed me a dress with green trim that you liked...I love this so much! Tell your Mom it's fantastic!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: kristiem10 on June 25, 2007 03:33:37 PM
That dress is gorgeous!  Your mother did an amazing job,  It really looks identical to the original.  I can't wait to see it after the beading is done.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Catiana on June 25, 2007 04:00:52 PM
wow, that dress is really pretty! your mums sewing is just fabulous. I wish my mum could sew like that.
ohh and Congratulations on your wedding!! ;D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: shesxautomatic on June 25, 2007 04:25:17 PM
i agree with everyone here; the dress is simply pristine, and your mom is beautiful.

but i can't stop staring at that wedding picture!!! the dude standing next to her (i'm going to assume that's the man she was marrying? yes?) LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THIS KID I KNOW NAMED WHITNEY. (whitney is a dude). whoa, freaky, the resemblence is uncanny... even though whitney is like 22.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 04:27:08 PM
WOW!

Marci, they have done an amazing job, I remember a few months back you showed me a dress with green trim that you liked...I love this so much! Tell your Mom it's fantastic!

Thanks Anna! I will tell my Mom! She deserves to hear all this wonderful praise for her hard work. She asked if you were going to be there. I told her we were going to set up "beaming technology" to get you here! xoxoxo, M*


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 04:29:42 PM
i agree with everyone here; the dress is simply pristine, and your mom is beautiful.

but i can't stop staring at that wedding picture!!! the dude standing next to her (i'm going to assume that's the man she was marrying? yes?) LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THIS KID I KNOW NAMED WHITNEY. (whitney is a dude). whoa, freaky, the resemblence is uncanny... even though whitney is like 22.

My dad? ha ha ha
Uh-oh, maybe Dad had some kids out there I don't know about....  ;)


Thanks for the awesome, kind words everyone! My Mom has really outdone herself, and I can't even begin to thank her.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 04:33:16 PM
This is just gorgeous. I'm getting married at the end of this August, and I bought a similarly-styled corsetted Alfred Angelo dress, except mine has beading and such.. He's a genius.

The green was a GREAT touch, you both did such a great job, and what a great memory to share!

Nice! Did you get one with the colour in the corsetting? I think it is such a fresh look. I do not look great in white, so having that green band is saving me from looking like Casper the Friendly Ghostbride. Plus, green is mine and my Grandmother's favourite colour, so, there's a theme....

I haven't gotten a shot of the dress since my Mom added the beading. It is a really simple, triple row of pearls. It is done in a band, where the white meets the green. Very simple. And I think that beading flows more with the original style of this particular dress. As much as I love to bead things out and add pizz-azz, I don't think it would look right with the original cut of this dress.

I'd love to see a picture of your dress!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 04:36:10 PM
Just beautiful...I love all the work your mum has done and I love the idea of a wedding patch.  I thought that you were putting it in so that when you are handing your dress down, there would be a record...Congrats, you are going to look stunning!

If I thougth I was going to have kids, or a girl, or be able to pass this dress down again, that would be a fantastic idea.

Thanks for the congrats. I'm getting my hair dyed and my trial run on Friday. I can't wait. I'm going with a sort of 50's pin up girl style, and a dramatic 50's sort of eye, muted lip. I hope it doesn't all sweat right off me though....



Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: urban_albino on June 25, 2007 04:46:22 PM
OMG! You look beautifull!  Your wedding is going to be amazing!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: jellymean on June 25, 2007 04:47:18 PM
WOW! you are a genius, the "new" dress is nice


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on June 25, 2007 04:48:32 PM
Go on, tell your mom her face is a hot new project on Craftster. :D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 04:50:46 PM
Go on, tell your mom her face is a hot new project on Craftster. :D

I just saw that when I logged on this time! I've been running around all day, getting fabric for table runners at the fabric store, and stuff. I got a call from my Mom, we were going over Heather's bridesmaid dress (my Mom is also making one of the BM's dress, because the BM is a brand new Mommy!), and I hadn't logged onto here yet. I wonder if she would be mad at me for putting up her wedding photo. I didn't ask. I am a bad daughter.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: laminathegreat on June 25, 2007 05:31:32 PM
I just had to chime in as well. I saw yer moms picture on the hot new project and was wondering how a black and white wedding photo fit in around craftster.....
Wonderful, just wonderful. I love the new life you've given to your  moms dress. I am keeping my wedding dress to for something like this. (I had a huge double layer skirt so if nothing else there is a ton of fabric!!)
And I keep laughing at the bullet boobs because your mom was so HIP with those!! Oh, what will our children say about what we wore???
Congrats and good luck and be sure to post a photo from the wedding!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: dopey_44 on June 25, 2007 05:52:58 PM
this dress came out very beautiful i love it you mom rocks she did a fantastic job and yes kudos to the both of you for coming up with this gorgeous dress love it


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: runnermom100863 on June 25, 2007 06:08:42 PM
Wow, what a gorgeous dress and wonderful transformation!   
The other priceless part is a great mother/daughter project that you got to do together and add this one to your memories!  Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and definitely post pics of the big day in your beautiful dress!!  :D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: thekster on June 25, 2007 06:20:55 PM

Yeah, it was a bit unnerving putting it on the first time. My chest is definitely not in the same place hers was. Yikes. Mostly she was worried that she might not do it right, or do right by me. I think she is ace, and has done an amazing job. She will be happy that you said you think it should be corsetted in white. That is what she keeps trying to foist on me! But, here is the dress I fell in love with, and you will understand then why I wanted the green detail. Plus, I think it ties it all together.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/BrettAnderson/weddinggownbackdetail.jpg

I am hoping it won't have as many photographic issues on the wedding day. The photos we took were indoors, in the evening, and with a flash. So, fingers crossed it comes up better.

Haha ok don't tell her I said it then. Your inspiration dress is really pretty too, and your dress looks very very much like it (minus the stitching detail.) If the lacing isn't as shiny in real life, it's great, but remember, your back is what your guests will be seeing the most of at the ceremony (and probably will be taking pics.) I'd just hate for you to not even be able to tell it's corsetted in your pics
Your mom did a wonderful job


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: spicecarrie on June 25, 2007 06:27:38 PM
Wow! It's gorgeous! I love the original and the modifed one. Beautiful!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: laur328 on June 25, 2007 06:41:10 PM
wow that is so gorgeous and very sweet to use your moms dress to.  7-7-07 is my cousins wedding date and her color is the same green as yours  how odd it that.  good luck!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: mlle_rachelmarie on June 25, 2007 07:08:20 PM
This is so wonderful!  :D

Our family has a wedding dress as well: my granny, two great-aunts, two cousins, and mother all wore it.  I tried it on and it was too small (same rib cage issue!) and I wish I'd had the inspiration you and your mother have had with this project!!!  I gave up and got a new one.  :-\ 

I'm so impressed she's doing beading as well!!  Can't wait to see the final pic.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: that1spazticchik on June 25, 2007 07:53:24 PM
oh wow, that looks great. i loveeee that green satin. and i looooove that it's a corset!! sooo pretty. congrats and good luck with the wedding!!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 25, 2007 07:54:36 PM
Haha ok don't tell her I said it then. Your inspiration dress is really pretty too, and your dress looks very very much like it (minus the stitching detail.) If the lacing isn't as shiny in real life, it's great, but remember, your back is what your guests will be seeing the most of at the ceremony (and probably will be taking pics.) I'd just hate for you to not even be able to tell it's corsetted in your pics
Your mom did a wonderful job

Our officiant suggested we face the attendees. So, my FI, myself, and our bridal party are going to face our guests. That way, only the officiant's back is to the guests. I think that is a great way to include people more closely in the ceremony. But, it doesn't leave a lot of time for them to gaze admiringly at my corsetting! ha ha.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on June 25, 2007 08:01:35 PM
Our officiant is facing our guests and we're facing each other in front of him like this (I took this picture where we're getting married, he he he):
(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l156/sweets4ever48/Wedding%20Ideas/IMG_4675-1-1.jpg)

I don't think I'd like anyone's back to the guests, but obviously it's personal preference.  :D I think this is a great compromise.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: kitsue43 on June 25, 2007 09:29:28 PM
It looks amazing! I hope when I get older I get to be the kind of crafty mother your mother is  :)
I want my children to flock to me to make them things!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: byonic_girl on June 25, 2007 10:28:36 PM
lovely! Your mom looked like a movie star! :D She did a great job with adding in the corset, and i'm sure you'll look gorgeous when you get married!  I wish I could wear my mom's dress...but sadly, she's 5'2 and i'm 5'9!  She was also a size 6 ( :o ) when she got married!  I'm at least a size 14!  But I hope to incorporate part of her dress into my wedding!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: cmc_aust on June 25, 2007 10:30:33 PM
We had the bridal party facing the guests and the officiant facing the river when he was talking to us, but off to the side when he was introducing us and when the readings were being done.  But we weren't quite as squashed together as this:


Also, I meant to say, that I love the fact you are wearing your mum's dress and that she had good enough taste that it could still be worn! :D  I used to fit in my mum's wedding dress (when I was about 13) but my shoulders are much too broad now.  Plus my tummy.  And my hips. You get the idea ;)



Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: KariudoMegami on June 25, 2007 11:57:00 PM
Oh wow, that's absolutely beautiful! (I really like the patch, the embroidery is lovely) Congratulations on the upcoming wedding, as well!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on June 26, 2007 04:49:36 AM
MAR, is the officiant going to stand in front of you with his back to the guests?  If so, won't he block the view of your hands to your guests?

Sorry, I'm totally overthinking this. :D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 26, 2007 08:34:42 AM
MAR, is the officiant going to stand in front of you with his back to the guests?  If so, won't he block the view of your hands to your guests?

Sorry, I'm totally overthinking this. :D

Our lovely, Aussie officiant, Pia, is going to be in front, and in between us, during the portions that she is talking directly to us. During readings (just like cmc_aust), and when she is addressing the family, she'll be off to one side. We are getting married down near the river, our guests are standing on the pathway UP from the river, so it is an ampitheatre effect. Here's one of the pathways up from where we're getting married (sorry, I only have our fall and snowy winter pictures, because that is when we go and feed the ducks the most, so they won't starve - but the pathways are verdant and green and filled with wildflowers right now.)


So, everyone should have a really good vantage point from being angled up. I imagine we'll make some adjustments on Friday evening at the rehearsal. I will let you know if we go with our original plan. And thank you for being worried about it, I know you have my day's best interests at heart. I appreciate it!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on June 26, 2007 08:44:46 AM
OOohHHH!  That's entirely different than I envisioned!  The angled pathways will create a wonderful effect and totally widen the view... wow, wow!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: thekster on June 26, 2007 05:29:34 PM
i'm imagining it with lush green prettiness, and i love it. just a comment, if i was a guest, i'd be kinda "bleh" about having to stand the whole time. do you have any elderly, overweight, or injured people attending?


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 26, 2007 07:02:26 PM
Everyone just has to suck it up.  :D They can handle standing for 30 minutes. If they can't, they don't have to come. I have made arrangements for my Grandmother to be seated and comfortable during the ceremony, and my ailing Step-father. Everyone else is of sound body. I know I sound harse, but the ceremony is for my FI and I. I wanted a completely private ceremony, and am making serious concessions having anyone else there.

Anyone who is considering eloping, do it.... ;)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on June 26, 2007 07:03:53 PM
Anyone who is considering eloping, do it.... ;)

Seriously!  We can add "Elopements" to the title of the board, too! :D


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 26, 2007 07:05:46 PM
Seriously!  We can add "Elopements" to the title of the board, too! :D

That would be great! When we were at City Hall getting our marriage license, I was pointing at the couples getting hitched, saying to my FI "It would solve so many problems just to go get in THAT line!". ha ha ha  Oh lordy. I love my entire family, but sometimes they know how to p*ss on a dream.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: thekster on June 26, 2007 07:14:42 PM
haha i'm really worried about my future mother in law trying to take everything over (she's a bit of a craftster herself... she used to have a little booth at a craft mall where she sold her junk) so i'm trying to get everything i can done so when she tried to do anything, i can say "oh dont worry about it, it's already taken care of."
i really want to say "screw it" and get married now in vegas or something but my mom will kill me if she didn't get to see me get married. and my fiance's older bro already had a secret marriage so his mom didn't get to go.
oy. family.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 26, 2007 08:04:07 PM
I hear ya sister! If possible, get everything you can nailed down before you even announce your engagement to your family. That would make it the easiest. Then, find very specific projects to give out to the people you think will be trouble-some, to keep them busy. That worked for a girlfriend of mine.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: thekster on June 26, 2007 08:17:23 PM
ah nuts. well that cat's out of the bag already.
i called my mom and squealed to her right after, and she told everybody who was there (my dad, my aunt and uncle, and 4 or 5 family friends) who then told everybody else. soooo.
i don't know how much/if i really want anyone to help me very much. the only thing i could think of is the little crystle accents for the bouquet. i've got about 1 1/3 years before we get married so, i've got plenty of time to do stuff myself.
the only other thing i could think of is help finding us a house. or how soon before we get married we need to start looking. grrr way too much crap to be done.
...i'm really wanting to elope now haha.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Anna D. on June 26, 2007 08:27:30 PM
WOW!

Marci, they have done an amazing job, I remember a few months back you showed me a dress with green trim that you liked...I love this so much! Tell your Mom it's fantastic!

Thanks Anna! I will tell my Mom! She deserves to hear all this wonderful praise for her hard work. She asked if you were going to be there. I told her we were going to set up "beaming technology" to get you here! xoxoxo, M*

I sure wish I could be  :'(......I know it is going to be an incredible event...I am so happy for you both!!! won't be long now!!!!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: AlysiaDynamik on June 28, 2007 08:55:23 AM
I love this! The dress looks beautiful... and I'm not gonna lie I got a tear in my eye at the sentimental value of wearing her dress in your wedding....


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: teddybr218 on June 28, 2007 09:32:34 AM
I just want to add my compliments to your mother.  The dress is beautiful.  I think it is wonderful that she still has it, it is wearable and she was able to put something from the modern dress you liked in it. 

Good Luck and enjoy the day.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: balkandina on June 28, 2007 12:51:45 PM
How was your Mom's dress stored? It's in such great condition.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on June 28, 2007 02:38:12 PM
How was your Mom's dress stored? It's in such great condition.

It was cleaned well after her wedding, folded and put in a box. Later on, my Mom also put it inside a plastic box. It was stored in their basement storage room, cold and dry. So, that probably helped it stay in such good condition. It was also such a heavy, high quality satin, that it aged very well. I have to wonder if a dress made with today's quality of fabric would hold up as well if stored for 45 years!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: mycatisnosferatu on July 03, 2007 10:53:46 AM

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/BrettAnderson/weddinggownbackdetail.jpg



Holy crap that's beautiful!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on July 08, 2007 02:35:20 AM
Freshly married. Whew!

Our wedding was covered by the Sun Times in Chicago today. We are featured on page 2 of their print ad, and on line at:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article (http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article)

It is rather amazing to me, that our little wedding, with our ride up the Chicago River in canoes, getting married along the bank of the river, our little DIY decorated gallery reception, was actually covered by the newspaper. See what you can do with only a few thousand dollars and a CRAPload of elbow grease? I still can't believe it.

Still can't believe I'm married either.

You ladies can see the Sun Times link right now, for shots of my beautiful dress in action. More to come later!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: bruisinraincloud on July 08, 2007 02:53:10 AM
it looks really great!

thanks for sharing, I love looking at pics like that!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: MissDisney on July 08, 2007 05:13:47 AM
congrats on your nuptials! and wow! to wear your mom's dress...thats gotta feel great......my dress is a prom dress, but hopefully my daughter (in the future) will wear it for some occasion, especially now that i can fix it up pretty...lol

again, beautiful dress, and mom


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: olive415 on July 08, 2007 05:21:48 AM
Beautiful! What a great way to make the dress work. What are you doing with the lace bolero?


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on July 08, 2007 07:37:06 AM
Thank you everyone! Nice words, very nice.

To answer a question, I couldn't wear the bolero because it didn't fit through the shoulders. I just kept it. My Mom still had lace from when she made the bolero, and she used that to make my ring bearer pillow (our Mom's were our Ring Bearers and crafted their own pillows - I'll try to get a shot of them and post, they were gorgeous!).


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on July 08, 2007 08:18:23 PM
OOhh... beautiful!  I cannot wait to see more photos.  Congratulations, MAR!! :)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on July 11, 2007 10:56:43 PM
Thanks Sweets!
Can't wait to get all the pro pics.
Here's a good time shot of the dress :)
and my flat, rubber shoes!



Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: xfoxglove on July 12, 2007 12:01:00 AM
wow.  i love your dress.
and this picture.
and... oddly enough, the floor.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on July 12, 2007 06:32:06 AM
wow.  i love your dress.
and this picture.
and... oddly enough, the floor.


My thoughts exactly!

How cute are you?  Geezie!  Love that photo.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on July 12, 2007 11:32:16 AM
Thanks! I love that floor too, and the walls. That's what I do for a living. I hope we have some more shots of the work on the walls, too, it was all handpainted, especially for the day. You can see a tiny bit of the branches along the walls with the cherry blossoms. Can't wait to get our pro-pics.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on July 13, 2007 10:15:36 AM
Didnt expect that! It came out so BEAUTIFUL n it was already BEAUTIFUL to begin wit...



PS your mom is so pretty

Aw, that is so sweet. She is, isn't she? I really do have to print out this thread for her. Everybody likes to hear how talented and pretty they are, right?


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: disguisedasarussiancadet on August 14, 2007 10:50:31 PM
oh my gosh.  That is so beautiful.  I'm totally jealous.  My mom got married in '82 and her dress...reflects that.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: angel0lynne on August 23, 2007 04:40:07 PM
Freshly married. Whew!

Our wedding was covered by the Sun Times in Chicago today. We are featured on page 2 of their print ad, and on line at:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article (http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article)

It is rather amazing to me, that our little wedding, with our ride up the Chicago River in canoes, getting married along the bank of the river, our little DIY decorated gallery reception, was actually covered by the newspaper. See what you can do with only a few thousand dollars and a CRAPload of elbow grease? I still can't believe it.

Still can't believe I'm married either.

You ladies can see the Sun Times link right now, for shots of my beautiful dress in action. More to come later!

lol.
my grandma had a friend who got married on 7-7-07 for good luck.
btw, beautiful, beautiful dress. my mother didn't save her dress, and my aunt's didn't fit me after I turned 11. (plus my grandma got rid of it- one of my other grandmas...)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: staciart on October 16, 2007 10:16:52 AM
This dress is beautiful! My favorite color of green, too.  Excellent job and special that it was your Mom's  :)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: sweets4ever on October 16, 2007 10:17:48 AM
(totally excited someone posted on this thread again... *giggle fit*)


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: magical_otter on October 18, 2007 03:43:01 AM
Wow, so pretty!

And I love the photo from 1962, I have almost the same glasses as the bridesmaid (?) standing beside your mum!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on October 19, 2007 01:46:19 PM
Thank you everybody! My Mom did such a wonderful job on that dress (both times). Especially, since my rib cage was such a different size from hers. The way she managed to restyle it, you wouldn't have guessed the original issues I had with the dress.

The dress has just come home from the cleaner. It has been preserved. I can't imagine who else will wear it, or that it will survive through another wedding! But, at least it is preserved for posterity!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: Red Paint on October 31, 2007 10:19:25 PM
So amazing!  I'm in awe.  Hurrah for talented (and gorgeous) moms!


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: BadWolf on January 05, 2008 07:50:35 PM
That is gorgeous! I love the corset action, it looks fantastic.


Title: Re: My 1962 wedding gown
Post by: *MAR* on January 10, 2008 12:20:18 PM
Thank you Red Paint, can you believe how talented my Mom is?! She, not only, made the wedding dress, but also one of my MOH's dress. She's a talent and half!

And CassetteTape, that was it for me! Corset action! I loved having my Mom's dress, and to add to it the aspect of the "designer" dress I wanted, it really couldn't have made me happier.