Yes, I'm not getting married until next Spring, but my mind is already running crazy with wedding ideas and inspirations.
I know that once it gets near I'll have to be busy thinking about packing and moving, so I would really like to be able to get lots of the smaller wedding things - including decorations, clothes, etc. done ahead of time, and put away ready for the big day!
I'm trying to keep my dress a complete secret from Jordan. (and since he also reads this blog I can't share too many details.....) It will be a historical 1860s style, of course, but what *exactly* will have to be a surprise...However, I *will* give you a little sneak peek into the material and a few dress images that have been inspiring me lately.
So, the fabric. It's already been ordered and I have it in hand ready to go....though I won't start on it for probably a couple of months. The dress will involve two different fabrics:
#1. Ivory silk taffeta from Renassaince Fabrics.
Gorgeous stuff - love the way it catches the light!
#2. White cotton voile from Dharma Trading.
I have used this many times before - as always it is sheer and floaty and wonderful.
As for the dress style, I have a pretty exact sketch and idea in mind (not to say it won't change during construction, though! lol) But it took alot of different inspiration to get me there. Here are a few of my favorites:
As beautiful as some of the above examples are, I've never been able to see myself wearing a veil. Not sure why, but it just doesn't fit. So I'm thinking about going with a simpler option, some sort of a natural looking floral wreath. Many, many of the victorian wedding ensembles I've looked at have featured a crown of flowers, either fresh or paper - mostly in combination with a veil, but I think it will be equally pretty without.
19th c. painting
Paper flower headdress, c. 1860
Even Queen Victoria wore one! ;)
I thought about buying from one of the many Etsy shops that sells such lovely bridal hair pieces,
such as 'The Honeycomb'
But, in the end I decided to order the supplies all separate and make my own. I may even end up making them for some of the other girls too! I'm excited to see how it turns out! I have never attempted something like this before so hopefully it won't be too difficult...
I would love to know if you girls have any thoughts/input for wedding inspiration!