Alternative Wedding Gowns created with vintage lace and fabrics. A portion of the proceeds are given to Destiny Rescue to rescue children from human trafficking.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Embroidered Spring Wildflower Corseted Wedding Gown, Rustic Woodland Meadow Bridal Gown

 This sweet gown is covered in delicate wildflowers, 
with the perfect amount of color 
to guide your eyes over the beautiful contours of the gown.
Asymmetrical points are finished in vintage laces 
adding to the delicate, but sweetly natural feel of this dress. 
Be sure to zoom in on the details of lace overlayed on the entire bodice, 
creating a lovely texture .

This corset can be paired 
with a vintage ruffled skirt
 or  a sweeping crinkle tulle skirt.


Each piece of vintage embroidery is framed in vintage lace. 






 So many details in the ruffles.


 I just have to say
This models hair was amazing !






Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reaping a Harvest, Enjoying My Kids


I've realized lately that I've been enjoying my kids in a sweet, peaceful way. 

This season of young adults and teenagers 
is filled with full schedules, hobbies and higher learning, 
and its also filled with difficult discussions, mature thoughts 
and thankfully much laughter and wit.


With five kids, three boys and two girls spanning eleven years, 
for many years I sought to keep the peace , in my mind, heart and spirit, 
but also in my home and between my children.
Many times it felt like it was so close, 
only to fall apart in a tantrum , 
either of my children's or my own!

I know peace looks different for different people; 
for some people it might look like curling up and reading a classic, 
for others it looks like jumping from a plane and flying through open space. 
For me, it looks like my kids honoring each persons' uniqueness 
and engaging in understanding and appreciating them.









So I was asked, 
"What has made the biggest difference in them
 growing in their relationship over the years?"


I stayed up late contemplating that.

I felt like I was being asked for one key, 
the key I wanted desperately as a young mom
to insure that my kids would love each other, 
truly.

Back then, I read good books, I listened to wisdom,
I learned and searched, 
and when I truly saw it , I tuned in.

This may sound trite but,
Basically, 
keep it simple. 

Consistently do what is important.
Keep growing yourself in wisdom and knowledge.
Keep growing your marriage. 
Keep nurturing , loving, caring for and training your children.  
Embrace that our family is unique. 
Be content,
and 
Play together.

 

























If I increase my knowledge in any subject,
I have knowledge and an example of learning to offer my children .

If I invest time growing closer to my Maker,
my children experience the peace that comes from my spirit.

If I invest in growing closer to my husband,
my children experience better communication and the calmness of security.

If I feed, clean and  clothe my children
they experience security in the physical sense.
  ( Dinner as a family is priceless, bath times were fun,
     and laundry is actually a valuable part of nurturing.)

If I feed their minds with great literature,
clean their consciouses with understanding and forgiveness,
and clothe their spirits with truth,
I am giving them priceless treasure.

If I don't look to others for our identity,
but rest assured in the fact that we are individually
and collectively as a family divinely unique,
I give and receive peace.


If I nurture a grateful heart of my own,
and in them, we are content.




Doing it all consistently is a difficult task, but of great value. 
Consistently correcting behavior of my own and of my children, 
is never fun. 
But looking to our hearts to weed out selfishness, laziness or pride 
that instigated the bad behavior is very rewarding and life changing. 
And then working through asking for forgiveness, 
and giving forgiveness is both humbling and beautiful. 
It is never a finished task because we are human, but it is a worthwhile one.

As the kids have gotten older, we have done several personality tests 
and read and discussed different types of people at length. 
I believe as we see ourselves and each other in the descriptions 
and then read about how processing and problem solving work differently 
for different people, we are better able to honor and appreciate our differences.
I think this is so important in fostering understanding of ourselves and others,
and encouraging  honor and friendship.

I've tried to teach them to:
Truly listen, repeat back to be sure you hear the person correctly.
Consider the persons intentions or motivations.
Consider your own motivations.
Be willing to ask for forgiveness.
Be willing to forgive.

I hope these keys bless and encourage you!



"Let us not become weary in doing good, for in the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up". Galatians 6:9


"...every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all its innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself.To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other."       C.S. Lewis





Bye, bye!






Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wildflower Storybook Corseted Wedding Gown, Woodland Blossom Bohemian Bridal Gown


This wildflower gown
with its sweetheart bodice,
is romantically covered in 
vintage embroidery and
 countless pieces of
vintage lace.
Every colored piece is framed or embellished with lace.
Ribbon corseting ties both the front and back
gracefully connecting vintage laces.


 Vintage and fine fabrics are gathered and layered 
creating a rustically romantic skirt.

The texture details of lace seem infinite.
Symbols of the delicate way a heart weaves itself
through every aspect of life.











 I just love 
this sweet little bird 
wrapping itself around the bride!

 Close ups, 
so you can see the details
 of embroidery work and lace.

 When you decide on one of my dresses, 
you are choosing
beauty,
elegance,
handmade,
heart felt,
art!








Friday, January 20, 2017

Marie Antionette French Provincial Styled Wedding, Rustic Romance at Union Hill



For the couple who is taken with the idea of celebrating 
their marriage in a rustically romantic way, 
combining creative new fashions 
that are inspired by history
 seems an original 
and authentic way of doing just that.

As a designer, 
there are many factors that I consider 
when creating a unique or custom gown.





My intent is for the bride to look and feel like she is wrapped up in her very heart, 
ready to present all of herself, 
visually, 
emotionally,
 mindfully and spiritually to her groom.






Taking into account the location
 is an important part of the design process.







Whatever the occasion, we ask that age old question, 
"What should I wear?"
In a New York five star hotel, of course you would want to sparkle.


the gown should be something created specifically
to be complimented by the surroundings.





This gown is covered in a variety of vintage fabrics, laces and pearls. 
I employed tea dyed satins, linens and laces
to combine the elegance of a traditional bridal gown, 
with the  simplicity of  linen.


The effect is a gown that is appropriate for the time and place,
and a bride who knows she has found the perfect dress!












brought together a team of excellent local artists
 and was headed up by a beautifully creative photographer.
I was truly honored to collaborate with these women 
and am absolutely inspired and encouraged 
by each of their spirits' of excellence.





an amazing local catering service

Cake Decor
abundantly graceful and romantic 







Gorgeous Bridal Braid
 by the very creative Alyssa



Hand made Hair Roses 
and Linen and Lace 
by 




Make-up
Professionally Photo Ready
by 
Heather



Extravagantly Romantic Florals 
Cake Decor and Table Setting
by






Beautifully Elegant Hand Written Invitations and Signage
by 
Laura London Designs


 





Jewelry











Hopefully Romantic




Wedding Venue
The Most Romantically Rustic 
Wedding Destination 
in California's Gold Country