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The Groom Who Handmade His Bride's Gown

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Our next behind the scenes post from Jamie and Steven (check them out in our summer issue, on stands now!) focuses on a very key element of any bride's big day--the gown. And for this bride and groom, it was not only a big deal, but a bit of a to-do as well. The end result ias the stunner above. Read on for Steven's firsthand account.

Jamie always wanted to surprise me with her dress selection for our wedding, and she never intended on having me make it. Yet, several weeks before the wedding when her original dress arrived at the dress shop several inches too short, Jamie and I decided to design and make a new one together. Although it is not traditional for the groom to see the dress before the wedding, we had such a unique opportunity to create something special and design something that was perfectly suited for Jamie. This experience brought us even closer together, as we spent many nights working together to make it just right.

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The bride on her way down the aisle in the finished frock.

1 The bride on her way down the aisle in the finished frock.

Steven went to NYC's garment district to source the fabric. He purchased 1950s vintage lace, silk peau de soi, tulle, and all of the necessary materials for the gown.

2 Steven went to NYC's garment district to source the fabric. He purchased 1950s vintage lace, silk peau de soi, tulle, and all of the necessary materials for the gown.

Each piece of the bodice, before being layered with an overlay of vintage lace.

3 Each piece of the bodice, before being layered with an overlay of vintage lace.

Each piece of the bodice was very carefully layered with the vintage lace.

4 Each piece of the bodice was very carefully layered with the vintage lace.

Once the pieces were layered they were sewn together.

5 Once the pieces were layered they were sewn together.

The inside and outside views of the bodice construction.

6 The inside and outside views of the bodice construction.

The constructed bodice before and after the lace trim was added.

7 The constructed bodice before and after the lace trim was added.

Originally, the skirt was going to be ivory, but they shifted plans to a mocha hue once the bodice was made. Two weeks out, Steven flew to NYC for a day to source additional fabric and then flew home to hand-pleat the skirt.

8 Originally, the skirt was going to be ivory, but they shifted plans to a mocha hue once the bodice was made. Two weeks out, Steven flew to NYC for a day to source additional fabric and then flew home to hand-pleat the skirt.

Once the skirt was completed, Steven tacked the hem by hand.

9 Once the skirt was completed, Steven tacked the hem by hand.

It was just 3 days before the wedding when Jamie went to Steven's studio for her final fitting.

10 It was just 3 days before the wedding when Jamie went to Steven's studio for her final fitting.

The dress on display the morning of the wedding.

11 The dress on display the morning of the wedding.

12 "Although I had seen her in the dress before our wedding, I was still blown away the day of our wedding with how stunning she looked. She took my breath away." -Steve

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  • What a great behind-the-scenes post! I don't think many brides (if any!) can say that their groom designed and made the wedding dress. What a special experience this couple was able to share. And what an impeccable dress!

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