Last winter, my mom and I opened her preserved wedding dress from when she married my dad. My parents are divorced, but it was really special to see her "dress". I put it in quotations because it really is a wedding suit with a long, high-waisted skirt, blouse, & peplum jacket. We also found their wedding invitation looking through photos (in an album of course), which was so fun! Here are some photos of my mom wearing the dress!
The dress was in great shape despite being in a box for ~30 years! The skirt had a lot of fabric and had a high/low shape that is on trend today, so we decided to work with the skirt to create a dress.
We knew just the woman to help us create the dress. Nancy of Maggie Flood is a well-known dressmaker in the Greater Boston area and has been in business for many, many years creating wedding dresses.
We first visited her in May 2016 and she got our vision immediately. She also suggested reworking the peplum jacket to fit me. Nancy said the condition of the fabrics, and the fabric itself, would be great to manipulate. I went to 8 fittings(!!) and her meticulous work & attention to detail made the dress just what my mom & I envisioned. Looking back I wish I had taken more photos of the process but at the time scraps of material didn't interest me enough, I guess. Here are a couple shots of the dress & jacket at one of the last fittings.
I styled the dress with new & old details: rose gold sparkly shoes, my paternal grandma's pearls layered with Kate Spade necklace, and simple hair blow out.
We also had a small display of photos printed for guests at the wedding to see the creation.
I plan to wear it again on our 1 year anniversary - if not before!
Photos by Hello Love Photography and me.