Handmade, Repurposed & Foraged | Palmer, Alaska | Styled Shoot

Styled bridal shoots are my favorite because it allows me to show brides how to think outside the box and keep it simple when it comes to planning for their wedding. This whole look was handmade, repurposed and foraged all under $35.

Handmade: I spotted the material for this dress last winter at JoAnn’s. I instantly fell in love, but I refused to pay $20/yd for it. So I waited a good six months and finally found it on sale. Yay!! I knew that I wanted to create a wedding dress for a styled shoot, but didn’t really know where to start… I stared at it most of the summer until one day an idea arose. I jumped up, grabbed my scissors, plugged in my sewing machine and went for it! I folded the material (like a tube), sewed one side together leaving room for a leg slit and an arm hole, cut the other arm hole and stitched the shoulders. This was a tulle material with sequin overlay so I didn’t have to worry about fraying… And WaLa, a beautiful custom dress!

Repurposed: I had thrifted another wedding dress a couple years ago and wasn’t excited about the style, so I’ve been taking it apart piece by piece to use for different shoots. For this shoot I used the rhinestone and sequin sash from the old dress to create a waist line for the tube dress. It was exactly what tied the whole outfit together! The fur collar was a piece from Celestia’s mom. And lastly, the ribbon for the bouquet was a brown satin ribbon from a gift I had received in years back rolled up in my closet just waiting for it’s time to shine.

Foraged: I had contacted one of my favorite florists, Bloomsbury Blooms (last minute) to see if she were available for collaboration. She was swamped that weekend with other weddings but said to keep her in mind in the future. Will Do! So after taking a walk around my neighborhood and contemplating on all the Fall foliage I decided to go with willow branches. They wouldn’t steal the spotlight, but would add to the simple and natural aesthetic I was trying to achieve.

Model: Celestia

Location: Knik River Road, Palmer, AK


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