*This is a republished post from the old website: original post date April 2013

Spring has brought with it the flowers, bluebonnets to be specific. I'm very proud to announce that last weekend, the premier wedding for EcoArmoire and its bridal line, EcoTrousseau, went off without a hitch. Well, one hitch, that of Cara to Andrew. I'm lucky enough to have amazingly talented, creative and supportive friends, who trusted me with their wedding attire needs. Thank you to you both for this amazing opportunity! Cheers to the incredible future ahead of you.

Gushing complete. Now to the nitty gritty of the wedding itself. Cara, the ever stylish, mid-century loving gal, came up with the theme of Mad Men meets Texas picnic. Following a color scheme found here, we set out to plan her wedding attire. 

Special thanks to Briana Purser for the use of her photography.


First, Cara's bridal dress:

Sitting in a little coffee shop, iPad and pinterest at hand, we started to hash out the concept of her dress. We had come up with this sassy, cocktail length design and I had done a rough sketch. At the end of our session, she mentioned receiving an old wedding dress from her grandmother who had collected a few gowns, out of which she was making a quilt. Cara thought one of them had potential. She pulled it out of the trunk of her car and poof! I had a vision of how to take this dress and make it into the one we had already designed. Thus, an idea was born!

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  The dress was deconstructed and reconstructed over several, super fun fit sessions with Cara, where I let her be the one to cut the skirt off the bottom. Alas, we were both remiss, as, in our excitement, neither one of us thought to take a "before" shot of the dress. We altered the neckline to give a sultry scoop down in the back, added lace on the top and the skirt and some other vintage details. I also created her headpiece from leftover pieces of the satin from the dress, Russian netting and vintage French grosgrain ribbon.

 

Details on Cara's dress:

  • Upcycled satin A-line, pleated bodice dress, turned into cocktail length, mid-century inspired wedding gown
  • Vintage lace on bodice and skirt
  • Vintage grograin ribbon waist detail with bow in back
  • Blue tulle petticoat
  • Side seam pockets
  • Satin covered buttons down back
  • Vintage blue velvet ribbon detail inside bodice, the 'something blue' only visible to the wearer
  • Borrowed vintage rhinestone brooch detail at bust
  • Fully Lined

My favorite part: the back, for sure!


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    Bridesmaid's dresses:

     

    Almost immediately, Cara found a pattern she liked from the vintage reproduction line of Butterick patterns, 5748. I a few modifications, like adding pockets for the ladies to stash their lipstick and hankies, and we talked fabric choices. In sync with EcoArmoire's mission, Cara opted for organic cotton sateen for several reasons. 1. The fabrics had to be hand-dyed (by yours truly) to match Cara's color scheme and synthetics aren't very eco-friendly or very easily dyed after market. 2. Texas=cotton, especially since April could have easily brought a nasty hot day or a cool, drizzly one like what we actually got. 3. It's affordable! 

    After a few fit sessions in Chicago (bachelorette party weekend!) and in Dallas, sewing commenced. 

    Details on these dresses:

    • Organic Cotton Sateen
    • Side Seam Pockets
    • Attached petticoat for maximum Umphf!
    • Bra Strap holders
    • Fully lined
    • Custom Ivory Organic Sateen Cotton belt

       

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      Flower Girl's dress

       

      Emiko, the flower girl and beloved daughter of the couple, may have stolen the show, not that Cara minded that in the least. Cara found an amazing vintage McCall's pattern, 5527; we later found out that her grandmother used to have that exact pattern back in the day. Added a four-colored petticoat and Emiko was a princess, as she reminded us all day. 

       

      Details on these dresses:

      • Quadruple, multi-colored petticoat
      • Satin, salvaged from mother Cara'a upcycled original gown
      • Blue rickrack trim
      • Lace sleeves from same lace as Cara's dress
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        Mother of the Bride, Caron's dress

         

        The lovely MOTB, Caron, found an amazing vintage designer pattern, McCall's 5588, but as the pattern itself was $150, we opted to design something similar and put that money towards supple fabric instead!

        Details on these dresses:

        • Muted teal green organic cotton/silk blend fabric
        • Vintage brocade sash
        • Bra Strap holders
        • Fully Lined
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        See the gal with the drink in her hand? C'est moi! Somehow managed to knockout this green little number for myself.


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        Men's accessories

         

        All the groomsmen and Caron's husband donned a matching skinny tie, made from the fabrics of their respectively escorted ladies.  


        Hope you enjoyed this little promenade down the details of this exquisite, super fun wedding. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, indeed.

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