The Story of My Dream Wedding Dress

This is the story of how two wonderful women made my dream a reality…

When I was a teenager, I decided I wanted a Celtic wedding dress. I used to sketch and doodle designs all the time, and although that design had slight alterations through the years, the basic design stayed the same: Celtic/medieval style, A-line waste with a split overlay, minimal beading and bell sleeves.

This is one of the early designs of my dress.

This is one of the early designs of my dress.

It didn’t take me long to realize that such dresses were not to be found in your typical bridal shop, so I gave up on the idea, until my fiance suggested that maybe his grandmother–a retired seamstress–could make it. We asked her and she accepted. I was so excited! I went to work on providing her with some design sketches:

Front view of the wedding dress

Front view of the wedding dress

With these design sketches in hand, the work began on one of TWO practice gowns made from scrap, cheap, or otherwise used materials (one of them was made with an old table cloth and curtain fabric).

Of course we also had to find the perfect material for the real dress. We found some awesome stuff for an awesome price at a local fabric store.

This dress was made extra long so we could determine how long I really wanted the train to be.

This dress was made extra long so we could determine how long I really wanted the train to be.

While this was under way, I turned to Amazon and started ordering beads like a mad woman to figure out what I really wanted…

Josua’s grandmother and family friend Christina–a designer–made an excellent team. Christina drew out a sewing pattern and Irene (grandma) did what she does best: SEW!

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Adjustments were made to the pattern as needed. It was amazing to watch these two women work! I learned so much from them. And I did more beading practice until I figured out the best way to do it and how exactly I wanted it.

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I even beaded while I was riding the train up to see my fiance!

Beading on the train. I drew the pattern onto a thing piece of paper which I pinned to the fabric. Once I was done beading, I tore the paper out.

Beading on the train. I drew the pattern onto a thing piece of paper which I pinned to the fabric. Once I was done beading, I tore the paper out.

Unfortunately, I have no documentation of the second practice dress, but I do have pictures of the early stages of the real deal:

What a process it was! So many hours went into making this dress. I could never thank Irene and Christina enough.

Finally some final touches were made:

And that, my friends, is how I got my dream, custom-made, Celtic wedding dress.IMG_1068 IMG_2774

Wedding photographers: Katie Park and William Kreth

Hairstyle done by: Madeline Perry

My sisters and mom got their awesome and beautiful and affordable renaissance dresses from Www.HolyClothing.Com And my awesome husband hand-carved a heart necklace for each of my sisters to wear to the wedding.

Shout out to Lori Park for the most beautiful and exquisite wedding cake ever. THANK YOU!

The most beautiful and TASTY wedding cake ever. It was more than I ever could have dreamed of.

Eternity begins today… Josua and Carrie Finke, August 1, 2015

Celtic wedding rings. I mentioned one time very briefly on our first date that Celtic rings were my favorite. My husband is just perfect. 🙂

That beading took HOURS. What do you think–was it worth it? (I think it was!)

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