Wedding Dress Sewing – Part 5 – The Big Day

Welcome to the final post in my Wedding Dress Sewing blog series! Today, I won’t be discussing sewing my handmade wedding dress. I’ll mostly be sharing pictures and talking about our big day, which was six months ago today! If you’d like to catch up on the making process, here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.


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We got married in May at Stone Bridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama. The venue is beautiful, and all-inclusive. Floral, decor, catering, and coordination were handled on site. We simply had to get clothes, a photographer, an officiant, and a cake (they recommended For Goodness Cakes which was great!). This made our short engagement possible, especially considering that I was making my dress.

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Stone Bridge, like many wedding venues, has dressing rooms for both sides of the bridal party in their chalet. We did not spend too much time in here since our rehearsal was in the morning, but it was great to get ready on site. My hair and makeup was done by Mariposa Beauty from Huntsville. I went for an “elevated natural” look with a half up/half down hairstyle. Meg and Ashley did a wonderful job!

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our “matchmaker” was my matron of honor (and her husband officiated)
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momma’s help got us to the finish line

Our wedding ceremony was in the Chapel, which was plenty large for our guests to comfortably spread out. We took pictures around the beautiful property and had our reception in the Lodge.

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we took communion during the ceremony while our friend, Shannon (“Saint”) Lewis played guitar and sang

My mom made my veil using extra flowers from the lace bodice of my dress. I wore pearls my grandma handed down several years back and borrowed a bracelet from my mom. I ordered a beaded belt on Etsy to finish out the look.

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momma placing the veil she made for me
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wedded bliss
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twirling in handmade dresses is great. in handmade wedding dresses? the best!

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Looking back, there were several times I almost quit. There were many tears and so much frustration in the process of making my wedding dress. I knew, though, that I wanted nothing more than to wear a handmade wedding dress when I married the man I love. I’m so glad I stuck with it! My dress is far from perfect, but it was perfect for our wedding. I know we will both treasure it forever.

I’m incredibly grateful to my mom, who helped so much and took several trips down to Huntsville to do so. And also to Nathan, who did so much of the wedding planning so that I could spend time working on this dress. It was a labor of love and I know how much he appreciates that.

If you’d like to watch our wedding “highlights” video, you can find that here.

Thank you for following along on this journey! Soon, we’ll get back to regular sewing content!

Wedding Day:

Hair/Makeup: Mariposa Beauty HSV
Photographer: Noble Photo LLC
Venue & Floral: Stone Bridge Farms, Cullman, AL


Beaded Belt: BellaBellaLaBella on Etsy
Programs: BohemianWoods on Etsy


McCall’s 7090
McCall’s 7718 Fabrics:

Mattia White Floral Embroidered Lace (SKU: 329663)
White Sparkle Nylon Organza (SKU: 109319)
Bright White Silk Chiffon (SKU: PV5000-101)

The Whole Series:

Handmade Wedding Dress

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