Monday, 26 July 2010

Wedding Birds Meet The Wedding Dress

After months of planning and tweaking of colours the bride and I were finally pleased with our final choices, although placement of the birds still took some deliberation. We'd initially planned for a singular bird on the dress at the back, one on the lace jacket and one for an evening fascinator. When it came to pinning the birds to the dress we felt the hip was a more perfect place for the Blue Tit. The slant of the Blue Tit could sit on the seam of the waist and draw attention to the delicate trim of the lace that tiered down the dress structure. The dress itself was designed and made in Brighton by Kevin at Renaissance design and then I added on the extra details of the birds and hand stitched Liberty buttons.

The buttons were made from Liberty Tana Lawn fabric 'Nina' print the same fabric print that the birds were embroidered onto, every other button had tiny embroidery detail. The button loops were hand woven.

Mrs Whiteley

The dress also had coloured netting underneath in the colours of the wedding theme (which matched my threads) all based on the brides bespoke engagement ring made by the talented Sarah May Marshall, which looked fantastic for the first dance.

Even though I'd seen my friend in it so many times at various stages and spent so much time helping plan it, buttoning her up for the last time took my breath away. In her hat she'd made, shoes she had made, hair and make up perfect she looked truly wonderful... and yes I cried before we even got to the church.


  1. What a beautiful and original wedding dress!The birds and buttons are such perfect additions to the dress; well done to you and your friend,xxx

  2. Simply gorgeous! I love the attention to detail - the layering of the liberty print under the embroidery, the matching fabric covered buttons, and the hint of blue in the underskirt.

  3. Thank you ladies! The underskirt also had pink and gold netting, really quite special a quirky touch added by the dress designer/maker. I'm most pleased with the subtle hints of floral that show through the detailed embroidery.

  4. What a wonderfully gentle post and lovely work on the birds....terrific dress, also.


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