Handmade wedding dresses, veils, and jewelry

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As promised, I am continuing our wedding series this week with a spotlight on the bride. As a bride, your options really are limitless when it comes to having a handmade wedding. The choices that I am showcasing represent one tiny facet of what’s available, so if these aren’t your thing, I encourage you to do some searching – you really can make your day one that your guests will always remember when you buy handmade!

Let’s start with the most important decision most brides will make: The Dress! Despite the fact that I have been married for years, looking at wedding dresses never gets old.

This first option, by Joan Shum, just screams “bride!” It is romantic, elegant, and has touches of fun while still maintaining a traditional aesthetic. If you love the look, but not the length, all of Joan Shum’s dresses can be made in any length you like. Wouldn’t this be stunning as a tea length gown?

The next option is simply gorgeous, and is a cost effective and eco elegant option for a modern bride. Created by Isadora Clothing, this dress would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. Just imagine it on the beach or in a garden! Perfection!

Once you’ve picked out a gown, deciding what to do with your hair is the next consideration. Whether you choose a traditional veil, a tiara, or something else entirely, there are options aplenty, beginning with this lovely veil designed by Veiled Beauty. Called, “A Little Something,” this veil is just that, a little bit of pretty for your big day.

How about a tiara too? This tiara, from Anca Pe’elma, has the right mix of sparkle and sophistication. Too beautiful to wear just once? Wear it around the house after the wedding, I won’t tell.

This next option is for you if you’ve ever been Carrie Bradshaw in your fantasy life. Made by Violet Delight [Since the writing of this post, this Etsy shop has been closed. If anyone has a new link, please let me know.] , this choice gives a nod to tradition with the veil and flower, but the overall design and peacock feather are a glamorous take on vintage modern.

A bride needs special jewelry for her special day! Not only can you add a little shimmer to your earlobes with these lovely earrings by Amber Sky, but you can also get your “something blue” taken care of as well.

Another option is this fabulous bracelet by Handwired Jewelry Design. Like the earrings above, this bracelet will work on your wedding day and beyond with its fanciful mix of pearls and swarovski crystal.

Last but not least, what will your attendants wear? This simple dress from Amanda Archer can be made in a variety of colors and will have your bridesmaids singing your praises! Not only will they look great in your wedding pictures, but this is one dress that won’t be gathering dust at the back of their closets!

I saved the whimsy for the end. This flower girl dress is every little girl’s princess fantasy, come to life! Created by Sweet Plume, this confection is all color and fun and is guaranteed to make your guests smile.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our look at wedding designs. If you’re not planning a wedding, but instead find yourself an invited guest, tune in next week when I will show you some great picks for handmade wedding presents that the bride and groom will love!

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  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • Interview with Victoria of LavenderField
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Bottled Up
  • Crescent Maille

Spring Fashion Crush!

We just enjoyed 3 days of glorious sunshine (which is a rarity this time of year here on the “wet coast”) and all I could think of was how I’d love a new dress or two soon, to be ready for all that summer will have to offer. A little insight into life here in Vancouver, we locals joke frequently about how most of our city’s dwellers have at least a mild case of “SAD” (seasonal affective disorder), and how we love to watch abandoned streets, patios and beaches become almost instantly filled when the first hint of summer sunshine arrives. Honestly, I’m getting wistful just typing this! Before I segue, I’ll just let you know that if you need somewhere to visit in the summer time, Vancouver is truly where it’s at if you love the great outdoors, good food, and unique shopping (and no, I don’t work for Tourism Canada ;).

Moving along… I’ve got a wonderful fashion duo to share with you today! Hailing from Australia, Three Little Ducks is a boutique fashion label run by Katherine Humphery and Patrick McDermott. Their line is full of beautiful classic tailoring, figure flattering cuts and details that make this fashion lover swoon! More than one dress from this collection has caught my eye and has me mentally calculating shipping costs and timing for a package to arrive from Australia to Canada.

Katherine and Patrick share on their blog that the focus of their line is quality and simplicity with details brought into their pieces through the use of layers and textured fabrics. Their passion for what they do is so evident – it seems clear to me they know the power fashion can have to transform us and they say it best on their blog:

“Even the serious fashion cynic can find him or herself in unconscious appreciation of a tailored shirt and aware of its persuasive influence on both wearer and observer.

The clothes we wear of course surround us and, if we accept Alain De Botton’s notion that, for better or worse, we are different people depending on our surrounds, we should resist the gauche and embrace skillful design and construction in fabric and clothes.”

I hope you’ll enjoy this peek into their latest collection and are inspired by their passionate approach to their craft. If you have a favorite indie design label you think we should cover here on the blog I’d love to hear about it!

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • Interview with Victoria of LavenderField
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Bottled Up
  • Crescent Maille

April showers

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Jill Popowich Designs: Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved jewelry and was intrigued with designing and making it. I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where I received a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. Since 1994 I’ve been working as an Environmental Graphic Designer having the opportunity to travel the world working on large scale retail environments designing signage, sculptures and architectural details. It is this large scale 3-D work that re-sparked my interest in jewelry design and the opportunity to build something that can be interacted with on a personal scale.

All of the jewelry in my shop is handcrafted by me. Since each piece is hand made they will all vary taking on a personality of their own making each one unique and special. Please wear and enjoy each of my creations for its individual personality, shape, texture, material and craftsmanship.

  • Handknit Hugs
  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • Interview with Victoria of LavenderField
  • G Street Fabrics
  • Bottled Up
  • Crescent Maille