|We can't leave you in suspense, though; the story has a happy ending.|
Our inspiration dress was actually a blouse and a skirt, and originally we were going to do that, but then decided that having the skirt attached would not only save fabric, but would prevent the worry of a blouse becoming untucked. We didn't have the pattern from the designer, but that just made the project more exciting and allowed Michelle to unleash her own creativity. We started with the pattern we did have - the one for my wedding dress.
|She didn't want ruffles or a long train, and definitely didn't want poufy sleeves, but my old wedding dress was a great starting point and resource for making something that did work.|
After completing that dress, and being satisfied with how it looked, it was time to create the real wedding dress. I'll admit there was a fair amount of mind changing and picking out threads - and wishing the bride had followed the counsel to not show "in progress" pictures to the groom! - but overall the experience was a positive one, and we met our goal to complete it during her visit.
Because the airline had misplaced Michelle's luggage on her flight to West Palm, we didn't trust them to not do that again. Besides, her suitcase was pretty full. We decided I would bring the wedding gown in my carry-on luggage when I went to Utah for the wedding. She made room for the temple dress, which could be a "Plan B" if necessary.
|All ready to be packed for the big day!|
As we were packing for the cruise, we noticed a little thing called Hurricane Irma forming in the Atlantic, but didn't concern ourselves with it too much because the reports had it moving slowly to the south and we would be home and gone again before it reached Florida. The reports changed, but that story deserves its own post.
Bottom line, our flight from Seattle to West Palm on September 9th was cancelled, so we rescheduled it to the 11th. When that one was also cancelled we had a problem. We were in Washington, the dress was in Florida, and the wedding was in Utah.
One of Michelle's friends offered to let her borrow a wedding dress. That was super nice of them, and it would have worked as a Plan C, (not sure why our original Plan B was vetoed at the time), but it really wasn't Michelle's style.
Since the airlines wouldn't change our flight to a different city, Wayne had the brilliant idea to drive to Utah, so we rented a car and did just that (and rescheduled our flight home for a week later). That got us to the wedding, but not the dress. The obvious solution would be to have someone go to our house, get the dress and mail it to Michelle, but the only way into our house is with a key, and we had our keys with us.
We did some research and found a FedEx office just off the freeway in Oregon, made a quick stop to mail a friend a key, and crossed our fingers. Unfortunately, our "overnight" delivery wasn't delivered the next day; our key was stuck in Tennessee because flights still weren't going into Florida. We tried to make things better by creating another wedding dress.
Fortunately, this overnight delivery really was overnight and Michelle's dream creation arrived before her special day. "All's well that ends well." As Michelle put it on Instagram:
|This is actually a picture of her arranging the flowers on her cake, but I found it's also the best picture to showcase her dress. Maybe she should have done a "bridal" session after all!|
|I used lace leftover from the wedding dress in the dresses for the nieces. That was a fun project as well.|