Cameron’s Wedding Day!

Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography

It’s finally time to share about Cameron’s wedding day! YAY!

Cameron and Max married last Spring in Scotland at Greywalls, an old country home on the coast near Edinburgh. The couple had visited before, absolutely loved it (I think you’ll see why), and decided it was the perfect place for a small wedding ceremony and reception (with a local celebration in North Carolina, after the honeymoon.)

It was such an honor to work with Cameron to create her one-of-a-kind custom wedding overdress. Though I could not attend the destination wedding, Ryan White Photography was there to capture the day. There were so many breathtakingly beautiful photos that it was super hard to choose what to share! So prepare yourself for a crazy amount of favorites from getting dressed, to the first look, through the ceremony and the reception…

Let’s go!

Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography

Brooks Ann is absolutely incredible.

I hoped to wear a dress similar to the gown my grandmother wore in 1949, but I couldn’t find anything like it in stores. From our first contact, Brooks Ann was wonderful–knowledgeable, practical, up front about the process and costs, flexible when it came to the design, and excited to help me create my vision!

Brooks Ann is a great listener, super creative, and so skilled at taking what’s in your brain and putting it on paper and then fabric in a way that will actually work! She also went above and beyond for me–when we couldn’t find a fabric that we loved, she found a custom fabric company and worked with them to create the perfect sheer floral silk! Her skills are beyond anything I’ve ever seen. She thinks through absolutely every detail.

The multiple fittings were so much fun and the fit and look was even better than I ever dreamed! I could not be happier with my custom dress! If you want something a little different or just want the custom experience, go to Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture! She’s a delight to work with, plus her results are stunning, perfect, and so special!

-Cameron

Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography
Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography

I’m not crying, you’re crying… Okay maybe I am crying just a little…

After working with Cameron for so many months on her custom wedding overdress, it is absolutely thrilling to see the bride looking so radiant on her wedding day.

Here’s my original wedding dress sketch- next to what it became!

Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Sketch by Brooks Ann Camper | Photo by Ryan White Photography

To follow our journey together and “behind the seams”, check out all the posts that led us from our first introduction to this wedding day post!

New Bride Blog Series: Creating with Cameron!

Cameron’s Design Consultation and Wedding Dress Sketch

Draping and Patterning Cameron’s Overdress

Custom Printed Fabric for Cameron’s Custom Wedding Dress

Constructing Cameron’s Mockup

Cameron’s First Mockup Fitting!

Cameron’s Corrections and Fitting Smiles

Cameron’s Intermission: After the Mockup, but Before the Dress

Creative Cutting for Cameron

Constructing Cameron’s Sheer Silk Skirt

Cameron’s Cut-in-One Silk Sleeves

Fitting-Ready Finishes for Cameron

Cameron’s Final Fitting!

Cameron’s Finishing Touches

Photo Shoot and Delivery Day for Cameron’s Custom Wedding Dress

all leading to this Wedding Day Post!

It all started with a little inspiration from Cameron’s grandmother and her 1949 Dior wedding dress. Seeing the two together, with similar smiles, makes my heart leap!

Cameron's wedding day | Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture
Ryan White Photography & Vintage Photo of Cameron’s Grandmother

Can’t get enough? An interview with the couple and a whole lot more gorgeous wedding day photos can be found on Scotland’s wedding blog “We Fell In Love”:  http://www.wefellinlove.co.uk/blog/2017/09/13/old-fashioned-elegance-meets-modern-chic/

Also, keep following along! I’ll be back to share my process creating the dress that I made myself to wear to Cameron’s local reception and pics from the party!

(And I’ve got another bridal blog story to tell! After a short break, I’ll start this whole process over again with a new custom wedding dress for a beautiful bride named Deborah!)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ALONG! I’ve really enjoyed sharing my couture process during Cameron’s bridal blog series and getting to know a lot of you through your comments, emails, my free newsletter, and on social media. Please keep in touch and let me know what you think! YAY!

Congratulations Cameron and Max!

 

NEXT POST: Wild Card! I’ve got several post ideas that I’ve been eager to share, so even I will have to wait and see what comes next! Have ideas for topics you’d like me to write about before I start a new bride series? Let me know!

 

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13 Responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful!!! I’ve been waiting for this final post for like forever. Stunning work as usual. I really like how the train comes up and makes a nice poof at the back of the dress. Thanks for your posts and inspiration!

  2. Absolutely stunning photos! Gorgeous bride and groom – may they have a long and happy life together. I can imagine Cameron’s daughter one day wanting to wear this dress on her big day. Brooks Ann, I must say that this is my very most favourite of all your many, many glorious gowns. (Trust me, I’ve done a LOT of scrolling!) From inspiration to realization and every hand stitch in between, it’s utter perfection. And my favourite detail is that wee curve at the back waist. There’s just something in the exquisite fit and gentle arc of that one little bit that speaks volumes to the beauty of this creation and the connection you made with your bride. <3

  3. So beautiful! I loved this dress so much in the studio pictures but it is a really came alive at the wedding location. Like a fairy tale! Bravo.

  4. Lovely to finally see the culmination of your work in this beautiful wedding! I hope Cameron’s daughter enjoys dressing up in this one day.
    I have such fond memories of dressing up in my Aunt’s 1960s wedding gown! kind of sad to think this is what happens to it eventually, but actually its a lovely part of a wedding dress’s life cycle – contributing to the fashion knowledge of the next generation. It would be sadder to think it just gets boxed up and never seen again.
    My own mum was married in 1952 but had her dress cut shorter and dyed blue to wear to parties afterwards. What are your thoughts on the life of a wedding gown, beyond the big day?

    1. Thanks for following along Melanie! I love that people get creative with their wedding dresses for future occasions, but I also like those who just save it. It’s got such a story to tell! Kids playing with it is really fun and creates fun memories, like yours. That said, I often meet brides who wanted to wear their relative’s dress but it got ruined by children playing dress-up. This happened with Cameron! If her grandmother’s (1949 Dior) wedding dress wouldn’t have been ruined by kids playing with it, Cameron would have worn it. I’m glad the story turned out the way it did though! I’m all about the story and every special wedding dress has one…

  5. I’ve read each blog post and followed your journey to creating this beautiful gown but even with all that inside information and insight I could never have imagined just how beautiful the finished gown would look nor how perfectly if fit the bride, literally and figuratively. Absolutely stunning.

  6. I stumbled over this series while I was researching custom fabric printing and I ended up reading the whole thing. I love the teaching spirit that you bring to your description of your process–I feel like I learned so much! The way you talked about the rocket-ship gusset brought back memories of my 1980s teenage-hood and the thrill of finding some incredibly constructed vintage dress or coat at a rummage sale and marveling at the way it was made. I feel so inspired by your work, thank you!

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

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