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

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

TWO POSTS IN ONE!

As we are nearing the end of the bridal blog series following the creation of Cameron’s custom wedding overdress, I am really feeling the anticipation and excitement. After I made the final stitch, there were still a couple of events before the Wedding Day: The Photo Shoot and the Delivery Day.

Instead of drawing the wedding day suspense out any further, I decided to share them both in this one epic photo-filled post!

The Photo Shoot

Cameron married in Scotland, so I was unfortunately unable to attend. Luckily, her wedding photographers were awesome. They took gorgeous photos of the Big Day and were thrilled to have me share as many as I’d like with all of you (in my next post)!

But before a dress leaves my studio, I have learned to get my own shots. I get really attached to my work and I am too nervous to let it go without some serious sharable documentation. With the help of my handsome husband Charles, I turned my sewing studio into a photo studio and pretended I was a photographer for a day. 

Enjoy a few of my favorite shots!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

And some close-ups of the details…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

I love the shots above and below showing the inner workings of the cut-in-one sleeve with “rocketship” gusset…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

I love the shot below which looks like it’s an X-ray of a dress…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

And the bustle…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

The silk organza fabric that we designed and had custom-printed at Red Canary was breathtakingly beautiful in this original design. I was so so happy with how everything turned out!

The Delivery Day

Very soon after the photo shoot, Cameron and her sister Abigail came to my sewing studio. The Delivery Day is the first time Cameron would try on the completed ensemble and she would also be taking it home with her!

The blur of Cameron’s hands and feet in the pic below might tell you how excited she was when she first saw the completed dress on the dress form!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Cameron’s sister Abigail would be the one helping her get dressed on her wedding day, so she did the honors on the Delivery Day. Music from my own wedding was playing and I fondly remember hearing the two young ladies singing along from inside the dressing room…

“… because I loooove you… And the way you look tonight…”

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

She liked it!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Train Training

Part of our Delivery Day plan was to train Abigail how to bustle the long trains on Cameron’s dresses. I think these photos tell the story of how much fun we had! How fun is this shot the bride caught of me and Abigail underneath her over dress?!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Cameron also caught this silly shot of me under her dress from over her shoulder!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Ok… So I had my camera too. Abigail and I could not stop laughing…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

…and taking silly selfies as we bustled Cameron up!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

All buttoned up for a bride in bliss!

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Ahhh…. It was so fun and inspiring to work with Cameron throughout our whole journey together! It was incredibly satisfying for both of us to finally see Cameron’s gorgeous vision come true.

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Packing up and Parting Ways

All good things come to an end, and though Cameron was still a bride-to-be, my work was done. I packed everything away in a cotton garment bag…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

…and watched Cameron, Abigail, and the dress leave the studio.

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

I will admit that I shed a tear or two while packing up All Things Cameron. Once the studio was quiet again, I began folding up the custom drafted patterns, the rough drape, the mockup, the fabric samples, the flower experiments… all to be tucked away…

Photoshoot and Delivery Day for Cameron's Custom Wedding Dress by Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

While I was sad to miss the Scotland wedding, a local reception was planned after the Big Day. To keep myself from missing Cameron and her dress too much, I started day-dreaming about making myself a dress for the local occasion…

 

NEXT POST: What you’ve all been waiting for: CAMERON’S WEDDING DAY!!!!

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  1. I totally understand your feelings! After spending so much time making a dress for just one special person, you become very attached to the dress, and the bride! I always cry a bit when I see dresses leave my studio too – it is a very, very beautiful life being able to create such happiness for others :)

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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.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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