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Bridal veil

bridal veil

This story actually begins ten years ago, back when Mike and I were first engaged to be married. My mom and I went to a fabric store and picked out fabric for a wedding dress and a veil. I spent the month of August that year designing and making my wedding dress on the floor of my very tolerant sister’s studio apartment in between reading Harry Potter books to her landlady’s children (I will post dress photos someday), but my attempts at making a veil fell short. I wound up purchasing one from the back of a card shop, which randomly had wedding veils as well. I kept my attempts, and the left over materials – presumably out of some sort of sentimentality combined with my inability to throw out fabric.

And then this summer I got an email from a dear friend who is getting married this summer. She wanted a very simple veil, and asked if I could make her one. I told her my story, and said I would try but didn’t think I could. And then I pulled out all of my old veil materials, and (thanks to the addition of a serger to my sewing cabinet) made something that I think is quite pretty! It’s designed to attach with a comb underneath an up-do. Hopefully my friend likes it too; if not, Emma would LOVE to add it to her dress-up collection =)

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

11 thoughts on “Bridal veil”

  1. Mary Anne, this is such a sweet gesture on your part for your friend, and such a pretty veil too. You are so talented and such a nice person.
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  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    How lovely that you’ve been able to come full circle with your veil-making memories by designing and sewing a veil for your friend! I love how wispy this is – simple and elegant. And it will mean so much to your friend to wear a veil handmade by someone she loves! Perfect!!
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  3. This is so wonderful that you made your own wedding dress, and now your veil will also have its time in the spotlight. I think it turned out quite beautiful.
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  4. Thanks, everyone!

    @Ticia – I justified my serger off of wanting one for a good decade before I got it – and, it was more affordable than most at $200 from Costco ;)

  5. I am the lucky friend behind this story.

    I *love love love* it :) It falls delicately and beautifully on my back, and it means so much to have the story and the love behind this veil. Magical.

    Thanks so much, MaryAnne!!

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