Restyling your mother’s old gown

One of my favorite projects is to restyle a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown. It is such a beautiful continuation of a gown filled with so many special memories. It is also a very affordable and sustainable way to re-imagine your wedding day gown. 

Restyling wedding gowns can be very complicated or fairly simple. For some, it is simply about altering the dress to perfectly fit your body, for others it is about finding new ways to highlight the gems of the gown, and for others it is about adding the subtle details to make the gown feel uniquely their own. 

A past bride I worked with, Sara Mason, wanted to recreate her wedding dress out of her mother’s. We collaborated together through every step to finesse the design of the new dress. We had to hand dye the new lace we added to the dress in order to match the original color of the dress. We used a tea-dye to find the perfect match of color. This dress was such a treat to recreate. I always love the challenge of finding new ways to restyle an old dress! 

Here are some words from Sara, herself:

Jennifer is a joy to work with. She is thoughtful, really listens to what you are trying to accomplish with a design and executes it perfectly, promptly and with a keen attention to detail. I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer to recreate my wedding dress out of my mother’s. She consulted me every step of the way so we could collaborate on each aspect of the design. My dress turned out better than I had ever expected and I was so lucky to have found Jennifer to make an idea into reality!” -Sara Mason

We are so happy for you Sara! And what a beautiful and dreamy wedding day you had on the Amalfi Coast in Italy!

*Emiliano Russo Photography