Today is the birthday of my wonderful and amazing partner-in-crime/photography, best friend, love of my life, and hubby-to-be, Geoff! I know the business is called “Lisa Welge” but it’s really equal parts him and I and it wouldn’t exist without him. I would never be who I am today or be at this point in my life if it wasn’t for him. His love and support of the years have made my life better than I ever could have imagined and I cannot WAIT to marry him in August! Thank you Geoff encouraging me, teaching me, helping me remember things, and making this business happen. I love you SO MUCH and am so happy you were born!
(P.S. What an awesome guy, he’s even giving up his birthday today so we can shoot Tony and Stephanie’s wedding. You ROCK Geoff, I love you infinity!)
Geoff post today! Geoff is sharing his experience photographing last night’s thunderstorm: Last night an amazing thunder and lightning storm rolled through most of California. Here in Sacramento we were getting hit extremely hard. The news was saying in the upwards of 1500 strikes in an hour at the peak of the storm. I took this opportunity to seek out a great view for all of this action. Lisa was off to sleep to prepare for her busy day today while I was perched 10 stories up in our Downtown Sacramento. It was such an amazing sight. We just wanted to share a couple of amazing pictures. Hope everyone here in Sacramento were able to get sleep last night, that thunder started to get wake-you-up-and-scare-the-crap-out-of-you loud.
I’m sure you’ve probably seen the post about my DIY wedding dress. Geoff and I are getting married in 89 days (woah) and I thought it would be fun to share these last few months of wedding planning. So come back often to see the progress of putting together our wedding shindig!
This weekend we went with our wedding coordinator, Ursula of Pleasant Events, to get our rentals figured out. We went to Classic Party Rentals in Natomas and had such a great experience there! I had so much fun picking things out. They have an awesome showroom where you can play with all the different linens, plates, cups, chairs—they’ve got it all. (BTW no one pays me to say these things, I just love to share a great experience!)
Our color scheme is green, orange, and yellow with splashes of dark brown, pink and a smidge of blue. (When they say wedding colors, I say ALL of them!) Here is what we came up with:
I am soooo excited about the outcome! Aren’t those forks cool!? The green under the plate is my own fabric. I want to make simple place mats out of fun green patterned fabrics, like the ones in the photo below.
You can also see the faux version of the flowers we want for the wedding, Poppies and Ranunculus. Emily at Classic Party rentals was super helpful. Thanks! We also went to Mimi & Co who specialize in linens and chair covers. Oh my goodness do they have some fancy linens! So many colors and fabrics! If you are looking for something extra special, check them out.
This is so cute I just had to share. For lunch that day we went to Mr. Pickles and look at how they labeled our sandwiches! Adorable!
As some of you may know Geoff and I are also engaged and getting married this August! Yay! So, to all my brides out there, if you ever want to talk wedding, I am down! Anywhoo, anyone who knows me well (or even a little bit) knows that I adore making stuff and am one crafty little devil. That’s the reason why we are going the DIY route for most of our wedding stuff including…(fanfare) da, da, da! The Dress! So far it has been a labor of love that I have been working on for the past 6 months. It’s not done yet, but I thought I’d do a little write-up on the process. (Sorry this will be a long post!)
It all started with my inspiration – the tea/cocktail length, natural waisted, fifties-style party dress. I knew I wanted something fun and and I looooooove the retro stylings of fifties fashion. I drew inspiration from an amazing dressmaker, Dolly Thicke of Dolly Couture. Then found and fell in love with this dress by designer Elie Saab.
Can we say SWOON?! I loved the lines and shape and set out on a mission to make a similar dress with my own flair.
I also stumbled across this dress:
Wowza. I instantly loved the idea of the multicolored petticoat and knew this would be a part of my dress as well. (images by the talented Aaron Delesie)
So work started in January with some practice mockups. (Very rough, and excuse the messy backgrounds). I am pretty much creating the whole thing without a pattern, aside from the built in corset.
Here I figured out that I want a gathered skirt, not a circle skirt as pictured above.
Trying to figure out the gathers on the bodice.
A practice petticoat.
After making and adjusting the corset top about 3-4 times I had my custom pattern pieces that fit me like a glove.
So, every gigantic project has to have a stupid mistake and here’s mine. I completed making the corset top and was ready to start adding the top layer of fabric that would become the gathers that crossed under the bust. So I’m pinning away into the corset, getting all my gathers in place and looking good. I’m ready to sew so I unpin everything and notice my dress form is wet. The substance is an unscented slippery goo. Thats when I realize the bust inserts I had use on the bodice were gel filled and I had been sticking about a million pins into them. Gel gunk is all over the inside of the corset. The bodice is ruined. My poor dress form is now oddly discolored. (see photo below)
I can only laugh at myself for being so dumb. BUT, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? The incident only gave me the opportunity to make and even BETTER bodice from scratch.
Bodice done-ish. Onto the skirt. I learned this really cool way of gathering fabric. Take a piece of string and use your longest, widest zig-zag stitch and sew over it. the just pull the string and viola! Instant gathers! This helps big time when you have over 5 yards of fabric to gather.
So after 6 months it’s finally starting to look like a dress! Here it is un-hemmed and way too long.
Here I pinned it up a bit. The length will me more along these lines.
I still have a lot to do. I might add some flowers to the hem and of course need to make the 10+ petticoats all in different colors, which will take a loooong time, but it’s coming along! I’ll post updates when I can. Three months from tomorrow we’ll be married!
Autumn Brown is my next door neighbor and is completely awesome. Her place always features new and interesting objects and artwork. She has even been showcasing monthly installments of the work of local artists in her living room. How cool is that? Today was Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Sacramento and Autumn created the coolest terrariums ever and asked me to photograph all the miniature scenes going on inside them. These are amazing – I love houseplants that tell stories, don’t you?В Check out some of my favorite terrarium photos below. Autumn’s work was showing at VOX in West Sacramento.
Things have been pretty amazing and busy for me lately, but IВ couldn’tВ help but take some time to oogle over how b-e-a-utiful it was outside today. I treated myself to a little nature walk down by the river. I haveВ alwaysВ enjoyed exploring my surroundings and observing all the little things I might not always notice. Seriously, It has been a LONG time since I have done this. Of course I had to capture some images to share the beauty. Enjoy! Oh, and go out and daydream at some clouds!
Last night I attended a reunion for my college sorority, Chi Delta. It was so amazing to see people that I have not seen in years! I got to catch up on everyone’s lives since college and meet some of the founding members of the sorority. It wasВ definitelyВ interesting to hear how much the organization has changed over the years and how it continues to evolve.
My wonderful fiancee Geoff came with me and was awesome enough to be photographer for the night. I love him!В Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the night! Below is a link to all the photos. It makes me so happy that I share a friendship with this rockin’ group of women!