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The Great Wedding Dress Project.

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!


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Shawn and Lindsey are engaged!

В Shawn and Lindsey are such a cute couple and Geoff and I really enjoyed getting to know them better atВ theirВ engagement session. We started at the playground of McKinley Park in East Sacramento (oh, how I love playgrounds). It was aВ gorgeousВ sunny afternoon, slightly warm, with tons ofВ peopleВ out and about enjoying the day.В I am so in love withВ theirВ photos! When I got home and started uploading them to my hard drive, each and every photo made me smile bigger. You can just feel the love these two have for each other. Love it! Enjoy some of myВ favoritesВ below or click the link to see them all!

Shawn and Lindsey’s Engagement Photos

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Lindsey is such a beautiful girl. Look at this photo…she is stunning!

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Thank you Shawn and Lindsey for being so stinkin’ cute!!

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Lindsey & Shawn…teaser!

Oh my goodness…Geoff and I had SUCH a good time at Lindsey and Shawn’s engagement session yesterday! Their photos make me so happy. I seriously had a HUGE smile plasteredВ acrossВ my face as I was going through them on my computer. Here’s a little tease…more photos to come very soon!

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Allan & Lacey’s Engagement Session

Geoff and I had a blast shooting Allan and Lacey’s engagement session on Friday. We kicked things off by stopping in to one of the couple’s favorite hangout spots, an awesome pub called Fox and Goose. The light in this place was seriously glowing and beautiful!В After the pub we explored the surrounding few blocks of Downtown Sacramento.

Lacey and Allan are adorable. Their personalities seem to meshВ perfectlyВ with one another and it comes through in the photos. I couldn’t stop taking them! Their engagement gallery has a whopping 80 images. I had such a hard time even trying to keep the images in the post down to a reasonable number. Allan and Lacey, you guys were great and we cannot wait to shoot your wedding in May!

Enjoy the photos below and please take a look at the gallery to see more of Allan and Lacey’s awesome love!

Allan & Lacey’s Engagement Gallery

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Welcome to lisawelge.com/blog!

It has been a big couple of days! Yesterday I launched the new lisawelge.com and today I am proud to announce my new blog. Not only is it finally under my own domain, but this layout is waaay better that my old blog, with its skinny columns that only let me post little bitty photos. So limiting! The new blog’s got a wide column so you get to see the photos BIG! Love it! I thought I would debut the wide-ness by showing off one of my favorite photos from a portrait session I recently did. (More of this session coming soon!) I think his expression pretty much sums up how I feel about the changes on my sites. JOY!

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lisawelge.com…New and Improved!

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I am so excited to launch the new lisawelge.com site! I’ve been working on it for quite some time now and I am very proud of my baby! Take a look, I hope you like what you see. Next up, a fancy new blog…

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Oh…what a beautiful day!

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!

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Christina & Brent…teaser!

Congratulations to my eldest sister Christina who recently got engaged to one of my favorite guys, Brent! Saturday we headed up to El Dorado Hills for her engagement session. Here’s a little tease, more photos are coming soon. There were so many amazing images!

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Cale & Lana

I had so much fun photographing Cale and Lana. They are such a fun couple and so easy to work with. We went to a park in downtown Sacramento that had the most awesome playground! My fiancee Geoff and I shot this session together and I finally got to work with my new Canon 5D Mark II (which is flipping amazing, by the way!).

I seriously loved this session! Cale and Lana are so naturally photogenic not to mention totally in love. Cale is mucho handsome and Lana isВ absolutelyВ beautiful. Get a load ofВ theirВ hotness below. You can click the link to see all the photos, but I’ve posted my favorites below. Happy New Year!

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Cale and Lana Session Photos

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