November 30th Koen and I got married in Las Vegas. I finally can share my wedding dress with you! It’s a crochet wedding dress which I’ve made together with my mom. It took us months to design, crochet, sew and make improvements. But it turned out just the way I wanted!
Wedding after movie
Here you can watch our wedding movie. Text continues below this video.
Renting a wedding dress..
Last January Koen proposed on the plane to New York and I could finally start preparing the most beautiful day of our dreams. Initially I wanted to rent a wedding dress in Las Vegas. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress that I would wear for just one day, probably ending up in a box in the attic catching dust. Besides, it’s not very convenient transporting a wedding dress all the way to Vegas in carry-on luggage.
..or making a wedding dress myself?
But I changed my mind. My mom started her career as a professional sewer and we both know how to crochet. I thought it would be very special to make a crochet wedding dress together. One that was easy to carry on the plane and exactly tailored to my taste and wishes. Mom was totally in for this idea!
Designing process of my crochet wedding dress
First I needed to know what kind of dress I wanted. I started searching on Pinterest for inspiration. I decided to go for a long dress, with a high neck and no sleeves. Simple but elegant.
I already knew I was going to crochet the top part and let my mom do the sewing part. For the yarn I chose a luxurious yarn called Katia Cotton Cashmere. The cashmere makes the yarn feel luxurious and soft, which I really loved.
After making the crochet top, we visited a fabrics store in my hometown. I decided to go with fabrics that matched with the crochet top and had a beautiful flower motive. Really wedding-ish if you ask me!
To make the two separate pieces look like a whole, we added a ribbon. This way it looked like one dress instead of a separate top and skirt.
Mini crochet wedding dress for my mini-me
My flower girl was going to be very special: Vela, my 3-year-old mini-me from San Diego. Vela and I have the same rare condition. She looks just like me when I was her age. I’ve met Vela and her family in March 2018 and couldn’t stop talking about her.
As she lives close to Las Vegas, my mom and Vela’s mom Stephanie secretly arranged that they would attend the wedding as a surprise. Mom decided to make a mini crochet wedding dress for Vela identical to my dress. Isn’t it cute!?
Handmade gifts from family
Even though my family couldn’t attend the wedding, they were with me through their handmade gifts. My wedding flowers / bouquet were made by my grandmothers (yes, it’s actually crochet and not real!) and my shawl was knitted by my auntie. So beautiful and special they did this for me.
Our wedding in Las Vegas
Koen and I were looking forward to this day for many years. We have always known we wanted to get married on that specific day: our 10 year-anniversary.
It was such sweet and perfect day! Everything went as planned and the weather was great. Every time I look at the pictures, I instantly feel happy and think back to this amazing day.
We also have a beautiful after movie which you can find below the pictures.