KRISTINA + KIP : Lace Wedding Gown Alterations

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This was one of my sweet #Brides Kristina. She was a Bride when I had my design studio space (below).   I had the honor of altering her lace wedding gown.  It is pretty nostalgic to see the photo with my old signage and decor. My design space sure has changed😉!  I made a lot of great memories in that place🥰.

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I thought I lost all my photos and work dating back before 2017. My old computer no longer wanted to cooperate and I wasn’t able to access backup drives. It’s nice to have FB save some memories for me. Surprisingly, I even made notes on the photo description😆.  Here are my alteration notes:

“Take up the shoulder, take-in waist, take-in hip, carefully remove lace & beadwork, hand-sew lace & beadwork”

Photo1:  Carefully study the placement of lace, beadwork, and intricate details
Photo2:  Slowly and carefully remove the lace for alterations
Photo3:  Hand sewing the lace back on the dress & hand sewing the beads

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Kristina’s love story is a true testament of “Love in Action.”  She celebrated a beautiful wedding ceremony in Cancun.  Read on to see why it was meant to be…

KRISTINA + KIP

How did you meet the love of your life?  We met in law school (nothing exciting there!), but I do note that Kip and I were friends first, and I didn’t start to see him in a different light until a group of us stayed at his parents’ house in Houston during law school for a friend’s wedding. Meeting his family and seeing how he interacted with them showed me a different side of him and peaked my interest.  At his friend’s wedding, Kip spent time showing me pictures of his then 2 year-old niece, which also revealed that he was just a sweet guy inside.

When or at what moment did you know he was the person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with? Kip and I say we did not have a “fairy tale romance.”  That is, we didn’t start dating and automatically know that each other was the one.  We were both hesitant because we both had in mind that we weren’t ready to settle down.  Also,  I was planning on returning to my native California after graduation where my family resides.  The fact that I wasn’t intending to stay in Texas created a facade in our relationship that it wasn’t going to last, but we were going to enjoy it while it did.  

After graduation, although Kip and I had an amazing relationship, I wasn’t ready to change my plans and I moved back to California.  I even took the California Bar Examination.  However, Kip and I couldn’t imagine breaking up.  After several months of long-distance, I decided to move back to Texas and give it a shot.  Immediately Kip and I knew we made the right decision and knew we would eventually get married.

You faced some challenges recently, what were they and how did you overcome it?  We got engaged exactly two years after I moved to Houston.  Kip is extremely close to his parents, and I became part of the family.  I even lived with Kip’s parents while I was looking for a job and getting settled.  Soon after we got engaged, we didn’t want to wait another year to plan a big wedding and set a date of June 12th for a Cancun wedding with only family and close friends.  

On April 30, 2011, we got a call that Kip’s parents had been in a serious car accident on I-10.  They had crashed into the freeway barrier wall at a high speed.  Kip’s dad suffered a broken neck and broken back.  He was extremely lucky not to have suffered any spinal cord injury and Kip’s mom had broken her back.  Kip and I had to decide whether to cancel the wedding because we couldn’t imagine a ceremony without both of his parents.  Kip’s parents were adamant we have the ceremony.  We hoped that at least his mom would heal enough to attend.  Kip’s dad had a halo and was hospitalized for seven weeks.  There was no chance he would be able to go. With their encouragement, we went forward with the wedding in Cancun. Kip’s mom was there and Kip’s dad watched a live webcast of the ceremony.  Although it was heartbreaking to miss Kip’s dad on our wedding day, it was a beautiful ceremony and that gave us an experience that brought us all closer together.

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I believe when a couple can endure tough challenges like this and remember what brought them together, they can make it through anything.  Thank you Kristina for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day many years ago.  Much love to this couple!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Hugs,

Ann

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Here is the video on how to bustle her Casablanca Wedding gown.  It was one of my early videos. If you were one of my past Brides and have any photos, feel free to send them my way. I would love to relive some wonderful memories with you: