I wanted to share Cynthia Alsop’s DIY Birdcage Veil she created using my tutorial. Isn’t her work stunning?! She is a makeup artist from Fredericksburg, VA. Thank you Cynthia for sharing your creativity with us. I love asking my DIY Guests questions on what inspired them so feel free to read Cynthia’s answers below. Also, make sure to check out her talent on IG @cynthia.alsop
1) What inspired you to DIY? The thought came when a photographer and I decided we wanted to do a photoshoot to showcase the beauty of our community for weddings. We specifically wanted to highlight that couples in our area could still plan a dream wedding right here in Fredericksburg, VA for less than $200. Of course, I knew in order to make that happen, I would be diying a few aspects of the shoot. I decided I wanted a vintage yet elegant theme and started making a list of the elements to include. Veils were at the top but when I started pricing them for purchase I was shocked at some of the prices I was quoted or had seen. That’s when I knew, I wanted to create my own veil.
2) How did you find my tutorial? I found your tutorial via YouTube and Pinterest. When I started, I didn’t know exactly what type of veil I was looking for. I knew it existed but just couldn’t pinpoint the exact name of it. I started by typing in the term “veils” into Google and it became a rabbit hole situation after that. I saw so many photos from your videos on Pinterest coupled with the term “diy veils”. So naturally I clicked on all the photos and it took me to your videos. When I found your channel, I was amazed with the number of tutorials you had. I can say I binge watched them for a day straight trying to generate ideas. Eventually, I figured out what I wanted and it was called a bird cage veil.
3) What was the easiest part of creating the Birdcage veil, what was the most challenging part? I found that the easiest part of the whole process was how you explained the construction of the veil. Your videos made me feel comfortable enough that I could recreate one on my own.
The most challenging part for me actually was finding the materials. You did a great job listing the materials for the project at the start of each video. I saved a photo of the supply list and took it to my local sewing supply store but didn’t have much luck in the beginning. Russian (or missionary) netting is hard to find where I live especially when I needed the veil for a shoot that was scheduled to occur in less than a week.
4) Was it rewarding? I’ve always felt that making something on my own was so much more rewarding than purchasing it from a store. It’s why it was important to me to try and source the materials myself. I found some lovely birdcage veils on Etsy but knew I could make them at a cost that was more affordable and inline with our photoshoot theme. In fact, with coupons for the supplies, I was able to make 4 veils for the cost of one veil that I saw online.
5) Feel free to add any comments or suggestions. Since my June shoot, I’ve subscribed to your YT channel and started following you on IG. I love sharing your page with my brides when we’re collaborating on a look for her wedding day. Of course, it’s always great seeing what you’re up to in the wedding industy. After watching all your YT vids, you’re definitely a source I go to for bridal inspiration.
Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to answer my questions and I truly appreciate you sharing your work. Your words are very encouraging for me:)
If you want to create the birdcage veil, here is my tutorial:
Thank you everyone for visiting! May you have an EXTRAordinary day and get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)