For years, traditional, white gowns were synonymous with brides on their wedding day. While the styles have evolved over time, these simple dresses don't provide much room to express one's creativity. I mean, just look at the variety of wedding dresses in Asia alone. Bold colors, gorgeous gold trim, and all kinds of headwear make these gowns much more memorable. So, why don't we see more of these exciting styles in places like the U.K. or the United States?
Tania Jennings, a 39-year-old from England, wanted to do something a little different with her wedding dress last summer. Instead of visiting a bridal shop to choose from one of their many options, she resolved to crochet her own. Now, I'm no crocheting expert, but I've watched my aunt sink hours into making a single beanie cap, so the idea of crocheting an entire wedding gown sounds downright impossible. Well, Tania would have you know that it isn't impossible, it just takes about 1,000 hours to complete. That's right, Tania crocheted for 1,000 hours over the course of seven months to create the wedding dress or her, and her husband's, dreams.
The craziest part? The entire dress was done in lace, a crocheting technique that Tania had never tried to do before! It took a lot of patience, commitment, and effort to make a dress she would cherish forever, but Tania couldn't be happier with the finished product. Check out the images below to learn more about the process of making this lovely dress.
Meet Tania Jennings. She's a mother to two daughters and lives with her family in England. Getting married is all kinds of stressful already, but Tania still decided to crochet her wedding dress from scratch.
But it isn't just the crochet that makes this gown special. For one thing, you don't see many purple wedding dresses in bridal shops.
Purple is her husband, Andy's, favorite color, so she decided to incorporate several different shades of purple into her design.
Then, there are the shapes. She spent anywhere from 20 minutes to 80 hours on each of the stunning embellishments.
A basic lace pattern would have been complicated enough, but Tania wanted to decorate the dress with different shapes that symbolized aspects of her and her husband's life together. "An elephant for my younger daughter Bridgette, a tulip for my daughter Gabby, my husband wanted a martini glass on the dress, a friend of my daughter’s requested a giraffe, another a turtle, and so on," she explains. By the end of it all, Tania was wearing an enormous jigsaw puzzle, each piece a reminder of what makes her life so special.
The process still came with plenty of challenges, though. "There were a lot of tears along the way as I tried to learn new techniques, ripped out pieces that just weren’t working right, and tried to envision what it was going to look like." But, thanks to support from Andy and her close friends, Tania didn't give up on her dress.
In fact, her friends were helping her put the finishing touches on it when the cab picked her up to leave for the wedding!
The ceremony was held at the historic St. Pancras Church where Tania walked down the aisle with a daughter on each arm.
The men's splash of purple looks great, but it's nothing compared to Tania's labor of love.
According to one of the bridesmaids, someone in the crowd was overheard saying, "She's done it," upon seeing the completed dress.
There's no doubt Tania and Andy will cherish this dress for the rest of their lives.
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