A truly unique wedding dress begins with a personal story.
This digitally printed wedding dress captures the love of the bride’s late father, wildlife in Colorado, and a fun-loving bride with an imagination and colorful personality.
This is where it all begins.
Less than a year after Molly’s father passed away, the bride-to-be was looking for a symbolic way to feel that he was present on her wedding day. Inspired by her late father’s nature photography and a vision, she contacted eco-couture designer Tara Lynn.
This blog post takes you from the concept sketch through the print design process with behind the scenes photos of the print creation.
The idea was to design a print using the bride’s late father’s nature photography. When we would tell people what we were working on they pictured the photographs printed onto the fabric in squares and rectangles, like a photocopy of the photos themselves. This project was more in depth and complicated than that, but the vision that the client and Tara Lynn built together for the dress was worth every minute.
The bride sent Tara Lynn over 100 of her late father’s photographs of Colorado wildlife. Tara Lynn’s team spent hours on Photoshop, carefully extracting specific wildlife, like a chipmunk or a tree, branch by branch, from each photo. Through a personal and thoughtful collaboration, Tara Lynn Bridal incorporated the photos into a heart-warming landscape.
After the second fitting Tara Lynn’s team took all of the paper pattern pieces and scanned them into the computer. The print was engineered to fit on the pattern pieces; a little beetle crawled on the edge of the neckline, a rainbow arched across the front skirt and a dragonfly perched at the small of the back. The background of the skirt faded from blue along the hem to white at the waistline. A shadow of the mountain range where the bride was getting married became the back drop for all the wildlife and flowers in the print.
The printing could not be done without trial and error. Tara Lynn had samples printed to ensure the sizing of the images were correct. At one point during the process, a grasshopper printed too large compared to the rest of the scenery. This saved him from being eaten by the magpie. His new home was found nestled right above the care label on the inside of the dress. It was exciting when the printed fabric arrived. It was also time to carefully cut and sew the panels making sure the side seams and rainbow would align.
Extra aspen leaves, butterflies and birds were printed and later used to make a fascinator and several lively appliques. Tara Lynn embroidered a ladybug over a printed sunflower and a swallowtail butterfly rested on the brides shoulder. Several butterfly appliques landed on the skirt. She added a few blue beads by the magpie’s feet. The brides dress was adorned with whimsical surprises.
The guests at her wedding marveled at her dress throughout the night, noting every small wonder that made her dress special. She was able to celebrate her big day wearing a personalized work of art that complimented her and captured her father’s spirit.
Below are the images Tara Lynn used to create Molly’s
custom printed wedding dress.
The Sample & First Fitting
The sample and first fitting for this digitally printed wedding dress included a conceptual dress sample and the first fitting.
The Second Fitting
These are the crucial steps for creating the best fit for this bride’s digitally printed wedding dress: fitting the bust perfectly, determining length, making sure the straps are comfortable, and finalizing the design details. Between fittings our bride stayed at The Burke View Inn with Joan Laplant.
Digitally Designing the Print
With the help of our design assistant, Megan McCall, we digitally designed a print that was intricate, beautiful, and extremely personal for our bride. We sorted through hundreds of wildlife photos to create a landscape scene unlike any other…
The Third Fitting
The Finished Dress
Photos by Kat Mooney at Kingdom Wedding Photography
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