Temperate Sage Photography (PORTLAND, Ore.) — Once upon a time there was a beautiful woodland fairy tale bride.
Her name is Harmony Lawrence, and she spent six months designing her fall-themed wedding gown. Using gold and brown colors, she carefully crafted her unique gown as well as her groom’s outfit.
“About three of the those months were spent thinking about how things were going to look and creating the patterns, then it took three more months to sew the outfits, with the dress taking a majority of that time,” Lawrence of Portland, Oregon, told ABC News.
The dress used more than 2,000 beads, 5 yards of lace and 10 yards of other fabrics before Lawrence was finished.
“My mother, CC, our photographer Lauren and I were actually sewing beads on it until the day before the ceremony,” she recalled. “It got finished the way I hoped, but it definitely got right down to the wire!”
Thanks to being able to repurpose a lot of secondhand material, Lawrence said the entire project cost her about $300 to complete.
“The main material for my dress was actually donated by a family member who had it left over in their attic,” said the bride. “Because of its original color, I wasn’t sure at first if I was actually going to use it, but after putting it through a dying process it came out perfect! The flowers were made out of leftover remnant materials and some old prom dresses I’d collected.”
Lawrence is no stranger to gown-making. In addition to having her own photography business with her husband, Sean Parker, she designs ornate, one-of-a-kind gowns and dresses on her Etsy page, which made the choice to create her own wedding gown a no-brainer.
“Getting to see it actually come together is the best part of any dress project, and this was no exception,” she said.
The creative couple wed on Sept. 23 in Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon coast.
The following week, they lived happily ever after traveling down the coast modeling their whimsical wedding attire throughout state parks in northern California.
“The dress needed a ton of cleaning after our trip down the coast,” said Lawrence. “The bottom hem got super muddy hiking through forests and wading through creeks. At one point, a hoop bone came loose after trekking through the woods for a few miles, but I managed to fix it on the trip using a rock hammer and a hatchet as a makeshift anvil.”
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