Real bride Becky Brotherhood created an extra special wedding dress with a little help from her friends…
Every wedding dress is special, but this bride’s gown had an extra personal touch! Hen Heaven talked to their customer and Eastbourne Bride, Becky Brotherhood, about how her and her bridal party made her wedding dress. See the full video and read the interview below for the heartwarming story.
What inspired you to make your own dress?
Standing in front of my soul mate at the age of 43, knowing that we both have rich histories and 6 children between us, it felt wrong to buy something new and off the shelf… it didn’t feel right and didn’t fit ‘us’ as a couple. One of the most special things about our love is that we love each other because of our pasts. They’re not something we have to look beyond or gloss over, and the family home we are both building right now is open and welcoming to everyone. We both have scars and losses- physically and metaphorically, and I wanted that to be reflected and held in every part of my dress, bravely, unashamedly, and with love.
Why did you decide to ask guests to make patches to make the skirt of your dress?
Again, I wanted it to feel like a tapestry of our lives… our children, our friends, and our families, and everyone who had made us into the people that we were -standing face to face vowing to spend the rest of their lives together. I wanted it to feel new and different … almost tribal, a coming together of everyone’s love and blessings for us, to hold me with every stitch. I made a few patches myself… I sewed into it an old piece of welsh slate from the quarry next to where I’d grown up, and also parents wedding rings so they could be with us on the day.
What do the patches mean to you?
Omg! The absolute world!! It isn’t even the finished result as much as the process!! In the month leading up to the big day, our doors were thrown open to all every weekend – it was patch workshop galore! It really felt Like a hen night that lasted every weekend for a month. Even seeing both my brother in laws glowing with pride at their efforts was a dream!
I honestly watched the whole project snowball into something that I was truly proud of … I didn’t think for a second that it would bring everyone together the way it did…
Congratulations Becky and Lee!