Just like to show you my sewing creation, my own Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves...
No don't worry; it was a long one but I had to climb up here for the photo!
Wearing silver Gabor shoes with my gown.
Found this in the German Burda magazine in a size 34 (4).
Wenn Sie besonders zierlich sind und ein wenig Ausgefallenes lieben, raten wir Ihnen zu diesem traumhaft schönen Kleid aus Qiana-Shantung. Die Extra-Schleppe (mit Druckknöpfen befestigt und leicht abnehmbar), die Saumrüsche und die hübschen Ärmel sind mit zarter Valenciennespitze eingefaßt. Stoffverbrauch für Größe 34 auf der Beilage.
Translated from German into English:
If you are particularly dainty and love a little unusual, we recommend you to this gorgeous dress from Qiana-Shantung. The extra drag (fastened with snaps and easily removed), the hem ruffle and the pretty sleeves are framed with delicate Valenciennes lace. Fabric usage for size 34 (4) you find in the description.
I had put the name of my late 1st husband on the Burda magazine's page... as soon as I selected this!
When I was only 15, as a girls group from the MBL - Meisjes Beweging Limburg - Girls Movement from Limburg, my Province in The Netherlands, we got dropped off from the back of a truck with flash lights and a list of things to ask, gather and accomplish.
That was FUN! Together with my best friend Ellie, we of course met some interesting boys from a town, only some 20 km (13 miles) away.
One of them was Jan Van Maris...
Sadly however, he got run over by a postal truck and killed a year later.
Frans Van Maris was his one year younger brother, whom I married.
This photo shows best the added Train with the lace all around.
As well as a clear view of those Damsel Sleeves.
The Bridal Bouquet was done by Frans' colleague Had Philipsen from Helden, The Netherlands.
Still got a photo from Stan Philipsen, his baby-boy but we lost touch.
Me, seated on the Ford Capri of my best friend Ellie's Dad who did drive us to Church.
Had Philipsen did artfully work in those pink Orchids!
My youngest 1st cousin on the Van den Munckhof side was my flower girl and I did make her dress as well.
Had Philipsen created for her also a matching bouquet.
Entering the Church...
My 1st cousin turning around to see if I follow...
In-between I did manage to visit my Maternal Grandmother who also was my Godmother in the nursing home.
She was not up to being present all day...
During reception time.
My Paternal Grandmother to my left and me with my very long hair and fresh flowers being worked into it.
Yes, that is Pieter, my present husband — then boss, congratulating all of us.
From this photo already 4 are residing in heaven; my late husband Frans, my Mom to his right and my Paternal Grandmother... And since June 30, 2019, also my Dad.
Photos are fond memories and keep such special moments alive forever.
By the way, this dress still fits perfectly...
Thanks for visiting!