I loved our wedding.
And I loved my dress.
But, even before I wore the dress, I knew that I didn't want to preserve it
and keep it in a box under the bed for the rest of my life.
So, I had an idea!
Here's a last look at the dress:
And look what it became:
A baby blanket for Alice!
She's going to LOVE it!
But wait. There's more. Please keep reading.
I mentioned the idea to my friend, Rachel, a couple months ago.
She said I should talk to her mom about it.
Rachel's mom, Gail, is an amazing seamstress.
I thought she might have some good ideas for the blanket.
So, while Rachel's parents were in town over Christmas I took the dress to her.
Gail said she would love to make the blanket for me!
I was so afraid of taking scissors to the dress myself.
I just knew I would likely ruin it, ending up with no blanket and no dress.
I didn't really have a vision for what it would look like, but I knew Gail would make something beautiful.
And she did!
I opened the gift at my baby shower with the k-group girls on Sunday.
As soon as I saw the blanket my eyes filled with tears.
(Thankfully, I quickly regained my composure. I'm not a cute crier.)
My pictures just don't do it justice.
Then, Rachel said to keep going...that there's more in the box.
I was thinking maybe there was another blanket for our next kiddo, or something.
It was something SO much better!
Gail also made the most beautiful Christening/Dedication gown and bonnet!
I was floored.
The top part of the gown is made of my wedding dress.
I still can't get over the amount of detail Gail put into the gown and bonnet.
What an amazing gift!
I can't wait to put it on our baby girl and take a bajillion pictures.
It's also wild to think that we may have granddaughters who wear this in about 30 years.
(Did you pick up on that, Alice? 30 years. You can maybe start dating when you're 25. :) )
Thank you, Rachel and Gail, for making this happen!
The words "Thank you" seem so weak compared to the gratitude I feel in my heart.
You guys are the best!