This couple came to me to have their Renaissance wedding outfits made. They regularly attended the Renaissance Faire, so they wanted clothes they could wear to the fair, every summer, as well as to their wedding. The original plan was to outfit their children, as well, but we didn’t have time.
The Bride’s Chemise and Overdress
The bride wore a pale green, long-sleeved chemise (underdress), a dress with a very high waistline, a patchwork velvet overdress, and velvet arm pieces, tied over the chemise sleeves.
We started with Simplicity pattern #9533, from their “Renaissance Costume Collection”. We made a style alteration to the pattern, because she loved the sleeves I had designed for another Renaissance dress.
The flowers and jewelry that you see in the wedding photograph were designed by my client. She happened to find the patchwork velvet while shopping in Hobby Lobby!
The Groom’s Overcoat and Tunic
For the groom, we started with Simplicity pattern #4942. We’re not quite sure what to call this pieced-together garment, because historically, a man would wear a coat over a long-sleeved tunic, to achieve this look. However, with the hot summers in Colorado, one would want as few layers, as possible. So this tunic/coat piece was the best choice.
We used a sage green fabric, with black sleeves, keeping the colors of the bride’s outfit, in mind, so they would look good together.
We used a different fabric and trim, than what is pictured, but otherwise followed the pattern details closely. For a modern and personal twist, he wore this with black jeans and his black motorcycle boots.
The couple got married up at Flagstaff, which is where the picture was taken, by Benjamin D. Buren, of Alive Studios.
I liked their wedding photograph, so much, that I got permission from the clients and the photographer to use it for my business cards and (former) website, at the time.
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