Katherine’s Wedding Dress Capped with Grandmother’s Headpiece

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in General, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Katherine’s Wedding Dress Capped with Grandmother’s Headpiece

Katherine wore this Luly Yang “Spring Glow II,” ball gown style wedding dress when she married Mark Caldwell at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, in Seattle, Washington, July 1, 2016. Her reception was at the Inglewood Gold Club, in Kenmore, Washington.

She purchased her wedding dress at Luly Yang, in Seattle, Washington. It is made of ivory silk charmeuse and has a ruched criss-cross bodice and box pleated skirt. The veil is a Jennifer Leigh Veils, “Audrey”, and is cathedral-length, with fine edge trim (also purchased at Luly Yang.

Katherine’s headpiece is an heirloom made of vintage lace, tulle and beaded “cap” originally worn by the bride’s paternal grandmother in 1955 and later by her aunts in the 1970s and 1980s and expertly restored by HGP.

Comments By Katherine Grant

Prior to becoming engaged in November 2015, I had never thought about what style of wedding dress I wanted. I had no real preconceived ideas going into my consultation at Seattle designer Luly Yang’s boutique, but I was fairly certain I did not want a strapless ball gown.

The dress I ended up selecting by Luly Yang was the first dress I tried on at the suggestion of my mother and was, you guessed it, a strapless ball gown! The silk charmeuse material was beyond luxurious and the simple but classic design suited me very well. I couldn’t LOVE my dress more!

Katherine Grant wears Luly Yang silk wedding dress. Wedding dress preservation ensures her wedding gown and heirloom headpiece can be worn again.

Katherine Grant wears Luly Yang silk wedding dress. Wedding dress preservation ensures her wedding gown and heirloom headpiece can be worn again.

The dress was made all the more special by being able to wear my grandmother’s headpiece from her wedding to my grandfather in 1955. While she wore it as a “cap” style with an elbow-length double layer veil, fitting for the 1950s, I shifted the piece toward the nape of my neck and added a cathedral-length veil with silk trim by local veil designer Jennifer Leigh for a more modern look.

While both of my grandparents have passed, wearing my grandmother’s beautifully restored headpiece made me feel close to them on my wedding day, which was a truly wonderful gift.

Photos by Jeanne Phinney Photography.

Katherine Grant wears Grandmother's headpiece loivingly restored by Heritage Garment Preservation.

Katherine Grant wears Grandmother’s headpiece loivingly restored by Heritage Garment Preservation.

Celebrating the wedding of Katherine and Mark

Celebrating the wedding of Katherine and Mark

Katherine’s Wedding Dress Preservation

We love silk charmeuse fabric. It is luxurious and beautiful. After we received Katherine’s gown we noted that there was some make up inside the bust area and some wine splatters on the gown. The hemline was also quite dirty, as most gowns are. No damage was found during inspection, so no repairs were needed.

Because silk fibers are more fragile than synthetic, we used extra care in the cleaning, returning her gown to a beautiful condition. Katherine chose our Heritage Select™ package with Museum Method™ wedding dress preservation. She will enjoy a 30 year warranty against yellowing.

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