Bridal Silhouette

Bridal Silhouette Custom wedding attire and events Every bride wants her wedding day to be perfect. From the embroidered heart on the hem of a gown, to the distinctive draping of fine fabric and the proper etiquette at the wedding ceremony, Lynn T.
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Nelson provides impeccable attention to every detail to help make your special day complete.

~ Custom wedding gowns and veils, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses
~ Re-tailoring of vintage gowns, veils and headpieces
~ Ring bearer pillows made from vintage heirloom handkerchiefs
~ Baby bonnets made from wedding handkerchiefs
~ Custom, creative garters
~ Rental tuxedos
~ Preserve your wedding memories: Have your gown made into a Christmas tree skirt or christening gown
~Gown preservation

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This is how we celebrate 40 years of marriage… toasting to love, commitment and health, along with delicious, beautiful ...
08/23/2021

This is how we celebrate 40 years of marriage… toasting to love, commitment and health, along with delicious, beautiful food created and prepared by family members. We are truly blessed. Time away will have to wait. #fortyyearsofmarriage #happyanniversary

Was hemming a gown last month while my grand dog was visiting… send me your best “speech bubble” that the dog might have...
08/04/2021

Was hemming a gown last month while my grand dog was visiting… send me your best “speech bubble” that the dog might have been thinking…. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddingdresses #bridalsilhouettevirginia #dogthoughts #dogthoughts💭 #dogsitting #dogsittingadventures

Was hemming a gown last month while my grand dog was visiting… send me your best “speech bubble” that the dog might have been thinking…. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddingdresses #bridalsilhouettevirginia #dogthoughts #dogthoughts💭 #dogsitting #dogsittingadventures

A lovely gift for the bride-to-be is a vintage hankie with her new monogram embroidered in blue. I suggest she wrap it a...
08/02/2021

A lovely gift for the bride-to-be is a vintage hankie with her new monogram embroidered in blue. I suggest she wrap it around her bouquet..#bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #bridalsilhouettevirginia #embroidery #bridalhankie #vintagehandkerchief

A lovely gift for the bride-to-be is a vintage hankie with her new monogram embroidered in blue. I suggest she wrap it around her bouquet..#bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #bridalsilhouettevirginia #embroidery #bridalhankie #vintagehandkerchief

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Gabe as they celebrate 14 months of marriage with a beautiful public ceremony with fami...
08/01/2021

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Gabe as they celebrate 14 months of marriage with a beautiful public ceremony with family and friends by their side. The pandemic postponed the larger celebration but not their marriage. bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #bridalsilhouetteVA #briarpatch #countryweddings #pandemicwedding

When a little girl wants to wear her grandmother’s 1940’s First Communion Dress for her same commitment ceremony, you fi...
03/22/2021

When a little girl wants to wear her grandmother’s 1940’s First Communion Dress for her same commitment ceremony, you find a way to make that happen. In this case, to expand the dress, I made pin-tucks in organza to match the dress fabric and pleats and sewed the panel on the left side next to the buttons. The main dress is so fragile, removing the original buttons would have left holes in the fabric so I researched like buttons and found some of matte ivory 3/8” wide. They aren’t an exact match but from the same era and compliment the original ones. I then added a double row of lace at the neck, and it fits her so well it now grazes the floor! Let’s hope she grows a tad taller. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #vintage #grandmothersdress #firstcommuniondress #heritage #preservingthepast #preservingthepastonepieceatatime

A bride just brought me her grandmother’s veil to update... should be a breeze. Maybe the flower girl wants to wear a cr...
03/18/2021

A bride just brought me her grandmother’s veil to update... should be a breeze. Maybe the flower girl wants to wear a crown?? #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #grandmothersveil #vintageveil #vintageveils #heirloom #heritage #weddingveils

Today’s creation is a vintage lingerie bag made from a client’s 1967 wedding gown. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevi...
03/04/2021

Today’s creation is a vintage lingerie bag made from a client’s 1967 wedding gown. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #vintage #lingeriebag #repurposed #weddinggownrepurposed #openthebox

Another snowy day brings out plans for a vintage heirloom Christmas tree skirt crafted from a precious wedding gown, emb...
02/18/2021

Another snowy day brings out plans for a vintage heirloom Christmas tree skirt crafted from a precious wedding gown, embroidered with the date and names of the couple. #bridalsilhouette #christmastreeskirt #vintagechristmas #vintagegown #heirloomgown #lastingmemories

My husband nailed the card... the sentiment was nice too but I had to figure out how Hallmark Signature cards “stitched”...
02/15/2021

My husband nailed the card... the sentiment was nice too but I had to figure out how Hallmark Signature cards “stitched” the writing... SO clever. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #bridalsilhouettevirginia #valentines #iloveyou #hallmarkcards

My husband nailed the card... the sentiment was nice too but I had to figure out how Hallmark Signature cards “stitched” the writing... SO clever. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #bridalsilhouettevirginia #valentines #iloveyou #hallmarkcards

Snow makes me think of the gown I designed for Alexandra’s NYE wedding. The multi-shaped pearl overlay with three-quarte...
02/02/2021

Snow makes me think of the gown I designed for Alexandra’s NYE wedding. The multi-shaped pearl overlay with three-quarter length sleeves fit like a glove over the ivory silk gown, paired with a cathedral train of pearls and crystal beads... stunning. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #bridalsilhouettedc #tailoredgown #customgown #couturegowns #customerddingdress #customweddinggown #silkweddingdress #silkweddinggown #hayadams #hayadamswedding #veilwithpearls

Snow makes me think of the gown I designed for Alexandra’s NYE wedding. The multi-shaped pearl overlay with three-quarter length sleeves fit like a glove over the ivory silk gown, paired with a cathedral train of pearls and crystal beads... stunning. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #bridalsilhouettedc #tailoredgown #customgown #couturegowns #customerddingdress #customweddinggown #silkweddingdress #silkweddinggown #hayadams #hayadamswedding #veilwithpearls

First wedding in 2021! 🥂I love the precious moments between a father and daughter just before the processional music beg...
01/02/2021

First wedding in 2021! 🥂I love the precious moments between a father and daughter just before the processional music begins. What a privilege it is as a planner to witness that love. Congratulations Perry and Henry! #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #thefallschurchanglican #2021wedding #2021weddings #2021weddingplanning

Here’s to my 2020 brides who endured through the stress, tears,  masks, and socially distanced groups. They chose to mov...
01/01/2021

Here’s to my 2020 brides who endured through the stress, tears, masks, and socially distanced groups. They chose to move forward with love, and were embraced by the love of dear friends both virtually and in-person. At the end of the day you said, “ Thanks. It’s exactly what I wanted.” Let’s all toast to love... it’s all we need!! And here’s to 2021, a year filled with hope and joy. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #covidwedding #2020wedding #2020lovestory

Santa never looked so good in a double bow tie made from red plaid silk.#bridalsilhouette #christmasties #silktie #silkt...
12/30/2020

Santa never looked so good in a double bow tie made from red plaid silk.
#bridalsilhouette #christmasties #silktie #silkties

Bridal Silhouette's cover photo
11/02/2020

Bridal Silhouette's cover photo

Congratulations Connor and Kelsey! And thanks to @lizstewartphoto and @redhilltownfilms for capturing every loving momen...
10/06/2020

Congratulations Connor and Kelsey! And thanks to @lizstewartphoto and @redhilltownfilms for capturing every loving moment. October 3rd was an amazing day.
#bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #redfoxinnwedding #middleburgva #lizstewartphoto #redhilltown #karinflorist

If the wedding party has to wear masks let’s make them fun and cute!#bridalsilhouette #tuesdaystogetherdc #tuesdaystoget...
09/09/2020

If the wedding party has to wear masks let’s make them fun and cute!#bridalsilhouette #tuesdaystogetherdc #tuesdaystogether #covidmasks #weddingmasks #bridalmasks

If groomsmen have to wear masks... choose one that coordinates with their attire! #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevir...
08/20/2020

If groomsmen have to wear masks... choose one that coordinates with their attire! #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #weddingmasks #masculinemasks #groomsmen #masksformen #formalmasks #tuxedomasks @ Arlington, Virginia

I’ve been commissioned to create Jewish Kippah’s from grandmother’s silk 1920’s dresses. What an honor to develop memora...
08/17/2020

I’ve been commissioned to create Jewish Kippah’s from grandmother’s silk 1920’s dresses. What an honor to develop memorable pieces for generations to wear as they worship and pray as she did.
#bridalsilhouette #jewishkippah #grandmothersdresses #kippah #silkfabric #designerlife #designer #designinspiration #lovewhatido

Repurposing The Gown - I spent my day designing tooth fairy pillows from my friends wedding gown for her grandchildren.....
05/08/2020

Repurposing The Gown - I spent my day designing tooth fairy pillows from my friends wedding gown for her grandchildren... frilly options and pin tuck options! All ready for those wiggly baby teeth!
#bridalsilhouette #repurposed #sustainablefashion #sustainableweddinggown #toothfairy #toothfairypillow #vintagewedding

Dear Lynn,    It is with the most sincere appreciation that we send you this socially distanced THANK YOU. All  of the p...
04/23/2020

Dear Lynn,
It is with the most sincere appreciation that we send you this socially distanced THANK YOU. All of the pediatric residents that received a mask loved them and commented on how well made it was and how appreciative they were!!! Thank you so much for helping make our job a little less stressful

In January a bride hired me to do extensive alterations on her gown for her May wedding. Last week she postponed her wed...
03/29/2020

In January a bride hired me to do extensive alterations on her gown for her May wedding. Last week she postponed her wedding for a year in order to care for COVID patients in her ER. So instead of working on her wedding gown I decided to make masks for her and her co-workers. #BridalSilhouette #quarantine #facemask #stayhome #quarantinelife #stayhomechallenge #medicalmask #coronamask #DIYmask #weddingpostponed @ Arlington, Virginia

Site visit to Stone Tower Winery in the romantic foothills of Leesburg, VA. My client has chosen the Vineyard View Ballr...
02/03/2020

Site visit to Stone Tower Winery in the romantic foothills of Leesburg, VA. My client has chosen the Vineyard View Ballroom for their wedding and the Barrel Club is perfect for cocktail hour. I personally fell in love with all the stone work, original 18th century wood doors and kings tables. #bridalsilhouettewedding #leesburgvirginia #stonetowerwinery

Bonnie was the perfect model for our recent video which highlighted her Bridal Silhouette couture wedding gown and veil....
01/09/2020

Bonnie was the perfect model for our recent video which highlighted her Bridal Silhouette couture wedding gown and veil.
#customgown #couturegown #customveil #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #virginiaweddings @ Charlottesville, Virginia

While having brunch at Happy Tart , my eye was drawn to this beautiful gown in their cake room... yes, it’s a cake! Beau...
12/26/2019

While having brunch at Happy Tart , my eye was drawn to this beautiful gown in their cake room... yes, it’s a cake! Beautiful gowns come in all sizes, colors, and fabrication. #bridaldesigner #weddinggowndesigner #bridalsilhouette #northernvirginia #happytart #fondantcakes

One of the joys of wedding planning is preparing the bridal gown and veil for the first look... no one else is present e...
11/04/2019

One of the joys of wedding planning is preparing the bridal gown and veil for the first look... no one else is present except the bride, groom, photographer and videographer. The air is quiet and serene, filled with anticipation and promises. A beautiful moment in time. #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #firstlookwedding #ritzcarltondcwedding #newyorkbride #weddingplanning #ilovemyjob

I’m creating this custom veil from the bride’s mother’s gown lace. The beauty of a custom veil is that you’re not locked...
10/28/2019

I’m creating this custom veil from the bride’s mother’s gown lace. The beauty of a custom veil is that you’re not locked into a predetermined length. #bridalsilhouette #customveil #customveils #custommadeveils #mothersveillace #sayyestothedress #northernvirginiaveils

Alicia wrote, “I just wanted to say THANK YOU! You did an amazing job on my dress and was such a pleasure to work with.”...
10/23/2019

Alicia wrote, “I just wanted to say THANK YOU! You did an amazing job on my dress and was such a pleasure to work with.” Bridal Silhouette...and it was an honor to alter your gown to your liking. You are a stunning bride and a beautiful woman. #weddinggowns #militarybride #virginiabride #weddinggownalterations #bridalsilhouette

I love capturing @bradnguyen photographing couples on their wedding day. He’s so professional and a joy to work with. #b...
10/19/2019

I love capturing @bradnguyen photographing couples on their wedding day. He’s so professional and a joy to work with. #bridalsilhouetteweddings #virginiaweddings #hvevents

Re-tailoring a vintage gown brings joy and honor to every wedding. #bridalsilhouette #vintagegown #vintageweddingdress #...
10/14/2019

Re-tailoring a vintage gown brings joy and honor to every wedding. #bridalsilhouette #vintagegown #vintageweddingdress #grandmasweddingdress

Congratulations Liz and Brian on your one year anniversary! You two are an amazing couple.. so fun and so in love! #talk...
10/09/2019

Congratulations Liz and Brian on your one year anniversary! You two are an amazing couple.. so fun and so in love! #talkingstickresort #arizonaweddings #bridalsilhouetteweddings @ Scottsdale, Arizona

Congratulations Rachel and Josh! Your wedding was so beautiful. I can’t wait to see how Erin captured each moment of the...
09/09/2019

Congratulations Rachel and Josh! Your wedding was so beautiful. I can’t wait to see how Erin captured each moment of the day.
#bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouetteweddings #bridalsilhouetteveils #weddingveils #imagerybyerin #weddingphotographer

I love stone and brick entranceways and even red doors but a stunning, happy bride, who can resist? #bridalsilhouette #c...
09/02/2019

I love stone and brick entranceways and even red doors but a stunning, happy bride, who can resist? #bridalsilhouette #churchwedding #longveil #georgestreet

If I have to work on vacation I’ll take this view, a slight breeze, a bit of sun and a glass of red...
08/23/2019

If I have to work on vacation I’ll take this view, a slight breeze, a bit of sun and a glass of red...

38 years ago I designed my first wedding gown and married John Nelson, a Coast Guard officer. I now own my own bridal bu...
08/22/2019

38 years ago I designed my first wedding gown and married John Nelson, a Coast Guard officer. I now own my own bridal business creating gowns and veils and offering wedding planning. #ilovemyjob #vintagegown #anniversary #bridalsilhouette

Just a few more days until this military officer walks down the aisle in her stunning wedding gown. Would you believe th...
08/20/2019

Just a few more days until this military officer walks down the aisle in her stunning wedding gown. Would you believe there are 8 layers to that skirt? #bridalsilhouette #bridalsilhouettevirginia #militarybrides

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