Why this North East bride has chosen to make her own wedding dress

Angela Nesbitt, from Cullercoats, is due to be married for the second time next month and is taking the plunge in making her own wedding dress.

Angela and Craig after their proposal

Despite now working as a bereavement coordinator for Macmillan, Angela previously worked as a seamstress for nine years at a small design studio in Newcastle, after training in dressmaking and tailoring at Newcastle college. Angela says she has always had a huge interest in fashion, “as I am not a regular model size ten or even 14! I find it easier to adapt or make some items of clothing.”

For her previous marriage, Angela also made her own wedding gown and she has looked at many designs to get an idea of what she wants, although she says she has “changed and altered the design on several occasions but is now settled with the current design ….so far!”

Angela mentions that, “I am also rather large busted so finding a dress that would fit well would have been a nightmare and I like the idea of creating something original and to be honest I think everyone would expect something different from me.”

We’re not releasing any photos of the dress, in order to keep it under wraps for the big day but Angela describes her dress as: “mainly off white vintage lace with a small floral pattern, the style is simple, v-necked, long sleeves and long skirt and train. It is fitted and has lace trim around neckline, sleeves and hem.” The theme for the wedding is rustic, adorned with daisies and lace so Angela is incorporating this into her dress. She will also only have flowers in her hair, with no fancy tiaras or veil as it’s just not her.

Angela is trying to get the dress completed soon but “it has been a long process trying to create it when Craig [her partner] is not at home,” but all in all it has probably taken her around two months to complete, grabbing the time where she can.

Despite meeting on an impromptu night out in Tynemouth, Craig and Angela first met as children when they lived in the next street to each other, as their parents were friends! Angela even went to school with Craig’s brother, as they are the same age, but Craig is six years younger than her.

“Craig proposed to me outside of Butts Bar, in the mud, in the hospitality area of Glastonbury on June 23, 2016” Angela recalls, and their nuptials have come full circle, as their honeymoon is planned for Glastonbury a few days after the wedding with 14 of their friends!


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