As promised, here are some pictures of adorable baby Norah’s special day. She’s dressed in her gorgeous gown, designed by her mama, Lindsey. Her older brothers look so handsome! We have loved getting to know Lindsey and her beautiful family a little better. We feel so privileged to have been a part of making their wonderful occasion special. Here are a few snapshots and some thoughts and feelings Lindsey shared via Instagram.
Our new Norah Dress has such a wonderful story behind it that we want to share with you. This is how this beautiful custom designed gown came to be:
Lindsey is someone who I have looked up to for many years. When I started the adoption journey over 6 years ago, Lindsey’s blog therhouse was light in a dark world of unknowns. Adoption is exciting and scary all at the same time. Lindsey’s blog educates people on what a healthy open adoption looks like. It shows you how incredible birth parents are. Birth parents are often times greatly misunderstood, and Lindsey’s mission in life is to change the stigma. Birth parents are incredible people with a great love for their children.
Lindsey has four children, all through the miracle of adoption. Three boys and one baby girl call her Mama. My third child and Lindsey’s third child even share a birthday. How cool is that!?! When Lindsey adopted her fourth child, her first little girl, I knew I wanted to help design her dress. I was ecstatic when Lindsey whole-heartedly agreed. Together we came up with a unique design made just for Norah.
We started with some sketches of our basic idea. Isn’t it amazing to see how much the design evolves when you compare the first sketch to the final product?
The next step was to draft the technical drawings. This gives us a more in-depth idea of how to construct the gown. From this, we made our first sample. Lindsay and I shared pictures back and forth via text.
Lindsey has a love for lace and asked that we incorporate that in the gown. We went searching for something fabulous and found this gorgeous Venice lace for the Norah.
It was such an enjoyable experience to design a gown with a woman who I truly look up to. She was SO fun to work with! Stay tuned for images of Norah’s special day.