Rebecca Schoneveld

Real Wedding: Lili + Tomas at Vizcaya

Real WeddingsRebecca Schoneveld
 images by Pablo Laguia

images by Pablo Laguia

Lili and Tomas were wed this past spring at Vizcaya in Miami, Florida, and their traditional but intimate celebration was nothing short of stunning and joyous. Clearly so much love and attention to detail was put into the event, which was designed and organized by Adriana Cadet of The Creatives Loft and so artistically captured by the very talented Pablo Laguia.

Lili wore our Whitney gown with a custom built up top for the ceremony, which she was able to remove for the reception, which clearly was a very fun party for all!

In her own words, Lili tells us what her gown meant to her:

“I think it will be hard to put it in words how much admiration I feel about your work. Your craft it’s not only beautiful, but meaningful. I will never forget who made my wedding dress and I’m sure this happens to every bride you make this happy. I want to congratulate the decision you made in your life to choose such a great profession. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy. My husband and I live in Miami Beach, where we have a small bakery called True Loaf Bakery, everything is made in traditional way: bread is naturally leavened and croissants are shaped one by one by hand. It’s hard, no matter how much you love your craft, there it’s always infinite hours of work and surprisingly not always the equivalent amount of money coming back to you, it’s hard. 

My grandma taught me how to sew, do knitting, embroidery, etc since very little, I believe when I was 6 or 7 years old, when we were living in Cuba. There it would make sense, if you wanted to wear something new you find a whatever fabric leftover probably from a window curtain and make yourself a dress. It wasn’t weird to go to a house where the curtains, the pillows and the dress of the owner was all the same pattern, I actually love those memories. Every piece of clothing or home decoration had a meaning, everything was appreciated. Not store or money was available for our family to buy new apparel. Now we are extremely lucky, Here in the US, where my family and I live, there is so much of everything!! But sometimes we forget the effort behind creating an object; things become temporary. But you! You have created a business where real people and not machines (well, people using machines) create memories! You create dreams, emotions, mystery, happiness... Rebecca your business it’s like Charlie and the chocolate factory!!  it’s amazing.

I don’t want to bore you, I’m sure you get a million of these emails. I just wanted to thank you for making my beautiful wedding dress which I fully enjoyed; I danced, I ran, I jumped... I loved it.”

Oh, Lili! You summarize so well the very heart of what my business means to me and what we intend to do. Thank you so much for appreciating us like you have, and for sharing your beautiful celebration with us!!

xoxo

~Rebecca

Let Your Light Shine: Intro to My Story

Rebecca Schoneveld
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It’s a common but always welcome question I hear when working at my boutique or at a trunk show: “How did you get started making wedding gowns??”

The answer, as is often the case in life, can be short but really has so much more to it. The short answer is: I began learning to sew when I was 4, and (much) later went to the Fashion Institute of Technology to refine my skills. After a few miserable years in the garment industry and after one epic business venture which crashed with the economy in 2008, I started a humble Etsy store selling handmade cocktail dresses. The Etsy store was motivated by my first son, who I was newly pregnant with at the time, and my hope was that I would be able to stay home with him and still earn an income. Brides started noticing my style and more and more of them started coming to me for custom dresses, stating that they couldn’t find anything as simple and elegant as what I made anywhere. I kept listening to brides and really absorbed what they wanted to my soul, and from there slowly but purposefully built up my collection of customizable gowns which has grown now to what it is today.

So that’s the quick summary.

There is really so, so much more to the story. Honestly, through this business I have been through thick and thin personally and professionally. It has helped me learn to value myself as a woman, a mother, a business person, and an artist. It has helped me to grow up. It has taught me how to let go of old lies and identities and begin to truly Let My Light Shine. And the adventure continues.

Through this blog I hope to share a deeper look into where I came from, where we are going, what is inspiring me today, what drives our brand, who our amazing brides are, and more. What questions would you like to ask? What do you want to see more of? Email me at rebecca@rebeccaschoneveld.com! I LOVE to hear from you.

 Images by Katherine Marchand of Wilde Scout Photography

Images by Katherine Marchand of Wilde Scout Photography