Rebecca Schoneveld

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