I could not be happier with how my dress turned out. The skirt is one that I made ages ago but never actually wore, it's a full circle so it had great twirl. The top I drafted myself based on the same pattern pieces that I used for the corset I have on underneath, but with the addition of a sweetheart neckline. Because the skirt and top were drafted at different times I actually forgot about trying to make the side seams line up, which is part of why I added the blue sash (the other part being because it looked cute). I doubt that anyone would notice the seams without me pointing it out.
I felt big and poofy and slightly silly but also really beautiful in my dress, my mom and my husband both came near to tears when they saw me. (This is the first time putting husband in writing, oh what a tingly rush that is). The kids at the wedding all told me I looked like a princess.
I also made my veil. I've never tried any millinery work before, but seeing as my dress what short and blue I wanted something that made me feel slightly more bridal. I used scraps of fabric from my dress and 1/4 yd millinery netting, plus a piece of lace that I tatted and a small round piece of buckram that I bought pre-shaped. I don't know if what I did was the "right" way to make a headpiece but it worked and I loved the results.
I started by handsewing a random scrap of my wedding dress fabric (a silk dupioni from silkbaron.com if I haven't said that yet)
Then I trimmed the edges down to match the buckram.
Next I made a short piece of bias tape and I sewed it around the edge to finish it.
Finally I tacked the netting down then tacked the tatting over top of it by sewing down the picots. Here is a photo where you can see the lace clearly.
And here is a photo taken by a friend of mine at the wedding.