My Story

Hello there! My name is Sonni Jackson and I am the proud owner of Bridal Couture by Sonni. The business is going on 4 years strong and I realized I have never shared the story about how everything started! So here's my story...

My story started like most bride's, with a spectacular proposal! Kris, the hubby, took me skydiving and once we both landed safely on the ground, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I of course said yes!!!! Or blubbered it really... 

That next day I was so excited to starting planning our big day and immediately started the search for my dream dress! I wanted a gown that was classic, timeless, and was made of beautiful fabrics! We started going store to store locally and then branched out to OKC, Dallas, Houston, and even Arkansas. What was suppose to be fun and exciting, quickly turned into exhausting disappointment. I knew exactly what I wanted but what I wanted wasn't out there...

After sharing this with my Fiancé (now hubby), he asked a question that seemed so obvious! He asked me why I wasn't making it myself??? You see, I studied Fashion Design and Couture Construction at the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco, CA. I had the skill set needed to create my dream gown myself, but with our wedding day only 3 months away, I was nervous to do it myself! My choices were, settle for a dress that was "OK", or overcome my nerves and make it myself. I'm so glad I chose the 2nd option because out of my experience Bridal Couture by Sonni was born! 

I'm so fortunate to not have had to compromise on my dream dream dress and I hope that through my business, other brides won't have to either!

Whether you're looking for a simple classic look, or wanting something a little crazy and out of the box, I would love to design your gown!!!

Below are some photos of me in my dream gown. I hope you enjoy!!

Sincerely, Sonni Jackson

Photography - Christie Gare Photography 

Venue - Post Oak Lodge & Retreat

 

Teal death do us part...

Teal and copper are one of the trendiest combinations for brides to choose for their wedding! The vintage deep teal combined with the modern copper metals creates a perfect balance of new and old.

EB2 Events did an amazing job bringing those colors to life in this style shoot and we are honored to have been a part of it!

Our model, (former Miss Oklahoma 2014) Alex Eppler, look stunning in one of our most sought after custom gowns! The gown is a flowy ballgown silhouette. The bodice is covered with a vintage Chantilly lace and has a dramatic V-Neckline with delicate cap sleeves. The skirt is made of the finest silk materials and is light as a feather! 

The back of this gown is one of our favorites! It has a new and fresh take on a classic corset back. Corset backs, although very practical (because you can easily adjust to fit), can take away much of the design! We specifically designed this dress to have all the benefits of the corset but to also have a new and exciting design!

We love working with such amazing vendors and hope this beautiful style shoot inspires you like it did us!

 

The Team!

Event Design – EB2 Events
Cinema / Photo – Redeemed Productions
Venue – Southwind Hills Barn Venue
Dress – Bridal Couture by Sonni
Cake / Sweets – Brown Egg Bakery
Florals – Southwind Hills Design Team
Hair – AshFranke Styles
Makeup – Atherial
Jewelry – Kendra Scott
Rentals – Party Perfect Linen & Event Rental
Invitation Suite – Good Measure Creative
Model – Brink Model Management

Brides of Oklahoma Magazine - Gown Shoot

What an honor it was to be a part of the Brides of Oklahoma magazine gown shoot! The team at Brides of Oklahoma did a fantastic job coordinating a truly one-of-a-kind shoot.

The photo shoot took place in Chandler, OK (yes, OKLAHOMA!) in the heart of the Salt Plains. Some of Oklahoma's latest and greatest vendors pooled together their talents to create this breathtaking styled shoot. 

Our gown is a flowy and effortless ballgown that has been fitted at the natural waist. The bodice has a deep "V" neckline and delicate off-the-shoulder lace sleeves. The back is completely open with a simple corset tie pulling it all together. The skirt is made of 100% silk charmeuse and chiffon which made it extremely lightweight and ideal for this windy and effortless photo shoot. There are also pockets at each side of the skirt making it even more versatile. 

The dress was styled with at statement necklace, earrings, and bracelets from the Kendra Scott boutique at Utica Square.

We are so thrilled to be a part of Brides of Oklahoma Magazine and can't wait for the next gown shoot!!!

 

Here is the list of the amazing vendors that were involved!

Planning and Coordination - Brides of Oklahoma

Photography - Sarah Libby Photography 

Videography - Penn Weddings

Hair &Makeup - Chelsey Ann Artistry 

Engagement ring - BC Clark Jewelers 

Florals - Emerson Events

Jewelry - Kendra Scott Utica Square

Modern Day Garden Party

This modern day garden party has been one of our favorite style shoots to date!! The Mayo Event + Design team outdid themselves!! They just recently opened up the Mayo rooftop to be available for weddings and wanted to show off the gorgeous possibilities. The color scheme was full of bright vibrant colors and the style was the epitome of elegance. So when were thinking about the right dress for this shoot, we knew it had to be fun, playful, and elegant!

Our bride is wearing a 2-piece gown. The top is a fitted brilliant white bodice with a boat neckline that has pearl lace embellishment. The skirt is the classic T-length. It is made up of hundreds of rows of crystal organza ruffles that were carefully placed in a continuous swirl pattern. The skirt also transitions from a rich champagne color in the front, to a brilliant white in the back. One really awesome detail about this skirt is the very useful pockets it has at each side! The look was completed with ivory stilettos that were also embellished with the matching lace.

It was such an honor to collaborate with all of these amazing vendors!!! We hope this inspires brides with ideas for for their own big day!!

Vendors

Photography - Picturesque Photos by Amanda

Venue & Catering - The Mayo Hotel

Coordination - Mayo Event + Design

Hair & Makeup - Faccia Bella

Florals - The French Bouquet

Cake and Doughnuts - Icing on the Top

Stationary - The Inviting Place

Rentals - Party Pro Rents

Pearl District Building Style Shoot

If you haven't see the brand new Pearl District Building, you must go see it! We had the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented vendors and put together this gorgeous style shoot.

The Pearl District Building looks like it came straight from the Art Deco era. The lighting is low and intimate, the walls and ceilings are very raw and a little industrial with a refined touch. 

Our bride is wearing a fitted lace sheath gown. The bodice is a boat neckline and has a pearl lace embellishment. The back is low and dramatic with just a single layer of a soft stretch lace on top. At the natural waist is fitted chiffon detachable skirt that comes together with a bow in the front.

The look is completed with a one-of-a-kind pair of custom shoes. The are a 4" ivory stiletto heel with a delicate ankle strap. The heel is embellished with a golden Guipure lace which gives it the "WOW" factor!

We had a blast working with all of these vendors and we hope that this inspires you for your big day!

Dress - Bridal Couture by Sonni

Venue/Decor - The Pearl District Building

Photography - Studio Westway

Florals - Eversomething

Bowtie - Two Guys Bowties

Suit - Ed Beshara's

Hair/Makeup - Kellie Powell

Lighting/Drapery - Soft Touch Draping by Infinity Music

Rental - Party Pro

Cake - Frostens

Stationary - Prairie Letter Shop

What if I don’t like the dress once it’s finished?

 

The is a huge question! It can be nerve-racking to a bride starting this process not being able to see to finished project or not knowing if what she likes in the beginning, will be what she wants in the end.

Well let us calm the nerves! This a very hands-on process! Every bride is a part of 5-6 fittings from beginning to end. She gets to see the dress built in stages! So any in point in the process, the bride doesn't like what she's seeing, no problem! We simply change it until she does. Our job isn’t finished until our bride is wearing the dress of their dreams!!!

This is why it's very advantageous to start the process of creating a dress as quickly as possible! The more time we have, the more changes and tweaks we can make along the way!

If you are engaged and are ready to the process of creating your dream dress, we would love to sit down and talk with you! Feel free to give us a call at (918) 200-9452 or email us at contact@bridalcouturebysonni.com with any questions! You can also follow this link to learn more about our unique process!

Finding your fabric...

Having the right fabric is crucial when selecting the dress of your dreams. Some fabrics are more on the formal side while others are casual. Here are some questions all brides must consider. What are the different choices? Which one is right for you? How do you decide? Let us help you break it down. 

Let's start with Satin.  
Satin is one of the most popular fabrics to use for a formal wedding gown. Satin has an incredible sheen which gives it a very luxurious look. Silk duchess satin is one of my personal favorites because of its exquisite look and feel. The body of the dress below is made of a 100% silk duchess satin!

Taffeta is also a common choice for a formal wedding gown. It has the same look as satin but is significantly lighter. Taffeta also has a crispness to it which makes it ideal for more structured designs.

Charmeuse

Our next fabric is Charmeuse. Charmeuse is basically a lightweight version of satin. It feels very smooth to the touch and very flowy. It is great for a form fitting dress (because of how well it hugs the body) but can also be used for a fuller skirt!

Fun fact about our dresses! Every dress we create is lined with charmeuse. It is  very soft and breathable which makes it ideal for the lining. Plus it feels so good against your skin!!

Bride - Elizabeth

Chiffon

Chiffon is very soft to the touch and has great movement! Because of its airiness it's ideal for a romantic and whimsical look. So if you are wanting a flowy effortless look, then chiffon is the fabric for you!!

We love this shot of one of our brides, Jordan, seeing her groom for the first time! Look at how the fabric just flows so beautifully with the wind!!

Bride - Jordan 

Organza

Organza is a sheer crisp fabric used to create unique shapes and body. It is very lightweight making it ideal for gowns with a lot of drama. *****So if your dream dress involves lots of volume and texture, but you don't want it to way a million pounds, organza is the fabric for you!!*****

Bride - Julie

Lace

Lace is extremely versatile and has endless style options. Whether you want a soft and classic look, or a bold and beaded look, lace can work for you! We have 100's of options on display in our studio for our brides to look through to find the right one for them!

Bride - Calleigh

Tulle

Tulle is a light and carefree fabric! The traditional poly tulle is great for creating that full princess ballgown skirt, while a silk or cotton tulle is used very differently. Silk and cotton tulle has a soft handle and drapes effortlessly! 

Gianna skirt (see image below) was made using the traditional poly tulle.

Bride - Gianna

Olivia's skirt (see image below) is made of cotton tulle which gives it more a a draped and flowy look!

Bride - Olivia

These 7 fabric options are some of the most common but are by no means the only options! So if you still aren't sure what fabric is right for you, we would love to sit down with you personally and figure it out together! To book your free consultation feel to email us at contact@bridalcouturebysonni.com or give us a call at 918-200-9452! We are happy to help in anyway we can!!

How long does it take?

 

This is a question we get all the time from our brides! The time it takes to make a dress from start to finish greatly depends on the dress itself! The biggest factor in the time it takes, is the complexity of the dress. Some dress are very complex and take up to a year to finish while others are simple and may only take a few months! We do our best to work with every bride's timeline, no matter how short! It's never too early or too late to start! The more time we have, the better!!

Below are photos of one of our recent brides, Julie. We were able to complete both of Julie's dress in less than 3 months! It was a race to the finish, but the end result was worth every hour spent!!! Read all about Julie's dresses by following the links below!

Julie - Part 1 Julie- Part 2

Luci's Couture Experience

Where to even begin with Luci... Luci's journey began April, 2014 when the love of her life, Evan, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. And of course, she said "yes!" From there she quickly began planning her dream wedding day. She had some awesome plans and knew she needed to get start quickly on her dream dress!

Luci approached me shortly after Even proposed and said she had a really unique vision for her dress. And unique it was!! In our first meeting we bonded immediately over our love for Harry Potter. And when she expressed her desire to have her wedding dress inspired by one of the characters in the series, Fleur Delacour, I became ecstatic!

After we had the design sketched and the fabrics picked out, we wasted no time getting started on the construction. Our team quickly started patterning, cutting fabrics, cutting appliqués and sewing together all the many pieces. In the spirit of Luci's inspiration the team had a Harry Potter movie marathon while working on her dress! Which was also a nice distraction because it took our team over 200 hours to complete this one-of-a-kind gown! But the finished result was worth every hour spent!!! 

Lets start with the neckline of her dress. Her dress has an illusion neckline and a sweetheart lace overlay. One super special detail in the neckline is the word "Always" that was hand beaded on the top right side. "Always" is a significant word the in Harry Potter series, as well as between Luci and Evan.

The body of the dress is covered with a hand-dyed violet lace that sparkles with any movement. The lace creates a beautiful dropped waist silhouette and then fades away into the skirt. The skirt is 60 yards brilliant white organza. That's right, 60 yards!!!

Her look was completed with a matching lace hairpiece, veil, fur bolero, and of course, a wand!

We enjoyed every minute working with Luci and wish we could do it all over again! Thank you Luci for allowing us to create your unique vision!

Picking Your Silhouette

With the many bridal silhouettes out there it can make it very confusing for brides when they start shopping. Where do you start? What are the differences? And which one is right for me? Let's break it down silhouette by silhouette!

Our first silhouette is mermaid! What does mermaid mean? For a dress to be a mermaid it simply has to be fitted to the knee and flare out. A mermaid is ideal for a bride with and hourglass figure, curvy, or a busty bride. Think you have broad shoulders? A mermaid silhouette is a great way to balance that.



The Year of Organza

The 2014 trends are in full swing! How do they translate for bridal? The first trend is fantasy! Many brides envision themselves as a fairy tale princess on their wedding day, but don't want to look like they are playing "dress up". How can we look like a modern day princess??? Organza is a great fabric for creating volume, beautiful shape, and fantasy! Play with the silhouette and make it your own.

My Couture Experience

 "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." -Coco Chanel

As a young girl I always wanted to be different. Sometimes that lead to me wearing socks on my hands (not kidding) other times to sewing pillow stuffing into my jeans to create a fuller figure (also not kidding). But ever I tried to stand out from the other girls. 

When I got engaged I wanted to find a dress that was elegant and classy. Something that would be unique and get everyone talking instead of the same boring dresses everyone else had. 

After going in to literally every store in Oklahoma, Texas and half a dozen in neighboring states I decided that I would make my own. I picked a luxurious silk taffeta and went to crafting my dress. Thus Bridal Couture by Sonni was born.