Rock the Frock: Sister Style

Hive, I am THRILLED to share these sister shoot photos with you. I’ve been daydreaming about them since Sister Big Eyes told me last year that she wanted to do a photo shoot with BOTH of us in our wedding gowns.

I really want to post them without these downer disclaimers but truthfully I feel a bit self-conscious about my appearance in some of the pictures. I’d been dancing all day at Sister’s wedding and was a bit sweaty and swollen. Plus, for some idiotic reason I took my hair out of its side up do and it just doesn’t look right with no time or professional to fix it. (Sorry about the whiny moment.)

That aside, these pictures are so incredibly special to me. My Sister and I had a rough start to this wedding planning journey, but in the end, there is no one in the world I’d rather have shared it with.

The location: Our parent’s backyard at their home in a southern suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

The dresses: Both Mori Lee with ruching and ruffles but hers is white, and mine is ivory. Hers is a dropped waist, corset back, and beading. Mine is a fit-n-flare with zip up and buttons down the back.

The men: Both of them officially our husbands now! We actually hauled Mr. Sword’s kilt ensemble all the way from Chicago for this short shoot, but it was totally worth it!







This one is just of Mr. Sword and myself because we wanted a picture highlighting his sword cuff links.


After we sent the guys away it was time for some sisters only bridal portraits. We had such a blast!



Veils? Yes please. And not just to cover up my sunburn from Sister’s ceremony earlier that day”¦






This next one has a good view of the differences in our bodices.








Would you ever do a photo shoot with another bride, a sister, or friend, or otherwise? I 100% recommend it!

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    lillis 852 posts, Busy bee @ 6:22 am

    Wonderful Idea. I love the pic of you both lying on the ground.

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    meganmarie33 162 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:23 am

    I love the pic of the two of you laying in the grass!! I think you both look fantastic. :)

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    MrsMermaid 159 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:26 am

    OMG!! I absolutely LOVE this. Just gorgeous. You both look amazing. What an awesome idea!

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    mrscvsomeday 164 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:43 am

    Wow, this is just so cute! I absolutely love them – what special memories! :)

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    babycakes24 606 posts, Busy bee @ 6:49 am

    Wow! love these! great idea…never seen it before.

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    caitlyn, Guest @ 6:50 am

    how mad were you when she got a literally identical dress to you? sorry, i can’t help but laugh!

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    tarapants 112 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:53 am

    These are awesome!! Love love love them!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:21 am

    You guys look beautiful! Especially considering that you’d danced through another wedding– I would never have guessed. What a fun idea.

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    knadams0723 99 posts, Worker bee @ 8:32 am

    Awe this is soo awesome and beautifully done! I am doing a bridal shoot by myself this weekend. I got married in FL back in May and we had our reception in June. I have a friend that does photography so she is going to snap a few pics of me in my dress one last time. I wasn’t ready to send it out to be cleaned and boxed up yet. I loved wearing my dress and the moments in it flew by!:) Congrats to you and what a cute idea! I wish I had a sister to do this with!

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    mrspaperflowers 1611 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:53 am

    I wanted to do one… but my sister was preggers for my wedding, and she wouldn’t have fit in her dress… It’s amazing that the ivory and white aren’t as stark-a-contrast as I expected! BEAUTIFUL photos!!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:53 am

    These are so amazing, its so special that you were able to do these with your sister!

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    ashuen 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:22 am

    Such an amazing idea!! It looks like a wonderful editorial shoot!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 11:49 am

    You both were beautiful brides!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:13 pm

    It’s an interesting idea, but I think I would have preferred to have done it on a separate day. Wasn’t it strange or didn’t you feel like you were infringing on your sister’s wedding day by also being in your wedding dress/getup? I know you said she suggested it, but she didn’t feel like you were trying to have another go at your wedding ON her wedding day? Just curious.

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    Vladimir Dostalek, Guest @ 2:14 pm

    LOVE this! so gorgeous and dreamy and really well executed. great ideas to try :)

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    Jessica, Guest @ 4:15 pm

    @Blonde17Jess: I agree, especially after the post where she was upset that her sister was engaged/getting married near her.

    I feel bad for her sister after seeing that this was on her actual wedding day. The right thing to do would have been to insist that they do it on another day for her little sisters sake.

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    dcgirl655, Guest @ 4:44 pm

    @Blonde17Jess: I 100% agree with you. This is a cute idea, but I dunno about on the actual DAY. For one, how did you have time?!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:46 pm

    These are so cute, what a fun thing to share with your sister!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:11 pm

    This is amazing! I would love to do this! I think you look amazing! Its so lovely you and your sister could do this!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:43 am

    So jealous! I want sister bridal pics! You are so lucky to have the unique oppurtunity!

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    jessc4343 219 posts, Helper bee @ 8:21 am

    these photos are ethereal.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:07 am

    @Blonde17Jess: @Jessica: @dcgirl655: Thanks for the question ladies! So, you don’t know my sister very well, but she’s the most practical, logical person I know. She saw an opportunity for a sister shoot at the end of her morning/afternoon wedding and made it happen. She didn’t want to have to pay for hair/makeup again, and she wanted to utilize her time with the photographer since her wedding was not that long of a day. The shoot took one hour, from 5-6 PM and then she was off to her gift opening at the church with our immediate family. Mr. Sword and I changed back into normal clothing before heading over to the church. Let me repeat, NO ONE saw me in my wedding gown but Sister and her husband and the photographer.

    Don’t you think that is something we discussed ahead of time? She isn’t the type of person to get worked up over that. She’s the best sister a girl could ask for.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:08 am

    Thank you to everyone who had such lovely things to say! It is much appreciated. We will both treasure these photos forever. :)

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 9:03 pm

    Always thrilled to see a Sword post, but this has to be one of my favorites! As an MOB myself, I can only imagine your mom’s reaction when she saw how these turned out. If I had to choose just one, it would either be the one with you on the bench and her sitting at your feet, or the close up of you looking at each other and laughing, but they are all so beautiful. You are both very lucky girls, and I’m glad we got a sneak peak at her wedding through your posts.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:52 am

    @TexasAggieMom: You are the sweetest. My mom was very happy with both weddings and the sister shoot, such a fun year for her! Thank you so much! I love sharing with everyone on WB.

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:15 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!

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