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 Behind the Seams Bridal is a full service custom wedding gown and alterations studio located in Oregon City, Oregon. We would love to chat with you about your wedding and how we can help make it special.



Our Team


Krysti Emerson


Krysti picked up sewing at the age of 11 after she begged her mom to teach her to sew for months and months. Her mom finally caved and enrolled her in a basic sewing class. After her initial introduction to the craft, she sewed on her own for years learning as she went. Sewing started out as a hobby, but quickly became a thriving business. In 2007 she was introduced to the world of bridal alterations and she hasn’t looked back. Krysti has altered hundreds of gowns, but her favorite work is custom designs. She loves to work with brides to create one-of-a-kind dresses for their special day. Krysti lives in Oregon City, has been married to her favorite person for the last thirty or so years, and has five grown up kids and three grandkids.


Annie Nelson


Annie started sewing in her Jr. High home economics class. This inspired her passion for clothing construction and alterations and she graduated college with a Bachelors in Home Economics. She sewed for family and friends until four years ago when she gave up a teaching job to pursue sewing and alterations full time. She delights in listening to each bride, bridesmaid, and mother of the bride or groom and helping to create the dress or suit of their dreams. She pays close attention to each detail and focuses on the perfect fit as the key to her success. She is excited for the opportunity to work with brides to alter their dresses and help them feel comfortable, confident and happy for all of life’s special occasions. Annie lives in the Portland area with her husband and has four wonderful daughters.


Our Services


Custom Bridal Gowns

Can't find the right dress? Love a dress but something isn't quite right? Don't want to deal with the hassle of ordering a wedding gown? Have eclectic taste, or just want to design your own dress? We love working with brides to create their perfect dress from scratch. 

Custom bridal gowns run from approximately $1250-2500 depending on the design. Please see our FAQ page for more information on custom bridal gowns. 


Veils and Sashes

We stock a number of sashes, veils, and hairpieces, many of which are available at our studio for you to view and try on during your consultation. We also custom make sashes, veils and hairpieces to match your gown and finish your look perfectly. Please view our store (coming soon!) to see a preview of what we have available. 

Bridal Alterations

All ready-made bridal gowns need alterations to give you the best fit for your wedding day. Make an appointment with us today and we can talk about your wedding and how to make your dress fit properly. Please see our FAQ page for more information about fittings. 



Bridesmaid Alterations

Bridesmaid dresses always seem to come in from the dressmaker ill fitting. We can take care of that for your maids and matrons. They can contact us individually, or you can have them tag along for your consultation. Contact me for availability. 


Thank you so much for your beautiful work on my wedding dress! The wedding itself was wonderful and everyone loved the dress. Thanks for being so positive and skilled through the whole process - you were amazing!
— Gaby
Thank you so much for helping me make my perfect fairytale gown. You have made the process so easy for me and I am so grateful. You are so talented and I am so thankful that you were able to see my vision and bring it to life!
— Kashka
Thank you SO much for all of your help and hard work on my dress. Its such a special heirloom to my family and I am thrilled with how it has turned out. You’ve been a joy to work with and I wish you the best of the luck in your creations.
— Alison
Thank you so much for creating my wedding dress! You took my dreams and made them come true! I cant wait to show off your beautiful design.
— Kara