Friday, August 29, 2014 11:31:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Friday, August 22, 2014 12:03:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
Hi ya'll! Today's post is a little different. I had a heart wrenching experience yesterday, and I had to share.
I volunteered to help with the photo event at my step-daughter's school yesterday. She is 11 and going into 6th grade. I was working with another mom I had never met before, and we were chit chatting about the kids' summers. The mom told me that her daughter had been away for two weeks visiting family, and "got really fat over the summer". Errrrrrrt!!! What? WHAT?! I decided to ignore the comment, and she proceeded to tell me how "fat" her daughter is and how she's going to put her on a diet and workout plan. What? WHAT?! I just kind of shook my head and went back to my job perplexed and disgusted.
Jump to a half hour later. Her daughter and her little wolf-pack came and sat behind the tables we were working. There are about 5 other girls sitting around (including my step-daughter) and about 5 moms. The "mom" and yes, I use that word loosely, told her daughter IN FRONT OF EVERYONE how she is going to take her down to the beach and make her get on the body board "to get some exercise". The daughter said she really didn't want to go that day, but really wanted to go the next day. The mom told her daughter she better get her butt on the elliptical when they got home since they weren't going to the beach. AND, "We are putting you on a diet". She told her daughter how fat she was, how she needed to go on a diet and needed to workout. I know if I heard it about 10 other people did too.
I literally came home and teared up. It broke my heart to hear this kind of body shaming to an 11 year old girl about ready to embark on a new milestone in her life - middle school. This is such a tender age with girls (and I'm sure boys too). I watched the little girl's face sink while her mother berated her. I did not say anything to the mom. I wish I would have in hindsight. I think I was just so flabbergasted by this blatant fat shaming that I couldn't even process it until I got home. I'm saying a little prayer that hopefully it won't ruin this beautiful little girl's body image for life.
Body shaming is a serious problem. I hear it ALL the time from brides who go to other bridal boutiques and are fat shamed (or just body shamed) out the door. What is wrong with people? It makes me sick. I am so glad at Dolly Couture we see everyone for the person they are, not by the tape measure numbers. I love when someone tells me they felt beautiful because of us - either in person, on the phone or via email. I want you all to know we see you all equally. We see the beauty inside and out no matter if you are short, tall, thin, large, green, blue or purple. We are a safe haven where you will not be body shamed or judged...ever. Sure we like to sell you beautiful dresses, but what really makes our day is knowing no matter who you are, no matter what shape or size, no matter what sexual orientation you are....we love you all, and you will have a positive experience with us.
Go out and tell someone they are beautiful today. It will make you feel AMAZING.
Happy Friday beauties!
Friday, August 8, 2014 11:31:43 AM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Wendy. I love she is a non-traditional bride who didn't have to have a wedding to start her life. You can just see the happiness exude from both of them. And how sweet and cute are Wendy and Josh's little ones? Congratuations Wendy & Josh!!!
Couple: Wendy and Josh
Date & Location: April 12, 2014 at our home in Clearwater, Florida
Theme/Feel: Comfortable, black and white
"We asked all the guests to wear black and white. It was a way to link everyone together and help them to see their similarities because we had lived in various cities over the years and many of the guests had never met each other, but they were all connected through us. I also told everyone to dress comfortably, after all, it was a party. The centerpieces were vintage, black and white household items I found or already had."
Dress: Newport Beach without polka dot overlay
Favorite moments from the wedding: "The whole day was fabulous and choosing a favorite moment seems impossible but 2 moments stand out, my walk down the aisle and getting lost in a kiss when we were supposed to be posing for the photographer. Walking down the aisle I just remember thinking, "This is really happening! YEA!" We had dated for 7 years and we have known each other more than 20, but every time we started planning a wedding, we would encounter a major life event. We each lost a parent and we each lost a job over those 7 years. We had 2 children, and moved 3 times. Every time we thought we were going to have a wedding, something else happened, so when the time finally came, I was just so excited! I couldn't stop smiling! Then during the reception, as the sun was setting, we wanted to get some pictures next to two trees decorated with lights. The photographer said get close and we did. Then we started kissing and before I knew it, I remembered that I was kissing my HUSBAND and it became a sweet embrace. Once the kiss ended, we were all smiles. This was the result..."
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "My advice for Dolly Couture brides is to think about the little things you might need that day. Things like...a pen for the guest registry, which I forgot. Breath mints, which I borrowed from a guest. I love my dress and I had known I wanted a Dolly Couture Newport Beach dress with black trim since I first tried it on in her boutique in 2010 (the year I thought we might get married). I only wish I had thought about the fact that I might need pockets for a tissue!"
Friday, August 1, 2014 12:33:59 PM America/Los_Angeles
Am I just an emotional mess lately? I swear I tear up at EVERY Fabulous Friday post. I'm not joking. When Michael's uncle surprised him with such a special momento....that started it for me and continued as I read.
I loved this sweet store and all the paper elements. And Jennifer's advice at the end is so magical. Jennifer is so beatiful, and you can see the love just radiating off her (and Michael).
Couple's Names: Michael and Jennifer
Date and Location: July 6, 2014 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Theme/Color/Style: "Although we got married around the 4th of July, Michael did not like the idea of a red, white, and blue theme. Our style was vintage and the theme was centered around paper, appropriate since I am a magazine editor and Michael loves to write. I have always loved paper and paper crafting, and one of the first details I settled on was my gorgeous paper flower bouquet in some of my favorite shades of blue. Like a lot of my wedding decor, it came from Etsy. The paper flowers inspired many other details, including the paper flower and lantern centerpieces and the "Just Married" banner that hung over the sweetheart table."
Dress: "I wore the Port William, which I chose with my mom in the NYC showroom. Yvette was a lovely consultant, and even though I walked in thinking Avila Bay would be my dress, I couldn't get the Port William out of my mind on the way home. The pictures really don't do the dress justice! I had a seamstress modify the bodice to a slight sweetheart under the illusion lace. I got so many compliments on the dress, and a guest even told me I looked like Grace Kelly."
Favorite Moments: "We had such a magical day that it's hard to choose a favorite moment! My mom's text in the morning saying how happy she was for me was the first thing I saw and set the tone for a joyous day. Michael's uncle pulled us aside at the reception and presented me with the cigar he received from Michael's dad the day he was born--that was a surprise and very special! We didn't want a band or DJ at the reception, but Michael's brother, a musician, sang us a beautiful and meaningful song. The cupcakes we served in lieu of a traditional cake were the surprise hit of the day. There was practically a stampede to choose one after lunch!"
One other fun detail: "Instead of a book, our guests signed a metal print of a silly selfie we took in which I surprised Michael by biting his nose. After the cake cutting, we had smashed quite a bit of cake on each other, and someone yelled out that I should bite him, so we recreated the shot."
Advice: "My advice to other Dolly brides is that the only expectations you need to live up to are your own. No matter how traditional or nontraditional you decide to be, your love and the joy you radiate will make it a wedding. I was originally a little worried that having no bridal party and a lunch reception with no music would not feel "wedding" enough, but the day was absolutely perfect because it reflected us and how we wanted to celebrate. My other advice is to get fun shoes, because everyone will notice!"
Photographer Love: Jenn Erickson http://www.jennericksonphotography.com
Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:40:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Deja. I absolutely adore that Deja and Steve took a moment with each other between the ceremony and reception. That is one piece of advice I like to give - take a moment with you and your partner. It can be just a minute or two. It's such an emotional time, and it's the most beautiful moment to reflect on the amazing confession of love that just took place.
Couple's Name: Deja & Steve
Wedding Date & Location: June 8, 2013 in Moss Beach, California
Theme: "Garden Brunch Wedding with personal touches, like an "UP" inspired gift/guestbook table. We didn't do a traditional cake, but rather a pie. I personally baked the pie that we cut into."
Dress: Avila Bay with 3/4 length sleeves, a boatneck bodice and large detachable bow on the back
Favorite Moment(s): "The ceremony was really special. My husband and I had written it word-for-word and to hear it spoken brought new meaning to each of the passages. My maid of honor and his bestmaid (his adult daughter) learned and played the 'Married Life' theme from UP. It was such an amazing and touching mement."
"Then there was a time we spent with the photographer after the ceremony. I knew our guests were being taken care of a the cocktail hour, so he and I just got to be there together reflecting on the step we had just taken. Our photographer did a great job of capturing those moments. And there were pauses when we forgot she was even there."
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "As a Dolly Couture bride ou have a unique opportunity to make your wedding dress completely yours. Take advantage. Spend time looking through bridal magazines, yes, for trends fo the day. But spend equal time looking at photos of yourself and the clothes in your closet, so you can insert what looks best on you and what feels best on you into your design. For me it was 3/4 length sleeves and a boatneck bodice. I have been wearing that look since high school and my dress would have been foreign without it. I was able to find a dress that suited the wedding style with all-over lace, and adapt it to suit my personal style."
Friday, July 11, 2014 2:33:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fab Friday bride is Holly. I remember the day we received her dress at headquarters...we couldn't stop looking at it, and you've never heard so many oooooo's and ahhhhh's. I loved the tulle sleeves and the tulle skirt together. But what really made the dress come alive was the mint belt. Holly had a vision, and we executed...those custom gowns are so much fun for us! We love seeing how much creativity our brides have. Holly is no exception! The photos are just gorgous, and I love how everything all came together.
Couple's Name: Holly and Evan
Wedding Date & Location: "April 20, 2013. Ceremony was at Stone Valley Church in Hickory Corners, PA (dates back to 1796) and the reception was held at The Front Street Station, in Northumberland, PA. (The Front Street Station used to be a train station in the 30's, and has since been converted into a restaurant/banquet area, but still maintains the original train cars in the banquet hall area for seating.)"
Theme/Color/Style: "We jokingly referred to our theme as 50 Shades of Mint, since we ended up using so many variations on the color! I'd say our overall theme was vintage but mixed with down-home country - a lot of handmade, DIY touches. I handmade the programs, the centerpieces, the namecards, etc. It was important for us to stay within budget, and make our wedding affordable and accessible for our guests and wedding party as well. (Our bridesmaid dresses were handmade and purchased from Etsy.) Our main color was mint, with accents of peach."
Dress: "My dress was custom Dolly Couture, and was drawn by one of your artists from a few pictures I sent it. It was exactly what I had dreamed of, and I couldn't find anything like it anywhere else - I looked! I had only been one place to try on dresses and wasn't really happy. A friend from London had gotten her dress from DC and recommended you. The dress was perfection from the moment I tried it on, it fit like a glove, and I never even had to have it altered- that's how perfect it was. Being pretty short, I loved that I could have all the tulle I wanted but at a shorter length that complimented my height, instead of drowning me in fabric. I also adored the capped tulle sleeves, which I felt really gave the dress something different and made it stand out from other silhouettes."
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "Our favorite part of the wedding was having our friends and family so present and involved - a close friend performed the ceremony, another was our photographer, and another the DJ. Everyone banded together to play a part in the day which made it very special for us - - and even our dogs took part (one was walked down the aisle by my niece, and the other was carried by one of my Bridesmen.) The most memorable and fun parts definitely happened during the reception. Old friends, new friends, college friends, relatives- everyone joined in the dance party and kept the reception hopping until well past our intended finish time. High heels and ties came off, and everyone really cut loose and had a great time- which is exactly what we wanted for our guests!"
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "Try not to worry about how things "should be" or "should look" or even what you "should" do! Do what feels right, and what makes you happy. It certainly can be overwhelming, but try to stick to a few key aspects of your wedding that are most important to you and your partner. Think about the things that you will remember 25 years from now or 50 years from now! And most importantly, remember to have fun! It will all go by so quickly and be over before you know it."
Friday, June 27, 2014 2:05:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Kathryn. I'm a big outdoors fan, and Kathryn's wedding looks and sounds amazing (look at the stunning backdrop of nature). I love Kathryn and Dave are both beekeepers. I'm always impressed with how diverse, unique and fun our brides are! We don't have a mold of a typical Dolly bride - just awesome, strong and beautiful women. Kathryn is no excpetion.
Couple's Name: Kathryn & David
Location: Paradise Montana (it is really named Paradise, honest!) on September 28, 2013
"We got married at the exact site (at my parent's cabin right on the Clark Fork River) where we had our 'first date'. I took Dave fly fishing on the river (I wore waders and a ballcap, but I guess it worked)."
Theme/Colors/Style of wedding: "Outdoor wedding, vintage/shabby chic, honeybees (we are both beekeepers) sunflowers, wildflowers, mason jars and our guestbook was a typewriter!"
Dress: "The Cambridge, Pink Label Collection. The long sleeves came in handy since it was 50 degrees and raining on our wedding day. Chilly yes...but so beautiful! The only change I made to the dress was pockets to hold my hankie!"
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "Where do I start? The whole day was a beautiful blur but some of my favorite moments are: my mother helping me into my wedding dress and putting her mother's pearls on me (every woman in our family gets married in these very special pearls...I cried of course! :) Our first dance to Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon', our first married kiss and all of our wedding guests happily dancing the night away under a clear-topped tent!"
Why you chose Dolly Couture: "I really wanted to emulate Audrey Hepburn as a bride from Funny Face (the most beautiful bride of all time)! When I saw the Dolly website - I knew this was the only place I wanted to go to shop for a short, vintage style wedding dress. Not to mention the customer service is phenomenal!"
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "Enjoy every second, don't sweat the small stuff and wear comfy shoes so you can dance. Dolly dresses are meant to be twirled in!"
"Thanks Dolly Couture!!"
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:43:10 AM America/Los_Angeles
Friday, June 6, 2014 10:32:34 AM America/Los_Angeles
We can't help but love the 2 new dresses we have for our Off the Rack section!
We have 2 new size 8's ready to ship!
The first one is a gorgous Manhattan/Summerville frock! We have it available now for only $495.00!
Our second dress is a Avila Bay with tulle skirt! You can get it now for $495.00!
And don't foget our Off the Rack blog promotion! Use bloggy10 at checkout to receive 10% off! It's bargains, bargains, bargains!
If you have any questions don't hesistate to email Abby. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 16, 2014 10:33:07 AM America/Los_Angeles
Are you getting married next week? Did your original wedding dress not work out? Do you love a good bargain?
Well look no further than our Off the Rack section! We have a wide assortment of dresses ready to be shipped to a good home!
These dresses have never been worn for an event. I get asked often, "What's wrong with them", and the answer is always, "Not a thing!" The reasons we have these dresses are they were either made the wrong size, perphaps it was ordered with pockets and didn't arrive with pockets, it was ordered the wrong length, etc. Instead of donating these gorgous frocks we decided to give our customers an opportunity to purchase them at a discount. The selection changes often, so check back!
If you are interested in purchasing one of our Off the Rack gowns you can use bloggy10 in the coupon code to recieve 10% off! This deal is good through the end of May, so act now!
Below are a few of the dresses available for immediate purchase. They all ship in 3 - 5 business days.
Dress: Avila Bay with Charlotte lace
Price: $595.00 (normally $795.00)
Dress: Pink Luxor
Price: $300.00 (normally $595.00)
Dress: Marin County with lace bodice
Price: $495.00 (normally $695.00)
Dress: Miami Beach
Price: $395.00 (normally $795.00)
We have a lot more where those came from! Check out the whole selection here: http://dollycouture.com/collection/off-the-rack.html.