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Friday, December 5, 2014 2:21:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Becca! Her dress came out beautiful just like her spirit. I loved reading and writing about Becca's wedding. I love she incorporated both her and Waseem's cultures into the wedding and reception. I can tell it was very special and meaningful. And let's not forget the gorilla in the room! I want to know more about that family tradition!Thank you for sharing Becca!!
Couple's Name: Becca & Waseem
Wedding Date & Location: October 12, 2014 in Washington, DC
Theme/Color/Style (if applicable): I'm Jewish and my husband is a Palestinian Muslim so we tried to incorporate all of our cultural traditions into one wedding. The tables were all named after cities in Israel and Palestine and we had traditional Jewish and Palestinian dancing at the wedding.
Dress: Custom Avila Bay in pearl silk taffeta with ballgown skirt, functional buttons, avila bay lace sleeves, and avila bay hem.
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: I have too many favorite moments! We've actually already been married for 2.5 years so we didn't have an officiant, and we didn't even do the traditional parts like "do you take this man to be your husband." We designed the service ourselves and had each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen and family members speak throughout the service. We had some Jewish prayers and an Arabic poem and we even sang a song with everyone in Hebrew. It was a really meaningful service because we picked everything ourselves, and it was all designed to reflect our cultural backgrounds and family traditions. Also, we gave wine bottles for everyone to drink during the service, which was a huge hit and put everyone in the mood for the rest of the wedding! Also my uncle dressed up as a gorilla and crashed the wedding (it's a family tradition)!
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: Accessorize! I had custom shoes, a custom belt, and a custom headpiece (made from the lace from my mom's wedding gown) made to go with my dress. With most gowns (which are long) you don't get to see the shoes. If you're wearing a Dolly Couture gown, you get to have shoes that everyone can see, so go wild! I even changed into sequin Keds halfway through my wedding and got compliments on those too!
Photography by: Jeff Simpson and Tara Parekh
Friday, October 31, 2014 11:48:49 AM America/Los_Angeles
This week we thought we would mix it up a bit. I'm sure you've all wondered what us gals behind the short wedding dress scene are like.
We currently have 4 in home mini boutiques with a new location to be announced shortly! Currently our in home mini boutiques are in Seattle, Chicago, Nashville and San Antonio. We have a great selection of short vintage inspired wedding dresses for you to try.
Today's spotlight is Molly. She runs the San Antonio bridal showroom via her adorable home. We are so glad we have a presesence in the San Antonio bridal market.
Check out Molly!
What's your favorite thing about being an in home rep?
Friday, September 26, 2014 3:07:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fabulous Friday Bride is Brittany! I absolutely loved going through her photos picking out ones that you all will love. I loved all her colors, the setting, the decor and of course her customized Cambridge dress!
Take a look and see how gorgous Brittany, Michael and their wedding was!
Couple's Name: Michael & Brittany
Wedding Date & Location: “June 21, 2014 at the New London Historical Society, New London, NH. We chose this location because the whole property had a great, old fashion feel but was beautifully kept. We loved that the ceremony and reception were in one place so our guests didn't have to travel from one location to the next and could just enjoy the beautiful property.”
Theme/Color/Style: “We knew we wanted a whimsical and fun wedding that was polished and put together but didn't take itself too seriously. Our colors were mint, lavender, coral, tangerine and we mixed in plenty of other colors as well. Our wedding designer achieved the desired "feel" by incorporating lots of fun colors and creative styling (like a paper flower alter). We also knew that we wanted a wedding with lots of special touches that meant something to us. For example, we had quotes lining the aisle, which my husband picked out one by one by his favorite authors. I learned to embroider from my Great Grandmother and so to honor her I embroidered my husband's shirt with our wedding date and hankies for my bridesmaids. We wanted to celebrate the support of our guests towards our marriage and in lieu of a guest book we had everyone sign a beautifully designed wedding certificate as our witnesses so we can always have a physical reminder of their support of our union.”
Dress: “My dress was the "Cambridge" with skirt length modification, sleeve length modification, back and front modifications and a sash!”
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: “There were so many wonderful moments, but one of the major highlights of the wedding was that our ceremony was performed by my husband's father. It meant everything to us to have him officiate the event, to share his wisdom and lend personal advice. Together we wrote the entire ceremony so it was all very personal. My adorable nieces stole the show with their reading from "Winnie the Pooh" and their advice to us.”
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: “Take time to work with the Dolly Couture consultants to have the dress made to your specifications. I found my consultant incredibly accommodating and I was able to have modifications made to base dress made that met all my expectations and was perfectly me!”
Vendor Love: J. Harper Photography, By Emily B. Event Design
Friday, September 5, 2014 3:09:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
It's Fabulous Friday, and we have a pretty fabulous bride today! Inga is one of our amazing international brides who trust us from afar to make their perfect wedding gown. She never even tried the dress on, but we worked together to create her beautiful Moon River. I loved everything about their wedding - the arrival (come on?!), the music, the attire, the location, the pops of red, her hair....everything. I know you all will too! Enjoy!
Couple's Name: Inga & Knut
Wedding Date & Location: "We were wed on July 26th 2014, in the English garden at Vågsberget Handelsstad in the western part of Norway."
Theme/Color/Style:"We didn't have a theme, but we did have red polka dots as a detail that was present in everything from my shoes to the table decorations."
Dress: "I wore a Moon River dress."
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "There were so many favourite moments, it's hard to pick just one. Maybe when my dear friends performed "Falling in love with you again" by Imelda May as part of the wedding ceremony. I felt every word."
What made you choose Dolly Couture: "I fell in love with my dress as soon as I saw the first picture of it, browzing for a short 50's wedding dress. I wrote an email to Dolly Couture, and my impression was that these are people who know what they are doing. I also felt that I was being well taken care of. That is why I chose Dolly Couture."
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "If I could give any advice to future Dolly brides, it would be to give away as much of the responsabilties as you can, so that you will be able to enjoy your day without any stress. I did, and my day was magical, from the very first minute. Also, remember to hold your wedding bouquet down! I have so many pictures of me where I am holding my lovely red dahlias too high."
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
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."