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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!
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."
Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:16:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Amy. She is the queen of DIY. So much in fact DIY Bride did an amazing write up on her and Max's wedding. We just loved Amy's unique flair and all the nuances that made the wedding hers.
Amy wore a Manhattan gown with an organza overlay. We just love her shoes! Dolly Couture gowns are perfect for showing off your favorite pair!
Below are a few photos of the wedding, but check out DIY Bride for the whole story.
Photographer: Matei Horvath Photography//Wedding Date: 10/27/2012//Equipment Rentals: A Rental connection//Dress Designer: Dolly Couture//Invitation Designer:Everybody! Everybody!//Bakery: Magnolia Bakery//Makeup Artist:Pure Skin and Lash Studio//Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch//Floral Designer: Unique Floral Designs//Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Friday, November 15, 2013 5:34:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
And we're back! Check out our adorable couple Maria & Mark!!!
Couple: Maria & Mark
Date & Location: May 4, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta
"We had a very rustic & casual wedding. Most elements were DIY including my veil, the flowers, the decor, and the cake. In order for my parents (who are quite traditional) to understand our choices, the word we used was rustic. It worked like a charm. The emphasis that day was on us - not a specific theme."
Dress: Hastings on Hudson with a chiffon petticoat
"My favourite moment of the wedding is hard to choose. It all felt like a dream. The part I go back to again and again in my mind was when we were pronounced husband and wife and a joyous Ukrainian wedding march started playing and everyone started clapping along as we hi-fived our way down the aisle. Once we were out of the room, we both started crying from happiness. That was a great feeling!"
What Made You Choose Dolly Couture:
"I chose Dolly Couture quite early in my engagement. We were engaged for 2.5 years and after only 4 months, I had already decided that I wanted to order a DC dress. I was sent to LA for a work conference and took that opportunity to visit the showroom with one of my closest friends. I tried on all the styles I liked and we took pictures. I hadn't settled on a design, but I knew that it would be one of the ones I tried that day. We finally selected a wedding date (1.5 years later!) and I knew that the Hastings on Hudson was the dress for me. It was an easy choice. I did not set foot in another bridal salon. I did not comparison shop. I knew I was a Dolly Bride from day 1, and that made it easy!"
Any Advice for Future Dolly Couture Brides?
"My advice to other Dolly Brides would be to keep it simple, trust your instincts, and ask a ton of questions! Nikki helped me so much during the ordering process. She made suggestions for my lace and organza underlay and I was so happy with the result."
Derek Bisbing of Calgary. His company is Huge Photography.
Friday, October 11, 2013 4:38:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
Hi y'all! Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Amber! She is pretty fabulous if you ask me. Storyboard Weddings did an amazing write up about her & Charles' story. I couldn't have done it better myself, so I will let you read what SW had to say!
Below are a few of our favorite pics! Enjoy!
Couple: Amber & Charles
Location: Austin, TX - The Hotel Saint Cecilia
Dress: Custom Avila Bay with elbow length sleeves
Venue: Hotel Saint Cecilia | Wedding Dress: Dolly Couture | Shoes: Vivienne Westwood | Jewelry: Twigs & Honey | Floral Designer: Petals, ink. | Musicians: Terra Vista Strings | Invitation Designer: Jakprints | Caterer: Moonshine Grill | Cake Designer: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop | Equipment Rentals: Furbish Vintage Rentals | Officiant: Pamela Legate | Photographer: Suzuran Photography
Friday, October 4, 2013 3:22:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
Oh boy! Check out the touch of geek chic Kyle and Chuck added to their wedding. A zombie (adorable) cake topper and Game of Thrones brews? And a vintage touch? Come one! A bride truly after my own heart!
Couple: Kyle & Chuck
Wedding Date & Location: July 2013 in an old historic school house in Hingham, MA
"Our wedding was sweet, very romantic, a little quirky, and just a blast for everyone who was there. I put lots of my own handmade touches into the day, and we had so much help from our family and friends. I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, so three of my cousins sang his song "If I Should Fall Behind" during the ceremony. We had readings from Calvin & Hobbes and The Little Prince, and in my vows I promised Chuck I would fight by his side when the zombies attack. In his vows, Chuck quoted Little Women (one of my favorite books). We also had fireworks at our wedding (a lucky coincidence)"
Dress: Kyle wore our Moon River gown. Kyle writes, "It was perfect. I have always loved Audrey Hepburn so as soon as I saw that dress I knew it would be mine, and when I tried it on in the store it was a storybook moment...I had found my dress! I received so many compliments throughout the evening on how unique and perfect for me the dress was."
Favorite moment from the wedding:
"My favorite moment of the whole wedding was when everyone was outside on the dance floor, and Stand By Me started playing just as the fireworks began to explode across the sky. Chuck and I spontaneously started to slow dance in the grass under the fireworks...such a magical moment. Another really special aspect of our wedding was that one of the oldest cemeteries in the country is directly behind our venue. I love things that are kind of creepy (Chuck proposed to me in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland), so it seemed perfect to have our photographer take some photos of us walking through the cemetery...the pictures came our beautifully and are so unique and so very "us"!"
Take a look at more photos from the wedding and reception here: Kyle & Chuck's Photos
Congratulations to both of you!
Friday, August 9, 2013 1:47:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
We love a good outdoor summer wedding!
Couple: Alycia & Stephen
Wedding Date & Location: July 26th, 2013 at their 112 year old farmhouse (yes, built in 1901!) in Estacada, OR
"We didn't really have a theme beyond wanting to have it outside, in the summer. We had our ceremony under an ancient walnut tree and dinner on the lawn. It was a lovely, perfect summer evening."
Dress: Alycia wore the Avila Bay dress in ivory lace, with the champagne thread and waist. She had it customized by bringing the lace off the shoulders a little and made into cap sleeves.
Favorite moment from the wedding:
"My favorite moment from the wedding was right after the ceremony. My new husband and I, along with our wedding party, popped a bottle of champagne, and I relaxed for the first time in a month! I also loved seeing our friends and relatives all getting to know each other and dancing together. I think one of the most fun things at any wedding is watching people from different walks of life, all coming together to celebrate."
What made you choose DC?
"I was engaged for maybe a day before I thought about what I was going to wear. :) I was looking up short weddings gowns online and just fell in love with the gowns at Dolly Couture. Luckily for me, we were living in New York at the time so I was able to make an appointment to try on gowns in the showroom. I tried on the Avila Bay gown and it was just perfect. I ordered it on the spot!"
Advice for future DC brides:
"Try not to sweat the small stuff. I just about went crazy trying to plan for every little detail, but in the end, you're going to forget something. Ask for help if you need it. Our friends and families were so wonderful about pitching in to help us get our home tip-top before the wedding. Also, have fun and enjoy each moment and each other. This is the one day that is all about the two of you, so make sure to steal a few minutes where you can focus on each other, amidst all the madness!"
Congratulations Alycia & Stephen! We love the story about the ring!
Friday, August 9, 2013 1:47:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Even Southern Belle's wear short wedding dresses! Let's meet Sarah & Aaron!
Couple: Sarah and Aaron
Wedding Date & Location: April 20th, 2012 in St. Francisville, LA
"I guess the best way to describe it is 'Spring in Plantation Country'. We wanted a laid back wedding in my parents' hometown with lots of green- the weather couldn't have been better for us!"
Dress: Sarah wore the Avila Bay in ivory with a lace skirt.
Favorite moment from the wedding:
"Seeing my husband for the first time in my dress. We did a 'first look' before the wedding so we could get straight to the reception with our friends and family after the ceremony. Our photographer did an amazing job of setting this moment up for us in front of The Myrtles Plantation. Those were some of the best moments for us. Another favorite moment was during the ceremony - I put Aaron's ring on the wrong hand, realized it and quickly changed hands. He turned to our friends and family and said, 'Sorry y'all, we haven't done this before!' It was perfect."
What made you choose DC?
"I knew I wanted a different dress that would be flattering and would fit my personality. A short dress was something I was set on. When we were planning our wedding, we were living in NYC. I was very lucky to be able to go to the showroom there. My mom pointed out the Avila Bay because she loved the lace. I tried it on to humor her, thinking I wasn't a lace kind of girl. Turns out I was - Mom always knows what's best!"
Advice for future DC brides:
"Have the time of your life - If you are the kind of girl who chooses a Dolly dress, then I know you are a girl who likes to have fun! It's a day I relive with my husband often - the memories are so amazing because we made the day about us and focused on each other. We got to dance like crazy people with all of our best friends and family in one place for several hours. When is that happening again?!"
Congrats Sarah & Aaron! We love the story about the ring!