Fabulous Friday - Jennifer & Michael

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).

Enjoy!

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



 



Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Past, Present & Future

Friday, April 18, 2014 12:52:20 PM America/Los_Angeles

Some days it's not hard being plus sized.  Some days it is.  But the hardest time in my life being plus sized was wedding dress shopping.  It's suppose to be the most exciting time in your life, but I can attest it is not.  I've heard from so many of our Dolly Couture brides they have had similar experiences which breaks my heart.


I know how it is.  You are excited but extremely nervous for your appointment.  What if they don't have anything that fits? What if they are rude because of my body shape and size? Will I get the same customer service as a size 6 bride? I really love that size 10 dress, but I have no idea how it will look on me because the designer felt that dress should not be worn by plus sized women.  Maybe that's not the designer's intention, but it sure feels like it doesn't it?


Unfortunately, more often than not these fears do come to life.  It happened to me. And honestly I love the fact I work for a company that makes EVERY body type feel beautiful.  I couldn't work for one of those other bridal companies who looks down on women because they are a certain size.  My day is made when one of you tells me how special and beautiful you felt trying on our dresses, or how Dolly Couture didn't make you feel like an outcast - instead we welcomed you with open arms.  


We have sizes 0 - 28 in our shops to try on.  Some of our locations have less stock than others (yes, this includes the smaller sizes too), but we strive to accommodate everyone.   And I guarantee none of our staff will judge you…for any reason. We see each and everyone of you as family the moment you email or step into our showrooms.  There are no high pressure sales pitches.  We let you decide on your own time.   But more importantly we see each and everyone of you as beautiful human beings who have so much to offer the world.


I love my job.  I love getting to see the smiles on your faces when you are wearing a Dolly dress.  I love hearing how you felt beautiful on your wedding…and you should!  You were stunning!  


You are getting married because somebody saw you for who you are…your quirks, your beauty, your talent, your heart and your soul.  The whole package is what makes you beautiful.


Thank you all for letting us make your dress and being a part of your special day.  It's quite an honor.  

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Happy Birthday DC!

Monday, June 10, 2013 11:04:23 AM America/Los_Angeles

We have been so busy here at Dolly Couture we almost forgot our 7th birthday! We still can't believe 7 years ago Dolly Couture was born from Dolly's vision.  It all started with her wanting a short dress for her wedding reception. Not being able to find one, what did Dolly do? She went out and designed her own!

 

Today Dolly Couture has now been worn by THOUSANDS of brides worldwide! We've even been featured of David Tutera's "My Fair Wedding". Even after all those brides and tv appearances, Dolly and her staff are committed even more than ever to provide great customer service and gorgeous handcrafted quality gowns.  With our extensive list of customizations we offer, you truly can make your wedding dress one of a kind.  If interested please email sales@dollycouture.om for more information.

 

Happy Birthday Dolly Couture!!! Here's to 7 more unbelivable years!

 

We couldn't have done it without our BRIDES!!! Thank you to all the past, present and future Dolly Couture brides!

 

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Posted in Dolly Couture News By Abby