Fabulous Friday - Holly & Evan

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."


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

Fabulous Friday - Samantha & Travis

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:13:51 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

 

The weather around the country is pretty drab and grey today (even in LA), so I thought I would show you a wedding with bright color palate and leave you longing for those warm summer days at the State Fair. 

 

Today's couple is Samantha and Travis who hail from Kansas.  They decided to do a carnival themed wedding.  I just love the fabric pennants, the dessert bar and does she look amazing in her Beverlywood?

 

Below are some photos from the wedding, but go to Green Wedding Shoes to see the great article and more photos.   Be sure to read the full blog because Samanta gives some great advice for you future brides.

 

A big thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for sharing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photography + videography: The Shalom Imaginative Documentary Media // venue: Preisker Park in Ellsworth, Kansas // event design + planning: Samantha Finke-Johnson (bride) // wedding dress: Dolly Couture in Los Angeles, CA // hairpieces: Vintage // hair + makeup: Julie Connolly at The Hairstream // catering: Rollin Taco’s Food Truck // music: Memphis Soul // wardrobe stylist: Malina Heinemann, Kansas City, KS // day of wedding coordinator: Jesterbird Events // rehearsal venue: Kanopolis Drive-In Movie Theatre

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Amy & Max

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.

 

Amy + Max’s Charming & Playful Yellow Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Nicole & Austin

Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:50:06 AM America/Los_Angeles

Today's Fabulous Friday is a day early because I know all you love birds out there are NOT going to be reading a blog. :)

Nicole's recap gave me goosebumps! As a newlywed, I concur! Make it your own.  Make it yours. Make it unique.


Couple: Nicole and Austin

 

Nicole and Austin Wedding Party

 


Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan


Date: July 26, 2013


Theme: Bright Vintage with a heavy music/record influence

 

Decor

 

 

What she wore: Sweetheart Manhattan with Catalina polka dot overlay and a raspberry chiffon petticoat

 

Nicole Dress and Pettiocat

 


Favorite moment from the wedding: "I feel like it went by in a blur, and I had so many amazing moments. One that really stands out for me was our first look. I had been super anxious the whole time we were getting ready and I couldn't sit still. By the time I got to the top of the stairs to walk down to Austin, and I could see everyone in the bridal party watching me, I was shaking like a leaf. It felt like it took me forever to walk down the stairs (Austin said it sounded like I ran!) and then I just burst into tears and he just held me, and all my nerves went away. I wasn't nervous at all, it was complete anticipation about the fact that I was finally getting to marry my love! (We were together for 8 and a half years before tying the knot!)"

 

Girls

 


What made you choose Dolly Couture? "I had originally went shopping at traditional boutiques and picked a dress and wasn't too sure about it. Then I found Dolly online and found out you could customize your dress and I just knew I had to have one. Being able to make my dress EXACTLY what I wanted, and not having to compromise on anything was perfect for me, and I am so happy with my decision. I've always loved pin-up and love that I got to incorporate it into my wedding."


Any advice for future Dolly Couture brides? "DO WHAT YOU WANT! I know so many people who did something at their wedding because someone else wanted them to do it. Why? It is you and your partner's day, and you should make it a reflection of yourselves and your relationship. Every last detail of our wedding was hand-made by us, or was placed there for a specific reason. We used records as place settings. We didn't have alcohol. We didn't have religion. We played punk/metal music. We served fajitas and bottled soda. If someone didn't like it, that was their problem. My husband and I woke up the next morning and looked at each other and agreed; our wedding was perfect. Every couple should have that same feeling!"

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fun Video

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:34:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

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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!

 

happy birthday

Posted in Dolly Couture News By Abby

Dolly Does it Again!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7:09:38 PM America/Los_Angeles

Here are the latest designs from Dolly Coutre!

Pictured below is Walnut Creek

Photo: WANLUT CREEK Sneak preview...I'll comment with a link when they officially exist :)Photo: GEORGETOWN Sneak preview...I'll comment with a link when they officially exist :)

                                                                                                                                                 Pictured above is Georgetown

Posted in Dolly Couture News By Rachel Mazza

Dolly Couture gets love from the Bridal Guide

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:07:12 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

 

Dolly Couture wishes to thank the Bridal Guide magazine for featuring our Pink Label collection in their prestigious Wedding Gown Gallery!     http://www.bridalguide.com/photo-galleries/bridal-gowns/dolly-couture/style-avila-bay

They have also featured a gorgeous Dolly Couture bride, Katherine Cooper Hampton in their May/June issue.  Much appreciation to the Bridal Guide for their continued love!

Posted in Dolly Couture News By Dolly Couture