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 - 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 - Tracy & Chris

Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:21:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

 


Today's Fabulous Friday couple is Tracy and Chris.  You might want to have a tissue handy because I was bawling like a baby!   We wish them the best!

 

Couple: Tracy and Chris Harvey



Location
: Castle Rooms, Uddingston, Scotland 19th April 2014

Theme/Colours/Style:
"As Chris proposed on a holiday to the Big Apple, we wanted to include elements of New York into our wedding. Being an Easter wedding we knew that yellow was a colour we wanted to feature, and we paired it with grey, thinking of the yellow taxis of New York City against the steely grey buildings. The golden yellow and grey also allowed us to tie in the tartan from our local football team, Motherwell FC as we are both avid fans. We even spent a part of our budget returning to New York to collect table decorations like street signs and best of all…… to visit the Dolly Couture showroom to choose my dream dress!"

 



"The beautiful Castle rooms was awash with golden yellow gerbera daisies and charcoal grey runners and chair covers. The Groom and groomsmen wore traditional kilts and the bridesmaids wore stunning short charcoal dresses with flower bouquets to match the bride."


"We chose a venue which was set in the beautiful town of Uddingston where the famous Tunnoch’s bakery is. There are lots of old tenement houses and quaint streets around the venue which gave plenty opportunity for some not-so-traditional photographs. It was a very relaxed day with only 60 guests, great local food and a fab band in the evening who played songs from Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, some of our fave movies. This really set the tone for the evening party we wanted! We had our first dance to ‘You never can Tell’ by Chuck Berry. As it was Easter Saturday we gave out Creme Eggs as favours too."

 

 

Dress: "I am so unbelievably grateful for the help I received from Yvette at the Dolly Couture showroom in New York for giving me so many options and for helping me choose. I was quite anxious as I left my fiancé to go choose a dress on my own. She even set up a Skype call home for some of my friends and family so I felt that they were there and I got to hear what they thought. In the end I chose the Tuscany dress which was not what I thought I would choose at all! I had a vision of the Beverlywood but as soon as I tried  on the Tuscany I knew it was the one. I had a halter strap added later for support, and it was a massive hit on the day! Especially when I paired it with my grey converse for dancing in the evening. Short dresses are hard to come by in Scotland and our photographer commented that it was the nicest short dress he had ever seen!"

 

 

 

 

 



Favourite moment: "It's so hard to choose a favourite moment as the day was everything I hoped for and more, but I think I’d have to say when Chris dropped my ring! He was holding it whilst saying his vows and just as he was about to put it on my finger it fell and rolled across the floor. The place was roaring with laughter."

 

 

"I also will really treasure the speech by my husbands Granddad, who is 89 this year. He lost his own wife 11 years ago after 52 years of marriage and he said he wished us 52 years and more. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. He did lighten the mood again after dinner by starting a good old Scottish sing song though! "


Why Tracy chose Dolly Couture: "I have always known I would have a short wedding dress. I have always had a fascination with all things vintage and feel that the 50s style suits me especially since I'm so short. I found Dolly Couture long before we got engaged and always imagined I would have one of these dresses. Well my dream came true!"

 



Advice for Dolly Couture brides: "Take time to sit back and take in your day. Its so true what people say, it goes by in a heartbeat. You want to be able to tell your grandkids about it, after all you spent so much time planning it! Look at everything around you, see the smiles on your guests faces, relax and dance! This was the best advice I was given and as a result I have so many wonderful memories to treasure."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by: Stevie at Autumn Leaf Studios Hamilton

 

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