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 - Maria & Mark

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

 

 

Wedding Theme:

 

"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

 

 

 



Favorite Moment:

 

"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."

 

 

Photos By:

Derek Bisbing of Calgary. His company is Huge Photography.

Posted in Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Amber & Charles

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!

 

A SXSW Engagement Leads To Gorgeous Vintage Inspired Art House Wedding At Hotel Saint Cecilia

 

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

 

Offbeat Intimate Wedding Hotel Saint Cecilia Austin Texas Suzuran Photography (23)  

 

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Offbeat Intimate Wedding Hotel Saint Cecilia Austin Texas Suzuran Photography (73)

 

Vendor Love

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

Posted in Featured Brides By Abby

Fabulous Friday - Alycia & Stephen

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

 



Wedding Theme:

"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!

 

Posted in Featured Brides By Abby

Fabulous Friday - Sarah & Aaron

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

 



Wedding Theme:

"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!

 

Posted in Featured Brides By Abby

The Trends Are In!

Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:43:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

One of the top trends for Spring 2013 seen all over the runway during Bridal Fashion Week was lace. Lace is being incorporated into many dresses this season for that touch of romance and sophistication. Our very own Avila Bay dress does just that with its beautiful and intricate lace detailing. Below are pictures of our beautiful Dolly Couture brides in their customized Avila Bay dresses. 

 

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