Fabulous Friday - Claire & PIer

Friday, March 13, 2015 2:12:41 PM America/Los_Angeles

My name is Claire, and my groom is Pier. We were married November 1, 2014 at The Gardens At Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande, CA.





Our wedding was in the early afternoon, so rather than having a formal, sit-down dinner reception, we planned an afternoon tea. We had yard games set up in some areas, and there were tea tables set with finger sandwiches and scones and other goodies. Our venue was a tea garden with walnut trees and a fountain and broad floral hedgerows, and surrounded by a working vineyard, so it was perfectly suited for our event. 
 
 
 
 
 
My dress was the Walnut Creek in ivory, customized to include the same lacy tulle from the bodice as the top layer on the skirt.
 
 
 
 
 
There were so many funny and tearful and beautiful moments during the day, I have a hard time putting one above another. Still, there are a few things that stand out in my memory. At the end of the ceremony, Pier made two tries at stomping on the glass before the third one successfully hit its mark. Then, when we came into the reception after photos, my sisters expertly serenaded us with the "Queen-To-Be" song from the movie Coming To America, and later my older sister's toast inspired some intense emotional confusion by bringing everyone to tears, then putting us all in stitches. Maybe the best moment was just the most cliché. I elected to walk myself to the chuppa rather than be given away, which was the right choice for me, but I had a little knot in my stomach from trying really hard to hold back tears. When I came up the aisle, seeing Pier there wiping away his own tears made me feel so at ease, I stopped trying so hard not to cry. The two of us just cried and giggled our way through the ceremony. Also, I just felt so beautiful! My hair was big, my makeup was flawless, and my dress and accessories were all so perfect - my shoes were John Fluevog, and my earrings and tiara were handmade by my sister.
 
 
 
 
 
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Sarah & Dennis

Friday, February 20, 2015 5:41:34 PM America/Los_Angeles

It's the middle of winter and pretty much the entire US is getting hit hard with a terrible cold snap. I thought seeing a gorgeous bride on the BEACH might warm you up a bit! Check out Sarah and her amazing short wedding dress - The Tuscany!

 

Couple's Name: Sarah and Dennis






Wedding Date & Location: Scarborough/Old Orchard Beach Maine






Theme: Beach

 

 

 

 


Dress: "I bought the Tuscany off the rack, and it had the following customizations already: sweetheart neckline and the hem was 1/2 inch shorter that the "made to order" version. I had to have the waist brought up about 1/4 inch (as i have a ridiculously high waist). The dress was a size 8 and really fit like a dream!"








Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "The moment that I think was most unique to our wedding (and one of my favorites!)...We got married on the beach in Maine and were surrounded by beach goers (as they can't clear off an area - you just put down chairs and hope for the best). As the photographer was taking pictures of Dennis and I, the wedding party went to the snack shack to get water. A little boy (about 6), walked up to my brother and said "Are you the groom?". His mother was apologetic saying "He is fascinated by the bride, so sorry to bother you. He just wants to say congratulations". My brother promised to pass the well wishes along to me. As Dennis and I were leaving the beach, this little boy ran up to me, starry eyed and out of breath, and said, "Congratulations-thank-you-so-much" as if it were one word. I felt like a Disney princess! Every girl says they will feel like a princess on their wedding day but that moment really made it happen for me
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Why did you choose Dolly Couture: "I chose Dolly Couture because, although I had no idea about anything else I wanted for my wedding, I knew I wanted a tea length dress. I looked at every bridal shop in my area and even bought a long dress at a sample sale that I was going to have tailored because I couldn't find anything I loved. THEN- I discovered your website. It had the most amazing selection of tea length dresses I had ever seen. THEN - I saw the Tuscany. I was absolutely obsessed with it. I looked at it every day but was very nervous about buying it sight unseen from the website. One day I went on and there was the Tuscany, in white, in my exact size, off the rack. So, I bought it!! It really was perfect. I have since recommended your site to a few people who are looking for a shorter dress. And I wish I could wear my dress every single day. It is my favorite piece of clothing I have ever owned- like you took what i wanted out of my head and created it!"






Advice for future Dolly Couture brides:
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My advice to anyone considering a Dolly dress is to just do it. The quality was FAR better than anything I had tried on in, say, David's Bridal and, even without customization, was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I wish that I had just ordered it the first time I saw in, instead of spending time looking elsewhere (and buying a dress I never wore). I never had any issues, so I can't speak to your customer service but the dress itself is incredibly well made with top quality materials (as a dance teacher, I was less than impressed with the fabric used for a lot of the dresses - yours was the complete opposite. So impressed). I wish I had a reason to wear it again and have honestly though about dying it so I could wear my dress out. It's that fantastic!"

 

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Janine & Darrell

Friday, January 2, 2015 2:44:14 PM America/Los_Angeles

Happy New Year! I am very excited to show Janine & Darrell's holiday-esque wedding.  I loved the greenery, the "Polar Express", the gingergread wedding cake and just the overall feel of their special day. Janine was a gem to work with. She sent me photos of a keyhole back, and we were able to create that look for her.
 
Couple's name: Janine and Darrell
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding date and Location: 12/13/14 Knoxville, TN -- Wedding at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Reception on the Three Rivers Rambler train
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Theme/Color/Style: Gingerbread
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dress: custom dress with Melrose top, Tyler belt, tulle bottom, and keyhole back. Ivory with champagne threading. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorite moment(s): During Darrell's vows, he pulled out a piece of yarn I had given him five years ago when we started dating in high school. I'd given a string of yarn to each of my closest friends as a friendship bracelet of sorts. He said that he'd kept the string as a symbol of the bond we shared, but that today he'd get to solidify his bond through marriage with me. I was in absolute tears during his vows; they were so sweet. Another great moment was just getting to sit with all of my friends on the open-air car of the train, enjoying the relaxed environment. We all had a lot of fun during the wedding and reception. 
 
 
 
 
 
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: Don't be afraid to play around with different dress designs! I pulled the pieces of designs from several different dresses to create exactly what I wanted for myself and it turned out great.
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Becca & Waseem

Friday, December 5, 2014 2:21:56 PM America/Los_Angeles

Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Becca! Her dress came out beautiful just like her spirit. I loved reading and writing about Becca's wedding. I love she incorporated both her and Waseem's cultures into the wedding and reception. I can tell it was very special and meaningful. And let's not forget the gorilla in the room! I want to know more about that family tradition!Thank you for sharing Becca!!


Couple's Name: Becca & Waseem

 

 

 

 


Wedding Date & Location: October 12, 2014 in Washington, DC

 

 

 

 


Theme/Color/Style (if applicable): I'm Jewish and my husband is a Palestinian Muslim so we tried to incorporate all of our cultural traditions into one wedding. The tables were all named after cities in Israel and Palestine and we had traditional Jewish and Palestinian dancing at the wedding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dress: Custom Avila Bay in pearl silk taffeta with ballgown skirt, functional buttons, avila bay lace sleeves, and avila bay hem.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: I have too many favorite moments! We've actually already been married for 2.5 years so we didn't have an officiant, and we didn't even do the traditional parts like "do you take this man to be your husband."  We designed the service ourselves and had each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen and family members speak throughout the service. We had some Jewish prayers and an Arabic poem and we even sang a song with everyone in Hebrew. It was a really meaningful service because we picked everything ourselves, and it was all designed to reflect our cultural backgrounds and family traditions. Also, we gave wine bottles for everyone to drink during the service, which was a huge hit and put everyone in the mood for the rest of the wedding! Also my uncle dressed up as a gorilla and crashed the wedding (it's a family tradition)! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: Accessorize! I had custom shoes, a custom belt, and a custom headpiece (made from the lace from my mom's wedding gown) made to go with my dress. With most gowns (which are long) you don't get to see the shoes. If you're wearing a Dolly Couture gown, you get to have shoes that everyone can see, so go wild! I even changed into sequin Keds halfway through my wedding and got compliments on those too!

 

 

 

 

Photography by: Jeff Simpson and Tara Parekh

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Brittany & Michael

Friday, September 26, 2014 3:07:38 PM America/Los_Angeles


Today's Fabulous Friday Bride is Brittany! I absolutely loved going through her photos picking out ones that you all will love.  I loved all her colors, the setting, the decor and of course her customized Cambridge dress!

 

Take a look and see how gorgous Brittany, Michael and their wedding was!

 


Couple's Name: Michael & Brittany





Wedding Date & Location: “June 21, 2014 at the New London Historical Society, New London, NH. We chose this location because the whole property had a great, old fashion feel but was beautifully kept. We loved that the ceremony and reception were in one place so our guests didn't have to travel from one location to the next and could just enjoy the beautiful property.”

 

 

 

 

 


Theme/Color/Style: “
We knew we wanted a whimsical and fun wedding that was polished and put together but didn't take itself too seriously. Our colors were mint, lavender, coral, tangerine and we mixed in plenty of other colors as well. Our wedding designer achieved the desired "feel" by incorporating lots of fun colors and creative styling (like a paper flower alter). We also knew that we wanted a wedding with lots of special touches that meant something to us. For example, we had quotes lining the aisle, which my husband picked out one by one by his favorite authors. I learned to embroider from my Great Grandmother and so to honor her I embroidered my husband's shirt with our wedding date and hankies for my bridesmaids. We wanted to celebrate the support of our guests towards our marriage and in lieu of a guest book we had everyone sign a beautifully designed wedding certificate as our witnesses so we can always have a physical reminder of their support of our union.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress: “My dress was the "Cambridge" with skirt length modification, sleeve length modification, back and front modifications and a sash!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: “There were so many wonderful moments, but one of the major highlights of the wedding was that our ceremony was performed by my husband's father. It meant everything to us to have him officiate the event, to share his wisdom and lend personal advice. Together we wrote the entire ceremony so it was all very personal. My adorable nieces stole the show with their reading from "Winnie the Pooh" and their advice to us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: “Take time to work with the Dolly Couture consultants to have the dress made to your specifications. I found my consultant incredibly accommodating and I was able to have modifications made to base dress made that met all my expectations and was perfectly me!”

 

Vendor Love: J. Harper Photography, By Emily B. Event Design

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

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 - Deja & Steve

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."



Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Kathryn & David

Friday, June 27, 2014 2:05:35 PM America/Los_Angeles


Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Kathryn. I'm a big outdoors fan, and Kathryn's wedding looks and sounds amazing (look at the stunning backdrop of nature). I love Kathryn and Dave are both beekeepers. I'm always impressed with how diverse, unique and fun our brides are! We don't have a mold of a typical Dolly bride - just awesome, strong and beautiful women. Kathryn is no excpetion. 


Couple's Name: Kathryn & David

 

 

 

 

Location: Paradise Montana (it is really named Paradise, honest!) on September 28, 2013

"We got married at the exact site (at my parent's cabin right on the Clark Fork River) where we had our 'first date'. I took Dave fly fishing on the river (I wore waders and a ballcap, but I guess it worked)."

 

 





Theme/Colors/Style of wedding: "Outdoor wedding, vintage/shabby chic, honeybees (we are both beekeepers) sunflowers, wildflowers, mason jars and our guestbook was a typewriter!"

 

 





Dress: "The Cambridge, Pink Label Collection. The long sleeves came in handy since it was 50 degrees and raining on our wedding day. Chilly yes...but so beautiful! The only change I made to the dress was pockets to hold my hankie!"

 

 

 

 





Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "Where do I start? The whole day was a beautiful blur but some of my favorite moments are: my mother helping me into my wedding dress and putting her mother's pearls on me (every woman in our family gets married in these very special pearls...I cried of course! :)  Our first dance to Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon', our first married kiss and all of our wedding guests happily dancing the night away under a clear-topped tent!"

 

 

 

 

 

 




Why you chose Dolly Couture: "I really wanted to emulate Audrey Hepburn as a bride from Funny Face (the most beautiful bride of all time)! When I saw the Dolly website - I knew this was the only place I wanted to go to shop for a short, vintage style wedding dress. Not to mention the customer service is phenomenal!"
 
 



Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "Enjoy every second, don't sweat the small stuff and wear comfy shoes so you can dance. Dolly dresses are meant to be twirled in!"
 


"Thanks Dolly Couture!!"
 

Photos by Optical Illusions Photography, Troy MT
Tent by Elegant Events, Missoula MT
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Sensational Saturday

Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:43:10 AM America/Los_Angeles

Who doesn't love a good show? Today's Sensational Saturday bride is Sara and her husband Adam.  Grab a big box of corn and get ready to read the synopsis about these two lovebirds and their beautiful wedding!
 
 
Couple: Sara & Adam
 
 
 
 
 
Location: The Canton Palace Theater, October 16, 2011





Theme/Color/Style: "Our wedding theme was "vintage."  We  didn't have one era in particular for the theme, but we were married in The Canton Palace Theater.  Being that the theater was built in the 1920's and has been beautifully restored to its original majesty, we wanted our wedding to have a vintage/glamorous feel to match the setting. As for bridesmaids' gowns, I asked my bridal party to find their own style (since we are all shaped differently), but keep it black, vintage-style & tea length. This looked amazing against the backdrop of the red-curtained stage   My only request was that we all wear back-seam hosiery (which made for some cool/sexy photographs with my girls)."
 
 
 
 
 
Dress: Beverlywood
 
 
 
 
 
Favorite Moment: "My favorite moment from the wedding, every bride will tell you there is always more than one...We were married in one of the most beautiful and historic places in our area & we walked down the aisle to the sounds of an original Kilgen organ...however, my favorite moment had to be when we were whisked away in a fully restored 1933 Chrysler that once belonged to the William Henry Hoover family (the vacuum cleaner guy).  We were showered with popcorn (instead of the usual throwing of rice) as we made our exit from the theater, then were escorted away by the beautiful blue automobile.  My husband Adam works for the Stark Truss Corporation (another fixture in our hometown) and the founder of the company loaned us the car...it doesn't really leave the garage very often except for very special occasions.  So, we made it about five feet away from the theater before the car overheated.  We were being photographed from every angle, family and friends attempting to give us a paparazzi-style exit, yet the car had just stalled out, was sitting in the middle of traffic, and had to be push-started by 8 (or so) of our groomsmen and friends. So much for a dramatic exit! It was actually very funny and we got some great pics as a result."
 
 
 
 
 
Why Sara chose Dolly Couture: "I chose DC for my gown almost immediately.  Once I saw the Beverlywood, I was certain that it was THE dress.   I don't really like the typical (I call them "cupcakey") type of wedding dresses.  DC had the vintage look I always loved, and the short/tea length look I knew I wanted.  The cut was best for my curvy shape (the wrap top) and the short style made it comfy while elegant.  Most importantly, DC was budget-friendly.  The cost was about half of what I thought I might spend for the perfect dress.  Also, I am plus-sized, and the range of sizes that were available was obviously a must for me. Overall, I think my dress really made for the perfect centerpiece and completed my dream wedding."
 
 
 
 
 
Sara's advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "My advice for future DC brides is to take the "Douglas Adams" approach...(the author of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), which is, "Don't panic."  I had been stressed for months (as every bride is) just to make sure all the details were in place.  In the end, I relied upon the love and support of my bridal party...there were little things that had gone wrong, had I known I would have had a meltdown.  My girls kept the whole day smooth and didn't let me worry about a thing.  So, relax, and don't forget to enjoy it.  The day really does go by too fast.  Embrace and laugh about the little missteps that happen, don't let it spoil the fun.  When our royal exit was spoiled I laughed about it, and it made for the best memory of the day."
 
   
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Sparkle And Shine!

Friday, May 9, 2014 2:39:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

Today we wanted to highlight our two newest gowns!  We absoutely love them and can't wait to see more brides walk down the isles in these fabulous frocks!

 

First up is the Melrose.  Inspired by the Avila Bay, we've made it a bit more risque.  Look at that fabulous deep v-back!  We also have added gorgeous sequins and capped sleeves to accentuate the beautiful Avila Bay lace overlay.  The Melrose would not be complete without a matching Tyler detachable belt and detachable bow! 

 

The Melrose retails for $895.00 for the standard gown (seen below), but it is fully customizable to match your style and color palette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our other brianchild is the Rio.  It's named after the city that hosts the best Carnival in the world.  The Rio has a beautiful organza overlay with hand sewn beads and sequins. 

 

Customize The Rio with a sweetheart neckline, colored sequins or a colored satin underlay to make it even more fabulous!  The Rio also retails for $895.00 for the standard gown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please email sales@dollycouture.com or abby@dollycouture.com for more information on the Melrose and the Rio!!!  You're going to look fabulous dah-ling!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett