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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
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
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).
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
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."
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!!"
Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:43:10 AM America/Los_Angeles
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information on the Melrose and the Rio!!! You're going to look fabulous dah-ling!
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
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
"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
"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."
Derek Bisbing of Calgary. His company is Huge Photography.