Friday, March 13, 2015 2:12:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
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
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."
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: "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!"
Saturday, February 14, 2015 5:45:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
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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
Friday, October 31, 2014 11:48:49 AM America/Los_Angeles
This week we thought we would mix it up a bit. I'm sure you've all wondered what us gals behind the short wedding dress scene are like.
We currently have 4 in home mini boutiques with a new location to be announced shortly! Currently our in home mini boutiques are in Seattle, Chicago, Nashville and San Antonio. We have a great selection of short vintage inspired wedding dresses for you to try.
Today's spotlight is Molly. She runs the San Antonio bridal showroom via her adorable home. We are so glad we have a presesence in the San Antonio bridal market.
Check out Molly!
What's your favorite thing about being an in home rep?
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, September 5, 2014 3:09:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
It's Fabulous Friday, and we have a pretty fabulous bride today! Inga is one of our amazing international brides who trust us from afar to make their perfect wedding gown. She never even tried the dress on, but we worked together to create her beautiful Moon River. I loved everything about their wedding - the arrival (come on?!), the music, the attire, the location, the pops of red, her hair....everything. I know you all will too! Enjoy!
Couple's Name: Inga & Knut
Wedding Date & Location: "We were wed on July 26th 2014, in the English garden at Vågsberget Handelsstad in the western part of Norway."
Theme/Color/Style:"We didn't have a theme, but we did have red polka dots as a detail that was present in everything from my shoes to the table decorations."
Dress: "I wore a Moon River dress."
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "There were so many favourite moments, it's hard to pick just one. Maybe when my dear friends performed "Falling in love with you again" by Imelda May as part of the wedding ceremony. I felt every word."
What made you choose Dolly Couture: "I fell in love with my dress as soon as I saw the first picture of it, browzing for a short 50's wedding dress. I wrote an email to Dolly Couture, and my impression was that these are people who know what they are doing. I also felt that I was being well taken care of. That is why I chose Dolly Couture."
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "If I could give any advice to future Dolly brides, it would be to give away as much of the responsabilties as you can, so that you will be able to enjoy your day without any stress. I did, and my day was magical, from the very first minute. Also, remember to hold your wedding bouquet down! I have so many pictures of me where I am holding my lovely red dahlias too high."
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:31:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Friday, August 22, 2014 12:03:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
Hi ya'll! Today's post is a little different. I had a heart wrenching experience yesterday, and I had to share.
I volunteered to help with the photo event at my step-daughter's school yesterday. She is 11 and going into 6th grade. I was working with another mom I had never met before, and we were chit chatting about the kids' summers. The mom told me that her daughter had been away for two weeks visiting family, and "got really fat over the summer". Errrrrrrt!!! What? WHAT?! I decided to ignore the comment, and she proceeded to tell me how "fat" her daughter is and how she's going to put her on a diet and workout plan. What? WHAT?! I just kind of shook my head and went back to my job perplexed and disgusted.
Jump to a half hour later. Her daughter and her little wolf-pack came and sat behind the tables we were working. There are about 5 other girls sitting around (including my step-daughter) and about 5 moms. The "mom" and yes, I use that word loosely, told her daughter IN FRONT OF EVERYONE how she is going to take her down to the beach and make her get on the body board "to get some exercise". The daughter said she really didn't want to go that day, but really wanted to go the next day. The mom told her daughter she better get her butt on the elliptical when they got home since they weren't going to the beach. AND, "We are putting you on a diet". She told her daughter how fat she was, how she needed to go on a diet and needed to workout. I know if I heard it about 10 other people did too.
I literally came home and teared up. It broke my heart to hear this kind of body shaming to an 11 year old girl about ready to embark on a new milestone in her life - middle school. This is such a tender age with girls (and I'm sure boys too). I watched the little girl's face sink while her mother berated her. I did not say anything to the mom. I wish I would have in hindsight. I think I was just so flabbergasted by this blatant fat shaming that I couldn't even process it until I got home. I'm saying a little prayer that hopefully it won't ruin this beautiful little girl's body image for life.
Body shaming is a serious problem. I hear it ALL the time from brides who go to other bridal boutiques and are fat shamed (or just body shamed) out the door. What is wrong with people? It makes me sick. I am so glad at Dolly Couture we see everyone for the person they are, not by the tape measure numbers. I love when someone tells me they felt beautiful because of us - either in person, on the phone or via email. I want you all to know we see you all equally. We see the beauty inside and out no matter if you are short, tall, thin, large, green, blue or purple. We are a safe haven where you will not be body shamed or judged...ever. Sure we like to sell you beautiful dresses, but what really makes our day is knowing no matter who you are, no matter what shape or size, no matter what sexual orientation you are....we love you all, and you will have a positive experience with us.
Go out and tell someone they are beautiful today. It will make you feel AMAZING.
Happy Friday beauties!