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

Sensational Saturday - Liz & Guy

Saturday, February 14, 2015 5:45:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

Today's couple is perfect for Valentine's Day! Liz was a dream to work with, and we found her the perfect fabric for her Catalina. HEARTS! Her dress was all about love!



Couple's Name - Liz & Guy
 
 
 


Wedding Date & Location - Saturday 19th July, 2014 at The Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire, England, UK.  Our Wedding Reception took place at The Peel Park Hotel, Accrington, Lancashire, England, UK.





Theme/Color/Style (if applicable) - 1950’s inspired wedding; the Bride & Bridesmaids wore 1950’s full circle swing dresses with peeping contrasting petticoats. The colour scheme was Red & White and I included a love heart theme: my dress had love hearts on the overlay, I had my white shoes customised with red diamante love hearts, myself and my Bridesmaids wore love heart earrings and the Wedding Favours were cupcakes with a love heart in the centre of the cake secured in a red box with love heart ribbon.





Dress - Catalina Island in white with a custom overlay using a white organza material with sparkly love heart shapes.  I added a red petticoat to peep out at the bottom of the dress.





Favorite moment(s) from the wedding - We booked a Marilyn Monroe tribute (Suzie Sequin) to perform a set at our afternoon reception which we kept as a surprise from our guests.  Our Master of Ceremonies gathered everyone outside, where the sun had finally started to shine, and he asked our guests to give a huge warm welcome to Miss Marilyn Monroe - our guests fell silent and weren’t sure what he meant, then Marilyn walked out and everyone burst into applause!  It had been a huge secret to keep (especially from the Bridesmaids!!), but well worth the look on everyone’s face!  There was even more surprise for everyone that evening when she performed a Burlesque Dance at our Evening Reception!
 
 
 


Advice for future Dolly Couture brides - On the day make sure that you have delegated the running of the day to one trusted person.  We had lots of surprises for our guests; Marilyn Monroe, the Jukebox, the Burlesque Dance, the cake design and as much as we wanted to keep all these things between just the two of us we realised that on the day we didn’t want to be worrying about what should or should not be happening next.  We entrusted a very good friend with the job as Master of Ceremonies and he was told the full itinerary of the day and he made sure that everything ran to plan and in the order that we wanted so that we didn’t have a thing to worry about on the day.  Don’t try to do anything on the day other than enjoy it, give someone else the job of worrying!




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

Dolly Couture Spotlight - Molly

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 made you choose to be a Dolly Couture bride?
In 2007, I'd been searching for a "short, poofy" dress for over a year.  It wasn't until a week after I got engaged in 2008 that I learned of Dolly Couture.  The Manhattan was EVERYTHING I wanted and more.  The price was affordable and just right, the dress was perfection (short and cute), and the service was unmatched.  Being from Texas, I'll admit it was a bit scary ordering a dress I'd never tried on, but I was sure that with some tailoring, it would be as amazing as I dreamed it would be...and guess what, it was!  
 
 
 



What made you want to have an in home showroom?
I knew from experience how weird it is to order a dress, sight (or fit!) unseen.  I wanted to be able to share my experience with other Dolly brides and help them feel comfortable with ordering. I thought it was very creative of Dolly to start these in-home showrooms to help ease some of that uncertainty by giving out-of-footprint brides the opportunity to try on the DC silhouette in person.    
 
 
 
San Antiono bridal short wedding dress
 


What's your favorite thing about being an in home rep? 
My favorite thing is meeting brides who are just as enthusiastic about Dolly dresses as I was!  Plus, I can do it from home! (And it motivates me to keep my house clean!)  
 
 
San Antiono bridal short wedding dress
 
 


Is there anything you would like people to know about you, your family or your showroom.
I recently became a stay-at-home mom after having worked since I was 15.  It's a weird transition, but I love having this Dolly gig to keep me feeling like a monetary contributor to our family.  I worked in the finance and investments industry for over 8 years, and will likely return to the industry when my children get older.  For now, I want to be "mostly mommy."  





As for my showroom, occasionally, I will take appointments when my husband is working, which leaves me still in charge of my three kids, 2 of which are 3-month old twins!  I have a toddler daughter, who's easily distracted with the iPad, when necessary, and twin boys. Fun fact: The dressing room is their nursery!  Anyway, I've found ways to manage the madness of my kids while still making the bride's experience fun and informative. Thankfully, my wonderful husband makes himself available to be daddy day-care whenever I need him.   


San Antiono bridal short wedding dress


We couldn't have burst into the San Antonio bridal scene without you Molly!  Thank you for all your hard work showing our beautiful short wedding gowns to Southern brides!

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 - Inga & Knut

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."

 

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Alison & Patrick

Friday, August 29, 2014 11:31:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Today's Fabulous Friday Bride is Alison!  All of our brides have such unique styles and Alison is no different.  I love the "theme" - a mash up of vintage/punk/Buddist/vegan. How fun? AND they placed the Ramones?! Come on! I wish I was there, but luckily I get to live vacariously through her photos.  Enjoy!
 
 
 
Name: Alison & Patrick
 
 
 
 
 
Date: May 31, 2014 in Santa Monica, CA
 
 
 
Ceremony: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center
 
 
 
 
 
Reception: Real Food Daily
 
 
 
Theme: We didn’t really have a theme.  More a mash-up of vintage/punk rock/Buddhist/vegan
 
 
 
 
 
Dress: sleeveless Beverlywood in champagne taffeta with V-back
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorite moment: There were so many, I loved every minute of it!  One of the best: our recessional was “I believe in Miracles” by the Ramones.  As we were walking out, my husband and I spontaneously started dancing and he twirled me.  Our photographer caught the exact moment and my dress was absolutely perfect for twirling!  So much fun.
 
 
 
 
 
Advice: I knew that I wanted a Dolly Couture dress from moment I tried one on.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make a few small changes to my favorite dress and stay within my budget.  So I guess my advice would be to use your imagination!  I was also thrilled that the sizing was EXACTLY like the sizing chart posted online, so if you cannot get to one of the showrooms, you can order online with confidence :-)
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

She said what?!

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!

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Wendy & Josh

Friday, August 8, 2014 11:31:43 AM America/Los_Angeles

Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Wendy.  I love she is a non-traditional bride who didn't have to have a wedding to start her life.  You can just see the happiness exude from both of them.  And how sweet and cute are Wendy and Josh's little ones?   Congratuations Wendy & Josh!!!



Couple: Wendy and Josh

 

 



Date & Location: April 12, 2014 at our home in Clearwater, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

Theme/Feel: Comfortable, black and white

 

"We asked all the guests to wear black and white.  It was a way to link everyone together and help them to see their similarities because we had lived in various cities over the years and many of the guests had never met each other, but they were all connected through us.  I also told everyone to dress comfortably, after all, it was a party.  The centerpieces were vintage, black and white household items I found or already had."

 

 

 

 

 

Dress: Newport Beach without polka dot overlay

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite moments from the wedding: "The whole day was fabulous and choosing a favorite moment seems impossible but 2 moments stand out, my walk down the aisle and getting lost in a kiss when we were supposed to be posing for the photographer.  Walking down the aisle I just remember thinking, "This is really happening! YEA!"  We had dated for 7 years and we have known each other more than 20, but every time we started planning a wedding, we would encounter a major life event.  We each lost a parent and we each lost a job over those 7 years.  We had 2 children, and moved 3 times. Every time we thought we were going to have a wedding, something else happened, so when the time finally came, I was just so excited!  I couldn't stop smiling!  Then during the reception, as the sun was setting, we wanted to get some pictures next to two trees decorated with lights.  The photographer said get close and we did.  Then we started kissing and before I knew it, I remembered that I was kissing my HUSBAND and it became a sweet embrace.  Once the kiss ended, we were all smiles. This was the result..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "My advice for Dolly Couture brides is to think about the little things you might need that day.  Things like...a pen for the guest registry, which I forgot.  Breath mints, which I borrowed from a guest.  I love my dress and I had known I wanted a Dolly Couture Newport Beach dress with black trim since I first tried it on in her boutique in 2010 (the year I thought we might get married).  I only wish I had thought about the fact that I might need pockets for a tissue!"

 

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett