Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:14:14 PM America/Los_Angeles

Happy Halloweeen Y'all!

We have a very special bride featured today - my 10 year old red-headed stepdaughter! (Literally) She's not your typical blushing bride....she's a zombie. An undead child zombie bride. Creepy. Yes. Bizarre. Yes. Totally awesome. Absolutely yes!

When she told me she wanted to be a zombie bride, my ears perked up.  I have an okay sewing skill set - perfect for costumes that are only seen at night.  I have a wee bit of knowledge about the construction of gowns (I mean I should right? I work for a couture wedding dress company), so I thought I would give it a shot.  Her dress was very loosely based on a Verona bodice and an Avila Bay tulle skirt without the poof.

It took me about three days to complete the look, including the veil.  I was proud of my accomplishment, but as I got closer to finishing the dress I became a bit saddened at the thought of distressing my "masterpiece".  Even though I knew in my heart it was the best thing to do...distress it to take eyes away from the weirdo seams, the lopsided capped sleeve, the ill-fitting bodice. Now that would make it perfect.

It was a very rewarding experience working with her.  I took her to the fabric store.  I let her choose her own fabric and pattern.  She even picked out the zipper.  She helped every step of the way and asked questions the whole time.  I felt like Tim Gunn.  Hello designers!  But the best part was seeing her soaking up everything I was teaching her.  I didn't think she would be into sewing at all, but she totally is.  I am even signing us both up for sewing classes at the local JoAnne's. And I need it!
 
I love that she thinks my job is cool.  I love she is interested in fashion.  I love she wants her own sewing machine for Christmas. She even watches Project Runway with me.  It's an amazing feeling knowing that I inspired her.   And all of this over a Halloween costume.

Anyway, I digress....here are the before and after pics of my masterpiece.  After is definitely MUCH better.  And that is why I will not be personally making your dress. You're welcome.

 

Abby Pickett

Sales and Operations Manager

Happy Halloween!

                                        Before                                                                                             After

                  

Fabulous Friday - Kyle & Chuck

Friday, October 4, 2013 3:22:23 PM America/Los_Angeles

Oh boy! Check out the touch of geek chic Kyle and Chuck added to their wedding. A zombie (adorable) cake topper and Game of Thrones brews? And a vintage touch? Come one! A bride truly after my own heart!


Couple: Kyle & Chuck

 


Wedding Date & Location: July 2013 in an old historic school house in Hingham, MA

 

 

Wedding Theme:

"Our wedding was sweet, very romantic, a little quirky, and just a blast for everyone who was there. I put lots of my own handmade touches into the day, and we had so much help from our family and friends. I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, so three of my cousins sang his song "If I Should Fall Behind" during the ceremony. We had readings from Calvin & Hobbes and The Little Prince, and in my vows I promised Chuck I would fight by his side when the zombies attack. In his vows, Chuck quoted Little Women (one of my favorite books). We also had fireworks at our wedding (a lucky coincidence)"

 

 

Dress: Kyle wore our Moon River gown. Kyle writes, "It was perfect. I have always loved Audrey Hepburn so as soon as I saw that dress I knew it would be mine, and when I tried it on in the store it was a storybook moment...I had found my dress! I received so many compliments throughout the evening on how unique and perfect for me the dress was."

 


Favorite moment from the wedding:

"My favorite moment of the whole wedding was when everyone was outside on the dance floor, and Stand By Me started playing just as the fireworks began to explode across the sky. Chuck and I spontaneously started to slow dance in the grass under the fireworks...such a magical moment. Another really special aspect of our wedding was that one of the oldest cemeteries in the country is directly behind our venue. I love things that are kind of creepy (Chuck proposed to me in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland), so it seemed perfect to have our photographer take some photos of us walking through the cemetery...the pictures came our beautifully and are so unique and so very "us"!"

 

 

Take a look at more photos from the wedding and reception here: Kyle & Chuck's Photos

 

Congratulations to both of you!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Featured Brides By Abby

Fabulous Friday - Megan & Brendan

Friday, July 12, 2013 3:13:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

It's once again Fabulous Friday here at Dolly Couture, and we have an all new bride to showcase!
 
It's time for Megan & Brendan!!! How can you not love a man in uniform?! How happy and cute does Megan look?!

Couple: Megan & Brendan

 

Wedding Date: October 13, 2010
 


Wedding Theme:

"Our theme, if anything, was military-- after dating for almost 6 years (high school sweethearts, Cutest Couple per Chillicothe's standards :)), we got engaged July 5 2010, planned a wedding for October 10th in Georgia when he would have 2 days "free" after he graduated basic training and headed to Officer Candidate School.  He was in training for almost a whole year, so we had this little window to marry!"


Dress: Megan wore our Moon River.  She was able to purchase it from out Off the Rack Section (check it out if you need a dress fast). This particular Moon River has some of the tulle removed so she didn't have as much poof.

 


Favorite moment from the wedding:

"My favorite moment was surprising him with bringing his mom and having a wedding dress!  I was also planning our wedding by letter since he had no access to phone or computer.  I even snuck and mailed him a ring sizer to be able to order his wedding band!"

 

 
 
What made you choose DC?

"I chose Dolly Couture because I wanted a retro dress, and the Moon River was beautiful.  It was also the perfect price for a young couple just starting out.  I also had outstanding customer service -- my customer service rep at Dolly Couture went above and beyond by finding me the dress in my size off the rack and having it specially shipped in such a short notice, so I could take it on the plane from Ohio to Georgia and get married in it!"
 

Advice for future DC brides:

"I would advise to pay more attention to the relationship than the wedding.  As exciting and breathless as our wedding was, I know it was our relationship that got us through the many months of separation.  Also, be flexible on wedding day!  Anything can happen, so just roll with the punches!  Sometimes the happy accidents are the best memories!"

Posted in Featured Brides By Abby