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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, July 11, 2014 2:33:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Fab Friday bride is Holly. I remember the day we received her dress at headquarters...we couldn't stop looking at it, and you've never heard so many oooooo's and ahhhhh's. I loved the tulle sleeves and the tulle skirt together. But what really made the dress come alive was the mint belt. Holly had a vision, and we executed...those custom gowns are so much fun for us! We love seeing how much creativity our brides have. Holly is no exception! The photos are just gorgous, and I love how everything all came together.
Couple's Name: Holly and Evan
Wedding Date & Location: "April 20, 2013. Ceremony was at Stone Valley Church in Hickory Corners, PA (dates back to 1796) and the reception was held at The Front Street Station, in Northumberland, PA. (The Front Street Station used to be a train station in the 30's, and has since been converted into a restaurant/banquet area, but still maintains the original train cars in the banquet hall area for seating.)"
Theme/Color/Style: "We jokingly referred to our theme as 50 Shades of Mint, since we ended up using so many variations on the color! I'd say our overall theme was vintage but mixed with down-home country - a lot of handmade, DIY touches. I handmade the programs, the centerpieces, the namecards, etc. It was important for us to stay within budget, and make our wedding affordable and accessible for our guests and wedding party as well. (Our bridesmaid dresses were handmade and purchased from Etsy.) Our main color was mint, with accents of peach."
Dress: "My dress was custom Dolly Couture, and was drawn by one of your artists from a few pictures I sent it. It was exactly what I had dreamed of, and I couldn't find anything like it anywhere else - I looked! I had only been one place to try on dresses and wasn't really happy. A friend from London had gotten her dress from DC and recommended you. The dress was perfection from the moment I tried it on, it fit like a glove, and I never even had to have it altered- that's how perfect it was. Being pretty short, I loved that I could have all the tulle I wanted but at a shorter length that complimented my height, instead of drowning me in fabric. I also adored the capped tulle sleeves, which I felt really gave the dress something different and made it stand out from other silhouettes."
Favorite moment(s) from the wedding: "Our favorite part of the wedding was having our friends and family so present and involved - a close friend performed the ceremony, another was our photographer, and another the DJ. Everyone banded together to play a part in the day which made it very special for us - - and even our dogs took part (one was walked down the aisle by my niece, and the other was carried by one of my Bridesmen.) The most memorable and fun parts definitely happened during the reception. Old friends, new friends, college friends, relatives- everyone joined in the dance party and kept the reception hopping until well past our intended finish time. High heels and ties came off, and everyone really cut loose and had a great time- which is exactly what we wanted for our guests!"
Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "Try not to worry about how things "should be" or "should look" or even what you "should" do! Do what feels right, and what makes you happy. It certainly can be overwhelming, but try to stick to a few key aspects of your wedding that are most important to you and your partner. Think about the things that you will remember 25 years from now or 50 years from now! And most importantly, remember to have fun! It will all go by so quickly and be over before you know it."
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.
Sales and Operations Manager
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
"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!
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
"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!"