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 - 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

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

Fabulous Friday - Deja & Steve

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."



Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Holly & Evan

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."


Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Kathryn & David

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!!"
 

Photos by Optical Illusions Photography, Troy MT
Tent by Elegant Events, Missoula MT
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Sensational Saturday

Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:43:10 AM America/Los_Angeles

Who doesn't love a good show? Today's Sensational Saturday bride is Sara and her husband Adam.  Grab a big box of corn and get ready to read the synopsis about these two lovebirds and their beautiful wedding!
 
 
Couple: Sara & Adam
 
 
 
 
 
Location: The Canton Palace Theater, October 16, 2011





Theme/Color/Style: "Our wedding theme was "vintage."  We  didn't have one era in particular for the theme, but we were married in The Canton Palace Theater.  Being that the theater was built in the 1920's and has been beautifully restored to its original majesty, we wanted our wedding to have a vintage/glamorous feel to match the setting. As for bridesmaids' gowns, I asked my bridal party to find their own style (since we are all shaped differently), but keep it black, vintage-style & tea length. This looked amazing against the backdrop of the red-curtained stage   My only request was that we all wear back-seam hosiery (which made for some cool/sexy photographs with my girls)."
 
 
 
 
 
Dress: Beverlywood
 
 
 
 
 
Favorite Moment: "My favorite moment from the wedding, every bride will tell you there is always more than one...We were married in one of the most beautiful and historic places in our area & we walked down the aisle to the sounds of an original Kilgen organ...however, my favorite moment had to be when we were whisked away in a fully restored 1933 Chrysler that once belonged to the William Henry Hoover family (the vacuum cleaner guy).  We were showered with popcorn (instead of the usual throwing of rice) as we made our exit from the theater, then were escorted away by the beautiful blue automobile.  My husband Adam works for the Stark Truss Corporation (another fixture in our hometown) and the founder of the company loaned us the car...it doesn't really leave the garage very often except for very special occasions.  So, we made it about five feet away from the theater before the car overheated.  We were being photographed from every angle, family and friends attempting to give us a paparazzi-style exit, yet the car had just stalled out, was sitting in the middle of traffic, and had to be push-started by 8 (or so) of our groomsmen and friends. So much for a dramatic exit! It was actually very funny and we got some great pics as a result."
 
 
 
 
 
Why Sara chose Dolly Couture: "I chose DC for my gown almost immediately.  Once I saw the Beverlywood, I was certain that it was THE dress.   I don't really like the typical (I call them "cupcakey") type of wedding dresses.  DC had the vintage look I always loved, and the short/tea length look I knew I wanted.  The cut was best for my curvy shape (the wrap top) and the short style made it comfy while elegant.  Most importantly, DC was budget-friendly.  The cost was about half of what I thought I might spend for the perfect dress.  Also, I am plus-sized, and the range of sizes that were available was obviously a must for me. Overall, I think my dress really made for the perfect centerpiece and completed my dream wedding."
 
 
 
 
 
Sara's advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "My advice for future DC brides is to take the "Douglas Adams" approach...(the author of The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), which is, "Don't panic."  I had been stressed for months (as every bride is) just to make sure all the details were in place.  In the end, I relied upon the love and support of my bridal party...there were little things that had gone wrong, had I known I would have had a meltdown.  My girls kept the whole day smooth and didn't let me worry about a thing.  So, relax, and don't forget to enjoy it.  The day really does go by too fast.  Embrace and laugh about the little missteps that happen, don't let it spoil the fun.  When our royal exit was spoiled I laughed about it, and it made for the best memory of the day."
 
   
Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Sparkle And Shine!

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 sales@dollycouture.com or abby@dollycouture.com for more information on the Melrose and the Rio!!!  You're going to look fabulous dah-ling!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

New!!! The Saloon Line

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1:31:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

We at Dolly Couture are beyond thrilled to announce our latest collection...The Saloon Line!

 

We have been working round the clock to bring our brides a new twist on our vintage inspired short wedding dresses. 

 

The dresses in the Saloon Line will accentuate your features and hide your flaws.  Made from the highest quality satins and laces found this side of the Mississippi, we promise you will feel like you are right back in goold ole' Al Swearengen's saloon..but with a modern twist!

 

The Saloon Line embraces our mantra, "Not everone can wear white" by featuring stunning jewel toned fabrics and a unique mix of vintage-chic embellishments. Our dressmakers excude a deft hand when it come to the craftsmanship and quality of these gowns. 

 

You're own Mr. Bullock will be left speechless when you walk down the aisle in one of these timeless gowns.

 

The Cherry Creek


The Cherry Creek is made in a gorgeous saucy jewel violet hue with emerald accents and an inviting velcro detachable floral collar. The collar is hand crafted chiffon rosettes, and the skirt can be customized with a full net/organdy petticoat.

 

 

 

The Blackhawk


The Blackhawk is one of our more racier bridal gowns which features a satin corset bodice with lace inlays and an ultra short gown with tear-away black train.

 

 

 

The Virture Falls


The Virture Falls is our most popular gown in the collection.  Show here in crushed red velour and black satin, the Virtue Falls accentuates the positive.  The Virtue Falls has ample boning in the bodice with a conservative skirt accentuated by a romanic black lace hem.  

 

 

 

 

Happy April Fool's Day from all of us at Dolly Couture!!!

Posted in Dolly Couture News By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Eva & Ian

Friday, March 28, 2014 12:40:01 PM America/Los_Angeles

Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Eva.  We loved the location and the overall feel of the wedding.  How beautiful did she look in the Newport Beach with her handsome hubs Ian beside her?

 

Couple: Eva & Ian

 

 


Location: Ray's Boathouse in Seattle, WA

 

 


Theme/Design/Colors/Style: "Timeless elegance with a flirty, feminine twist.  The colors were various shades of light pink and white.  We wanted to incorporate that vintage feeling in my dress, throughout the whole wedding.  Guests were given white Ray-Ban style shades as favors, and we decorated with milk glass, pink depression glass, and mercury glass.  We tried to evoke days gone by, without it seeming like the theme was 'vintage wedding'."

 

 

 

Dress:  The Newport Beach with light pink ribbon accents

 

 

 


Favorite moment from the wedding:  "It's very hard to pick my favorite part, because it was all so magical.  That said,  I'm really close to my dad, and throughout the whole wedding process, it sort of seemed like he wasn't really sure what his role was in planning the wedding.  My favorite part of the whole day was when my dad and I had our father daughter dance to "My Girl" by The Temptations.  We laughed and boogied down, and it was just so nice to see him having such a great time!"

 

 


Why you choose Dolly Couture:  "I've always loved retro gowns and felt the style really suited me.  My prom gown was a 50's inspired dress, and long before I got engaged, or even had a boyfriend, I had picked Dolly Couture as my dream dress designer.  Getting my dress from the boutique in Tarzana was even more special, because my Nana, who couldn't come all the way to Seattle for the wedding due to health reasons, lives in Hollywood.  I flew down and visited her for a weekend and she and I went together to pick my dress.  It was a really special thing that just she and I got to do together.  It's a memory we both will cherish."

 

 


Advice for future Dolly Couture brides: "Invest in a good photographer!  We planned a wedding that was considered a "budget wedding" by today's standards.  We didn't skimp on the photographer though, and my husband and I are so glad.  Not only was our photographer (Joshua Mahar) a great help to us on the day of the wedding, (he's done this many times before, and we had not)  He delivered us images that I will treasure forever.  He captured even the smallest details, and every time I look back at the pictures, it's like I'm instantly there on my wedding day again, feeling all the happiness and love I felt that day.  Worth every penny!"

 

 

 

Congratulations Eva & Ian!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett