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

LA Vintage Glam Bridal Show

Friday, March 21, 2014 2:48:54 PM America/Los_Angeles

We we so honored to be a part of the 3rd Annual Vintage Bridal Show in the Ackerman Ballroom at UCLA.

 

I love stepping back onto a college campus.  There is something exciting and hopeful about it.  You have an entire life ahead to look forward too...including getting married.  The UCLA campus was a perfect spot for newly engaged brides and their friends and family to see what the LA bridal scene has to offer.

 

Check out the video of the event here: SF Productions LA Vintage Bridal Show Video



Also, check out photos from the event below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we can't forget Kassandra and Yasmine - two of our amazing sales associates!

 

Mariela Campbell Photography did a great job on the video and photography in conjuntion with SF Productions

 

We loved being a part of this amazing event. Stay tuned for future events!

Posted in Dolly Couture News By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Samantha & Travis

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:13:51 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

 

The weather around the country is pretty drab and grey today (even in LA), so I thought I would show you a wedding with bright color palate and leave you longing for those warm summer days at the State Fair. 

 

Today's couple is Samantha and Travis who hail from Kansas.  They decided to do a carnival themed wedding.  I just love the fabric pennants, the dessert bar and does she look amazing in her Beverlywood?

 

Below are some photos from the wedding, but go to Green Wedding Shoes to see the great article and more photos.   Be sure to read the full blog because Samanta gives some great advice for you future brides.

 

A big thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for sharing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photography + videography: The Shalom Imaginative Documentary Media // venue: Preisker Park in Ellsworth, Kansas // event design + planning: Samantha Finke-Johnson (bride) // wedding dress: Dolly Couture in Los Angeles, CA // hairpieces: Vintage // hair + makeup: Julie Connolly at The Hairstream // catering: Rollin Taco’s Food Truck // music: Memphis Soul // wardrobe stylist: Malina Heinemann, Kansas City, KS // day of wedding coordinator: Jesterbird Events // rehearsal venue: Kanopolis Drive-In Movie Theatre

 

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett

Fabulous Friday - Amy & Max

Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:16:52 AM America/Los_Angeles

Today's Fabulous Friday bride is Amy.  She is the queen of DIY.  So much in fact DIY Bride did an amazing write up on her and Max's wedding.  We just loved Amy's unique flair and all the nuances that made the wedding hers.  

 

Amy wore a Manhattan gown with an organza overlay.  We just love her shoes! Dolly Couture gowns are perfect for showing off your favorite pair!

 

Below are a few photos of the wedding, but check out DIY Bride for the whole story.

 

Amy + Max’s Charming & Playful Yellow Wedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Matei Horvath Photography//Wedding Date: 10/27/2012//Equipment Rentals: A Rental connection//Dress Designer: Dolly Couture//Invitation Designer:Everybody! Everybody!//Bakery: Magnolia Bakery//Makeup Artist:Pure Skin and Lash Studio//Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch//Floral Designer: Unique Floral Designs//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Posted in Dolly Couture News Featured Brides By Abby Pickett