Wedding Gown Stories

What makes your wedding gown special to you? Where did you buy it? Was it love at first sight? Tell us the details of your wedding gown story

Ellen Wears Heirloom Wedding Dress

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in General, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Ellen Wears Heirloom Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story By Ellen Dement This wedding dress was worn by my grandmother, Jeweldine, in July 1955. She purchased it at a department store in Athens, Georgia, for about $100. She’s kept it in her cedar chest wrapped in a plastic bag ever since. My grandmother’s wedding gown was restored by Heritage Garment Preservation and worn by myself at my wedding on August 25, 2018. I’ve always wanted a dress with lace sleeves like hers, and I’d looked at a few bridal stores without success. My mother suggested trying on my grandmother’s, and amazingly it fit...

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Tough Diana Wears Girly Wedding Dress

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Tough Diana Wears Girly Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story By Diana Neudorf So, everyone was shocked when I picked what we were calling “the pink dress” while I was at Bella’s trying on different gowns. I am notorious for trying to be tough and never wore pink because I thought it was too girly. But, that was before I met my husband, Jesse. Jesse and I started dating when my son was about a year old and my relationship with his biological father was extremely volatile and toxic. I was more tough than ever after that was over! Or at least I thought so. But Jesse always just loved me. I could be who I was with...

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Art Deco Wedding Dress for Rebeccah

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Art Deco Wedding Dress for Rebeccah

A Wedding Dress Story By Rebeccah Baker I was married to Kendall C. Free at the Hast Farm in Cumberland, Maryland on May 5, 2018. I had always pictured wearing an Art Deco style wedding dress, but I was having trouble finding a gown within my budget. Last fall while browsing online I came across a gorgeous fully beaded Deco style dress and immediately made an appointment at BHLDN in Georgetown, Washington D.C. My mom and I went to the dress appointment and picked out a few gowns to try on. The Art Deco gown was the first dress I wore and once I saw it in the mirror I knew I had found the...

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Maura Wears Mother’s Wedding Dress

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Maura Wears Mother’s Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story By Maura Buckley This wedding dress was my mother’s wedding dress (1977), and her sister wore it to her wedding too (in 1983 after some additional alterations). My mom had the gown preserved afterwards, and we pulled it out one day after I was engaged to try on for fun. At that time I didn’t know what style I wanted, and she was the one who came up with the idea to alter it to my liking. I was hesitant at first since the original gown had a beauty and class of its own and cutting or changing its style seems like a sin. But after trying on other gowns and not...

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Jessica Lost 80 Pounds and Found Perfect Wedding Dress

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Jessica Lost 80 Pounds and Found Perfect Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story By Jessica Horton This beautiful dress was worn by Jessica Horton on October 20, 2017 when she married Rodrigo Aguayo at the beautiful Miss Mary’s Place in Longview, TX. Jessica purchased her dress at Circle Park Bridal in Addison, Texas. Circle park is a family owned bridal shop serving the Addison, Texas community since 2007. After losing over 80 pounds over multiple years, Jessica wanted to find THE perfect dress! She had actually tried this dress on as her very first option at another bridal shop earlier that morning and fell in love (cliche, but true)....

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Vintage Lace Wedding Dress Restoration

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Before and After, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Vintage Lace Wedding Dress Restoration

A Wedding Dress Story By Kathleen Green My Mother in law, Joyce Leiss married Bernard (B.J.) Green in Kansas 1955. She was 24 years old at the time. Joyce wore an Ivory Satin Dress with a Lace and Tulle Overlay. It was a Tea Length gown with a sweetheart neckline. The Dress was outfitted with a matching lace bolero. The veil was attached to a small brimmed hat. Bernard was 30 years old and wore his Dress Navy Uniform. They were married for 18 years. Joyce finished her education at Emporia University and became a 6th Grade School Teacher. She retired from teaching about 20 years ago. ...

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Wedding Dress is Love at First Sight for Erica

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Wedding Dress is Love at First Sight for Erica

A Wedding Dress Story By Erica White This wedding gown was worn by Erica White when she married Anthony Layton in Detroit, Michigan on October 1 2017. The gown was purchased at Bridal Solutions in Kansas city Missouri (where the bride lives). Since we were planning a wedding in Michigan I had already made plans to shop for my dress back in my home state of Michigan when I went home for Thanksgiving. I had already made appoints at Michigan bridal salons with my mom, aunt and two sisters. However I went to a Kansas city Area bridal show and picked up a flyer for a Bridal Solutions in Kansas...

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Three Generation Wedding Dress

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Before and After, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Three Generation Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story Heritage Garment Preservation provides professional wedding dress restoration for heirloom wedding gowns. This is a service that is always exciting and sentimental. Each wedding gown we restore has it’s own story and is a cherished family memento. This wedding dress may soon be worn for the third time. The first time it was worn was in 1952 by Amy’s mother in Emporia, KS. She does not recall where the dress was purchased, but remembered it was from a shop in the Kansas City, Missouri, area that is no longer in business. Amy’s mother also recalled that...

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The Perfect Malibu Wedding Dress

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

The Perfect Malibu Wedding Dress

A Wedding Dress Story By Diane S. I purchased this gown at L’elite Bridal on Newbury Street in Boston. My wedding and reception were at Rancho del Cielo in Malibu. I went into the appointment with another gown from the website for L’elite Bridal in mind, but ended up falling in love with my dress immediately. Our wedding venue is essentially an intimate garden overlooking the ocean (best of both worlds, and reflective of Malibu in a really lovely way), and I thought that this dress was perfect for it. I couldn’t have asked for better weather on the day of the wedding. We...

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Jen’s Not Too Poofy Perfect Wedding Gown

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Jen’s Not Too Poofy Perfect Wedding Gown

Jen Backer’s Wedding Dress Story This dress was worn by Jen Backer when she married Jeff the first time on April 6th and the dress she will wear again when she marries him a second time on June 16th. (Why two weddings? The bride and groom live in Arizona; their families and friends live in Wisconsin.) Jen never dreamed about her wedding day, so when it came time to go dress shopping, she was clueless but she knew she didn’t want big and “poofy”. As Jen perused the store – Brilliant Bridal in Mesa, Arizona – the dresses looked too poofy, even though they...

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