Wedding Gown Stories

What makes your wedding gown special to you? Where did you buy it? Was it love at first sight? Who altered it or did it fit like a glove right off the rack? Tell us your wedding gown story…

Brooke’s Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Brooke’s Wedding Dress Story

by Brooke I bought my dress unexpectedly at David’s Bridal. It was my first time dress shopping and I had scheduled an appointment to try on dresses there just to get an idea of the styles I liked. I thought I was safe from falling in love with a dress that day because I never imagined myself in a David’s Bridal dress… Boy was I wrong. I tired on a dress and loved the elegant simplicity. It was classic. After initially leaving the store without the dress, I ended up returning that night to purchase it. This dress has special meaning to me because my mother-in-law is...

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107-Year-Old Dress Comes Back to Life!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

107-Year-Old Dress Comes Back to Life!

We loved learning about the unique history of Cathy L.’s dress as we restored it for her. We hope bringing the dress itself back to life brings its history back with it. Thanks, Cathy! Viola May Howard wore this dress on her wedding day to Joseph Des Lauriers in the year 1910. Viola’s dress during restoration Viola’s daughter Rosa wore the same dress on her wedding day to Thomas Logan in June 1944. The dress was restored to the same condition it was in the first time it was worn — in 1910! Viola’s daughter Marcia also wore it on her wedding day to...

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Beautiful Gown, Beautiful Cause

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Beautiful Gown, Beautiful Cause

by Sarah S.   I wore my dress on September 6, 2015 at our outdoor wedding in upper Michigan. I bought my gown in NYC at The Bridal Garden which is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds to education for disadvantaged kids in NY. They often receive donated gowns from designer sample sales and I was lucky to find this Pronovias gown for my big day. I was with my friend, Jessica, on our annual trip there and flew it back on the plane with me (we lived in Orlando at the time). Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Sarah! Want to read more wedding gown stories? Read...

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Finding the Perfect Dress – Twice

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Finding the Perfect Dress – Twice

Wedding Dress Story By Christina D. Every little girl always dreams of the day she gets married and by the time that day comes – the details of that special day are already a vision that just needs to be brought to life.  My story is no different.  I always dreamed of a sparkly ruffled dress with a picture perfect background with flowers that compliment perfectly. The day I met my now husband, I knew he was the one.  Four months later he proposed at the Luke Bryan concert during our song, Play it Again.  We wasted no time in securing a location for September 26, 2016 at Poetry...

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SURPRISE! A Wedding Gown Restoration Story

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

SURPRISE! A Wedding Gown Restoration Story

We couldn’t be more honored to be a part of a truly special surprise. Best of luck to Miranda and her mother Kim in pulling off this wonderful surprise! by Kim Stevens This dress is being preserved because my daughter, Miranda Stevens, wants to wear her Grandma’s wedding dress for her August 2017 wedding.  Grandma does NOT know that she is planning on wearing it and our hope is to surprise her when we go to “try on dresses.” (We’ve tried to slyly ask details and actually had to sneak into their house to get pictures!) My Mom’s name is Betty (Mathews)...

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Alyson’s Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Alyson’s Wedding Gown Story

We think Alyson’s gown has such a simple, elegant beauty. We especially loved the silk belt strip breaking the alencon lace overlay that accented her figure perfectly! We loved working on her dress and loved hearing her wedding gown story. Thanks for sharing, Alyson! by Alyson Flaim “I wore the gown on our wedding day May 13th, 2016. “It was purchased online through BHLDN after trying it on at the BHLDN Georgetown, DC store. It caught my eye right away after I was engaged (2 years before our...

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Jena’s Wedding Gown Story: The one and only

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Jena’s Wedding Gown Story: The one and only

Note: We’ve never seen a lace with the same design as the lace overlay of Jena’s gown. The blush silk satin underneath really highlights that pattern and gives it the attention it deserves! Thanks Jena, for sharing the background of this unique dress with us! by Jena McRae I could not love this gown more!! I knew I wanted to go with a vintage look, but most genuine vintage dresses don’t fit me right… And I don’t love most wedding dresses. I considered going with something really untraditional at some point. But then I found this gown when I was browsing through...

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Melissa’s Wedding Gown Story: Memories to pass on

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Melissa’s Wedding Gown Story: Memories to pass on

Note from HGP: We love how Melissa’s gown has the crystal beading down the center – front and back. It adds the perfect sparkle! Her pearl buttons are also a rare sight- most dresses we work with use cloth buttons. We’re so grateful Melissa took the time to share her sweet story with us!   Melissa K. purchased her Allure Couture bridal gown from Flares Bridal + Formal in Walnut Creek, CA. She wed her husband Louis at the Berkeley City Club in March 2015, just 2 weeks after giving birth to their 3rd child. Their reception was held at 1300 on Fillmore in beautiful San...

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Jasmine’s Destination Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Wedding Gown Stories, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Jasmine’s Destination Wedding Gown Story

by Jasmine Davis I loved my dress from the moment I put it on. I purchased it from Always Elegant Bridal in Yuba City, California. The girls there were so awesome and helpful in every way. When I started alterations, I had to have it altered 3 times because I kept shrinking! The seamstress told me to “stop and eat and Oreo every once in a while.” I laughed and said “who tells a bride to eat before they get married? That’s ludicrous!” Our wedding was perfect. It was in Riviera Maya Mexico, at Dreams Riviera Resort and Spa, on the beach, as you can tell....

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Rachel’s Vision: A Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Rachel’s Vision: A Wedding Gown Story

by Rachel Bean I purchased my dress and veil from Blossom’s Bridal in Dublin, CA. It was my first shopping experience and I found my perfect dress on my 3rd try– they say third time’s a charm. I think I started crying once the veil was put on my head. The vision of my husband and saying our vows sunk in and became a reality.   The only thing I added to the dress was the back “sleeve.” You’ll notice it has a trim piece on both sides of the shoulder blade. The original design did not have this. I purchased the additional trim pieces at Britex Fabrics in...

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