Before and After

Honoring My Mother – A Restoration of Heart

Posted by on May 4, 2022 in Before and After, General, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Honoring My Mother – A Restoration of Heart

A Vintage Wedding Dress Story by Ginger S. I found my mother’s wedding gown in a plastic garment bag, rolled up and tucked in a plastic bin. My mother bought the dress in 1969 for $163, according to a note she stored with the dress. Jean Ellen Finn, my mother, wore this dress when she married my father, Rodger Dale Miller, in Santa Barbara, CA on November 15, 1969. My mother was a military wife, and this dress remained packed away in bags or boxes and traveled across the country for many years. She had a family to raise and ends to meet, so I’m sure that cleaning and...

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1800’s Scottish Heirloom Christening Gown

Posted by on Feb 10, 2022 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, General, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Uncategorized | 0 comments

1800’s Scottish Heirloom Christening Gown

The Story of a Heritage Piece by Barbara B. This christening gown was brought to America from Paisley, Scotland by my great-great grandmother, Janet Hume. She was born in 1839. I can only assume that my great grandmother, Nettie Fitkin Bennett, also wore the gown. My grandmother, Myrtle Coates, would later wear the family heirloom gown in 1882. Our Christening Gown Keepsake Box The box that was used by my mother and possibly my grandmother to store the gown. My Aunt Alice Aldrich Wearing the Gown in 1914 I wore the gown in 1955. Our new grandbaby will wear...

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Something Old-Something New-Something Satin-Something Blue

Posted by on Jan 4, 2022 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Something Old-Something New-Something Satin-Something Blue

A Vintage Wedding Dress Story by Chelsea I purchased my vintage wedding dress on Etsy. The listing for the dress didn’t leave much to be desired; the satin gown with box pleats, beaded lace appliques and modest train. It was beautiful but it was wrinkled and yellowed from age. At $32 (I’ve never been one to pass up such a great bargain) I purchased it anyway! The day it was delivered, I asked my mom to come over and help me try on the dress. Much to our surprise, it fit like a glove and we both had the bridal moment I’d always dreamed of-not in a fancy salon...

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A Trio of Tradition

Posted by on Nov 15, 2021 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Uncategorized, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 2 comments

A Trio of Tradition

A Wedding Dress Story by Aloysia #2 The dress was custom made by a seamstress for Aloysia J Pecoul for her July 11, 1964 wedding at First Baptist Church of New Orleans. After the wedding, the dress was folded up and put in a clear plastic bag and then stored in a cedar chest. Aloysia J Pecoul on her wedding day, July 11, 1964 Twenty-three years later the yellowed dress was brought to a dry cleaners in hopes that it could be worn by her daughter. While the sleeves didn’t make it through the cleaning process, the color was more ivory than white. Aloysia P. Pertuit was able to...

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90’s Lazaro Couture Gown Sees More Happy Days!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2021 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Uncategorized, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

90’s Lazaro Couture Gown Sees More Happy Days!

Wedding Dress StoryBy Noreen P. I found my gown through a resale boutique in Philadelphia back in 1995. I had been shopping a bit by then but absolutely fell in love with this gown when I tried it on! It was a Lazaro dress that had only been worn once before. My mom and I were together, and we bought the dress on the spot; the memory of that day is really special to me. My husband and I were married on a crazy, beautiful day in May 1995. The ceremony was at my childhood church, and the reception was outdoors at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia...

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A 50th Anniversary Wedding Dress Restoration

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Uncategorized, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A 50th Anniversary Wedding Dress Restoration

A Wedding Dress StoryBy: Cheryl F. “My wedding gown story began in May 1969 when I became engaged and started looking for a wedding gown for my November wedding.  I first went to a bridal shop above a jewelry store in Ontario, CA.  I tried on several gowns and found one I really liked but since it was a summer gown, it had to be ordered within a few days.  I couldn’t decide if it was the ‘one’ and wanted to look around at other shops. The deadline for ordering came and passed and I still had not found a wedding gown that I liked as well. At...

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A Winter Wedding in Grand Cayman

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Before and After, Uncategorized, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Winter Wedding in Grand Cayman

A Wedding Dress StoryBy: Rebecca R. “My husband Cody and I got married on December 8th on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. I wanted a dress that was classic and romantic, but was fun and modern enough to match our Caribbean setting. My mom, aunt, brother and I started shopping for my dress in Atlanta, where my husband and I live. This Sienna by Casablanca dress was the first one I tried on at Suite Bridal and we all loved it, but I was sure the first dress couldn’t be the one!  I tried on at least a dozen more dresses, but couldn’t get this one out...

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A Tribute

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Uncategorized, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Tribute

A Wedding Dress StoryBy: Michelle N. “My parents Michel & Elizabeth D. were married on July 25, 1959 in LaPorte, Indiana. My father is an immigrant from Belgium and my mother was an immigrant from the Netherlands. My mother purchased her dress at Robertson’s department store in South Bend, Indiana. Her gown is being restored as a tribute.“ Michelle’s Mother’s Wedding Dress Restoration When we received Michelle’s mother’s lace gown, it had moderately aged with yellowing and oxidation stains primarily at the top of the dress. A few...

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Laura’s Dress was “Love at First Sight”

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Before and After, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

Laura’s Dress was “Love at First Sight”

A Wedding Dress StoryBy Laura H. “The search for my wedding dress was such a special day! My mom, mother-in-law, maid of honor, bridesman, and I made a day of it. It is one of my favorite memories of the wedding planning experience.  My dress came from RK Bridal in New York City, and was one of the first dresses I tried on. True to the experience of many brides, my wedding dress ended up being nothing like I had imaged I would wear on my wedding day. I thought for sure that I didn’t want a strapless dress or beading, but the consultant encouraged me to give it a...

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Third Time’s the Charm for Ariella

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Before and After, Uncategorized, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Third Time’s the Charm for Ariella

Wedding Dress StoryBy Ariella “After having no luck at the first wedding dress store that I visited, I was discouraged and doubtful on whether or not I would find a dress for my special day.  Those feelings disappeared as soon as I walked into Here Comes the Bride in San Diego, where my older sister had found her beautiful wedding dress. I guess the third time really is the charm, as the third dress that I tried on turned out to be the one! With its unusual jeweled top, open back, and graceful skirt, I knew that I had found my dress!”...

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