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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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A Dress for Time and Time Again

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Dress for Time and Time Again

  It’s not often that we can see a dress come to life quite like this– we’re so fortunate to have Lisa Seago share some of the history of an amazing dress that we had the privilege to preserve for years to come.   The first time this gown was worn, it was in 1953. It wasn’t worn again for almost 20 years! Then it was worn three more times– and in the same church each time! What a wonderful tradition to have been kept alive for so long. When the gown arrived at HGP, it certainly looked as if it had some history behind it. Yellowing is a natural...

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The Wilsons’ Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

The Wilsons’ Wedding Gown Story

by Ed Wilson The gown was purchased at Cora Furs, 27 Church Street Paterson, NJ. The gown was worn by my mother, Ellen Louise Coe, for her marriage to my father Howard Wilson on November 18, 1961 at the First Presbyterian Church of North Haledon, NJ.  She was 18 years old, he was 22. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Ed! Want to read more wedding gown stories? Read more here. Feel free to share your own love story or wedding gown story in the comments or on our Facebook...

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A Lifetime of Creation: Carol’s Wedding Gown Story

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Do It Yourself, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Lifetime of Creation: Carol’s Wedding Gown Story

by Carol Mann I learned how to sew when I was 12 years old. I had an interest in fashion very early and wanted to attend design school. When I was in high school I made my prom dresses with my mom. Many years later, when I was 28, I attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. I got an AA Degree in Fashion Design. After graduating I started working freelance as a stylist and costumer for film and commercials. I made this wedding gown in May 1989 and finished it in June 1989 shortly before my wedding. It is a copy from Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 2 from...

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Janice’s Wedding Dress Story: Reopening a Box of Memories

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Janice’s Wedding Dress Story: Reopening a Box of Memories

by Janice I bought this dress in 1987 after trying on dozens of other dresses. I saw the dress in Vanity Fair magazine and hunted down a store that carried it. The store was in Atlanta, Georgia, and I traveled about two hours, from Chattanooga, Tenn., to see it. I immediately fell in love with it and bought it on the spot. The one change was that I had them add three feet on the train.  After the ceremony, I had the cleaners put it into a preservation box and did not see the dress again for more than 27 years. About six months ago, with my 22-year-old daughter home for the weekend, I...

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Grace’s Nationwide Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Grace’s Nationwide Wedding Dress Story

By Grace The dress belonged to my paternal grandmother, for whom it was custom made in Rochester, NY, in 1951. Unfortunately, my grandmother doesn’t recall the name of the shop that designed and made it for her, and it has no tags. I’ll be the second person to ever wear it (as my grandmother only had one daughter, who had her own dress). It originally had a full crinoline and veil with it  as well, but they have been lost over time. After my grandmother wore it, she had it cleaned and my grandfather built her a waterproof storage box to keep it in. The dress followed them across...

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Marriage and Manure – Lisa’s Story

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Marriage and Manure – Lisa’s Story

by Lisa THE GOWN: Purchased at Curvaceous Couture. THE VEIL: My mom made the antique gown into the veil. THE WEDDING: Cambridge,  Maryland. THE STORY Lisa fell in love with the first gown she tried on.  The intricate beading was perfect; the English net ballgown skirt was gorgeous.  She wanted to incorporate her mother’s heirloom gown somehow, but the antique lace was far too fragile to even consider wearing. Her mother is an avid and talented  designer, sewer and quilter, and made a gorgeous chapel length veil that will now be preserved for the next generation. After the wedding...

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Out of the attic and through the generations: Julie’s Wedding Dress Story

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Out of the attic and through the generations: Julie’s Wedding Dress Story

By Julie The dress was originally my Aunt Gina’s (dad’s sister), and she bought it in 1980 in Tucker, Georgia. Here she is as the original owner: When my parents got married in 1983 my mom borrowed the dress from her, and I grew up seeing pictures of the dress and always loving the lace sleeves and beautiful cap veil. Here are my parents at their wedding: When my aunt passed away in 2004, my mom inherited the dress, and when I got engaged in 2013 I thought I might want to wear it, too. I tried on other dresses just to be sure, but nothing compared to the reaction I...

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87 Years, 1 Veil

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

87 Years, 1 Veil

     What mother hasn’t dreamed about the day that she can pass on her wedding dress to her daughter? Although that thought crosses every married woman’s mind, when that day finally comes, the bride-to-be prefers a more subtle “something borrowed” for her big day. For one family, that dream of all dreams came true– for three generations and 4 brides! Walter Ungerbuehler and Palmira Klaproth were married in June of 1928. Her exquisite veil is prominently pictured here (above), obviously an important staple piece of Palmira’s wedding garb. 22 years...

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Lindsey’s Wedding Dress Story: A Piece of the Past

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Lindsey’s Wedding Dress Story: A Piece of the Past

by Lindsey Rideout, formerly Lindsey Dunn Davis Rideout and I (Lindsey Dunn, now Lindsey Rideout) got married on June 20, 2015 in South Philadelphia. In lieu of a traditional bridal party we had our siblings stand up front with us during the service, our brothers as the groomsmen and his sister as my bridesmaid. It was the most special day of our lives. I got my dress from Bijou Bridal in Ardmore, PA. It was designed by Stefan Jolie. It is a much larger dress than I ever pictured wearing, but it looked as special as I wanted our wedding day to feel. The bonnet was given to me as a gift at my...

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