Vintage Weddings

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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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A Vintage Dream Before-and-After

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

A Vintage Dream Before-and-After

We couldn’t have been more delighted to restore this beautiful and unique vintage gown. As if it couldn’t get any better, this sweet customer sent us photos a year and a half later, after her wedding, showing the gown in its full glory. It was a pleasure making this vintage dream dress come back to life for such a special occasion! “Hi Heritage! It’s been about a year and a half since you cleaned my dress for me, but I finally finished it and got married, and I wanted you to see how it turned out! Two of the pictures are what it looked like before I sent it to you,...

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North Meets South: Sarah’s Wedding Story

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Stories, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

North Meets South: Sarah’s Wedding Story

Sarah’s wedding gown– and her wedding– are straight out of a fairy tale! The Wedding Venue: The Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, North Carolina In an interview with The Knot, Sarah said of her venue, “We love being outside and wanted to be surrounded by as much natural beauty as possible. This lovely estate was built in the 1900s and is enclosed by grand woods, which set the scene perfectly.”   The Dress: Sarah told us, “My first job out of college was as a bridal consultant at Vera Wang, so it was important for me to find a one-of-a-kind...

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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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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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A Leap of Faith: Disaster to Dream Dress

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

A Leap of Faith: Disaster to Dream Dress

When Elena decided to restore a vintage wedding dress to use as her own, she had little reason to believe it could ever be as beautiful as it once was. Its unique style and undeniable beauty was enough to catch her eye– she probably thought, “Is it really so bad that it’s a bit yellowed? And stained…? And torn…? Uh oh.” Elena took a leap of faith by sending her disaster dream dress off to be restored, but her faith paid off! Vintage dresses are often yellowed–merely the effects of time–but this organza gown was practically orange! This time it was Heritage...

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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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Guilty as charged! Beautiful gloves restored

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Guilty as charged! Beautiful gloves restored

With hundreds of years of wedding gown tradition behind us, it can be hard for a bride to make her particular dress stand out. The easiest way to do this? Accessories! A unique accessory can make all the difference. Just as the wedding dress suffers sweat, food spills, grass stains, and more, however, accessories also need quite a bit of TLC (tender loving CLEANING) after the wedding! These beautiful vintage gloves came to Heritage Garment Preservation looking a little worse for wear. As expected with a vintage piece, the fingerless gloves had become quite yellowed– but time was merely...

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5 Reasons to Wear a Short Wedding Dress

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Famous Wedding Dresses, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Planning | 0 comments

5 Reasons to Wear a Short Wedding Dress

The poofy, floor length white wedding gown with a train for miles is what little girls imagine getting married in from the time they start playing pretend. Thanks, Disney (okay.. while you’re thinking about it, take this Buzzfeed quiz. You know you want to!). Luckily the traditional wedding gown we all have an image of in our heads isn’t the only option. Have you ever considered wearing a short wedding dress? Consider these 5 reasons to think about choosing a short wedding dress and maybe you’ll be rocking a midi gown on the aisle come your big day! 1. Comfort and practicality...

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