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What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.

Saturday, August 03 2019

That’s it, I’m running away to start a new life as a Kardashian. That’s where I will be if you need me. If you have watched their show you know that they fit the bill of what every young girl looks to be when she grows up. They have immaculate homes, amazing sisterly bonds, flawless features and extremely lucrative careers. You don’t have to like them, but let’s just all agree that their lives are enviable. However, the odds of them adopting me at this point are pretty slim. 

What I always wanted to be when I grew up was a strong woman with firm morals and a killer career. Even though I’m not a Kardashian, I still plan to make that happen. 

Now, let me take you on a trip back in time… 

My first love was soccer. I started to play when I was four and by fifth grade I was locked in. I was going pro. That’s right, little 5’1 me with a little extra padding than most pro athletes generally carry around their midsection and a temper that threw all caution to the wind and abandoned all rules if a girl even looked at me wrong. It wasn’t until I was sketching out an outfit in class one day that I wanted to wear, that something changed. A kid named Eric walked by my drawing and commented, “You should make clothing when you grow up”. Now, I know what you’re thinking, how dare this Eric character presume to tell me what to do with my life. What a monster. How could he possibly suggest that I, the next Mia Hamm, do something so lame and girly as design clothing. Guess what guys, thats exactly what I did! I applied to FIDM and left to study apparel design right out of high school. 

You’re probably thinking that I went straight into designing wedding dresses because I now own a bridal boutique. You would be incorrect. My career in the industry started with me studying motocross and snowmobile gear. I don’t know if you aware with how those garments are constructed, but they are a pretty far cry from the feminine lines of a wedding dress. I was not like the girls that go into the wedding industry. I was not full of joy, my closet contained absolutely no pastels, and to be quite honest I was certain that there was no way that I could maintain that level of faith in true love all the time.  It wasn’t until after I graduated college and had begun designing men’s street clothes that I even gave bridal a second thought.  I had enough sense to know not to jump into anything without first getting my feet wet, so I started looking to expand my resume. Along the way I applied to be a bridal stylist. Within the first week of working as a bridal stylist I fell in love with the energy that accompanied the job.  It was genuine, happy, loving, and exciting. Man, was it exciting. I already had a firm grasp of garment construction which helped me understand how to make each bride’s dream dress a reality. The rest is history.  

What I want to be when I grow up hasn’t changed, but with me it has evolved.  I still strive to be a strong woman with firm morals and a killer career, but now I also want to be surrounded by women who aspire to posses what they have always wanted and share in that happiness.  

That is what I want to be when I grow up. What do you want to be?

P.S. Eric, if you ever read this, I don’t actually think you are a monster. I appreciate you always giving me the brutal truth. It was you who put the idea to create clothing into my head. 

Your Wedding Dress & Covid – 19

Friday, May 22 2020

Q: WILL MY DRESS GET HERE ON TIME

A: If you have ordered your wedding gown before the pandemic, chances are your gown has already arrived or will arrive well before the estimated delivery date you were given at the time of purchase. If the dress is currently not in the store, it is likely that the dress is on its way and will be here in the next few weeks. Because of the pandemic, designers are not receiving any new bridal gown orders and have been able to focus on getting all current orders shipped out.

Q: I HAVE NOT FOUND MY DRESS YET. WILL I BE ABLE TO GET A WEDDING DRESS IN TIME FOR MY WEDDING

A: If your wedding is 2 to 5 months away, don’t panic just yet. Typically it takes a wedding dress 4-6 months to be ordered in. However, times are a little different right now. Due to the pandemic, most bridal shops have had to close their doors for the time being. Because of that, there are very few new orders being placed, and designers have caught up with prior orders they have received. Once bridal shops are able to reopen their doors, set up your appointment right away. That way, when your dress order is placed, you are at the front of the line to have your dress made. Another option you have is purchasing one of the samples shops have off the rack. We want to be able to get you your dream dress just as much as you do. We will do everything in our power to make that possible.

Q: WILL I STILL HAVE TIME TO GET MY DRESS ALTERED

A: Yes. Keep in mind when you alter a wedding dress, it is typically done one month to two weeks before your actual wedding date. That way, the dress is altered to the most accurate size you will be on your wedding day. Keep in contact with your seamstress and see if they have any guidelines they are being regulated by for COVID-19.

Q: WHAT IF WE POSTPONE OUR WEDDING

A: If you have had to postpone your wedding, it’s okay to be upset with things not going as planned. There has been a lot of chatter from people over social media saying you don’t have the right to be upset because people have to miss or move these things all the time due to unforeseen circumstances. While that is true, it doesn’t make any of it any less disappointing. You have the right to be upset. After all, you have put a lot into your special day. Make sure to reach out to your venue and vendors. We are all in this to help you have the perfect day. Talk to us, we are doing our best to make sure your wedding day is still a reality even though things are not going as we had originally planned. Please remember this day is about celebrating you and the love of your life. It will truly be magical no matter what.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, October 22 2020

1. Do you require appointments? 

At this time we do ask that you make an appointment with us. We want to give each bride our undivided attention and the experience she deserves when shopping for her wedding dress.

2. What should I bring with me? 

Bring a strapless bra and wear undies for when you are trying on ending gowns. 

3. What sizes do you have? 

Our sample sizes range from a size 8 to a 26. Please note these are bridal sizes and are different from sizes you may wear in your day to day. 

4. How much do your dresses cost? 

Our wedding dresses start at $1,000 and range up to $2,500. Brides can choose to pay half down on their wedding gowns and pay the second half before the wedding dress leaves the store or brides can pay the full amount up front. 

5. When should I order my gown if I’m trying to lose weight? 

Wedding dresses can take four to six months to arrive once the order is placed. You will then alter your wedding dress two weeks to a month before your actual wedding date. That way you are the truest size to the size you will be on your wedding day. If you are trying to lose weight, plan to shop for your wedding dress right away so that you have time to find the perfect one. 

6. Do you have alterations in house or recommend a seamstress? 

Unfortunately we do not have an in house seamstress. We do recommend having your wedding dress alterations done by Durango Couture. She is simply amazing and your wedding dress will be in great hands. 

7.  Can you get a dress that you don’t have in your store? 

We can order in dresses that we don’t have a sample of in our boutique as long as it is from one of the designers we carry. We can also order you a sample to try on in store for a fee of $100.

My Perfect Wedding Dress

Thursday, October 22 2020

My perfect wedding dress was the very first wedding dress I had laid eyes on while walking into an interview to be a bridal stylist at The White Dress in Portland. As I rounded the corner from the lobby to the bridal suites there was on mannequin up front wearing my perfect wedding dress. I just knew I loved it. Which by the way does happen for most brides. They will find their wedding dress ends up being the very first one they tried on. This dress was perfect for me, it was something I would have never brought to my imagination when picturing my wedding dresses but it brought the concept of having my wedding day to life. I was not engaged at the time nor did I want the relationship I was currently in to result in marriage. The idea of me walking down the aisle on my wedding day forced me to keep looking for the right man to meet at the end of that walk. I have been completely consumed with the bridal industry for a couple years now and loving it. I have seen thousands of wedding dresses and for me that gown is still perfect. That perfect wedding dress was discontinued by the designers over a year ago. Brides ask all the time if I will still have a dress they have tried on and love, or if it will get discontinued. The truth is it’s out of my control, and that dress you can’t stop thinking about may get discontinued tomorrow or it could be in production for another five years. If you love the dress don’t gamble with it. After all nothing haunts us like the things we don’t buy. 

I didn’t describe the dress I was talking about because I’m still not engaged or married and I don’t want my future husband to know what details I would love in my wedding dress. But for those of you that are curious and want to look it up. The dress style #884 by Martina Liana.