Mad About Maggie Sottero

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
by Ashley Kiser

Mad About Maggie Sottero


   I'm sure that you have seen at least one episode of Say Yes to the Dress on TLC! And let's face it, you secretly love watching the struggles that unfold when the Bride and someone in her entourage just can't see eye-to-eye. But for us as Gown Stylists we don't like to see our Brides struggle or be put in that position. We love to see our Brides in that magical moment where their vision comes together, so naturally Randy to the Rescue is right up our ally. What we love about this show the most is that it helps our Brides see why we love what we do!


   That's our goal with the MAD ABOUT MAGGIE SOTTERO event! We want to help you see your entire Bridal Look come together right before your eyes. You will start the appointment by meeting our Glam Squad. They will get you looking like a Bride while your entourage gets a bridesmaid consultation with your Gown Stylist. While you get pampered they will try on different styles for you and hopefully help you figure out the perfect look for you Bridal Party. Sounds like the easiest Bridesmaid shopping experience ever, right?! Once your look is on point you will go straight into you Bridal Appointment with your Gown Stylist. She will help you figure out what dress will be the one! The entire time you are here you will have sweet treats available to you.




   Sara Pacheco is the talented owner of Pacheco Beauty. We have gotten to work with her on some styled shoots recently and she is amazing at what she does. No matter what look you are going for (natural, glam, retro, etc.) she has got you covered! She and her assistant are going to help you put the entire vision together with your own hair/makeup trial for $25. That's right, you get a hair/makeup trial for $125 OFF and she is offering some additional perks to Brides who book her for their weddings. Because of this unique bridal experience we want to make sure that your appointment is booked well in advanced. Honestly, Brides are always surprised what a huge difference having their hair and makeup done makes when they find the perfect dress. And having a professional do it makes all the difference in the world!



 We cannot even begin to tell you how much we love Sierra from Sweet Art Bake Shop! She is so much fun to work with and she is such a creative/artistic person. She is currently working with one of our amazing Brides on custom cupcake creations for her Disney-themed wedding this coming December. She will be here to meet with our Brides and provide some samples of her delicious sweets. I would fully take advantage of your appointment to sample and speak with her about your vision for your wedding cake. Walk out of your appointment with a wedding gown, hair and makeup trial complete and your wedding cake vendor selected!




 Here are just a couple of Sierra's amazing cakes from the photo shoots we have had the pleasure of working on together.





 Why do we love MAGGIE SOTTERO?!

1. They have one of the best builds in the entire bridal industry. Many of our seamstresses have confirmed that similar designers claim to have comparable construction, but only Maggie Sottero can claim that title in its price point. Maggie for the win! 

2. They listen! Brides ask for it and Maggie Sottero delivers on what their Brides are asking for. How many other design teams go speak to their Gown Stylists in person to ask what they can improve on or what the line is missing? Not many. But I can tell you from experience that our team at Maggie Sottero takes our input very seriously and they are always following up about what our Brides are asking for.


3. They do not charge for plus sizes! Maggie Sottero was the first out of all of our designers to do this and it has make such a difference. We are able to carry several more plus-size dresses than ever before.

4. They really care about their Brides from beginning to beyond. You can literally go onto their website and they have an entire section where they feature real Maggie Brides. How amazing would it be to see an image of yourself on their website or blog?!




Your Dress, Your Way!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
by Ashley Kiser


    Last week People Magazine posted the first look at Morgan Stewart's (Rich Kids of Beverly Hills) beautiful SoCal wedding. We were obviously excited to see what fabulous designer she selected for her wedding gown, but what really struck us about this article is her candid discussion about the struggle to find that perfect dress. And you might think "Celebrity: unlimited budget, unlimited options!" That just goes to show you that the struggle is real! Morgan says that she almost gave up on her search and we know that many of our Brides can relate to the feeling. 



     Here  are a few things that we want you to keep in mind if the shopping process is getting a little overwhelming:

1. Don't try on too many wedding dresses!

     You (someone you know) might want to go to every bridal store and try on every dress, but PLEASE DON'T! I can't tell you how many Brides I have worked with who are completely overwhelmed and confused. Then they bust out their cell phone to show me their favorite dresses and we spend 5 minutes scrolling through images. No wonder they're confused! These poor Brides can't tell the 3rd dress apart from the 31st dress. I call this feeling "Ivory Overload"!

2. That's why you have a Gown Stylist! 

     We are trained to help you sift through your favorites and figure out what they all have in common. We are trained to know our inventory and figure out what your best options are. As long as you are open with us about your feelings toward a dress we can read between the lines and ultimately find you the PERFECT  wedding gown. Sometimes it's the simplest thing (train, alterations, etc.) that finally helps a Bride feel confident in her decision. 

3. Get creative!

     Morgan Stewart had to take a jacket and a skirt to put together her perfect bridal "outfit", as she called it. She got creative! Luckily many of only want to change minor details of a wedding gown: train length, strap width, back details, etc. A seamstress is a great person to help you out but there are also some designers who can actually fully customize your wedding gown.....MEET CASABLANCA BRIDAL!!!



This beauty is 1975 by Casablanca Bridal. She is one of the best built sheath gowns in the industry and she fits perfectly into several different wedding styles: boho, garden, destination, church, rustic. We have done some pretty crazy things with 1975 in the past including giving her a keyhole back, adding 4 feet to her train and dropping her back almost down to the booty. We figured we would ease you into the idea of customization by sticking with the straps. Take a look at what you can do!


 This option is completely strapless! 



 With this option we made the straps wider!



 With this option the straps were widened and placed more off-the-shoulder.

   We never want our Brides to feel like they have to compromise or settle. Morgan Stewart didn't rest until she found the perfect "outfit" and neither should you! We believe that where there's a will there's a way and it's our mission to make sure you aren't having to compromise on the most important garment you will ever wear. Just remember to avoid "Ivory Overload", let you Gown Stylist help you & don't be afraid to get creative! YOU WILL FIND THE ONE!!!


*We just wanted to give an extra special shout out to Lucas Rossi Photography, who is responsible for those beautiful images you see of Morgan Stewart! We had the pleasure of meeting him at the Camarillo Ranch Bridal Showcase  and then did a styled photo shoot with him that was published this week in 100 Layer Cake. There are so many great vendors here in Southern California!