As you’ve gotten to know us over the years, it’s probably no surprise that we would share a wedding dress given we share just about everything….Yes, that’s right we transformed Ashley’s wedding dress into Paige’s dream wedding gown with the help of an expert tailor! The transformation idea started when all the Dellavalle sisters and our mom, Linda, set out looking for Paige’s wedding dress. Unfortunately, the day ended in disappointment. Paige didn’t love a single dress she tried on. All of the sudden, Ashley said, I have an idea (she usually does, given our entrepreneurial minds like to problem solve in creative ways)…”Let’s take my wedding dress and transform it into Paige’s dress!” After all, the wedding dress just sat in Ashley’s closest since her wedding 5 years ago. It would mean so much to her to watch Paige walk down the aisle in her dress.
At that moment, we began to put our designer heads together trying to figure out how to take Ashley’s high neckline dress and make it into the deep v neck vintage inspired dress that Paige was dreaming about. The first step was taking it to the seamstress at the bridal boutique where all of the Dellavalle sisters got their wedding dresses to see if this was even a possibility. The seamstress said, “Before we start cutting let’s make sure we can get those wine stains out.” Ashley never dry cleaned the dress after her wedding. It sat wine stains for 5 years! Two thorough dry cleans later, the dress looked new, and we were confident we should move forward with the transformation. However, there was one more problem we had to tackle – we needed matching lace to make the sleeves. So Paige set out to no where else, but the garment district in NYC searching high and low for a lace that matched. After hours of searching, she found one that would match just fine after the beading was done. Then, miraculously our seamstress just happened to find the exact lace of the dress left over from another project she had worked on. We were starting to feel like this was fate!
Paige went into her first fitting and the dress was near complete. With minor tweaks to the sleeves and the request for a little bit deeper v, we were confident this dress was going to turn out gorgeous!
The vail was easy as it was the vail that all the Dellavalle sisters wore on their wedding day. Something borrowed is always easy in our household of 4 sisters!
For Ashley, it was just as special as she imagined watching Paige walk down the isle to marry Johnny in same dress that she married Jason in. And for Paige it was amazing that Ashley would be so willing to allow her to cut her wedding dress. It’s just another bond that we will share! Who knows, maybe we’ll transform the dress again one day when Viviana is ready to marry!
Lots of Love,
Ashley & Paige