Angel Springs Styled Photoshoot

So happy to share these amazing photos with you from a photoshoot with multiple photographers, florists, and model couples.

We all met at the beautiful wedding venue just outside of Austin in Georgetown, TX.

Angel Springs Event Center has a gorgeous rustic-chic look that was reminiscent of a fancy winery.

I was delighted to dress model Jordan below in a brand new design that I ended up naming after her because she fit and rocked it just as I designed. I can see why she chose her instagram handle to be ms_dimple93, look at those cute dimples!

scavenged vintage rentals is the best! So boho and glam!

scavenged vintage rentals is the best! So boho and glam!

Catherine  Wedding Dress-made to order with Gatsby inspired veil price upon request

Catherine Wedding Dress-made to order with Gatsby inspired veil price upon request


all above images by rebekah paul photography

rose colored glasses floral above

rose colored glasses floral above

idamayesfloristry above

idamayesfloristry above

Keira Hand Photography above 3 images

Keira Hand Photography above 3 images

Venue: @angelspringstx
Photographer: @rebekahpaulphoto & Lis Anderson & @KeiraHandPhotography
Florals: @idamayesfloristry and rose colored glasses
Rentals: @scavengedvintage
HMUA: @projectartistry @lustrebella
Calligraphy: @owlandenvelope
Bakery: @thepowdersugarroom
Bartender: @oliveortwist_bartending
Models: @ms_dimple93 @existence_management london beal Andre K

Inspire Forum 2019

I was recently joined with other Austin wedding vendors for the 1st ‘Inspire Forum’ in ATX. Engaged couples were invited to the beautiful wedding venue in Round Rock at the Lone Oak Barn and were able to ask questions, get a taste from caterers and bartenders, and see in person wedding dresses, floral designs and everything else you will need for the perfect ATX wedding.


I chose these two dresses to show at the event because they show variety and that there are endless options when working with a custom made bridal designer.

But they are alike in many ways too. They both are made with silk fabric and for that reason are more delicate, soft, and luxurious than typical polyester gowns. They both also use unique materials from the tye-dye draped piece to the embroidered rose appliques.



From Left to Right- Abbie Cole Hillis Event Planner, I’m in the pink faux fur coat, Callie my model wearing the Savannah gown, Unknown and Jazmin modelling Moonlight and Moss, and Danielle modelling my gown on the end.

From Left to Right- Abbie Cole Hillis Event Planner, I’m in the pink faux fur coat, Callie my model wearing the Savannah gown, Unknown and Jazmin modelling Moonlight and Moss, and Danielle modelling my gown on the end.

Photography by Donny Tidmore Photography

HMUA Project Artistry

Video coming soon

Photoshoot at McKinney Falls-Ellie Gown

If you live or have visited Austin, Texas, chances are you have gone to McKinney Falls. It is a Texas state park and one of Austin’s greatest natural beauties, with a waterfall and all.

With such a great backdrop a romantic elopement or small wedding would be perfect here. See how me and other Austin vendors came together to create our version of a boho elopement and show off our talents with this styled shoot.


Photographer: @nectarinedreamphotography

Florist: @idamayesfloristry

Hair and Makeup: @lustrebella

Rentals: @scavengedvintage

Event Coordinator: @eventsbyleslietx

Calligraphy: @scripteddesire

Dress: @desireemariedesign- Ellie Gown

Jewelry: @kendrascott

Models: @kellyhargraves and @taylor.__.made

Photoshoot at Jennifer's Garden

On December 14, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing Austin vendors to create some magic just in time for Christmas! Check them all out at the bottom of this post.

This was my first time going to Jennifer’s Garden in downtown Austin and I was very impressed. The inside is just as gorgeous and unique as their beautiful gardens.

This dress was all designed on my dress form opposed to how I usually design with a sketch. I am really proud of it for its simplicity and attention to detail. I sourced the fabric from an Austin vendor who was able to order me 100% Made in the USA Silks. The bottom of the dress is created with silk satin faced organza, a fabric I never used before, but was very excited about. The bodice is made with recycled lace from a clients custom order and the straps are silk charmeuse.

I met with our model Kayla Reed ahead of time at my studio so we could the perfect fit. I named the dress after her because she embodied what I want this dress to be, fun, free spirited, and gorgeous.

I love Christmas and love all the Christmas details Jazmin, our event planner, put together for this.


Coordinator @eventsbyleslietx

Venue @jennifersgardensaustin

Photographer @simplybreezy_

Florist @wishandwhimsyfloral

Rentals @scavengedvintage

Hair/Makeup @projectartistry

Baker @thepowdersugarroom

Calligraphy @blossomandbloomtx

Model (Bride) @itskaylabay

Model (Groom) @tylerdavid

🍃Our Handmade Wedding 🍃

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Welcome to our fairytale!

I married my love, Eric, on Nov. 2 and we became Mr. & Mrs. Singletary.

We went back to our home town of Lakeland, FL to tie the knot at the Rocking H Ranch.

I walked down the aisle with my dad to Sound of the Shire from Lord of The Rings. Our ring bearer, Xander, or our “Lord of The Rings” did such a great job walking down the aisle with our glass ring box filled with moss. Our flower girl, Abby, I also heard, did an amazing job. At just over 2 years old she walked by herself dropping petals along the way for me. We had a tornado warning that day that switched some plans around, but it only adds to our wonderful story, and I can only think back at this day and smile, or cry from happiness. It was the perfect day.

My dad and I danced first to “I loved her first” by Heartland. We did a pretty good with only practicing in the bridal suite earlier that day.

Then I danced with my husband to “Why don’t we just dance” by Josh Turner. We loved the song choreography that went along with the music video, and tried our best to mimic it. We had to purposely leave out a couple parts because of my dress, but the crowd loved it!

Video coming soon!

I loved our cake by Carlos Angelro with Deli Delicacies. My mouthed dropped when I saw it! It was so much more magnificent than I could have imagined. My mom picked out our cake topper only a couple months into our engagement, and she could not have chosen better. There are a few cat details throughout the wedding, can you spot them all?

Our wedding flower is gardenias. Eric chose that detail, it was very easy to agree since I love them too! Their scent is amazing and they were a little difficult to find this time of year, but we filled in with some white roses, babies breath, and holly garland.

We had ring toss and corn hole to for our guests to play, but I spent the night on the dance floor!

Then we had a grand exit with sparklers and a white limo waiting to take us to the Lakeland Terrace Hotel for the night. My parents got us a suite and it was very fancy with a great lake view and wine and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. We felt like we were celebrities for the day, as every bride/groom should.

Photos by Vania Elise Photography

HMUA The Misses MUA-Sarai Rodriguez

Wedding Dress, veil, tiara, embroidered handkerchiefs, silk pocket squares-Handmade by the Bride, Desireé Marie Design

Save the Date designed by my cousin Andrea Berman

Behind The Seams-Our Wedding

It all starts with a sketch. (Well first it started with the engagement ring my now husband made for me.)

It all starts with a sketch. (Well first it started with the engagement ring my now husband made for me.)

The moment he proposed <3

Love my rings. I helped design my wedding band with the hump.

Love my rings. I helped design my wedding band with the hump.

I was first inspired by love. We knew we wanted to get married as soon as possible and couldn’t wait till 2019, so we planned for November 2. With a fall wedding planned, and love as the inspiration, I quickly thought of a fairytale in the woods.

We both wanted to personalize our wedding as much as possible. I love hidden details, and thought of lots of fun ways to customize my gown. I machine embroidered a silver cat and hand sewed it on my skirt of my dress. My veil has two hummingbirds, the iconic fairytale phrase “and they lived happily ever after”, and matching lace appliques.

I found the most gorgeous lace I have ever seen, and showed my mom and fiancé. I also let Eric know right away, along with all of our rings, he was responsible for my fairytale tiara. He gladly accepted the new project. Complete with flowers and a bumblebee.


Being a designer, I wanted to incorporate a lot of details into my dress with it looking “extra” but not “too much” I’m loving the illusion necklines with lace designs that is uniquely its own. I also love bridal separates and surprises, so having removable pieces was always a given.


I cut out lace pieces from the beautiful lace and pinned them on my tulle top. They are all sewn down with invisible thread and the lace is symmetrical.


After completing my dress, removable tulle bell sleeves, and veil above, and removable ivory duchess silk skirt (not pictured) I wanted to make my flower girl a matching dress. See the process below starting with the lining. I used flat seams to make it more comfortable for a toddler.


My cousin’s daughter, Abby, loves cats just as much as I do, and she’s only 2! So I had to incorporate cats into her dress as well! I have been holding onto these special buttons for like 7 years and found the perfect use for them on my wedding day.


I also love my embroidery machine, and saw a similar scalloped handkerchief on Pinterest, and thought, I can do that! So I got to work, creating over 10 personalized wedding themed handkerchiefs for some of my close family and friends.

Here is one of the more simple ones.

Here is one of the more simple ones.

I also embroidered silk pocket squares for all the men in the bridal party and our “lord of the rings”/”ring bearer”

I also embroidered silk pocket squares for all the men in the bridal party and our “lord of the rings”/”ring bearer”

Me and Eric were not the only ones busy creating before the wedding. Our moms were also busy making handmade gardenia (our wedding flower) candles and wax melts, fairy lollipops and jam (not pictured).

And my parents created this beautiful sign for outside their house to welcome our wedding party guests. You could feel the love.  Next post will be of professional photos from the wedding, stay tuned. #singlenomore

And my parents created this beautiful sign for outside their house to welcome our wedding party guests. You could feel the love.

Next post will be of professional photos from the wedding, stay tuned. #singlenomore

Photoshoot at Victoria's Tea House

Fall is here in Austin and I am loving the cooler weather and leaves falling. Also digging these bold jewel tones for autumn in my most recent shoot I had the pleasure to be apart of. I was invited to join some talented local vendors for a photoshoot at the beautiful Victoria Tea House just outside Austin in Round Rock, Texas.

Featuring my Michaela dress from my fairytale Fall 2018 collection.

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Come with me
And you'll be
In a world of pure imagination

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If you want to see magic lands
Close your eyes and you will see one

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If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it

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What we'll see
Will defy

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Living there
You'll be free
If you truly wish to be

Thanks to:

Event Planner:

Jazmin Leslie @eventsbyleslietx


Marina Cohen @sincerely_mcohenphoto


Teresa Allsep Victoria’s Teahouse & Garden @victoriasteahousegarden


Whitney Wilkes Wish and Whimsy Floral @wishandwhimsyfloral


Project Artistry @projectartistry 


Lesley Steiner @scavengedvintage


Camille Keel-Smith @mcamilleks & Andrew Brett @kennokee

50's Style not Values

This dress was solely inspired by these authentic 1950's headpieces from stylist Melania Leocadia with styledbyML and WARLORDme. 


I love the lace cutout off-the-shoulder 'sleeves' I created. They are so feminine and remind me of Cinderella's moms dress with the pink velvet bows.


There is also a hi-lo skirt with a 4" horsehair braid that is flirty and fun. It really shows off her vintage kitten heels. 

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Renaissance Photoshoot by Angie Candell

I had the great pleasure of working with the talented Fine Art Photographer, Angie Candell. I saw right away her style was different, and all her photos look like paintings in the end. She also created this backdrop to make all the photos take you back in time. 

Some of my favorites from the shoot are below. Featuring my 'Gardenia' Wedding Dress.

Custom made in your measurements, and custom changes available. 


Photo by @angiecandell 
Props styling @themustardcouch 
Headpiece @gadegaarddesign 
Hair @lapomponnee 
Mua lauren malanosky
Model @brittmci 



I have never made a maternity dress before, but that did not stop me from creating this great fitting, velvet dress with bell sleeves and Hungarian hand embroidery. 


Behind the Seams

I traced a Hungarian embroidery pattern from my great grandmother's design that was on a kitty cat wall decoration using tracing paper. 

I then transferred my design to water soluble stabilizer and applied it to the front side of my design. Since I was using a dark velvet material, I was not able to use chalk or pencil like I normally do directly on the fabric. Plus the stretch material required a stronger stabilizer. I used a medium weight on both sides of my design for extra support. This, of course, made it much harder to hand sew, and caused days of hand cramps... 

If it's Pink & Sparkly, I want it!

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I made this dress with pink sequin fabric from our local Texstyles fabric store. Along with the USA made Silk Chiffon, Silk Charmeuse, and Silk China Lining. 

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I'm so excited to share these photos. This pink number has been sitting in my closet for months, waiting for the perfect photoshoot to join, and it did just that. I didn't have the opportunity to attend the shoot, but what a tremendous job everyone did. Credit below. 👇

•Makeup: Ashley Gabrielle Spikes, Instagram @goreglitter, Website 
•Photographer: Desiree Rose, Instagram @elkkphotography, Website
•Hair - Shellie Vega instagram @shell.vega, Website:
•Stylist: Melania Leocadia, Instagram @WARLORDme_ , Website
•Florist: Lady Kingsbury, Black Petal Floral Design, Instagram @blackpetalfloraldesign
•Models: Jess Marshall @outragejess, Mark Rector @markrec_
•Designer: Desiree Marie

Dressmaking Class 101

Over the weekend, I held a DressMaking Class for two eager ladies. With little sewing experience, and a lot of direction, we are creating custom made dresses! 

Before even bringing out our fabric, they were taught how to change the standard size 8 sloper into their bust cup size, and measurements. 

I was impressed with how they both wanted to really understand everything, and why it was, even with the grading, and pattern making. ----(which is not always the 'fun' part)


The 'fun' part! 


I made some Earl Grey tea for the hardworking gals with my great, great Grandmother's china. I love using my antique pieces, and I also have some other tea cups from her around my sewing room as decoration. Eric wants to make me a china cabinet. :O Need a bigger place for that.  


The iron is always on while sewing! Pressing is key. 


We finished! 

These two ladies had no idea how to make a dress before attending my workshop, and now they are both wearing a custom made dress they drafted, and sewed themselves! 


So proud! 

Rockabilly Wedding Photoshoot

So excited to share photos from my most recent photo shoot with Aluma Photography. I love showing this dress with a rock n' roll inspiration, thank you to our stylist for this shoot, Melania with Warlord Me. 



For the environmentally conscious bride who is a little edgy, a little feminine, and a whole lot of fun! 


This 'Sally' wedding dress is available for $1375 + shipping. 


Makeup/hair- Ashley Gabrielle Spikes IG @goreglitter 
Photographer- Louie Ayuma Facebook @Ayumaphoto IG @a_yum_a
Stylist- Melania IG
Models- Toni Shamblin IG @stormborn.valkyrie Jesse Hanson IG @jessejames196



Real bride Sandra contacted me early in the year for a custom gown she was dreaming up. She had lots of ideas, and I added a couple of my own details as well, to create this one-of-a-kind beautiful gown. 


Behind the Seams...


Look at that lace collar! We created a higher neck on the overlay for a princess/royal look. I think it made her even more like Princess Kate Middleton! Don't you agree?


I really love this lace we used, it is a French Chantilly. It has a dot print throughout that really makes it young, also it was super soft! The sleeves are connected to one of her fingers on each hand for a fairytale detail. Love her flower in her hair, and her blue earrings to match her new hubby! 

"It was also very comfortable and easy to move in, which was important to me for dancing purposes."

Finished the back with over 50 buttons, a small corset at her waist, ruched bum, and a waterfall of extra silk chiffon at center back for a 'faux train' 


Sandra's Review: 

On 9/18/2017 Sandra D

"Desiree did an amazing job crafting a custom gown for me that was very reasonably within my budget. She took the time to listen and really make sure that she understood all of the details that I was asking for, then pulled them all off without a hitch. I loved my gown, it fit perfectly, and I got lots of compliments from our guests on how beautiful and intricate it was. It was also very comfortable and easy to move in, which was important to me for dancing purposes. I would highly recommend Desiree Marie Designs for a wedding or any custom piece - you will not be disappointed!"


My sister, Jes, recently eloped in San Francisco at City Hall. She came to me for her elopement dress that can be 'worn for other occasions'. Inspired by the popular self-portrait dress, I inserted ladder trim in between the bodice seams, and at the bottom hem. 


The combination of the trim and the thick guipure lace was difficult to sew but was it rewarding to see it finished. We upgraded the dress with a unique 3D guipure lace. The dress is lined with a nude kona cotton that she matched with her heels and clutch. The pleating on the skirt gave us a a subtle bell shape that emphasized her waist. 

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Look at that bell shape 

Of course, Rayna was there on the big day!&nbsp;

Of course, Rayna was there on the big day! 

Just Married!

Just Married!


I also created some fun bridal accessories for the happy couple as well. 


Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Leffler!

Elopement Photography by Lilouette


I love everything fashion and sewing, so owning an embroidery machine was always a dream. I thought it would be a little less hands-on, but am thrilled to be taking wholesale embroidery orders, (email about custom wholesale orders) and monogram embroideries for brides & bridesmaids.

I work for Artista Apparel a few days a week designing and sewing, so as soon as she needed embroidered hats, she came to me. 

I order the hats wholesale from a USA vendor, so I am only able to take wholesale embroidered hat orders. (increments of 12) 


Embroidered standard style baseball caps (available in USA made and imported), and (imported only) flat bill style hats. (pictured above)

Past Custom Order Design with USA made style baseball caps

Past Custom Order Design with USA made style baseball caps