🍃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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Explanation

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


Thanks to:

Event Planner:

Jazmin Leslie @eventsbyleslietx

 Photo:

Marina Cohen @sincerely_mcohenphoto

Venue:

Teresa Allsep Victoria’s Teahouse & Garden @victoriasteahousegarden

Floral:

Whitney Wilkes Wish and Whimsy Floral @wishandwhimsyfloral

HMUA:

Project Artistry @projectartistry 

Rentals:

Lesley Steiner @scavengedvintage

Models:

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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

 

CUSTOM ORDER-MEGAN'S MATERNITY DRESS

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. 

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

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)

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The 'fun' part! 

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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.  

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

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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! 

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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. 

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

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

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

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CUSTOM ORDER-SANDRA

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. 

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Behind the Seams...

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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?

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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."
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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!"

CUSTOM ORDER-MY SISTER'S WEDDING DRESS

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. 

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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 

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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. 

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Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Leffler!

Elopement Photography by Lilouette

CUSTOM ORDER-EMBROIDERY FOR ARTISTA

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) 

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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

 

Custom Order-Staci

Staci came to me looking for something fun and sexy and we came up with this deep 'V' faux wrap wedding dress. 

 Tea dyed alencon lace fabric

Tea dyed alencon lace fabric

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Pretty with pink details. Staci styled her dress magnificently with velvet pink Betsey Johnson heels, dainty gold jewelry, crstyal belt, and a gorgeous crystal headpiece. 

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I added lace appliques to all the edges of the bodice instead of hemming for a more romantic look. Keeping the back very open and lining free was another way we kept this dress on team sexy.

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Wedding Bells!

Photos by Stefanie Arnette 

Congrats Love birds Staci & Jose! 

Custom Order-Promise

Promise first came to me looking for a romantic custom made wedding dress that she couldn't find in stores. I was excited when she mentioned it would be a blush gown. 

We were going to add pink flowers throughout the gown, but decided early on to leave them out. 

She had a clear vision of what she wanted and was great to work with. She came to visit for a fitting as well where she found out she wanted to add a matching veil as well. It really made the whole look come together perfectly. 

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In order to create the unique style of her dress, I cut out around 100 of these lace pieces and created my own pattern of lace on the bodice that trickled down throughout the dress and veil. 

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 I also created sheer tulle side panels on the bodice for a flattering look.&nbsp;

I also created sheer tulle side panels on the bodice for a flattering look. 

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Love her country vintage style she added to the gown.

You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl. 

She loved it too, see her feedback below:

"Desiree did an awesome job putting all of my ideas together to make the perfect wedding dress. It was beautiful and totally 100% unique. I got compliments on it all night!!" -Promise Newman

Brand Ambassador Tannie

Tannie was introduced to me years ago by a mutual friend of ours at one of my fashion shows. I immediately fell in love with her look and continued to work with her on shoots. We had such a similar style, she even purchased a couple custom pieces from me. 

Tannie represents the Desireé Marie girl because she's confident, an entrepreneur, and absolutely gorgeous inside and out. 

You can find all the dresses she is styling in the shop section

Walnut Creek Park Photoshoot

A fun dress and veil to match the fun shoot we had at Walnut Creek Park, Austin Texas. Model, Dora Russell is such a joy to work with, we laughed the whole time. Sometimes we forget that wedding dresses do not have to be white or ivory. With spring around the corner, you can't help but smile after seeing this dress on Dora. Video captured by Gabe Hodge

Photos and listing coming soon!

 

What's New

Can you believe we're almost in February? I've been busy in the new year, with 3 photoshoots already! 

I first contacted my friend, Aubré Salas of Gypc Girl Photography, when I knew I needed some new shots of all these dresses I've been creating, and storing away in my closet. 

Here is one that I am really proud of, and is near to my heart, because my Hungarian roots.

(Model Kimberly Mejia is having fun standing over the air vent)

Flowers ^ by The Flower Studio

My grandfather, Julius, came to America from Hungary with his brother when he was only a teenager on a boat. When he met my grandmother, Marcia, she fell in love with his heritage and embroidered the pillow you see in this picture. I used tracing paper from another one of her designs to hand embroider the dress above. 

I love hand embroidery, I find it very rewarding. I also have an embroidery machine for different looks, but some things just need to be done by hand. 

The bodice fabric is natural recycled organic cotton, (Hemp and Polyester Muslin), and the skirt is an American made silk, and American made silk lining. 

(Hair/MUA Samantha JoAnn Cronk, Location Pearl Snap Hall)