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. 

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)

 

Sunday Style Icon-August 14

Another week gone by, another leading lady to admire, and inspire. 

This week's Sunday Style Icon is Sarah Jessica Parker. My favorite role of hers, as many of yours, is Sex and The City. And one of my most favorite looks is the famous tutu, and tank. This outfit works because of balance. She wears such a fun, dressy bottom, and pairs with a neutral, plain, casual tank. 

She's a style icon because of the styles she starts, the amazing designers she wears, and the effortlessly perfect way she puts it all together. 

"Maybe the best any of us can do is not to quit. Play the hand we've been given, and accessorize the outfit we got!" Carrie Bradshaw

Past Designs Inspired by this style

Risky maxi skirt, leather jacket, long necklace, and curls=Carrie approved.

Risky maxi skirt, leather jacket, long necklace, and curls=Carrie approved.

SATC2 LWD

SATC2 LWD

What's your favorite Carrie Bradshaw look, or quote?

"I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other. Love." Carrie Bradshaw 

Sunday Style Icon-August 7

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is this week's style icon. I fell in love with her comedy in the Office, and fell in love with her style in The Mindy Project. 

Mixing prints, peplums, crop tops, and full matching ensembles are all fashion risks that Mindy tackles and makes look easy. Her style is inspiring, and fun. She doesn't worry about what is meant for her body type, she wears what she wants, and looks great in everything. Some of my favorite looks are where she mixes feminine and edgy details for one awesome look. 

Past Designs Inspired by this Look

Fashion no-no's often become new trends that only the brave risk at first. Be a Mindy, wear what makes you smile! 

Sunday Style Icon

I'm starting a new series for my blog, Sunday Style Icon. This is the first post. I am working hard on designs, but will be sharing style icons that inspire my personal style, and brand, since I can't share any photos.

They're in no particular order, these ladies are too fabulous to compare!

Molly Ringwald

Besides being completely infatuated with her style in the 80's Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club, I love how she plays a talented seamstress, she's beautiful and tall, her unique style, and how she made me fall in love with vintage. 

Her refurbished dress in Pretty in Pink for prom. Side note: Cold shoulder trend is very big again. 

Her refurbished dress in Pretty in Pink for prom. Side note: Cold shoulder trend is very big again. 

Past designs influenced by this style

Floral Blazer, modeling myself

Floral Blazer, modeling myself

Refurbished tie skirt, modeling myself

Refurbished tie skirt, modeling myself

 

 

News

For the last couple months, I have been designing, and started creating my new collection.

Into the Woods will be a spring bridal line inspired by nature.

I am not able to post any behind the scenes/in the making photos of the line.

But I can tell you that I am using luxurious laces and American made silk fabrics. I was fortunate enough to order my fabrics from a local designer and wholesale fabric reseller, Benson Roberts III of Texstyles.

On that note, I will be phasing out all polyester dresses and gowns from Desireé Marie Design. Some will go up for sample sale. I have also used all my polyester fabric scraps to make a floor pillow. (Great idea for reusing fabrics scraps in a faster way than quilting) 

Update: I am now donating my fabric scraps to http://www.ourfabricstash.com/ The pillow was great in theory, but was too heavy too move around, and to difficult to clean. 

Disposing of fabrics and clothing is just one step I am taking to make my footprint smaller as an individual, and as a company.

·      Using American made fabrics, and silks particularly is a big step forward in going green

·      Sourcing fabrics that are less harmful to our world, and are being made ethically.

·      Re-using fabrics when possible

·      Finding new methods on saving fabric with pattern placement

·      Using only natural dyes

·      Shipping dresses in kraft 100% recycled boxes or acid free, chemical free white boxes for storing fabrics

·      Creating beautiful, lasting gowns that will want to be kept forever as a family keepsake

Big Fake Wedding-Published Ruffled Blog

Published on Ruffled Blog here

Through the woods, and the water we all traveled to The Lodge at Cypress Falls in Wimberly, Texas, donkeys and all.

Creatrix Photography

Creatrix Photography

The location was worth the drive, it was breathtaking. Big Fake Wedding is such a joy for me, seeing all the vendors hard work come together in one beautiful event. 

I was very inspired by our theme, Brazilian Bohemian. I incorporated Brazilian hand embroidery on the waist of the dress. 

Creatrix photography

Creatrix photography

April fit the dress perfectly with her matching colorful, sweet personality. 

Handmade gown Desiree Marie Design shop here

Hair and Makeup Celissa Rae

Jewelry Stella & Dot 

Location Cypress Falls Event Center

Photography in order-Creatrix Photography,Gypc Girl Photography, Veronica Ellerman

Video by James W Headrick Creative

CUSTOM ORDER-CHELSEA

So happy Chelsea contacted me before leaving Florida last year. We met and designed her dream dress. She is such a happy person, and very in love. I wanted that to reflect in her dress, and I think we did just that! 

Since her wedding was to be on the beach, lace sandals were a must! 

I also created her garter and her bridesmaids garters too. 

Fittings with Chelsea below.

The Big Day.

Silk chiffon, 50+ buttons, and endless amount of hand appliques came together beautifully as Chelsea Steinbauer floated elegantly down the aisle. She wore a light chantilly lace gown with a 6 pence sewn into the dress hem. We created a new design in which a section of the dress was able to flow in the coastal breeze for the ceremony, but was pinned and draped beautifully for an almost 2nd look at their reception. 

Congrats Chelsea and Joe Steinbauer!

Into the Woods Photoshoot with Faith Danielle Photography

Recently I was contacted by the talented Faith Deutsch with Faith Danielle Photography to collaborate on a styled photoshoot. 

I was happy she agreed with so many of my original ideas for this Into the Woods, Bridal collection. It is a Fall collection, and is inspired by nature. This is just a couple pieces from the collection, and hope to show you the rest soon.

Model: Jenna Olbekson

 

CUSTOM ORDER-Jennifer Wedding Dress

Jennifer has modeled for me on several occasions for the past several years, so when she contacted me only a couple months before her wedding, I couldn't say no. 

After seeing her ideas, I got very excited about creating her dress, and got started right away. I was holding onto this beautiful alencon lace for awhile now, waiting for the perfect project. 

Since she was going to have a beach wedding in March, I made the gown light weight on bottom, with chiffon, and thin cotton lining. The top was all about support with the bustier, and drama with the sleeves and low back. The embroidered lace was a little difficult to work with, but has amazing results. 

Congrats Jennifer and Caleb 

Congrats Jennifer and Caleb 


CUSTOM ORDER-Courtney

Watch this amazing video below by The McKellars-Wedding Cinema of bride, Courtney wearing a custom made lace dress with butterfly sleeves. 

With its sweetheart neckline, low back, mermaid skirt, and full lace design it has lots of classic details, but the long butterfly sleeves, and her excellent styling, make this dress unique, and bohemian. 

They are so cute, and so in love, glad I was able to be apart of this magic. 

johndavidweddings.com photographer

johndavidweddings.com photographer

CUSTOM ORDERS-February

I have so many behind the scenes photos of custom orders, I decided to make a combined post. Can't wait to get back photographer's photos of the following on their special days! 

 

Above: Butterfly sleeves Lace Wedding Dress & dyed emerald lace Bridesmaid Dress

Above: Custom Alencon Lace Wedding Dress, long sleeves and low back. 

Below: Bridal Alteration. Removed all pre-existing beading and replaced with below silver beaded lace. 

I have more of this beautiful silver beaded lace too. 

Custom Order- Tannie Ivory Polka Dot Dress

I have worked with Tannie several times before she contacted me to create this 50's inspired dress. Mostly as a model, but more recently creating her other custom pieces from my Marie Antoinette collection. 

Tannie has created a fashion blog called Miss Bella Zena, that is her character when she's all dolled up,--how cute!

Behind the scenes, draping the dress below.

Behind the Scenes-Creating the 2 Dresses for Big Fake Wedding -Austin

Last night went so great at Big Fake Wedding-Austin. We met a lot of awesome people, and Taylor looked amazing in our two dresses we created for her. 

Here are some behind the scenes photos of creating the dresses for BFW.

Very beginning steps of cutting out the laces for the dresses after creating her custom patterns. 

Lace from the reception dress on organza to create lace hand appliques

Lace from the reception dress on organza to create lace hand appliques

Pinning lace appliques to chiffon to create a trickingly effect.   

Pinning lace appliques to chiffon to create a trickingly effect. 

 

Last touches, adding the buttons to center back  

Last touches, adding the buttons to center back

 

                                                                                                                All worth it!  

                                                                                                                All worth it!

 

We had a few photographers last night, so we will have plenty of photos from the event soon, check back here for updates.