Maradee Wahl: Brides - Dana, July 2012

When I met Maradee, she sensed my frustration and expressed her willingness and determination to help me realise my dream dress. As I talked about my style Maradee went to the back room and emerged with a dress that literally took my breath away. Dana,July 2012

My encounter with Maradee Wahl was serendipitous. I had flown to LA to find my wedding gown and was having no such luck. Each dress I tried on made me feel like a catalogue bride, none mirroring the vision of the bride I wanted to be.

The gown was made from a Chantilly lace that was completely hand embroidered with scattered beading that glistened in the light. It was a sheath dress which I never would have picked for myself but when I slipped it on I knew this was it.

I felt sophisticated and unique but still wanted to add my personal touch to the dress. Maradee was extremely willing to creatively collaborate with me and together we created a dramatic scalloped sweetheart neckline with lace appliqué and a sexy back slit detail, reminiscent of a 1950’s gown.

I also needed to cover my shoulders for the service but didn’t want to look like I was wearing a bolero, so we created a Chantilly lace detachable piece with butterfly sleeves that when fastened looked part of the dress.

​​The experience was seamless and stress free. Maradee was there for all my fittings and was a constant sounding board throughout the whole process.