Maria's Wedding Gown Preservation in Orange

After getting her godmother’s 1970s Priscilla of Boston veil restored by Orange Restoration Labs, Bride Maria decided it was only obvious to get her beautiful Mori Lee gown cleaned and preserved too! Read more about her story and see her beautiful wedding day in our Q&A below!


When was your wedding and where did it take place?

Bryan and I were married on October 31st, 2015 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Webster, Massachusetts with the reception following at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut.


When did you know that your wedding gown was "the one"?

I have always enjoyed the look of mermaid dresses with lace detail, so I had a pretty good idea of the type of dress I was looking for before I went shopping. I had every intention of going to multiple stores, but I ultimately went to Occasions Bridal in Bethel, CT since it was one of the few stores open on Sundays. I tried on quite a few dresses while there; some strapless, some with belted waists, but they weren’t “it.”

Then… there it was, a beautiful Mori Lee mermaid dress with a lace illusion neckline and dramatic, deep V back. I continued trying on other dresses to be sure, but I kept returning to that same dress. In the end, none of the other dresses could compare—the Mori Lee gown was the one! I put a deposit on the dress that same day. One store, one dress and I was done!



What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory from my wedding day was the “Private Moment” that our venue had before the church ceremony. This time is designated to capture the moment when the bride and groom first see one another, as well as capture family portraits and shots of the bridal party. It’s practical purpose was to make use of the daylight and avoid missing out on our own cocktail party to take photos.

Practicality aside, it was perhaps the most memorable time from our wedding. Our parents and bridal party looked on as I walked in to “Marry Me” by Train to meet Bryan. I only made it a few steps before I began to cry, and Bryan followed suit. It was such an intimate, emotional moment without the worry of being seen by everyone at the church and stumbling through our vows.


Why did you want to get your wedding gown cleaned and preserved?

I decided to preserve my gown because I wanted to keep something tactile to remember how I felt while wearing it on my wedding day. I also entertained the thought that if I have a daughter, I could share the dress with her.


Why did you decide to get your gown cleaned and preserved by a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?

I decided to have my gown cleaned and preserved by Sally of Orange Restoration Labs because of the fine work she did with restoring a 1970s family heirloom Priscilla of Boston veil that I wore for my wedding – which was my ‘something old.’ I saw first-hand the care and pride Sally takes in restoring an artifact and giving it new life so that it may host new memories. I figured if she could restore the beauty of an old, yellowed veil, then preserving my new wedding dress would be seamless and necessary to complete the set.

Photography Credit: Anne Roselli



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