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Carolina’s Wedding Gown Preservation in Connecticut

Carolina’s Wedding Gown Preservation in Connecticut

Carolina had a beautiful church wedding ceremony followed by a luxurious reception at a harbor club. The excitement of the day took its toll on her gorgeous, strapless, and figure-fitting wedding gown but luckily, Sally of Orange Restoration Labs in Connecticut was able to clean the gown to pristine condition and preserve it for many, many more years to come. Read our interview with Carolina to find out more!


When was your wedding date?
May 5, 2017.


Carolina getting help with having her wedding gown clasped on her wedding day.

What was your wedding location and venue name?

Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church, Greenwich, CT; and
Reception: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle, NY

Real Bride Carolina cutting the wedding cake with the groom on their wedding day.

Who is the designer of your gown and where was it purchased?
Matthew Christopher, New York, NY.


Real Bride Carolina's Matthew Christopher wedding gown displayed in a mezzanine before the wedding day.

When did you know that your gown was “the one”?

I originally tried on “the dress” at another bridal gown boutique. I wasn’t in love, but my mom and the rest of the family were head over heels. I then started looking into Matthew Christopher gowns and I made an appointment at their salon in the city. I went, and they pulled various dresses–including the one I had already tried on at the previous boutique.
Because I personally didn’t really like that dress, I said no; but, they insisted I try it on again, so I did, and after having tried on others, I tried it on yet again, and I instantly fell in love, finally seeing what my mother and cousins had seen all along. I loved the way it fit and the way it made me look beautiful, I felt overwhelmed with happiness and knew it was the one.


Bride Carolina and her groom in an orchard on their wedding day.


What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
My husband had a surprise performance for me: he performed a Kanye West song as soon as we walked into the reception.


Real Bride Carolina wearing a Matthew Christopher wedding gown and her groom on their wedding day.

Why did you want to get the gown cleaned and preserved? 

I just want to preserve it and keep it for memories.


Real Bride Carolina in her wedding gown.


What made the wedding ceremony feel extra special?
The wedding ceremony was celebrated by the same priest who celebrated my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary, it was very special to me.


Real Bride Carolina and her groom sharing a kiss at the scenic wedding venue in New York.


Why did you decide to get the gown cleaned by a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?
I wanted to make sure my gown was going to be taken care of with delicacy and I knew I wanted to go to someone with extensive experience.​​


Stunning shot of Real Bride Carolina on her wedding day, framed by pillars, and dressed in her wedding gown by Matthew Christopher.

Photographer credit: Ricky Restiano Photography