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Megan’s Wedding Gown Preservation in Connecticut

Megan’s Wedding Gown Preservation in Connecticut

Gorgeous Real Bride Megan tried on more than fifty gowns before saying Yes! to the romantic Rebecca Ingram “Hope” piece. She was thrilled to have it cleaned and preserved by Orange Restoration Labs in CT. Read the full post for more details on Megan’s Mystic Seaport wedding!


When was your wedding date?
September 10, 2017

Mirror shot of AWGS member Orange Restoration Labs' Real Bride Megan on her wedding day.


What was your wedding location and venue name?
Mystic Seaport, Mystic Connecticut
Ceremony: North Lawn; Reception: Latitude 41°


Real Bride Megan and her groom on their wedding day in Mystic Seaport, CT.


Who is the designer of your gown and where was it purchased?
Maggie Sottero – Rebecca Ingram – “Hope”
Purchased from Tina’s Bridal in Totowa, NJ


Real Bride Megan hugging her groom on their wedding day.


When did you know that your gown was “the one”?
I was actually waiting for the Rebecca Ingram line to get into stores for months!   I had a couple I loved the look of online, but when I tried on “Hope”, I knew it was the one because it was a combination of everything I loved about other dresses.  I loved the uniqueness of the double keyhole back and the lace felt so romantic. 


Black and white shot of Real Bride Megan with bridesmaids on her wedding day.


What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
The whole day!   I loved getting ready with my closest family and friends, walking down the aisle with everyone we loved around us and celebrating the night away.   But most of all, marrying my husband.  It was a long time coming (10 years!) and that was the thing I looked forward to the most.   One of the most unique things at the wedding was at the end of the reception the last song was “Piano Man” by Billy Joel.  As per a college tradition, we, along with our bridal party and guests, stood in a huge circle, arms around each other, singing at the top of our lungs and swaying back and forth.   It was magical.


Real Bride Megan getting married to her groom in Mystic, Connecticut.


Why did you want to get the gown cleaned and preserved?
To be honest, to preserve it for future wear either by myself at a vow renewal or a future daughter.   The dress was too beautiful to remain dirty or not preserved.  I love it too much!!


Real Bride Megan in her Maggie Sottero Rebecca Ingram Hope wedding dress.


What made the wedding ceremony feel extra special? 
We did a knot-tying ceremony at the end of our religious ceremony in lieu of a unity candle.   We had a nautical themed wedding (rope centerpieces, favors, by the river, etc) and it felt appropriate and meaningful.   We felt a knot we could display in our home and would be an amazing symbol of two individual pieces coming together as one.  Something external pressures only make stronger.


Real Bride Megan wearing a Rebecca Ingram for Maggie Sottero wedding dress with her groom at their wedding day in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.


Why did you decide to get the gown cleaned by a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?
They seemed like the best!    Sally being the President of the Association gave me a lot of confidence that my dress was being handled by the best.   Easy to communicate with, easy to schedule drop off/pick up and I felt very comfortable with Sally. 


A scenic shot from Real Bride Megan's wedding ceremony in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.


Photographer credit: Rebecca Gordon – RMG Photography – shooting for Simply You Photography