Michelle’s Wedding Dress Preservation in Ohio
Real Bride Michelle had the pleasure of wearing her dramatic and sweet Hayley Paige gown twice–first for the Mexico destination wedding, and then again two weeks later for her Ohio reception! Thanks to our Ohio member Kimmel Cleaners, Michelle didn’t have a single worry about having it look its very best for both joyful occasions.
When was your wedding date?
My wedding date was April 8th, 2016. We were married in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and our reception date was April 30th, 2016.
(photo by Jeff Loveless)
What was your wedding location and venue name?
We had a beach wedding at El Dorado Casitas Royal in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The reception was held at Camden Falls Reception Hall in Tiffin, Ohio.
(photo via El Dorado Casitas Royale official website)
Who is the designer of your gown and where was it purchased?
The designer is Hayley Paige, the name of the gown is “Leighton” and it was purchased at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York.
(photo by Driely S. for Racked NY)
When did you know that your gown was “the one”?
My dress was the very last one I tried on at the bridal shop– I knew that it was the one for me as soon as I had seen it on the hanger in the dressing room. I could not wait to put it on. As soon as I put the gown on, that was the moment for me that made me feel like a real Bride.
What is your absolute favorite memory from your wedding day?
My absolute favorite memory was seeing my husband’s reaction when he turned around and saw me for the first time on our wedding day in Mexico. My favorite part of the reception day was being able to wear my dress again, and celebrating our marriage with friends and family.
Why did you want to get the gown cleaned and preserved?
When we got back from the wedding in Mexico, Kimmel Cleaners cleaned and pressed the dress for me, so that I was able to look my very best for the reception in Tiffin two weeks after we got back from our honeymoon. After the reception I brought my gown back to Kimmel Cleaners to have it preserved.
What made the wedding ceremony feel extra special?
For us, simply standing there on the beach in Mexico with all our parents made it extra special. My gown made me feel especially beautiful each time I was able to wear it.
Why did you decide to get the gown cleaned by a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists?
I decided to get my gown first cleaned and pressed, then preserved after the reception by Kimmel Cleaners because they are “the Best”. When I dropped my dress off to be cleaned after walking along the beach, and all through the resort in Mexico for pictures, and then back on the plane home, stuffed in a carry-on, I remained calm knowing that my gown is in capable hands. Kathy and all the ladies at Kimmel Cleaners made me feel so comfortable and assured me the gentle care they would use to clean, press, remove my belt and refasten it after they cleaned it so it would be perfect for my reception, and it was!! My gown was so perfect for the reception I could not have asked for a better experience or customer service from Kimmel Cleaners.
Photo credit (except where specified otherwise): Photography By LuAnn