Beyond the White Gown

Just because Queen Victoria wore white on her wedding day doesn’t mean you have to. White wedding gowns and long dresses are the more traditional choice for brides-to-be, but don’t be afraid to go against the grain. It feels natural to follow along with tradition, but you might just fall in love with the most unorthodox dress. If you do, GO. FOR. IT!

There are many new and old trends popping up that are defying tradition. We love the uniqueness of these trends and the way it breathes new life into this very special day. That being said, we also adore traditional white wedding gowns too. It is just refreshing to start to see more variation in the direction brides choose to go.

Here are some recent trends and ideas for brides hoping to take a new route for their dress:

  • Jumpsuits! – This is such a fun trend that we have been seeing more and more of lately. There are more designers beginning to design jumpsuits specifically for weddings. Such a bold and brave outfit on your wedding day. We LOVE it!
  • Colors! – Think reds, emerald greens, fiery oranges, blues, and more. Adding a colorful gown creates a more playful and free-spirited vibe to your day. Plus, if you know what YOUR color is, then you will truly be shining! 
  • Patterns! – Go wild with your patterns. Your dress does not need to be a solid color. Find a pattern that speaks to who you are and wear it loudly!
  • Tulle Skirts + Dresses! – A really beautiful trend we have been seeing, simple dresses made out of tulle, and occasionally these dresses have hand-crafted embroidery across the bodice. These dresses are gorgeous! 
  • Mini Dresses! – Your wedding dress does not need to be long. There is a whole world out there of short bridal dresses with a wide assortment of designs and styles. Have a look at these! So unique and flattering!

Whatever wedding dress route you choose, just make sure you feel comfortable! This is truly the most important thing. And for some brides, feeling comfortable is wearing that jumpsuit, or the bright red dress, or the mini dress. Finding what works for your personality and aesthetics will be different for all. Follow your gut, and don’t let tradition stop you from wearing what makes you feel best!

A New Wave of Elopers

The pandemic has brought on a new wave of eloping couples. Many brides and grooms with large weddings decided to go forward with elopements. Prior to the pandemic, adventure and destination elopements were becoming more and more popular. Now, frankly they are the safest option with the unpredictability of the pandemic, and they might have always been the most romantic. 

Though having family and friends to celebrate these milestones in our lives is always so special, for this particular moment, sometimes it is even more important to truly devote this day solely to your partner for life. Your wedding day is a rite of passage into this next chapter of your life alongside your partner. Elopements offer a total immersion into the deep, unconditional love of you and your partner on your wedding day. 

For local brides and destination brides, Maui is an awe-inspiring island filled with the most beautiful and magical places. There are so many gorgeous spots waiting to be explored! In the chaos of the wedding day, prepping, planning, following the day(s) of events, there isn’t much time to truly indulge in the moment and take in all that Maui has to offer. When you choose to elope on Maui, the island becomes your oyster and there is much more space to enjoy Maui’s beauty in your own rhythm and time. 

Why elope?

  • It is usually much more affordable (depending on your destination of choice)
  • It is significantly more romantic and intimate
  • Your love is united with a day truly devoted to your love for each other
  • Your elopement will most certainly be a day long remembered
  • There is more flexibility in terms of dates, planning, and locations
  • It is a thrilling adventure 

Why elope on Maui?

  • There is endless beauty in every corner of this island
  • There are numerous professional elopement planners 
  • You will find incredible elopement photographers ready to capture your special moments
  • Being a hot-spot for destination weddings, Maui has a surplus of wedding vendors ready to assist with wedding attire, floral arrangements, hair, and more. (Check out for various vendors)
  • It will be a true and unforgettable adventure
  • People don’t say Maui is magic for nothing
  • Maui offers the opportunity to elope and honeymoon all in one place

This past year we have had the opportunity to work with several Brides that had planned elopements. Below is a picture of Bride Hayden with her husband and Bride Priscilla with her husband on their elopement adventures. Local and destination brides, send us a message if you are in need of an Alterations Specialist or Dressmaker for your wedding attire. Email Happy eloping!

Restyling Your Wardrobe

Restyling your clothing is always a fun adventure and a fabulous way to turn your clothes into something you will love. We want to share some of our recent restyles to inspire you to reimagine your clothing! 

We worked with our awesome client Penny on a few of her garments these last few weeks. Penny has so much fun with her clothing and has such a unique style. The restyles we did for her clothing are a great example of how you can transform, restyle, or upcycle your clothing! 

Penny brought us a fuzzy pink sweater from Target’s girls clothing line and a jean jacket to restyle. For her jean jacket, we added this amazing tiger fabric to the back, with some fun ball fringe across the top. A great way to add something uniquely YOU to a simple jean jacket. For the pink sweater, we split it straight down the middle and turned it into a cool jacket for Penny to wear. This is a wonderful idea for anyone looking to upcycle sweaters to give them a new fashionable look.

There are infinite possibilities when it comes to restyling your clothing! Get creative, find that spark that is uniquely you, and most importantly have fun reimagining and redesigning your favorite garments! What are your favorite ways to restyle clothing? Comment below!

For restyling and upcycling needs please get in touch with us. We love jazzing up our clients’ garments! Send an email to

Weddings in the era of COVID-19

Photography by Sean M. Hower (Maui Wedding Vacation Photography)

The start of 2020 began witha bang and a whole lot of promise. However, the pandemic quickly changed that and gave the entire world an unexpected shift of events. We, being a dressmaking and design studio, want to open up the conversation about weddings and the future of weddings in the era of covid-19. Share your thoughts or ideas in the comments below!

In 2019, the Hawaiian islands saw 20,058 weddings within one year. The Knot lists Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island as some of the best destination wedding locations. The average size of an American wedding is 167 people. The average wedding costs ranged from $27,000 to $44,000 between the years 2017 and 2018. So all of these numbers are to say, that for 1. Weddings are expensive! 2. Most weddings have over 100 people (not so easy to socially distance with crowds this big) and 3. Hawai’i ranks high on the list for destination wedding locations. 

Now, in the era of covid-19 when large crowds and numbers are not in the cards, and we are currently in a recession–and perhaps not trying to throw thousands of dollars into a wedding; how do we go about our dream weddings we once fantasized about? How do we make them just as special but without the large crowds and expenses? 

In re-imagining weddings and the future of weddings, our solutions are tiny weddings and elopements. Take the stress out of planning large and elaborate weddings and instead put it into making a beautifully, intimate wedding. Maybe it is simply just you and your partner, or maybe it is just your immediate family, maybe it is right in your backyard, or maybe it is in the jungles of Maui, on the slopes of Haleakalā, under the hidden waterfalls on Maui, or on the beach near the ocean. Suddenly when you downsize your wedding, the possibilities become infinite. Make your wedding day small, intimate, meaningful, and one that you can truly cherish and remember without all the extra stress.

Photography by Sean M. Hower (Maui Wedding Vacation Photography)

A client we worked with a few months ago, Priscilla, had a jungle elopement! Now that just sounds adventurous, beautiful, and exciting! Her wedding day looked surreal! We worked on her wedding dress for this beautiful elopement with her partner. Check out some photos from her elopement below. Photos by Sean M. Hower (Maui Wedding Vacation Photography). 

How are you reimaging your wedding during the pandemic? Comment your ideas below. And stay tuned for some more conversations and ideas about the future of weddings and some friends on Maui curating some dreamy tiny weddings.