Wedding Dress Preservation

Monet + Trinity | Wallowa Lake Wedding

Bride Monet brought her stunning @enzoani wedding dress to us in need of alterations for her wedding day. With a few adjustments to the bodice, straps, and multilayered hemline, we found the right fit.

I love seeing how everything came together for their big day! Wallowa Lake certainly has my heart since my home town isn’t too far from there.

If you are getting married in October 2023 or November 2023, don’t wait to grab your August alterations spot. Text us at 208-696-1155 to schedule an appointment.

If you haven’t already, go check out these wonderful vendors on Instagram:

Venue: @wallowalakelodge

Photography: @ahleesimoments

Makeup: @ashleyannemakeup

Bridgett & Vincent | White Barn Estate | La Grande, Oregon

Hello! Britt here, creator of Modern Cottage. I just loved Bridgett & Vincent’s story and wedding style, I had to share! Bridgett brought the most beautiful Lillian West gown to our cottage for tailoring last year. I loved helping her find the perfect fit. Here’s more about their story:

“We met working at a Shell gas station in college. He proposed on a bike ride with the view of mount Rainier in the background. “


I love simple love stories like this one! Scroll down below to see more highlights from their special day, and the creative behind the scenes.

Cake by Jane Cole | Tailoring by Modern Cottage Bridal | Gown from Amy’s Bridal | Flowers by Fitzgerald Flowers | Wedding Planner Renetta Prince | Photos by Blackbird Photography

Alisha & Kainoa

Lace Wedding Dress with Sleeves and Open Back

Blackbird Photography

When Alisha brought her gown to our little cottage, I was thrilled to help her make her dress as unique as her. She had vision to remove some additional details from the back of her gown to make it an open back lace dress. In addition, she requested to remove the bottom half of the underskirt lining to create an illusion skirt. Along with those aesthetic adjustments and other alterations here and there, we checked off her alterations early.

” Kainoa and I first met at the gym. We were friends and our first “date” was at Stockshow in 2014. He asked me if I could swing dance. I let him twirl me around the dance floor and showed him a thing or two. We danced all night and that is pretty much the spark that created many more dates after that.

He proposed October 2018 at the pumpkin patch in Imbler. We took our son out there and little did I know, him and our Summit had it all planned. I turned around and he was down on one knee with a beautiful shiny ring. I was so excited/emotional that after about 5 minutes Kainoa was all “uh…are you going to say yes or….?” Haha.”


Kianoa had a vision for his look too. Grey suits paired with burgundy accents. I have to say, I think the best dressed of all was Summit, but I might be partial because he’s so stinking cute. I really enjoyed assisting the gentlemen with fittings and helping them fine tune all of the tuxedo rental details.

I think the funniest part of our wedding was (and still is) the fact that the weather was by far the worst part of the day. It was the WORST day in October and even now, going into November, it’s the worst weather we’ve had yet haha. It was like 90mph winds, down poured all day and it never let up! I had to hide in the luxury bathroom (porta potty) right outside the barn doors before my big entrance! Haha
My friend had to knock on the door and tell me: “you’re up!” As a stand in the pouring rain and wind as they open the barn doors to walk down the aisle. Let’s just say, I think my grand entrance made a statement!


I might be old school in saying this, but rainy days are good luck on your wedding day. It’s moments like walking in White Barn after hairy weather that are truly a treasure. Scroll down for more sweet images from Alisha & Kainoa’s wedding day.



-The Bridal Tailor


Venue: White Barn Estate

Photographer: Blackbird Photography

Dress: Brilliant Bridal

Tuxedo Rentals: Modern Cottage Bridal

Flowers: Fitzgerald Flowers

Catering: Local Harvest

DJ: Empire Entertainment

Bride smiling on her wedding day

Oregon Wedding Venue with Camping

Jamie & Dallas

When Jamie first popped by our little cottage with her gorgeous floral layered lace gown, I was in awe of how unique it was! Jamie & Dallas chose to get married at the beautiful Emigrant Springs State park nestled near the summit of the Blue Mountains. Emigrant Springs rests in the heart of an old growth forest. They have several amenities which I will talk more about later in this article, but first here’s a bit about their story.

” Dallas and I met in high school, and actually were each other’s first boyfriend/girlfriend and first kiss. As most teen love stories tend to go, I ‘broke his heart’ at the tender age of 16. Him, being the stubborn man that he is, did not talk to me for the next 8 years (all while living in the same town, and two of those years, attending the same small high school– not the easiest feat). We finally reconnected in 2017 and began dating again. About 6 months into our relationship, he proposed outside of my mom and stepdad’s house (where we had our first kiss back in high school) and had my entire family and all of my friends there to witness the whole thing. It was absolutely perfect, and we celebrated the rest of the night! Fast forward to our wedding day.. It was everything I had imagined it to be. We were surrounded by so many loved ones, and I am constantly wishing we could re-live it! We have the memories to look back on though, and of course, the future ahead of us to look forward to!”

Photo of bride and groom at an Oregon Venue with Camping
El Jardin Photography

There’s some kind of magic in love stories where you reconnect. Jamie & Dallas had a beautiful wedding hosted by Emigrant springs. In case you don’t know of the state park here are some of the amenities they provide:

  • 16 full hookup sites
  • Five sites open year round (water available only at restroom/shower building in winter)
  • 1 electrical site with water (closed in winter)
  • 32 tent sites with water nearby (closed in winter)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Horse camp with seven sites (closed in winter)
  • Six rustic log cabins (four pet-friendly; and one cabin duplex (cabins open year round)
  • Group tent camp (closed in winter)
  • Community Building call park for reservations 541-983-2277

A venue such as this state park is a great option for hosting several out of town guests, especially if they plan on staying for a bit!

All in all, I have to say, Dallas and Jamie’s wedding was a true inspiration for a forest wedding. Scroll down to see more of the magic behind their wedding day!


The Bridal Tailor

Photo of bride and groom at an Oregon wedding venue with camping
El Jardin Photography

“I would highly recommend Modern Cottage to a friend. Brittanie was amazing to work with and so helpful! She pays attention to small details and is flexible when it comes to last minute appointments. She even “mapped” out my bustle with a hand-drawn picture of my dress, to make bustling easier for my maid of honor. I just love how accommodating and friendly Brittanie is. I never once felt uncomfortable, and she made my dress fit like a glove!! “

Photo of bridesmaids in blue dresses in a forest wedding
El Jardin Photography
Photo of bridesmaids in blue dresses at a forest wedding
El Jardin Photography
Photo of bride with hair down and broach
El Jardin Photography

Creative Team:

Venue: Emigrant Springs State Park

Photographer: El Jardin Photography

Cake: Tiny Cakes La Grande

Wedding Dress Alterations: Modern Cottage Bridal

Florist: Cherry’s Florist

DJ: Clint Williams

Ask an MC Bride: Stormey

Hey all! It’s Britt with Modern Cottage bridal, and I am so excited today to share with you our bride Stormey’s story about her wedding. She came to us last summer with an idea to incorporate her mom’s wedding dress. Pieces of her mom’s wedding dress were used with hers and after some brainstorming. We decided to take the lace applique and attach it to a detachable train that I created for the special project. You can see featured below pictures of her on her wedding day. We also got the chance to hear her tell a little bit about her wedding story and her experience with Modern Cottage Bridal. So here it is!

My husband and I met after his high school dance when we were 15 and 16. He was my first love, it’s pretty crazy to think of how far we have come. When Cody and I got engaged I was so excited to marry him and plan a beautiful day to celebrate our love with our friends and family. I told my mom, and just had to try on her wedding dress like I had done when I was a little girl! My mom was married in 91′ so as you can imagine the style was pretty different than it is now. Poofy sleeves, lots of jewels and sparkles and gigantic train. But I still wished I could have something of hers with me on my wedding day. With my mom and sisters brainstorming we decided to use lace from her train and add it to a veil to go with my dress.

PC: Jenna Jaquith

I went to Brittanie for my alteration and told her about my veil ideas. She Suggested that I consider doing a custom detachable train with the lace instead. I instantly loved the idea! I had always wanted a train but my dress did not have one at all. She created the perfect train to take my dress to the next level! I absolutely love it. And I got to have a piece of my moms dress with mine. Our wedding was up n the woods, it was very simple and romantic. We only used flowers to decorate. My father Made a wedding arch for us out of beautiful birch trees. My dress fit the environment so well. After the ceremony I was able to unfasten my train so I could easily dance without dealing with it. Brittanie did a wonderful job!”

PC: Jenna Jaquith

If you are looking to customize your dress or order a custom dress please see visit our contact page to get started. You can always add us on Pinterest @thismoderncottage to do some brainstorming.


The Bridal Tailor