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

4 Keys to Losing Weight for Your Wedding

Hi All! It’s Britt, bridal tailor here with Modern Cottage Bridal. I got the chance to chat with Derek, personal trainer with Beginner Fitness Solutions, and he shared with me his top 4 keys to losing weight. Keep in mind, if your wedding is this spring, summer, or fall, your goal date should be your first fitting. From there on out, plan on staying the same weight (as best as you can) to make your alterations journey easier. If you still have time to work on your goal before your first fitting, check out Derek’s top tips below:

Set a Goal

Every great achievement began with a simple goal in mind. But not just any goal will do. There are a few parameters that can help increase your likelihood of success when setting a goal. First off, it needs to be specific. Simply stating that you want to “lose weight” is too general. It needs to be measurable so that there’s some way to track progress over time. That can be anything from a desired weight, your body fat %, or even a specific number of inches lost around your waist. Lastly make sure that the goal you select is attainable. Be realistic when setting a goal, don’t set yourself up for failure before you’ve even begun. Losing 100lbs in 3 months just isn’t going to happen…In fact anything more than 10lbs a month is going to be pretty unlikely.

Let That Goal Become Your Top Priority

When you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen. There are endless excuses for why people fail when it comes to losing weight. “I don’t have time”, “I can’t afford it”, “I don’t know what I’m doing” …But ultimately what it all boils down to is that it just wasn’t important enough. In order to be successful, your life must revolve around your goal. Everything must come second to doing what it takes to succeed. Whether that means sleeping less, skipping out on social gatherings, or giving up chocolate ice cream for three months.

Have a Plan

A goal without a plan is just a wish. You’re not going to reach your goal by continuing to do the same thing you’ve been doing for the past 5 years. You need to set weekly tasks for you to achieve that will ultimately lead to your overall goal. They should be things such as, complete three workouts a week, eat no more than 1500 calories a day, or weigh in once a week. Whatever they are, just make sure they reflect your goal. If after a couple weeks you notice you’re not seeing the change you were hoping for, change up the plan, not the goal.

Beginner Fitness Solutions

Believe in Yourself

What the mind believes, the body can achieve. The mind is truly a powerful thing and if you don’t believe that you’re going to succeed, then most likely you won’t. Positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes, so in times of struggle (and believe me, you’re going to struggle) it’s absolutely essential to build yourself up. Remind yourself how strong you are, think about how hard you’ve worked, and how badly you want to succeed. Doing this will help keep you focused, motivated, and on track.

If you need help coming up with a plan or would like a little more support and accountability feel free to contact me by visiting our website at


Beginner Fitness Solutions

Makeup Looks for Your Wedding

Hey guys! It’s Britt with Modern Cottage. This week’s topic is makeup looks for your wedding. We had the chance to talk to Maya Bates with Maya Beauty Co. She shared with us her favorite wedding makeup looks. Here are Maya’s make up look recommendations for your wedding day:

Shelley K Photography

“It is such an honor to make up the bride on her special day. In order to attain the brides desired look, we chat rather extensively about what kind of look she is going for. This includes the theme of the wedding, location, indoor/outdoor, time of day, colors, style of dresses, flowers, etc. This allows a good visual for me. I always offer my brides a makeup trial run that I like to do a few weeks before the ceremony. It is very helpful for the bride as well!

Let’s be honest, it can be scary having someone do your makeup for fear you’ll end up looking like a clown. I’m very picky when someone else does my makeup, so I completely understand. I encourage the bride to start a Pinterest board or such of makeup looks she wants. A number of times, a bride will desire a certain look, such as a smokey eye but then once they have it on, they realize this is not what the they want and may change to a more natural look. This is why a trial run is so important. 

Shelley K Photography

While I love a smokey eye or a bold lip, my favorite and most common bridal look is natural with a little bit more than normal. This means flawless, glowy skin, contour, and highlights in all the right places, and lots of attention to the eyes. Lashes are usually a common request. A complementary lip color finishes up the look. When makeup is done right, you see her beauty, not her makeup. “

Shelley K Photography

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed these wedding makeup recommendations. I highly recommend Maya Beauty Co, she does a fantastic job! I’ve seen her in action at a handful of weddings. Go check her out check out her website and Instagram. If you need any help styling your look as your bridal accessories to compliment your makeup, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email via our contact page.

When to Use a Petticoat

Hey guys it’s Britt with Modern Cottage Bridal. Today’s tailor your wedding tip is to ask your seamstress about a petticoat. This tip is great for you if you are looking to add more volume to your skirt, and to fill out the under layer. You might be thinking what is a petticoat? A petticoat is the extra volume or under skirt that goes underneath your wedding dress. Sometimes I hear people call it “cupcake” or “prairie skirt” or “that under skirt thingamajig.”

You know what I mean. Anyway, that “thing” called a petticoat.

Here at modern cottage you can request a petticoat when you schedule your first fitting online. From there I will more than likely be requesting a picture of your dress just so that I can have the right petticoat pulled out for you to try to dry out. Now if you’re on the opposite spectrum of things and you’re thinking: “I don’t want to add more volume.” Let’s say you want to maybe de-fluff your dress. That’s possible too. We can actually remove part of the volume of the under skirt that’s built into your dress. So check those options out when you are scheduling your first fitting with Modern Cottage Bridal and have a blessed day!

You can schedule your first fitting here, and add a petticoat at checkout.

I can’t wait to see the dress you picked out!


The Bridal Tailor

Wedding Dress Preservation

Hey all! Britt here, your bridal tailor.  Is your wedding dress sitting in your closet with stains from your wedding day?  Depending on how long your dress has had stains you may not be able to take your dress to the dry cleaners.  Some dry cleaners can’t get out wedding dress stains that have sat longer than a few weeks.  A wedding dress preservation might be the better fit for you if your dress has stayed put longer.

We do gown preservation here at Modern Cottage.  We help you through the whole process with Wedding Gown Preservation Company.  Our certified specialists are absolutely amazing about the care for your gown.  Vintage wedding dresses receive extra special care and are sent to a specialty team for any repairs or special coloring troubleshooting.

If you are looking to keep your dress to share with generations to come, I highly recommend getting your wedding dress preserved.  It’s refreshing to see your dress brought back to life and to know that it will be the same condition as when you first fell in love with it.  Any missing beads, tears, or snags are also repaired with a gown preservation.  You can also request 3 accessories to be preserved with your dress for free. Accessories include veils, clutches, broaches, hairpieces, etc.

You gown comes back with original color, stain free, and completely repaired.  The process takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete.  If you are having a reception separate from your ceremony at a later date, we recommend seeing a dry cleaner between events then getting your dress preserved. If your dress has been in storage with stains for quite some time, if not decades, don’t worry, Wedding Gown Preservation can get it out.  I was absolutely amazed by the results from a stunning 1950s wedding dress that came back with original ivory color, brighter, and looking like new.

You can schedule your gown cleaning, or request a shipping kit online here.

Top 4 Semi Formal Holiday Dresses & Suits to Rent

Happy Holidays from the cottage! It’s Britt here, fine clothing tailor.  Sometime we get invited last minute to a formal Christmas party. Renting your formal wear allows variety between special events without the pile up of formal wear in your closet.  Check out my top 2 picks for dress rentals for the holidays from our favorite dress rental company.  I have also listed my top 2 picks for men’s formal suits that are available for rent though Modern Cottage.  You can rent local or long distance for any of these looks with availability to ship directly to your doorstep.

Holiday Dress Rental Looks

Emerald Tosha Dress

Red Ink Shoulder Dress

Men’s Holiday Suit Rentals

Ultra Slim Grey Plaid Canyon Suit

Ultra Slim Grey Plaid Hamilton Suit

If you are looking to dress up for your next formal holiday event, we have a variety of suit rentals to choose from.  See our Tuxedo Rental page for more info or text us with questions.


Fine Clothing Tailor





New in Menswear

It seems like menswear takes on a definite new trend about every decade. Here and there we see fads, but ultimately men have trends that stick around for a bit.

So what’s the new trend that’s staying around?

There are two new trends that are here to stay for a bit.

  1. Cuffed dress slacks
  2. Tapered dress slacks

So how do you get this look?

You can request a slim fit or modern slim fit taper to your dress slack to update your look. Ask your tailor about adding a cuff to your dress pants.

Here at Modern Cottage it’s only $4 extra to add a cuff.

So how do you know if it’s doable for the pant style?

Generally a cuff looks great on a slim fit style pant leg. If you go with a modern slim fit pant leg, I recommend keeping it simple. Don’t forget to find the right socks. You can mix it up with fun prints but be sure to match either the shoe or the pant color.

How do you identify trends that may not be around for very long?

Take a look at the article of clothing or accessory. Is it simple? Is it brightly colored, very different, floral or apart from what you might call a classic look? For instance: floral bow ties are feminine, brightly colored and may only be trending a few years. Most fads or short trends in menswear happen with accessories. Generally, the cut and fit of your suit will stick around for a decade. Then there’s always the classic fit, which you can never go wrong with.

So as you are out and about shopping for your next look, remember that your accessories are best used for very trendy styles. If you want to stand out, think about a new watch, new shoes and new tie. You can also have your dress slacks tailored to fit the new trends. When looking at new trends and deciding if you want to follow, always remember your own unique style. Just because some gentlemen are wearing certain styles, doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Maybe you might find a different look more suitable for you.

As always I am here to answer any questions you may have,


The Bridal Tailor

Wedding Dress Alterations: Tips & Timeline

Hello! You deserve to have a dress that fits perfectly, and I’m here to tell you it’s totally possible. Here is your wedding dress timeline, if you are not in alignment with this timeline, shoot me a message and I’d love to help you make a new game plan to ensure the perfect fit!

Custom Wedding Dress Timeline

  • 12-8 Months: Sketches and fabric samples.
  • 8-6 Months: Order your custom wedding dress.
  • 6-4 Months: Draping, sample pattern fittings.
  • 4-2 Months: Dress is made and ready for regular alteration fittings.
  • 4-6 weeks: At this time you should have your accessories & be planning you second or final fitting.
  • 2-3 weeks: Your final fitting will be scheduled during this time as it insures the best fit for your wedding day.
  • Your wedding week: If you have requested your dress be steamed, you will have a scheduled pick up during this week.
  • Keep in mind the number of fittings is dependent upon the style of dress you choose.
  • We accept bookings all across the Pacific Northwest, specifically serving Walla Walla, Boise, and La Grande. Dresses are made to the closest fit and our seamstresses are available to travel to you.

Wedding Dress Alterations Timeline

  • 12-8 weeks: Dress has arrived and is ready for regular alteration fittings.
  • 4-6 weeks: At this time you should have your accessories & be planning you second or final fitting.
  • 2-3 weeks: Your final fitting will be scheduled during this time as it insures the best fit for your wedding day.
  • Your wedding week: If you have requested your dress be steamed, you will have a scheduled pick up during this week.
  • Keep in mind the number of fittings is dependent upon the style of dress you choose.

Wedding Dress Alterations: Tips

  • Always go the next size up! Your consultant might try to convince you to go the size that’s barely too small, but they may not know the structure of the dress.  It can’t hurt to go on the larger side if you are already having fit issues. This is especially true with fit n’ flare dresses.
  • Wear you shoes to your first appointment.  Be sure to bring the exact shoes you will be wearing when you walk down the isle.  Half an inch can make all the difference, so this is key.
  • Just bring you.  It’s important that your voice be heard in the way you want your dress to fit.    If you really want to show off your dress, bring someone close to you, someone who values your opinion.
  • Schedule your hair trial for the same day you have your final fitting.
  • Have someone else pick up your dress after it is steamed.  Have a bridesmaid, or family friend pick up your wedding dress.

If you have any further questions, or if you are looking for an estimate on your wedding dress alterations, please see our price list here.


Top 5 Ways to use a Vintage Wedding Dress

No. 1: Wearing your vintage wedding dress

If you are only a few inches away from squeezing into the family dress, you can request a corset kit to match.  Most vintage dresses are not made with forgiving seams.  If you are local to Walla Walla, Washington, Boise, Idaho, or La Grande, Oregon, I serve these areas for wedding dress alterations.  You can see pricing here.

No. 2: Recycle it

Order a simple wedding dress that is the silhouette you are dreaming of.  Then work one-on-one with a wedding dress designer to create innovative ways to include fabrics from the vintage wedding dress.  Please, don’t try to reconstruct the original dress to be an entirely different dress.  If you are just removing sleeves, or making some adjustments to the neckline, then by all means, rock the original dress on your wedding day. Most vintage wedding dresses were made with little to no under structure. Keep this in mind with recycling.  You can brainstorm some more ideas with me here.

No. 3: Put it in your bouquet

This one is a super simple way to include grandma or mom as you walk down the isle.  It’s the perfect “something old” to add to your wedding day.  This option is perfect if the vintage wedding dress has lace applique.  Talk with your local florist about ways to add the fabric to your bouquet.  Local seamstresses can also make fabric flowers for you to add to your floral arrangements.  Here are a few of my favorite local florists:

La Grande, Baker City, Pendleton, Oregon: Fitzgerald Flowers  Succulent Hub

Walla Walla, Washington: Holly’s Floral Boutique

Boise, Idaho: Flowers At Will

No. 4: Add it to your garter set

A custom garter set is a budget friendly way to add that “something old” to your wedding accessories.  Your seamstress can use the lace applique or create a fabric flower to incorporate with your garter design.  We specialize in custom garters and ship them nationally.  You can schedule a free consultation here.


No. 5: Preserve it and display 

Once you dress is cleaned and preserved, you could pick up a vintage mannequin to display the dress on next to a family picture display.  You can preserve and clean your gown by scheduling a cleaning or ordering a cleaning kit here.

If you need help with your project, your first consult with me is free.  Visit our scheduling page to book your first meeting. I look forward to helping you brainstorm your wedding project!