From the beginning, Alice was wonderfully supportive. Her input was direct and expert, and she guided me through each key decision. She managed to see the dress through my eyes, and I looked forward to each and every fitting with her. –Mary Dawn Hennessy, Bride

The Bride: Mary Dawn

The Location: The Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria and Pillar & Post Hotel, Ontario, Canada


The Process: After her mother passed away the year prior to her wedding, Mary Dawn had the notion to celebrate her by creating an updated version of her wedding dress to wear at her own nuptials. Creating beautiful custom wedding gowns inspired by family heirloom dresses is a passion of Alice’s. From their very first consultation, Mary Dawn saw that Alice’s vision for the recreated dress would honor her mother while also creating a beautiful, fresh look for her day.

For this type of gown, Alice worked closely with Mary Dawn to create a concept for the dress, guiding the process through fittings and discussion. In the weeks leading up to the event, Alice was even able to create a traditional bonnet to go with the ensemble, made out of fabric from Mary Dawn’s mother.

Mary Dawn says, “The final product was perfect in every way. It featured some very clever design, including a train that attached not with hooks, but with a belt. The fabric was quality, and the look was all I had hoped for. I was so proud to wear it on my wedding day, and I’m so grateful to Alice for helping me to realize it.”

The Dress: The dress of Mary Dawn’s mother was a 1950s-style duchess satin and organza gown with leaf detailing. Alice Padrul’s custom creation honors this and added a detachable train, for ease of transition from ceremony to reception.

Photos of the wedding courtesy of Reed Photography; other photos courtesy of the bride

We love to design custom dresses, so if you are interested in creating your own special look, please get in touch with us!

“Julianne and Kelley were always glowing, happy and excited after meeting with Alice and Gene!” – Nicole of LK Events, Senior Event Consultant

 The Brides: Julianne + Kelley

 The Location: The Rookery Building in Chicago, Illinois

 The Search: Julianne and Kelley both knew that they wanted to wear something completely unique on their wedding day. While Kelley wanted something that no other bride could find on a rack, Julianne sought something even more specific: a period suit inspired by Les Miserables and Downton Abbey. After finding our studio through Facebook, the two brides were impressed by our enthusiasm and expertise, and began the process of creating completely custom attire with Alice as their designer.

 The Dress and the Suit: Julianne and Kelley were both thrilled with their one-of-a-kind looks. Julianne’s suit was constructed from all silk shantung and based on the costuming of the 18th century French Revolution. Kelley’s dress complimented Julianne’s suit in color, and was inspired by Art Deco styles typical of the designer Mariano Fortuny. It was constructed from French cut chiffon, and included custom made jewelry as well. For this type of custom work, Alice enjoys delving her knowledge of aesthetics and fabric in addition to historical costuming in order to create contemporary looks that are accurate, flattering, and elegant.

The Wedding Day: Wearing their perfect wedding attire, Julianne and Kelley had their first look in the lobby of the Hotel Burnham, and then spent time in Olive Park for photographs. When they entered The Rookery for their ceremony, all of the guests were completely impressed by the detail and beauty of their apparel. The whole evening was wonderful, and we were happy to be able to create the custom couture which completed the picture. We wish you many happy years together, Julianne + Kelley!

We love to design custom dresses, so if you are interested in creating your own special look, please contact us!

The day you celebrate your unique love story will be special for so many reasons. From the company you invite to share the time with you to the delightful food and drink you experience, to the laughter and unexpected small moments, everything on your wedding day unfolds with significance and joy.

Your perfect wedding dress complements your ideal day completely. Whether it’s a style of dress you’ve dreamed about forever, a look that is designed just for you, or a reconstruction of your grandmother’s vintage gown, Alice Padrul and a team of experienced tailors creates an experience that honors your love story and a dress that will be part of your happy memories forever.

Here at Alice Padrul Bridal Couture, there are three approaches toward your ultimate wedding dress:

The Alice Padrul Wedding Dress Collection: Designed by Alice and constructed from some of the finest domestic and imported fabrics, the Alice Padrul Wedding Dress Collection features new gowns each season that are exclusive to our studio. Fall in love with one of these beauties and it can be ordered and tailored with ease to fit you perfectly.

The Personalized Alice Padrul Wedding Dress: For brides that want to add small personalized elements to their dress, all the way to those that want parts of two or three of our gowns combined, we love to work with you to fashion the dress that you have in mind from the styles we present through our collection.

The Custom Couture Alice Padrul Wedding Dress: From concept to creation, this is a completely custom couture experience for the bride that has a vision of her dress that will be made into stylish reality by Alice Padrul and her team, including completely innovative and new designs, as well as reconstructions of vintage dresses.

Your initial appointment with Alice Padrul Bridal Couture requires a $100 fee, which will be applied as a credit toward the purchase of your dress.

Regardless of the approach you choose, the result is a dress that fits you and your beautiful wedding day, and will be remembered and cherished for many years to come.

To see the Alice Padrul Wedding Dress Collection, visit our gallery. And for more information on personalized gowns and the custom couture experience, contact us!

“From the exquisite fabrics to Alice’s brilliance, my daughter ended up with the dress of her dreams- a masterpiece!” -Marcy, Mother of the Bride

The Bride: Jennifer

The Location: The Milwaukee Museum of Art, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Search: A series of visits to many top bridal salons in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas left Jennifer and her mother, Marcy, feeling anxious about finding the dress. Luckily for them, the first gown they tried on at our studio was The Anna from our Alice Padrul Wedding Dress Collection. The moment Jennifer put on the dress, she fell in love and knew it was The One!

The Dress: The Anna is a strapless mermaid gown made with imported Belgian Bruges cotton lace, which creates an intricate patterning on the entire dress and an elegantly feminine silhouette. We were thrilled to be able to work with Jennifer in order to customize her gown in a variety of ways. We ornamented Jennifer’s wedding dress with a line of pearl and Swarovski crystal buttons along the back, and finished her delicate and romantic style with a custom designed organza sash and handmade flower crafted from the same Belgian Bruge cotton lace as the dress itself. A custom headpiece completed the look from head to toe.

The Wedding Day: Jennifer and her groom, Josh, were married in August at the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and Photographic Memories by The Oberstadts were there in order to capture beautiful images of the day. We are thrilled that we could be part of this special occasion, and wish Jennifer and Josh many happy years together!