Custom Gowns

Your custom gown begins to take form during a personal consultation with our designer, Alicia V. Ybarra. It’s the first step on a journey to a unique, wearable work of art that brings out your inner beauty.


This first appointment takes about an hour. You may want Alicia to redesign a vintage heirloom gown to make it your own or you may have her create an original couture piece of art which is completely new. No matter what gown you have in mind, the process begins with listening. Bring your Pinterest board, photos and ideas. During the conversation Alicia will ask specific questions to understand your dream. Alicia will sketch the gown as you are visiting and then help you choose design details, colors, laces and fabrics that fit your vision, body and style.

This brief video shows how our design process flows from the initial consultation to the day you pick up your custom gown.

Ready to begin? Schedule a consultation today.


“Alicia was amazing from the very first time I consulted with her. She listened to all my ideas of my dream wedding dress and put her pencil to work. When she showed me her sketch, it truly was the dress I had envisioned! From that point on, we tweaked little things at each fitting. I love details and she tuned into that, making sure I was pleased with the result. Her staff also was very polite and accommodating. I couldn’t have asked more from my experience!”

“Alicia, you and your team are A+ on customer service! From my initial meeting with you to provide the sketch and pricing on my custom dress, to the always-on-time delivery at each fitting, to the perfect finished product: A gorgeous dress, perfectly executed.”

"I was impressed how you were able to take my photos and input and meld them together to complete my vision. Your seamstresses were also very knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you for a beautiful dress and positive experience.”

“Alicia is very creative and easy to work with. She took the time to listen, clarify and sketch as we talked. I was free to make changes, suggestions and requests on her sketches until it matched what I had in mind. She made suggestions as we went where I got stuck or was unsure. The fittings were quick and easy and suggestions were met with graciousness. I will be going back to her for all my future needs for custom work, alterations, sizing, etc. I just can’t say enough positive things about Alicia and her team!”

“Alicia and her entire team were a DREAM to work with! Alicia took my nebulous inkling of an idea about my dress and turned it into a beautiful reality that I didn’t want to take off! I cannot recommend her highly enough. Absolutely magnificent craftsmanship and top-notch service!”

Design Process

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    Sit down for a consultation with our designer Alicia and share your ideas and inspiration as she sketches your future dream gown right in front of you!

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    During the consultation you will feel the fabrics and laces and Alicia will help you to choose the perfect combination for your gown.

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    Lining Fitting

    Your lining fitting may feel a little like trying your dress on inside out. This important stage allows Alicia to fit the dress perfectly to your body and allows for design adjustments.

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    First Fitting

    This is where you will begin to see your dress come to life! It will be cut and sewn in your fabrics, and any necessary size adjustments will be made.

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    Additional Fittings

    At each of your additional fittings you will be a part of the design process as decisions on details such as beadwork and appliques are added and adjusted until your masterpiece is realized.

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    Final Fitting

    Your dress is finished! All final adjustments have been made and your hem and zipper are in. Your dress will be bustled for dancing and we will schedule a steaming, spot cleaning and pick-up date.

Vanya Brides

A Vanya bride is so many things - unique, beautiful and above all loved. We strive to work with each and every one of our brides to create a one of a kind look, bringing each dream gown to life in a way that helps showcase the unique beauty of the woman underneath. You are Beautiful. You are Loved.

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