“I could write a small novel filled with chapters from each appointment we had and still not be able to properly express what a joy it was to work with Brooks Ann.
At the beginning of our short engagement, the single most exciting and scary part of wedding planning was dress shopping. I was so full of hope, but then quickly disappointed with the options I saw in front of me – shop after shop. Between my petite stature and particular taste in dresses, it felt reckless to buy an expensive gown that required major alterations, and hope it would fit my body and make me feel beautiful on our wedding day.
Then, I found Brooks Ann. I honestly had no idea what I was in for after completing her thorough and thoughtful questionnaire. The testimonials I read spoke volumes; but, it felt too good to be true – until we met in person and kicked off our adventure.
I could write a small novel filled with chapters from each appointment we had and still not be able to properly express what a joy it was to work with Brooks Ann, especially amidst the typical challenges of wedding planning. Watching your couture wedding dress come to life is unlike anything else; there is just no comparison. On my wedding day. I got to put on the most beautiful dress I have ever seen or worn in my life. I was clothed in confidence and comfort, and I’ve never felt or looked more beautiful than when I wore my wedding dress from Brooks Ann.
She has an eye for beauty in all that she creates. Brooks Ann has developed such an intimate and unique experience for her clients, designed detailed and reliable systems for her couture dressmaking process, and she does all of this with careful professionalism, kindness, and grace. I’ll never forget this.”
“ The dress Brooks Ann created for me was nothing short of a masterpiece- the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen.
After trying on many dresses at almost every bridal shop in my area, I became exasperated at how all of the dresses seemed to look alike. I wanted a classic dress and I wanted REAL buttons that actually buttoned! I have always been “unique” and I wanted my wedding dress to reflect that.
There were several things that I needed that most people don’t: I needed the ability to walk with arm crutches, so the dress had to allow for that; and, since a train would be cumbersome, I needed the back of my dress to make a statement without interfering with my mobility. Brooks Ann looked at my challenges as puzzle-solving exercises, relishing in figuring out how to make my dress be at once beautiful and functional.
And, I got pockets out of the deal!
There were so many small details crafted into my dress design that made my life as a bride much easier. Examples of how she created a dress design especially for me are too numerous to mention!
It takes a very focused and patient person to put up with all of the craziness involved in wedding planning and Brooks Ann was those things and much more. We spent so much time together that she will always hold a special place in my heart. I really felt like I was a part of creating the design, although it was Brooks Ann’s sewing mastery that put our vision together.”
“ Brooks Ann is absolutely incredible.
I hoped to wear a dress similar to the gown my grandmother wore in 1949, but I couldn’t find anything like it in stores. From our first contact, Brooks Ann was wonderful–knowledgeable, practical, up front about the process and costs, flexible when it came to the design, and excited to help me create my vision!
Brooks Ann is a great listener, super creative, and so skilled at taking what’s in your brain and putting it on paper and then fabric! She also went above and beyond for me–when we couldn’t find a fabric that we loved, she found a custom fabric company and worked with them to create the perfect sheer floral silk! Her skills are beyond anything I’ve ever seen. She thinks through absolutely every detail.
The multiple fittings were so much fun and the fit and look turned out even better than I ever dreamed! I could not be happier with my custom dress! Stunning, perfect, and so special!”
“ As soon as I knew I was getting married,
I knew I would ask Brooks Ann to make my dress.
I do not love being the center of attention, and I was nervous about the whole spectacle of being a bride. Working with Brooks Ann on the design helped get me into the role, while her thoughtfulness and ease in the dress construction process started me on the path to enjoying it. By the time the dress was ready, I was too!
The dress is perfect– exquisitely made and unbelievably comfortable. Like favorite jeans pajamas comfort! Knowing the dress was made just for my body made me feel constantly attended-to and appreciated. I felt so good wearing it, and for what turned out to be a solid ten hours!
Every guest went out of their way to say how stunning and how ‘Sally’ the dress felt. I am so grateful to Brooks Ann for creating the foundation for a wonderful wedding experience.”
I couldn’t understand what was supposed to be so fun about looking for ‘the perfect dress.’ The experience was stressful and impersonal and the dresses lacked the simple, well-made style I was looking for.
I’m so thankful for finding Brooks Ann! Being a part of the creative process of designing my dress was hands down my favorite part of preparing for my wedding. She took so much care and was a true joy to work with. I felt so special and beautiful on our wedding day and the dress was incredibly comfortable.
The biggest compliment I kept getting over and over was, “That dress is SO you!” I am in awe of how she was able to capture all my ideas into one unique and flawless dress. Working with Brooks Ann was a delightful, memorable experience I will always cherish!”
When I found Brooks Ann, I had an idea in mind and a few pieces in my hand. But I had no idea that I would walk away with the most incredible, unique and beautiful accessories for my dress.
Throughout my wedding planning process, my visits to her studio were among the most anticipated events because they made it all feel real — I was really getting married. My entire experience with Brooks Ann made that build up special. Her professionalism and patience with my decision making process were second to none. Not to mention her eye for detail and craftsmanship.
I’m eternally grateful to Brooks Ann for creating the pieces I will hold dear for the rest of my life.”
I had approached seven other dressmakers and not one of them was willing to take on my project. I wanted to use my mothers dress material in my dress design, a wearable memory quilt. Brooks Ann listened to me and lit up over the project, like I did.
From that point on, I knew I was taken care of and my dress was going to be something I would treasure and pass on to the next generation. Brooks Ann “got me” through and through. She knew I wasn’t into ” the show”, I wanted an heirloom, a story.
She gave me the most beautiful story in that dress, and I got to make a dear friend in the process.”
“Brooks Ann was an absolute joy to work with…
…and during the chaos of planning a wedding, it was so nice to consult with someone so creative, insightful, talented, and patient.
Brooks Ann was determined to make my wedding dress exactly what I wanted it to be, even though I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted. It seemed like a daunting task at first, but Brooks Ann made it by far the most fun, least stressful part of the entire wedding planning process. She took a hundred different ideas and turned them into one single perfect dress that was exactly right for me, my figure, and my wedding. The dress that eventually came together was stunning, perfectly flattering, and perfectly unique. I can’t imagine my wedding day without it.”
…and wearing her creations on my wedding day.
I was a plus size bride marrying my partner of 24 years, and did not fit the traditional bride descriptions. I wanted an outfit that consisted of pants, a fancy blouse, and a vest – AND I would be having weight loss surgery prior to my wedding. Brooks Ann was not only accepting, but excited for a fun challenge.
I left our first meeting feeling like I had found the perfect person to partner with. Throughout the entire process, I couldn’t believe how well she understood me. Her first conceptual drawing was ‘spot-on’ perfect! I have never felt more amazing, dapper, comfortable, and proud than I did when I put on my special outfit on my wedding day!
As I look through the photos, I love the way I look and this is all because of Brooks Ann and her talents. If you have the chance to work with this talented, creatively gifted woman, count yourself very lucky!”
As a very tall, very plus sized, older bride, the aspect of my wedding that I looked forward to the least, prior to meeting Brooks Ann, was my wedding dress. While the dress itself came out better than I could have ever fathomed, I will always remember the process of having a dress custom made as being the most fun part of my wedding planning!
Brooks Ann’s process is well planned and exceptionally executed down to the tiniest detail. As a client, I felt valued, pampered and professionally looked after even while Brooks Ann and I spent a lot of our time laughing our way through our meetings!
I cannot thank Brooks Ann enough for taking what I feared would be the absolute worst part of my wedding, and turning it into one of my favorite highlights of the day itself, and the process of planning it!”
I remember looking at her website and thinking “These dresses are cool, but they aren’t quite what I’m looking for. Could she make me a dress I would love?” I can now confidently say that no matter what dress you want, Brooks Ann can make it. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, she can discover/create it with you!
I loved working with Brooks Ann because of her joyful attitude, her untiring commitment to making exactly the dress I wanted, as well as her ability to let me lead the decision-making process when I wanted, and take over if I got overwhelmed with choices.
I have never been so comfortable or looked so awesome! It felt amazing to wear a wedding dress made by a talented artist who I got to know personally and who was paid a fair wage for her skills. Having this decision adhere to my personal values felt like a great way to start of this new chapter in my life.”
“…The inspiration for the dress started with a copper and white pearl necklace that my fiancé gave me.
We started designing the dress from a style that I found online, but changed many elements of it to compliment my body shape and meet our goals of making me a knockout and easy to dance in. I trusted Brooks Ann’s style advice and all of her suggestions added to the dress.
Our fittings were fun, quick and decisive. When it came to my wedding day, Brooks Ann was there helping me get dressed and cinched in. My fiancé was awestruck – just as I wanted! He was so impressed with how the dress brought out the best in me. From our first to our last dance, the dress felt great!. I would highly recommend Brooks Ann to any woman wanting the perfect dress for their wedding day.”
Brooks Ann was great at striking that balance of suggesting what looks good on my figure while staying within my vision. Brooks Ann is a true professional and her knowledge and craftsmanship are amazing.
I loved my dress. It was exactly what I wanted and I felt beautiful in it. My first great wedding planning decision was to work with Brooks Ann on the dress. It made all of my other wedding choices fall in line, leading to a wonderful day.”
and fit the mood of our celebration – a beautiful mountain setting, the people we hold dear, and the joy of new creations.
We had multiple fittings, and Brooks Ann was infinitely patient as my body changed between every one! On my wedding day she was there by my side to make final tweaks and send me on my way feeling sensual and full of life!”
I was really able to articulate what I liked, without fully knowing what I was looking for. She has a list of words that help describe what you want and what you don’t want. I had lots of things I didn’t want, but only several words that truly described what I was looking for: Joyful, Vintage, Easy, Timeless, and Unexpected.
We returned to these words often in our design process and they are exactly what my dress turned out to be. Brooks Ann ended up making a dress that spoke exactly to who I was. It was beyond what I “wanted.” It’s a dress that I didn’t even know how to want. But when I tried it on, it was perfect.”
“You always want the best for your children,
so it meant so much to us when we saw how special, regal and radiant Leah looked and felt in her dress. I was struck by how excited her emails were when she forwarded photos as the dress was taking shape. I could just tell it made her feel wonderful and so lucky to have such a special and meaningful dress to wear at her wedding.”
-Fran, Mother of the Bride
“I could not have been happier about my experience working with Brooks Ann on my mother-of-the-bride dress and jacket.
She is not only a talented designer and consummate seamstress, she also has a deep well of patience and the listening abilities to rival the best psychotherapist. These are all valuable skills when dealing with someone like me with “issues” (shall we say) about body image, and no clear picture of the dress I wanted.
What we ended up with was abso-positively-lutely the most amazing dress and jacket combo I could have dreamed of. I thought I looked smart, chic, somewhat surprising… and it was all due to Brooks Ann. She is amazing. A total pro. Treat yourself to this experience. It is so worth it.”
“I feel so lucky to have a one-of-a-kind piece from Brooks Ann.
I couldn’t resist– watching her create my mother’s dress for my wedding looked like too much fun to miss out! Talking to Brooks Ann about my bridal jacket and accessories was like talking to an old friend.
The whole process was organic, and she responded gamely to all of my requests and changes-of-mind. Her expertise with different types of fabrics and body types was priceless. And I LOVE the finished product! I felt both comfortable and beautiful on my wedding day wearing her beautiful creation.”
“I have quite a few tattoos, and I didn’t want them showing on my wedding day.
Brooks Ann helped me come up with a beautiful solution of a custom beaded shrug in my favorite color!
She is a talented problem-solver who I came to completely trust. With her meticulous attention to detail, she created something that not only fit my body, but my style, my personality and my wedding day perfectly. The experience creating this amazing jacket with her was truly a joy that I will always remember.”