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Kathryn Lee Bridal: From Vision to Perfection

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Kate Nickols is changing the wedding gown game.

The local custom dress designer creates one-of-a-kind masterpieces for brides around the area and across the world. The average wedding dress selection process consists of searching high and low for the best silhouette and preferred fabric amongst a sea of mermaids, tulle and taffeta. Prompting stylists to pull different styles and finding a dress can take months, but Kathryn Lee Bridal is different. Kate doesn’t bring a dress to you; she creates the dress for you.

Kate has always admired high fashion, but she fell head over heels in love with the bridal industry after college while apprenticing with a bridal wear designer. Instead of consistently constructing her own dress inspirations, as many designers do, she works with brides to make their dream vision come to life. During the consultation process, Kate takes the bride’s favorite fabrics, silhouette and details and fuses them into one cohesive design. “I’m not making something for them, I’m making something with them,” she said. “I like being hands on and putting the time and energy into creating something special and unique.” Kate enjoys the inspiration and challenge that comes along with creating custom dress designs.

The custom couture experience takes approximately five to nine months and allows the bride to get a first-hand look at her wedding gown from the initial sketch to the final stitch. The consultation consists of Kate learning all about the bride’s preferences. After she sketches the bride’s dream dress, sample materials will be reviewed and composed as every sequin, bead and applique brings her dress to life. Fittings and alterations are scheduled throughout to ensure the perfect fit, followed by the finishing touches that will accompany the bride down the aisle.

If the custom process alone doesn’t make you swoon, let Kate’s real brides do the talking. “Every bride wants to be one-of-a-kind on her wedding day and Kathryn Lee Bridal’s designs and services do exactly that. She took my vision and made it into a reality. From hand-selected fabrication to custom design and flawless construction, I received specialized treatment from start to finish. Kate took the time to customize the gown to my body and provide fittings along the way to make sure that everything was perfect for me. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to work with Kathryn Lee Bridal!”

In addition to creating original works of art, Kathryn Lee Bridal offers Mother of the Bride dresses and alteration services that can elevate your wedding day look. Another bride muses, “I loved everything about working with Kate and I’m still in love with my dress. She took my mother’s 1980s wedding veil and gave it a modern update to match my dress perfectly. I will forever have a gown that was created especially for me.”

On the biggest day of your life, say yes to your soul mate in a custom couture wedding gown created just for you. Contact Kathryn Lee Bridal at or