Holly Stalder is in the business of turning romantic reveries into reality. A Portlander with a penchant for lace, Stalder designs one-of-a-kind wedding gowns that are available at the charming storefront, Diamond Sea Bridal. Whether they’re dripping with elegant detail or vintage flair, her gowns are inspiring works of art. Get to know the designer and story behind the custom dress line below:
Tell me about the inspiration behind your bridal line.
I am fascinated by lace and it’s delicate beauty, the drape of silks, the movement of tulle.
How would you describe your style?
Vintage glamour with a modern edge.
When designing and creating your wedding dresses, what type of bride
do you envision?
I love brides who want to be one of kind on their wedding day.
What is one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had working with a bride?
I once had a client who came in with a photo of a one of kind dress that I had made 5 years earlier and wanted me to remake it. It had a really specific lace that I salvaged from a vintage dress. I told the bride that their was no way I could make it or sadly even something similar. I tried to get her into a new design, but she left to look at vintage dresses and used dresses that day and FOUND THE DRESS in the photo! She bought it and brought it back in and tried it on for me, it fit her perfectly. It was so unbelievable!
What is one of your favorite dresses you’ve designed and why?
I made my own dress and that was a really great experience. I laughed at myself because I didn’t know what I wanted, even though I work with wedding dresses every day.
How does your location of Portland influence your work?
Portland is a great place to be a designer. Designers can keep their prices lower here than in a lot of cities because overhead so much lower, so you don’t have to be wealthy to have a dress designed and made.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
I love the cake cutting. I love cake decorating and would probably be doing that if I wasn’t making wedding dresses.
What is your favorite love story?
Romeo and Juliet – the ballet, movie, or the book.