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Pleiades Bridal & Design Studio

Richmond , VA
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Richmond Wedding Collective, 425 Strawberry St
Richmond, VA 23220 US (map)

PHONE

804-340-2966

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ABOUT US

Some brides dream of wearing their mother's or grandmother's wedding gown, however most think it will happen "only in their dreams!!" Pleiades Bridal can restyle, resize, restore or all... Read more
Some brides dream of wearing their mother's or grandmother's wedding gown, however most think it will happen "only in their dreams!!" Pleiades Bridal can restyle, resize, restore or all of the above to create the look you want. We have been working this magic for over 38 years and have yet to have a gown that isn't begging to be worn again, but in a somewhat updated manner. This may only entail a good cleaning, but usually means adding fabric to resize, doing away with high necks & long sleeves...and definately retiring the "butt bows". Hemlines can be made longer or shorter, trains added or removed and new veils created to replace the old ones that didn't quite survive the years.

This is actually a fun process...it becomes a journey to savor as a family gown (or even a vintage shop "find") is transformed into more than what it began as. It's not for everyone, but for the adventerous bride who doesn't want what the rest of the bridal world is wearing out of the pages of the most recent magazine. Should you choose to explore this option for the most important day of your life, please contact us and give yourself the gift of knowing what your unique options are. Read less
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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Ring Bearers
Which of the following items do you offer?
Garters, Hair Accessories, Veils

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Gabriella
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Charla was an absolute pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to alter a new wedding dress or revamp a vintage treasure. A few months prior to the wedding, I had to begin some medical treatment that required the insertion of an IV port in my chest. I had already bought a strapless dress and was very anxious to figure out how I could alter the dress to cover the port & my medical dressings so that it looked like a fashionable, intentional part of the dress. I had literally been having nightmares about the whole thing, but when I met with Charla she put me at ease. I told her I wanted to make it a one-shoulder dress and to lower the back for some more drama. Luckily, Charla already had the exact same lace from my dress (Viera by Sottero & Midgley) that was scrapped from an old sample dress from Urban Set Bride (also HIGHLY recommended) that needed to be retired. On the front, she used two layers of organza as the base on which to overlay the lace and add beading to match the rest of the dress. The dress originally had a built-in corset, but she removed it and lowered the back, and used organza ribbon overlaid with more lace to continue the one strap in the back. Long story short, she did some MAJOR alterations to the dress and I love it even more than when I first bought it. She even let me have some more of the lace from Viera to decorate my toms shoes. Furthermore, her pricing is very reasonable and despite the major changes to my dress, the alterations were well within my budget. Charla is extremely talented and has an excellent eye for detail, not to mention she is very kind and fun to work with. I would highly recommend Charla for any and all of your alteration/dress creation needs!
Charla was an absolute pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to alter a new wedding Read more...
Charla was an absolute pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to alter a new wedding dress or revamp a vintage treasure. A few months prior to the wedding, I had to begin some medical treatment that required the insertion of an IV port in my chest. I had already bought a strapless dress and was very anxious to figure out how I could alter the dress to cover the port & my medical dressings so that it looked like a fashionable, intentional part of the dress. I had literally been having nightmares about the whole thing, but when I met with Charla she put me at ease. I told her I wanted to make it a one-shoulder dress and to lower the back for some more drama. Luckily, Charla already had the exact same lace from my dress (Viera by Sottero & Midgley) that was scrapped from an old sample dress from Urban Set Bride (also HIGHLY recommended) that needed to be retired. On the front, she used two layers of organza as the base on which to overlay the lace and add beading to match the rest of the dress. The dress originally had a built-in corset, but she removed it and lowered the back, and used organza ribbon overlaid with more lace to continue the one strap in the back. Long story short, she did some MAJOR alterations to the dress and I love it even more than when I first bought it. She even let me have some more of the lace from Viera to decorate my toms shoes. Furthermore, her pricing is very reasonable and despite the major changes to my dress, the alterations were well within my budget. Charla is extremely talented and has an excellent eye for detail, not to mention she is very kind and fun to work with. I would highly recommend Charla for any and all of your alteration/dress creation needs! Read less
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Libby
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
I had a great experience working with Charla on my wedding dress alterations and would highly recommend her services. I bought my dress at Urban Set Bride and only needed a few tweaks and a bustle and belt added. Charla did a great job on my dress, but I was most impressed with her help with my veil. I wanted to wear my mom's veil which had yellowed a good bit and was attached to a headpiece. Charla removed the veil and put it on a comb and was able to clean it up so that it looked beautiful. In addition, working with Charla was easy. She is friendly, professional, and a true master craftsman.
I had a great experience working with Charla on my wedding dress alterations and would highly recommend her services. I Read more...
I had a great experience working with Charla on my wedding dress alterations and would highly recommend her services. I bought my dress at Urban Set Bride and only needed a few tweaks and a bustle and belt added. Charla did a great job on my dress, but I was most impressed with her help with my veil. I wanted to wear my mom's veil which had yellowed a good bit and was attached to a headpiece. Charla removed the veil and put it on a comb and was able to clean it up so that it looked beautiful. In addition, working with Charla was easy. She is friendly, professional, and a true master craftsman. Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Charla is a magician. I wanted to wear the dress that my grandmother and mother had worn for their weddings, but I needed someone to make some really huge alterations to it. I came across Charla as a recommended seamstress on Urban Set Bride's website, and then found that she specializes in recreating vintage dresses. I set up an appointment with her knowing that she was going to be perfect for me, but dreading what it was going to cost me to be be able to wear a new version of my family dress. I should not have worried. Charla charged me (much) less than what I would have paid for a brand new dress, and totally deconstructed and reconstructed my dress into literally exactly what I wanted. In the beginning, I showed her a photo of what I wanted my dress to resemble, and she created a dress that was even better. Throughout the whole process - months of work - Charla made me feel comfortable voicing my opinion, though she usually knew what I wanted before I even knew what I wanted. At several different times, she could have taken the easy way out on some alterations, but always did what was best, even when it meant hours of extra work for her. She was always pleasant, fun, and professional - truly a joy to work with. I could not be happier with her or with my dress. Any bride would be wise to put their faith in Charla (especially one who wants to wear a vintage or antique dress!).
Charla is a magician. I wanted to wear the dress that my grandmother and mother had worn for their weddings, but I needed Read more...
Charla is a magician. I wanted to wear the dress that my grandmother and mother had worn for their weddings, but I needed someone to make some really huge alterations to it. I came across Charla as a recommended seamstress on Urban Set Bride's website, and then found that she specializes in recreating vintage dresses. I set up an appointment with her knowing that she was going to be perfect for me, but dreading what it was going to cost me to be be able to wear a new version of my family dress. I should not have worried. Charla charged me (much) less than what I would have paid for a brand new dress, and totally deconstructed and reconstructed my dress into literally exactly what I wanted. In the beginning, I showed her a photo of what I wanted my dress to resemble, and she created a dress that was even better. Throughout the whole process - months of work - Charla made me feel comfortable voicing my opinion, though she usually knew what I wanted before I even knew what I wanted. At several different times, she could have taken the easy way out on some alterations, but always did what was best, even when it meant hours of extra work for her. She was always pleasant, fun, and professional - truly a joy to work with. I could not be happier with her or with my dress. Any bride would be wise to put their faith in Charla (especially one who wants to wear a vintage or antique dress!). Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
4/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Charla was a dream to work with! She created an illusion top for my strapless wedding dress and added beautiful lace detailing to the top as well. She went above and beyond what I had envisioned! She also provided alterations for my dress and it fit like a glove! I was so thrilled with Charla's work and can't thank her enough!!
Charla was a dream to work with! She created an illusion top for my strapless wedding dress and added beautiful lace Read more...
Charla was a dream to work with! She created an illusion top for my strapless wedding dress and added beautiful lace detailing to the top as well. She went above and beyond what I had envisioned! She also provided alterations for my dress and it fit like a glove! I was so thrilled with Charla's work and can't thank her enough!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
12/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Charla was fantastic to work with. She altered my dress from BHLDN and created a really interesting bustle. She was so nice and easy to work with and made sure my dress looked beautiful!
Charla was fantastic to work with. She altered my dress from BHLDN and created a really interesting bustle. She was so Read more...
Charla was fantastic to work with. She altered my dress from BHLDN and created a really interesting bustle. She was so nice and easy to work with and made sure my dress looked beautiful! Read less
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Ally
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Charla is a patient genius. I think I had five fittings when it was all said and done and she was so sweet and flexible and understanding at each and every one of them-and her work is impeccable!! I had a lot of things tweaked on my dress and she ran with all of my ideas and made it *perfect*. I'm a total perfectionist and chose a pretty form-fitting gown, so Charla had to deal with all of my little concerns and she was just so reassuring and confident and tireless. We joked that she was going to miss my dress because she had gotten to know it so well! She's also really quick to respond via e-mail and will talk you off the cliff if you have any dress-related worries. I just can't say enough great things about her because not only did she ensure that I would look beautiful on the big day, she was also my therapist through the whole process and I'm forever grateful!
Charla is a patient genius. I think I had five fittings when it was all said and done and she was so sweet and flexible Read more...
Charla is a patient genius. I think I had five fittings when it was all said and done and she was so sweet and flexible and understanding at each and every one of them-and her work is impeccable!! I had a lot of things tweaked on my dress and she ran with all of my ideas and made it *perfect*. I'm a total perfectionist and chose a pretty form-fitting gown, so Charla had to deal with all of my little concerns and she was just so reassuring and confident and tireless. We joked that she was going to miss my dress because she had gotten to know it so well! She's also really quick to respond via e-mail and will talk you off the cliff if you have any dress-related worries. I just can't say enough great things about her because not only did she ensure that I would look beautiful on the big day, she was also my therapist through the whole process and I'm forever grateful! Read less
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Thank you sweet Ally, you are the reason I do what I do!!
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/12/2015
5.0/5.0
It's as if Charla waved her magic wand to transform my mother's dress from the 1980s into the gorgeous boho style dress of my dreams! My gown had every detail I'd hoped for while still being lightweight enough for our Caribbean venue. Thank you, Charla, for making our big day even more special! Your talent is unmatched!
It's as if Charla waved her magic wand to transform my mother's dress from the 1980s into the gorgeous boho style dress of Read more...
It's as if Charla waved her magic wand to transform my mother's dress from the 1980s into the gorgeous boho style dress of my dreams! My gown had every detail I'd hoped for while still being lightweight enough for our Caribbean venue. Thank you, Charla, for making our big day even more special! Your talent is unmatched! Read less
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Crystal
Wedding:
7/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Charla was amazing!! I was a bride that was planning my wedding from another state and dress alterations were impossible to do from so far away. I was in Richmond ONE WEEK before my wedding and Charla was able to alter my gown in TWO DAYS. It was completely astonishing and everything was perfect. My dress fit like a glove and the veil she made me was beautiful!!! Charla was very helpful, kind and her work was gorgeous! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and trustworthy seamstress. She is awesome!

-Crystal
Charla was amazing!! I was a bride that was planning my wedding from another state and dress alterations were impossible Read more...
Charla was amazing!! I was a bride that was planning my wedding from another state and dress alterations were impossible to do from so far away. I was in Richmond ONE WEEK before my wedding and Charla was able to alter my gown in TWO DAYS. It was completely astonishing and everything was perfect. My dress fit like a glove and the veil she made me was beautiful!!! Charla was very helpful, kind and her work was gorgeous! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and trustworthy seamstress. She is awesome!

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Charla is professional and delightful to work with. I highly recommend her for alterations and additions to your wedding gown!
Charla is professional and delightful to work with. I highly recommend her for alterations and additions to your wedding Read more...
Charla is professional and delightful to work with. I highly recommend her for alterations and additions to your wedding gown! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Charla does top quality work for a fraction of the cost of any bridal store.
Charla does top quality work for a fraction of the cost of any bridal store.
Charla does top quality work for a fraction of the cost of any bridal store. Read less
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