Shop Owner Marissa prepare a window display 

Shop Owner Marissa prepare a window display 

Alexis Kay Designs, Inc. located in the heart of downtown DeKalb is in the Local Exposure spotlight today.  The shop is a full service bridal boutique featuring designer and custom gowns, accessories, and on-site client design.

 Store displays change regularly with various seasonal bridal trends and designs

Store displays change regularly with various seasonal bridal trends and designs

Owned by mother and daughter team Marissa and Dawn Caltagerone they cover the needs of each bride and ensure every woman has the dress of her dreams.  

 Spacious and beautiful conversation area is surrounded by unique gowns and even a few vintage finds

Spacious and beautiful conversation area is surrounded by unique gowns and even a few vintage finds

The boutique is bright and spacious, a mix of industrial chic and old Hollywood glam make the space inviting and open to a variety of styles that brides may envision for their day.  Lots of space to bring friend and discuss vision – a bride will not feel rushed visiting Alexis Kay Designs. 

Dawn is the design force, she has been creating handcrafted gowns for over 30 years.  She works on site in the massive space that is the rear of the store.  Her creations are everywhere and I was completely inspired by her neat and well-designed work space.  

 The vast design space is Dawn's creative studio.  Here she designs bridal gowns by hand

The vast design space is Dawn's creative studio.  Here she designs bridal gowns by hand

While I was in she was working on a gown pairing material from a bride’s mother’s dress with a fresh design.  This   customization and attention to detail is what make Dawn’s work unique.  Her design is in high demand and they are currently booked solid until August for new design projects. 

 Hand sketched designs and patterns decorate the studio space

Hand sketched designs and patterns decorate the studio space

 A custom design in progress using the bride's mother's gown as inspiration

A custom design in progress using the bride's mother's gown as inspiration

Marissa manages the front of the store and handles much of the clients ensuring each girl has the dress that matches her wedding vision.  The shop is laid out so that she can get to know each bride and understand the whys behind the gown.  Each walk-in or appointment receives the same outstanding level of service.  She is interested in learning more about each of the clients, and considers the dress selection process a time where she has made many friends. 

 Marissa studies the display windows, she is the creative behind the shop design 

Marissa studies the display windows, she is the creative behind the shop design 

Oh, and I have yet to tell you about the gowns!  I was so pleasantly surprised by these gowns from a quality perspective.  I am a lover of fine fabrics and soft, comfortable design – especially on your wedding day.  Alexis Kay features many lines, I especially loved their signature Kenneth Winston line for their vintage silhouettes and incredibly soft laces.

 gorgeous dresses by many labels including the amazing work of Kenneth Winston

gorgeous dresses by many labels including the amazing work of Kenneth Winston

These gowns are gorgeous and fall beautify on the woman’s figure – they are going to be lovely to photograph.  My mind was spinning with wedding ideas as I browsed the store and shot the dresses.  Budget conscious brides will love these prices and be thankful for the quality crafted gown on their wedding day.

 This gown was my favorite ( it was reminiscent to my own wedding gown),  full buttons down the back complete the look

This gown was my favorite ( it was reminiscent to my own wedding gown),  full buttons down the back complete the look

If you are a custom girl and can’t find just what you are looking for, Dawn and Marissa will help your vision come to life.  Schedule a custom design consultation with them and let your dream gown come to life.  When you meet with these ladies they want to treat you like family, understand your day, and help craft the wedding of your dreams.  The custom gown is available to fit a range of budgets and truly gives a bride creative control over her day.  I personally always put quality and amazing materials first when selecting garments, if you agree this is your gown shop. 

 Custom designed gown by Dawn, fits like a glove in Old Hollywood style 

Custom designed gown by Dawn, fits like a glove in Old Hollywood style 

Schedule an appointment or stop by:
Alexis Kay Designs, Inc. 
128 E Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL. 60115
(815) 762-6558
alexiskaydesigns@gmail.com
www.alexiskaydesigns.com
 

 gorgeous lace details and satin that falls beautifully from the waist - this material was unbelievably soft and luxurious

gorgeous lace details and satin that falls beautifully from the waist - this material was unbelievably soft and luxurious

You will enjoy the wedding dress experience tailor made to you, and when you find that perfect gown – don’t forget to give me a call, I can’t wait to see it on you and shoot your wedding day in your Alexis Kay design.