September 15, 2011 · Comments Off on Testimonials


In Their Own Words

“I loved working with Nicole, and I knew that I was in very good hands. Nicole has great taste, and I really trusted her instincts, design decisions, and overall skill. She is also a really nice person and easy to work with, so the fittings were fun and comfortable. Nicole is very patient, which I found to helpful especially when I was needing to make certain decisions about the dress. I recommend her highly to anyone looking for a custom-made wedding dress or evening wear. I can't imagine not having had Nicole make my wedding dress. I really enjoyed the collaborative process of creating something that was so me.”

Cassady - Brooklyn, NY

"After feeling totally out of place looking for a dress in the wedding industry, I was so lucky to find the amazingly talented designer Nicole Lenzen.

She transformed my dress anxiety into excitement. I'm not really a dress person, and most of the dresses in stores seemed like cheap caricatures of femininity. And, in the boutiques, the dresses that were wonderful were insanely priced. I wanted something as unique as my marriage. I found Nicole, and her designs were a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Nicole gave me all that I wanted in the dress! She was very open to ideas and it super fun to turn imagined creations into reality. It was a pleasure to work with Nicole, and it was simply awesome to wear her beautiful creation."

Andrea - New York, NY

"Like most brides, I tried on many gowns and talked to several salons while searching for the perfect wedding dress. I couldn't find a dress that expressed the combination of my desire for elegance with my wacky sense of being, love for nature, preference for natural fabrics, and a dress that no one else had. Nothing clicked until I found Nicole.

The dress was indeed perfect. The armholes were hand-sewn just like the work my grandmother used to do when she sewed a century ago. Everyone at the wedding LOVED the GOWN. I felt so beautiful and comfortable wearing it as I played my flute during the ceremony and danced at the reception. Nicole created matching silk flowers in an iridescent dark purplish silk that we put down the back of the dress, one in my long red hair, and one each for the groom and best man. The dress was stunning with a matching iridescent dark purple silk shawl, and matching silk ties for my groom and his son.

Thank you, Nicole. My dress was elegant and magical, as was the process of working with you. I wish you success as you help others wear beautiful natural clothing that helps them express their beauty."

Marcia - Natural Habitat, FL

"Reliable, imaginative, and painless… words rarely thought of when describing the process of planning a wedding, I know, but from the first sketch to the final fitting, Nicole more than met my expectations of a bridal designer. When I first came to her, I was armed only with my desire to incorporate my deceased grandmother’s wedding gown into the design of my own. Nicole took that sentiment and created the most beautiful (and comfortable!), unique wedding dress, all while providing the most impeccable attention and service to what I had envisioned wearing on my big day!"

Lisa - San Francisco, CA

"If you don’t have time to fly to Paris to have a custom couture bridal dress made, then your next best solution is working with bridal designer Nicole Lenzen. Nicole designed my dress for my Napa Valley wedding, and the dress came out gorgeous! She picked the perfect cream silk duchesse satin fabric and it fit like a glove. Her attention to detail and impeccable tailoring was exactly what I was looking for. I’m a very busy client and not only did Nicole make me a great dress but she gave unbelievable customer service. She was always able to work around my schedule. Trust me, go work with Nicole - she will design the dress of your dreams!"

Gina - Napa, CA

“Nicole, You are a gifted and talented woman. This dress you created is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I still look at the photos and am still in AWE about how incredibly PERFECT it fit my body and all of the subtle and beautiful design elements! You were such an ease to work with and SO patient and kind along the way. Thank you so much for making my wedding dream dress.”

Allison - San Rafael, CA

"Nicole created a beautiful mother-of-the bride's dress for me to wear to my daughter's wedding. It was a delight to work with Nicole; she made a potentially stressful experience into one that was relaxed and lovely. She creatively transformed my wishes into a dress that worked very well for me, and was even more beautiful than I had imagined. I hope to have the opportunity to have her design another dress for me in the future."

Esther - New York, NY

"I felt like I was at the Oscars at my wedding! Everyone commented on how beautiful the dress was and kept asking me, “Who are you wearing?” In every case I replied, “A Nicole Lenzen Original!” My husband said it was the highlight of the wedding. Thank you for creating something so beautiful."

Julie - San Francisco, CA

"Nicole Lenzen is AMAZING! I had a vision for a gown and couldn't find it on the racks anywhere. I finally took it to her and she made it a reality despite the difficulty of what I wanted. She is an outstanding talent and genuinely wonderful and supportive person who is willing to walk her clients through every stage of the design process."

Sky - San Francisco, CA

"Nicole Lenzen hand-designed and sewed a dress for me to wear in my sister's wedding. She based the design on a single photograph that we gave her of a vintage cocktail dress, and not only did she capture the lines and look of the original, but she fit it to my figure and style. She updated a classic -- preserving the vintage style of the original while creating something unique for me to wear. My sister, dispositionally obsessed by detail and design, declared to me that my dress was her favorite part of the wedding -- not a small compliment given the fact that the event reflected her impeccable taste from the flowers to the favors. In addition to being a talented designer and dress-maker, Nicole is a joy to work with -- she is friendly, down-to-earth, and accommodating. In all ways, Nicole was professional, flexible, and thorough."

Rebecca - Northern California

"Nicole was wonderful to work with – fun and laid-back, yet always very professional. Working with someone on a custom design is a difficult process, but Nicole handled it expertly by keeping me involved in the entire process and offering just the right amount of suggestions and choices. The final result was a beautiful, unique dress that fit perfectly. Highly recommended!"

Elizabeth - Burlington, VT

"My dress was absolutely perfect! Everyone said it was gorgeous. It fit perfectly and I felt very beautiful - it was absolutely me. The singer with the band, who has sung at lots of weddings, even said it was by far the most beautiful and unique dress she had seen. Thank you, Nicole!"

Lisa - Berkeley, CA

"Having my dress custom made was easier and less stressful than purchasing one off the rack. I went to about 10 stores before meeting with Nicole. I told her my ideas and she did the rest. I love my dress!"

Marsanne - Guatemala

"I contracted with Nicole Lenzen to create a custom maid of honor dress and coordinating groomsmen ties for my wedding. From our very first phone conversation to the completion of the project, Nicole was absolutely wonderful to work with. She is an attentive listener who is responsive and accommodating to the needs of her clients. She exhibits a high level of professionalism at all times. The dress she produced was of impeccable quality, and exactly what I had articulated. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a custom dress designer."

Melanie - Charlotte, NC

"Nicole is a fabulous designer who is easy and flexible to work with. She listened to my ideas about my bridesmaid dresses and added her own elegant flare to each dress. I was so pleased with the chic silhouettes and fabrics; it made my wedding party look stunning. I highly recommend scheduling a consultation with her."

Jana - Chapel Hill, NC

“Nicole made a fabulous wedding skirt for me which I absolutely love. She has great technical, personal, and business skills and was truly a pleasure to work with. She listened to my needs and was supportive of me having unique tastes. I also found her presence to be very grounding, which was crucial during this hectic time! I give her 5 stars!”

Mikiko - San Francisco, CA

"Working with Nicole Lenzen for my wedding was a wonderful experience! She was able to produce a conceptual sketch to complete, elegant, and cohesive lines for all six of my bridesmaids and mother. Each dress was finished with precision and represented each woman's body, shape, and size. All of the Bridesmaids have been able to wear the pieces separately and again. I would highly recommend her for weddings and special occasions!"

Aundrea - San Diego, CA

"Nicole helped me design a beautiful, awesome wedding dress, making an otherwise stressful and annoying experience a positive and memorable one."

Jen - Lake Tahoe, CA

"Working with Nicole could not have been better. She took four very different bodied women and put us in our own individual dress that complented our physique and personality, yet all looked great together at the same time. She definitely has the personal, professional, and oh-so-hip touch."

Stephanie - Chapel Hill, NC

"Nicole was very helpful and creative in helping me design my wedding dress. It was a collaborative process and I trusted Nicole's decisions when I couldn't make one. Even though I often had difficulty articulating what I wanted, the dress matched my vision perfectly in the end."

Kerry - Cabo, Mexico

“Everything was amazing. There were so many compliments on your work!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and kindness throughout this whole process.”

Kris - San Francisco, CA

"Thank you again for all your help! I have to say the bolero was really an essential part of the dress. I actually took it off only for about five minutes during the whole reception. It made me feel really comfortable with the strapless dress, and I didn't feel quite so like everyone else and their strapless dresses. Plus the jacket looked fabulous with the dress!!!! I got lots of compliments."

Amy - Seattle, WA