Boho: With its sweeping ruffles and frilly finish, this Dame & Maiden dress is gorgeous enough to make any girl feel like a goddess. Pair it with strappy leather sandals for a relaxed, dance floor-friendly look. Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, flower crowns are the new bouquets. Have yours custom-made by Megan Staker of ThePeachPolkaDot.
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Gown: Dame & Maiden, $580
Crown: The PeachPolkaDot, $75
Necklace: Leona Ruby, $68
Meet the makers
Dress Designer, 33, Des Moines
Clothing line: Dame & Maiden
Design background: Self-taught.
Inspiration for designing wedding gowns: I started my own clothing line in 2005 out of a desire to have something different no one else had, as well as a perfect fit. My own wedding inspired my journey into bridal design.
The best thing about your job and line: I get to work full-time for myself and I get to do what I love every day.
Why shop Dame & Maiden: You can have an experience where the designer of your dress can handmake your dress, and design the dress of your dreams!
Where locals can find you: etsy.com/shop/DameandMaiden
Crown Maker, 31, Des Moines
Line: The Peachpolkadot
Design background: Majored in Fashion Merchandising at Iowa State University and studied abroad at the London College of Fashion.
Inspiration for making flower crowns: I adore all things whimsical and romantic and have you seen anyone who isn't happy wearing a flower crown? The answer is no! Wearing flower crowns makes you happy, and being happy is awesome.
Hot trends to look for this fall: Oh fall, the most magical season of all. I hear florals are sticking around for fall, and even into the winter... Also pumpkin spice everything!!
What flowers your dream crown would be made of: Juliet garden roses, dahlias, peonies and lavender.
Why shop The Peachpolkadot: I love making flower crowns and take extra care and effort with each custom order I get. I make sure they look perfect before giving it to a customer!
Where locals can find you: facebook.com/ThePeachPolkadot or etsy.com/shop/thepeachpolkadot