Maria's Wonders - Wedding Veils and More
Stunning one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, formals, veils, headpieces, hats and handbags



Hi, my name is Maria Louise and I love vintage clothing. 
I started purchasing gowns in 1999 as potential gowns for my own wedding, and for my retail shop.
I had twelve gowns to choose from by the time we choose the month of the wedding.

After my experience, I knew that I really wanted to provide a service to other women who are looking for one-of-a-kind new or vintage gowns as well.

Occasionally, I also do re-creations from vintage materials. My oldest re-creation was done by my late mother and myself.

 

It was a 1904 wedding gown that was found in an attic trunk on a Midwest farm.
The gown was restored and Genevieve like it was custom made.




This gown was the wedding gown Maria re-created for herself. This 100 % silk gown retailed for $2,300.00.



It was part of an inventory closeout from the manufacturer. She created an air of understated elegance, with an old world charm by turning the train into an elaborately embellished French bustle with silk roses throughout; and a magnificent rosette at the hip.


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This very clean light ivory/off white floral lace matte satin wedding gown was a sample gown I purchased for consideration for my wedding. It has cap sleeves and a full skirt with a chapel length train. The waist comes to a 'v' in the front and the back. The gown is strapless matte satin with an overlay on the neck and shoulders made from a very pretty floral lace. The label reads 100% polyester and is fully lined. It has a nice weight to it (not too heavy) and a comfortable luxurious feel making it an elegant gown for a non-winter wedding.

 
Gown9 iv WOW convertible (Alfred Angelo). What a cool gown! It has an optional removable chapel length ball gown skirt if you are inclined to go very comfy with a knee length dress at your reception!
Gown13N tulle $parkle tulle  (Forever Yours). I love this gown! It reminds me of something a fairy tale princess would wear. This brand new gown has never worn and tried on only a few times. The full ballroom skirt is lined and has many layers of tulle. The bodice is the most breathtaking design of lace and sequins imaginable! The train is not too long (chapel length). The sleeves are sheer with an elaborate lace and sequin design that stop at the wrist with many satin covered buttons. An absolutely gorgeous gown for the perfect fairy tale wedding.  
Gown15N This is a new elegant white sheath gown by Jasmine Haute Couture. Here's your chance to own a very expensive designer gown of high fashion. This gown is VERY heavy. It is an intricate white embroidered pearl crocheted lace gown over a white satin strapless sheath. This sample gown is floor length and in very good condition. It has been tried on but never worn. It is beautiful, elegant and sexy!  
Gown19 with a subtle iridescent hue (Alfred Angelo). This wedding gown has never been worn to an actual wedding, and has the original tags! This gown just sparkles and shines! It has long graceful sleeves and drop waist. It reminds me of a cross between a mermaid style wedding gown and a 1920's reproduction! The bodice of the gown is quite elaborate with lace, pearls, and sequins. The skirt is a shimmery satin like material and is amazingly captures the light. The train is elegant. The underside of the hem and train are a bit dusty but hardly noticeable - dry cleaning is optional. There may be a couple of loose sequins or pearls, I found one. There are a few yellow sequins on the sleeves. This gown is very heavy. COLOR: TRULY EXTRAORDINARY! Iridescent white and the skirt and train have a VERY subtle lilac hue which is so subtle that I did not notice the first several times I examined this gown!  
Gown21N (off-wht) stunning chiffon  (Eden). A very popular gown from Eden Bridal (style Gown116). This gown is brand new and is not a sample. It is direct from the manufacturer. It has an empire waist and scoop neckline. It has cap sleeves and is made from matte satin with a chiffon overlay. The bodice and back are covered by beautiful Venice lace. The back is very elegant with a rose bow finished with long chiffon tails. The shawl does not come with this gown, but you can easily duplicate by buying a few yards of chiffon at a fabric store. Very romantic and very feminine. It is almost impossible to find Eden gowns below retail price. Email us if you have any questions.  ordering info.

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Gown22N elegant iv satin (Levkoff). This is a brand new Levkoff gown with original tags. It has been tried on but never worn. It is made from Lamour satin with a matte finish (not shiny). It is a very flattering a-line style with an empire bodice. The bodice is the most breathtaking design of swirls made from caviar beading. The gown is floor length and has no train. The sleeves are short capped sleeves with the same caviar beading. The back is stunning with a beautiful square cut low back an an elegant bow with long tails. A very classy gown. Just steam out a few wrinkles and you are ready! This gown would fit a 5' 7" woman in flat shoes.  

32V iv one-of-a-kind breathtaking (Cahill of Beverly Hills) RESTORATION. No size is indicated. I think it closely approximates a 6 (see measurements). I believe this gown is meant to hug the shoulders, but the mannequin is too small to hold the top of the dress up properly. I see nothing major wrong with this gown. This gown does not zip! It has 34 REAL BUTTONS all the way up the back! The 34 buttons have been re-secured. The only other two minor items to be corrected on this vintage gown are:  *re-baste the facing on the hem, *remove those wrinkles. This is a bargain! It is very well made and was a very expensive gown when it was new. It is a very elegant looking gown. I do not know what the material is, but it reminds me of a matte satin. Email us if you have any questions.
  Gown33 iv rum $howcase  (Ilissa/Demetrios). A fantastic opportunity to own an Ilissa by Demetrios at a great  price! Demetrios is one of the most expensive designers and this gown is AMAZING! It is a new gown that has only been tried on three times. The gown is gorgeous warm ivory shantung silk with a subtle rum pink hue in the skirt and train. Retail $1,300.00.  
  Gown60 70's chiffon embroidered wedding gown...very beautiful and very unusual.  It reminds me of a Juliet or Renaissance gown. It has a Queen Anne neckline and the lace detail is extraordinary. This is truly a one of a kind gown to make you feel like a princess. This gown is in excellent condition for its age. I only notice one slight discoloration spot on the bodice which should be easy to remedy
  64 LIME vintage gown
  Gown67N iv elegant matte satin (P Label by G). This is a beautifully elegant Italian matte satin gown with the price tag still on it. It has a flattering a-line design. This is your chance to own a beautiful designer gown at a fraction of its original price. The style is 175 and it is a shop sample gown in perfect condition. It has only been tried on a couple of times, not actually worn. The bodice is gorgeously designed with intricate lace and beads. The long train is a simple beautiful plain satin train - remarkable. AWESOME SAVING!  
  Gown73V EXCLU$IVE Chri$to's  (retails $1,800). is a beautiful rum pink colored shantung silk wedding gown. It is made by the very EXPENSIVE designer Christo's and has only been worn once. It is very clean, bustled and ready for that wedding! This is your chance to own a beautiful designer gown at a fraction of its original price. Please wait for pics to load.  
  80 iv brocade satin is a new vintage gown with tags [never worn]. It is a beautiful off shoulder gown that my shoulder-less mannequin could not justify.  You will need to add a crinoline to this gown (the one used in the photographs is not included). This gown is gorgeous! Remember wedding gown sizes are not the same as regular clothing sizes. GO BY MEASUREMENTS. This gown retails for $520 The elastic needs to be replaced in the shoulders, and the long sleeves have been removed to make this gown more comfortable (extremely tight).
  Gown90 This vintage white chiffon wedding gown was designed by Cahill of Beverly Hills. It has never been worn to a wedding. It is a gown I purchased from a vintage bridal shop whose owner retired. This beautiful gown is amazingly clean and ready to wear!  Cahill of Beverly hills is a very EXPENSIVE designer. This gown is breathtaking. Get your DREAM gown at a WONDERFUL price TODAY. There are no discernible flaws. It may have a bit of dust on the hem or a loose thread here or there, but nothing significant that I could find.  
   Gown103N raw $ilk very pretty Renaissance style gown. (Retail $900). There may be some slight surface dust Email us if you have any questions. ordering info
  Gown113 wedding gown has never been worn to an actual wedding, but is a sample from a recently closed shop. It is in immaculate condition. It was made in Poland and has the most beautiful lace embroidery on the sleeves and bodice. It has a chapel length train. The gown is natural raw silk, so it's an off-white/ivory color, and the lace is whiter. Email us if you have any questions. ordering info
  115 natural silk beaded illusion neck.   
  123 FANTASTIC MON CHERI your chance to win a very expensive designer gown of high fashion. This gown is 100% pure silk. It is gorgeous with the most beautiful intricate bodice and back tails.   
  125 Perucchi designer (div. of St. Pucchi) presents an exquisite battenberg lace and pure silk wedding gown. This gorgeous new gown fits 5' 7" or smaller with equivalent heels.   
126 BRIDAL ORIGINALS wedding gown has never been worn. It is part of a discontinued stock, direct from the manufacturer. This dress is in perfect ready to wear condition. It features a beautiful off shoulder portrait collar accented with beautiful sparkly beads. 
  Gown127 Ann Perucchi designer (div. of St. Pucchi) presents an exquisite Battenberg lace and pure silk wedding gown with long sleeves. This gorgeous new gown fits 5' 7" or smaller with equivalent heels.   
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  134 sleeveless raw silk wedding gown has never been worn. It is part of a discontinued stock, direct from the manufacturer. This dress is in perfect ready to wear condition except for a light pressing.   
  136 BRIDAL ORIGINALS wedding gown has never been worn. It is part of a discontinued stock, direct from the manufacturer. This dress is in perfect ready to wear condition. It features a beautiful off shoulder portrait collar accented with beautiful sparkly beads. 
  152 gorgeous vintage PETITE length [but generously sized] wedding gown from the 60's that was recently dyed and worn again. The gown is a beautiful mixture of ecru, beige, ivory and white laces. A cameo has been sewn on the jeweled neckline to complete the look. It is a larger size gown. The gown would fit a woman of 5' 6" in flats or equivalent. A unique one-of-a-kind reproduction gown waiting for you! Email us if you have any questions. Length 56"
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157 - Bianchi Bridal

This soft white organza wedding gown is a like new shop sample that I purchased as a contender for my wedding. It is in perfect condition (except for a few wrinkles). It has not been worn to a wedding. It features a sheer illusion neckline, off-shoulders and a very daring low back. There are 30 REAL buttons from the neck to mid-back and then 7 buttons for show to cover up the slight zipper closure.

WGown163 - Alfred Angelo Bridal

An English net lace gorgeous gown. It has a detachable warm creamy ivory colored satin train. This empire waist gown is an ivory satin sheath covered with a heavy beaded English net lace over dress. WOW!

Bust-waist-hips:  36/37-30-40
WGown164 - L'Amour Bridal

A beaded chiffon wedding gown. This is such an elegant white empire style wedding gown. It is a white sheath gown with an attached train, and adorned with pearls and sequins. The skirt and train is covered with a tulle overlay with embroidered flowers. The gown is figure hugging, and figure flattering. Measurements are crucial (you can go smaller but not larger). This is a new gown in ready to wear condition. Retail $600.00. Wedding size 10. Go by measurements! Bust 26, waist 28.
  169 - This 1980s vintage white sequined mermaid wedding gown has never been worn to a wedding. It is a gown I purchased from a vintage bridal shop whose owner retired. This beautiful gown is amazingly clean and ready to wear. This gown just sparkles!

My mannequin Misty doesn't have the curves to model this dress adequately, but it is stunning. Get your DREAM vintage wedding gown at a WONDERFUL price. There are no discernible flaws. It may have a bit of dust on the hem or a loose thread here or there, but nothing significant that I could find.

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Bust: 35 - Waist: 28 - hips: 38. Will fit a bride 5'8" in flats or smaller equivalent.
  170 (Victoria). iv matte satin gown with the most AMAZING English net embroidered lace overlay. It is a sleeveless gown with a simple bodice with beautiful criss-cross straps on the back. It has a sweep train made from that gorgeous lace and trimmed all around the bottom hem with lovely ivory satin ribbon. It is ready to wear. The price is not reflective of its extraordinary quality or beauty. Email us if you have any questions.   ordering info. 36-30 sz14
  171 wht Battenberg lace Italian matte satin short sleeve gown covered in hundreds of pearls and sequins. It is made by the designer L'amour and my digital camera doesn't capture its total beauty. This is a new gown in perfect ready to wear condition. WOW!   
  G172 Vintage Jessica McClintock Lace Wedding Gown - waist 30
Jessica McClintock lace gown is so beautiful. I love what McClintock does with laces! It is a soft off white satin under dress with a white lace overlay. It might also be considered light ivory. It is very clean and was a sample from a bridal shop. There maybe loose threads or other minor issues. I noticed three of the pearl buttons missing from the back (easy fix)!! What a gorgeous gown. It would make a beautiful wedding dress or any other beautiful gown for a special event. Bust/waist:  36-29
  175 Brand new stunning wedding gown designed by L'amour is stunningly beautiful AND unusual. I call it the Spanish wedding gown. It has an illusion lace at the shoulders and gorgeous off shoulder cap sleeves with satin roses. The gown is marked as an ivory, but I think I would call it light ivory or even off white. This gown is light and airy [perfect for a warmer weather wedding]. There are five rosettes at the back waist. Email us with questions. ordering info.
  176 Brand new plus size SWEETHEART bridal gown. The bodice on this wedding gown is UNBELIEVABLY gorgeous. This gown is direct from the manufacturer and only tried on once (for these pictures). It features an ivory satin gown covered with the most AMAZING sparkly beaded lace. The skirt is a floor length ball gown skirt with no train but beautiful beaded lace appliqués scattered throughout a two layer tulle overskirt. It is understated elegance. Questions? Email us ordering info.
  177 New cream chiffon lace gown we call "swish". It is light and airy as well as full! It is a gorgeous new vintage gown that has not been worn to a wedding. It is in perfect ready to wear condition. bust/waist:  36-29.   
  180 A gown by the designer Harmony. Harmony makes gorgeous Victorian reproduction gowns of the most amazing laces. These dresses are very hard to find! This gown is direct from the manufacturer. It has a peach under dress [not ivory as pictured]. Email us questions. ordering info.
  182 Brand new MUST SEE L'amour wht satin roses and white matte satin with a sweetheart neckline, pleated skirt, and short sleeves. This new gown has the most beautiful Venice lace and pearl accents on the sleeves, bodice, and waist. It also has two pretty bows on the back. It is understated elegance. Email us if you have any questions.  ordering info.
  183 Oh my, what a stunning sheath w/train! I absolutely adore this gown! It is so beautiful I could NOT stop photographing it! There are numerous pics to capture its beauty. This gown is a warm ivory color (IT IS NOT washed out ivory or off white). The details are STUNNING and you will be drop dead gorgeous. This Queen Anne styled gown is a intricately detailed sheath with an AMAZING detachable train. This gown has never been worn to a wedding and is very clean. I find no issues of concern with this gown, but a few loose threads, pearls or sequins are always possible. It is ready to wear and priced very low. Email us if you have any questions.  Looks like a MILLION!!!!!!!!!! ordering info. bust/waist/hips: 36.5-30-39
  186 This gown is by the designer Bonny Bridal and called "Esther" and is simply the most beautiful gown I have ever seen. It looks and feels like 100% silk, but the tag says polyester! It is new and in excellent condition with a Queen Anne neckline. STUNNING! It has only been tried on a couple of times. Email us if you have any questions.  ordering info.
  200 is a vintage silk gown from the 1920's. It has a matching lace overdress  and lace overcoat. The lace is delicate and it very good shape for its age. The gown is exquisitely clean with no discernible flaws whatsoever, WOW

 

 

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