Hi Marie!!! I wanted to send an email and thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOO much for making my dress everything I imagined. I constantly get compliments on how gorgeous the dress is. I wanted to send a few pictures so you got the full effect (dress, makeup, hair).

Thank you again!! Loved working with you!

Katie Ratchford, 2015


Hope you are doing well!! Where do I begin?! And how do I thank you enough for all you have done for us!! YOU have made this wedding journey so enjoyable and fun!! I appreciate your knowledge, skill and LOVE for what you do!! You have gone over and beyond the call of duty as well as being so very gracious and kind doing this special time!! You have made my “little” girl so beautiful and her dream come true!! This has been the BEST experience and I will definitely recommend YOU to everyone I know that needs your expertise!! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart and I wish you both the very best and hope to see you soon!

Love and Blessings,

Leigh Anne Barham 2015


I wanted to thank you so much for your amazing expertise in tailoring the wedding dress of my dreams! As purchased, my wedding dress was pretty, but you really made it come alive! The dress fit my every curve perfectly and was phenomenally comfortable. I really wore the heck out of it – from the formal bridal portraits, to a wedding ceremony on the beach, to literally climbing up a waterfall for photos the day after – the dress was absolutely perfect in every environment. Importantly, I also felt beautiful wearing it!

The way in which you packed the dress for travel was great too. It arrived at the resort unwrinkled and in perfect shape. The alterations process was enjoyable too! Your shop is lovely and the two of you make a terrific team. Mom and I looked forward to seeing how the dress evolved with each visit. You were patient and fun! Thank you for everything!

I’ve attached a few photos by Joe Payne from the bridal portrait session. If it would be helpful, I’ll be glad to send wedding photos as well once we have them. We (Mom and I) are also more than happy to write a review. Marie mentioned that the Google reviews weren’t particularly helpful, please let us know where would be best.

Many thanks,

~ Leah Zullig 2015


There is nothing more special than looking and feeling beautiful on your wedding day. Marie and her team are an exceptional talent. From the first dress fitting to the final, Marie showcased her knowledge and love for fashion. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. My wedding dress was beautiful from the beginning, however, it was not quite the perfect fit for me. On my wedding day, it was obvious that Marie had completed a masterpiece for my body! My dress was stunning and I owe it completely to Marie and her team.

Marie is known for being the best in Raleigh with lace, and my dress is proof that she upheld that reputation.

~ Ashley Ciancioso 2015


Marie and her assistants were AMAZING! I took her my dress and told her exactly what I wanted and she did that for me. I was so happy with my dress on my wedding day; it was absolutely perfect. I wanted a low cut back in my David Tutera dress (which she did beautifully) and she also added beautiful delicate removable lace straps. She made the dress fit me perfectly. I definitely will be sending more brides to her!!

~ Stephanie Catalini 2015


Marie is SUCH a delight! She and her assistant Cali were so friendly and professional while helping me finalize my wedding dress. She expertly installed the ties to bustle my dress and made a few other alterations to enhance its beauty. My bridesmaids had no trouble at all tying it up for the reception! Her familiarity with the fabric and knowledge about the design of my dress was calming. I felt entirely at ease leaving it in her care.

And her shop is just to die for! A small, beautifully decorated show room makes you feel like a queen when you try on your dress. A gorgeous mirror allows you to really see every angle of her work. I highly recommend Marie Cordella for anything you need altered or created for your special day! She is an artist at her craft and was such a pleasure to work with throughout the process. I could not possibly be happier with my dress. Thank you, Marie!

~ Ashli Alston 2015


Marie did an amazing job with the alterations! The dress fit perfectly and I was bummed when I had to take it off at the end of the night (which is partially why I am emailing). I was wondering if you guys think it would be possible to alter it to a cocktail length. The bottom of it is really pretty, but I know I would never be able to wear it again in its current state (especially with the train). Something about packing it away in a box forever seems kind of sad. Anyways, let me know if this idea is crazy or not, and thanks again for everything!

~ Isabel Rodriguez 2015


Marie, you hit the ball out of the park with my dress!!! I never in my life got so many compliments in one day, not even my own wedding so many years ago!!! EVERYONE loved the dress – it looked awesome and I am so thankful for all that you did for me!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you again – just in case I did not say it enough!!!! 🙂
You are awesome!!

~ Carol Dombroski 2015


Marie is absolutely AMAZING at what she does!! And you can tell how much she enjoys what she does and how passionate she is about her work! My mom and I took my moms wedding dress to Marie to see what she could do with it and let me just say it is stunning!!!! It is above and beyond what I ever imagined! I am so in love with it and am so happy Marie could modernize my moms wedding dress so I could wear it on my special day!! Marie was always so positive and excited about making changes to the dress! I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to find someone to make the dress the way I dreamed it would look but after the first time meeting Marie I knew I found the perfect person to do it! I could not be more excited and happy about what Marie has done to my moms wedding dress for me! I can not wait to wear it on my special day and if it wasn’t for Marie I wouldn’t be! My mom was so in love with it and so happy with the final outcome that she is having Marie do her mother of the bride dress for my wedding!! Ok I could go on and on about how overly satisfied I am with Marie’s work but I don’t want to take up all the review space! Let’s just say I recommend Marie to anyone and everyone, she is the absolute best!!!! Thank you so much Marie for making my dreams come true!

~ Carter Batts 2014


Hi Marie! Thank you for the dress from heaven!! I wanted to pass along a few photos from our magical day this last weekend! Thank you so much for helping me find and alter my dream dress in only three months! You are sensational!


Elizabeth Dowgin 2015


Hi Marie, hope all is well. You are probably super busy as usual. I continue to hear from people about how unusual and exquisite my dress was. I have told everyone the story of how it finally came to be so unique and perfect. I hope that you would consider posting on the website.

Take care,

CeCe 2015


Marie, This is Erin Wax. You transformed a dress from BHLDN for me for my wedding on New Years Eve. I want to thank you for your beautiful work and talent. The night was magical and the dress was everything I imagined.

~Erin Wax 2015


You would think a guy would not review a bridal design shop, but I had two coats that were customized by her in an incredible way. A formal dark jacket with an embossed lion head design on the back had lost its detail at the seam and she repaired the felt by hand, customized the fit, and adding the final touch to perfect its look by traveling twenty miles to find just the right buttons to make it unique and distinctive. The second coat was a imported European three quarter cut in a great fabric, but ugly as a sack. She completely cut the coat apart, custom redesigned the panels, assembled it to match my fit, and again did magic with some military style buttons in a pressed metal that finished the alteration to a perfect conclusion. I was very pleased with the result and ended up with two coats that create a sensation whenever I wear them and fit me to a “T”.
Very pleased with my experience and the results.

~ Gregor O. 2015


Just sharing a quick picture with you and Marie! The dress was PERFECT! When I get the professional photos back I’ll send them too!! Thanks again. It was such a treat to work with you both!

~ Abbie Casey 2015


My dress photographed amazing!!!! I LOVED IT! Now I have to get it all cleaned up so we can do a photoshoot with my mother this summer. I have pictures for you!!!!!! Thank you!!

~Kristin Buldoc 2015


I had a wonderful experience working with Marie. When I bought my dress it looked very different than how it looked on my wedding day. Marie saw my vision from the start and was always honest about what would work and what wouldn’t. She completely reworked all the lace on the top part of my dress to give me the low back and cap sleeves. It was a great experience and I absolutely loved the final product. I would highly recommend her, especially for lace work!

~ Lauren Daniels 2014


Liz thank you / recommendation 1

I came to Marie to create a custom evening dress for me after seeing a beautiful piece in one of her runway shows. Working with her to create my special dress was amazing, as was the final product! She was so enthusiastic and the whole experience was seamless. I love, love, love my dress that she created! It really is like owning a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. The fit is incredible and I always get so many compliments on the dress when I wear it out! It is so unique and timeless. Marie’s attention to detail and knowledge of creating a beautiful fit are both amazing! I can’t recommend Marie enough!

Liz thank you / recommendation 2

I am now a second time customer of Marie’s and am still incredibly impressed by her! Most recently she altered a silk bridesmaid’s dress for me. She took an okay-looking dress and made it into a stunning one! It was a very delicate material and so I was worried about how it would alter, but the end result was great! The seams that she re-sewed honestly look better than the original construction of the dress.

I got many compliments on the dress at the wedding, and people that saw the before/after transformation were truly impressed. Marie is a true professional (with incredible talent!) and I will be going to her for all of my alteration / dress design needs from here on out. I think it is the fact that she is a real artist + talented seamstress, as opposed to someone that is just a seamstress.

~ Liz Beradford 2014


Thank you so much for everything! The dress and veil were absolutely beautiful. I have received so many compliments!! Thank you again for everything!

~ Spencer Busby 2015


I searched high and low to find information on how I could transform my wedding gown into a cocktail dress. A lot of people told me it couldn’t be done, it couldn’t take the dye, etc etc. Then I found Marie Cordella, and she worked with me to make it possible. She helped me understand which colors it could take (with my fabric, it would never go black, but with painstaking effort and multiple dye jobs, it could go grey). She drew multiple sketches and gave me options, which were works of art on their own. She was thoughtful enough to save some of the bottom of the white gown in case I ever wanted it for a Christening Gown. She’s more than just a Master of Alterations, she’s a great Designer as well. She thought through what changes needed to be made to the design (removing some of the beading, replacing it with another kind, etc) in order to not make it look like a chopped up wedding gown.

So many people told me it couldn’t be done. Marie told me, it could be done, but only by someone like her who knew what they were doing.

I absolutely recommend Marie Cordella Design. Even following her on instagram is fun to see the incredible lace she is hand crafting or the new set up of her studio.

Here’s a blog post about the transformation: unitedwithlove.com/2012/…

~ Nicole Pearo Taylor 2014


From a bride we were able to assist on her wedding day 🙂
Hi, Marie,

It was great to run into you again yesterday! I am attaching the link to Graham’s blog post from our wedding day. Thank you again for coming to my rescue. I can sense my disappointment with the dress in the first few shots Graham took of me getting into the dress, during my “first look” with my dad and in the initial shots he took with my bridesmaids. But then you arrived and got me all squared away and I was good to go after that point! It really changed my entire mood and put me so much more at ease to have my dress fixed. So thank you again!

~ Claire Duff, 2015


“Not only was the dress perfect, the revisions made to the dress were perfect and the dress arrived as scheduled. The alterations done at Marie Cordella were expertly handled and the fittings were extremely fun. As a result of both Traditions by Anna and Marie Cordella, our daughter looked gorgeous and had the wedding planning and the wedding day of her dreams.”

~ Lauri C. 2015

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