I am an independent wedding gown designer based in San Diego, CA. I draw my inspiration from fine art, unusual fabrics, vintage styles, and the diverse cultures of the world. I was born in Long Beach, but grew up in West Africa, and have had the priviledge of living in many different countries around the world. I have always had a passion for art, and my studies in printmaking and figure drawing eventually lead me to dressmaking, the ultimate celebration of the human form.
The first wedding gown I ever made was my own, and I had so much fun making it that soon I began making gowns for friends, and eventually for clients. What began as a creative outlet has now grown into a small business, which has been established in San Diego since 2009. I currently have several collections of my original designs, which can be viewed on this website. Samples of most are available to be tried on at my studio. I also work extensively with local brides to design custom, one of a kind gowns.
I love designing wedding gowns because each gown is so unique and is a reflection of the bride. What higher purpose could a garment have that to clothe a woman on one of the most special days of her life? I view each wedding gown I make as a work of art, handmade with love.
Thank you for visiting my site, and whether it is one of my gowns or elsewhere, I hope you find a wedding gown that is truly you.
– Danielle Marie Berg
My goal in creating wedding gowns is to provide brides like myself with couture designs that are unique and original, but also accessible and affordable. I believe that a wedding gown should be an expression of who you are so that on your wedding day your true beauty will shine through. Here are my guiding principles and qualities that set my gowns apart:
- Creativity – Rather than following the trends and imitating other designers, (after all, where’s the fun in that?) I seek to create gowns that are unusual and different from the typical weddign gown, following my inspirations however far fetched they may seem. If you are tired of trying on cookie cutter wedding gowns that all look the same, I hope you will find my gowns to be a refreshing change.
- Individuality – Since women don’t come in generic shapes, sizes, and styles, neither do my gowns. Each gown is hand made to order and to your specific measurements, not pre-set sizes. As a small-scale designer, one of the benefits is that I am able to work with you to customize the design to your exact needs. Love it except for one little thing? Want an accent color? Different hem length? No problem! In most cases I can make changes to the design at no extra cost. And, if you want something really original, I can design a one of a kind custom gown.
- Service – I consider it a priveledge to make a gown for a woman to wear on one of the most special days of her life, and my goal is to make each bride feel honored and cared for throughout the process. In the midst of what can be a stressful process of wedding planning, I hope that my studio will be a haven of peace for harried brides. I am committed to serving my brides in any way possible and taking care of every detail so that their dress is perfect on their wedding day. I include alterations and fittings with no extra charges. Even up to the day before your wedding, if you have any issues with your dress or need any last minute adjustments, you can count on me to take care of you!
- Wearability – I don’t believe that you should spend the happiest day of your life miserable because your gown is uncomfortable, hot, and stuffy! That’s why comfort and wearability is one of my top priorities. I use all natural fabrics such as silk, linen, and cotton whenever possible, even in the linings. I make my gowns light weight and use boning only when necessary for support. Many of my gowns include built in bras or peticoats to reduce the hassle and fuss for you.
- Quality – I treat each of my gowns as a work of art, using the highest quality materials and taking care with every detail so that the gown will truly be a masterpiece.
Want to get to know me better? Here’s a little video about what I do: