Kelly came to us on a Wednesday night with her sister in tow, on the hunt for her perfect wedding gown. With just a very short window before her upcoming wedding, she knew she had to purchase a gown off-the-rack. We're always up for a good challenge, and Kelly was a bride on a mission. After a few maybe's, and a few definitely not's, we tried on the Maggie Sottero Patience dress. With it's flowing English net skirt, the delicate folds in the bodice, and the tiny accents of lace, all three of us in the fitting room instantly knew that this was the dress. So we bagged it up, Kelly went for a fitting, and was married just three short weeks later.
Kelly & Joe were married at the Partridge Hill Farm, located in Sandwich, NH; which has a 250 year old story. The barn is open for events from June through September, hosting weddings, retirement parties, community events, and anything else you can think of throwing a party for! The barn is both rustic, spacious, and is honestly just a beautiful setting (as seen by the photos).
Photos of the bride & groom were shared by Kate & Keith Photography . Enjoy!
If you subscribe to this magazine, or if you've been to one of the New England Bride bridal shows, then this is likely in your mailbox! Gracing the cover is none other than the beautiful Sophia Tolli dress, Emeline, style Y11709.
We're hearing the request for more relaxed, and boho styled wedding dresses daily, and believe us girls; we hear you! While each bride has their own vision of what qualifies as a boho wedding gown, a relaxed wedding gown, or a more vintage-looking wedding gown, we certainly have plenty of wedding dresses here that will qualify!
Today we're going to feature one of our more unique wedding dresses, Nicole by Sottero and Midgley. Made of eyelet lace and featuring a cutout halter neckline and a stunning open back, it's safe to say that this dress doesn't look like any other wedding dress that we have. If you aren't sure what eyelet lace is, eyelet lace is one of the most light, and airy variations from the lace family, and is usually made from a cotton, or silk blend. It's often referred to as the most "boho" wedding dress fabric of them all. Perfect for a backyard party, a destination beach wedding, or as shown in the desert - Nicole is truly adaptable to any situation besides a very formal soiree.
Photos courtesy of Sweet Paper Media (sweetpapermedia.com). We currently have Nicole in-stock and waiting for you to try!
We are so excited that this trend has started to take off! While there has always been a small handful of designers that offer some sort of a print wedding dress, or a floral print wedding dress - the trend has never really caught on (in this part of the country at least). We are so in love with the David Tutera "Orabelle" wedding dress, that we have it here in two sizes! We currently have our size 10 in the window display looking lovely with bridesmaids surrounding her; and a plus size sample in our curvy wedding dress department!
You may not have known that this dress also comes in a black and white print! Historically we've had a few black and white wedding dresses, but usually the wedding gown itself is black with your choice of white flowers, white embroidery, or white accents on the gown to create the black and white look. This gown is a custom created fabric made for David Tutera in a black and white print, which is super unique.
If you're coming to our David Tutera and Sophia Tolli trunk show starting on Friday, you'll be able to try on the lovely Orabelle as well as the new collections by both designers! This event is one of our favorites because rather than receiving a select few gowns from the collection, we're actually getting the entire newest collection for you to try! This event books quickly so I'd suggest making an appointment asap, you don't want to get stuck on the waiting list! Don't forget we schedule evening appointments on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at 5:00 & 6:30!
Above Photo courtesy of Leda & St.Jacques
Gone are the days of wearing your standard white or ivory bridal shoes. Brides today are wearing everything from sky high colored stiletto's to cowboy boots, to sneakers. Whether you're looking to wear something covered in glitter, or add a pop of color to your white or ivory dress, bridal shoes are a fun way to incorporate your own personal unique style into your day.
While we don't sell bridal shoes.... we sure love seeing them!
Courtney and Scott were married at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield ME on 9/7/16.
I had never heard of this venue when Courtney mentioned that this was her venue, but after seeing her wedding photos I'm blown away! Owned by acclaimed singer and songwriter Carol Noonan, it's website states that "this unique space is located just over the border from NH in Brownfield, Maine. Drive up a country road, with the mountains as your guide. When you reach the top there with it’s red clapboards, this special performance space towers over Noonan’s 200 year old farmhouse providing you with a dramatic audience experience you will not soon forget."
Stone Mountain Arts Center is 15 minutes from North Conway NH, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Portland Maine, 2 1/2 hours from Boston, and 1 1/2 hours from Portsmouth NH...not a bad drive to come to such a special spot!
It seems like yesterday that Courtney pulled up to the store with her mom to begin the search for her wedding gown. If you've never been to our store before, there is a back entrance with a large billboard sized image that you're faced with once you park your car. What are the odds that Courtney pulls up to the store; and the dress she was dying to try on was indeed on that billboard. After trying on multiple gowns during her appointment, the billboard dress ended up being the one! It was such a special, and surreal moment. Talk about fate!
Courtney walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Sottero & Midgley wedding gown, and added custom crystal cap sleeves to make it more her own. The end result was beautiful, and what's not to love about a beautiful ballgown in this setting?
I'm thrilled to share these photos with you taken by none other than Lindsay Flanagan (www.lindsayflanagan.com) - Located in Southern New Hampshire, available for events throughout New England. Enjoy!
Let's face it, shopping for your wedding gown is such a unique experience, that most people don't know how to prepare for it. This piece written by our store owner will guide you through how to prepare for your appointment, so saying yes to the dress will be a breeze!
1. Budget - Knowing what you want to spend on your wedding dress helps your consultant pull the perfect dress in your desired price point. Don't worry, this won't limit you; our wedding gown collection is affordably priced from $1100 - $4200. Most brides find that they have tons of wedding dresses within their desired budget, and often times find their wedding dress on their very first visit to our store.
2. Bring your favorites - We can't stress enough: Limit. Your. Posse.
Your mom, MOH, and closest people to you should accompany you to the appointment. We recommend bringing no more than 3 people with you to the appointment. Remember, it's very difficult for anyone to look past whether they personally care for a dress, rather than if it's right for the bride and her preferences. The more opinions you get, the more stressed you'll be. Trust us on this one.
3. Eat an hour before your appointment. - This way you'll be able to focus on making a decision without your stomach growling at you!
4. Keep an open mind. - 99.9% of the time brides walk out with what they initially said they "would never wear". Brides who dislike sparkle end up buying the most sparkly wedding dress in the entire store, girls who say they want a clean dress end up buying a wedding dress covered in lace. It's the best when this happens, because brides go with what makes their heart flutter and it's such an exciting moment when they say yes to the dress.
5. Share your Pinterest board! - This gives your consultant and instant idea of the vibe/look/style that you want for your big day. Even if we don't have the exact dress on the board, we're likely to have something similar. If you pin from our Pinterest board, then we're likely have every dress!
6. Tell your consultant what you're thinking and feeling. - We haven't been painstakingly sewing that wedding dress in the backroom for the past 6 months, so believe me; we're not heartbroken when you say you don't care for it. There's a perfect wedding dress out there for every bride, and the goal is for you to find it! Feedback helps your consultant figure out what to pull for you, based on your likes and dislike. Moral of the story is: don't be shy, tell us how you're feeling!
7. Let it happen! - Most of our brides find their wedding dress on their first appointment. With over 500 dresses in stock, its rare that a bride walks out without her dream dress. In case we failed to mention, every single one of our 500 wedding dresses is different, they aren't 30 different sizes of the same gown. That's a lot of wedding dresses in one store!
8. Saying yes to the dress should be as easy as saying yes to his proposal! - Saying yes to the dress should be effortless, fun, amazing, and easy! Saying yes to the dress should by no means be a stressful moment, and the only one who truly knows if it's "the" dress is YOU.
With the success of Beauty and the Beast, we figured why not share some of our interpretations of some of the most famous Disney princess dresses! While not every bride wants to look like a princess on their wedding day - let's be serious; every bride wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day. And since some Disney dresses can be a bit too literal, the ones we're sharing with you have that princess-esque feeling, without looking too cotumey. If you want to channel your inner Disney princess on your wedding day, then have a look a the wedding dresses we've chosen below! Disney Princess photos courtesy of: Disney.com
Up first is The Disney Cinderella dress! We think Sophia Tolli "Novella" is a beautiful way to look and feel like a princess on your wedding day!
Beauty and the Beast wedding dress! We all know Belle's classic and beautiful gold dress she wore in the original, and we fell in love all over again with the dress she wore in the latest movie. Trying to find a Belle wedding dress can be tough, but we think the key is to incorporate some of the styling of the Belle dress into your wedding dress. Maggie Sottero's Bianca shares the same striking bodice as Belle, while keeping some beautiful texture throughout the skirt! Picture it with some off-the-shoulder cap sleeves and boom, you've got your Belle princess wedding dress.
Jasmine wedding dress! We all loved the sass of Jamine in the movie Aladdin, and who didn't love her outfit? The Ashley Justin Bride dress below shares some of Jasmine's sass, while incorporating a little bit of boho styling.
Elsa wedding dress! We all know that Elsa's dress had beautiful long sleeves and a stunning cape flowing behind her. While these details can be challenging to find in a wedding dress, we do have one that we think fits the Elsa wedding-dress-look. David Tutera "Beryl" in the blue colorway feels very Elsa and has some winter vibes to it as well. Picture an evening wedding, with snow on the ground, and bling details everywhere - then picture wearing David Tuera Beryl. We think you'll agree, the Elsa vibes are there!
Tiana wedding dress! Tiana in her beautiful floral dress reminds us of David Tutera's Orabella wedding dress. With Orabella's stunning floral pattern, this dress gives us all the Tiana feels.
Rapunzel wedding dress! Inspired by the boho look of Rapunzel's dress, we think that Sottero and Midgley Gabriella has the styling and feel of this classic Disney princess look. In lieu of flowers in your hair try a flower crown!
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If you follow our instagram then you probably noticed that we were in Chicago last week! We zipped out of Manchester last Saturday after a busy busy day at the store, and landed in Chicago to prep ourselves for the next two days ahead. Sunday morning we were up bright and early to visit Maggie Sottero and watch their runway show that began at 9:30AM. Let me tell you girls, there were SO MANY dresses that we loved from their new collection, it was hard to keep our spending to a minimum in there! You are going to love all the new styles. There are so many soft looks, romantic styling, boho chic, I could go on and on. We also watched Mori Lee runway shows, David Tutera, Sophia Tolli, we popped in to Stella York & Essense of Australlia .. we literally saw everyone in 48 hours. We even picked up a new company that shall-not-be-named as of yet, (we're keeping it a secret for now) but the dresses we bought were ahhh maaaa zzziiingggg. Seriously, unlike any dresses you've ever seen before. I'll be sure to post photos once they arrive to the store. But needless to say after 48 hours in Chicago we got a serious amount of wedding dresses coming in, so if you haven't found your perfect wedding dress yet, have no fear; it's probably on its way here! Below are some sneak peeks! Enjoy!
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Friday, March 10 - Saturday, March 18!
You may have noticed on our homepage that we're hosting an event this week! We often get questions about what this event is all about, this blog is to try and help explain!
For one week only we will be hosting an event for both Essense of Australia wedding dresses, and Stella York wedding dresses. During this event we're having 20-30 of the newest styles from both companies flown into our store for our brides to try on! This means if you're loving either one of these brands, this event is an amazing way to see more of these designs without having to go to multiple places to see them. You'll also get to try brand new styles that haven't even been delivered to stores yet, or gowns you may have never seen otherwise!
We love hosting these events, and we love even more when brides choose their perfect wedding dress from one that's part of the event! What's especially awesome about this event is that we got a HUGE range of sizes for brides to try on! Yes, even plus size wedding dresses came for this event! (Usually companies don't send any plus size samples during an event, but don't worry, we have a ton in-stock anyways!).
So if you're a curvy bride to be looking for a plus size Essense of Australia wedding dress, or a plus size Stella York wedding dress, then look no further; it's here waiting for you! The boxes arrived today and we're busy unpacking them and getting them ready for you! If you're looking to come in during this event, I'd suggest an appointment, we book up fast! We can't wait to meet you!
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Given that we're hosting an event for MoriLee Bridals this week, I figured why not highlight one of our brides who wore a beautiful MoriLee wedding gown for her big day! Erica wore a stunning champagne mermaid MoriLee gown that she added custom crystal spaghetti straps to (we love this!) while Greg wore a classic crisp black tuxedo.
Erica and Greg were married at Tupper Manor on a beautiful September day. If you've never been to Tupper Manor, it's a magnificent mansion located in Beverly, Massachusetts. It's also surrounded by beautiful ocean views which provide amazing photo opportunities. It's a toss up as to which is more beautiful at this location, the stunning marble floors and the grand decor of the interior; or the huge fountain that welcomes you and your guests to the property. We're so excited to share these beautiful photographs captured by Artifact Images (artifactimagesnh.com) - enjoy!
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Did you know that we have a showroom within our store that is completely dedicated to the plus size bride to be?
If you've been shopping for your wedding gown, then you know the sizing on the gowns is not that friendly. If you haven't found out by now, then you should know that wedding dresses run extremely small. So small in fact, that brides often times have to go up one or two sizes larger than their standard dress size when ordering (Yup, no fun). Because of this, we often hear that brides that are a size 14 and up struggle to find places that carry gowns in larger sizes for them to try.
I get phone calls and hear stories of girls telling us that their previous experience was horrible, and they had nothing to try on. Or that the store they went to previously only had 3-4 wedding gowns in a curvy size for them to try, or that nobody wanted to help them. This breaks our heart, and I seriously cannot believe some of the stories that I hear. Nobody should feel that way for what should be an exciting, once in-a-lifetime experience. Girls looking for a plus size wedding dress should be treated the same as any other bride looking for their wedding dress, and they should have options!
We believe that every bride should have the same magical experience when shopping for the wedding gown, and your pant size shouldn't determine what kind of experience you have. We currently have over 150 plus size wedding gowns for brides to try, ranging in size from 16 to a 32, and a very experienced staff here waiting to help you find your dream wedding gown. We can't wait to meet you!
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It's the craziest time of the year here, and we are having so much fun helping all the newly engaged brides find their wedding gowns!
With all the excitement here, I've forgotten to share with you some stunning imges that were graciously shared with us by Wonderbliss Photography! (www.wonder-bliss.com)
Tiffany and her husband Liam were married at Newfound Lake, and had their reception at Meadow Wind B&B in Hebron, NH. Meadow Wind is literally the epitome of a New England Barn wedding venue. It's beautiful grounds, the barn itself, and the location are everything a rustic bride dreams of. Tiffany wore a beautiful flowing tulle wedding dress by Allure Bridals, complete with a stunning statement back. Completing off this couple's wedding fashion, was Liam sporting his dapper looking navy tux. Accented with pops of cranberry, and a beautiful mixed bouquet; this wedding was simply beautiful and romantic. Tiffany finished her bridal look with a crystal bridal headpiece in lieu of a veil, and the sparkly bridal headpiece finished her look perfectly! Have a look at these incredible photos, and a big thank you to Wonderbliss photography!
We introduced these two brands to our ever-growing family of designer brands this past September, and boy are we glad we did! While both designer lines from the same Australian design team, each division has it's own distinct look.
Stella York's own website states that their line is, "Glamorous. Sexy. Extravagant. Stella York wedding dresses are more than just a designer label. It’s an indelible mind-set — with each creation a perfect complement to a bride’s attitude, style and spirit. Wearing a Stella York gown, a bride will truly be as the name suggests — the stella, or “star” of her wedding day — adorned in a head-turning creation brought to life by the same Australian design team that brings elegance and sophistication to the designer wedding gown labels of Essense of Australia and Martina Liana."
While the Essense of Australia line boasts, "Influenced by the fashion houses of Europe and the fashion center of New York, every Essense of Australia gown is painstakingly imagined and created by our talented and highly experienced Australian design team. At the heart of each signature Essense gown is luxurious fabric and exquisite beading. The wedding gown line offers a diverse compilation of elegantly crafted designer wedding dresses ranging from glamorous, draped Angel Satin to alluring laces and Satin Chiffon. The use of authentic Swarovski crystals and diamantés adds the perfect touch of shimmering, head-turning sparkle."
It's true, these two designers are different than any other brand we've historically carried. The fits are incredible, the attention to detail on every dress is unreal, and the price points are killer. To us, there's no better way to welcome these two award winning designer labels to our family of designer brands, than to have a trunk show!
Please join us on Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2
As we say goodbye to 2016, by welcoming in the 2017 collections by both Essense of Australia and Stella York!
During this one-week-only-event, gowns from the 2017 collection will be here for you to try!
We're taking one of our 6 showrooms and turning it into a Stella York & Essense of Australia showroom for the week!
You don't want to miss this!!
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Did you know that special ordering your bridesmaids dresses can take up to 6 months?! Yes, you heard that correct! Bridesmaids work similar, yet different from wedding dresses. They're similar in the sense that you have to special order them, but different in the sense that they are offered in a ton of colors, so that you can easily make your wedding fantasies a reality, and have your girls look just as amazing in their dresses as you do in your wedding dress. Here's a quick guide to bridesmaids shopping success!
1. Schedule an appoinment. By scheduling an appointment you reserve a fitting room for your party, this way you don't have to wait around for one to open up.
2. Try to get your entire group together and in on the same day. This will make it easier for you, and result in less trips. You'll also get an honest opinion from your girls as a group while they're together.
3. Have a color in mind. This is often times a starting point - for some brides it's finding the dress everyone is happy with. Lately we've seen the trend of the bride choosing the color she wants, and having her girls choose their own dress that's offered in her chosen color.
4. Try on the dress even if you hate the color we have it in. Not every gown is hanging on the rack in the most flattering color combination. Unfortunately we have no control over our bridesmaids sample colors, and yes; they come in any color you want!
5. Have your girls get measured and order their dress! Each girl will put a down payment on their dress, which allows us to have it made in their size, and the chosen color. The balance isn't due until the dress arrives.
That's it! It's pretty simple! We stock over 500 bridesmaids dresses, so you'll be sure to find dresses that your girls will love.
We can't wait to meet you!
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Andover Country Club is a venue we hear quite often from our brides, due to it's prime location, and wonderful amenities. The venue showcases beautiful gardens, with a backdrop of their championship golf course. The indoor reception space at the Andover Country Club is finished with marble top bars, beautiful fireplaces, and grand pianos. When brides come to us looking for their wedding dress to wear at the Andover Country Club, we often hear that they want to look elegant, sophisticated, and classic. It's no surprise that this venue is one that we love seeing photos from, and the Andover Country Club is a must-see if you haven't yet chosen your wedding venue. Today we're highlighting Heather and Tim who were married this past September. Heather is wearing a beautiful wedding gown by Allure Bridals, with a cathedral veil and she couldn't have looked more stunning. The photos were graciously shared by Benoit & McCarthy Photography, (benoit-mccarthy.com) - we hope you enjoy them!
PS! If you were thinking about wearing a cathedral length veil... we hope that these photos convince you to go for it!
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Choosing the perfect neckline is often the hardest challenge when working with a bride, because let's face it, not every neckline is flattering on every bride. Did you know that choosing the right neckline can give the illusion that you are taller, slimmer, smaller chested or even larger chested? Sign me up, right? Well let's go through a few necklines and find out what's going to work for you!
Often good for brides who feel as though their top is not quite as full as they'd like it to be. The open neckline opens up the torso and elongates the neck, in return making a bride feel taller. A sweetheart neckline is usually defined by a heart shaped top, though they can be more modest, or more revealing depending on the cut. Looking for a more traditional sweetheart, try Arlyn by Maggie Sottero. Feeling a bit more sexy and daring? Give Marianne by Maggie Sottero a try, we have both!
Halter / High Neck
Often good for a bride that wants bit more modesty, a high neck wedding gown is both hard to find, and unique. Brides who feel a bit more broad in the shoulders, feel that this cut brings them in a bit more and makes them appear more narrow. Halter wedding dresses have for the most part gone by the wayside, as most wedding dress manufacturers have moved into creating high neck wedding dresses rather than halter top wedding dresses. Looking to try one? Check out Allure Bridals style C280, or Essense of Australia style D2174, we have both!
The name says it all, characterized by a classic V front and V back, this style is great for anyone medium - to - full - busted. Fuller busted girls can often wear a bra under this style and it can sometimes minimize, whereas smaller busted girls often feel as though they can't fill them out properly. However as the saying goes, you won't know how it fits unless you try! Check out Stella York style 5922 and Allure Bridals style 9124!
Off the Shoulder
Perfect for the bride who wants to showcase her collarbones, or for the bride who wants to cover a bit of her upper arm, this style looks great on most shapes and sizes. Beware, when this style is tailored properly you may not have the easiest time moving your arms! Looking to try one? Check out David Tutera Aura, or Maggie Sottero Riviera! We have both!
Similar to the off-the-shoulder style, this neckline is often characterized by a soft scoop extending from one shoulder to the other. This style is also often referred to as being very "Jackie O", as her classic wedding gown featured this neckline. Allure Bridals style 9155 is a vintage inspired gown that features a classic portrait neckline, come try it!
Sometimes referred to as an illusion neckline wedding dress, this cut is great for the bride who wants a little more coverage, but doesn't love the cut of a high neck gown. A bateau neckline follows the collarbone directly across the chest often in a straight line, to create coverage in either a more modest, or sexy sheer way. This can be great for the fuller busted girl, or someone smaller who just wants the coverage! Check out Maggie Sottero Deidre, and Mori Lee style 2702, we have them both!
The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and winter is just around the corner. The downside to this time of year is, well, all of those things.... But the upside is - it's wedding season!!! We are loving seeing all the photos roll in from our brides, and hit the blogs of their photographers. We often feel as though we've gone through a journey with our brides, and seeing the end result is the best feeling!
We're going to feature one of our brides, Kathleen who traveled to us from Charlestown MA to find her perfect wedding gown. Kathleen was a blast to work with, and said "yes!" to the dress on what I think was gown #3. Guess it's true, when you know, you know! In that very same appointment Kathleen headed upstairs to the bridesmaids department, and said yes to stunning navy sequin bridesmaids dresses. I was dying to see this wedding party all put together, and when I saw the photos I was ecstatic!
Kathleen and Paul were married this September and celebrated at the Oceanview of Nahant. Nestled on what feels like a private island oasis of all things beautiful and lovely, the Oceanview provides spectacular ocean views, and one heck of a backdrop for your wedding photography. The photos were graciously shared by ShutterEyes Photography, based out of Boston (www.shuttereyesphotography.com). Congratulations Kathleen and Paul, you all looked amazing!
You may or may not have noticed on our homepage that we have the honor of showcasing the collections by David Tutera & Sophia
Tolli before any other store in the country! For those of you who are unsure what an event like this means, I'm going to break it down for you!
What is this event?
This event is to showcase the newest collections that are from both designers, that won't hit stores until mid 2017. This means if your wedding date falls anywhere between now and October of 2017, then these dresses would never have been an option for you to try on, or walk down the aisle in!
Can I buy these gowns off-the-rack?
No. The gowns that are here belong to the designer, and they're the same gowns that you see photographed on the website! Every gown that is part of this event belongs to Mon Cheri, we just have the awesome perk of having them in the store for the month of November! Our lucky brides get to try on these brand new wedding dresses and order their own in their size & color!! After the month of November is up, they go back to Mon Cheri's headquarters.
What happens if I like a gown, but my wedding isn't until 2018?
As the saying goes, when it's right; it's right! We have lots of brides who have already purchased for 2018, and if you find your perfect David Tutera or Sophia Tolli wedding gown during this event, don't be afraid to say yes! Shows are the most fun times for our brides to shop, and the consultants love it too! We love seeing our brides try on the newest wedding dresses, and the possibility of walking down the aisle in something that nobody else can have is pretty cool if you ask us!
Can't I try the gown on again at a later time?
While we carry both of these designers, there's no guarantee that we purchased (for the store) the dress that you fall in love with during this show. In other words, this is likely your only chance to buy it should you fall in love. Often times it's fate when a bride falls in love with one of the trunk show dresses because when they're gone.... they're gone!
We can't wait to meet you when you come in, and hopefully you have the opportunity to try on these amazing wedding dresses while they're here! Until then, here's a few sneak previews!
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Something about these wedding photos makes my heart warm. Maybe it's because Amanda was such a wonderful bride to work with, maybe it's the stunning photos by Lena Mirosola Photography, but every bit of this wedding is sure to make you smile. Everyone in the store could literally feel her exitement when we got these photos. I mean, how cute is Amanda in her "getting ready" flannel top that says "Bride"!? We also couldn't help but spot our crystal bride pin on the pocket of her flannel top while she was getting ready - love, love, love!
If you haven't heard of Harrington Farm, then I can almost guarantee that you'll be looking it up after you see these wedding photos. Located in Princeton Massachusetts, it's property showcases a renovated post and beam barn built in 1763, a warm cozy fireplace, and a built in bar for your guests to indulge in the adult beverage of their choice. Amanda walked down the aisle in a wedding dress by Maggie Sottero named "Melanie", and her husband Steve looked equally as great in his gray tuxedo. Congratulations to Amanda & Steve, and a big thank you to Lena Mirisola Photography! (lenamirisolaphoto.com). We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!
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I cannot tell you the amount of times a bride has said that she wanted to be "comfortable... and not hot" in her dress at her destination venue over the length of time that I've been here. Pretty much every time a destination wedding comes up, brides mention this; and trying to find a stylish, fashionable, and well fitting gown that fits the criteria of comfortable and not hot is nearly impossible.
The reality is that if you're going to a spectacular destination in a warm/hot climate to get married... you're going to be hot. We said it! However, if the end result is getting photos like these, then I'd say it was worth it!! Today we're sharing photos from one of our brides Tracy, who wore a beautiful Sottero and Midgley wedding gown named Stella in Aruba. Tracy did not let her venue limit her to the traditional flowy, chiffon, beachy destination wedding gown. She turned heads in this showstopping Sottero and Midgley wedding gown and the photos were captured by Demian Gibbs Photography (www.demiangibbs.com).
Tracy made a statement in this amazing couture wedding gown, and the photos are absolutely spectacular. We really can't stress enough: get the dress you LOVE and wear it wherever your venue happens to be. Feeling amazing, confident, and fabulous comes through in your photos, so be true to yourself and rock your dress!!! Thank you so much Demian Gibbs for sharing these photos with us, and congratulations to Tracy and Jeff!
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Located in Jaffrey New Hampshire, The Shattuck is located at the foot of Mount Monadnock and is a highly talked about golf course with a beautiful wedding venue! Their stone terrace is a perfectly manicured and memorable ceremony space, and their grand ballroom showcases soaring cathedral ceilings that will give your guests a breathtaking view to Mount Monadnock. This venue has the incredible ability to combine the backdrop of a rolling mountain range, and luscious greens working in perfect harmony with it's surroundings. Add to this a sunny fall New England day you're going to get some beautiful wedding pictures. Today I'm sharing with you the wedding of Cassandra and Bryan who were married this past September, 2016. The photos were so graciously shared by Lee Germeroth Photography of Keene, NH (Click to view his website!). Seeing as we're celebrating the Month of Maggie Magic, it's only fitting to showcase one of our Maggie Brides! Cassandra is wearing a soft tulle scoop neck wedding dress by Maggie Sottero named Caitlin. The etherial tulle skirt combined with the soft cap sleeves of this wedding dress reads both romantic, classic, and beautiful. I'm also loving the groomsmen in heather gray suits! Congratulations to Cassandra & Bryan, and a big thank you to Lee Germeroth Photography!
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Tucked into the Lakes Region of NH, the Wolfeboro Inn is the perfect desination for a wedding. The property itself boasts perfectly manuicured lawns, a stunning white tent, and a picturesque Winnipesaukee Ballroom. They even have a 65 ft. boat that you can cruise around the lake on, seriously what's not to like?! Another added perk of getting married in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is well... you know, the Lake.
The photo ops up there are incredible, and set a spectacular backdrop for your wedding day. If this is your wedding venue, then one thing is certain; it will have your guests soaking in the beauty of the Lakes Region, and enjoying every moment of your big day.
Today I'm choosing to highlight one of our beautiful brides Elissa. Elissa and Spencer were married on beautiful summer day in August, and their love and excitement was captured by none other than Kate & Keith Photography. Elissa wore a stunning Maggie Sottero wedding dress in a soft antique ivory color that made the lace on this dress pop; and it also paired beautifully with Spencer's gray suit. The photos capture the pure happiness and joy on the both of their faces, and we couldn't be more thrilled to share these images with you. Congratulations to Elissa & Spencer, and a big thank you to Kate & Keith Photography!
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I can't be the only gal that loves a wedding dress that is covered in crystals... Right? On your big day, sometimes you just want to shine, shimmer, sparkle, and wear a dress unlike anything else you'll ever wear again in your life. For some people this is a ballgown, for other people this is a show stopping mermaid, and for others it's all about the bling.
Crystal wedding dresses, bling wedding dresses, sparkle wedding dreses, whatever you want to call it; are often times the most challenging to find. Seems silly right, how hard can it be to find a sparkly wedding dress? Well, a few factors come into play when we're purchasing wedding dresses for the store.
1.) What is the quality of the sparkle?
Is it a flat, mirrored bead that lays flat on the gown and doesn't sparkle much?
Or is it a pronged (think of a diamond in a setting) high quality crystal that gets sewn onto the dress one-by-one, to give the effect that you're just glittering in the light.
2.) How tight is the beadwork?
Is it very spaced out and creating a pattern? Or is it very tight and clustered so that per square inch there are hundreds, even thousands of beads all over the dress to give it an amazing sparkle.
3.) Price point.
Does the cost of the gown reflect the quality? Would you spend "xxx" on this dress just because it's sparkly, or does the quality, the workmanship, and the materials reflect the price point?
We weigh all of these options when we purchase our gowns, and we try to stick to gowns that are tightly beaded, use high quality swarovski crystals, that are completely lined, boned, and have construction inside the dress that will make you feel tight and secure. And lastly, we try to purchase gowns that aren't so crazy-priced that you're afraid to try them; but wedding dresses that reflect the workmanship, the quality of materials, and the skill of the person creating your one-of-a-kind wedding dress.
Below is one of our beloved Allure Couture gowns that we just got back in, I've included a few close-ups of the gown to show you the ridiculous amounts of sparkle on this dress. It's one of my personal favorites, and it's a glittery showstopper!
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If you follow us on instagram, then you already know that we spent the majority of last week at Chicago Bridal Market. If you don't know what a Bridal market is, then get comfortable, because I'm about to tell you all about it! Each year every manufacturer we carry debuts their gowns at what are called Bridal Markets twice a year (to show their spring and fall collections). They usually begin in LA, where the major magazine editors, the Knot, as well as many of the Couture bridal designers debut their collections, from there the gowns travel to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and finally finish in New York City. Each designer has runway shows in each city to show their collection, and buyers from all over the country travel to these markets and carefully choose the gowns they want to carry for their store.
Last week we visited Chicago, which is unusual for us, since we generally travel to Dallas when we do our buying. Traveling to Dallas allows us to fly under the radar, and visit the showrooms without the hustle and bustle of Chicago or NYC showrooms. However due to scheduling conflicts, we opted to visit Chicago this year, and boy did we have a whirlwind of a trip! Each showroom we visited was jam packed with buyers, sales reps, and even designers! We had the amazing opportunity to meet David Tutera as well as Sophia Tolli, and even chat with the owner of Mon Cheri Bridals!
We are so used to flying under the radar in Dallas, so shopping this market was completely different for us. We ended up flipping our name tags around so that while we were walking by manufacturer showrooms we didn't get flagged down to view their collection. It seemed as though every major bridal manufacturer was chasing us down to view their new collections, and even offering to put wedding dresses in our store for free just to test market their new line! It was such an honor to feel as though all the manufacturers wanted to do business with us, but boy did it slow us down.
We watched endless runway shows, and selected our favorites from what seemed like hundreds and hundreds of wedding dresses to finally choose what we were going to buy. We too buy our dresses with a budget, and we carefully select what we would like to choose for you to try that way you get the best selection when you visit our store, and we also get the best dresses for you to try. I've included a few photos, including one of the exterior of the Mart, it's HUGE. Bridal took up the entire 7th floor, and in 3 days we walked 10 miles to pick the very best wedding dresses for you! In the end we purchased 3 new wedding dresses manufacturers, 2 new bridesmaids manufacturers, TONS of wedding dresses and accessories; and we can't wait for them to come in for you to try!
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Hi! I'm Katy, a bridal consultant at Marry & Tux Bridal. In addition to helping brides, I also build the website and love writing on our blog/get inspired page! Tag us on instagram if you'd like your wedding to be featured! #marryandtux