Posts Tagged ‘Bridal Gowns’

Spotlight on White Dresses Boutique, Alabama

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

In the 1930s, Madie Ella Leonard opened a fine dress store in an Alabama town. Convinced that mixing the fashions of the Big Apple with service drenched in Southern charm would create a shop people would have to revisit, Madie purchased her first lines of inventory. Though many told her Alabama couldn’t handle couture, Madie went on to operate one of the most influential dress shops in the South. With the same love of couture and desire to bring something new to the Alabama bridal market, Madie’s nieces, along with their mom, opened White Dresses. White Dresses blends couture bridal gowns with service dunked in Southern charm to create a bridal shopping experience unlike any other.

 

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GO: How long have you been in business?
WD: We opened our quaint little bridal boutique at the end of January 2013. However, we started planning our shop far earlier! We modeled the boutique after our Great Great Aunt’s couture clothing shop and are so excited to carry on a similar family business.

GO: What designers do you carry?
WD: White Dresses offers a host of fabulous designers that are exclusive to our bridal salon in the Southeast, including Marchesa, Rosa Clará, Sareh Nouri, Jesús Peiró, Anna Maier ~ Ulla-Maija, Stephanie Allin, Palazzo, and Hayley Paige.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
WD: White Dresses does not offer in-house alterations. However, we do suggest an alterations specialist for brides who purchase and will facilitate the first fitting with the alterations specialist at our shop.

GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes?
WD: We do sell accessories and veils!

White Dresses offers a host of designers for veils, including Toni Federici, Nilah & Company, Marisol Aparicio, and Enchanted Atelier. We also offer many different accessories, including belts, headpieces and jewelry from wonderful designers across the United States, including a.b. Ellie, Elisabeth Newton, and Elizabeth Bower.

GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids/children?
WD: White Dresses is the proud Alabama home of Dolly Pearl, which can translate well to a mothers dress or a bridesmaid dress! While we have many of the samples in store in a variation of ivory or blush, Dolly Pearl offers many great colors and we can order any dress in any color!

GO: Do you have a Trunk Show Schedule?
WD: Yes! We keep our website updated with upcoming trunk shows under the Events page!

GO: What is your salon’s mission?
WD: White Dresses is focused on more than helping a bride find a gorgeous white dress, our goal is to provide a bride an experience that is unparalleled by any bridal boutique. From the moment a bride walks into our store, we make sure she is comfortable and we learn more about her than just her name and wedding date. Our brides are special and we want to make sure they feel that way!

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
WD: Our salon offers a Pure White Appointment and a Dressing Service. The experience at our salon makes it different than any other bridal boutique!

GO: In your own words, describe the bridal salon experience that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
WD: White Dresses modeled its business plan after our Great Great Aunt’s couture clothing store and one thing Aunt Madie always preached was making sure you were more than just a salesperson showing off amazing clothing! When a bride comes to our store, they are greeted outside with a personalized sign congratulating them on their appointment. Our consultants know the bride’s name before they ever walk in! We sit down and learn about them by diving into their wedding. We want to be more than someone who helps them slip on a dress, we want to be their friend and confidant. We get to know the bride, their family, and build a true relationship. When a bride selects her dress, her experience doesn’t end there – we continue the relationship by keeping in touch with the bride and sending them a special treat on their big day!

GO: What are your hours?
WD: White Dresses is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., but we are all about service so we will come in as early or late as needed for our brides (whether it is on an off day or not)!

GO: Anything special you want your readers to know?
WD: White Dresses isn’t your everyday bridal boutique – the owners were raised on this stuff! We grew up having Aunt Madie teach us about laces on her front porch in the Southern summer heat! Aunt Madie’s lessons were deeper than fabric lessons, though. She taught us about knowing your clients, being truly open with others, and not being afraid to give – because the rewards you reap from giving are far greater than any gown sales could be. Learning these lessons when we were young makes us far better at our job now.

White Dresses Boutique
500 Providence Main Street
Huntsville, AL 35806
T: 256.270.8895
whitedressesboutique.com

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NOW PLAYING: Reem Acra Spring/Summer 2013 Bridal Collection

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Attending a Reem Acra fashion show is always a special treat. Before I enter her atelier, I always ask myself, “I wonder what Reem has up her sleeve this season?” And as always, she consistently blows me away with her impeccable styling, her selection of music and her overall inspiration that you can see being carried out through every collection. Without further ado, the Reem Acra Spring/Summer 2013 bridal collection filmed by Loudbyte Cinematography!


Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography

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NOW PLAYING: Loudbyte Cinematography films Vera Wang “Mei Meng” Bridal Collection

Friday, June 29th, 2012

One of the most talked about collections this season, the Vera Wang’s Spring/Summer 2013 Bridal Collection entitled “Mei Meng” was a vision in red. “Mei Meng” means “beautiful dream” and that’s exactly what I experienced when watching this collection hit the runway. Vera Wang truly outdid herself this season with not even one white gown being shown in her line. Colors from dahlia to scarlet, to crimson and vermillion, this collection defined the true meaning of love with its boldy romantic yet seductive and sexy looks.

Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography

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NOW PLAYING: Loudbyte Cinematography Films Oscar de la Renta SS13 Bridal Collection!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Oscar de la Renta’s Spring/Summer 2013 Bridal Collection was truly a treat for those who got to witness it first hand. A collection filled with luscious pastel colors, intricate laces and styled beautifully to the 9′s, this collection was an honor to view. Mr. de la Renta also debuted a few “surprises” in the show. Can you tell what it is? Hint, think “mini de la Renta…”

Oscar de la Renta New York Bridal Fashion Show from Loudbyte Cinematography on Vimeo.

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NOW PLAYING: Loudbyte Cinematography films Rivini SS 2013 Bridal Collection!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Designer Rita Vinieris explored the juxtaposition of classicism and modernism for her SS2013 Rivini couture bridal gown collection. A magical collection that was inspired by a Rodney Smith photograph of a ballerina dancing alongside an indoor pool, Rivini utilized soft textures (tulle, organzas and laces) and an airy color palette of ivories, nudes and copper tones. From the hair to makeup to the overall styling of each look, Loudbyte Cinematography did a phenomenal job capturing the exquisite details incorporated in Rivini’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection!


Cinematography: Loudbyte Cinematography
Location: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Jewelry: Efva Attling

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Loudbyte Cinematography films Ines Di Santo Fall/Winter 2012 Couture Bridal and Evening Collection!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Flash back to Sunday morning, April 15th, 9AM at the Jumeirah Essex House in Manhattan. It was a glorious sunny morning and I remember walking down Central Park South so giddy with excitement to see what my dear friend Ines Di Santo has her up sleeve for the upcoming season. Ines’ collections always blow me away. She puts her heart and soul into every gown she creates and it’s always an honor to sit front row at her show and witness first hand the magic that her brand embodies. Here is the debut of the Fall/Winter 2012 couture bridal and evening collection by Ines Di Santo filmed by Loudbyte Cinematography!


Hair Combs: Maria Elena Headpieces
Earrings and Rings: Jimmy Crystal New York

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Loudbyte Cinematography films Romona Keveza Collections!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

When our team attends the NYC Couture Bridal Market every April and October, it is a whirlwind of excitement and a pure adrenaline rush. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what “Bridal Market” is, it is like the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week of the bridal world happening twice a year in NYC where the worlds most talented couture bridal designers debut their new collections to buyers and press. Also knows as “Bridal Fashion Week” the shows happen at various locations all over Manhattan, so needless to say it is a lot of hopping in and out of a car every hour on the hour, racing to get to the next runway. It is quite the media frenzy and I’m sure my fellow editors can agree!

Each market, I have the pleasure to work with some amazing talent that capture the shots on the catwalks for us. For the past 7 years, Mike Colon Photographers has been photographing our runways that you can see in our magazine editorials and on our websites. It is quite the strenuous job, and we sincerely appreciate Mike Colon Photographers flying in from California to cover this for us!

This past April, we had the pleasure to welcome some new members to our Bridal Market team, Loudbyte Cinematography! With gear in hand, husband and wife team Steve Gribben and Ton-Essa La’Rocque flew in from the Windy City to cover the bridal fashion shows and created amazing fashion films for us which we are delighted to finally debut. Loudbyte is truly revolutionizing the world of cinematography and we can’t thank you enough for all your hard work during market!

We are excited to share the first fashion film by Loudbyte Cinematography, the Spring/Summer 2013 Romona Keveza Collection, the Spring/Summer 2013 Legends by Romona Keveza Collection and the Fall/Winter 2012 Romona Keveza Luxe Evening Collection. Enjoy!

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Spotlight on Laura’s Couture Collection, Kansas

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Recognized as one of the top bridal salons in the country, Laura’s Couture Collection in Kansas offers a luxurious setting, impeccable service and an exquisite selection of couture gowns. Laura Manse, the owner of Laura’s Couture Collection works closely with the most innovative designers who set the bridal trends, bringing the best gowns available in the world back to her salon. Laura answered a few questions about the services and exceptional features that are offered at her salon.
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GO: How long have you been in business?
LM
: Since 1993

GO: What designers do you carry?
LM
: We carry the couture designer names of Reem Acra, Jenny Packham, Rivini, Eugenia, Liancarlo, Lee Ann Belter, Nicole Miller and many more in our Shawnee, KS salon.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
LM
: Yes, all of our alterations are done on site, and your gown does not leave the salon until you are ready to pick it up.

GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes? If so, what designers?
LM
: Laura’s Couture Collection offers a variety of shoe styles by Grazia. Tony Fredrici, Paris and Erin Cole veils and accessories are also available.

GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids?
LM
: The bridesmaid’s dresses that we carry at Laura’s include Siri, Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier. While for mother’s we have Siri, Liancarlo and Monique Lhuillier.

GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
LM
: Reem Acra will be featuring a trunk show in our salon the first full weekend in October. The dresses will be at Laura’s starting Thursday, October 6th and staying until Saturday, October 8th. For more shows visit our website.

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
LM
: The motto of our salon is “Experience the Elegance.” Based upon that motto, we strive to create the most enjoyable and elegant experience for each one of our brides. By scheduling our appointments we give brides complete one-on-one time to find and style their special wedding dress. We want you to remember every aspect of your dress; from shopping in our salon, to your fittings and final pick up, to the actual ceremony, for it to be the happiest and most fun it can possibly be!

GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
LM
: I found my own wedding gown shopping experience to be more ordinary than I had hoped it to be. After all, this was the dress I was going to wear on the happiest day of my life, and I wanted to have an extraordinary experience shopping for it. From my own experience, I decided to provide brides with the attention and one-on-one styling that they deserve when searching for the perfect dress. The experience at Laura’s Couture Collection is one of happiness and fun, never a stuffy or boring atmosphere.

GO: What are your hours?
LM
: By appointment only,
Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5:30pm
Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday.

GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
LM
: We love our brides and our brides love us! It’s a great feeling to see the brides come into the store, even years later, to show off pictures from their wedding because they are still excited to see us and show us how we made their big day even more special.

Thank you Laura for giving us look into your services and BEAUTIFUL salon!

Laura’s Couture Collection
T: 913.631.3010
13010 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, Kansas, 66216
www.laurascouture.com

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Spotlight on Le Salon Bridal Boutique

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Le Salon located in Royal Oak, Michigan and at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL offers the most unique experiences for brides and their couture gowns. After chatting with the staff at Le Salon I was so thrilled to hear about their phenomenal services that they offer each bride. The best way to demonstrate one of their services, “I Before the We” is to show it on video.

“The Couture Shoot” is a day filled of fashion and pampering. First, your day begins with a soothing massage and facial followed by a wine tasting at a local winery. Then after your relaxation sets in, it’s off to hair and make up where you will be prepped for a fashion shoot in your gown at a professional photo studio. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for the bride to play with a different look before the wedding day and document her couture experience. After the shoot, the bride joins her friends and family back at Le Salon to preview her pictures and enjoy the wine she selected earlier that day. It’s what they call the “I Before the We” experience where a bride can take an entire day to relax and enjoy modeling in her gown and have the entire experience immortalized in her “Couture Book.” Like her own wedding album, the “Couture Book” tells the journey before her wedding, which she can later share with her husband. A modern tradition only available at Le Salon. See “The Couture Shoot” experience documented in the video below.

So what else does Le Salon offer their brides you may ask??

GO: How long have you been in business?
LS : 2 Years

GO: What designers do you carry?
LS
: Rosa Clara, Jenny Packham, St Pucchi, Jesus del Pozo, Oasis, Francesca Miranda, Watters, Justin Alexander, Two by Rosa, Aire Barcelona, Pattis Bridal and Wtoo.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
LS
: Yes. Clients with Couture Fit have priority for alterations, as they are limited in availability to ensure the highest quality fit.

GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes? If so, what designers?
LS
: The accessories designers we have are Nuage Collection exclusively at Le Salon, Thomas Knoell of New York, Malis Henderson of Montreal, Denise Ilitch Designs of Detroit, Jenny Packham. For veils we carry Nuage Collection, Francesca Miranda & St Pucchi and shoes we carry Rosa Clara, James Ciccotti & Aruna Seth. (Arriving Soon)

GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids/children?
LS
: Yes. See our blog for our most up to date listings.

GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
LS
: Yes. But they’re private – from the initial consultation we can recommend which trunk shows to attend.

GO: What is your salon’s mission?
LS
: It is the mission of Le Salon Bridal Boutique to offer the ultimate couture experience and that every bride feels like they are the only bride at Le Salon.

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
LS
: Couture Fit – The Couture Fit is exclusively offered at both Le Salon Royal Oak & Chicago at the Four Seasons. 11-20 measurements are taken depending on the style of the dress to ensure that the gown comes in with the proper proportions. Finishing touches are covered complimentary up to a 1-inch variance. With Couture Fit, many of our brides don’t require any additional alterations for fit.

Love at First Sight – If a bride finds “The One” during their initial consultation, they can take advantage of Love at First Sight discount on Couture Fit. Love at First Sight is not designed to make any bride feel pressured or rushed. If this is the case, love may be found on the second or third date *wink*

GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
LS
: The luxury bridal experience for Le Salon Chicago is one of a kind. Before setting up an appointment, brides go through a complimentary pre-consultation with one of our stylists through Skype to get to know each other and discuss the collection. If it’s a perfect fit, then the bride is booked for an initial consultation. If not, the stylist will recommend other bridal salons that the bride should visit to continue her search.

Consultations are private and are 1-on-1 with the couture consultant handpicking pieces for the appointment that match the client’s style. It is hosted with a skyrise view overlooking the city and Lake Michigan complete with a champagne toast for her and up to 5 guests.

Initial Consultations are $250.00 each. The fees are non-refundable, however, the first appointment’s fee does go towards the purchase of any wedding gown at Le Salon. Pickup and fitting appointments are of course complimentary. Because of our unique process, most Le Salon brides do fall in love the same day of their first appointment.

It is highly recommended and appointments can be denied if a bride has not already tried on bridal gowns. It is important that the bride has narrowed in on her vision, knowing what she likes and doesn’t like, so the couture consultant can give a full consultation.

GO: What are your hours?
LS
: By Appointment Only.

GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
LS
: The artistic director of Le Salon designed the ultimate couture experience in 2009 when she acquired the Carrie Dress by Vivienne Westwood from Sex in the City. She was selected as one of the three boutiques to have this limited edition gown in the United States. The Couture Shoot is a blend of Ms Williamson’s career as an international wedding photographer and second-generation bridal storeowner. She feels that every bride should have the ultimate couture experience.

Thank you to the lovely staff at Le Salon for giving us a REMARKABLE look to unique services and the ultimate bridal experience!

Le Salon
Le Salon Bridal of Royal Oak
1204 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
T: 313.924.1651
www.lesalonbridal.com
info@lesalonbridal.com

Le Salon Bridal of Chicago, Four Seasons Hotel
120 E Delaware St, Chicago, IL 60601
T: 847.416.4483
www.lesalonbridal.com
info@lesalonbridal.com

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Spotlight on Carine’s Bridal Atelier, Washington DC

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Carine Krawiec is the owner of a fabulous bridal salon located in Washington DC. Offering sophisticated services that are unparalleled to any other, Carine’s Bridal Salon ensures the stress-free and fun experience in finding that perfect dress. I had the pleasure of speaking with Carine about the array of designers and the service that each bride will receive.

Carine's Bridal Atelier GO: How long have you been in business?
CK
: Carine’s Bridal Atelier will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this November!

GO: What designers do you carry?
CK
: Carine’s Bridal Atelier carries an array of high-end designers including: Monique Lhuillier, Angel Sanchez, Rivini, Kenneth Pool, Jenny Lee, Junko Yoshioka, Carolina Herrera, and Marchesa.

GO: Do you offer alterations?
CK
: Yes, we do offer alterations. However, we do not require that our brides do their alterations with us since some brides live out of the area or may have their own seamstress in their family.

GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes?
CK
: We do have many accessories in the store such as: veils, jewelry, hair combs, belts and sashes, which are available by custom order. We carry designers such as Tia Mazza, Homa, Cheryl King, Siman Tu, Paris, and Peter Langner. Accessories are one of the easiest and most fun ways to make a bridal look your own!

GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids/children?
CK
: Carine’s Bridal Atelier carries the bridesmaids line by Monique Lhuillier and we are very excited to introduce eveningwear to the boutique! We recently started carrying the ML Evening and Theia lines at the bridal salon.

GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
CK
: We do have trunk shows throughout the year. However, the dates vary from season to season. Brides should read our blog and check on our website, http://www.carinesbridal.com for the latest upcoming events, also friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

GO: What is your salon’s mission?
CK
: Carine’s Bridal Ateliers mission is to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere through exceptional customer service and the most unique selection of high-end couture wedding gowns. We want to bring a touch of European flare and exquisite craftsmanship to D.C.

GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
CK
: The ambiance of the boutique is very unique; we pride ourselves on our staff’s knowledge and customer service as well as our mix of traditional and modern styles. We have something for every bride, whether her style is classic, trendy, or fashion forward.

GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
CK
: We strive to offer a personal appointment that is tailored to the bride’s needs. We want our brides to feel at home, comfortable, and at ease while shopping in order to ensure a fun and memorable experience.

GO: What are your hours?
CK
: By appointment only, and the appointment is an hour long.
Monday & Saturday 11am – 6pmTuesday – Friday 11am – 7pm

GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
CK
: Carine’s Bridal Atelier will help guide you through your bridal experience as well as offer vendor recommendations, expert alterations, and styling tips in order to help bring your wedding vision to life. We are always available to offer any advice our brides may need.

Thank you Carine, for giving us a look into your magnificent bridal salon!

Carine’s Bridal Atelier
1726 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20007
T: 202 965 4696
www.carinesbridal.com

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