After many years at 171 Spring Street, we have traded in our striped awnings for two long walls of windows. We are thrilled to be in our new home and simply cannot wait to show it off. We have been working hard these past couple of weeks to ensure the move goes smoothly. And now for all of the thank yous.
We would like to thank all of you for your patience with us as we get all of our t's crossed and i's dotted. We would especially like to thank all of our understanding brides who have had fittings and appointments in the middle of the muddle. Everything has been outfitted as needed so now it's on to the little touches that make us Maddison Row. Stay tuned for pictures and updates!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. From debs who become brides to sisters and best friends who come to us, you all have made us what we are. Thank you for sitting at that traffic light and peering in our windows. Thank you for walking by on your lunch break and dreaming of your dress. Thank you for referring us to your friends and family, whether you got your dress from us or not. We will cherish every memory of 171. While we will miss it, we are excited for our future here on St. Philip.
So call or make your appointment request online to see our space for yourself! Take note of our upcoming trunk shows. We can't wait to share our home with you.
There are so many things to love about winter weddings in the south. Namely, not sweating. Here's to shrugs, fireplaces, and so many shades of red.
You don't have to have a flower girl carry jingle bells to pay homage to the season. We love these big red bows to remind us of Christmas time.
Looking to save a little money? Most churches add beautiful decoration during the Christmas season so make use of it! Poinsettias never go out of style.
Embrace the colors! Why would you fight these gorgeous, rich, reds?
How cute are these tree centerpieces?! So simple and cost effective. Not to mention, they smell amazing!
'Tis the season.
While we in Charleston were fretting over Hurricane Matthew, bridal fashion week was in full swing. Here are some of our favorites from our Maddison Row designers.
This dress combines everything we love about Lela Rose. Classic silhouette, modern fabrics, and options! The shrug is completely removable, making for a 2-part showstopper.
The Oyster Bay
Business in the front, elegant and chic party in the back. Need we say more?
Legends by Romona Keveza
Somehow only Romona can make a gown both daring and also classic Hollywood. While this dress is not for the faint of heart, it has certainly captured ours.
Sexy, lacy, modern, and yet, still modest. Go ahead, take the plunge.
Old school Monique is back and better than ever. This dramatic neckline and soft, asymmetrical drape just took our breath away. Simple and stunning.
Have no fear, new school Monique is still here to play. The absolutely effortless Julia gown combines everything delicate about bridal in this flowy column.
Love always, MR
For this bride's something old, she used her grandmother's brooch as a hair piece to accentuate her raw-edged veil. Gorgeous.
A great pair of earrings that you can wear again and again!
A stunning lace handkerchief (cleaned, of course) makes a sweet and elegant something borrowed. Extra points if it's monogrammed.
Shoes that match your dress perfectly are a thing of the past! Embrace your blue with some fun on your feet.
With so many things going on on the big day, there are sure to be small things that don't occur to you. Groom? Check. Dress? Check. Guests? Check. What else could you possibly need? Here are a few things you or your MoH should have on hand.
You and your crew have just spent so much time perfecting your makeup, so keep it that way! Enjoy your water and champagne without worry.
Naturally, these are not for your nails. They're for your dress! And your bridesmaids' dresses. If you see a loose thread anywhere, whether on your lace or at a seam, don't pull it! Instead, use your handy nail clippers to snip it. Compact, and TSA approved!
Because you just never know. Maybe the ribbon on the ring pillow needs some reinforcing. Maybe your dad's jacket button falls off. You look perfect though! This is clearly for someone else.
As a kid, Emma enjoyed watching old movies with her family. Since her mother was an avid seamstress in her spare time, she would point out particulars to her. "My mom would lean over and be sure I could see how well the stripes were matching on a suit or how an evening gown was beautifully layered." The costumes of those films made Emma excited to learn to sew. Her mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother all played a part in teaching her when she was ten years old.
After having made many costumes and high school dance dresses over the years, Emma decided to pursue an Apparel Design degree at Louisiana State University. As an undergrad, she was recommended for an internship with New Orleans couturier, Suzanne Perron. During this internship, she learned couture techniques and the intricate process of custom gown work. After graduation from LSU, she returned to Suzanne Perron, LLC to work and continue learning.
Emma then went on to manage I Do Bridal Couture in Baton Rouge, returning to her college town to be closer to her now husband. Here, she fell in love with the business and customer service aspect of bridal. "I still love being around beautiful fabrics and handmade gowns. But I also love getting to know new people. And this way, I get to meet a lot of amazing women and match them with the perfect dress for their style and personality. "
In February of 2016, Emma moved to Charleston and joined the Maddison Row team. She works very closely with MR brides during appointments and is there to oversee fittings as well. She enjoys using her way with words to manage our social media accounts and website content.
Kira Elizabeth Schlepp is originally from Minnesota and began sewing at age eight. She was first driven to sew when she wanted to create outfits for her stuffed animals. "I started with fabric, glue, and staples," she says. "Then my mom started teaching me what she knew about sewing."
Having been taught the basic skills and given a sewing machine, Kira's skills quickly surpassed her mother's and her talents began to take shape. She continued to make her own stuffed animals, dress them, and eventually create clothes for herself.
After high school, Kira attended the University of Minnesota. She first declared an art history major before switching to clothing design. During her studies, Kira interned with Japanese designer Junko Yoshioka as well as a small scale, custom designer. She trained at David's Bridal for many years doing small alterations and this is where she found her passion for bridal design.
In 2009, she launched her own bridal line called Kira Elizabeth Designs. Through her own work, she continued to perfect the art of bridal construction. She showed her complete collection at Charleston Fashion Week in 2011 and was quickly featured on multiple media platforms. Weddingdresses.com named Kira one of the top 20 wedding gown designers to watch in 2012. She has also been featured in Charleston Weddings Magazine as well as Charleston Style and Design.
When asked what she loves about what she does she replied, "I'm passionate about having such an impact on other people's lives. Especially during one of the most important and exciting times in their lives."
Kira works exclusively for Maddison Row as their premiere seamstress. She also does incredible work restoring and redesigning heirloom gowns and veils.