Most of us southern girls have grown up admiring our mothers' and grandmothers' bridal portraits. Once printed, they are such an elegant addition to your welcome table, and eventually, to the walls of your home. Your dress will never look more perfect than it does in those pictures. And here are some of our tips for making that happen.
1. Hole-y Sheet! Pardon the pun. This is a truly genius way to keep the hem of your gown flawless. The first step is to grab yourself a cheap white sheet. Target, Wal-Mart, doesn't matter. It just needs to be clean and ready to take on a pair of scissors.
Next, cut a big hole in the middle. This hole needs to be large enough for you to step both feet through. You also need enough space that you can pull the hole up to your knees. Now, put on your dress and shoes. Place the sheet on the floor and step into the circle. Now just pick up the sheet and move around as needed! When you pick your spot to pose, just tuck the sheet under your skirt. Repeat as needed!
Have a great time rocking the 'dress in a bag' look! Your photos will thank you.
2. Necklace No-No Unless you have a necklace that has sentimental value, we typically recommend that you don't wear one. Instead, a great pair of statement earrings will bring attention toward your face. And best of all, earrings never look crooked in pictures! If you choose to wear a necklace, give a friend, family member, or your planner the responsibility of making sure it is centered for your each of your shots. Sometimes that can be a lot- which is precisely why we are big fans of earrings, bracelets, and hair accessories as jewelry. No one wants to look at their amazing portraits and say, "Does my necklace look crooked?"
3. Put On Your Dancing Shoes Standing in one place for a long time will be the truest test of your shoes. Remember, no one will really see them so be sure to choose shoes that are truly comfortable for you. We love recommending wedges for outdoor ceremonies especially but every bride is different. If you can run a trail race in your stilettos, more power to you! Being sure you're comfortable from head to toe will give you the truest smile for your photos. Flats, wedges, sandals, bare feet- whatever makes your toes happiest is always the way to go.
We never said you had to sacrifice height or shine to be comfortable.
Besides being all kinds of wonderful, a trunk show really is a fun and unique opportunity for brides. We have found that until you're looking for something very special and specific, many people have never encountered a trunk show. Do I have to dig through trunks for a dress? Are the dresses off-the-rack? Why would I want to come to one? We are here to explain the magic.
Twice a year, bridal designers present new collections of gowns at bridal fashion week. Just a few weeks later, retailers from all around the country are invited to show rooms to see the collections first-hand. At this time, bridal salon owners and managers take careful note of gowns that they love, that they believe their brides will love, too. Because bridal boutiques carry many designers, it isn't always feasible to purchase as many gowns as a shop owner would like. And here's where trunk shows save the day.
Designers then pack up their stunning new collections into trunks and boxes and send them on a tour around the country. This way, brides all around the US can see full collections when it otherwise may not have been possible. Not only that, this gives brides the opportunity to view and purchase gowns that are not even on retailers' racks yet. That means the latest gowns, as soon as possible. Furthermore, many designers offer a discount for purchasing at a trunk show.
That means the newest gowns, at lower prices, before they are made widely available. And that sounds like a dream come true.
So be sure to follow us on facebook and instagram for all the latest information about our trunk shows.
With the official start of spring right around the corner, we are feeling it everywhere! From the weather, to the changing fashion, and even here in the store. We are so excited to be receiving some incredible trunk shows this season. First up, Lela Rose!
In just a couple of weeks, we will welcome the Lela Rose Fall 2016 collection for one weekend only. You may be wondering why we would be so in love with a fall collection and spring weather at the same time. With Lela Rose, bold florals are abundant, giving the bride a dose of springtime no matter when the wedding. These unique silks and hand-made laces pair perfectly with classic silhouettes. Lela Rose demonstrates a clear knowledge of fit and proportion in every collection. Here are a few of our favorites from Fall 2016.
The Lake displays this incredible woven organza with ease. The floral pattern remains subtle on the bodice and through the waistline. The A-line skirt, however, shows off the design as light flows through the fullness of the fabric- the perfect balance. This balance is also mirrored in the decision to pair a plunging neckline with a soft, full skirt. Bottom line: this dress would look flawless at any venue. Truly timeless.
Where can we even start? This is the ideal way to show skin on your wedding day. With a boat neck and long sleeves, this silk crepe gown falls softly from the hip. A high neck and covered arms could have potentially spelled matronly- the dreaded word of fashionable brides everywhere. Once again, Lela Rose wows us with proportion. The unlined lace sleeves, back, and narrow side panels add youthful elegance to the gown while simultaneously adding coverage. The Lounge is the perfect gown for the woman who wants figure-flattering in the fall.
The Parlor is destined to become a strapless classic. The flowers falling from the hip draw the eye upward, to the flattering sweetheart neckline. The bare skin above the neckline is mimicked by the unadorned hem of the skirt. The decision to stop the flowers before reaching the floor keeps this gown both light in look and in weight. This gown is ready for the perfect pair of earrings and a classic, neutral bouquet.
Lela Rose Trunk Show March 25 + 26 Call to book your appointment. We are excited to introduce you to our gowns.