Saturday, November 19, 2011

Kendra Sorenson

Kendra fell in love with a very vintage and timeless Pronovias gown. It fit her figure so well and I think the pictures turned out beautifully. We were able to select a few of our favorites to share with you.

We send our best wishes to the happy couple!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Andrea and Andrej

"I do have to say that in the relentless quest for my wedding dress, I went to dozens of local wedding dress stores, and the service received at The Brides' Shop was bar none. Elise was such a pleasure to work with, so patient, generous, kind, and professional. Thank you for such a pleasant experience." -Andrea

Let me start by saying, I have never had a bride who worked so hard at finding the perfect dress. I feel like I gained two friends during the time before Andrea found her dress, Andrea and her mom. They were such a sweet pair, but they were determined to not stop until they knew it was the one. As you'll see below her search was well worth it. She is so fashion forward in her Pronovias gown and it couldn't have fit the venue any better. Let me share with you what she shared with me about her dress hunt experience.

"I spent a year looking for THE dress. I looked at over 3,000 dresses on the internet, and it feels like I tried on just as many...I wanted a classic dress - no lace, no beading, something timeless but "with the times." No dress could compare to the Alison. The structure of the dress is incredibly beautiful, and the fabric so unique. People on the streets of Dubrovnik were approaching me to compliment the dress. It's truly is magnificent."

The two were married August 6th in what Andrea calls the most incredible city, Dubrovnik, Croatia. The actually ceremony was held at a 17th century church inside the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Church of St. Ignatius.

Andrea said the entire day was incredibly special so it was difficult to pick her favorite moment. They were surrounded with their loving families and friends. They celebrated until four o'clock in the morning! I have to put word for word what she said about their very favorite part of the day. "...If we had to pick just one, we'd say our favorite moment was walking around the Old Town in Dubrovnik. After the wedding ceremony, our guests headed to the reception place, and we had about an hour to ourselves. The pressure was off, the nerves settled, and we had the opportunity to reflect on the new chapter in our lives...finally, husband and wife."

Best Wishes to you both!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rosa Clara

We are ecstatic to be adding a new designer to our store! We are picking up the 2012 Luna Novias and Alma Novias from Rosa Clara. The gowns have already started arriving so be sure to come by and take a look for yourself. They are a unique and stylish collection. Call to set up an appointment to see our new gowns!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Laura Newman

Laura was such a fun and down-to-earth bride, I can't use that phrase very often. She was so easy to work with and had very "simply elegant" taste. I was so happy with how she added a very simple strap to her strapless gown. Let me share with you the experience Laura had and also some of the stunning photos she sent me of her big day! Laura isn't only absolutely gorgeous but she's smart too! Yes, fellas she's taken but she did graduate from John Hopkins!

"For a girl who didn't know the first thing about wedding dress shopping... I couldn't have been happier with the service and treatment I received at The Brides' Shop! I had visited one store before my appointment with Elise, and the girls at that boutique shop gave me the same over-the-top routine I imagine they give all brides that walk through their doors. I walked in to The Brides' Shop not expecting much different, but I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised! Elise was honest with her opinions and comments, and listened to me in order to get a better idea about my personality and what dresses I might like. I found my dress that day, per her suggestion, and it was perfect!! The alterations turned out beautifully (I had my entire top re-designed) and incredibly fast too! My wedding date was moved up 2 months, and all other shops were asking for rush fees to get it ready in time -- they had it done for a fraction of the cost. All in all, a great experience... and to top it off, the compliments I received on my wedding day confirmed what I knew all along -- the dress was AMAZING!! Thank you!!"

Laura, we wish you nothing but the best! Congrats!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Megan Corrent

Megan lit up our little shop when she came in. Her parents were equally as darling as she was, and I knew she would have to have a very special gown. She fell in love with this beautiful raw silk gown by Angelina Faccenda. She made it her own by using a belt to create a really ornate flower piece on the side. Look at the pictures  below and see how well the raw silk photographs. Thanks Megan!

Congrats Megan!!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jen Rapp

I don't know of a gown that has photographed better than this one. Jen Rapp looked timeless in her Enzoani lace gown! I was thrilled to received her pictures so I could share them with you. Make sure you see the incredible boots she got before even purchasing her gown. They couldn't have fit together any better. This is the email she sent us along with the pictures.

I am sorry it has taken so long to send you some pictures from my wedding August 13th in Valle Crucis, NC. I couldn't decide on which pictures I liked the best so I sent several, my guess is most brides have that problem :)

I also want to thank you and everyone else at The Bride's Shop for helping me find my perfect dress. The wedding was smooth and easy and that really did start with the experience I had with you when I bought my dress. The alterations were minimal, but Oksana was flexible and wonderful to work with as well. It's too bad this only happens once because it was the best/ most fun day of my life! I wish I could wear my dress again and again- it was actually comfortable!

Thank you again so much and I will certainly tell all my single friends where to go when their big day arrives :)

Jen Rapp

Congrats Jen! We wish you the best!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two People to Remember

I have to not only feature my one-of-a-kind, hilarious and stunning bride Brooklyn, but also one of the most miraculous and phenomenal photographers I've seen, the one, the only - David Newkirk.

When Brooklyn walked through the door with her entire posse I automatically fell in love. So much laughter and love. Brooklyn had such good taste, but had a difficult time choosing between two gowns she loved. (I still continue to tell her she made the right choice, although she's aware.) I knew with such a special bride it would be quite the wedding and I knew I would have to see pictures. I was more than ecstatic when I found out that Brooklyn's photographer was my absolute favorite! Previous to the wedding I actually got to meet David and be a part of his work. I am not one to advertise, but friend to friend I am telling you he is who you want to capture your big day. Here is David's website and be sure to check the link to his blog as well, Please, don't take my word for it. David emailed me some pictures of Brooklyn and Tim's wedding so you can see the magic for yourself! Love and adore you both! 

 I couldn't resist putting this one in. The genuine excitement on her face was too perfect!

 Recently David told me, most photographers hate the sun, but it's his best friend. How amazing are the two shots below?

Love this!

Her beautiful Pronovias gown photographs so well.

Congrats Brooklyn and Tim!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sydney Holbrook

Syd was such a sweet and surprisingly easy-going bride. She had every reason to be high maintenance, she was anything but. I'll put in the email she sent me explaining her dilemma.

Dear Bride shop, 
    It was nothing short of a pure pleasure doing business with you. I had made the mistake of going to another shop in town and after they let me down, (to say the least, my dress didn’t get ordered but they had already take my money, and I found out about the mix up just a few weeks before my wedding) I rushed to the bide shop because I was fascinated by the dresses I saw in the window. I was greeted by Elise who was nothing short of amazing this women was accommodating and understanding which is just what I needed, due to the lack of time I had she helped me find a floor sample that was beautiful, I ended up liking this dress more than the original one I bought. Elise went the extra mile and worked with me on every level from setting up alterations, to offering a pressure free environment even though I was down to the wire time wise.  I will also leave a review online but I just wanted to let everyone know what an asset she is to your store. 

Thank you Sydney! We were happy to help.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Our Sensational Seamstress!

We feel so lucky to have such an amazing seamstress at our shop! We truly feel like Oksana is one of a kind and know it's hard to find someone as talented as she is. Oksana's work is so outstanding and remarkable. She always manages to amaze me. She is infamous for saying, "It's not easy, but it's doable." Somehow she seems to make everything come together and look like it was originally made to look like what she has created. She has to make a lot of strapless gowns "temple ready" but is equally as gifted at doing a simple hem or taking a gown in for the perfect fit. She has provided me with some pictures of gowns she has altered and I wanted to share them with our readers.

First I want to share two lovely sisters who both found their gowns here. Two of the sweetest brides I have ever met.

Morgan in a Sottero and Midgley gown

Sabrina in a Sottero and Midgley gown

Believe it or not this next gown started as a halter and Ellen wanted to lose the halter, add a sleeve and have a little open triangle in the back.
Ellen in a Pronovias gown

This next dress I have seen sleeves be added quite a few different ways. Here are two of the ways, and I've also seen it with a really beautiful bolero jacket. Oksana totally recreated the bodice of the gown but still kept with the integrity of the dress.

Chelsea and Whitney in Angelina Faccenda

This next bride already had a bit of a sleeve to work with but it had to be a bit wider, higher neck and taken down about 10 sizes.
Megan in Pronovias

Brittany in San Patrick

Jessica's gown was originally strapless (sorry, I don't have the before picture) and she ended up having left over from the belt to make a bracelet and left over from the shoulder piece to make a hairpiece.

Thank you Oksana! We love you!