June 29, 2011

The Little White Dress

We all have our little black dress, aka LBD, as a go-to item in our closet, but with summer heating up, it's time to hop on the latest trend among celebrities... the LWD!

The little white dress is not just great in warm weather, it's also the ideal backdrop to highlight delicate and subtle elements such as lace and embroidery. Sofia Vergara recently stepped out in this gorgeous number, which happens to be from Marchesa's bridal line!

The LWD is a perfect look for a bride who never envisioned herself in a long poufy ballgown or is having a city courthouse wedding. You can also switch out of your long dress into a short white dress for dancing at the reception, or as a final wardrobe change when your guests send you off at the end of the evening.

But white dresses are not just for brides! So take the plunge and pick out something that will really have you standing out from the crowd. Here are some of our favorites.

Lela Rose LR125, Dessy Collection 2780, Lela Rose LR140XX

June 24, 2011

Pick of the Week: Strapless Satin Dress with Bow and Side Pockets

Today's pick of the week is Style MD462, a red hot dress from Landa Designs (or in any color you want of course!).

We love the sleek look of this satin dress that picks up on quite a few of this season's trends, including the V-dip bodice, a jaunty side bow, and a svelte pencil skirt. Pair it with a pashmina for the perfect wedding ensemble, or pour on the jewelry for a night out on the town, aka bachelorette party! And the best thing about Landa dresses? The delivery time is only 4-6 weeks! So pick up this pretty little number asap!

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

June 22, 2011

Real Weddings: Lauren and Jakub

When we received photos from Lauren and Jakub, we could instantly feel the excitement they had in celebrating the union of two very different cultures. Married in Alexandria, VA, the ceremony and reception took place at George Washington's River Farm. Working with the lovely venue was Lauren's favorite part of planning the wedding. It was only the second place that they visited, but they were immediately won over by the peaceful landscape and historical feel.

The weather held up despite potential forecast of rain, and they enjoyed a beautiful outdoor wedding. Since Lauren is a Filipino-American from Hawaii and Jakub is from Poland, they had readings in Polish and English.

Lauren's bridesmaids wore a mix of different Alfred Sung styles in the color Quarry. Grey and yellow continues to be a very popular color palette for weddings, and Lauren added in a pop of blue with her hydrangea bouquet.

Since the groomsmen were very tall, Lauren and her sister thought it would be a cute idea to have the guys carry the girls into the reception.

"It was a great time and everyone enjoyed it! The cutest moment was when the ring bearer piggy backed the flower girl!"

Lauren and Jakub's family and friends came from all over the US including Hawaii, as well as England, Poland and Germany. Their first dance included the "Filipino money dance", where the crowd comes in and places bills on each other and it has to be picked up with the bride or groom's mouth. Lauren's mother surprised them by dancing the hula along with her hula group.

Also, a few groomsmen from Poland surprised them with Polish singing traditions throughout dinner, singing louder and louder to get them to kiss!

Congratulations Lauren and Jakub! May you continue to celebrate your very different backgrounds and cultures as you build a joyful life as one.

Photographer Credit: The Pros - Amanda

June 15, 2011

Real Weddings: Erin and Frank

Today's photos are from bride Erin, who planned her North Carolina wedding long distance from Florida. (kudos to her!) The autumn wedding took place on a farm called Hidden River in Black Mountain. They knew it was a risky time for an outdoor wedding but took their chances. It snowed during the rehearsal, but the sun peeked out and warmed things up a little bit on their wedding day. Erin didn't feel the cold at all and felt the ceremony was perfect!

Erin's bridesmaids wore a mix of Alfred Sung styles in different color pinks. Because of the cold weather, they had to improvise and add sweaters and stockings, but Erin was still happy with the overall look.

Alfred Sung Styles D439, D449, D448, D441

The girls traveled from all over the country: New York, Florida, California and Ohio. Despite the distance, they were amazingly supportive through everything.

Afterward, guests got busy dancing, which also helped them to keep warm! It never occurred to me that it would be possible to do a tented reception in cold weather, but there were plenty of heaters, plus a bonfire to huddle around.

Erin and Frank made a homemade photobooth, where people took pictures and left the bride and groom messages.

Frank also made adorable Bride and Groom signs. What a crafty and handy husband! The couple tried to be as DIY as possible and made all of the decor and favors themselves.

Congrats Erin and Frank! The love and care you put in your wedding was a delight to see. We wish you all the best in your life together!

Photographer Credit: Jesse Kitt

June 7, 2011

New Fall 2011 Styles Are Here

For those of you have been anxiously waiting, the Fall 2011 season dresses for the Dessy Group and Landa Designs are now live! There are quite a few styles that are sure to grab your attention for the their flattering fit and on-trend elements. Here are some highlights.

Strapless Chiffon Dress with Draped Bodice
After Six by Dessy Style 6620

Sticking with what Dessy does best, we love that this dress relies on the classic strapless cocktail length style, yet continues to evolve. The asymmetrical bodice is a unique look, not to mention a great choice for girls who are pear shaped and want a dress that can help balance their figure.

Cap-Sleeved Cocktail Dress
Alfred Sung Style D502

Dresses with sleeves done well are surely hard to find, and this little number is your answer! The Alfred Sung line continues to hit it out of the park with styles that are modern and fresh, yet still hearken to nostalgia of the fashion past. Available in both Peau de Soie and Dupioni fabrics.

Strapless Satin Dress with Bow and Side Pockets
Landa Designs Style MD462

Bows are showing up everywhere, and we love the jaunty side placement here. The peekaboo v-dip neckline and pleated bodice with a pencil skirt complete the sleek look AND they still managed to slip in some pockets!

And just when you thought it couldn't get better, we've also added a few more goodies to our site, including letterpress cards by Smudge Ink, and bridal party gifts. So get shopping!

June 3, 2011

Pick of the Week: Iridescent Taffeta Dress with Side Pockets

Our "Pick of the Week" is back with one of the soon to be discontinued dresses that we love, After Six Style 6571. The sweetheart neckline and flattering A-line silhouette is a classic style that you can depend on for seasons to come. The dress also has hidden pockets and comes in solid or two-tone options.

Iridescent taffeta is a gorgeous fabric for those upcoming fall weddings you'll be attending with rich colors like Cinnamon, Peacock, and Plum Raisin. Plus it's tea-length, which will help keep your legs from getting chilly!

Our "Pick of the Week" offers begin every Friday and run until the following Thursday 4pm EST. Use checkout code POTW for the 10% discount. Follow our blog, facebook page or twitter to get weekly alerts!

June 1, 2011

Give and Take Away: Dessy Group Discontinued Styles

In just a few short days, we will start rolling out the new Fall 2011 dress styles for Dessy Collection, After Six, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, and Landa Designs. And it gets better! We will be adding Dessy's new Social Occasion, additional Malis Henderson accessories and two exciting new greeting card designers, so make sure to check back later this week! Here's a sneak peek:

It's also time to say goodbye to some older styles. Dessy Group has just released their list of styles that will be discontinued at the end of July, which we have included below.

The biggest announcement is the end of the Cynthia Rowley bridesmaid line. We will miss her dresses, which brought a taste of high fashion into the wedding industry. The one shoulder 8015 and cotton sateen 8009 are quite popular, and we are sad to see them go.

That being said, it's not too late to pick these dresses for your wedding party. They will remain available for purchase on our site until July 30th. So you still have 2 months to decide!

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