December 29, 2015

Spring 2016 styles are here!

What better way to spend the holiday break (especially you newly engaged brides-to-be) than browsing Dessy Group's new Spring 2016 styles! Here are a few trends that we look forward to seeing more of in the new year.

Bold Prints - Going full out with floral prints is quickly catching on, especially for outdoor weddings. Nostalgic yet modern, print dresses are romantic and unique.

Alfred Sung D722FP and D724FP

Textured Accents - As if all the new lace options aren't enough, Dessy is kicking it up a notch with embroidery, beading, and sequins to add that extra pizzazz.

Dessy Collection 2961, 2949, JY Jenny Yoo JY513 , After Six 6743

Maternity Options - While empire waist dresses can be relatively simple to convert to accommodate baby bumps by sizing up or ordering extra fabric, Dessy just made things a lot easier for your expectant bridesmaids with their new maternity line that coordinates with existing regular styles.

Dessy Maternity M426 and M428

Fun New Fabrics - Be sure to check out Lux Shimmer, which adds a gold or silver sheen to select lux chiffon colors, and Florentine Lace, a softly pressed subtle pattern. You can order swatches here.

Dessy Collection 2955 and JY Jenny Yoo JY519

We're ringing in 2016 with 10% off sitewide (use code NEWYEAR). Contact us for any help we can provide and happy shopping!

December 3, 2015

Real Weddings: Erin & Ben

Fall is my favorite season, so I loved seeing Erin & Ben's seasonally inspired October wedding, which took place at the Jefferson Country Club in Blacklick, Ohio.

Erin was glad when the planning was over and they could just enjoy the day! She loved how everything came together on the wedding day, thanks in large part to the help of her family and  bridesmaids.

The bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung full length dupioni dresses in the color Mandarin.

Joielle was fantastic to work with. I had bridesmaids from Texas, Kansas and all over Ohio. Ordering dresses was a breeze and everyone looked AMAZING. I received so many compliments on the bridesmaid dresses!

Erin shared that there were many things they simply "forgot" to do; they didn't make programs, her stepdaughter didn't bring her bridesmaid shoes, and they didn't even cut the wedding cake at the reception! But none of it mattered and she declared that they couldn't have asked for anything more.

Nothing beats a bride with an amazing attitude because weddings never go exactly as planned. Congrats Erin and Ben, may your lovely family continue to be blessed with peace and joy!

Photo Credit: Carrie Bandy Photography 

October 30, 2015

Real Weddings: Kirin & Andrew

On a bright and glorious spring day, Kirin and Andrew were married at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland.

The best part of wedding planning for Kirin was working on the decor and little pieces that represented her and Andrew. She created a monogram that was a large part of their theme.

Kirin's favorite part of the day was the ceremony. The forecast said there would be rain and be a washout, but it turned out to be a beautiful day!

The bridal party was dressed in Alfred Sung, with the bridesmaids wearing Style D440 in Electric Blue and the groomsmen wearing matching neck ties.

Joielle was wonderful. The ability to order to dresses in bulk was really easy and we got them in time for the girls to get their dresses altered together. The guys ties made for a great combination for the bridal party.

Congrats Kirin and Andrew! May your lives continue to shine with love and joy.

Photographer: Kalik Housen, ShutterDC 

September 11, 2015

Real Weddings: Lindsay & Barry

Hard to believe, but warm weather will be ending soon here in the Northeast. We're glad for pictures like these from Lindsay and Barry to remind us of the breathtaking beauty of New England summers!

Married in Saco, Maine, Lindsay shared that it was so windy at the beach, her veil flew off at a very dramatic moment during the ceremony!

Lindsay's bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung Style D624 in Firecracker. The color really pops against the summer greenery.

My bridesmaids were spread out across the country - NH, MA, NM, LA, WA - so it was great that they were all able to submit their measurements, order their dresses online, and have them shipped directly to them. And it was all at a reasonable price! Once we had decided on the dress, Joielle made it so easy for me. It was great knowing I didn't have to do all of the coordinating with my bridesmaids - it felt like I had someone else on my wedding planning team, so thank you!

Lindsay's favorite wedding day moment was standing in front of her soon to be husband in a beautiful grove of pine trees, waiting for him to open his eyes and see her for the first time.

Congrats Lindsay and Barry! May your marriage continue to grow in deep love and beauty.

Photographer: Kendra Jones Morris and Michelle Bozeman

August 21, 2015

Real Weddings: Katie & Scott

Happy Friday everyone! Today we're featuring Katie and Scott's outdoor wedding that took place on a lovely October day in Australia.

She selected After Six Style 6609 in Pantone Turquoise for her bridal party.

Right before ordering, one of the girls shared that she was pregnant! Luckily, there are many empire waist styles that can accommodate a baby bump, so she chose Dessy Collection Style 2846, shortening the hem into cocktail length.

"Thanks again as you can see the dress were AMAZING!"

Thank you Katie for being such a fun and enthusiastic bride to work with. We wish you and your family endless love and laughter!

July 24, 2015

Real Weddings: Christina & Aaron

Christina and Aaron were married at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine on a beautiful "Indian summer" day.

Letting the natural landscape take center stage, the wedding colors were kept neutral with small pops of color.

Christina's bridal party wore a mix of styles from the Dessy Collection and After Six lines in the color Taupe.

Styles 2887, 2903, 2895, 6678, 6666, 2896, 6639

The bridesmaid dresses came out amazing and the girls loved them which made me so happy. All 7 of them looked beautiful and chose their own style. I'd recommend it to everyone who wants to give their bridesmaids a little freedom to choose what suits their body and personality best. Thanks for making that facet of the wedding process easy and fun.

Thank you Christina and Aaron for sharing glimpses of your special day. Best wishes for a joyful and beautiful life together!

Photographer: Peter Jensen Bissell

July 10, 2015

Real Weddings: Nina & Sam

Given how stressful wedding planning is, it's always a pleasant surprise to hear from a bride who has nothing but fond memories of putting together her special day. Nina and Sam were married in Long Island, New York and took their photos at the Planting Fields Arboretum.

Nina's favorite part of planning was picking the venue. She and Sam both wanted something with a cool vibe that our guests would feel like they had just stepped into a chic nightclub or lounge, which they found in Carlyle at the Palace.

Nina's bridesmaids wore one-shoulder gowns by Landa Designs, Style M753.

Joielle was a pleasure to work with! I had chosen my bridesmaid dresses 2 years before I was even engaged! I had seen them in a magazine and fell in love with the color and style and knew that one day my girls would be wearing that dress, and sure enough Joielle delivered! The customer service was amazing, every phone call, every email, every question, was answered so quickly that there was never a need to worry or be concerned. Joielle made me feel confident that all the dresses would arrive on time and that they would be perfect, and they really were!

Nina also shared a memorable tidbit which wasn't funny at the time but they can all laugh about it in retrospect.

Our church did not put the AC very high, and it was a pretty hot day in September. So between the heat and my husbands lack of hydration, he almost fainted at the alter. The wedding went on and all was perfect but at the time it was a little scary. Now looking back, we just tell everyone he became faint from my beauty when he saw me walking down the aisle!

Photography credit: Exo Photography

Congratulations Nina and Sam. We hope love continues to blossom in your life together!
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