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Fashion Monday: Winnie Couture

w8nnie couture sweetheart strapless gown with rosette designs


If there was one word I could think of when I see the gowns of Winnie Couture it would be “romantic”.  With rich textures and designs of soft rosettes, flounces, bubble skirts and ruffles, there is a gown for the bride who wants to look and feel ultra feminine on her wedding day.  Everything from overly fashionable and chic to demure to destination gowns, these wedding dresses, Winnie Couture does not disappoint.

strapless wedding dress with beaded lace overlay  drop waist sweetheart wedding dress winnie couturesweetheart wedding dress criss cross bodice winnie couture bustled wedding dress with satin rosettes layers winnie couture


Visit the Winnie Couture website for more information on buying your Winnie Couture wedding dress, additional designs (including those for bridesmaids) as well as real weddings featuring Winnie Couture gowns!

Solve Bridal Fashion Emergencies Before They Happen



A lot of things can go wrong on the big day. This is especially true when it comes to one of the most important parts of a bride’s day: her dress.

For 25 years, Braza has been providing support for brides where they need it most by anticipating fashion emergencies before they arise. Instead of fretting about pulling her dress up or worrying about a potential rip or tear, she will feel comfort and confidence knowing she has Braza products at her disposal.

The following products from Braza (available at David’s Bridal stores) are ideal for brides:

  • Braza Bra: The first backless, strapless adhesive bra, Braza Bra has been shown to be the most effective method of support without a conventional bra and works flawlessly and seamlessly under a wedding dress
  • Magic Cups: Perfect for backless dresses, Magic Cups provide shaping and support similar to a traditional strapless bra without the need of a back band
  • Silcone Add A Size: For brides looking to add a little oomph on the big day, these fit comfortably in most bras and add an extra cup size
  • Flash Tape: The single most important problem-solver in any woman’s arsenal, flash tape can hold the dress in place or repair a hem or tear in case anyone accidentally steps on the dress
  • Upsie Daisies: For strapless styles, Upsie Daises hold everything on the side firmly in place, so she won’t be tugging up her dress all night

Braza also offers a Diva Bridesmaid Kit, the perfect gift for a bride to give her bridesmaids to make their day a little easier as well.

Fashion Monday: Bari Jay

ivory ruffled wedding gown with shirred waist and ruffled skirt



Bari Jay has been the creator of some of the most sleek and feminine designs in bridal fashion.  The wedding dresses invite brides to embrace everything glamorous and beautiful on their wedding day.  Additionally, the gowns capture the romance of different eras, spawns inspiration for various locales, all the while infusing chic style.

Grecian/Goddess Inspired Wedding Gowns:



Love these sleek Old Hollywood wedding dresses:



Bari Jay doesn’t leave the bridesmaids out in the cold, either.    These creatively styled dresses will have your bridesmaids looking amazing. When your bridesmaids come down the aisle the guests will be “WOWED”– a great preview to the “big premier” of the bride.



These bridesmaid dresses are definitely for brides who think “outside the box”, and who are creative and want to make a statement on their big day. Not only is the attention on the bride but also their bridal party.  According to Bari Jay “their goal is to create elegant, affordable, and versatile styles to complement and flatter the female silhouette.” Hats off to Bari Jay and mission accomplished.





Fashion Monday: Jim Hjelm

Jim Hjelm’s designs are far beyond the ordinary– they exceed the divine with their soft lines and romantic themes. The flouncy fabrics and textures celebrate everything feminine and alluring, while adding the touch of glamour every bride wants to captivate.

Mouthwatering Mikaella

Mikaella ruched halter mermaid wedding gown with organza rochette


There are so many words to describe a gown by Mikaella wedding gown:  lush, ethereal, and elegant.  Each wedding dress has its own story, that enhances every curve and feminine aura. 

white ruched bodice with jeweled waist brooch Mikaella wedding gown silk bodice with organza and silk skirt wedding dess mikaella

ruched diamond bodice wedding gown Mikaella wedding dress white lace strapless wedding dress Mikaella

With a gorgeous assortment of gowns, veils and boleros, Mikaella appeals to the bride who wants a classic design that is high on style and  personality.

Mikaella flower veil white chapel finger length lace veil

mikaella white silk bolero white cap sleeve bolero mikaella

Check out more of the gorgeous designs at the Mikaella website and check out their upcoming event calendar!

Dessy Group Bridesmaids Dresses


Home to great lines like Lela Rose, Alfred Sung, Dessy Collection:  Vivian Diamond, and After Six, the Dessy Group has bridesmaid dresses for every type of wedding style:  luxe, relaxed formal, and elegant casual. 



black pleated bridesmaid dress by lela rose style 2751 style 2751 lela rose black strapless pleated bridesmaid dress

Love this stylish black strapless pleated gown, with matte satin waistband and pleated bodice.  So very classic, it would make a perfect wardrobe addition for evening parties and events.


dessy bridesmaid dress style 2739 dessy group ivory and black bridesmaid dress style 2739


This timeless gown is perfect for an Old Hollywood wedding is shown in ivory with black waistband. 


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Slightly less formal, but still stylish, this tea-length dress in chiffon has V-neck, with matte satin trim at neck and natural waist.  Shown in celadon and espresso


dessy group strapless ivory and black bridesmaid dress style 2726 dessy group strapless ivory and black bridesmaid dress style 2726

This sleek gown is so red carpet worthy.  Its ivory ruched bodice and seamless black skirt scream ultra formal for your black or white tie reception.


tea length bridesmaid dress in merlot by dessy group style 2721 tea length bridesmaid dress in merlot by dessy group style 2721

This tea length bridesmaid dress show in merlot with a mint accented waistband is perfect for a garden wedding and outdoor reception. 


Other favorites:


lela rose dessy group bridesmaid dress  style 6566 in sunflower image

After Six halter bridesmaid dress style 6540 in cornflower blue After Six v-neck bridesmaids dress style 6515 in firecracker


Journey over to  The Dessy Group’s website to see more gorgeous gowns from a few of the most talented designers and even play styleboard creator with Pantone  colors to share with your bridal party and vendors and even purchase a swatchcard to find your colors

How Does Priscilla of Boston Inspire You?

priscilla of boston social media contest                   


It’s no secret how much we adore Priscilla of Boston, so we are very excited about their new social media contest “How Does Priscilla of Boston Inspire You?”.  If you love Priscilla of Boston’s gorgeous gowns, simply create a collage or inspiration board of your favorite dress and upload it to enter.  Share your personal photos of you and your fiancé or family and friends, favorite vacation spots, career or decadent food and drink–show the world your fabulousness!  You are a luxeling, so we expect nothing less!


One lucky winner could receive a luxury trip for two to NYC for Priscilla of Boston’s exclusive fashion show during April 2010 Bridal Fashion Week, a private appointment with an expert bridal consultant at Priscilla of Boston NYC Salon, a Priscilla of Boston dress of your choice and much, much more!  Prizes will also be given to one runner up winner and to one most viral winner.


Ready to enter?  Great.  Head on over and get inspired by Priscilla of Boston!

If you enter, let us know so that we can support your submission!

Fashion Monday: Cymbeline




Cymeline USA wedding gown dress with rose applique


Cymbeline creates gorgeous wedding gowns for brides who want something that is high in fashion and high in personality.  Formed by three talented sisters in Nemours, France,  their designs are flawless and fabulous. 



ivory champagne wedding dress with lace overlay applique

This dress is ridiculously fabulous.  It makes instant impact—the long sting of champagne pearls compliments the lace appliqué dress, but also adds personality. 



white layered knee length chiffon dress with lace applique bodice and three quarther length bolero jacket

Love this dress—it is so delicate and perfect for those looking for something simple and classic.  Would be phenomenal for garden weddings.I


short ruched white wedding dress with ruffles


Perfect as a reception dress or for those fashion forward brides

I love that her hair is pulled back in this shot—it doesn’t compete with her dress but also shows off her beautiful features and lines of the dress.


Love this flamenco/Can-Can inspired dress is gorgeous—the ruffles, the fabric, the lines…everything!

This dress is so delicate and feminine.  love the pink shoes for dimension and personality



If you are in love with Cymbeline as much as I am, be sure to visit their website where you can see more their gorgeous dresses and get updates on upcoming trunk shows.  You can also become a fan on Facebook, too!

Oh Honey(moon)! Zimmerman Resort 2009

black swimsuit zimmerman resort collection 2009


There is absolutely no need for your fabulousness to end on your wedding day.  This week’s Fashion Monday, we’re checking out the 2009 Zimmerman Resort Collection.  It’s sleek, sexy and colorful—just what you need when you are in one of the most beautiful places in the world for your honeymoon.  Simone and Nicky Zimmerman out did themselves with their stellar presentation and gorgeous line!  Here are a few images from the look book:

animal print red and navy one piece swimsuit and two piece yellow, purple, green and blue bikini by zimmerman

black and white swimsuit coverup and prit bikini by zimmerman lookbook

colorful print coverup by zimmerman resort collection

brown and blue dress by zimmerman resort


If you love these, you must also check out the NYC presentation of the collection on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel courtesy of FabSugar.  Their RTW is also to die for!

Priscilla of Boston Turns It Up

Priscilla of Boston Wedding Gowns and Dresses


In doing some research, I stumbled into the Priscilla of Boston experience.  I say experience, because the site is not the run-of-the-mill bridal designer site.  It is fun, interactive and reflective of the upscale brand, while introducing you to some of the new modern, sexy, yet still elegant lines.  The site seeks to make your acquaintance with everything that Priscilla of Boston can offer:  wedding gowns, dresses for your bridal party…right down to a little black dress.  Additionally, you can view previous runway shows, meet the designers as well as get info on attending some of the trunk shows and other events.

I loved that each time you click on a dress to see it in greater detail, you are surprised to see not just a picture, but a video of a model walking in the dress down the runway.  Perfect!  This helps tremendously to see how a fabric moves, interacts with a body, as well as how the lines can complement or disgrace the model.


Here are some gorgeous features from each line:


Priscilla—the classic line


Priscilla of Boston Priscilla line of wedding dresses

Priscilla of Boston Priscilla line of wedding dresses


Melissa Sweet—the feminine, fashion forward whimsical line

Priscilla of Boston Melissa Sweet line of wedding dresses


Platinum—the opulent, luxurious line

Priscilla of Boston's Platinum Line wedding dresses

Vineyard—The sophisticated, of-the-moment line

Priscilla of Boston Vineyard Sophisticated wedding dress line


Reverie—non-traditional, unique-sense-of-style line

Priscilla of Boston Reverie Line Wedding dress

Jewel—The glamorous line for modern brides


Priscilla of Boston Jewel Wedding dress lines