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Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog

Maybe it was because the film took place in a perfect house continually bathed in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun. Or maybe it was because of the curved banister that any kid would want to slide down. I can’t be sure, but as a young and impressionable child watching Father of the Bride (the Steve Martin remake, sorry Spencer Tracy) all the way back in 1991, I could practically feel my ideas about love, marriage, weddings and adulthood being formed. Or maybe that’s just hindsight, but either way I know it had a profound effect on me. That might sound silly, in fact, I’m sure it does, but hear me out because there are lessons to be learned. So for a special kind of Throwback Thursday I give you the important things that Father of the Bride has taught me.   There are Weddings at Home and then there Are Weddings at Home My parents had a casual backyard wedding when they got married and originally it is this kind of low-key wedding Steve Martin’s character envisions for his daughter. The end result, however, is much different and much more extravagant. What it really illustrates is a generational shift in wedding expectations. These days there are just so many more things that go into weddings than they did twenty or thirty years ago, and Father of the Bride very clearly foreshadowed that. Are all of the new details important? That’s up to you to decide.   Blenders Are Bad If you are not familiar with the plot, just days before the wedding the bride is given a blender by her groom. Big. Mistake. As a kid I didn’t catch any of the 1950’s wife in the home attitude the blender represented to the bride. I just honestly and earnestly thought it was rude to give a blender. The real lesson of course is not that blenders are bad, but that gift giving is about being thoughtful. And if you’re a fiancé in search of a wedding gift something that sparkles is probably better.     My Girl is the Best Song Ever The song is so...

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Feature Bride

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog

Hey everybody, it’s October! That means it’s time for crisp cool weather, pumpkin flavored everything and our new feature bride of the month. I am so pleased to introduce you to Haley Vanladningham and her fiancé Danny Riemenschneider. They have been together since they met during their first semester at Arkansas State University back in 2006, and they are getting married this weekend at their church in Little Rock. They are a lovely couple with a sweet and romantic little proposal story to go right along with it that they have happily agreed to share. Danny came to see me in Louisiana where I was obtaining my masters degree. I got up early to study that morning, as I usually did before breakfast. Instead of sleeping in he got up too and offered to make breakfast. I was thrilled because that meant more study time for me. About a half an hour later he called me into the kitchen when breakfast was ready. As I turned the corner he greeted me as he always does with a hug and a kiss. This time was different, he followed by saying some sweet words, “I love you so much and I want to do this everyday for the rest of our lives.” He then got down on one knee in the kitchen, pulled out the most beautiful pear cut diamond ring, and asked me to marry him. I said yes of course and the rest is history!   Haley is also the younger sister of wedding and event planner Drew Vanlandingham who has worked with many of our brides. I was curious what it was like for Haley having her brother serve as her wedding planner. Drew has helped tremendously with the design, color scheme, and dynamic of the ceremony and reception. His expertise has influenced all aspects of the wedding, from the color of the bridesmaids dresses to the details on the food menu. Drew hasn’t been a brother through this experience. He told me from the beginning he would not be my brother through the planning process, he would treat me as though I was a client to ensure...

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Feature Bride

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog

It’s hard to believe that we have already come to the end of September, and fall has officially begun. The summer is over, but not before our September bride Kim tied the knot at a beautiful beach themed wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The nuptials took place last Friday overlooking the beautiful bay. Kim was gorgeous in her Matthew Christopher gown Moet with its custom sweetheart neckline, and the groom and groomsmen were crisp and summery in their khaki suits. The hints of sand and ocean were present in all the tiny details of the day from the ties to the cake to the carefree attitude of all involved.     For most of the day the weather was cloudy and overcast, but as Kim walked down the aisle among so many longtime childhood friends, the sun peaked out from behind the heavy rolling clouds and shone down in dramatic fashion. I don’t mind saying that it seemed to shine just for her. Just look at the pictures and try to deny it.   The other undeniable factor was that it was a day full of joy. Sure, all weddings are joyous, but this one was especially so. Perhaps it was the presence of so many lifelong friends or perhaps it was a reflection of the couple itself, but the joy was palpable to all present. I hope it just grows and grows. Congratulations Kim and Cory.   Want to be a feature bride? We’d love it! Email me at  ...

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Throwback Wedding

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog

  On this day, September 25th, 1954 actress and style icon Audrey Hepburn tied the knot with fellow actor Mel Ferrer. Though the marriage ended years later, the style endures giving me the perfect topic for our Throwback Thursday.   There is so much to say about this wedding photo, and so much to say about Hepburn when it comes to matters of style. Style icon hardly covers her influence on fashion. She could do so much with so little like a black turtleneck and a pair of black cropped pants and here is no different; this gown isn’t bedazzled, it isn’t revealing, but it is very memorable. Her style is the obvious result of editing fashion down to its smallest elements. She is exquisite in this tea-length gown. Delicate, sophisticated, demure. She carries herself and her fashion so well. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be able to wear a crown of fresh flowers and look so good doing it. And I cannot get over the high collar and the way it works with her cropped hair.   It’s hard to know just how many Audrey Hepburn-esque weddings this photo and others like it have spawned, but it is certainly a look that brides are after and will continue to seek for years to come. Imagine having the ability to look so flawless. Imagine every line and angle of your gown seemingly inspired by the gentle cat-eye sweep of your eyeliner. Every delicate detail draws the eye up to her serene face with those cheekbones to kill for.   What is hard to imagine is looking quite as good as she does here, but that’s no reason not to try. The inspiration this photo provides should be embraced. Go out and try a crown of fresh flowers. Try on an A-line gown. Try sleeves and gloves. Spend a great deal of time and effort and with a little elbow grease you might be able to achieve something so all together effortless.  ...

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Gown of the Week

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog

This week’s feature gown is brand new to our store. It was unpacked from its pretty package on Friday afternoon, and I couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin. The gown is part of the new bridal collection from Austin Scarlett of Project Runway fame. For those who might be skeptical of the talents and credibility of a reality TV star let me first assure you of Austin’s credentials and then let me just show you the gown in question. Gorgeous. And not just gorgeous, refreshing. In a world dominated at the moment by lace the movement and texture of this chiffon is a nice change of pace. Look at the beautiful way it drapes and folds and just imagine it trailing along down the aisle. Because of the lightness of the material it would be easy to classify this as a perfect beach or destination gown, but the details on the dress and the true romanticism of it make it a gown fit for any variety of venues. It can be stately and majestic with diamonds and pearls or whimsical with a crown of fresh flowers. The genius of this dress is not just in its design, but is construction. In spite of the free flowing looseness of the gown the waist is still defined and the crisscrossing pattern around the back and middle make the gown look practically sculpted out of fabric. I wish I could just put it on and walk slowly and serenely around the store, but I guess I’ll leave that up to all you brides-to-be.  ...

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Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection
1848 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
Phone 410-484-4600
Fax 410-484-6035
Please use the city of 'Pikesville' if you are using a Navigation system.

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Mon & Fri 11am-6pm
Wed & Thurs 11am-8pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays. Receptionist is available to make appointments and handle customer service questions.