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First Dance Fridays

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday was a snow day and a perfect day for dancing. It was a perfect day to turn on a happy tune and dance with the reckless abandon of the completely unwatched. I myself danced making breakfast. Then I danced cleaning up breakfast. I washed the dishes, and I danced. I read a little. I danced a little. I chopped vegetables. I marinated chicken. I took photos of the perfectly falling snow. And then I danced a little more.   Sometimes my husband joined in. We bobbed around the living room out of sync with one another. We each have no rhythm and we each gravitate to our own beat. This made practicing for our own first dance nearly impossible. We tried a dozen different song choices. We spent the weeks before our wedding practicing to slow songs and fast songs. Nothing worked, and as the day loomed I was afraid we would embarrass ourselves.     So ultimately, in a stroke of genius by me, we went with our strength; we can’t dance and we don’t care. We attacked the dance with the mentality of a physical comedian. We committed to the scene. When we walked out into our crowd of guests and the music started to play we committed to our inability. My husband was heavy on the air-guitar. I played a mean air-trumpet. He stepped on my dress a few times, and I probably caught his foot once or twice. I was whirled off in all sorts of directions in a way that would have looked sloppy if it wasn’t so much fun. We invited our guests to join in, and together clapped and whirled and air-guitared our way across the floor. Technically speaking it was one of the worst first dances, but it was in spirit, and totally objectively speaking, one of the best.   The first dance, for those who are not great dancers can be a scary thing. It can be the part of the wedding you just want to be over, but I’m here to tell you to embrace it. Whatever your dance skills may or may not be, embrace them and...

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For the Moms

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog

Today’s post is for the mothers of brides and grooms. You have all probably been working tirelessly to help plan the big day. You have rounded up addresses from distant relatives. You have answered panicked phone calls about flowers and appetizers and bow ties versus neckties at all hours of the day. You have put in a lot of time and effort and you have listened a lot.   But now moms you have one last important job that you have probably been putting off. You need to find a dress. For yourself. It isn’t easy, I know, but it’s not impossible. We do carry mother’s dresses from Watters’ C20 collection, so you should absolutely check them out {Here} but they take three to four months to come in, so you have to decide early. For moms who have put off finding a gown, they need other options. Which is why I have come to the rescue, scoured the internet for the best dresses, and brought them all to you.   Moms want sleeves. It’s almost universal that moms want something with some sort of a sleeve, but too often a sleeve means a jacket, and moms I think you are all far too young and pretty to wrap yourselves up in jackets. This little cap sleeve offers a bit of modesty, but a bit of skin too. It’s a nice happy medium between going strapless and wearing a cropped blazer. Find it here!     This gown is gorgeous and appropriate for women of all ages, but I love it for moms because it’s very fashion forward. It’s got the “pop over” that is so popular on the red carpet right now, and for a double bonus you won’t have trouble finding undergarments for it. It’s a bright color, true, but perfect for all the spring and summer weddings. Find it here!     At first glance this might seem too simple for a stunning mother of the bride or groom, but on closer inspection it is perfect. For starters navy is flattering on everyone and appropriate for any season and any time of day or night. The...

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The Real Rules

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Blog

  It is pretty common to see brides in the salon who are concerned about doing what’s right and proper. They want to follow all the wedding rules, and they often seek our advice in doing so. This happens especially concerning the bridal party. They have so many questions about what should be done because most of them have never been married before and because they genuinely want to follow the rules. Do the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride have to match? Should they match? Should they not match? What about the flower girl? Should her dress match the bride’s dress? Should it match the bridesmaids? Can you wear black in June? Is it allowed?   You might hate the answer, but of course the answer is there is no answer. There are no rules. At least not rules about color and dresses. The truth is the bride can and should do what she and her fiancé want. It is an opportunity to show their personality both as individuals and as a couple, but that should not mean getting bogged down in minor details that have no precedent only preference.   The other truth is that yes, there are rules, but they have nothing to do with aesthetics and everything to do with manners.   1. Keep People in the Loop Yes, the marriage is about the couple, but the wedding is about joining two families. This means diplomacy. It means involving the most important players in at least a few of the big decisions. It means asking each set of parents if a certain date is acceptable. You do this as a courtesy. You also allow them to invite guests of their own. No, they can’t invite all their friends, but remember they are as excited to share this moment with their friends as you are with yours. You don’t have to wear your future mother-in-law’s dress just because she asked you to, but you can always bend on a few points.   2. Treat Your Friends Like Friends This is a friendly reminder that the people in your bridal party are actually...

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Introducing Ellis Bridal

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog

It’s time again to introduce you to another designer new to our salon. Today I give you Ellis Bridal from all the way across the pond in London. We are so pleased and proud to carry them in our store, and I am happy to show them off. Their gowns are clean, modern, sleek, and classically bridal. We are also the only salon in Maryland who carries them.   The three gowns pictured are ones that are currently in stock at our salon, and they help represent the range of style that Ellis offers. Do you want traditional lace and a little sleeve, but you still want to look young and fresh? They accomplish that so well here with the scalloped off-the-shoulder neckline and the thin satin band at the waist. These elements balance the lace and the sleeves perfectly to create a look that is traditional yet chic.     Or perhaps you want something fashion-forward that still looks and feels like a bridal gown. The layers on this gown with the horsehair trim are modern and sophisticated. The layers create a couture-like silhouette and give the gown enough volume to hold the attention of a ballroom full of people.  The floral belt and the ruched bodice counterbalance that volume and edge with a softness that can stand the test of time.     This last gown offers a great shape, clean lines, and even harder to find these days, a non-strapless option that isn’t lace. The neckline and ruching are completely figure flattering and I totally agree with the editorial choice not to wear a necklace; the collarbone does all the work and gets all the attention....

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Don’t be a ‘Heel’

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog

Often as I scroll through wedding albums online I am faced with the pretty pictures of the bride’s shoes arranged in delicate and interesting ways; they rest on the bed next to the bouquet of flowers, they sit empty in a doorway waiting expectantly to be filled, they are tipped forward showing off a secret message on the bottom.   No matter the photographic aesthetic involved the shoes are almost always inevitably heels. It makes sense; we have been taught since childhood, since we slipped our feet into our mother’s pumps that heels equal dressy, fancy, and feminine. We are made to believe that high heels are just what you wear on your wedding day. This matter isn’t made much better by asserting that the only way to step out of heels is to go to the other end of the spectrum and wear a pair of converse all stars or cowboy boots. Not that there is anything wrong with those options – I love them, but I believe brides should have some middle ground, too.   Maybe you are a tall bride like I was and you just don’t want to be too tall on the big day. Maybe you never learned quite how to handle heels and you’d rather not trip down the aisle. Maybe heels hurt your feet. Of course they do. But whatever the reason you deserve fashionable and fabulous shoes. Here are a few of my latest favorites.   1. For the Bride who loves bling, beads & jewels. Find them here.   2. For the ballerina in every bride. Find them here.   3. For the vintage win. Find them here.   4. For the fabulously whimsical.   Find them here.   5. For the watercolor wedding. Find them here.   6. For the wedding that is mint to be. Find them here....

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President’s Day

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Blog

Mondays are always difficult days especially in the dead of winter with snowstorms always impending, but thank goodness today is a holiday and we have something to celebrate. Happy President’s Day! Of course we should be celebrating the former leaders of our country, but why not also celebrate the often trendsetting fashion forward ladies by their side? If you have ever been to the Smithsonian museum’s exhibit on the First Ladies of the United States then you know what an important part fashion has played in their position throughout history.   No First Lady makes this clearer than Jackie Kennedy. Her smart little suits, her pillbox hats, her matching gloves, all helped make her into the kind of style icon that endures today.     Just look at her on her wedding day to John F. Kennedy. Long before she was a First Lady she was still the pinnacle of style and grace in her ivory tissue silk gown rumored to require fifty yards of fabric. The off-the-shoulder neckline is striking not just because it shows off her collarbone and her delicate string of pearls, but because it is reminiscent of its time period and at the same time very timeless. Women still covet that perfect off-the- shoulder look. It is at once both carefree and demure.   She seems perched on that fine line between a pretty socialite waiting to have this dance and a woman ready to carry the mantle of marriage. Perhaps that is why this look endures so well; it captures just exactly what it feels like to be a bride and for one day be in that strange and happy place between single girl and wife.  ...

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